Buyers' guide: Food processors
Food processors can make those laborious culinary tasks such as chopping and slicing an easy and speedy process. While they may not be a kitchen essential, once you’ve invested in one you’ll start to wonder how on earth you lived without it!
If you need a little guiding hand to find the best food processor for you, take a look at our comprehensive guide below, which explains the best features to look for and will help you determine which food processor is your perfect match.
What are food processors and what do they do?
Food processors became a mainstay in households in the 1960s, having been introduced by Robot Coupe, and have become popular with professional chefs and us mere mortals alike.
Food processors are extremely versatile machines designed to take the hard work out of repetitive tasks such as mincing, grinding and slicing.
Ingredients are fed through the top and processed in a plastic bowl underneath. Food processors tend to be smaller than food mixers, making them a good space-saving solution. Mini food processors take up even less room and are easy to store.
Prices vary from around £20 for cheap food processors all the way up to more than £500 for top professional models.
Food processors vs. blenders
Thinking you can do in a blender what you would in a processor? Think again. Blenders require some liquid to be able to properly process food through its blades. A food processor on the other hand needs no water; in fact putting liquid-heavy products in a food processor can end in a bit of a mess!
What to consider when shopping for a food processor
All food processors essentially do the same thing but the following will set your perfect model apart from the competition.
- Power – the more powerful the food processor the faster and more efficiently it will work. Look for the most powerful model within your budget.
- A wide feed tube for larger pieces of food
- A sturdy chassis to prevent the food processor moving or rattling.
- A capacity of around
The type of motor running your food processor can affect its efficiency and speed:
Series motor a belt-driven motor that handles variable speeds. Series motors tend to feature on the more basic cheap food processors and they tend to be a little noisy.
Induction motor Induction motors are used in commercial machines and work at the optimum speed for the food being processed, adjusting to the required setting.
Drive motor A drive motor’s direct transmission takes the load off the motor, so that less wattage is required to run.
When shopping for food processors make sure the bowl locks securely to the base and the lid locks securely to the bowl to avoid any sauce-on-the-ceiling disasters! A useful added safety feature is a mechanism that doesn’t allow the food processor to be used unless it is all securely and correctly locked into place. Just be careful when removing and cleaning blades!
Features to look for
Depending on your budget, shop for some of the following features to get the best out of your new buy. Cheap food processors may have less additional features than more expensive models so consider this when comparing models.
- Dough blades
- Shredding and slicing plates
- Citrus juicer
- Dishwasher safe
- Pulse button for short bursts of speed
- Easy to use controls
- Mini bowl for processing smaller amounts of food such as dips and herbs
- Touch pad controls to make cleaning easier
Now that you’ve got the full 411 on everything you need to know about food processors you’re in the perfect position to make an informed buying decision and start to compare food processor reviews.
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