Food Processors: Ratings of Sources
For this report, the team of professional testers at ConsumerReports.org put quite a few food processors and food choppers through their paces, chopping, slicing, shredding, pureeing and grating. They also tested noise levels and ease of use -- noting weights of the machines as well. Each machine is assigned a rating, and the chart shows the ranking of each food processor as it compares to the others tested. There are also designations for which food processors are Recommended, and which ones are Best Buys.
After an initial 40 hours of research that included expert interviews, followed by nearly three years of testing, the Cuisinart DFP-14BCNY retains its top spot as the best full-sized food processor, with the smaller Cuisinart Mini-Prep Plus the best mini option. The Breville Sous Chef is the recommendation for a heavy-duty machine. Testing is exhaustive and well-documented, including ongoing "notes" to update the report.
Editors at Cook's Illustrated magazine updated this report to respond to Cuisinart's blade recall. Overall, they test eight popular, full-sized food processors. Most of the food processors perform pretty well, and performance seems to fall along the lines of price -- more expensive models do better than cheap models. The ultimate winner, however, is considered a mid-priced food processor.
New to food processor testing this year, TopTenReviews.com tested an undisclosed number of food processors to arrive at their top 10 choices for 2016. Each food processor is tested for performance across a variety of tasks; cleaning and convenience; design; and warranty and support. Food processors are then ranked and rated; three are designated Gold, Silver or Bronze Award winners. Although details are scarce, testing appears to be thorough and the results are well-documented in various charts that compare the food processors to each other.
Amazon.com sells hundreds of food processors and mini food choppers, some of which receive reviews from thousands of users. Choices include traditional, full-sized food processors, mini processors and choppers and baby food makers. Reviews can be sorted by date, helpfulness or overall star rating, and many comments here are highly detailed. This is an excellent resource for determining the long-term durability of food processors, as many owners come back after months or years to provide updates.
Walmart.com is a great resource for food processor reviews, especially less expensive brands such as Hamilton Beach, Oster, Ninja and other lower-cost models that might not be well-represented or get much in the way of user feedback elsewhere. Most food processors listed here have a lot of reviews, dozens to hundreds, and many are thorough and give a good overview of performance and durability.
BestBuy.com may be thought of more as a destination for all things electronics, but, in fact, it carries nearly 350 models of food processors -- ranging from full-sized, heavy-duty models to those Jack-of-all-trades infomercial darlings. A number of food processors get hundreds -- and sometime thousands -- of reviews. Owners can also say if they would recommend the product, and reviews are broken down by pros and cons as well.
Although BedBathandBeyond.com carries fewer food processors than other retail outlets, popular brand like Cuisinart and Hamilton Beach are well-represented. There are fewer reviews here too, less than 100 for most food processors, but enough to get an idea of the level of satisfaction with each appliance.
At Macys.com the Cuisinart brand dominates -- which is not necessarily a bad thing because Cuisinart dominates in the world of food processors. This is a great resource for detailed reviews of various Cuisinart models, and it includes the percentage of people who would recommend the product.