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11 August 2021

Top food processor brands for 2021

Our unique survey data reveals which brands, including Kenwood, KitchenAid and Magimix, develop the fewest faults over time – and which ones make customers happy
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Joseph Perry
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Broken attachments, cracked bowls and a complete loss of power are the most common food processor problems according to our survey of 1,677 food processor owners in the UK.

Knowing which brands develop the most faults and how long a model can be expected to last is vital when you're buying a new kitchen appliance. That's why each year we ask hundreds of Which? Connect Panel members to tell us whether they're pleased with their food processor, or if they've experienced problems.

Our survey data takes into account the reported fault rates of currently owned products, aged seven years old or less, and when the problems occurred. 

We've got data on the biggest food processor brands – Bosch, Braun, Cuisinart, Kenwood, KitchenAid, Magimix, Ninja and Sage – so we can tell you which brand to choose, and which brands to avoid.

Food processor brands rated

The table below summarises this year’s results. Brands are ranked by their customer score, which relates to whether customers would recommend the brand to a friend.

Only logged-in Which? members can view which brands members are most satisfied with in the table below. If you're not yet a member, join Which? to get instant access.

Brand
Customer score
Satisfaction rating
Customer loyalty
% faulty
Average test score
M
81%
n/a
3%
68%
M
81%
n/a
0%
75%
M
79%
n/a
3%
65%
M
78%
29%
2%
70%
M
77%
59%
2%
68%
M
77%
61%
3%
71%
M
76%
n/a
0%
80%
M
74%
26%
0%
n/a
  • Table notes: Results based on a survey of 1,677 Which? Connect Panel members who own a food processor, conducted in April 2021. Table last updated 21 July 2021.
  • Customer score is based on brand satisfaction and whether customers would recommend the brand to a friend.
  • Customer loyalty is based on how many owners stuck with the same brand when buying their current food processor, compared with their previous food processor.
  • Percentage faulty is based on the number of models that had to be replaced due to a fault.
  • Average test score is based on results of models tested by Which? and available to buy as of July 2021 (excluding similar models).

Best vs worst food processor brands

As the chart below reveals, there is a clear difference between the brand with the highest (81%) and lowest (74%) customer satisfaction score. There are also big gaps between average test scores and the proportion of faulty models.

How long will my food processor last?

The average food processor will last 26 years. This is based on the experiences of Which? Connect Panel members who told us how long they kept their previous appliance before replacing it due to a fault.

The chart below shows how long three of the most popular food processor brands last.

Only logged-in Which? members can see which popular food processor brands last the longest. If you're not yet a member, join Which? to get instant access.

Verdict: food processor brands in-depth

We've pulled together our survey data and independent test results, as well as some insight from our food processor experts, to give you an in-depth look at each brand.

Only logged-in Which? members can see our unique test scores and customer satisfaction survey results. 

If you're not yet a member, join Which? to get instant access to our in-depth verdicts on the following brands, listed here in alphabetical order:

  • Bosch food processors verdict
  • Braun food processors verdict
  • Cuisinart food processors verdict
  • Kenwood food processors verdict
  • KitchenAid food processors verdict
  • Magimix food processors verdict
  • Ninja food processors verdict
  • Sage food processors verdict

The three most common food processor faults

Repairing a food processor

While the average food processor lasts 26 years, our survey reveals recurring faults that can cause food processors to stop working sooner than expected.

According to Which? Connect Panel members, the three most common faults that led to them replacing their food processor were:

1. Broken attachment(s) (26%)

Broken attachments account for more than a quarter of food processor faults. However, you don't always need to get rid of your food processor if an attachment snaps. Instead, it's worth checking with the manufacturer or searching online to see if you can buy a spare part. Not only will this save you the cost of an entire new model – it's more sustainable too.

2. Cracked mixing bowl (23%)

Likewise, it's worth checking whether you can find a replacement mixing bowl if yours cracks. Mixing bowls are harder to source than attachments, but we've seen spares for brands such as Kenwood available online for around £15.

3. Complete loss of power (13%)

Unfortunately, this fault isn't so easy to fix. A complete loss of power could be caused by a burnt-out motor. To avoid overheating the motor, make sure you don't use your food processor for longer than recommended in the instructions manual – which is usually about a minute at a time.

How we calculate the best and worst food processor brands

We have a wealth of information of Britain's favourite food processor brands. 

Each year, we ask Which? Connect Panel members to tell us about their household appliances, from how likely they'd be to recommend a brand to a friend, to how long a product lasted before it needed to be replaced.

This year, more than 12,000 survey participants told us about almost 40,000 products, including 1,677 food processors.

Our survey results, combined with our independent testing data, mean we can give you an unrivalled insight into which food processor brand you should buy.

Head to our food processor reviews

Know which food processor brand you want? Use the links below to go straight to our reviews and find your ideal model.