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Best food processor 2024: Take the hassle out of meal prep

The more you cook, the less interesting chopping everything by hand becomes. If you buy a good food processor, life becomes a lot easier. The best food processors provide swift chopping, slicing, blending and dough-making and reduce the effort required from you significantly.

There is a large range of machines available, from the very basic choppers to those that will juice, puree and even make chips. We tested food processors for ease of use, build quality and range of accessories.

Out of the ones we recommend, two stand out. The KitchenAid Classic 2.1L Food Processor is an excellent performer, well-priced, with a huge range of accessories. For lighter use, the Magimix Le Mini Plus is a great budget model that gets all the basics right.

Best food processors at a glance:

How We Test

Learn more about how we test food processors

We test their ability to chop onions, looking for any missed sections and a fine even cut throughout. We slice carrots where a slicing disc is available, looking for a uniform slice size.

Where a grating disc is available, we grate cheese to see how well the job is performed. And if a whisk is included, we beat egg whites to a fine consistency, to see if we could get the firm peaks ideal for making meringue

We also look at the quality of the build, range of options (both provided and available extra), and any storage options.

Ninja 3-in-1 Food Processor with Auto-IQ BN800UK

Best food processor and blender
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  • Blender and food processor
  • Smart AutoIQ programmes
  • Just the right number of accessories
  • Powerful


  • Very loud
  • Doesn’t cope with smaller dried ingredients
  • No ice crush programme

Two of the most useful bits of kitchen equipment are the food processor and the blender. With the Ninja 3-in-1 Food Processor with Auto-IQ BN800UK you don’t have to choose which one to have, as this model comes with a 1.9-litre food processor bowl, 2.1-litre blending jug and a 700ml single-serve cup for taking drinks on the go.

There’s a powerful 1200W motor unit that powers all of the accessories, but it’s Ninja’s AutoIQ programmes that make this stand out from the crowd. What’s available changes based on what’s attached, but with the blenders you get Blend and Max Blend, and with the food processor, you get Chop, Puree and Mix. Just tap the most appropriate programme, and the food processor takes care of everything else. For fine control, there are three speeds plus a pulse control.

Exceptionally powerful, the Ninja 3-in-1 Food Processor with Auto-IQ BN800UK managed to expertly chop onions, blend a salsa, mix dough, grate cheese and crush ice. It’s also rather nifty at blended drinks, handling tough ingredients, such as pineapple and ice, with ease. Only smaller, dry ingredients are hard for it to deal with, so you might want a separate spice grinder for some situations.

With its great price and huge range of features, this is the best all-round food processor, but we have to warn you that it is very loud.

Reviewer: David Ludlow

Full review: Ninja 3-in-1 Food Processor with Auto-IQ BN800UK review

Magimix Le Mini Plus

Best food processor on a budget
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  • Neat, compact design
  • Wide range of accessories
  • Storage box for accessories
  • High quality
  • Quiet


  • Expensive
  • Only makes small quantities

The Magimix Le Mini Plus is well priced and does most of the basics. The things you’ll miss out on from larger food processors –  the capacity for juicing, French-fry cutting and so on – are the sort of gimmicks you’re unlikely to use more than once.

This is a very neat, well-built machine, so good for those who don’t have much worktop space. The larger bowl is 1.7 litres, while the smaller one is 0.5 litres. It made light work of chopping, grating and smoothly blending ingredients together.

As with the larger Magimix 5200XL, we didn’t much like the egg whisk and there are a lot of parts to be stored. But, overall, the Mini Plus is a very good machine for the price and outperforms several models that cost quite a lot more.

Reviewer: Olly Richards

Full review: Magimix Le Mini Plus review

Magimix CS 5200XL

Best for accessories
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  • Huge number of accessories
  • Excellent quality
  • Comes with storage box
  • Easy to clean


  • Expensive
  • Requires a lot of space
  • Minor grater blade issues

Most people will baulk at a price tag of around £400. The Magimix CS 5200 XL really is a more serious piece of kit than the casual cook needs, but if you are looking for a top-end machine, this is a great choice.

