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22 December 2020

Best food processors and mini choppers

You can get a great food processor whatever your budget. We pick out some of the best – and the worst - models based on our independent reviews.
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Rebecca Duff

Food processors are designed to make preparing food less time-consuming, but some do the opposite, creating additional washing up and messy, haphazard results.

Whether you’re looking for a mini chopper for quick prep jobs or a multi-tasking food processor that will slice your carrots and then whip up a Victoria sponge, our recommended models won’t let you down.

We’ve rounded up the food processors and mini choppers that performed best in our rigorous lab tests, including options to suit everyone’s needs and budgets. We’ve also highlighted the models that aren’t worth buying so you don’t end up spending money on a dud.

Just want to compare popular models and find the best? Jump straight to our independent food processor reviews.

Top 3 best food processors

While food processors tend to be more expensive than their mini chopper counterparts, they will usually have a much larger capacity and more functions to choose from.

Most food processors will include attachments for baking jobs, such as kneading dough or mixing cake batter, as well as the usual blades for slicing and grating.

If you're cooking for more than a couple of people, or just prefer to prep your meals all at once, you're far better off with a food processor than a mini chopper. 

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Top 3 best mini choppers

If you're only looking to do small jobs in the kitchen, such as chopping nuts or herbs, then a mini chopper is a better bet.

Mini choppers are typically far smaller and cheaper than food processors, so are ideal for more compact kitchen spaces and tighter budgets.

They can also be a useful secondary gadget for smaller tasks, such as puréeing, if you don't want to unpack your full-size food processor.

Tables last updated January 2020. Models with a test date of May 2018 have been tested under our new 2018 test protocol and results are therefore not directly comparable with older models.

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Two food processors to avoid

Not all food processors do a good job, even the pricier ones. We’ve found premium models which produce lumpy purées, wonky slices and poorly-risen cakes and others that are noisy, complicated and difficult to clean. Here are two models we recommend steering clear of.

Food processors to avoid

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This food processor really misses the mark. It’s either poor or mediocre at most tasks, although it can at least chop well – albeit rather slowly. If slicing veg, we think you’d be better off doing it by hand, which rather defeats the point. It also makes an annoying high-pitched noise, so it could grate on you in ways you neither expected nor wanted.

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This food processor is a premium-priced processor that is actually pretty basic. It doesn’t do even the most simple kitchen tasks to a high standard. It’s also tricky to clean and extremely slow. You can do better for the price, so we recommend steering clear.

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3 things to consider when buying a food processor

  • Size

    Think about how much room you have in your kitchen, both on your worktops and inside your cupboards. Some food processors come with a large selection of attachments that need storing as well as the main machine. If you want to make larger batches, look for a model with a larger capacity or multiple bowls for processing different quantities.

  • Accessories

    All models should come with a knife blade for basic tasks, but depending on what you plan to make you may need some extras. You can get dough hooks for kneading, slicing blades in various disc sizes, grating blades, whisks, grinding mills and much more. If you’re not sure what does what then check out our food processor attachments guide.

  • Ease of use

    It’s important to get a product that’s simple to use day-to-day. Ensuring the various attachments can be swapped easily and you don’t have to spend hours trying to clean up after use will save you a lot of time in the long run and ensure you get the most out of your machine.

Still not sure what you want? Take a look at our food processor buying guide for more choosing advice.

Why Which? food processor reviews are better

We test food processors more thoroughly than anyone else. We’re also independent we don’t accept advertising or freebies, so you can trust our reviews to give you the full and impartial truth about each product.

We check how well each food processor chops, slices, grates, mixes, kneads and blends. The best food processors will put you on the road to realising your culinary dreams, but the worst will have you scratching your head over their attachments, make a mess of your ingredients and take lots of scrubbing to get clean. 

To see all the products we recommend, head to the full list of Best Buy food processors

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