Food Processor Buying Guide

The phrase Food Processor can mean a whole lot of different things to a whole lot of different people. You can ‘process’ food in about an infinite number of ways, and any machine that does that could be considered a food processor. If you’re a little bit confused or don’t know what you’re looking for right away we’re here to give you a bit of a rundown on what’s available and to hopefully give you a better idea of exactly what you’re going to want when buying your food processor.

What Type of Food Processor Should I Buy?

There are a lot of different types of food processors. By this we mean there are choppers, hand choppers, mini food processors, and full size food processors. If you’re looking for an extremely basic kitchen appliance that’s just there to basically help you chop up vegetables, onions, garlic, etc., you might want to consider something similar to a chopper. These are usually inexpensive, no accessories, just a plug it in, add food, turn it on, chop and turn it off type machines. They’re also usually quite small, in the three or less cups range.

If you want something that has far more power and a little bit more options for you to work with, you might want to go with a mini food processor. These units are in the 3-7 cup range, in terms of the amount of food they can hold, and they usually pack far more of a punch than their hand driven, or smaller chopper counterparts. Mini food processors are for people who are looking to chop garlic, nuts, or make small batches of sauces and dressings, things more of that nature. You can also cut up small onions, and a few vegetables here and there, but anything large than that you’ll want a large food processor.

These commercial kitchen helpers are the kind that really do it all. They can chop and dice, and usually come with more than one blade which might help you slice, dice, shred, or make dough with your machine. Their machines are much more powerful, and are built for kitchen efficiency and sustained use, making soups, sauces, big dough recipes and more.

What Kind of Accessories Do I Need?

Sometimes people get concerned when they see a lot of accessories and think, “What am I going to use all that for?” And that’s a good reaction to have. But give it some thought. Sometimes, when people aren’t familiar with food processors, but then start using one, they start to envision all the things they could be using it for, and then wish they had more accessories use with it. But some brands will make you pay for accessories by sort of thinking you’re getting a more comprehensive package, when you might be able to get away with using less.

Often, food processors will come with things like extra blades, including dough blades, whisk blades, slicing blades, shredding blades, and more. Often the larger and higher end ones will have things like recipe books and “How-To” DVDs to help you learn more about using your food processor to it’s fullest potential. These are all things that can come along with your machine and it’s good to think in advance how comprehensive you want your machine to be. Don’t pay for extra things you don’t think you’ll ever lose, but also, don’t get stuck wishing you had some accessories for your food processor that you avoided in the beginning. It’s a balance, but do your research, and you’ll know what to do.

How Do I Want My Food Processor To Perform?

Another thing to consider is power and efficiency. Reader reviews are usually the best way to determine what you want or need, because wattage isn’t a very good way to communicate to the average person how well something is going to work. If you were to tell me something has a 600 watt motor, I don’t have any idea what to do with that information. But you’ll want to look into how much power you want out of your food processor. You don’t want to buy one that is meant for smaller projects when you envisioned it being capable of something bigger, but you also don’t want to buy something heavy duty that puts out far more power than you’ll need. Again, do some reading around, and see what’s going to be the best level of “oomph” for your counter top machine.
What Brand Of Food Processor Should I Buy?

There are a lot of them aren’t there? It’s tough to know where to go specifically when you first are buying a food processor because there really are so many different models from so many different brands, that it can be pretty overwhelming. One thing that’s good to do is be sure to write off any brands early on that are one-off brands. This means, relatively unknown brands that might make one or two models, and don’t specialize in food processors. More often than not these models will be cheaper, but there’s a pretty obvious reason for that: they’re made cheap, and will thusly perform cheap. Some good brands that we stick to and encourage other people to consider are: Cuisinart, KitchenAid, Breville, Braun, and Hamilton Beach. They aren’t the only brands, there are certainly more, but these are the ones that we generally swear by, as they make fairly high quality products at a good price range, and they specialize in these types of appliances, so you can be assured that they know what they are doing.

In Conclusion

Take a look at the options that are out there, and take your time making a decision. The internet is a great place to start reading reviews, seeing what people have to say, and making your purchase. If you just walk into a store, they’ll likely have very few versions, and you might purchase something not knowing you can get a better deal with more options online. Consider what your needs will be and go from there, and you can’t go wrong!

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