The Best Food Processors of 2020
Best Overall Food Processor
Breville Sous Chef 16 Pro
Earning the top score as it has fended off challengers for close to three years, the Breville Sous Chef 16 Pro is easily our favorite food processor and a clear Editor's Choice Award winner. This top-of-the-line kitchen appliance crushed it across our tests, easily slicing through produce and completing even the most difficult processing tasks. Its 1200-watt motor mixed dough, shredded potatoes, and sliced veggies without difficulty. On top of that, this food processor is one of the most convenient to use and one of the easiest to clean of the entire group.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, such high performance comes at a cost, and this appliance stands out from the rest of the group as having one of the highest price tags. The Sous Chef 16 Pro is a phenomenal machine and we highly recommend it, but it can set you back quite a bit and takes up a decent amount of valuable counter space. It's a fantastic option for an avid home chef or anyone else who will use it frequently, but it can be a bit more machine than the casual cook may want or need. If you are searching for the crème de la crème when it comes to choppers, the Sous Chef 16 Pro is the clear choice.
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Best Bang For The Buck
Cuisinart Custom 14
Distressed by the premium price tag on the Breville? Then look no further than the Cuisinart Custom 14. This solid kitchen appliance claims a Best Buy Award for its great performance across the bulk of our tests, all while retailing for less than half of what the Sous Chef 16 Pro does. It slices produce extremely evenly and purees velvety-smooth dips and spread.
Knocks against this model are that the shredding and slicing blades aren't adjustable, which means that you will need to purchase additional blades if you aren't happy with the size of the included ones. It also isn't quite as powerful at mixing denser doughs. Despite these drawbacks, this is the perfect option if you want a great, all-around food processor without shredding your budget.
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Best On A Tight Budget
Hamilton Beach 10-Cup
If you are looking to spend the bare minimum at an affordable price, then the Hamilton Beach 10-Cup is your best bet. This inexpensive model can pretty much hold its own with the Breville Sous Chef or the Cuisinart Custom 14 when it comes to pureeing dips or chopping produce. On top of that, its slicing and shredding performance isn't too shabby either.
On the downside, the weaker motor does struggle quite a bit when mixing doughs and causes the entire unit to shake rather violently. We also experienced some leaking issues when we filled it with water in our test, so you should probably steer clear of using it for recipes that call for primarily liquid ingredients. Regardless of these flaws, it still is by far the best food processor when shopping on a tight budget.
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Best Inexpensive Option for Dough
Hamilton Beach 70725 12-Cup Stack & Snap
If you are shopping for new kitchen appliances on a tighter budget, then the Hamilton Beach 12-Cup Stack & Snap is another model that we would highly recommend. It scores just below the Hamilton Beach 10-Cup and costs roughly the same, earning it a Best Buy Award as well. The Stack & Snap did a great job at mixing up dough and impressed us with its shredding and slicing capabilities. This product makes uniform slices and fairly even shreds without too much of a struggle. It's also easy to clean.
Unfortunately, the Stack & Snap proved to be a bit of a disappointment when it came to chopping performance and was subpar in our pureeing metric. It is a bit hard to regulate the size of the chopped food and this product isn't the best at achieving repeatable results. The hummus was also a little coarser than other models and there were still large garlic chunks after pureeing our tomato sauce. It isn't the perfect processor, but it's a great value option and one of the best if you are looking to save some cash.
Read review: Hamilton Beach 70725 12-Cup Stack & Snap
Ninja Express Chop NJ110GR
If you immediately balk at the cost and countertop space associated with a full-size food processor, then you may want to consider the Ninja Express Chop. It is by far our favorite mini-chopper that we have tested, offering excellent performance and convenience while remaining easy to use. It can mince garlic as fine as you could possibly want and quickly chop cilantro or onions. It also costs just a fraction of what a full-size appliance does, and only takes up a tiny bit of space on your countertop.
However, this little appliance can't come close to matching the versatility of the larger models. It is essentially limited to chopping and mincing without offering the same control that the larger models do. It can't slice or shred, but if you want a convenient and easy to use mini-chopper for quick kitchen tasks, the Ninja is an excellent choice.
