How To Choose A Food Processor?

by Véronique Raymond

Food processors are versatile and efficient tools to have in the kitchen.

They can be used for many different activities like shredding cheese, making biscuit dough, pureeing baby food, grinding spices, and chopping up ingredients.

Choosing the right food processor is easy once you know what features are important to you. Some people like the fact that food processors have pulse buttons for pulsing or chopping food, while others prefer a stand mixer because they can mix things by hand or add ingredients to the food processor during the mixing process. Then, there are those who like their food processor for food preparation, and others who like it for baking. To find the perfect processor for your needs, just consider how you’re using it, and make sure it fits your lifestyle.

For a new Food Processor, however, there are a few things you should know. And I am going to cover them below in this article:

  • Consider how much raw food your family or household needs and if that is the model for you
  • Take care of kitchen safety with proper tools like cutting boards and knives – Make sure the noise level can fit into your life on important days when meals need to be made (like during dinner time) 
  • If assembly is necessary consider who will help put it together.


#1 – Bowl Capacity

For a family of four, the recommendation would be for any size around 10 cups. If you cook larger-than-usual meals or make large batches of food to store, then I would recommend going with a 14 oz Food Processor. Larger devices are used in commercial food preparation only.

#2 – Blades

Blades are an essential part of a food processor so make sure the one you are purchasing comes with several blades functionality. It should also come with a good quality material that is made of stainless steel. The best blades are those designed to last the longest and offer the highest performance in relation to taste or texture preservation when processing food types such as vegetables or meat.

#3 – Power (Wattage)

Chopping vegetables and fruit can be done with minimal power, but certain tasks will demand more force. When it comes to food processing machines, keep in mind that they should have a Motor Power of no more than 700 Watts to ensure safety when working on delicate jobs like dough mixing.

#4 – Functions

In my previous article, I have offered 33 ideas of what a food processor can do. Some of the ideas are dependent on certain accessories or attachments being available or bought separately, while others aren’t.

Before you purchase a Food Processor, make sure that it offers specific blades and disks to perform your favorite jobs – this will save you from disappointment in the future if yours isn’t included!

#5 – Warranties

Most standard warranties apply to the motor on home appliances, but some manufacturers value quality and offer extended warranties. If you find such a manufacturer with an extended warranty, then you can be guaranteed that their product will not stop working one week after your first year anniversary. The best example of this is Cuisinart 11-Cup Food Processor which offers 5 years warranty on parts and 3 years on the motor making it a pretty good deal at this price point!

#6 – Juicing

There are various appliances for juicing: Juicers and Juice extractors. If you extract regular juice, then I would say you should just go for a juicer. Here is my review of the best 15 food processors with this capability. However, if you only want to juice occasionally – or want more versatility in your kitchen- then I would recommend getting a Food Processor instead (see detailed review below).

#7 – Dishwasher-safe parts

Most Food Processors nowadays come with dishwasher-safe parts. But you can cross-check just for the surety purpose! In some cases, the best way would be a clean those hidden areas. However, more important than dishwasher compatibility is whether there are any places with hard accessible cavities where food can pile up and that a machine can’t reach easily because they’re too small or whatnot; those will require manual cleaning or brushing instead.

#8 – Body

Just like stability is a key factor when it comes to buying a Food Processor, so is the type of weight. You should choose an appliance with wide bases and solid-built bodies that can easily support large loads. The Cuisinart DFP-14 Custom 14-Cup Food Processor from Amazon and KitchenAid 700 Watt 12 Cup Food Processor both have basements and wide bases for greater stability. To ensure your food processor does not overheat during use, make sure you buy one that can work continuously for extended periods without overheating.

#9 – Controls

The majority of food processors have just three modes: on, off and pulse. When it comes to speed controls in most cases this is more than sufficient. However, there are a few functions that may require more speeds like the different types of dough needing a particular mixing speed or an appliance with specific functional requirements such as a blender or dough mixer. Before committing your money to an appliance make sure its controls will support the intended uses you need it for.

#10 – Lid and Feeding Tube

When putting on a food lid, make sure it fits properly. Loose lids can cause the content in them to spill out as they don’t close tightly enough. This is why we recommend using wide Lid Food Processors with an optional pusher inside for smaller items like carrots and other small foods.

#11 – Size/Capacity

What size is best for you varies depending on the number of people you typically cook for and the recipes you’ll prepare in it. If cooking a family meal, an 11-cup processor should be sufficient; if making single-batch doughs or small amounts of sauces, three cups should be enough to serve your needs.

Conclusion: How To Choose A Food Processor?

The most important factors when purchasing a Food Processor are the size of the bowl, durability, and speed. But there is one more last, but not the least important thing – that is price.

First of all, you should decide what price range you can afford to spend on your Food Processor. Then look for the best value-price ratio by comparing it with other products in its category or within similar pricing ranges from other manufacturers.

 

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