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The 6 Best Food Processors of 2024

We tested models from Breville, Cuisinart, Ninja, and more to find the very best for your kitchen
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Best Food Processor Review (The Breville, a high scorer in our fleet.)
The Breville, a high scorer in our fleet.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

The Best Food Processors for 2024


A good food processor should be able to chop, shred, slice, and puree to your liking. To help you find such an appliance, we researched over 40 food processors before purchasing 11 of the most compelling models available today. We consulted with culinary professionals to create the ultimate testing challenge for our selection of processors and then put them each on the chopping block. Our testing team conducted over 30 side-by-side assessments, such as chopping onions, shredding cheese, slicing veggies, mixing dough, pureeing chickpeas, whipping up homemade mayonnaise, and even cleaning. We'll help you determine the best model for your needs, whether that be the best of the best or the best to fit your budget.

Anyone who spends a lot of time in the kitchen understands the value of quality kitchen gadgets and the best home appliances. Nobody wants to have their cabinets cluttered with products that don't live up to their intended uses or don't get used at all. We've tested top products like the best waffle makers, our favorite blenders, as well as top-rated stand mixers and the best sous vide machines and best food dehydrators. We do all of the grunt work of pitting these products against each other to make your decision process easier.

Editor's Note: We updated our food processor review on June 7, 2024, removing a discontinued product from our lineup and adding a new section outlining how we tested these machines.

Top 11 Food Processors - Test Results

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Awards Top Pick Award Editors' Choice Award Best Buy Award  Best Buy Award 
Price $250 List
$222.85 at Amazon
$450 List
$374.99 at Amazon
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$229.00 at Amazon
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$187.00 at Amazon
$120 List
$99.99 at Amazon
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Pros Great for pizza dough, pureeing perfection, easy to clean, mostly even slicing, little to no leakageBest at chopping, mixing, and shredding, easy to cleanGreat at pureeing and slicingGood at mixing and shreddingGreat for shredding, slicing, good at chopping
Cons Not great for applesauce, average chopping and shreddingExpensiveNo adjustability of shredding or slicingAverage at chopping, little harder to cleanLittle more difficult to clean
Bottom Line A food processor especially great for pizza, but you'll need to own a Vitamix motorOur favorite overall model excels at chopping, shredding, and mixing, and it's exceptionally easy to cleanOne of the best food processors you can get on a budget without sacrificing too much performanceAn excellent model if you are planning on frequently making dough or mayoOffering all-around excellent performance given its price tag, this is one of our favorite recommendations to those on a budget
Rating Categories Vitamix 12-Cup Atta... Breville Sous Chef... Cuisinart Custom 14 Cuisinart Elemental... Ninja Professional
Chopping (20%)
6.0
9.0
6.0
5.0
6.0
Mixing (20%)
6.0
9.0
6.0
8.0
6.0
Pureeing (20%)
8.0
8.0
8.0
6.0
7.0
Shredding (15%)
6.0
8.0
6.0
8.0
7.0
Slicing (15%) Sort Icon
8.0
7.0
7.0
7.0
7.0
Cleaning (10%)
7.0
8.0
6.0
4.0
5.0
Specs Vitamix 12-Cup Atta... Breville Sous Chef... Cuisinart Custom 14 Cuisinart Elemental... Ninja Professional
Model # VM0215 BFP800CBXL DFP-14BCNY FP-13DGM BN600/BN601
Bowl Size 12 cup 16 cup and 2.5 cup mini bowl 14 cup 13 cup and 4 cup mini bowl 9 cup
Dimensions W: 8.5"
H: 12.8" (no base)
H: 19.6" (on tested base)
D: 11.8"
W: 8"
H: 11"
D: 18"
W: 7.75"
H: 15"
D: 10.75"
W: 8.25"
H: 16.5"
D: 10"
W: 9.9"
H: 15.6"
D: 7.3"
Measured Weight of Base 8 pounds, 12 ounces. Varies, tested with Vitamix A2300 blender base 15 pounds, 8 ounces 12 pounds, 6 ounces 5 pounds, 9 ounces 4 pounds, 8 ounces
BPA Free Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Motor Varies, tested with Vitamix A2300 blender base 1200 Watt 720 Watt 550 Watt 850 Watt
Speed Control Pulse/(On/Off), varies, tested with Vitamix A2300 blender base On/Off/Pulse On/Off/Pulse High/Low/Pulse/Off Chop/Puree/Dough/Disc/Low/High/Pulse
Cord Storage Underside cord wrap; varies, tested with Vitamix A2300 blender base Internal None Internal External Cord Wrap
Feet Varies, tested with Vitamix A2300 blender base Smooth Rubber (Non-Skid) Smooth Rubber Smooth Rubber Suction Cups
Decibels at 3ft 80.5, varies, tested with Vitamix A2300 blender base 67.5 61.5 79 80
Mini Bowl Blade N/A Yes Yes Yes N/A
Accessory Storage Case Yes Yes No Yes No
Slicing Disc 2 discs large and small; Non adjustable Adjustable to 8mm Non adjustable Adjustable to 8mm Non adjustable
Shredding Disc 2 discs large and small; Non adjustable Fine and Medium Medium Fine and Medium Non adjustable
Dough Blade No Yes No Yes Yes
Whipping Attatchment No Yes No No No
Citrus Juicer No No No No No
Dicing Kit No No No Yes, with a cleaning tool No
Built-in Bowl Scraper No No No No No
French Fry Disc No Yes No No No
Julienne Disc No Yes No No No


