Best Food Processors

If you need a hand around the kitchen, a food processor can take care of the most tedious tasks, like chopping veggies, mincing meat, and grinding spices. Continue reading...

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Based on 1,830 reviews
Magimix XL Range

Magimix XL Range 🏆 2024

4.7  (769)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $699 to $1,399
  • Capacity2.6L, 3L and 3.6L
  • Number of Speed Settings1 to 3
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Chris
Chris2 posts
  Fair Incentive 3200 XL
Optimum MagiCook PRO

Optimum MagiCook PRO 🏆 2024

4.8  (123)
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  • Price (RRP) $349
  • Capacity1.2L
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Tony Fowler
Tony FowlerVICWestern District, VIC2 posts
  Verified
Breville Kitchen Wizz 15 Pro BFP800

Breville Kitchen Wizz 15 Pro BFP800

3.4  (261)
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  • Capacity3.7L
  • Number of Speed Settings2
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Bec Kent
Bec KentACTKambah 2902, ACT3 posts
  Verified BFP800
Kambrook Essentials Direct Drive KFP400

Kambrook Essentials Direct Drive KFP400

4.1  (20)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $99
  • Capacity1.5L
  • Number of Speed Settings2
Tara T
Tara TNSWHunter Region, NSW3 posts
 
Why didn't I buy one sooner!This food processor is so compact & light and just the right size for making quick & easy treats. It was very easy to use and it's compact size makes it easy to store. The suction cups on the base are a great idea to stabilise the machine.  Show details
Ninja Foodi Power Blender Ultimate System CB402

Ninja Foodi Power Blender Ultimate System CB402

4.5  (12)
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  • Price (RRP) $449.99
  • Capacity2.1L
  • Number of Speed Settings10
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Handywoman123
Handywoman123QLDSouth East Queensland, QLD8 posts
  Verified
ALDI Mini Chopper

ALDI Mini Chopper

4.0  (14)
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  • Price (RRP) $4.99 to $19.99
  • Capacity0.35L and 1L
  • Number of Speed Settings1
NAM
NAM
  Ambiano Mini Chopper
Best value kitchen appliance have purchasedIf possible I would buy many and give them as presents as they are so good.
Love them Show details
Kenwood Multipro Sense FPM810

Kenwood Multipro Sense FPM810

2.6  (68)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $579
  • Capacity3.5L
  • Number of Speed Settings8
Nadia S.
Nadia S.
 
Kenwood
Kenwood   DM   
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Kenwood Multipro Excel FPM910

Kenwood Multipro Excel FPM910

3.2  (20)
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  • Price (RRP) $749
  • Capacity4L
  • Number of Speed Settings3
Madad
MadadNSWSydney, NSW5 posts
 
Ninja Professional Food Processor BN650

Ninja Professional Food Processor BN650

4.6  (8)
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  • Capacity2.1L
  • Number of Speed Settings4
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Jeannie
JeannieVICGippsland, VIC6 posts
 
Finally a great machineAfter trying a few other food processors I found the Ninja, it's fantastic, it has so much power, has dough hook to do bread and scones, a grater for veggie soup, as well as the standard super powerful blade for processing and making bliss balls. Really impressed and worth every cent. Show details
Sunbeam Cafe Series LC9000

Sunbeam Cafe Series LC9000

2.7  (37)
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  • Price (RRP) $429
  • Number of Speed Settings2
Charlotte R
Charlotte RWAPerth, WA12 posts
 
KitchenAid KFP0933

KitchenAid KFP0933

3.4  (15)
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rubbie123
rubbie123VICGreater Melbourne (Outer), VIC5 posts
  5KFP0933AAC
Breville Kitchen Wizz Peel & Dice BFP820

Breville Kitchen Wizz Peel & Dice BFP820

2.9  (22)
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  • Price (RRP) $699.95
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A C.
A C.
 