Read review: Ninja Express Chop NJ110GR
Why You Should Trust Us
As we do with all of our reviews, TechGearLab purchased all of the products that we tested. We do not accept any free evaluation models from manufacturers. Our food processor testing team is led by Austin Palmer and David Wise, who both have tested and reviewed over two hundred kitchen appliances over the past few years. In addition to their expertise, we also consulted with home chefs and bakers to get their input on our testing and scoring process.
We spent close to 200 hours specifically testing and evaluating food processors and mini-choppers side-by-side, creating copious amounts of hummus, chopping dozens and dozens of tomatoes and onions, mixing up tons of pizza and pie crust dough, making mayo from scratch, and shredding a silly amount of cheese to evaluate and compare the results. We then had a panel of judges rate the quality of the food produced in each food processor. Finally, we awarded points based on the ease of cleaning, which we had a pretty good idea of after making all of the aforementioned food and spending tons of time cleaning out these appliances for the next round of cooking.
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Analysis and Test Results
For the full-sized processors, we divided up our testing into six different performance metrics including chopping, mixing, pureeing, shredding, slicing, and cleaning. Food choppers cost significantly less and take up way less countertop space than the full-size appliances, but are more limited in their abilities and don't cut as consistently. Rather than scoring them like the other models, we ranked their relative performance and used that to select our winner.
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After our comprehensive analysis, we decided that the following mini food choppers have the most potential: our favorite, the Ninja Express Chop, the Cuisinart CTG-00-SCHP, and the BLACK+DECKER HC150B. Of these three, the Ninja Express Chop is better than the rest and the only one of these three that we would recommend.
To compare their performance, we used each food chopper to chop almonds, cilantro, tomatoes, onions, garlic, and carrots, and assessed how easy they are to clean.
Tomatoes & Carrots
First, we tested how well each appliance does at chopping half of a tomato and a whole carrot. The manual Cuisinart surprised us by actually doing the best at chopping the tomatoes, just barely edging out the Ninja by having a more consistent, cleaner chop. The BLACK+DECKER fared poorly, completely mutilating the tomatoes and failing to both chop and puree them, only succeeding in making a tomato mush interspersed with large chunks. None of these products are amazing at chopping tomatoes, so you might be better served by a kitchen knife if you want the cleanest, most evenly chopped tomatoes for your recipe.
The Ninja easily took the top spot in our carrot chopping challenge, making short work of the carrot and quickly chopping it into uniformly sized small pieces, with only a few outlying larger chunks. The BLACK+DECKER did about average, while the Cuisinart struggled considerably. The carrot pieces kept getting stuck in the blades, forcing us to disassemble and clean the chopper periodically in order to continue.
Onions & Garlic
Next, we tried out each food chopper with half of an onion and 3 cloves of garlic, aiming to evenly chop the onion and finely mince the garlic. The Cuisinart again did the best at chopping the onion, with the Ninja right on its heels. While the Cuisinart can only accommodate a smaller onion, it's the only food chopper of the group that can chop an onion into larger pieces, Both motorized models produced a much finer chop with a much larger spread of sizes.
The same pattern followed in our minced garlic evaluation. It did take quite a bit longer and a bit more effort with the hand-powered Cuisinart, but the only limit on how fine you can mince the garlic is your patience.
The Ninja couldn't mince the garlic as finely as the Cuisinart, even with repeated pulses. The BLACK+DECKER didn't do the best at cleanly cutting the garlic in our tests, causing it to discolor and look much less appetizing than the garlic from the other two products.
Almonds & Cilantro
The Ninja Express Chop dominated our final two chopping tests, claiming the top spot for both. It did the best job of actually chopping the almonds into small pieces, rather than completely obliterating them into dust — though there were a few residual whole almonds after 6 pulses. The Cuisinart came next, overall much more of a hassle to use and forcing us to stop and clean the blades periodically to free any almonds that became stuck. The BLACK+DECKER didn't do that well, leaving the most whole almonds out of any model that we tested.
Of the trio of mini-choppers that we tested, the Ninja is the only one that managed to chop the cilantro acceptably. The BLACK+DECKER was consistent in our chopping test but the final product was not good. The machine pulverized the leaves into a paste. The Cuisinart also proved to be both inconsistent and bad at chopping. It both produced cilantro mush and also left several leaves entirely untouched.
