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Food Processor Buying Guide

A food processor can be one of the most powerful tools in your kitchen, and it's versatile enough to tackle a myriad of recipes. This small appliance can chop nuts, mix dough and puree foods with just the push of a button. Before selecting on for the kitchen, here are different types of food processors and features to consider.

Types of Food Processors

Mini Food Processor

A mini food processor gives you the ability to chop and mix enough ingredients for one or two people.

  • Replacing a blender - If you like fruit juices, veggie juices or even almond milk, you can make them with a mini food processor. You can keep a small kitchen clutter-free by doing more with just one appliance.
  • Single servings - If you're only cooking for one, you can prepare the right amounts of ingredients without waste using a smaller processor.
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Food Chopper

For chopping, dicing and mincing that you'll have to do in prepping meals every evening, this model will make those tasks a snap.

  • Repetitive food prep tasks - A food chopper will handle simple and everyday food preparation tasks with the push of a button and helping you save time.
  • Fruits, veggies and spices - When you only need to chop ingredients for a meal and don't need all the functions of your full-size food processor, this appliance will perform this task quickly.
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Full-Size Food Processor

A full-size model has versatile additional features and can handle large quantities of food for dinner parties or big family meals.

  • Perfect for baking and pasta dishes - When making pizza, pasta or bread dough, a large food processor will have the capacity, power and necessary attachments to mix large amounts of dough.
  • Ideal when entertaining - If you make large quantities of food for big family dinners or entertain frequently, you'll want something that can prepare plenty of ingredients quickly.

Features of Food Processors

Technical Featuers

  • Capacity - Food processors can have capacities up to 14 cups.
  • Settings - Different settings and attachments let you chop, grind and mix foods with precision.
  • Lids - Lid slots allow you to pour ingredients into your processor at the right time for more complex recipes.
  • Bowls - Different sizes of bowls let you measure the right amount of ingredients.
  • Attachments - Dough blades and juicers give you even more functions in one appliance.
  • Easy Cleanup - Many of the parts are dishwasher safe, making cleanup a breeze.