Best Overall Food Processor


Breville Sous Chef 16 Pro


83
OVERALL
SCORE
  • Chopping 9.0
  • Mixing 9.0
  • Pureeing 8.0
  • Shredding 8.0
  • Slicing 7.0
  • Cleaning 8.0
Bowl Size: 16-Cup & 2.5-Cup Mini-Bowl | Motor: 1200 Watt
REASONS TO BUY
Evenly chopped food
Easy to clean
Great at shredding
REASONS TO AVOID
Expensive

Fending off challengers since 2019 and once again earning our top overall performance, the Breville Sous Chef 16 Pro is easily our favorite food processor. 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 mixes dough, slices veggies, and shreds potatoes effortlessly. Out of our entire test fleet, this processor is also one of the most convenient models to use and one of the easiest to clean.

Unsurprisingly, such high performance also comes with the highest price out of all the contenders in our review. The Sous Chef 16 Pro is a phenomenal food processor, and we highly recommend it for enthusiast chefs, but it can put quite a dent in your wallet and take up a decent amount of valuable counter real estate. It's an excellent option for an avid home chef or folks who will use it frequently, but it can be a little more machine than the casual cook may need or want. But if you are looking for the crème de la crème when it comes to choppers, this machine is our first pick. If you're willing to sacrifice a little bit in chopping performance to get a better puree, the Magimix Compact 3200 XL is another one of our favorites that you shouldn't miss.

Read more: Breville Sous Chef 16 Pro review

food processor - the best of the best, the breville took home top scores.
The best of the best, the Breville took home top scores.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Also Great


Magimix Compact 3200 XL


77
OVERALL
SCORE
  • Chopping 7.0
  • Mixing 9.0
  • Pureeing 9.0
  • Shredding 6.0
  • Slicing 7.0
  • Cleaning 7.0
Bowl Size: 12-Cup, 10-Cup, & 6-Cup Mini-Bowl | Motor: 650 Watt
REASONS TO BUY
Versatile
Great all-around performance
Easy to clean
REASONS TO AVOID
Expensive
Heavy

On the heels of our top food processor and leagues ahead of the rest of the competition, the Magimix Compact 3200 XL is an excellent machine for a home chef. This do-it-all food processor chopped, sliced, shredded, mixed, and pureed with ease, earning high marks across the board in our demanding tests. Its powerful motor and plethora of blades and accessories make this the perfect tool for the job. This device has plenty of power to churn through even the toughest recipes. Thanks to its convenient bowl-stacking design, this processor does triple duty before requiring you to wash and clean components.

The tradeoff for quality performance is a high price, and the steep cost of the Magimix reflects that. Even so, for the cooking enthusiast who appreciates what it offers, it's a great choice for a one-stop-shop food processor. If your budget is a little tighter but you don't want to skimp too much on performance, the Cuisinart Custom 14 is a natural contender with excellent puree action and a whopping 14-cup capacity.

