How to Pick The Best Food Processor for you
The most important decision when picking a processor is what sized processor you need. Processors come in many different sizes. They range anywhere from 3 – 14 cups and even come in 20 cup models, which are mostly used in professional kitchens (cups are measured in dry food, not liquid).
The average household will want around a 7 cup processor and a family of 4 will probably want to look at a 9-11 cup processor.
If you’re just looking for a processor to do small jobs, such as chopping garlic, half an onion or nuts & herbs, then a small 3 cup processor might be more to your liking.
But, if you cook for many of you friends and family, then you might want to look at buying a larger 14 cup processor.
Must Haves For Any Food Processor
- Makes sure all removable parts (everything but the motor) are dishwasher safe for easy clean up. (You might want to consider washing the blades by hand because putting them in the dishwasher may dull them faster).
- You ideally want a food processor with around 600-700 watts or more because with more watts your processor will have more power to chop hard foods (such as hard cheeses and nuts). Processors with higher watts will be more expensive. However, if you use a lower watt machine you risk overheating your machine or even worse it could break the motor.
- Make sure your processor has a pulse feature. This will give you a lot more control over how fine or course your food gets chopped.
- Lastly, ensure your machine has a safety function so that it only turns on when the lid is securely fastened. This will ensure that it doesn’t accidently turn on and injure you or your friends and family.
Take Your Time!
All processors have a handful of different accessories that they can use. Make sure that the processor that you’re interested in is capable of performing all of the tasks that you want it to do. If you’re looking for a processor that can shred cheese, make sure it comes with a shredding blade.
There are also many different accessories out there to make using your processor a lot easier, such as, larger feed tubes. Some processors even come with small, medium and large sized bowls so you don’t have to use the biggest bowl for small tasks. Make sure that you take note of the many different accessories and you choose a processor that will best suit your needs.
And my last piece of advice when looking for the best food processor is: to take your time. Don’t rush looking at food processors or you might risk buying something that down the road you’re unhappy with.
When you first start to look at food processors, you should start looking at Cuisinart food processors and Kitchenaid food processors because these two companies make the best food processors on the market.
So, good luck with finding that perfect food processor and I hope you get many years of good use out of it.