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Best Food Processor of 2020

The Breville Sous Chef 16 Pro  our top award winner.
Tuesday September 22, 2020
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We researched well over 200 food processors, then purchased nine of the best models on the market in 2020 to test out for ourselves. We conducted over 25 different side-by-side assessments, such as shredding cheese, slicing veggies, mixing dough, pureeing chickpeas for hummus, and chopping onions in order to rate performance. We also consulted with culinary professionals about our testing procedure and results. Check out our complete review to see which product is the best of the best, which mini-chopper came out on top, and which appliances are great options on a tight budget.

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Best Overall Food Processor


Breville Sous Chef 16 Pro


The Breville Sous Chef 16 Pro.
Editors' Choice Award
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$400
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  • Chopping 9
  • Mixing 9
  • Pureeing 7
  • Shredding 8
  • Slicing 7
  • Cleaning 8
Bowl Size: 16-Cup & 2.5-Cup Mini-Bowl | Motor: 1200 Watt
Evenly chopped food
Easy to clean
Great at shredding
Expensive

Fending off challengers for close to three years and once again earning our top overall score, the Breville Sous Chef 16 Pro is easily our favorite food processor and takes home our top honor. This top-of-the-line kitchen appliance performed well across all of our tests, effortlessly slicing through produce and completing even the most challenging processing tasks. Its 1200-watt motor mixed dough, shredded potatoes, and sliced veggies without difficulty. This food processor is also one of the most convenient models to use and one of the easiest to clean out of the entire lineup.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, such high performance comes also with one of the highest price tags in our lineup. The Sous Chef 16 Pro is a phenomenal machine, and we highly recommend it for enthusiast chefs, but it can set you back quite a bit of money, and it 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 our top choice.

Read review: Breville Sous Chef 16 Pro

Best Bang For The Buck


Cuisinart Custom 14


The Cuisinart Custom 14.
Best Buy Award
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$230
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SCORE
  • Chopping 6
  • Mixing 6
  • Pureeing 8
  • Shredding 6
  • Slicing 7
  • Cleaning 6
Bowl Size: 14-Cup | Motor: 720 Watt
Great at pureeing
Solid slicing skills
No slicing adjustment without buying more discs
No shredding adjustment without buying more discs

If you're not comfortable paying such a premium price tag for the Breville's top-end performance, look no further than the Cuisinart Custom 14. This reliable kitchen appliance earns recognition for its superb performance across the bulk of our tests, all while providing outstanding value with a more reasonable price tag than the highest-end models that we tested. It slices fruits and vegetables exceptionally 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.

Read review: Cuisinart Custom 14

Best Inexpensive Option for Dough


Hamilton Beach 70725 12-Cup Stack & Snap


Best Buy Award
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$70
List Price
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  • Chopping 4
  • Mixing 8
  • Pureeing 4
  • Shredding 7
  • Slicing 8
  • Cleaning 6
Bowl Size: 12-Cup | Motor: 450 Watt
Solid shredding and slicing skills
Great at mixing dough
Not the most consistent chopper
Leaked when filled to the max fill line

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, also earning it an award for its excellent value. The Stack & Snap did a great job of 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 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 model wasn't the best at achieving repeatable test 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

Best On A Tight Budget


Hamilton Beach 10-Cup


The Hamilton Beach 10-Cup.
Best Buy Award
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$50
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  • Chopping 7
  • Mixing 5
  • Pureeing 8
  • Shredding 6
  • Slicing 5
  • Cleaning 5
Bowl Size: 10-Cup | Motor: 450 Watt
Inexpensive
Great at pureeing
Struggles at mixing
Leaks horribly when used with liquids
Loud

If you are looking to spend the bare minimum and still get decent performance, 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 is still our favorite food processor when shopping on a tight budget.

Read review: Hamilton Beach 10-Cup

Best Mini-Chopper


Ninja Express Chop NJ110GR


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$25
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Bowl Size: 16 oz. (2 cups) | Motor: 200 Watts
Fantastic at chopping cilantro
Great at mincing garlic
Not the best at dicing tomatoes
Hard to hand wash the blade

If you immediately balk at the cost and countertop space associated with a full-size food processor, you may want to consider the Ninja Express Chop. It is 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 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 smaller 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


Twenty carrots  ready to be shredded and ranked to see which food processor can truly shred.
Twenty carrots, ready to be shredded and ranked to see which food processor can truly shred.

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 relying on their expertise, we also consulted with home chefs and bakers to get additional input and feedback on our testing and scoring process.

We spent close to 200 hours specifically testing and evaluating food processors and mini-choppers side-by-side. We created copious amounts of hummus, chopping 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. We then had a panel of judges rate the quality of the food produced in each food processor, and finally, awarded points based on the ease of cleaning each product between tests.


Related: How We Tested Food Processors

Analysis and Test Results


We divided up our testing into six different performance metrics for the full-sized processors, 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.

Related: Buying Advice for Food Processors

Food Choppers


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.

