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Food Processor Buying Guide

A comprehensive guide that will give you all the information you need on how to buy a food processor.

Getting Started

Small appliances can perform large tasks. Take the tears out of chopping onions with a food processor or mini-chopper, mix dough with your food processor, make fresh smoothies in the blender, deep fry your favorite fish - the list is endless. For advice on selecting the perfect small appliance check out our quick reference guide to small appliances. If you need further assistance contact our Gourmet Shop Sales Associates at 888-228-5800.


Food processors are typically the most expensive small appliance for your kitchen. If you are a serious cook or planning to be one, a food processor is a must. They are capable of slicing, grating, chopping, pureeing and even kneading. They can vary from a very small (mini) food processors to machines with a 16 cups capacity that can handle all the food preparation for a large dinner party. There are few factors to consider when choosing a food processor:


Capacity: It’s measured in cups and ranges from 4-16 cups. Having a bigger unit would probably be the best because you never know when you’ll have to use it for a large party, but if limited space to store it then a smaller unit might be more practical. Smaller machines are easier to clean, but they are obviously limited in the capacity. Just make sure when you clean the unit to watch out for the very sharp blades and not to leave it around children.

Power: Power is measured in watts and ranges from 500 to 1200 watts. The more powerful the machine is the more expensive it becomes. But usually more power will give you better results.

Attachments: Food processors are supplied with a set of attachments for shredding, slicing, whisking, blending, citrus juicing, mixing dough or grinding. Usually price dictates what (and how many) attachments will come with the unit. Many models come with a storage case which you can store all the attachments. Also, they might include a spatula and the recipe book. Make sure you will use all the attachments because if you don’t, they will just add clutter in your drawer.

Bowl Sizes: Bowl sizes range from 4 to 16 cups. They can be made from a plastic material, which tends to be cheaper or they can be made from stainless steel, which lasts much longer, but it’s also little pricier. Some food processors come with more then one bowl size. This can be a very nice feature especially if you are making something smaller and you don’t want to clean the big bowl.

Safety Lock: Most food processors have this function. This function ensures that the processing cannot start unless the lid is locked on properly which prevents any kind of accidents.

Choose a model that’s large enough for your needs and a design where the various bowls and attachments fit together easily. This will encourage you to get the most from your food processor.

Considerations for all small appliances:

  • Determine your cooking needs and wants - both current and future. Is your family growing or growing up and moving out? Are you interested in increasing your culinary endeavors? Are you wishing to simplify and reduce time in the kitchen?

  • Evaluate your kitchen counter space. Where are you going to put all those new small appliances?

  • Check the height of the appliance compared to the height of your cabinets.
    Appliances that mount under the cabinet are available.

  • Decide on the color of your new small appliance. 

  • Determine the appliance capacity. The number of speeds and settings on an appliance usually increases with the size of the machine. Those who have large families or like to entertain may choose to buy larger appliances.

  • Decide whether you want corded or cordless appliances.

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