Don't buy unless you want to spend your life cleaningThe only reason this got 2 stars instead of 1 is purely the fact it does what it says, peels and dices. What it doesn't tell you is that you will spend your entire evening trying to get food out from within the dicer blades (dishwasher or not) save time on prep yes. Save time cleaning after, hell no! Show details
Breville Kitchen Wizz 8 BFP560SIL

Breville Kitchen Wizz 8 BFP560SIL

4.0  (9)
 Summary
  • Number of Speed Settings2
Rosie
Rosie2 posts
 
Don’t buy this basic thingI bought this in a hurry. It has 2 speeds, fast and super fast (supposedly Low and High). The pulse function is simply the same: fast. There’s no gradual speed setting so that liquid can be added gradually. Yes, give me the previous early models. This machine acts like a blender when it should be a capable processor. I’m so disappointed, Breville. Show details
Breville All In One BSB530

Breville All In One BSB530

2.3  (71)
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M Z.
M Z.QLDSouth East Queensland, QLD2 posts
  Verified
Terrible customer service and productCentral plastic piece that the s blade sets on snapped with 3 months. Breville refused to replace, asked for $38 to supply and ship. I will never buy such products from breville, that's 100% for me Show details
KitchenAid KFC3511

KitchenAid KFC3511

2.5  (40)
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Kat
KatTASCentral, TAS13 posts
  5KFC3511AAC
Kenwood FDM302SS

Kenwood FDM302SS

3.3  (13)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $179
  • Capacity2.1L
  • Number of Speed Settings3
Fel F.
Fel F.WAPerth, WA
 
I love this blender! Easy to use and perfect for smoothies/bliss balls/soupsA very simple but effective blender! Is use it to make smoothies, soup, dips and bliss balls.

- simple to use
- easy to clean
- I've had to for 4+ and still going strong
- stylish design
- lightweight
- noisy: bit um..it's a blender...
- suction stays put as it blends
- good price Show details

Veggie Bullet VBR-1007

Veggie Bullet VBR-1007

4.0  (8)
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Jono
JonoSAMetropolitan Adelaide, SA13 posts
 
Great for cooking healthy foodThe Veggie Bullet is great for spirolising vegetable, shredding vegetables making it far easier to prepare healthy meals , good alternative to pasta. Easy to clean, rinse under the tap and put aside to dry. Great machine Show details
Breville the Kitchen Wizz 11 BFP660SIL

Breville the Kitchen Wizz 11 BFP660SIL

3.0  (15)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $369.95
  • Number of Speed Settings2
Pete
PetePerth27 posts
 
KitchenAid KFC3516

KitchenAid KFC3516

4.5  (6)
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  • Price (RRP) $169
  • Number of Speed Settings2
Debka
Debka
 
Ninja Foodi Power Blender & Processor System

Ninja Foodi Power Blender & Processor System

5.0  (5)
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  • Capacity2.1L
  • Number of Speed Settings10
Jacko
JackoVICGippsland, VIC49 posts
  Ambassador Review CB350
Kenwood MultiPro Home 1000W FDP642BK

Kenwood MultiPro Home 1000W FDP642BK

2.5  (25)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $199
  • Capacity3L
  • Number of Speed Settings3
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Unhappy customer
Unhappy customer
 
TerribleThere is a tiny spring in the bottom of the blender that falls out every time its washed, the first 3 times I managed to save it but last time I lost the silly thing and now cannot use the blender at all very disappointed. And the food processor bowl leaks all round not very good will not continue to but kenwood food processors. Show details
Breville Kinetix Wizz 8 Plus BFP580

Breville Kinetix Wizz 8 Plus BFP580

3.7  (7)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $269.95
  • Capacity1.5L
  • Number of Speed Settings2
Chris
ChrisBrisbane31 posts
 
Day 1 reviewI'll update this as I go, but the jug is plastic. Which the manual informs you not to put in the dishwasher often. I would expect that for a really cheap food processor. Show details
Sunbeam MultiProcessor LC6200 / LC6250

Sunbeam MultiProcessor LC6200 / LC6250

1.8  (126)
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  • Price (RRP) $149
  • Capacity1.75L
  • Number of Speed Settings5
Dukkkman
DukkkmanWAPeel, WA36 posts
  LC6200
Breville Kitchen Wizz 11 Plus BFP680

Breville Kitchen Wizz 11 Plus BFP680

2.7  (10)
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  • Price (RRP) $499.95
  • Number of Speed Settings2
ettason
ettasonPERTH52 posts
 
ALDI Food Processor

ALDI Food Processor

1.9  (26)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $59.99 to $129
  • Capacity1.2L, 2.4L and 3.5L
  • Number of Speed Settings2
Shak S.
Shak S.2 posts
  Ambiano Food Processor
Poor servceShaft inside the blade Broke within a few uses. Put a request on this website re: help with ordering spare blades 3 months ago. No reply yet. Show details
Contempo Food Processor

Contempo Food Processor

4.0  (4)
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  • Price (RRP) $25
  • Capacity0.86L
Cheap junk
Cheap junk
 