The Ninja is our absolute favorite food chopper.
The Ninja is our absolute favorite food chopper.

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.

The Cuisinart struggled a little when tasked with chopping carrots.
The Cuisinart struggled a little when tasked with chopping carrots.

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 fantastic 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 BLACK+DECKER thoroughly mutilated the tomatoes.
The BLACK+DECKER thoroughly mutilated the tomatoes.

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 to continue.

The Ninja did an acceptable job at mincing some garlic cloves.
The Ninja did an acceptable job at mincing some garlic cloves.

Onions & Garlic


Next, we tried out each food chopper with half of an onion and three 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 broader spread of sizes.

If you want perfectly chopped onions  you are probably better off with a chef's knife over any of these appliances.
If you want perfectly chopped onions, you are probably better off with a chef's knife over any of these appliances.

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 Cuisinart preserved the color of the garlic the best.
The Cuisinart preserved the color of the garlic the best.

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 six pulses. The Cuisinart came next. It was overall much more of a hassle to use and forced us to stop and clean the blades periodically to free any almonds that became stuck. The BLACK+DECKER didn't do that well, leaving behind the most whole almonds out of any model that we tested.

All of these models left some whole almonds intact  but the Ninja did the best at balancing chopping the most without turning some of the almonds to dust.
All of these models left some whole almonds intact, but the Ninja did the best at balancing chopping the most without turning some of the almonds to dust.

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 very good, pulverizing the leaves into a paste. The Cuisinart also proved to be both inconsistent and poor at chopping. It both produced cilantro mush and also left several leaves entirely untouched.

The Ninja is the only mini-chopper that we have tested that handled the cilantro easily.
The Ninja is the only mini-chopper that we have tested that handled the cilantro easily.

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 access and clean all the nooks and crannies around the blade. The Ninja comes with several 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.

Some of the best food processors you can get today.
Some of the best food processors you can get today.

Food Processors


We've spent 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 performers, you may personally be better served by a model that excels at the tasks you most frequently use.


Value


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, you may want to consider the Hamilton Beach 10-Cup or 12-Cup Stack & Snap. These appliances both have their flaws but also provide 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.

We chopped two  quartered onions in each model and compared the results.
We chopped two, quartered onions in each model and compared the results.

Chopping


Chopping food is a quintessential task for these appliances, and should hopefully be a standout capability of any worthy food processor. We compared each model's performance 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 and the uniformity of the final result.

The results of our onion chopping test. We were looking for the most uniform chopped onions that weren't mush.
The results of our onion chopping test. We were looking for the most uniform chopped onions that weren't mush.

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 other models like the Cuisinart Elite 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 and the Hamilton Beach 10-Cup. The Hamilton Beach 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 the Breville beat both.

These onions weren't quite as consistent as we would have hoped.
These onions weren't quite as consistent as we would have hoped.

The Hamilton Beach 10-Cup was the worst out of the bunch in our chopped almond test. It 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. These models both 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 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.

The evenly chopped carrots produced by the BLACK+DECKER.
The evenly chopped carrots produced by the BLACK+DECKER.

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 and 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. 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.

The chopped carrots created by the Hamilton Beach Professional lacked uniformity  and were on the larger side.
The chopped carrots created by the Hamilton Beach Professional lacked uniformity, and were on the larger side.

When it came to chopping nuts, 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 switch, but it did stop more quickly than the Professional 14-Cup.

The 70725 came closer to pureeing the carrots than actually chopping them.
The 70725 came closer to pureeing the carrots than actually chopping them.

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.

We were quite happy combining the results of the tomato sauce test  shredded cheese test   and the pizza dough test.
We were quite happy combining the results of the tomato sauce test, shredded cheese test, and the pizza dough test.

Mixing


While there is a charm in mixing your family pie crust recipe by hand with a wooden spoon, 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 we added a second cup of flour. However, it made slightly better pie crust than the Elemental, which struggled to incorporate the last bit of flour, producing an inconsistent dough. The Stack & Snap motor 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 dough ball, but the final product was top-notch. It also didn't require any assistance to form the pie crust dough, but there were a few small chunks of butter and some flour that it failed to incorporate. The Stack & Snap also did an excellent job of whipping up some homemade mayonnaise.

The Stack & Snap easily whipped up some mayo from scratch.
The Stack & Snap easily whipped up some mayo from scratch.

The Cuisinart Custom did an excellent job making pizza dough and completed the task very fast, seemingly unaffected by its lack of a dough blade. The Cuisinart was closely followed by the BLACK+DECKER, which was hampered by its smaller mixing bowl. The dough ball 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.

Moving on to pie crust, the BLACK+DECKER, the Cuisinart Elite, and the 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.

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 when attempting to make mayonnaise, horrifically leaking and splattering ingredients everywhere. The Professional 14-Cup failed our test but may have completed mayonnaise successfully if done in a huge 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.

The blades weren't low enough in the bowl in this model to successfully make our 1-Cup mayo recipe.
The blades weren't low enough in the bowl in this model to successfully make our 1-Cup mayo recipe.

