Are you starved for a meal that hasn’t come out of the can or your local fish & chip shop?
Do you need an appliance to help you, but haven’t got a clue about what the best food processor is?
Stick with this guide, and you’ll be grating your own potatoes in no time flat.
Many of us look back with nostalgia at seemingly simpler times when the smells of home cooked food were wafting out from our (grand)mother’s kitchen.
There’s really no substitute to your favourite childhood meal cooked with care and love by a person that means so much to you.
The days of yore are long gone now however.
Our buy lifestyles simply don’t allow for hours of prep work that will result in a meal your family will gobble up in 15 minutes anyway. Still, there is a way to speed up the process drastically and give mum a run for her money. We are talking about getting a food processor of course.
It’s unbelievable what these things can do nowadays.
From cutting carrots into razor-thin slices through making french fries and grating cheese all the way down to mixing pancake batter or making mayonnaise, this powerful and versatile processor is a boon for any kitchen and for chefs of all skill levels.
There are many models out there though, and sifting through scores of reviews isn’t exactly practical.
That is why we’ve scoured most UK sites and did our own testing as well to condense all of that info and bring you a comprehensive guide on what we believe is the cream of the crop.
The guide is composed out of three segments.
First, we’re showcasing high-end models that offer all the bells and whistles you’d ever think of, at an appropriate price. Ten we’re taking a look at less expensive but still very much usable models that have all your basics covered.
Lastly, we’ve also included a few practical pointers you should take into account before deciding on any one food processor.
So, without further ado, let’s get through this list.
|Sage by Heston Blumenthal the Kitchen Wizz Pro||3.7 L||2.5 Kg||2000W||46 x 46 x 26 cm||£££|
|Magimix 5200XL||3.6L||12 Kg||1100W||26.4 x 49.9 x 52.6 cm||££££|
|Magimix 3200XL||2.6L||9.3 Kg||650W||52.2 x 45.2 x 26 cm||£££|
|Kenwood FDM790||3L||5 Kg||400W||21.3 x 38.7 x 21.9 cm||££|
|Kenwood FPM810||3.5L||13Kg||1000W||23 x 23 x 40 cm||£££|
|Kenwood 0W22000003||3L||5 Kg||1000W||21.9 x 21.3 x 38.7 cm||££|
|Philips HR7627/01||2.3L||2.1 Kg||700W||24.4 x 37.7 x 24.4 cm||£|
|Kenwood FPP225||2.1L||2.5 Kg||300W||19 x 19 x 32 cm||£|
Premium Food Processor Reviews
1. Sage by Heston Blumenthal the Kitchen Wizz Pro
Most of the time, these promises fall far from short and you end up having to spring for another processor since your supposedly omnipotent machine lacks that certain removable part.
Not so with the Kitchen Wizz Pro. This beast of a machine has almost everything you could dream up a processor might need and then some, with only the quality of its name and make to speak for itself. If you’ve been wondering which food processor to buy, this might just be the ultimate answer.
What delighted us first was its extremely powerful motor.
At 2000 watts, it is a force to be reckoned with since you’ll find lower wattage motors on heavy duty household appliances like carpet cleaners. What this means for you is that it can come to grips with the toughest of foods and have it come out just the way you’d like.
The Kitchen Wizz pro isn’t just powerful, but also straightforward when it comes to setting the food processor up for your current preparation needs.
The control panel comes equipped with 3 buttons – the start/stop button, a pause button which allows you to pause its operation so the food can settle, and a pulse button that briefly accelerates the cutting process resulting in finer slices or more ground-up meat.
Naturally, the base blades it comes with couldn’t handle all the specifics of food preparation, so you’ll also receive a host of add-ons that make this model as versatile as possible.
Firstly, there’s a large feeding chute that can accommodate even very big ingredients such as whole potatoes. Then there’s also a thinner, longer chute that allows you to feed elongated food such as carrots into it with precision.
Its principle functions, that of cutting the food up adequately, are performed by a shredder and a slicer. They’re very easy to attach and swap out because of the way they fit into the bowl.
Instead of the usual pin you’d use to slot them onto, they are fitted via a spindle that slips onto a stainless steel connector which cancels out vibration. The shredder can be reversed and has an option for fine and coarse prep.
The slicer has four razor-sharp blades which can be adjusted to 8 different cutting widths, ranging from a remarkably thin 0.3mm to 8mm for bigger chunks.
As if that weren’t enough, you also get a twin blade used for kneading dough. No more getting your hands dirty for fresh bread or pastries!
Everything is straightforward and simple to understand – each detachable part comes with guidance arrows that show how everything fits together. Once you’re done with a blade or chute, simply remove it and attach the next one in one easy motion.