Ease of Cleaning
When it comes to cleaning, the BLACK+DECKER is by far our favorite. The compact design of the Cuisinart makes it very difficult to get into all the nooks and crannies around the blade. The Ninja comes with myriad blades, which also makes for a more difficult cleaning experience. Fortunately, all of these products are dishwasher safe, however, we didn't find the dishwasher to be a very effective way to clean the Cuisinart since food pieces remained stuck in the blade assembly.
We've spent dozens and dozens of hours comparing the performance of these appliances to see which one is a cut above the rest, completing over 25 rigorous side-by-side tests to determine overall scores. For this category, we have six weighted metrics that we consider: chopping, shredding, slicing, mixing, pureeing, and ease of cleaning.
We recommend that you focus on the metrics that most closely match your intended use, and select a machine that excels in those areas. These are multi-purpose machines, and while we gave awards to the top overall machines, you may be better served by a model that excels at the tasks you most frequently use.
The Breville Sous Chef 16 Pro stands way above the rest in terms of performance and, unfortunately, also in price. The next step down in both price and performance is the Cuisinart Custom 14, retailing for significantly less. However, you may need to purchase additional slicing and shredding discs if you aren't happy with the included options, as they aren't adjustable. If these two options are still too pricey, then you may want to consider the Hamilton Beach 10-Cup or 12-Cup Stack & Snap. Both of these appliances have their flaws but are a great value, holding their own against other products that cost significantly more. The 10-Cup and the 12-Cup Stack & Snap both cost about the same, with the 10-Cup doing slightly better at chopping and pureeing, and the Stack & Snap excelling at slicing and shredding. Just pick which one more closely matches your food processing needs.
Chopping food is a quintessential task for these appliances, and should be the bread and butter of any food processor worth its salt. We compared the performance of each model while chopping onions, carrots, and nuts and looking at the quality of the finished products. We also awarded points if the machine has a "pulse" button and for how well it worked. Specifically, we were looking for whether or not it stopped quickly upon the release of the button, thus determining how precisely you can control how your food gets chopped.
The Sous Chef by Breville finds itself in the top tier when it comes to chopping. In particular, we were very impressed with the speed in which this appliance chopped onion and almonds, as well as the uniformity of the final result.
The Sous Chef also made short work of the almonds, chopping them up in seconds. Even better, it didn't over-chop or grind them into dust like some of the other processors did. The "pulse" mode stopped the blade quickly, but there were other models like the Cuisinart Elite that stopped immediately. The Sous Chef still did a great job of chopping carrots but was beat out by the Hamilton Beach 10-Cup, which had fewer large and uneven chunks.
Following the Breville are the Braun Tribute Collection, the KitchenAid Pro Line, and the Hamilton Beach 10-Cup. Both the Pro Line and the 10-Cup stopped immediately upon release of the "pulse" button, while the Braun took a measurable moment before the blade stopped. The Braun did an exceptional job at chopping the almonds, coming in a close behind the Breville, It also did well at chopping onions and carrots, but fell off slightly on the latter, leaving more unevenly sized pieces of the carrot than the 10-Cup.
The Hamilton Beach 10-Cup and the Braun produced comparable chopped onions, but both were beaten by the KitchenAid Pro Line. This model just barely gets beat out by the Breville for being the best at chopping onions, and also produced reasonably chopped carrots.
The KitchenAid Pro Line did just an average job at chopping almonds, creating a ton of dust in the process, but it did substantially better than the Hamilton Beach 10-Cup, which was the worst out of the bunch in our chopped almond test. The 10-Cup left tons of whole almonds and took a very, very long time to reach something resembling the result from the Breville, but produced tons of pulverized almond dust in the process.
Following behind these frontrunners were the Cuisinart Elite and the Cuisinart Custom. Both of these models stopped immediately when we released the "pulse" button, but had just average performance when it came to chopping onions. However, these two models were both above average when it came to almonds, with the Custom doing only slightly better than the Elite.
Next, the Cuisinart Elemental 13-Cup and BLACK+DECKER 8-Cup both earned average scores for their average chopping abilities. The Elemental excelled at chopping onions, producing almost the identical level of uniformity as the Breville, but took twice as many pulses to get to the same result. This model fell a little short when it came to carrots, producing some of the most poorly chopped carrots of the group, with lots of whole pieces still intact. This was a stark contrast to the BLACK+DECKER which left multiple large chunks of onions, with a wide range of sizes, but did very well in our test at chopping carrots, producing a large, even chop after 12 pulses.
