This classic model still does an incredible job and is one of the best choices for most home cooks. It has a huge 14-cup capacity that easy handles a variety of kitchen tasks from perfectly even and fast chopping or shredding to mixing up double batches of your favorite dough. With a quiet but strong 720 watt motor, extra large feed tube, responsive pulse feature, sharp blades, and a simple to understand setup and design the Cuisinart 14 Cup Food Processor delivers near professional results. It was also one of the few models that didn’t leak liquids! We found this food processor to be easy to clean and easy to store with only two disks for shredding and slicing vs a multitude of complicated attachments. Here at Real Simple we’re always big fans of staying organized–Cusinart even offers disk storage containers to keep things tidy. One downside, there are no adjustments for thickness in slicing which is a feature that some find handy. This is also the largest model in our roundup so you’ll want to make sure you have space to store it for easy access.
Hamilton Beach Stack and Snap 70725
With a uniquely simple design unlike other food processors, a large 12 cup capacity bowl, and slicing and shredding disks at a phenomenal price; the Hamilton Beach Stack and Snap is our Best Value food processor. The “Stack and Snap” design eliminates awkward twisting, turning and locking mechanisms for the bowl and top and to make setup fast and super simple. It also offers two speeds, a pulse function, and a handy pour spout on the bowl to reduce messy drips. It performed fairly well in our tests although we did need to scrape down the sides of the bowl pretty frequently for even pureeing. This model’s “Big Mouth” feed tube enables you to process larger foods and make kitchen prep even faster by reducing pre-cutting. Another clever feature, the disc attachment is reversible and labeled, which makes setup much less confusing than other food processors and minimized the number of extra parts. We’re also fans of the tidy cord storage and stay-in-place suction cups on the bottom. With only a 450-watt motor we’re a little concerned about the longevity of this food processor. But if you’re on a budget or don’t plan to be using it too frequently we think it makes a fantastic choice.
While many manufacturers offer inexpensive mini food processors we found the KitchenAid 3.5 Cup Mini Food Processor to be the sturdiest and highest quality of the lot. It chopped vegetables quicker and more evenly than other models and has additional helpful features too. For example, most basic mini chops don’t offer a way to slowly add liquid ingredients for emulsified preparations like vinaigrettes and mayonnaise as this KitchenAid food processor does in the “Drizzle Basin” on the lid. In addition, it has two speeds as well as a pulse function and a convenient wind up cord. This model is the perfect option for singles or small families, those with limited kitchen storage or counter space, people who don’t want to invest in a higher priced machine, or who simply don’t cook very often and just want to be able to quickly chop or puree small amounts of ingredients. It’s also available in 12 bright colors to add a little cheer to your kitchen prep. So while you can’t knead bread or shred ingredients in it this model will serve you well for quick small-batch kitchen prep tasks
Breville Sous Chef 12-Cup Food Processor
With a modern look, simple assembly and a plethora of thoughtful, upscale design features we recommend the Breville Sous Chef 12-cup food processor for Best Design. The unique variable slicing disc has 24 precise settings from paper thin (0.3mm) to thick cut (8.0mm) to let this model serve as an easy and safer to use mandolin for perfectly sliced potato chips and more. A robust 1000W motor is the strongest of all food processors we tested with an extremely generous 10 year motor warranty - so wearing it out won’t be an issue. This model performed very well in all our testing with its extremely sharp blades but the thoughtful design features were what really won us over. For example - the work bowl slides smoothly into place, pours perfectly, and doesn’t have a hole at the bottom center, making it easier to empty and clean with no leaking. The feed chute offers three different sizes to accommodate evenly feeding foods straight against the attachment disks for perfect slices. The smallest feed tube is also a measuring cup so you can measure and add directly into the bowl. One small quirk, this model can handle 12 cups of solid ingredients but can only handle 8½ cups of liquids. It’s also a splurge price-wise and the most expensive food processor in our roundup. But if high design and high performance are things you value, you won’t be disappointed with this food processor.
To note: An XL 16 cup Pro version of the Sous Chef is also very highly rated and popular in online reviews–but at over $100 more in cost and a whopping 10lbs heavier it requires a significant investment in cash and storage space!
Ninja Precision Processor With Auto-Spiralizer
If you don’t own a mini chop and spiralized veggies are a frequent ingredient in your cooking the Ninja Precision Process and Spiral is a fantastic food processor choice for you. With all the features of a mini food processor plus a unique add-on spiralizer attachment, this reasonably priced model will serve double-duty in your kitchen. A 3.5 cup work bowl and Ninja’s unique multiple blade make quick work of chopping small batches of nuts, veggies, and also pureeing everything from sauces to salad dressings. A small opening in the lid lets you add liquid while processing. This model’s big differentiator is the included “Auto-Spiralizer” that easily produces piles of spiralized vegetables and fruits. It even offers two unique spiralizer disks for both thinner spaghetti and flatter/thicker fettucine. Suction cups at the 400-watt base keep the machine stable while in use and a handy included brush makes it easy to clean nooks and crannies (the parts are also dishwasher safe). It’s smaller work bowl size means you’ll have to work in batches if you’re cooking for a crowd. It also took a little fiddling to set this food processor up the first few times we used it, but once you get the hang of it you’ll be churning out zoodles in no time.