The Kitchen Wizz pro has definitely put a spell on us. This is hands down the best food processor we’ve had the pleasure of testing.
It shows in all of its aspects, from the quality build through the ease of use to the multitude of accessories you get with it. It might be a bit expensive, but is well worth the extra pound or two in the long run.
2. Magimix 5200XL
(4.7 / 5)
We’ve seen how great a versatile food processor can be, but there are probably some kitchen enthusiasts out there still grumbling because the Wizz doesn’t come with that one specialty part or its bowl is too big or whatever.
Well, you can’t please everybody, but Magimix have certainly done their hardest to try, and with the capabilities and features crammed into their 5200XL model, we’re certain that you’ll find what you’re looking for.
Where do we even begin? Why not with the bowls? It has three of them. They are of various sizes, fit neatly into one another for easier storage, and all come with an assortment of different blades and other attachments that allow you to do different things to your food based on the bowl you’ve currently equipped.
Best thing of all, you can do three different things in each bowl AT THE SAME TIME! Think about it – you could be grating potatoes, slicing up onions and finely chopping herbs all at once. Not only does that save time, but it also is a marvel to look at.
The base is sturdy yet sleek, making for a nice addition to your kitchen’s ambient, providing you have the counter space to keep it outside all the time.
It has three buttons. The start/stop and pause buttons are self-explanatory, but there’s also an auto button that lets you process food in a continuous mode for the finest results.
This food processor comes with a slew of accessories which you can neatly store in an accompanying plastic box.
You get 2 metal serrated blades, one for the bigger two bowls and one for the smallest, 2- and 4mm slicing and grating disks, a dough blade, an egg whisk, a citrus press, a blender mix attachment and a handy spatula.
That’s really everything you could possibly want from a home processor and might not get with a consumer-grade food processor.
The only thing we didn’t particularly like about the 5200XL was the fact that its various parts were hard to wash. The biggest bowl has two small extrusions that food gets easily stuck around.
The blades are also made in a way that makes certain foods stick to them and get stuck, making it both tiresome and a bit dangerous to clean them since you have to watch out not to hurt yourself or dull the blades.
The smaller bowls can’t be used when the larger one isn’t attached, so you’ll more often than not have to end up cleaning it as well.
These annoyances aside though, we’ve had a really good time preparing various meals with the help of the 5200XL. From almond flour to egg noodles, this machine can handle it all with ease.
When it comes to the number and quality of accessories it comes with, the 5200XL comes out on top and it doesn’t fall behind in any other category either. It is the priciest processor in our guide, but the versatility its finely made accessories bring to the table more than makes up for it.
3. Magimix 3200XL
Maybe you’re a single guy or there are just the two of you and a smaller food processor would do the trick just as good. Still, you do not want to skimp on the quality of your processor either.
A blend of performance and versatility with a somewhat lower price tag is called for, and we’ve got just the thing – another model by Magimix, the 3200XL.
Like its older brother, the Magimix 3200XL comes with a great many accessories.
It is more compact however – everything is smaller to fit the lifestyle of a bachelor/ette or small family. It comes with most of the same accessories we’ve seen with the 5200XL, including the interesting three bowls you can use at the same time.
Another concept these two share is an induction motor, appropriately smaller and less powerful in this model.
What an induction motor does is it processes your food with the same amount of power as a traditional one, but is much more quiet while doing so. You can easily hold a conversation while it is running and make yourself perfectly understood.
In spite of its size, this model comes equipped with a very large feeding tube so you won’t need to fuss over cutting the food you’re putting in into smaller pieces as this will be done by the 3200XL’s assortment of blades and slicers.
There’s also a dough blade that makes baking bread a possibility as well.
All of this model’s parts are dishwasher-safe, making it less of a hassle to clean, although the problems present in the bigger model persist here as well, sometimes being a bit more annoying due to the smaller size of its parts.
With the XL variant you’ll get almost every accessory available with the 5200XL, other than the citrus press, which is actually a pretty good deal considering the price difference.
It comes in 5 different colours you can choose from, and since it doesn’t take up a whole lot of space you can use this to colour code it with your kitchen, making it even more stylish.
All in all, we’d say that the 3200XL is a solid product, perfect if you don’t need something for constant use but still want to maintain the level of professionalism you’d expect from some of the best food processors.
4. Kenwood FDM790 Multi-Pro Classic
Kenwood have been a staple when it comes to appliances here in the UK for some time now, and there’s no doubt that they are taking the same high quality at a great price type of strategy to the world of processed food.
As you’ll see, we’ve included many of their different models in this guide, but none of them exemplify the approach mentioned above quite like the FDM790 Multi-Pro Classic.
