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Best food processor 2022: for chopping, shredding and slicing

Our reviews of the best food processors you can buy in 2022, with models from Ninja, Breville, Cuisinart, KitchenAid, and more

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Using the best food processor is one of the easiest ways to cut down on time wasted in the kitchen. Although chopping your onions and carrots by hand can have its mindful moments, when you are cooking for a crowd or you simply don't have the time, a food processor will blitz through veggies, nuts, and even bread dough in minutes. 

While they often look the same, the best food processors are not made equal. That's why we have put them to the test before compiling our list, meaning you can click through and read our food processor reviews below to find out how they held up when we tested every last attachment and used each machine in a home kitchen for a number of weeks. 

In our guide below you will find a range of the best food processors from Ninja, KitchenAid, Cuisinart, NutriBullet, and Magic Bullet. If you want to double up your food processor with one of the best blenders, we have also included models that come with blending cups to make smoothies as well as dips or sauces. We made sure to note the size of each food processor because while a larger air fryer can be better suited to family-sized meals, it will struggle with the small quantities of ingredients often used to make single-servings. 

Best food processor 2022

Cuisinart Core Custom 10-Cup Food ProcessorH&G gold badge

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The best food processor you can buy

Specifications

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

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

You'd be hard-pressed to find a better food processor than the Cuisinart Core Custom 10-Cup. In testing we found that it was lightweight, but felt secure, with a bowl that fully seals to prevent any messes while mixing liquid ingredients. 

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 bites to guacamole. The removable parts are all dishwasher-safe, and you can even choose from a range of colors when you buy. What's not to like? 

Our Cuisinart Core Custom 10-Cup Food Processor review has more details

Nutribullet food processor

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The best food processor for attachments

Specifications

Power: 450W
Capacity: 7 cups
Programs: Low, High, Pulse
Cleaning: Dishwasher-safe

Reasons to buy

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In-bowl storage
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Dishwasher-safe design
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Comes with a spiralizer attachment

Reasons to avoid

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Food opening is quite small

If it's a versatile food processor you're looking for, the NutriBullet NBP50100 Food Processor may be the best choice. The attachments can do just about anything. There is a dough hook, a chopping blade, two reversible slicing and shredding discs (one thick, one thin) and a spiralizing insert. 

There are a selection of attachments to choose from, which can often mean you're stuck with a lot of clutter when the food processor is not in use. The NutriBullet NBP50100 Food Processor has in-bowl storage though, meaning it tucks away neatly when you're finished cleaning it, with only one disc not fitting inside. 

We were particularly impressed with the spiralizing insert when we tested the Nutribullet 7-Cup Food Processor. It was very easy to get set up and produced long spirals of carrot and potato. At just six pounds, the Nutribullet 7-Cup Food Processor is also very lightweight which makes it easy to store. 

The design is dishwasher-safe and the plastic is BPA-free. There are three speeds: low, high, and pulse. As with a lot of Nutribullet products the food processor comes with a comprehensive recipe book that is great to get you started using the machine. 

Our Nutribullet 7-Cup Food Processor review has more details

Breville food processor

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The best premium food processor

Specifications

Power: 1000W
Capacity: 12 cups
Programs: On, Pulse
Cleaning: Hand-wash advised

Reasons to buy

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Huge range of attachments
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5-inch wide feed chute
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Quality results
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Variable size slicing

Reasons to avoid

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Hand-washing is recommended

The Breville BFP660SIL Sous Chef has the standard 12-cup capacity that we see in many of the best food processors. The controls are very intuitive, which means you'll be able to get started as soon as you take it out of the box. As with everything from Breville, it screams quality. 

It has a very powerful motor, and won't give you any trouble even when chopping larger and more dense items. The shredding disc is reversible, and the slicing disc is fully adjustable with 0.3mm to 8.0mm in size. This may be overkill for some, but if you take great pride in your home cooking and love to impress, it's a brilliant feature. 

The chute is very wide, so you can turn food on its side and slice in different sizes. That's ideal for julienning and experimenting with food presentation. 

When chopping we found this food processor to deliver some of the most consistent results of the machines we tested. However, this large food processor will prove tricky to store if you are working with a smaller kitchen. 

Our Breville Sous Chef 12 Food Processor review has more details

Ninja food processorH&G silver badge

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The best food processor for easy cleaning

Specifications

Power: 850W
Capacity: 9 cups
Programs: Chop, puree, dough, disc, pulse
Cleaning: Dishwasher

Reasons to buy

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Not too expensive
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Very powerful
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Plenty of programs
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Easy to clean

Reasons to avoid

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Only one food bowl

Ninja is one of our favorite brands for value and high-quality design. The Ninja Professional 9-Cup Food Processor is exemplary in this, with a range of intelligent programs and several attachments, all for under $100.It has functions to Chop, Puree, Dough, and Disc. This disc is reversible and can be used for slicing, too. 

