Tips for buying a food processor

Food processor
Updated on 27 May 2023

Heavy tasks in the kitchen like kneading dough, cutting hard ingredients and mixing them require quite a bit of power. This is why many people nowadays opt for a food processor. Some food processors come with accessories such as a dough hook and cutting blades. But this is not the only thing that matters when buying a food processor. Today, we will take you through all the things you need to look out for when buying a new food processor!

#1 Choose quality

Cheap is expensive, is a well-known proverb that is definitely appropriate here. A good food processor starts at around 150 pounds. If you are going to use the food processor on a daily basis, and many have that intention, then it is better to choose to invest a bit more instead of trying to save as much as possible. Plus, once you get used to the convenience you’ll start using it more and more, take it from me!

#2 Think about the functions you want

Think carefully about what the food processor should be able to do, what do you want to use it for in the kitchen? Then when you have your eye on a food processor, take a look at what functions it has.

  • Slicing
  • Grating
  • Kneading dough
  • Whipping and mixing
  • Grinding nuts and spices
  • Making sauces and smoothies

#3 The volume of the mixing bowl

The volume of the mixing bowl can make a huge difference. For example:

  • A large round mixing bowl for making veggies burgers, for example, requires falafel and dough + grated and sliced ingredients. 
  • A long bowl is suitable for making sauces and soups, and the small round mixing bowl is in turn more suitable for smaller quantities. 
  • The very smallest bowls are for spices etc. 

If you often make dishes with many types of ingredients that are a bit larger or make food for several guests, then a large mixing bowl is important. If this does not apply then a small mixing bowl is also fine.

#4 Think carefully about how big the food processor should be

Do you want a food processor that you can store, or do you want it on the countertop? How much space do you have left on your countertop? Think carefully about how big the machine should or should not be. Look carefully at the dimensions in the product descriptions and consider whether the size is big enough or just right for your kitchen. And if you want to be able to store it also check if this is possible.

#5 Choose dishwasher-safe parts

Choose parts that can go in the dishwasher, this is not a given with all food processors. If you have to wash them by hand, chances are the parts won’t get completely clean. If you can just put them in the dishwasher, it will obviously save a lot of time and energy.

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