This model has all the hallmarks of a high-end food processor but still manages to not go over the top when price is concerned. Sure, you won’t be getting some of the fancier attachments, but if you’re a pragmatic, straight to the point when it comes to cooking type of person, that won’t phase you too much.
All the important stuff is here though – a generous 3L mixing bowl, a big feeder you can throw large chunks of food into, a removable blender attachment that lets you make pancake batter, peanut butter, smoothies, rich cream soups and the like, all of it dishwasher-safe.
There’s a pretty nifty and unique feature as well.
The FDM790 Multi-Pro Classic comes with a built-in set of scales that allow you to measure the ingredients as you are putting them in, saving you a lot of time if you like following recipes to the letter.
There’s also a removable tray if you don’t want to do your weighing in the bowl.
Speaking of which, the bowl is made out of thermal resistant glass. Neither very hot ingredients nor very cold ones will shatter it, which is great if you are adding something to a stock or are using eggs, milk or even things like frozen fruit to make cakes.
One minor issue we found with the FDM790 Multi-Pro Classic is that it doesn’t come with a storage box to keep all your accessories in.
If you don’t really care about that, you’ll find that this is a top quality product when it comes to getting your money’s worth. It can process a great deal of food in no time and its innovative features make the FDM790 Multi-Pro Classic a great overall choice.
5. Kenwood FPM810 Multi-Pro Sense
(4.2 / 5)
Another great edition by Kenwood, the FPM810 Multi-Pro Sense features and expands upon many of the features you’d see in the aforementioned model, bringing along its own set of interesting options and practical uses.
First of all, it is larger and more powerful. The 1000 Watt motor it comes with can handle any food you’d think to put inside the food processor with ease. This does make it a bit more noisy though, but it’s a worthwhile trade-off.
Also like the Multi-Pro Classic, it has both a bowl and a blender attachment you can swap out seamlessly thanks to its dual drive system.
The bowl is made out of plastic for this model though, but the material is trademarked by Kenwood and resistant to both shattering and impact. What’s more, you can wash it in the dishwasher numerous times without it becoming dull. The blender is made out of heat-resistant glass, so you can use it to blend hot or cold ingredients without fear of damaging the glass.
As for the actual food processing, the Sense comes with 8 different speed settings and with something Kenwood call Auto-variable speed control. Basically this lets the machine set the speed on its own based on the weight of the food and blade being used.
Another great, often neglected feature of this model is that it is actually easy to clean. We’ve encountered no problems whatsoever while cleaning, which is a big plus.
To sum up, the FPM810 Multi-Pro Sense is definitely up there with some of the best food processors. It is a solidly built machine with solid performance that takes care of most things you’d expect a processor in its price range to do, and is a good choice for everyday use.
More Affordable Food Processor Reviews
1. Kenwood 0W22000003 Multi-Pro Classic
After all, paying upwards of 200 quid for just a processor might not be your idea of money well spent. On the other hand, you can’t just go with the lowest price model and expect that it will serve you equally well. A good solution is to look for a compromise between quality and price, and Kenwood might have found just the right balance with the 0W22000003.
What impressed us first was its 1000 Watt motor. You’d expect to see such a powerhouse on only the most expensive models, but here it is, grinding, slicing, chopping or whisking any type of food you happen to be in the mood for at the moment.
Not only does it come with heat-resistant blender attachment we’ve seen with other models, but a large 3 litre bowl as well as a smaller one you can switch between freely are also included. The small bowl comes with a set of built-in serrated blades which is perfect when you need a smaller quantity of food processed quickly.
Other than that you’ll get a dual metal whisk for egg whites and creams, a serrated steel knife blade, 2 2 and 4mm reversible grating and slicing disks and a dough tool. All of these can be interchanged quickly and intuitively and are dishwasher-safe to boot.
The 0W22000003 is also an Eco-friendly processor since it doesn’t use up a lot of power. There are multiple speed settings to choose from as well as a pulse feature that lets you manually increase the speed for a brief time.
If you’re asking yourself what the best food processors are, the answer might very well be the 0W22000003 if you are looking for a first class deal when value is concerned.
The amount of features you get for the money are worth it alone, and with Kenwood’s habit of not skimping out on quality even in its affordable models, buying this one becomes a no-brainer.
2. Philips HR7627/01 Daily Collection
(4.4 / 5)
Just as its name implies, this food processor by Phillips is a great choice if you want to have freshly prepared meals every day and don’t want too much space taken up with a bulky machine. It is compact yet powerful, offering a good assortment of features for a low price.
As one would expect given its size, the motor is a bit less powerful at 700W, but that should be more than enough to cover your daily needs.