Read more: Magimix Compact 3200 XL review

food processor - the magimix went toe-to-toe in all our tests, and proved to be a...
The Magimix went toe-to-toe in all our tests, and proved to be a mighty food-processing machine.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Best Bang for the Buck


Cuisinart Custom 14


66
OVERALL
SCORE
  • Chopping 6.0
  • Mixing 6.0
  • Pureeing 8.0
  • Shredding 6.0
  • Slicing 7.0
  • Cleaning 6.0
Bowl Size: 14-Cup | Motor: 720 Watt
REASONS TO BUY
Powerful pureeing
Solid slicing skills
REASONS TO AVOID
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 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 we tested. It slices vegetables and fruits exceptionally evenly and purees velvety-smooth dips and spreads.

The disadvantage of this machine is that the shredding and slicing blades aren't adjustable, so you'll need to purchase additional blades if you aren't happy with the size of the ones included. It also isn't quite as powerful at mixing denser doughs. Downsides aside, this is a terrific option for those searching for a great, all-around food processor without shredding the budget. For those on an even tighter budget, the Ninja Professional Food Processor offers average slicing, shredding, chopping, pureeing, and mixing power and is even more affordable.

Read more: Cuisinart Custom 14 review

food processor - the cuisinart custom is one of the best value options out there.
The Cuisinart Custom is one of the best value options out there.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

A Compact Bargain Option


Ninja Professional Food Processor


64
OVERALL
SCORE
  • Chopping 6.0
  • Mixing 6.0
  • Pureeing 7.0
  • Shredding 7.0
  • Slicing 7.0
  • Cleaning 5.0
Bowl Size: 9-Cup | Motor: 850 Watt
REASONS TO BUY
Great at shredding and slicing
Dishwasher-safe
Excellent at pureeing
REASONS TO AVOID
Difficult to clean by hand

If you're shopping for a new food processor that won't take up a ton of room in your kitchen or your budget, then we highly recommend the Ninja Professional Food Processor. This appliance's performance in our tests thoroughly impressed us, especially given its bargain price tag. This model did a good job uniformly chopping veggies and incorporating ingredients when mixing dough. However, this appliance truly shined in the shredding and slicing tests, creating even slices and shreds without leaving large chunks of waste — a rarity for budget models.

When tasked with mixing pizza dough, this machine sounded like it was working pretty hard. Making smaller serving sizes of things like homemade mayo can also be challenging due to the bowl size and dual-blade shape. Furthermore, the dual-blade system can be more difficult to clean by hand. With all that in mind, we still think this is a great option for shoppers searching for a compact food processor that won't break the bank. Excelling at pureeing, the Hamilton Beach 10-Cup beats out the Ninja Professional by just a hair and comes at a fraction of the cost. Just note it can be leaky and loud, but can handle processing 10 cups at a time.

Read more: Ninja Professional Food Processor review

food processor - if you want a compact food processor that won&#039;t shred your budget...
If you want a compact food processor that won't shred your budget, we think this is a great choice.
Credit: Laura Casner

Best on a Tight Budget


Hamilton Beach 10-Cup


64
OVERALL
SCORE
  • Chopping 7.0
  • Mixing 5.0
  • Pureeing 9.0
  • Shredding 6.0
  • Slicing 5.0
  • Cleaning 5.0
Bowl Size: 10-Cup | Motor: 450 Watt
REASONS TO BUY
Inexpensive
Great at pureeing
REASONS TO AVOID
Mediocre at mixing
Leaks when used with liquids
Loud

If you want to spend the bare minimum and still get decent performance, then the Hamilton Beach 10-Cup is your best bet. This inexpensive model can hold its own for pureeing dips or chopping produce. Its shredding and slicing performance isn't too shabby, either.

Where this model falls short is mixing. Mixing heavy dough with the weaker motor is a struggle and causes the entire unit to shake somewhat violently. Additionally, we experienced leaking during our water test. We recommend opting for another model if your recipes are mostly liquid ingredients. Despite these shortcomings, the Hamilton Beach 10-Cup is our top choice for those on a strict budget. However, if you have a few more bucks to put towards performance, consider the Cuisinart Elemental 13-Cup which touts excellent performance for mixing and shredding.