In testing, we found that the food processor was lightweight enough to be moved easily around the kitchen, and was particularly good at shredding vegetables. We also used the double-layered dough blades to make cookie dough, which came together a lot quicker than many of the best stand mixers. However, we did have to scrape down the sides of the cooking bowl. 

With a locking lid for safety and a quad chopping blade that doesn't simply slice what's at the bottom of the bowl, we're impressed with the versatility and high quality considering the price. For those who want the best food processor without any blender attachments, it's a good pick. However, the NutriBullet NBP50100 Food Processor impressed us more with its value for money, incorporating a blender pitcher and single-serve blending cups. 

Our Ninja Professional Plus Food Processor review has more details

kitchenaid food processorH&G gold badge

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The best cordless food processor out there

Specifications

Power: Lithium ion battery
Capacity: 5 cups
Programs: 1.77in
Cleaning: Dishwasher safe

Reasons to buy

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Perfect for indoor or outdoor use
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Battery life is impressive
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Easy to use and clean

Reasons to avoid

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Small capacity

When we tried the KitchenAid Cordless 5 Cup Food Chopper, it truly converted us to the cordless lifestyle. Suddenly we could make sauces and dips while standing outside with the grill, and move around the kitchen with complete freedom. 

Whether you want to whip up a salsa while busy with the grill or simply don't have room for yet more cords in your kitchen, the KitchenAid Cordless 5 Cup Food Chopper is here to change the game.

We used this five-cup food processor for blitzing up onions, carrots, tomato sauce, guacamole, and even to make a delicious aioli using the mayonnaise attachment. It impressed at every turn. Of course you will need to remember to re-charge it, but the battery lasted a long time during testing and we would anticipate needing to re-charge every month, at most. 

The cup is made of dishwasher-safe plastic and you turn it on by simply twisting the lid into place and pressing the perfectly thumb-sized groove at the top. That makes it extra safe, but adding new ingredients means you'll need to unscrew and re-attach the lid. 

Our KitchenAid Cordless 5 Cup Food Chopper review has more details

Cuisinart food processorH&G silver badge

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The best large food processor

Specifications

Power: 720W
Capacity: 14 cups
Programs: On, Pulse
Cleaning: Dishwasher-safe parts

Reasons to buy

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Generous bowl size
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Simple to operate
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Slices, shreds, chops and mixes

Reasons to avoid

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Fewer smart functions

For those who want a sturdy workhorse in the kitchen, look no further than the Cuisinart 14-Cup Food Processor. It's got a slicing disc, shredding disc, and chopping/dough blade. 

What sets the Cuisinart 14-Cup Food Processor is its large capacity. If you need to shred industrial levels of cheese or make a large salsa all in one go, it's got five cups more than the industry standard. Of course, it's a very weighty model and we found that our day-to-day recipes looked very small in the chopping bowl. This does mean it's well sized to make large recipes without having to regularly empty the bowl.

This food processor could tackle just about anything we threw its way. The pesto we made was very evenly chopped and there was no need to go in and scrape any un-mixed ingredients into the sauce. Our energy balls also came out very well mixed and we found that it was easy to add and remove the blade because the bowl was so large.

Its uncomplicated design means it doesn't take up more space in the kitchen than it needs to. You can buy other shredding and slicing discs as well as a whisk attachment separately. We did find that the exterior smudged easily. 

Our Cuisinart Custom 14-Cup Food Processor review has more details

Ninja BN801 Professional Plus Kitchen System with Auto-iQH&G gold badge

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The best food processor blender combo

Specifications

Power: 1500W
Capacity: 8 cups
Programs: Dough, blend, crush, pulse
Cleaning: Dishwasher safe

Reasons to buy

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The ultimate multipurpose machine
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Incredibly powerful
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Personal and family-sized pitchers

Reasons to avoid

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Large space requirements

While it's got some pretty hefty size requirements, the Ninja Professional Plus Kitchen System with Auto-IQ is a great investment for those who want a blender and food processor in one. It even does one better and includes a personal blender attachment for those morning smoothies, with two to-go cups.

The food processor bowl is 64oz and the large blender is 72oz, perfect for soups and large drinks. You could even prep your soup ingredients in the food processor bowl and finish off in the pitcher. We also enjoyed how powerful the base was, thanks to its 1400-watt motor. It has blending modes to make smoothies, crush ice, or chop dough, and manual modes for low speeds right up to max blend. 

