Top five best food processors for 2019
By Georgia Wilson
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 great all-round kitchen gadget earned top scores from us for both its ease of assembly and cleaning – something Which? members have told us is their biggest food prep bugbear. It’s also one of the quieter models we’ve tested. It comes with lots of attachments, including a citrus press, centrifugal juicer and jug blender, so it’s a real multi-tasker.
Table last updated on 18 May 2018. 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 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.