This pair redeemed itself slightly at mixing pizza dough, with both models creating a comparable product 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 lovely 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 bowl's lip. The Professional 14-Cup suffered from similar problems and 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.

One of the members of our tasting panel sampling the hummus to evaluate consistency and texture.
One of the members of our tasting panel sampling the hummus to evaluate consistency and texture.

Pureeing


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 and 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. According to our panel of tasters, the 10-Cup produced the smoothest hummus, with the Cuisinart Custom coming in a close second. The 10-Cup also created excellent nut butter, making 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 promptly leaked water everywhere after the motor was switched on, precluding it from claiming the premier spot in this metric.

When filled to the maximum fill line with water  the Hamilton Beach 10-Cup leaked profusely.
When filled to the maximum fill line with water, the Hamilton Beach 10-Cup leaked profusely.

Following those top-performing models was the Breville, which produced moderate-quality hummus, and also made excellent nut butter after 10 minutes of churning without much shaking. It also made acceptable tomato and applesauce and didn't leak at all in our fill line test, most likely due to having a rubber sealing mechanism.

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 three models we tested 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 smooth 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. 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 considerably quieter and required less assistance to get going, eventually creating a smooth and creamy spread.

It only took a little bit of additional oil for the 70725 to whip up some nut butter.
It only took a little bit of additional oil for the 70725 to whip up some nut butter.

Both of these models did fine with the tomato sauce, though it was still reasonably 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.

The results of our shredded cheese test.
The results of our shredded cheese test.

Shredding


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 Braun made some of the highest-quality shredded potatoes of the group.
The Braun made some of the highest-quality shredded potatoes of the group.

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, leaving behind only a few bits of cheese and producing shredded cheese with very few crumbles. 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.

You flip this disc over to switch between slicing and shredding.
You flip this disc over to switch between slicing and shredding.

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 challenges. 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 results of our shredded carrot test.
The results of our shredded carrot test.

The Cuisinart Elite did about average in our shredding tests. This model has two settings for shredding but did a poor 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 was the BLACK+DECKER with overall inferior shredding performance, partially due to having only a medium shred option. It did an alright job at shredding cheese, though we thought it might break due to the sounds it was making. It did a below-average job at shredding potatoes and the overall worst at shredding carrots.

The slicing blade on the Elite did an exceptional job.
The slicing blade on the Elite did an exceptional job.

Slicing


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 device to slice and how much control it offered 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 and the Hamilton Beach Stack & Snap tied for the top spot in our slicing metric. The Elite has adjustable blades to set the slicing thickness and did a great job at slicing tomatoes once dialed with the correct settings.

The Cuisinart Elite produced some of the nicest sliced tomatoes of the group.
The Cuisinart Elite produced some of the nicest sliced tomatoes of the group.

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, standing out when we moved on to potatoes.

The results of our zucchini slicing test.
The results of our zucchini slicing test.

The Stack & Snap did a bit better at cutting zucchini and potato slices. They weren't the cleanest cuts with the serrated blades, but the slices were very even and flat.

Following this top trio are the Breville, the 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 creating even tomato slices, all comparable to the Cuisinart Elite.

The Breville's sliced tomatoes were on par with the top scorer  but the quality dropped when it came to slicing potatoes and zucchini.
The Breville's sliced tomatoes were on par with the top scorer, but the quality dropped when it came to slicing potatoes and zucchini.

Performance dropped slightly at slicing potatoes, with the Breville and the Hamilton Beach Professional leaving 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 somewhat roughly and weren't the most uniform in thickness. However, it did do quite a bit better with the zucchini slices.

The Hamilton Beach 10-Cup partially destroyed the tomatoes when slicing them.
The Hamilton Beach 10-Cup partially destroyed the tomatoes when slicing them.

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. At the same time, the Braun did the worst job at slicing tomatoes overall, spraying the tomato innards all over the place and destroying the tomatoes.

The Braun completely obliterated the tomatoes when slicing.
The Braun completely obliterated the tomatoes when slicing.

The Braun did slightly better at slicing potatoes, producing average slices that compared well with the Cuisinart Elemental. Still, it was the worst of the entire group at slicing zucchini. The BLACK+DECKER was the worst of the group at slicing potatoes but marginally better at slicing zucchini.

The components of the Breville drying after our cleaning test.
The components of the Breville drying after our cleaning test.

Cleaning


Our review process's final rating metric 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 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 in which food can get caught.

The Braun, the Cuisinart Elite, the Cuisinart Custom, and the Hamilton Beach Stack & Snap 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 prone to catching food.

The Elite ranked slightly above average across the board, somewhat worse than the Custom at cleaning the bowl and the lid. However, the Custom has a reasonably hard to clean blade — much harder than the Braun or the Breville. The Stack & Snap is about average in the overall amount of work to clean, while both the blade and the lid are a bit harder than average.

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.

Some of the test models that we tested side-by-side.
Some of the test models that we tested side-by-side.

Conclusion


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