A food processor can make meal prep quick and easy. These are the best food processor of 2021, with compact, budget, and all-in-one models to consider.
Buying the best food processor can make lengthy meal prep a thing of the past. These machines can do it all – slicing, grating, and even pureeing to make mealtime easier than ever. We put the best food processors from KitchenAid, Kenwood, Russell Hobbs, Magimix (and more!) to the test in order to find the top one for you. Some prefer a budget food processor, whereas others are willing to splash out for something more multi-functional, and with food processors getting ever smarter there’s no shortage of options to choose from.
Top 10 Best Food Processor in UK 2021
1. Magimix 4200XL – The best food processor overall
Magimix has always been a mainstay household name when it comes to food processors, and they only seem to get better with time. The 4200XL model is bigger, better and more capable than ever before, still with the same easy-to-use three button commands: Auto, Stop and Pulse. It has six main functions with different blade components for each, allowing you to slice, chop, grate, knead, whisk and blend anything and everything you need to, with three different bowl sizes depending on the task. The small one is great for pestos and sauces while the biggest can knead two loaves of bread in one go or hold up to 1kg of vegetables.
2. Russell Hobbs Desire – The best budget food processor
At around £60 and with many of the same functions as the other models in this edit, you can’t argue with the glossy Russell Hobbs model. It’s compact, easy to assemble and comes with a 2.5L bowl and a jug attachment. There are three discs and one blade, giving this food processor the ability to chop, shred, whisk, slice and cream and, while it’s not as powerful as other models on the market, it can handle most tasks with aplomb.
3. Cuisinart Expert Prep Pro FP1300U – Best Food Processor
This impressive machine was the best all-rounder in our tests, and we like that it comes with two different-sized bowls. In our grating, slicing and chopping tests, it scored almost top marks and left behind minimal food waste (unlike others we tried). We love the adjustable slicing disc, spiralizing disc and dicing attachment, too. The cakes we made were light and airy, and the controls were pleasingly responsive. It has two speed settings, as well as the standard pulse button, and all the equipment is dishwasher-safe.
4. Kenwood FPM910 – Best food processor for families
Multi by name and by nature, if you want a food processor that handles almost every part of your prep, this is it. The Multipro Excel food processor comes with a huge amount of functionality and kit – so there’s a tool for almost any food preparation job, but you’ll have to find somewhere to put it all.
As well as built-in scales and a weighing plate, it comes with several slicing and grating discs, knife blade, dough blade, whisk, folding tool, mini bowl, grinder, blender jug and even a citrus press for on-demand OJ.
Most impressive is its four-litre main bowl – with the option of a ‘mini’ 1.6-litre bowl that fits inside. There are eight speeds for processing plus a pulse, as well as auto speed button that selects a setting for you. While the auto isn’t always the best option – we found that choosing it for a smoothie was too slow, so needed to revert to manual for a finer blend – the no-hassle button to get blitzing is convenient.
The range of blades will suit both the keen chef and those who like to batch cook. We found that some foods were most easily processed with the knife blade, while the julienne disc made short work of carrots and the slicing disc whizzed through rhubarb and leeks.
An extra-wide feed tube accommodated every vegetable without much chopping beforehand. Other features of note are a 30-minute eco mode, and a storage box for the blades, ensuring that they stay as sharp as possible.
The whisk tool and folding tool are especially clever in design – both slot onto the spindle in the centre of the bowl and work with the lid in place – meaning that the contents are whipped or mixed without any worktop mess. It’s quick too – our egg whites took less than a couple of minutes to form firm peaks.
5. Cuisinart Easy Prep Pro Blender – Best food processor for everyday use
Striking the balance between practical and versatile isn’t the most straightforward thing for a food processor to do – extra accessories often find their way to the back of a cupboard. For busy households, it makes sense to have a machine that can tick off the basics – blending, slicing, grating, chopping and mixing – while being powerful enough to handle a variety of foods.
The Easy Prep Pro answers this need nicely – it’s more of a day-to-day appliance rather than one you haul out every so often. Plus it’s lightweight and compact enough to move around the kitchen as required.
Its two bowls – a main 1.9-litre and mini 700ml – plus matching chopping blades and two reversible slicing/grating discs, are all dishwasher safe.
The mini bowl fits inside the main one, and, crucially, has a seal around the edge to stop food spilling out, so when we chopped herbs, there was only one bowl to wash, not two. A separate recipe book has some ideas to get you started, but as you might expect, most of them are basics, such as pesto, mayonnaise, coleslaw, bread and pizza.
The Easy Prep Pro isn’t perfect – its buttons are big and bulky, plus you have to hit the Off control rather than just the High or Low to stop it, which isn’t terribly intuitive. There’s also no dedicated storage for the discs or large chopping blade (though the mini bowl and blade store inside), meaning they could end up becoming blunt sooner than they should.
In tests, it performed well – our carrot was grated uniformly, and we made a springy bread dough easily with the blade and a combination of the pulse and low settings. The machine whined and shook a little as the dough came together, and some crept inside the tool, but overall, our loaf rose well. It’s good value, too.
6. Sage SFP820BAL The Kitchen Wizz Peel and Dice
This incredibly powerful machine achieved perfect scores on our slicing, puréeing and emulsifying tests, and scored highly in all other categories. Its grating discs can’t be beaten, powering through four carrots in just three seconds. It has an enormous 3.7-litre capacity too, which meant heavy ingredients like beef and bread dough were tackled with ease. This processor also has a peeling attachment, meaning you can peel several potatoes at once (ideal for roast dinners). The dicing attachment is similarly impressive, dicing vegetables in a matter of seconds. This processor is remarkably simple to use, and comes with a handy storage box. Our only quibble is the single power level.