KitchenAid 13 Cup Food Processor KFP1319

KitchenAid 13 Cup Food Processor KFP1319

4.7  (3)
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  • Number of Speed Settings3
Clare
ClareNew South Wales15 posts
 
Smith + Nobel SNFP18SS

Smith + Nobel SNFP18SS

2.6  (7)
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Alison
Alison
 
Rubbish don’t waste your moneyDoesn’t work and if you need help they charge you $2 to help after spending $200 what a joke SO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY BUY A BWTTWR QUALITY BRAND Show details
KitchenAid KFP1333

KitchenAid KFP1333

1.6  (20)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $499
  • Capacity3.1L
  • Number of Speed Settings4
Pat Parry-jones
Pat Parry-jonesNorthern Territory5 posts
  5KFP1333AAC
Very useful especially the dicing kitVersatile food preparation and easy to use, slicing grating and dicing with adjustable thickness for slicing if needed Show details
KitchenAid KFP1644

KitchenAid KFP1644

2.5  (6)
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$749RRP
PAT
PATVICCentral Highlands and Goldfields, VIC3 posts
  5KFP1644ACA
Dicing attachment is uselessThe unit works well but the dicing attachment is absolute rubbish. It didn't matter what type of vegetable I put through it it jammed. For a machine costing over $700 this really poor. What can you do kitchen aid? Show details

A food processor bowl filled with ingredients to make basil pesto.

What does a food processor do?

A food processor is an electric appliance that's made to help with food prep. It has a working bowl that’s equipped with removable sharp, ridged blades. After placing food inside the bowl, and a lid on top, turning the appliance on results in the motor-powered blades spinning at high speeds to process tough-textured foods.

A food processor doesn’t just chop foods, but can also dice, slice, grate and shred them. Depending on the attachments your food processor comes with, you may also be able to mix, whip, knead and blend foods.

Savoury foods

If you spend a lot of time cutting up hard veggies like carrots, onions, and broccoli with a knife, a food processor can save you precious time in the kitchen. You can also puree foods like chickpeas to make creamy hummus, sweet potato and peas for baby food. You can also make pesto and dips, as well as mince ingredients like garlic and meat.

Sweet foods

When it comes to sweet treats, food processors can make quick work of some steps, like grinding biscuits into fine crumbs for a cheesecake base, or kneading hearty doughs for pie crusts or brioche pastry. However, some home dessert connoisseurs will still prefer a food mixer, which can also reliably tackle many dessert-prepping tasks.

What is the difference between a food processor and a blender?

Both of these handy kitchen appliances save labour in the kitchen. In a nutshell, the main difference between a blender and food processor is that a food processor is more suited to dry foods that are solid or tough in texture.

A blender, however, is better if you’re looking to liquify ingredients instead, like fruits for a smoothie or veggies for a soup. Since a food blender offers a closer chop, it’s more likely to give you that smooth, aerated texture that’s favoured for liquids, while a food processor at its finest chop can either pulverise food into coarse, small pieces, or puree it into a barely-aerated solid.

If you already have a high-speed blender, it’s likely that your blender performs the tasks you're looking for in a standard food processor. For example, both appliances will probably be able to grind nuts, puree, blend, or crush ice. Consider the extra tasks you need from a food processor, and whether shelling out the extra bucks will be worth it.

Some food processors come with a blender attachment, which is handy if you're looking for more versatility.

Factors to consider when buying a food processor

Ease of use

This often depends on how many functions and features a food processor equipped with. You can find mini food processors with just two settings: on/chop and off. A small food processor, or standard-sized one like the Kmart 2L food processor, may have 2 speed settings, and a Pulse function.

Higher-end food processors will have more versatility, such as more speed settings, but will be also be more complex to use. For example, an adjustable slicing blade can come with up to 24 different settings for slice thickness. You may not need this level of choice, and if not, it could make a processor unnecessarily complicated.

A food processor that doesn’t jump around on the kitchen counter when you use it will also make the appliance easier to use. A heavier base helps with this, and can also indicate a more durable build quality. Rubber feet or suction cups under the appliance will also help it to stay put.

Size and capacity

Keep in mind that the stated capacity by the manufacturer is often larger than the usable capacity inside a bowl. Also take note of the size of the feed chute. A larger feed chute will allow you to place entire vegetables like a potato or tomato in at once.

Mini food processors

Also called food choppers, these have a capacity of around 2 to 4 cups, or up to 1 litre. They will usually only come with one blade, the standard S-shaped serrated chopping blade.