Neither of these models stopped immediately when we released the "pulse" button, with the Cuisinart Elemental taking a fraction of a second longer. These models were both mediocre at chopping almonds, leaving a handful of larger chunks and whole almonds, as well as creating a non-trivial amount of pulverized almond dust.
Finishing at the back of the pack in our chopping test, both the Hamilton Beach Professional 14-Cup and 12-Cup Stack & Snap earned low scores with their disappointing performance in our chopping tests. The 14-Cup did produce passable chopped onions that were a little on the mushy side, but it also fell short in all of our other chopping tests. It also spun for a long time after the "pulse" button was released, and had a noticeable ramp-up time. Finally, it produced large chunks when chopping carrots and created two distinct sizes of pieces, rather than uniform ones.
It was when it came to chopping nuts that the Professional 14-Cup truly failed, creating the worst product of the bunch. It left an enormous portion of the almonds untouched, and left behind a lot of dust after a large number of pulses, never getting to an in-between stage of effectively-chopped nuts.
The Stack & Snap didn't stop instantaneously after letting go of the "pulse" button, running for about half a second after we let off the button, but it did stop more quickly than the Professional 14-Cup.
The Stack & Snap proved to be more consistent at chopping onions than the Professional 14-Cup but did a little worse at chopping carrots. However, it did perform equally poorly at chopping almonds.
While there is charm in mixing your family pie crust recipe by hand with a wooden spoon or your hands, it sure is a lot easier to have a food processor do the work for you. In addition to pie crust, we also made pizza dough and mayonnaise in each of these machines to determine which ones mixed with the most ease.
Once again, the Breville Sous Chef 16 Pro stands out as the top performer, as it successfully mixed up some mayo and created high-quality pizza dough and pie crust. This burly food processor showed no signs of struggle while mixing the pizza dough but did take a little more time to complete with its smaller dough blade. It took five pulses to achieve the desired pie crust consistency, which was high-quality and looked fantastic when we rolled it out.
Following just behind and also with excellent mixing abilities are the Braun TributeCollection, the Cuisinart Elemental 13-Cup, and the Hamilton Beach Stack & Snap. All three of these appliances made mayonnaise successfully, but none of them compared to the Breville when it came to mixing pizza dough or pie crust.
The Braun vibrated like crazy when making pizza dough, especially when the second cup of flour was added. However, it did make slightly better pie crust than the Elemental, which struggled at incorporating the last bit of flour, producing an inconsistent dough. The motor of the Stack & Snap sounded like it was working hard when mixing up both types of dough, but didn't give us quite as much cause for concern compared to the Braun or the Elemental. The Stack & Snap needed a little more help from us to form a cohesive ball of dough but the final product was top-notch. It also didn't require any help to form the pie crust dough, but there were a few small chunks of butter and some flour that it failed to incorporate.
The bulk of the mixers followed behind, with the KitchenAid Pro Line standing out for its ability to easily mix mayonnaise.
The Cuisinart Custom did an excellent job at making pizza dough and also completed the task very fast, seemingly unaffected by its lack of dough blade. This was closely followed by the BLACK+DECKER which was hampered by its smaller mixing bowl. The ball of dough would flex the lid when it was rotating and the motor sounded like it was struggling, but the dough that it produced was high-quality, just slightly worse than the highest-performing models.
The Cuisinart Elite required intervention to continue mixing as the dough would stick on the lid and refuse to mix. The KitchenAid Pro Line was the worst of the bunch in our test. The machine could not free the dough from the walls of the bowl and only produced a soupy mixture, requiring us to finish incorporating the dry ingredients by hand.
Moving on to pie crust, the BLACK+DECKER, Cuisinart Elite, and Cuisinart Custom all produced above-average quality pie crust with only some minor issues. The Elite was prone to some side sticking, the BLACK+DECKER took substantially more pulses than the top models, and the Custom would shoot a small amount of flour out. The KitchenAid model produced inferior pie crust by failing to incorporate all of the flour adequately, which resulted in a wet, exceptionally sticky final product.