Read more: Hamilton Beach 10-Cup review

food processor - the included accessories with the hamilton beach.
The included accessories with the Hamilton Beach.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Best for Vitamix Owners


Vitamix 12-Cup Attachment


68
OVERALL
SCORE
  • Chopping 6.0
  • Mixing 6.0
  • Pureeing 8.0
  • Shredding 6.0
  • Slicing 8.0
  • Cleaning 7.0
Bowl Size: 12-Cup | Motor: Wattage varies depending on the base
REASONS TO BUY
Great for pizza dough
Pro at pureeing
Slices delicate foods like tomato
REASONS TO AVOID
Requires Vitamix base unit
Average chopping
Average shredding

The Vitamix 12-Cup Attachment comes as an attachment, making it an option for anyone who already owns a Vitamix base unit. It shines brightest while pureeing, slicing, and mixing dough, making it an excellent choice for pizza lovers. Mix up your pizza crust, let it cool while you whip up some homemade sauce, and efficiently slice up any toppings. While we had pizza on our mind while testing this model, that's not all it is good for. The mostly even slicing works wonders on easy-to-bruise fruit and vegetables, like tomatoes, and the stellar pureeing makes buttery smooth hummus and dips. Although it is still an investment, it is easy to clean but won't clean out your bank account.

The Vitamix 12-Cup is a high performing food processor, but note that you'll need to already own (or purchase) the Vitamix blender motor; this product is just an attachment. And while it's excellent at slicing and pro at pureeing — its chopping, shredding, and mixing (aside from pizza dough) capabilities are nothing to write home about. They get the job done but often require an extra pulse or two. The chopping and shredding also offer somewhat inconsistent sizes. That said, the Vitamix attachment is a great option for anyone who already owns a Vitamix blender and is seeking a well-rounded processor. For those that need a processor that can shred and chop well, look to the Breville Sous Chef 16 Pro instead.

Read more: Vitamix 12-Cup Food Processor Attachment review

food processor - the vitamix 12-cup is an attachment for vitamix blenders.
The Vitamix 12-Cup is an attachment for Vitamix blenders.
Credit: Laura Casner

Compare Products

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Score Product Price
83
Breville Sous Chef 16 Pro
Best Overall Food Processor
$450
Editors' Choice Award
77
Magimix Compact 3200 XL
Also Great
$349
Editors' Choice Award
68
Vitamix 12-Cup Attachment
Best for Vitamix Owners
$250
Top Pick Award
66
Cuisinart Custom 14
Best Bang for the Buck
$250
Best Buy Award
65
Cuisinart Elemental 13-Cup
$200
65
Braun TributeCollection
$230
64
Hamilton Beach 10-Cup
Best on a Tight Budget
$55
Best Buy Award
64
Ninja Professional Food Processor
A Compact Bargain Option
$120
Best Buy Award
47
Oster Total Prep 10-Cup
$100
47
KitchenAid 5-Cup
$100
46
Black+Decker 8-Cup
$40

food processor - some of the best food processors you can get today.
Some of the best food processors you can get today.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

How We Test Food Processors


We've tested nearly 20 different food processors since 2017. In this review, we subjected each of these devices to over 30 individual tests to rate their performance. The chopping, mixing, and pureeing tests made up the bulk of each processor's score. All told, we've spent close to 200 hours testing and evaluating these food processors and mini-choppers side-by-side. We created numerous batches of fresh hummus, mixed up tons of pizza and pie crust dough, chopped dozens of onions and tomatoes, made mayonnaise from scratch, and shredded a silly amount of cheese. Don't worry; zero food went to waste during our testing. Our panel of judges rated the quality of the food produced by each food processor. Finally, we awarded points based on the ease of cleaning each product between tests. As always, GearLab purchased all of the products we tested at retail price. We do not accept any free evaluation models from manufacturers.

Our testing of food processors is divided across six rating metrics:
  • Chopping tests (20% of overall score weighting)
  • Mixing tests (20% weighting)
  • Pureeing tests (20% weighting)
  • Shredding tests (15% weighting)
  • Slicing tests (15% weighting)
  • Cleaning tests (10% weighting)

For more details on our testing, check out our How We Test article.

Why Trust GearLab


Our food processor testing team is comprised of veteran testers Austin Palmer, Hayley Thomas, Genaveve Bradshaw, and Hale Milano, who combined have tested and reviewed over two hundred kitchen appliances over the past several years. In addition to their expertise, we consulted with home chefs and bakers to get additional input and feedback on our testing and scoring process.

food processor - we spent many hours processing all kinds of ingredients.
We spent many hours processing all kinds of ingredients.
Credit: Austin Palmer

Analysis and Test Results


To compare each food processor's performance, we chose six weighted metrics to consider during our hands-on testing: chopping, shredding, slicing, mixing, pureeing, and ease of cleaning. We recommend focusing on the metrics that most closely match your intended use and selecting a machine that excels in those areas. These are multi-purpose appliances, 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 do.


