If we were to pick a single category of items in everyman’s household as the most important one, I would certainly opt for the one handling the food we eat. I’m inclined to believe you would agree with me. That’s why I decided to make this ultimate guide, to help you pick the best food processor to fit your every need.
There is a lot of research you could do, of course. You could spend hours after hours, reading all kinds of different good processor reviews, browsing the web for answers, and trying to connect the dots yourself. Or you could just relax in your favorite chair, take a sip of your favorite beverage and let me do all the work for you. Welcome to my guide on how to buy the best food processor to fit your needs.
Deciding what food processor is right for you
Ok, the biggest mistake I’ve seen people do is going shopping for food processors, having just read a couple of reviews, and with no real clue what is it they’re actually after. We’re here to prevent that from happening to you.
This is the first step in identifying the best food processor for you. Might not be the best for someone else, but that’s the beauty of this first step. It gives everybody exactly what they came for. There are some parameters we’ll go over, so you can identify your personal needs or preferences, and get the best food processor for your kitchen.
First of all, you’ll want to adjust your food processor shopping to the amount of cooking you do over the day. We are talking about the capacity of the processor itself, of course. The more you cook throughout the day or, the bigger the number of people you’re cooking for, the bigger processor you should buy.
Processors that are full sized will have at least 1 liter of capacity. Some more renowned brands of food processors that we’ll talk about in just a minute offer a set of interchangeable bowls for their processors. The bowls range from 1 to 3 liters in capacity and can be switched, according to your current cooking needs. There are some pointers here that I would like you to pay attention to. First of all, the capacity of the food processor that is indicated on it is for dry ingredients only.
If you’re working with something that’s fluid, the capacity will double down in size. If you fill the bowl above the housing of the food processor, it may cause some leaking to occur, and that’s the reason liquid capacity is smaller. If your idea of the best food processor is an appliance that can slice some onion or give some clovers of garlic a little mince, and that’s all you’re going to use it for, you can go with a bit smaller versions.
Processor with less than a liter of capacity (less than 5 cups) will do your bidding wonderfully. The top seller models are the ones with the capacity of about 2 liters (9-cup). They are the most user friendly and versatile models. The also have feed tubes with a considerable width. They’re also the easiest to handle, so they present an excellent option for the first time food processor users. Models with the 6-8 cups capacity (1.3 to less than 2 liters) are the best choice for families with less than 4 members.
Now that we have capacity out of the way, it’s time for you to ask yourself what kind of food you would use this food processor for. If you’re in the mood for some hard core, big chunks of food slicing, you’ll need a processor with somewhat larger feed tubes. You’ll be able to push through some larger pieces of food, without the need for cutting them down to size, so they could fit through the feed tube.
Ok, I’ll admit the next point is more of a general tip than a specific one. But it’s very important, and deserves to be addressed. You’ve guessed it! We’re talking about safety features. The best food processors are the safe food processors, period. You’ll want the bowl locked tightly onto the main base, and the top onto the bowl. You also should make sure to buy a processor that will not start until it’s all locked and ready to go (safely).
If you’re not that tech-savvy of a person, you should consider buying the processor with the controls that are not all that difficult to master. There are a lot of different functions some models are offering, and it’s a good thing for technology to progress. But if you’re one of the old school guys, like me, on and off (plus pulse) is all you’ll ever going to need.