There are three bowls of different sizes – 3.6 litres, 2.6 litres and 1.2 litres – which makes it much easier to prepare various quantities (if you’re trying to chop tiny amounts in a large bowl it’s common for everything to just be blown to the sides).

The blades took care of everything from onions to ice in seconds, and the slicing and grating discs produced very even results. We didn’t like the egg whisk, which didn’t aerate egg whites very well, but all the other features were effective.

It would be unfair to criticise a machine for having too many features, but the 5200XL Premium has a lot of extras, such as a juicer kit, a citrus press and a French-fry cutter. These don’t come with their own storage, so be prepared to find lots of cupboard room for all the accessories.

One thing this excellent food processor lacks is the ability to manually adjust speed: it only has an ‘auto’ button. For the price, we’d have liked the option to control the speed for fine-tuning tasks. No other complaints, though.

Reviewer: Olly Richards

Full review: Magimix CS 5200XL review

Cuisinart Cordless Mini Prep Pro

Best small food processor
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  • Small and powerful
  • Easy to store
  • Dishwasher safe


  • Can leak if you don’t stay within limits

Getting the food processor out to cut up a small amount of ingredients or for mixing a bit of marinade seems like an unnecessary faff. For those smaller jobs, the Cuisinart Cordless Mini Pre Pro is for you.

This cordless blender charges via USB, and then can run for 15 minutes from a single charge – that’s enough to chop 60 onions, so lasts much longer than you’d think.

It has a small 900ml bowl, with blades that are sharp on one side for chopping, and dull on the other side for grinding. Just press the clearly marked Chop or Grind buttons to get the feature that you want.

While this machine doesn’t have the power of a full-sized food processor, it easily managed to chop up an onion, made breadcrumbs and chopped herbs to make a stuffing. It was also brilliant for making marinade for Mexican cooking.

Once done, everything bar the base can go in the dishwasher, where it doesn’t take up much room. For sheer convenience, this is a great grab-and-go food processor that can handle most of those day-to-day jobs.

Review: Cuisinart Cordless Mini Prep Pro

Reviewer: David Ludlow

Kenwood MultiPro Classic FDM790BA Food Processor

Best mid-range food processor
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  • Clean design
  • Built-in scales
  • Great whisking function


  • Lacks some fairly basic blades
  • Lots of accessories to store
  • Build quality could be better for the price

Hallelujah! A machine with an adjustable speed dial! We’ll forgive the Kenwood MultiPro Classic FDM790BA Food Processor a few of its shortcomings for offering the option to easily slow down or speed up a blend – a really useful feature when you’re after a specific texture.

To get the bad stuff out of the way, the build quality is not what we’d expect at this cost. The main three-litre bowl is light and thin, and the locking mechanism feels cheap. We had to keep fiddling with it to make sure it was properly in place.

On the upside, this machine looks clean and smart, and the addition of a 1.5-litre blender jug is useful, if not essential. It’s advertised as being able to cope with hot or frozen ingredients, but we’d rather the main food processor could handle that.

It does all the basics well, and the built-in scales are a lovely additional touch, meaning you can just measure everything directly into the bowl when cooking.

Reviewer: Olly Richards

Full review: Kenwood MultiPro Classic FDM790BA Food Processor review

Tefal DoubleForce Pro DO824H40 Multifunction Food Processor

Best value food processor
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  • Two motor outputs
  • In-bowl attachment storage
  • Dishwasher-safe


  • Poor instructions
  • Lots to store
  • Can shift on worktop

If you’re not sure whether you should go for a food processor or a blender, the Tefal DoubleForce Pro DO824H40 multifunction food processor gives you both in one package. The base has two motor outputs: one for the blender and mini chopper, another for the bowl and citrus juicer.