The chassis is made out of high quality plastic which means that it won’t come apart as soon as you put something with a little more crunch into the processor. You can choose between two different speed settings as well as a pulse function which allow you to chop, beat, crush, mash and mince at whim once you choose the proper stainless-steel blade.
It is also a very safe model – the lid and bowl have a detection feature that checks their alignment to one another and to the base.
If they aren’t perfectly aligned the machine won’t start, and if something happens during its operation the motor will automatically stop after 1,5 seconds, preventing damage or injury.
When all is said and done, the HR7627/01 is our candidate for best small food processor. With it you get a surprisingly well built, small yet powerful processor at an amazing price. What else could you want?
3. Kenwood FPP225
(4.1 / 5)
We’ll be wrapping our food processor reviews up with another model from Kenwood. They certainly know how to deliver quality products for every budget. Just when you thought a potential candidate for the best food processor couldn’t come any cheaper, they manage to surprise yet again, this time with the best-selling FPP225.
Since it does fall under a lower price bracket, this model is somewhat basic, but don’t let a lack of fancy features deter you from giving it a shot as the things it does do are well executed every time thanks to a somewhat smaller 300W motor which will be good for most non-demanding blending, grating and chopping tasks.
A unique addition to this processor’s repertoire is a liquidiser. This attachment allows you to prepare various liquid or near liquid food such as soups, dips, salsas and the like. It is somewhat smaller that the standard 2.1L bowl, but it does a fine job in its own right. Think of it as a specialty blender.
You’ll also get the standard bowl, a coarse shredding and slicing disk, a knife blade and a spatula. Not as much as more expensive models, but more than enough to start off your culinary experiments.
All in all, we enjoyed working with the FPP225. It is a good food processor overall, excellent value for the money and certainly not cheaply made. It has its limitations, but does a great job within the confines of its usage.
Things To Look Out For Before You Buy
These best food processor reviews had a lot of info to make you think, didn’t they? A bit of food for thought eh? With that out of the way though, you have a much better grasp of what’s on offer. Even so, there are other things to look out for before committing to a model, so take a look at those as well.
Safety first! – You really don’t want to neglect safety features when choosing your next food processor. It should have a system in place that safeguards both the machine and yourself in the event of a malfunction or mechanical damage. Be sure to read up on a given processor’s safety specs before you buy something that isn’t up to snuff.
Weight isn’t always a disadvantage – As you’ve seen in the handy info chart, the weight range of our best food processors is quite vast. Of course, you’ll want to go for a smaller model both in terms of the space it uses up and how much it weighs if your kitchen is small or if you use it infrequently, but when a more massive processor is concerned, added weight is actually welcome.
Some models come with motors that are 1000W or higher. That is a lot of power which can cause vibrations and damage the food processor over time if it doesn’t come with a sturdy chassis that can handle the vibrations.
Save yourself the trouble of replacement by planning ahead if a powerful motor is something you really need.
Frequency of use and use of space – The best food processor tends to be one of the biggest as well. This is all well and good if you’re a cooking enthusiast with a regiment of mouths to feed, but if space is at a premium at your home you certainly can’t afford to keep that 13kg monstrosity on your counter all the time, and packing it up and unpacking it every time might only be good if you’re considering a change in your exercise regime.
Even though the bigger models generally have more features, you might want to consider a small, compact food processor that is equally good a performing the basics while being much more practical for your living conditions.
A broad range of features vs. specialisation – depending on your budget and tastes, you’ll want a processor that has as many blades, attachments and settings as the manufacturer can cram into it. On the other hand, if you just want a simple machine that does 2-3 things right, there’s really no need to spend more money than you’re comfortable with.
If you don’t really know what you need from a processor though, going for a mix of price and functionality Is probably your best option. Just make sure to spend time learning how to use it effectively.
As you can see, there’s a lot more to a good kitchen helper than meets the eye. We hope that these food processor reviews and accompanying factors have made picking out the model that is most suitable for your kitchen and your tastes easier and more intuitive.
It is all a bit exciting isn’t it? Think of all the food you can make in a much smaller amount of time now! It doesn’t even have to be anything fancy or complicated – want to grate that Parmesan cheese for your spaghetti bolognese dinner? You’ve got it. Want to create a salsa dip for your upcoming girl’s night? It can be done in a snap.
Why stop there though. It’s great that you’ll be able to do simple stuff and recreate dishes from your childhood, but getting the best food processor is also the perfect opportunity to try out new styles and experiment with your own creation.
The more you keep using its different features, the more proficient you’ll become at creating fantastic meals you never even knew you craved. Whether you want to start eating healthier or try out a new cuisine, the sky’s the limit when time no longer is.