Trailing behind the rest of the pack, the Hamilton Beach 10-Cup and the Professional 14-Cup earned the lowest scores. The 10-Cup failed spectacularly when attempting to make mayonnaise, horrifically leaking, and splattering ingredients everywhere. The Professional 14-Cup failed our test but may have made mayonnaise successfully if it was done in a really big batch. This model didn't start mixing until over a half cup of oil had been added, giving you an idea of just how much you would need to make in one batch to get a successful pre-mix.
This pair redeemed itself slightly at mixing pizza dough, with both models creating a product that was comparable to the Cuisinart Elite. The pair's performance differed when it came to mixing pie crust, with the 10-Cup doing much better than the Professional 14-Cup. The 10-Cup made very nice pie crust, but shook violently, ejected a non-trivial amount of flour from the bowl, and had a significant amount of flour stuck on the lip of the bowl. The Professional 14-Cup suffered from similar problems and also took substantially more pulses to finish the pie crust, from 30-40 more than any other model. The finished crust was good, but it was a struggle to get there. However, even with all of their shortcomings, both of these models still produced pie crust that was superior to that of the KitchenAid model.
Our pureeing metric focuses on how well each appliance does when faced with foods like sauces and dips. This accounts for 20% of the final score for each product. We conducted five separate tests with each food processor to rank and score performance, making tomato sauce, hummus, nut butter, and applesauce, as well as filling the bowl with water to the max fill line and turning it on to see if it leaked.
In a surprise upset, the Cuisinart Custom and the Hamilton Beach 10-Cup merited top scores, unseating the winner of the previous two metrics, the Breville. The 10-Cup produced the smoothest hummus according to a panel of tasters, with the Cuisinart Custom coming in a close second. The 10-Cup also created excellent nut butter, producing a satisfactory product after about 10 minutes (though the top wobbled like crazy throughout the process). The Custom took almost twice as long and the final product was definitively inferior.
Both of these models created perfect tomato sauce after about 30 seconds of pureeing, with the Custom receiving bonus points as it was the least messy out of every model that we tested. This pair also produced some of the highest-quality applesauce in the test.
There was a stark contrast when it came to the leak test, with the Cuisinart Custom doing substantially better than the Hamilton Beach 10-Cup. The Custom took about three and a quarter cups of water to reach its maximum fill line and didn't leak at all. The 10-Cup reached the maximum fill line with two and a half cups of water and when the motor was turned on promptly leaked water everywhere, precluding it from claiming the premier spot in this metric.
Following those top-performing models were the KitchenAid Pro Line and the Breville. The Breville produced moderately better hummus than the Pro Line, and also produced excellent nut butter after 10 minutes of churning without much shaking. The Pro Line created decent nut butter after 14 minutes, and only required a few scrapes with a spatula to knock down some stray nuts at the beginning of the process. Both of these models made acceptable tomato and applesauce, with the Breville producing better tomato sauce and the Pro Line having an edge with smoother applesauce. Neither leaked at all in our fill line test, most likely due to both having rubber sealing mechanisms.
The Cuisinart Elemental, Cuisinart Elite, and the Braun all performed similarly with scores landing in the middle of the pack. The Braun made the worst hummus of this group and created the second-coarsest product, but did make the best nut butter, requiring only a quick spatula scrape in the beginning. The Cuisinart Elite created average nut butter after 16 minutes, beating out the Cuisinart Elemental. The Braun and the Elite produced slightly above-average tomato sauce, while the Elemental's was a little on the chunky side.
All of these models produced average or above-average applesauce. The Braun and the Elemental were the only models of this group of three to have zero leakage. The Braun does not have a max fill line, so we filled it up a comparable amount to similarly sized models, about 50%. The Cuisinart Elite leaked a small amount.
Next, the Hamilton Beach Professional made fine hummus, comparable to the Breville Sous Chef. It took about 25 minutes to make acceptable nut butter and required some human assistance along the way. The Professional also made chunkier than average applesauce and tomato sauce.
The BLACK+DECKER 8-Cup and the 14-Cup Stack & Snap both finished at the back of the group. Both of these food processors produced very coarse hummus, even with significantly more processing time than other products. The Stack & Snap did quite a bit better than the BLACK+DECKER at making nut butter, and was significantly quieter and required less assistance to get going, eventually creating a smooth and creamy spread.
