Kitchen – Kitchen And Home Appliances – Kitchen Appliances – Food Processors
It’s National Picnic Week, and the weather is due to be glorious, so what better time to rustle up some tasty snacks and head to the great outdoors? If you’re preparing for a picnic, barbecue or summer party, a food processor can cut down your prep time and help you to whip up delicious dishes to delight your fellow diners. The right food processor can make quick work of creating creamy guacamole, sizzling salsas and smooth houmous.
You can also speedily slice carrots, cucumber and other veg – and create sumptuous sweet treats, too. That’s if the food processor is any good. A bad one will leave you wishing you’d done the job by hand.
The worst models we’ve seen are slow to process ingredients and produce uneven or poorly mixed results. They may also be noisy or a hassle to clean. We’ve chopped, sliced, grated, whipped and whisked our way through mountains of carrots, cheese, nuts, herbs, fruit, cream and more to uncover the food processors and mini choppers that won’t let you down in the kitchen.
Find our which recently tested model made our recommendation list by heading to our round-up of Best Buy food processors, or read on for more on the latest food processors we’ve tested and how to choose the right one for you.
Food processors put to the test
Models just tested include food processors from Bosch, KitchenAid, Magimix, Nutri Ninja and Tefal – plus a cheaper own-brand option from John Lewis. We’ve picked out a few key models below:
Tefal Double Force Pro DO824H40 – GBP138
This Tefal has nine attachments, including a separate blending jug (pictured above) and can perform 31 kitchen tasks, including slicing, chopping, emulsifying, whipping, grinding, juicing and beating. Its digital control panel has seven preset programs to take the guesswork out of processing.
It sounds like it means business, but can it live up to its name? Find out whether the Double Force Pro turns out glossy meringues, silky smoothies and perfectly whipped cream for your strawberries in the full Tefal Double Force Pro food processor review.
John Lewis Food Processor – GBP60
This John Lewis own-brand food processor has two speed settings, a boost button for extra bursts of power, and a pulse function. It’s an inexpensive model, but has some handy features, including a large processing bowl and attachments for chopping, mixing, kneading and fine or coarse grating and slicing.
It also has an emulsifying attachment – handy for making vinaigrettes, mayonnaise and more. This food processor has its plus points, but it’s got some drawbacks, too. To find out what they are – and whether you can live with them for the price – read the full John Lewis Food Processor review.
Bosch Multi Talent 3 Compact MCM3100WGB – GBP65
This is another cheapish model that can nonetheless tackle a host of food prep tasks. It comes with attachments for 20 jobs, including shredding, slicing, mixing, grating, grinding, emulsifying, kneading, beating and pureeing. You can neatly store the accessories – which are dishwasher-safe – in the bowl between uses.
Magimix Le Micro 18112 – GBP60
This compact chopper from Magimix has been around for more than six years. We recently retested it, as it’s still one of the most popular mini choppers around. It’s also available in black (18113), red (18114) and satin grey (18115).
Designed for smaller, quicker jobs, it has just one speed setting and a pulse function. It can chop food either finely or coarsely, as well as pureeing and emulsifying ingredients for dressings or dips. The recipe book contains 60 ideas for sauces, dips and dressings.
Food processor or mini chopper – which is right for you?
Food processors are great for chopping, slicing and grating larger batches of food – handy if you want to make your own burgers, prepare a big salad or slaw, or make a quick salsa. Many can tackle sweet tasks as well as savoury ones, which could be good if you want to whip up a party pavlova, Victoria sponge or fruit coulis.
Some can even crush ice for cocktails. Food processors cost anything from GBP30 to around GBP400. Pricier models tend to come with a larger capacity, a wider range of attachments and are made from premium materials.
Mini choppers are designed for quick little tasks – chopping, slicing or pureeing the odd onion, handful of herbs or nuts – or making a simple salad dressing. If you only need to process smaller batches of food, a mini chopper might suit you better than a standard food processor. You can get a cheap and basic model for GBP10, although some go up to GBP80.
Pricier models tend to have a few more advanced functions and larger capacities.
*Prices correct as of 19 June 2018.
- ^ Best Buy food processors (www.which.co.uk)
- ^ Tefal Double Force Pro food processor review (www.which.co.uk)
- ^ John Lewis Food Processor review (www.which.co.uk)
- ^ Bosch Multi Talent 3 Compact MCM3100WGB review (www.which.co.uk)
- ^ Magimix Le Micro 18112 mini chopper review (www.which.co.uk)
- ^ food processor reviews (www.which.co.uk)
If you’re looking to get your cooking fix on the cheap this spring Lidl and Aldi have got you covered. Both retailers are launching offers on popular kitchen gadgets, available in stores from Thursday 8 March 2018. Lidl is selling a range of countertop appliances under its Silvercrest kitchen brand, including an GBP80 Silvercrest air fryer, a GBP50 bread maker and a GBP90 stand mixer.
Aldi is getting in on the kitchen fever too, with a stylish-looking GBP60 Ambiano food processor. We’ve cast an expert eye over the deals available to help you decide if they are worth making a dash to the supermarket for. Kitchen appliance reviews – see our independent reviews and buying advice for everything from air fryers to blenders.