While basic in functionality, this size can be ideal if you’re using a mini processor for simple tasks like dicing onions or mincing herbs. Being so compact, they’re also easy to clean and store.

Medium-sized food processors

A standard food processor will have a working bowl that can house up to 8 cups, or 1 to 2 litres worth of food. This is a suitable size if you’re new to using a food processor, but are planning to use it semi-regularly for more than just chopping small quantities.

Extra-large food processors

These food processing workhouses can accommodate 9 to 14 cups, or 2.25 to 3.5 litres or more, of food. If you have a large household or entertain frequently, investing in this larger size may make sense. If you’re kneading bread dough, this is the best size.

Pulse function

A pulse button is important in a food processor. It provides short bursts of power that chop food, while allowing you to control the size and consistency of food. With each press of the Pulse button, food moves around the bowl evenly.

By comparison, using an on button or a variable speed setting will process food continuously. This means you can end up over-processing food before you realise it. A Pulse function helps with delicate tasks like chopping parsley, folding flour into batter or adding whipped eggs or cream to food.

Noise level

Food processors use extremely sharp blades to cut hard foods, so they can be pretty noisy. Larger models can operate at 80 to 90 decibels - the equivalent of the sound of heavy traffic or a lawnmower at close range.

If you have babies or young children in the house, or pets that startle easily, considering how loud a prospective food processor will be is important. To an extent, all food processors are noisy, but consulting reviews or shopping in-store to preview the amount of noise an appliance will make is helpful.

Ease of cleaning

Most food processors have parts that are dishwasher-friendly, including the bowl, blade and lid. If the manufacturer has recommended that popping parts in the dishwasher is safe, this can save you time on handwashing. Always place parts on the top rack of the dishwasher, as the lower rack is much hotter, and can warp or wear down parts.

If you prefer to hand wash the parts of your food processor to make them last longer, you can clean them this way. Fill the bowl with some warm water and dishwashing liquid, and pulse, or use the lowest speed setting for five seconds. To get rid of unwanted smells, add some baking soda and water to the bowl and give it a whirl.

Price

Food processors usually range in price from $49 to $650, though some large premium models can cost more.

Also factor in the cost of food processor blade replacements, if you’re planning on using your new appliance frequently. Lastly, consider any additional attachments that you need, as these will represent an additional cost to the purchase price.

Attachments

There are a wealth of attachments you can purchase to use with your food processor. You won’t need all of them; to avoid paying more than you have to, consider what you’ll mainly be using a food processor for, and opt for the features you’ll regularly use.

  • S-blade: This is the standard knife blade that food processors come with. These two, curved serrated blades should chop, mince, grate, and puree food.
  • Reversible grating/slide blade: One side is used for grating, and the other side can slice foods. Slicing and grating blades can also come as separate attachments.
  • Adjustable slicer: This lets you choose the thickness of slices, which can range from paper thin to coarse (2mm to 8mm). Some premium models have as high as 24 slice settings, but this won’t be necessary for most home applications.
  • Dough blade: This handy plastic attachment kneads dough, letting you make anything from brioche to pasta dough without the elbow grease.
  • Whisking attachment: This can come in the form of a whisking or emulsifying disc, a whisk paddle or twin beaters.
  • Double feed chute: This means there are two chute sizes; a larger one that should fit whole veggies, and a smaller chute that sits inside it, for thinner foods like carrots.
  • Jug blender: This allows the processor to function as a 2-in-1 food processor and blender, without the additional cost of buying a separate blender.
  • Rubber feet: These use suction to keep the appliance firmly planted on the benchtop. This adds stability that’s necessary for heavy-duty tasks like kneading dough.
  • Citrus juicer: As its name suggets, this allows you to juice citrus fruits like oranges.
  • Storage box: Some food processors come with a storage box, in which you can keep various attachments neatly in one spot. This helps ensure you aren’t rummaging around in a dark kitchen cupboard for a stray slicer before processing sessions.
  • Other less common attachments: These include a julienne disc, French fry disc, press juice extractor (for more than just oranges), mini blade, peel and dice disc and a spatula attachment.

Wrapping up

If you’re looking to save time in the kitchen when it comes to chopping, dicing, mincing, grating or pureeing foods, a reliable food processor can work wonders. Make sure to opt for a model with functions and features you’ll use regularly. A prospective model should also be easy to use, clean and store. For a little guidance, you can scroll up to read first-hand experiences our trusted reviewers have had with food processors today.

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