Value


The Breville Sous Chef 16 Pro stands at the top in terms of performance and also in its high price. A close second in performance and price is the Magimix Compact 3200 XL. The next step down is the Cuisinart Custom 14 and the Vitamix 12-Cup Attachment retailing for significantly less. If you go the route of the Custom 14, you may need to purchase additional slicing and shredding discs if you aren't happy with the included options, as they aren't adjustable.

The Vitamix comes with a few slicing and shredding discs, but it is important to know you will need to already own or purchase separately a motor/base as the attachment is just the top portion. If these two options are still too pricey, we recommend the Hamilton Beach 10-Cup or Ninja Professional Food Processor. These appliances have their flaws but provide a great value, holding their own against other products that cost significantly more. The Hamilton Beach 10-Cup does just a bit better at chopping and pureeing, while the Ninja has the edge in slicing and shredding.

Chopping


Chopping food is a quintessential task for these appliances and should be a standout capability of any worthy food processor. We compared each model's performance while chopping onions, carrots, and nuts and assessed the quality and consistency of the finished products. We also paid special attention to whether or not each model comes equipped with a pulse button and how precisely the button lets you control the machine.


When it comes to chopping, the Sous Chef by Breville found itself in the top tier. In particular, we were very impressed with the speed and uniformity at which this appliance chops onions.

food processor - we chopped two, quartered onions in each model and compared the...
We chopped two, quartered onions in each model and compared the results.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

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 many of the other processors did. While its “pulse” button starts and stops the blade quickly, other models like the Cuisinart Custom 14 and the Hamilton Beach 10-Cup start and stop with more immediacy. That said, none of the models measure up to the chopping power and uniformity of the Sous Chef.

food processor - the outcomes of our onion chopping side-by-side testing...
The outcomes of our onion chopping side-by-side testing. The most uniformly sliced onions that weren't mushy scored the highest.
Credit: Austin Palmer

Following the Breville, but not closely, in overall chopping performance are the Braun Tribute Collection, Magimix Compact 3200 XL, and the Hamilton Beach 10-Cup. The Hamilton Beach 10-Cup and Magimix Compact pulse buttons start and stop immediately with the press of the “pulse” button, while the Braun takes a measurable moment before the spinning seizes. The Braun does an exceptional job chopping the almonds and also performs well at chopping onions and carrots, although some of the carrots ended up with more uneven sizing. The Hamilton Beach 10-Cup, Braun, and Magimix produce comparable chopped onions, but the Breville beat them all.

food processor - these  onions weren&#039;t quite as consistent as we would have hoped.
These onions weren't quite as consistent as we would have hoped.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

While the Cuisinart models come in clutch with very responsive pulse buttons, they only deliver average results for chopping onions. However, they offer above-average performance chopping almonds, which we can't say for most options. The Ninja Professional takes a little longer to spin down when you release the pulse button, making precise control a bit more difficult. However, its onion and carrot chopping capabilities are impressive, mainly creating uniform pieces with only a few larger outliers.

food processor - the breville sous chef produces a superior chop, leaving next to no...
The Breville Sous Chef produces a superior chop, leaving next to no nut dust floating about.
Credit: Austin Palmer

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 mixed pizza dough and mayonnaise in each processor.


Once again, the Breville Sous Chef 16 Pro stands out as the top performer, as it successfully mixes up mayo and creates high-quality pie crust and pizza dough. This burly food processor shows no signs of struggle while mixing pizza dough but does take a little more time to complete with its smaller dough blade. During our testing, it took five pulses to achieve the desired pie crust consistency, but it was high quality and looked fantastic when we rolled it out. The Magimix Compact performed equally well in our mixing test and barely edged out the Breville in the pie crust test; it was able to mix the dough with no shaking or poofs of flower and churned out perfect viscosity crust.

food processor - it&#039;s hard work, but someone has to combine the results of all our...
It's hard work, but someone has to combine the results of all our testing and then test that result!
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

The Braun TributeCollection and Cuisinart Elemental 13-Cup closely follow the Sous Chef and Magimix. All three of these appliances make mayonnaise successfully, just about as well as the Sous Chef, but they vary a bit in their pizza and pie crust creation. The Braun vibrates like crazy when making pizza dough. When we added a second cup of flour, we thought it would vibrate right off the counter. The Elemental performs almost as well as the Breville, although it too shakes slightly.

food processor - the mixing blade installed on the elemental.
The mixing blade installed on the Elemental.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Of the four top performers, the Magimix takes the cake—or in this case, the pie—in pie crust performance. The Breville, Elemental, and Braun fall slightly behind, offering a still admirable, above-average performance. Following these four, with overall average performances are the Black+Decker 8-Cup and Ninja Professional. While none of these perform well across all three of our mixing tests, they do offer an above-average performance in at least one.

