Kudos to the moms who prepared special occasion dinners before the age of food processors because, to be honest, we’re unsure how they managed it. Whether you’re preparing for holiday hosting season or looking to revamp your kitchenware in a way that caters to #momlife — aka having very little time to actually concentrate on what’s going on in the kitchen while still keeping an eye on your little one — investing in one of the best food processors can completely transform your cooking game. From chopping to blending, these devices make meal prep so much easier.
If this is your first time shopping for a food processor, you’re in for a treat, but in order to find the best option for your kitchen, there are a few details to consider — the first being counter space. Sure, you could easily resort to storing your food processor in a cabinet if you have the room, but we guarantee you’re going to want this kitchen accessory accessible at all times. By evaluating how much space you have for storage before you purchase, you can search for a device that fits your limitations.
The next step is to figure out what sort of features you’re looking for in a food processor. There are advanced options that include all kinds of accessories (think bowls, blades, discs, shredders), food processors that simply chop and dice, and machines that do all that and more, like blend ingredients together. Whatever your preferences and needs, there’s a food processor out there that’ll take your cooking game to the next level.
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1. Cuisinart Mini Food Processor
This food processor gives “fast food” a whole new meaning. Best for small batches, this compact size doesn’t take up a lot of room. It’s the perfect device for moms since it eliminates prep work on your end so you can spend more time actually enjoying the dishes you prepare. Pre-chopping your ingredients is no longer necessary thanks to its built-in features. Bonus: Everything but the base of the device is machine-washable.
2. Ninja Mega Kitchen Professional
This mega food processor is best for those who have space and need to be able to do it all in bigger batches. Operating on 1500 watts of power, the device is mighty powerful but isn’t messy thanks to its no-slip base and slash guard that keeps juices and pieces of food well contained. It comes with two 16-ounce cups for personal smoothies, an 8-cup food processor bowl, and 72-ounce pitcher.
3. Hamilton Beach Bowl Scraper Food Processor
Moms need all the help they can get in the kitchen, which is why the Hamilton Beach Bowl Scraper Food Processor is our top pick. When we say this food processor does it all, we mean it. Long gone are the days when you’d need to pre-chop your veggies before tossing them into your device — Hamilton’s food processor does this step for you. But the most impressive feature of Hamilton’s food processor is that you don’t have to keep pausing, lifting the lid and pushing down pieces of food off the sides into the bowl. The device is self-scraping for a more efficient, quick blending. Hamilton’s is an extremely powerful food processor. Not only does it eliminate a bunch of grunt work for you, but it does so on a 450-watt motor. Choose from low speed, high speed or pulse settings, and switch up the interchangeable blades depending on whether you need to chop, mix, slice or shred your ingredients. The best part? The dishwasher-safe lid, bowl and blades make clean up just as simple as the food preparation.
4. Breville Food Processor
If you’re using a food processor, you most likely don’t have time to spend in the kitchen. So, why prep food before you have to put it int he processor? This wide-feed chute eliminates the need to cut or chop foods before so you can get precious time back. The LCD display features a count-down and up timer so you can adjust to your preferences.
5. KitchenAid Food Cup Chopper
No space? Enlist this slim food processor into your kitchen arsenal. Chop, mix, and puree to perfection with this must-have tool, which is available in a variety of fun colors to mix things up with your cooking decor. It features two speeds and a pulse setting and a one-touch button for ease. It’s ultra easy to clean and lightweight too.
6. Proctor Silex Processor
If you need a personal-size food processor, then this machine will be great for use everyday. Perfect for chopping vegetables, dicing, and mincing, this 1.5 cup capacity chopper can do just about any task. Make salsa, puree baby food, make sauces and more. With the pulse control, you can control the texture of your foods.
7. Black & Decker 8-Cup Food Processor
If you’re nervous about a food processor coming apart while using it, then you need this one that features a safety-interlocking system. It also boasts an efficient shoot that provides consistent results, so you can enjoy your go-to smoothies and more just the way you like it. The 8-cup bowl gives you plenty of room to make food in bulk.