Both of these models did fine with the tomato sauce, though it was still fairly chunky at the end and there were a few larger pieces of garlic floating around. This pair only took about 30-45 seconds to achieve acceptable applesauce as well but both leaked quite a lot when we filled them up with water to their maximum fill line and ran them for 60 seconds.
Homemade macaroni and cheese or hash browns instantly become more appealing when you can simply set up your food processor, rather than wrecking your nails on a grater. Using the shredding blades on each product, we shredded a block of cheese, potatoes, and carrots to compare performance between food processors, which is responsible for 15% of the total score.
The Breville claims the top spot with its quality shredding performance. It did a fantastic job at shredding carrots, creating nice, crisp pieces that didn't stick together and only left a single small piece unshredded. It also did a great job at shredding potatoes, only leaving two small slices behind. The Breville offers two shredding options with its disc: fine and medium. Both did a decent job at shredding the block of cheese, with only moderate amounts of cheese crumbles.
The Cuisinart Elemental, the Braun, and the Hamilton Beach Stack & Snap all followed closely behind. You have the option to choose between a fine or medium shredding size with the Braun or the Elemental, but you are limited to only a medium shred size with the Stack & Snap. The Braun did the best overall, only leaving a few bits of cheese behind and producing primarily shredded and not crumbled cheese. The Elemental shredded all of the cheese but had a slightly lower quality product than the Braun. Unfortunately, the Stack & Snap did well below average at shredding the cheese, producing a ton of crumbles and had plenty of un-shredded cheese stuck between the lid and the blade.
The Braun, the Elemental, and the Stack & Snap all did very well at shredding potatoes, with the Stack & Snap redeeming itself for its previous poor performance in the cheese shredding challenge. The Braun did the best of the entire group at shredding potatoes with its consistently cut taters. The Stack & Snap and the Elemental also did very well, creating uniform shredded potatoes that would be perfect for hash browns, but both had a few irregularly cut pieces and some leftover chunks between the lid and the blade. The Stack & Snap led this group at shredding carrots, followed by the Elemental and then the Braun.
Next in shredding performance were the Hamilton Beach 10-Cup, the Hamilton Beach Professional, and the Cuisinart Custom. This trio all only have a medium shredding setting. The 10-Cup did the best job shredding of the group, followed by the Professional and then the Custom. which both had many more cheese crumbles and flimsier strands.
Each member of this trio shredded potatoes roughly the same as cheese, but all of these models did substantially better at shredding carrots. The Hamilton Beach Professional tied the Breville at being the best overall at shredding carrots, with the Cuisinart Custom and the Hamilton Beach 10-Cup just behind.
The Cuisinart Elite did about average in our shredding tests. This model has two settings for shredding but did a subpar job at shredding cheese. The Elite had almost as many crumbles as shreds of cheese but did a solid job at shredding carrots.
Rounding out the bottom of the pack were the BLACK+DECKER and the KitchenAid Pro Line with overall inferior shredding performance. The BLACK+DECKER has only a medium shred option, while the KitchenAid has two settings to pick from. The Pro Line did a subpar job at shredding cheese, while the BLACK+DECKER did an alright job, though we thought it might break due to the sounds it was making. These both did a below-average job at shredding potatoes and carrots, with the Pro Line doing the worst of the entire group at shredding potatoes and the BLACK+DECKER doing the overall worst at shredding carrots.
Next, we scored how cleanly each machine's slicing attachment operated, using zucchini, tomatoes, and potatoes to rank and compare performance. We also considered the ease of setting up each machine to slice and how much control if offered you when it came to determining the thickness of the slices when assigning scores in this metric, which is responsible for 15% of the final score.
The Cuisinart Elite, the KitchenAid Pro Line, and the Hamilton Beach Stack & Snap all tied for the top spot in our slicing metric. The Elite and Pro Line both have adjustable blades to set the slicing thickness and did a great job at slicing tomatoes once they were dialed with the correct settings.
The Stack & Snap only has a single slicing setting. It did alright with the tomatoes with fairly even slices, though it still mutilated the insides a bit. The Elite continued its stellar performance when we moved on to potatoes, while the KitchenAid Pro Line fell off slightly before redeeming itself a bit in the zucchini tests.