Two honorable mentions that crush the pizza crust test specifically, aside from our top performers overall, are the Cuisinart Custom 14 and the Vitamix Attachment. The Custom does not have a dough blade, making its performance that much more impressive. Both offer a decently quick and sufficient blend of the ingredients.

food processor - the stacked blades gave us mixed results in different tests.
The stacked blades gave us mixed results in different tests.
Credit: Laura Casner

Moving on to pie crust, outside of the top mixing performers, we were very impressed with the Ninja Professional, which took roughly 10-15 pulses to blend all the ingredients sufficiently.

Pureeing


Like chopping and mixing, the pureeing metric accounts for a good portion of each product's final score. We conducted five separate tests with each food processor to rank and score performance, making tomato sauce, hummus, nut butter, and applesauce. We also considered leakage in this category, testing each processor by filling the bowl with water to the max fill line and turning it on full blast.


In a surprise upset, the Magimix Compact and Hamilton Beach 10-Cup merited top performances, unseating the winner of the previous two metrics, the Breville. According to our panel of tasters, the Magimix produced magically smooth and creamy hummus without breaking a sweat. The Hamilton and Vitamix Attachment also create superb nut butter; the Vitamix after three minutes, and the Hamilton 10-Cup in 10 minutes (though the top wobbled furiously during the process). The Cuisinart Custom took almost twice as long, and the final product was definitively inferior.

All of these models create 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. While the Magimix, 10-Cup, and the Custom also produced some of the highest-quality applesauce, the Vitamix Attachment fell short.

Of the average performers in the puree department as a whole, the Cuisinart Elemental whips up admirable hummus, rendering a mostly smooth (albeit a little grainy) product without much shaking or scooping required. The Oster may not receive a top score in pureeing, but it sure whips almonds into a smooth butter quickly compared to the others in our test suite.

There is a stark contrast in the leak test, with the Cuisinart Custom doing substantially better than both the Hamilton Beach 10-Cup and the Magimix. 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 switched on, precluding it from claiming the premier spot in this metric. The Magimix begins to leak at the base once any liquid substance exceeds the blade mounting line.

food processor - when filled to the maximum fill line with water, the hamilton beach...
When filled to the maximum fill line with water, the Hamilton Beach leaked profusely.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Several models passed our leak test with zero leaks at all, including some highly rated models like the Breville, Braun, Cuisinart Custom 14, and Hamilton Beach Professional 14-Cup. Though it didn't leak, the Braun does not have a max fill line, so we filled it up a comparable amount to similarly sized models, about 50%.

food processor - the rubber seal on the ninja professional securely keeps liquids in.
The rubber seal on the Ninja Professional securely keeps liquids in.
Credit: Laura Casner

Shredding


Homemade macaroni and cheese or hash browns instantly become more appealing when you can simply set up your food processor rather than risking your fingertips on a sharp grater. We took the time to shred potatoes, carrots, and a large block of cheese to compare the performance of all the food processors in our lineup.


The Breville claims the top spot with its quality shredding performance. It does a fantastic job at shredding carrots, creating nice, crisp pieces that don't stick together, leaving only a small piece unshredded. It does similarly well with potatoes, only leaving two small slices behind. The Breville offers two shredding options with its disc: fine and medium. Both do a decent job at shredding the block of cheese, with only moderate amounts of cheese crumbles left unshredded.

food processor - our shredded cheese test competitors shown side-by-side.
Our shredded cheese test competitors shown side-by-side.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Our runner-ups in this category are Braun Tribute Collection, Cuisinart Elemental 13-Cup, and the Ninja Professional. You have the option to choose between a fine or medium shredding size with both the Elemental and the Braun, but you are limited to a single size with the Ninja Professional. The Braun does the best overall, leaving behind only a few bits of cheese and producing shredded cheese with very few crumbles. The Elemental and the Ninja shredded all of the cheese but are slightly lower quality than the Braun.

