Chopping ingredients in the kitchen with a knife and cutting board can be satisfying and sometimes necessary, but in the majority of cases, this process takes up an inordinate amount of time and creates a huge mess to clean up. Integrating a food processor into your meal prep routine is one of the easiest ways to shave off dozens of valuable minutes and spare yourself the extra work in practically every case imaginable. Since they’re designed to mix ingredients together as they chop and keep them contained in one place, food processors are great for making soups, doughs, and purees with greater uniformity and speed than can ever be achieved the old fashioned way. If cutting down on work in the kitchen is your goal, you’ll find endless uses for one of these handy gizmos.
Here’s a list of our favorite food processors currently on the market.
This food processor from Hamilton Beach is set apart by its ability to accommodate larger items thanks to an extra-wide feed chute and 14-cup capacity bowl. It includes five different blade attachments, each tailored specifically for dicing, slicing, shredding, chopping or kneading, plus a carrying case where you can stow them when they’re not in use. If you’re looking to uniformly chop or slice large quantities of any ingredient, this food processor won’t steer you wrong.
The Ninja BN601 is one of the most powerful food processors in its class, packing a 1000-peak-watt motor that’s powerful enough to blast through harder ingredients like without a hitch. Its four intelligent preset functions allow for one-touch preparation of pizza dough and shredding cheese, among other things, and it’s a great choice for smaller kitchens thanks to its relatively compact footprint. This food processor comes with a chopping blade, a dough blade, and a reversible slicing and shredding disc.
Cuisinart is practically a household name thanks in large part to their food processors, which were first introduced to market in the early 1970s. The current incarnation of their most well-known appliance is built for durability, style, and simplicity of use, and its large volume makes it a great choice for entertaining. It features dishwasher safe parts that include a 14-cup, BPA-free Lexan work bowl and a stainless steel blade and disc set, and it’s all powered by a 720-watt motor.
Great for apartments, prep kitchens and other small quantity applications, this compact KitchenAid food processor is a capable and powerful unit that gets the job done with simplicity. It has a 300-watt motor that runs at high and low speeds, and the control panel includes a dedicated pulse button. It has all the slicing and shredding capabilities one might expect from a food processor in this class, but it also features a unique thickness adjustment lever above the control panel that allows for granular control of the size of your cuts.