Top five best food processors for 2020
By Rebecca Duff
You can get a great food processor whatever your budget. We pick out five of the best – and the worst - models based on our independent reviews.
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 top five food processors from our tough tests, with options to suit everyone’s needs. 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 5 food processors
This space-saving mini chopper has one dual-blade attachment and two speed settings, making it incredibly simple to use. It’s one of our top-scoring mini choppers, producing evenly chopped onions, nuts and herbs in seconds. It’s excellent at pureeing and crushing ice too, great if you need a mini helping hand in the kitchen. Plus it’s easy to clean and store.
This large-capacity food processor has an extra-wide feed chute and comes with a huge range of attachments - ideal if you have lots of mouths to feed, or ambitious culinary jobs in mind. It's excellent at all food preparation tasks, from grating to blending, and even allows you to slice food to a range of different thicknesses. It’s also super-fast, and easy to use and clean.
This compact food processor has been one of our top recommendations for years and in our recent re-test proved it can still more than hold its own against the competition. It’s brilliant at chopping a range of foods into even pieces, without butchering them. It also does a sterling job of puréeing food, so if you’re looking to whizz up some baby food it’s a great option. It’s easy to clean, too.
This versatile food processor comes with a blending jug attachment and can tackle more than 50 different prep tasks. It can fire out evenly chopped veg and blend velvety-smooth soups in seconds, and is also excellent at making cake mixes and doughs. It’s quick to set up and use and easy to clean, so it should make mealtimes a breeze.
If you’re after a solid and affordable multitasker, this cheaper food processor is worth a look. It may not win any prizes in the style stakes, but it will make your life easier in the kitchen. It’s simple to set up and clean up afterwards. For most jobs, from chopping and puréeing to kneading and mixing, it does an excellent job. Slicing and grating is a little uneven, but if you can live with less-than-perfect slices, it’s a good option.
Table last updated November 2019. 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.
Not found the right food processor for you? Check out all of our Best Buy food processors.
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
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.
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.
How to pick the best food processor for you
Mini chopper or food processor?
If you’re only looking to do small jobs, such as chopping nuts or herbs, then a mini chopper is a better bet. Mini choppers are typically smaller and cheaper, so are great for smaller kitchens and tighter budgets.
A food processor will probably be pricier but will usually have a larger capacity and more functions to choose from, including attachments for baking jobs, such as kneading dough or mixing cake batter.
Think about how much room you have in your kitchen, not just on the worktops but also in 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 larger capacity or multiple bowls for processing different quantities.
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.
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.