food processor - the braun makes impressive shredded potatoes.
The Braun makes impressive shredded potatoes.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

The Braun offers a very high-quality potato shred. The Elemental and the Ninja also created uniformly shredded potatoes perfect for hash browns. However, there were a few irregularly cut pieces and some leftover chunks between the lid and the blade. The Elemental and the Braun both did average at shredding carrots, with the Elemental producing slightly more uniform pieces. The Ninja performed well with carrots, creating the cleanest and most uniformly cut pieces.

food processor - we were impressed with how the ninja profesional slices and shreds.
We were impressed with how the Ninja Profesional slices and shreds.
Credit: Laura Casner

Our runner-up food processor, the Magimix Compact, didn't score highly in our shredding test overall, but it boasted standout performance when shredding carrots, tying with the Ninja in this category.

food processor - the magimix shredded carrots into clean consistent slices.
The Magimix shredded carrots into clean consistent slices.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Slicing


We sliced zucchini, tomatoes, and potatoes for this portion of our rigorous hands-on testing. We also considered how easy each device is to set up and how much control it offers regarding slice thickness. In terms of key processor capabilities, we consider slicing of equal importance to shredding.


The leader in the slicing metric was the Vitamix Attachment. The runner-ups in this category are Breville Sous Chef, Cuisinart Custom, Hamilton Beach Professional, Magimix, and the Ninja Professional. The Breville's thickness is very easy to adjust when slicing, as the numbers correspond to millimeters. The Cuisinart Custom includes a four-millimeter disc for slicing, but other thickness discs are available for purchase. The Magimix cut through food with ease without much waste and included two different sized slicing options. These models did a great job creating even tomato slices.

food processor - the breville&#039;s sliced tomatoes were on par with the top scorer, but...
The Breville's sliced tomatoes were on par with the top scorer, but the quality dropped when it came to slicing potatoes and zucchini.
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The Hamilton Beach Professional shines brightest while slicing tomatoes. Most of the options take time to understand how to use, but this model had the best first run of all the processors with almost no mangling due to inexperience. The Ninja Professional also only offers a single slice thickness setting but still does surprisingly well. The potatoes it produces are very uniform, and the zucchini and tomato slices are above average. The feed chute on this model is relatively small, so larger produce must be pre-cut to fit. This design leaves some messier slices with larger tomatoes or zucchini, but smaller items are cut very cleanly.

The feed chute on the Ninja Professional is a little on the small...
The feed chute on the Ninja Professional is a little on the small side.
The Hamilton Beach partially destroyed the tomatoes when slicing them.
The Hamilton Beach partially destroyed the tomatoes when slicing them.
The Braun completely obliterated the tomatoes when slicing.
The Braun completely obliterated the tomatoes when slicing.

Cleaning


Our review process's final rating metric considers the amount of effort it takes to clean out each food processor once you're done using it. We washed each bowl, blade, and cover multiple times during our testing process, both in the dishwasher and by hand. We awarded points to the products that we found 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 its top spot for this final metric with the easiest blade, bowl, and lid to clean in the whole group. The blade has a longer shaft that makes it a breeze to clean without accidentally slicing fingers, and there were very few nooks and crannies in the bowl or lid where food could get caught.

food processor - the components of the breville drying after our cleaning test.
The components of the Breville drying after our cleaning test.
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Our runner-ups are the KitchenAid 5-Cup and Vitamix 12-Cup. Though it was not stated that pieces of the KitchenAid are dishwasher safe, the blade is, and its simple design made it easy to clean. The Vitamix is dishwasher safe, and the gear is easily separated from the bowl for hand washing. The only tricky part about washing this model is the plunger. This section is much easier to clean with a bottle brush. Tied with the Vitamix, the Magimix Compact is top-rack dishwasher safe, and like the Vitamix, the blades have handles long enough to hold without cutting your fingers. The lack of sharp corners or crevices made cleaning efficient, though a bottle brush helps.

food processor - some of the test models that we tested side-by-side.
Some of the test models that we tested side-by-side.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Conclusion


We believe this review can help you pick the perfect new food processor for your kitchen — whether you are a culinary enthusiast looking for a full-size workhorse appliance or seeking a mini-chopper to speed up prep and make it a little less mundane. There is something for everyone in this lineup of impressive options.

Genaveve Bradshaw, Austin Palmer, Hayley Thomas, and Hale Milano