7. Magimix 5200XL Food Processor
This Magimix model is ideal for keen bakers. It scored full marks in almost all our dough and pastry tests. It also comes with a great selection of accessories. As well as the standard blades and slicing discs, the “premium” version comes with an egg whisk, citrus press and soft spatula. The egg whisk in particular is useful if you do a lot of baking. We also love the space-saving system of nested bowls that come in three sizes (1.2, 2.6, and 3.6 litres). Beyond baking, its dicing attachment impressed us, as it created even cubes of vegetables every time. The downside? There’s only one speed setting.
8. Magimix 4200XL Food Processor
Both this Magimix model and the one above come with a 30-year guarantee, which is much longer than others on our list. This is a smaller and quieter version of the 5200XL, and it’s also cheaper and easier to store. It did well in our grating, slicing and pastry tests, and it’s good at mixing heavier ingredients like cake or bread mix. There are three nested bowls and a good range of blades, discs and accessories, which come with a handy box to store it all in. On test, we found it wasn’t as good at whipping cream as other models, and it’s disappointing that there’s only one speed setting.
9. Sage The Kitchen Wizz – Best food processor for keen cooks
This food processor comes with a mighty 2,000W induction motor, stacked four-bladed chopping knife and a variable slicing disc with settings from a super-skinny 0.3mm to 8mm. It means business.
Rather than relying on a standard array, some of the Kitchen Wizz Pro’s eight tools are designed to suit a particular need – so there’s a julienne disc for matchsticks, but also a French fry cutting disc for chips. Think of it like the difference between a full toolbox for DIY… and using a hammer for everything.
All the food processor tools fit into a handy box after use, leaving just the main 3.7-litre bowl and mini bowl to be stored on the die-cast metal base. There’s also an LED timer for counting down and up.
The machine adjusts automatically to the food being processed, while a choice of small or large feed chute allows you to keep vegetables upright. This means you can control the flow of ingredients.
During testing, the food processor’s dough blade mixed pizza dough to a good elastic consistency, while the quad blade easily emulsified thick, viscous mayonnaise and minced meat. The adjustable slicing disc meanwhile, created even slices of aubergine. The only downside is that the food processor parts are not all dishwasher-safe.
10. Bosch MultiTalent 3 MCM3100WGB Food Processor
This food processor takes up a smaller worktop footprint than most, is relatively light at 2.7kg and is shorter than many models, so can tuck neatly below wall units or in a cupboard with ease.
It still manages to pack in four accessories that provide more than 20 everyday functions, from grating and slicing to kneading and whisking. The clever design also extends to smart storage with both blades and discs fitting inside the 2.3-litre bowl after use, and integral cable storage.
Inside the bowl, there’s enough space for making up to 800g of bread dough, whisking six egg whites or 300g of chopped vegetables.
The food processor controls are simple – there are two variable speeds and a pulse (although it’s confusingly labelled M, which stands for maximum speed) – and each tool or attachment intuitively locks into place. In tests, it combined bread dough quickly, but the force of kneading spun the machine on the worktop.
It handled whipping egg whites, slicing courgettes and dicing onion superbly. All of the food processor parts are dishwasher-safe but were also straightforward to clean by hand.
How to choose the best Food Processor in UK 2021
How much should I spend?
Food processors from big brands start at around £50, but as with many products, you usually get what you pay for. Spend up to £100 and you can expect a substantial improvement in power and a more refined design.
Spend £200 or more, however, and you can get a processor with a variety of accessories and multiple mixing bowls in different sizes, or a space-saving footprint that leaves more of your kitchen surface free for other duties.
What size should I buy?
It depends on how much room you have in your kitchen. A bigger processor will whisk a larger volume of food without needing to be emptied if you’re cooking a lot, but if you’re limited on space you’ll want to avoid anything above two litres.
A three-cup (1.8-litre) machine is big enough for most uses and, if you’re a big pie fan, this size will handle enough pastry or pie dough for one to two pies without a problem.
Do I need a processor with variable speeds?
Most food processors worth their salt should provide variable speeds and a “pulse” button that gives ingredients a quick whizz.
You might wonder why this is important but a variable speed setting is crucial, depending on what foods you want to whisk and how you want to prepare them.
A pulse setting, for example, is ideal for not overdoing it when you want to coarsely chop nuts or lightly beat eggs. Generally, the more speed settings a processor has, the better.
What other features should I look for?
It’s worth checking that the bowls are dishwasher safe, as this can reduce the mountain of dishes growing from your kitchen sink and save precious time.
Food processors also typically come with a set of puréeing blades and reversible slicing and grating discs. Some of the latest models even have an adjustable slicing blade so you can change the thickness of slices at the push of a button.
Do I need a food processor with a powerful motor?
The wattage represents how powerful the motor is, but don’t automatically assume that more watts are better – a well thought out design makes a big difference.
For example, if you want to be able to crush ice for frozen drinks and smoothies, look for a model with a blender attachment that says it’s powerful enough for ice. A good attachment makes all the difference.
These machines are pretty handy when it comes to daily cooking, but there are simply too many of them. We hope that through our reviews and buying guide, we were able to clear things up a bit and help you eventually find the best food processor possible. If you have anything to share or any question to ask, tell us in the comment section below. We’d love to hear about it.