Included is a dough blade and two levels for larger portions. There's also a chopping blade that simply slots into the top of the bowl.  The double-layered blades are perfect for evenly blitzing even a full bowl, which means that nothing is turned to mush at the bottom of the bowl while the items at the top are left untouched. 

Our Ninja Professional Plus Kitchen System with Auto-IQ review has more details

Cuisinart Elemental 13 Cup Food ProcessorH&G gold badge

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8. Cuisinart Elemental 13 Cup Food Processor

The best food processor for dicing

Specifications

Power: 550W
Capacity: 13 cups
Programs: High, low, pulse
Cleaning: Removable parts are dishwasher safe

Reasons to buy

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Dicing attachments
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Mini work bowl
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Easy to clean
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Attachment kit

Reasons to avoid

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No multi-layer blades
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Lots of storage space needed

If you take your cooking seriously, you'll know that sometimes dicing is just better than chopping for making tasty soups and the bases for stews. That's why we love the Cuisinart Elemental 13 Cup Food Processor and its dicing attachment. 

A powerful 550-watt motor keeps the Cuisinart Elemental 13 Cup Food Processor on top of sizeable tasks, which is a good thing given the large size of the bowl. There is also a mini 4.5-cup work bowl that makes cleaning easier when preparing smaller dishes. 

The dicing attachment pushes vegetables and cheese through a grid insert and then slices the ingredients into evenly-sized square shapes. We did find that this attachment took a bit of muscle to get through every last piece of potato or cucumber, but the results were impressively consistent. 

Although there are a lot of extra attachments to contend with, Cuisinart does provide a large storage case to keep these organised. It even has a lock to keep it away from kids. There is also a storage case that contains the multiple slicing, spiralizing and chopping inserts, so only opt for this one if you have plenty of storage space to offer. 

The dicing grid comes with a special tool to clean out the remaining ingredients without putting your fingers at risk. All removable parts are dishwasher-safe, and the attachments slot neatly into the storage case. 

How did we choose the best food processors? 

All the pesto ingredients in the Cuisinart Custom ready to combine

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When choosing the best food processors we have a continuous testing process to make sure all the top choices feature in our guide. Every one of the food processors in our guide has been reviewed by the Homes & Gardens team, and many have also been reviewed in separate articles, which you can click through to read after each entry. Alongside our hands-on testing, we also research online user reviews and ask experts to see what wins them a spot in our guide. 

If we have reviewed a food processor in our guide, it will have a rating out of five stars and we will clearly state this in the summary of each product. 

When testing the best food processors we made sure to use every attachment on offer, meaning we will often slice, chop, grate, spiralize, and even make pizza dough. We also like to work with a mixture of personal and brand-supplied recipes. A lot of brands include recipes with their products, which can be a great way of getting to know a food processor, but it's also important that the machine will work with our own recipes.

What size food processor do you need?

Our advice is to never buy something your kitchen can't accommodate. Yes, it's tempting to buy the largest and most impressive food processor out there, but if it won't fit onto crowded counters or in kitchen cupboards, you'll grow to resent it very quickly.

Not all food processors take a lot of space though. Both of the KitchenAid options in our guide have a small footprint, even though there's a 9-cup model that will cater to even large families. 

Often it's the motor found in the base of a food processor that makes it so space-consuming, so opting for a mighty Ninja food processor could be costly in terms of space, but worth it for the high-powered functions. 

What's the difference between a blender and food processor? 

Nutribullet 7-Cup Food Processor

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If you've ever tried to make a smoothie in a food processor or chop veggies in a blender, you'll know they're very different machines. Because food processors have flatter bowls they're best suited to chopping dry ingredients, whereas the vertical design of a blender's pitcher means you'll have perfectly smooth drinks in seconds.

If you're trying to choose between one or other other, there's always the option of buying the best food processor blender combo in our guide, the Ninja Professional Plus Kitchen System with Auto-IQ.

How much should I spend on a food processor?

The best food processor doesn't have to cost much. In fact, the models in our guide start at around the $50 mark, which really isn't bad for a powerful kitchen appliance that will last you for years. As they get smarter though, food processors also get more expensive. The typical food processor could cost as much as $200 for a truly multi-functional and high-end model. 

Millie Fender
Millie Fender

Millie Fender is the Small Appliance and Cooking Editor on the Homes and Gardens Ecommerce team. She specializes in cooking appliances and also reviews outdoor grills and pizza ovens. Millie loves to bake, so she will take any excuse to review stand mixers and other baking essentials. All of Millie's reviews are conducted at home, meaning she uses these products in her own kitchen, the way they're designed to be used. Millie is from Bath, England, and she grew up surrounded by classic Georgian architecture and interiors. She dreams of buying her own house and filling it with antiques, but for now, she lives in a sunny London flat with a very busy kitchen.