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Best food processor 2024: tested by experts

We've found the best food processor of 2024, trialling models from Ninja, Cuisinart, KitchenAid, and more

One of the best food processors, the Cusinart Core Custom, mixing a cream filling
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Recent updates

In the last update I added the Magic Bullet Kitchen Express, replacing the Oster 10-cup food processor as 'best budget food processor'. Our full review is still in progress but it's a much better food processor than the Oster, so I wanted to include it as soon as I could.  

Best Food Processors 2024 Quick Menu

A closeup of salsa ingredients in one of the best food processors, the Magic Bullet Kitchen Express

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1. The list in brief ↴
2. Best overall: Cuisinart Core
3. Best value: Nutribullet NBP50100
4. Best food processor/blender- Ninja Professional
5. Best for dicing:  Cuisinart Elemental
6. Best cordless: KitchenAid Cordless
7. Best large capacity: Cuisinart 14-Cup
8. Best luxury: Breville Sous Chef
9. Best for easy cleaning: Ninja Professional
10. Best budget: Magic Bullet Kitchen Express
11. How to choose
12. How we test
13. Meet the team
14. FAQS

The best food processors make life easier when you're cooking for a crowd or simply prepping for a meal for one. They effortlessly blitz through dicing, slicing, grinding and kneading.

We've thoroughly tested a wide range of food processors from leading brands, such as Ninja, KitchenAid, Cuisinart, and NutriBullet. Our tests put the best food processors through their paces, judging their functionality and efficiency through performance, cleaning, and ease of use. There's more detail below, but our current favorite is the Cuisinart Core Custom 10-Cup food processor for its easy storage and exceptional performance. 

If you want to double up your food processor with one of the best blenders, we've also included models that come with blending cups to make smoothies as well as dips or sauces. 

Quick List

If you want a food processor and you're in a hurry, here's a quick summary of our top picks. If one piques your interest, you can find more details further down.

Best food processor 2024

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Best food processor overall

Best overall food processor

Specifications

Power: 500W
Capacity: 10 cups
Programs: Low, high, pulse
Cleaning: Dishwasher safe
RRP: $179.95

Reasons to buy

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Sealed work bowl 
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Easy, neat storage
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A range of colors available
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Two sizes of pushers
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Optional added attachments

Reasons to avoid

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No way to tell if it's switched on
Buy it if

✅ You want a good all-rounder: this is good for taking on most processor tasks.
✅ You're tight on space: food processors are notoriously hard to store, but this is relatively compact.
✅ You want to process wetter ingredients: this sealed processor is great at working with wet foods like fruits.

Don't buy it if:

❌ You're anxious about safety: there's no indicator light to tell you this is switched on, which is poor for safety

❌ You want power: this is great at common processing tasks, but you need something more powerful for mincing beef or kneading dough.

❌ You want precise control: this processor has three basic settings and lacks dedicated modes for different tasks

The bottom line

🔎 Cuisinart Core Custom the best food processor you can buy, suiting almost everyone. 

The Cuisinart Core Custom 10-Cup is our top buy and I think you will be hard-pressed to find a better food processor. Our tester Camryn found that it was lightweight, but felt secure, with a bowl that fully seals to prevent any messes while mixing wetter ingredients. 'I think this appliance is worth the splurge if you’re going to use it regularly,' Camryn reports. 'Details like the sealed work bowl make this appliance easy and enjoyable to use, plus you can buy additional attachments to use on the same base.' 

One of our favorite things about this food processor is that everything can be stored inside the main mixing bowl. That includes the blade (which comes with its own protective cover) and the reversible shredding and slicing discs. You can also expand its capabilities by investing in a blender jar, juice extractor or dicing accessory.

The controls are on the simple side, you can either mix on low or high, or pulse. However, we didn't find that this food processor lacked power when we made everything from energy