The Best Food Processors

A good food processor can make a cook’s life a lot easier. Here are three top models we’re excited about.

beet hummus made with food processor
Whether you’re making a smooth beet hummus (pictured here) or just looking to get chopping, here are some of our favorite food processor selections.FOODISM360 on Unsplash

If a chef’s knife is the home cook’s best friend, then a food processor is his or her able assistant—ready to lend a hand whenever prep work proves daunting. These miraculous machines can chop mountains of produce at the flick of a switch, and puree soups, sauces, or smoothies in seconds. Are you a fan of making hummus? That’s reason enough to get a food processor. But which food processor? Among these high-quality models, the choice comes down to size: from a 14-cup powerhouse capable of feeding large households to a 3.5-cup mini model, ideal for singletons.

Cuisinart DFP-14BCNY 14-Cup Food Processor, Brushed Stainless Steel - Silver

High-Capacity and Colorful

A capacity of 14-cups makes quick work of feeding a crowd.Cuisinart

Cooking for a big family? This large-format food processor from Cuisinart can handle high volumes, thanks to its 720-watt motor, durable stainless-steel blades, and sizable feeding tube (for placing whole vegetables and fruits). The simple, two-button control panel—with “On,” “Off,” and “Pulse” options—makes this kitchen workhorse straightforward and easy to use.

Hamilton Beach 12-Cup Stack & Snap Food Processor & Vegetable Chopper

Multiple Functions

The unique design eliminates twisting and locking.Amazon

If you’re looking for a good-size food processor with more options, this 12-Cup Hamilton Beach model boasts slicing, shredding, pureeing, and mixing functions, in addition to the usual pulsing to chop. And while some food processors leak when blitzing up liquids, this baby’s carefully sealed bowl prevents such messes. On top of all that, the machine couldn’t be easier to assemble: It’s specifically designed to “stack and snap,” meaning there’s no more twisting (seriously, zero twisting!) and confusing guesswork to ensure that everything’s locked into place before use.

KitchenAid KFC3516OB 3.5 Cup Food Chopper, Onyx Black

Space-Saving

The solo home cook’s secret weapon.Amazon

It can be hard to justify pulling out a hulking appliance when you’re only chopping or pureeing something for yourself. Not so, this adorable little number. Lightweight, durable, and available in multiple colors, the KitchenAid Food Chopper has a built-in pour spout, to boot!