A lack of guidance for first-time users detracts slightly, but we found that the DoubleForce Pro could dice, slice and chop a variety of different fruits and vegetables with ease. It also managed to whisk egg whites to a fluffy and firm texture. The citrus juicer is much harder to use, although we got a decent amount of juice.

The blender is a neat option, although when making smoothies, it didn’t cope as well as dedicated blenders. But if you only want one appliance in your kitchen, the Tefal DoubleForce Pro DO824H40 is a good all-rounder.

Reviewer: Rachel Ogden

Full review: Tefal DoubleForce Pro DO824H40 Multifunction Food Processor review

Vorwerk Thermomix TM6

Best all-in-one food processor
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  • Incredible power and versatility
  • Takes the pain out of cooking complex dishes
  • Incredibly accurate
  • Manual mode provides full control


  • Can be fiddly to clean up the blades
  • Some new modes are available in guided cooking only

Looking for a food processor that can essentially do it all? You’d be hard-pressed to find a better appliance than the Vorwerk Thermomix TM6. Boasting over 20 modes and functions including chop, grind and whisk but also cook, fry and even caramelise.

Such a versatile food processor may seem daunting but using the TM6 is incredibly easy, thanks to its large 6.8-inch touchscreen. You can either follow the machine’s guided recipes or put the appliance in manual mode and use the display to set your own temperatures and timings. 

With its Wi-Fi integration the TM6 allows you to access the Cookidoo recipe subscription service, which is required to access some of the TM6’s cooking modes. At £40 a year, this is an extra cost to consider but we did find it to be a worthy investment.

You won’t need to rely solely on following guided cooking recipes though as manual mode offers numerous functions that are equally as impressive. Using the digital touchscreen, you can easily select which mode you’d like to use including cook, slow-cook, grind or even knead, and adjust timings and temperatures when required. 

The TM6 boasts precision too, with its integrated scales able to weigh ingredients with up to 1g accuracy and the temperature can reach and maintain 160ºC. This means you can use the TM6 to slow-cook or even cook sous-vide, which is bound to impress your family at dinner time.

It’s not just prepping and cooking that the TM6 makes lightwork of, but even cleaning up is easy. With the handy pre-clean/after-clean mode, simply use water and a touch of washing up liquid to clean even the most stubborn of baked on foods. All included tools, apart from the base unit, are dishwasher safe too.

It’s worth noting this is far from being the cheapest appliance out there but as it’s incredibly versatile and boasts multiple functions, it’s definitely worth the investment if you want to upgrade your kitchen. 

Reviewer: David Ludlow

Full review: Vorwerk Thermomix TM6


What are the key features to look for?

A food processor should be large enough to deal with the level of ingredients that you need. A 2.1-litre bowl should cope with most average-sized families for the likes of chopping vegetables and onions.

Look for a larger bowl and food processor if you regularly cook more.
Most food processors come with a secondary smaller bowl, which can be useful for blending smaller amounts of food, such as making a Thai curry paste.

Automatic controls are more common, but a machine with manual control lets you set how you chop and blend food, and can be more useful for experienced chefs.

What additional blades do I need?

All food processors will come with basic cutting blades. A slicing blade (2mm and 4mm) is useful for automatically cutting up vegetables and fruit, into a uniform size. Grating blades help you get through a lot of grating fast, which is great if you’re making a cheese-based dish or need a lot of grated potatoes, for example.

Other blades can seem like a good idea, but you may use them rarely. A julienne blade can be useful for slicing vegetables into sticks, but it isn’t the kind of thing you’d use on a daily basis. Likewise, a French-fry cutter and citrus juicer may just take up space in your cupboard.

Do I need a blender attachment? 

If you want to make smoothies and milkshakes, a separate blender can be useful. A blender that attaches to a food processor typically isn’t as good as a standalone model and tends to be for occasional use.

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