The Stack & Snap did a bit better at cutting zucchini and potato slices. They aren't the cleanest cuts with the serrated blades but the slices are very even and flat.
Following this top trio are the Breville, Cuisinart Custom and the Hamilton Beach Professional with second-tier slicing performance. The Breville was much easier to adjust for thickness, as the numbers corresponded to millimeters, compared to the arbitrary 1-15 scale on the Professional. The Custom includes a 4 mm disc for slicing, but other thickness discs are available for purchase. This trio did a great job of creating even tomato slices, all comparable to the Cuisinart Elite.
Performance dropped slightly at slicing potatoes, with the Breville and the Hamilton Beach Professional scoring similarly to the KitchenAid model with a slight taper on the slices. The Cuisinart Custom did a great job, comparable to the Elite.
The Hamilton Beach Professional took the lead on slicing zucchini, creating even slices compared to the taper of the Breville and the Cuisinart Custom. Next came the Cuisinart Elemental with a slicing blade that is easy to adjust, with each number corresponding to millimeters of thickness. It did a great job at slicing tomatoes, earning the same score as the Cuisinart Elite. However, its performance fell off at slicing tomatoes or potatoes, producing only average quality slices.
Lagging behind is the Hamilton Beach 10-Cup without any slice thickness adjustability. This model has a very small feed tube, meaning that we had to cut the tomatoes to fit, which harmed slice quality. The 10-Cup's potato slices were cut fairly roughly and weren't the most uniform in thickness. However, it did do quite a bit better with the zucchini slices.
Rounding out the bottom of the pack are the BLACK+DECKER and the Braun, both faring poorly at slicing and neither offering any slicing adjustability. The BLACK+DECKER produced about average tomato slices, slightly better than the Hamilton Beach 10-Cup, while the Braun did the worst job at slicing tomatoes overall, spraying the tomato innards all over the place and destroying the tomatoes.
The Braun did slightly better at slicing potatoes, producing average slices that compared well with the Cuisinart Elemental, but it was once again the worst of the entire group at slicing zucchini. The BLACK+DECKER was the worst of the group at slicing potatoes but did marginally better at slicing zucchini.
The final rating metric of our review process dealt with the amount of effort it took to clean out each food processor once you are done using, which comprises the leftover 10% of the final score for each product. We washed out each bowl, blade, and cover multiple times during our testing process, both by hand and using a dishwasher. We awarded points to the products that we found to be the fastest and easiest to clean, looking for models that made it easy to clean without accidentally getting cut by the blades or leaving leftover food behind to rot.
The Breville regained the top spot for this final metric with the easiest blade, bowl, and lid to wash of the whole group. The blade has a longer shaft that made it a breeze to clean without accidentally slicing fingers, and there were very few nooks and crannies in the bowl or lid for food to get caught in.
The Braun, the Cuisinart Elite, the Cuisinart Custom, the Hamilton Beach Stack & Snap, and the KitchenAid Pro Line all follow behind in the middle of the pack. The Braun has an exceptionally easy to clean blade and lid, but the bowl was one of the most difficult to clean, with some plastic details on the inside that were prone to catching food.
The Elite ranked slightly above average across the board, slightly worse than the Custom at cleaning the bowl and the lid. However, the Custom has a fairly hard to clean blade — much harder than the Braun or the Breville. The KitchenAid Pro Line was similarly easy to clean across the board, with blades that were the easiest to clean of this group. The Stack & Snap is about the same overall amount of work to clean as the Pro Line, with the blade being just a bit harder to clean and the lid is a bit harder.
Next are the Hamilton Beach 10-Cup and the BLACK+DECKER with average to clean bowls and blades, and with lids that are slightly easier to clean. Rounding out the bottom of the pack were the Cuisinart Elemental and Hamilton Beach Professional that have difficult to clean bowls and lid, though the blades were slightly easier to clean.
We hope that this review has helped you pick out the perfect new food processor for your kitchen, whether you are looking for a full-size workhorse appliance for the culinary enthusiast or a mini-chopper to speed up prep and make it a little less mundane.
— Austin Palmer and David Wise