Lidl Air Fryer – hot competition for the big brands?
Low-fat fryers such as this use a tiny amount of oil and forced hot air to cook less fat-laden versions of your favourite fried treats, such as chips and fried chicken. This Lidl version uses a base hotplate and top-mounted halogen lamp to heat food, along with a rotating paddle to keep food moving as it cooks. This differs from more conventional air fryers like the Actifry that blow hot air at food to cook it, though the Breville Halo health fryer also uses a halogen lamp.
The Lidl Air Fryer has five pre-set cooking modes, and three user-adjustable options, including temperature. It’s claimed cooking capacity of 2.5 litres is pretty generous too. At GBP80, it’s not the cheapest air fryer we’ve seen, but it is much cheaper than the big brands, and you get a decent capacity to boot.
We’ll have a review of this fryer up on Thursday, so check back to get our first look verdict before you buy.
Lidl Bread Maker – tasty bread for not much dough?
At GBP50, the Silvercrest Bread Maker could be a real bargain – it’s much cheaper than models from bread maker giant Panasonic, which start from around GBP100. It even comes with a few interesting features, including 15 presets for everything from white bread to jam, and it can make gluten-free loaves too. There’s a memory function, allowing you to store eight custom recipes, and a 15-hour delay timer for when you want a fresh loaf first thing in the morning.
Lidl Stand Mixer – easy baking on a budget?
This Silvercrest stand mixer comes in at GBP90, making it much cheaper than big name rivals from Kenwood or KitchenAid. It comes with the standard mixing, whipping and kneading attachments, though these are Teflon-coated for easy cleaning which is a nice extra at this price point.
You also get a larger-than-average 6.3 litre steel mixing bowl, splashguard, and blender accessory for making smoothies and soups. It’s not often you’ll get the blender accessory thrown in when you pay less than GBP100, so if you’re keen on smoothies too this could be a bonus. In our experience, cheaper mixers can sometimes come up trumps and do a decent job of the basics.
However some make a bit of a racket, or struggle with heavier mixes. If you’re keen to get baking, this is a well-priced deal, so could be worth a try. For the best results, check our Best Buy stand mixers page to see which models we recommend.
Aldi Ambiano Premium Food Processor – slicing with style?
This smart-looking Aldi food processor is available in grey or cream with a steel trim.
It comes with all the main accessories you’d expect, including a chopping blade, slicing and grating attachments, and a dough blade, emulsifier and whisk. The 1.2 litre bowl is a decent size compared to similarly-priced rivals, though some others do include a jug blender accessory for speedy smoothie-making. Overall, it’s a decent price for a stylish-looking processor with the standard accessories.
- ^ Kitchen appliance reviews (www.which.co.uk)
- ^ Tefal Actifry (www.which.co.uk)
- ^ Breville Halo health fryer (www.which.co.uk)
- ^ Air fryer reviews (www.which.co.uk)
- ^ bread maker reviews (www.which.co.uk)
- ^ Best bread maker brands (www.which.co.uk)
- ^ Best Buy stand mixers (www.which.co.uk)
- ^ food processor reviews (www.which.co.uk)
- ^ How to buy the best food processor (www.which.co.uk)
19 April 2016
The Kenwood Multi Pro has an extra jug blender attachment, but is it good enough to be a Best Buy?
As spring begins to make an appearance, it’s the perfect time to enjoy new season fruit and veg, and perhaps try out some new recipes. That’s where a good food processor can help, taking care of a wide variety of kitchen tasks so you spend less time chopping, slicing and mixing – and more time enjoying the extra hours of daylight.
The best food processors will chop, grate, slice, blend and mix with ease, taking all the hassle out of preparing food, but we’ve come across models that do a poor job of prepping food or are so tricky to use that you’ll revert to doing things by hand. We’ve just tested eight new food processors, including models from Bosch, Kenwood and KitchenAid.
Finding the best food processor
Food processors can cost anything from 15 to 500, so to find the right one for you it’s best to start by thinking about the key jobs you want to use it for. We’ve found Best Buy food processors2 for less than 50, so you don’t need to fork out huge sums to get a decent chopper. More expensive models usually have extra features that might turn your head, such as larger capacity, or a set of different sized bowls for different jobs. The more you spend, the more specialised attachments you’ll get, for everything from juicing to chip-making.
Whether its a budget chopper you want, or a premium food processor with all the bells and whistles, we’ve tested models to suit a range of budgets – use our food processor reviews3 to find the best model for you.
Kenwood vs KitchenAid
We’ve tested the latest Kenwood and KitchenAid food processors to see which popular kitchen brand comes out on top. Two Kenwood Multi Pro food processors have both been put to the test, along with a KitchenAid food processor which is over three times as expensive. You can see which models impressed in our food processor reviews4, and find out which brand comes out on top in our review of the best and most reliable food processor brands5.
Latest food processor reviews
The full list of food processors we’ve just tested is below. Click on the links to go to the full review for each model. Prices correct as of Monday 18 April 2016.