Full-Size Food Processors
- Cuisinart Elite 2.0 16-Cup Food Processor Sugg. Price $545 Our Price $299.95
- Cuisinart Elite 2.0 12-Cup Food Processor Sugg. Price $450 Our Price $249.95
- Breville Sous Chef™ Plus Food Processor, 12-Cup Sugg. Price $549 Our Price $329.95
- Breville Sous Chef™ Food Processor, 12-Cup Sugg. Price $400 Our Price $299.95
- Magimix by Robot-Coupe Food Processor, 16-Cup $499.95
- Chef's Choice Meat Grinder Sugg. Price $235 Our Price $179.95
- Chefs Choice 615 Electric Food Slicer Sugg. Price $195 Our Price $149.95
- Chef's Choice Food Slicer Sugg. Price $300 Our Price $229.95
Mini Food Processors
- Cuisinart Elite Die-Cast Mini Prep, 4-Cup Sugg. Price $110 Our Price $59.95
Food Processor Attachments
- Cuisinart 13-Cup Spiralizer $49.95
- KitchenAid® Food Processor Attachment Sugg. Price $200 Our Price $149.95
- Magimix by Robot-Coupe Food Processor Creative Slicing Discs Kit $59.95
- Magimix by Robot-Coupe Food Processor Juice Extractor & Smoothie Attachment $79.95
If a lot of your kitchen prep work involves chopping, mincing, grating or dicing, a food processor may be just what you need. This handy appliance quickly and easily does the bulk of prep work, giving you more time to focus on things outside the kitchen. Many models handle a variety of uses, from dicing an onion to blending salsa. Because the food processor is so useful, there are many variations among the makes and models available at Williams-Sonoma. Here are some things you should look for and consider as you shop for this item.
Food processors range in size, so it’s important to consider how much you’ll use your machine before choosing one. Mini processors are designed for handling small quantities of food, like dicing garlic or chopping basil. If you usually only make meals for one or two people, a small but mighty mini-machine may suit your needs just fine. If you plan on using a lot of the special features that a food processor can offer or you need to cook family size meals, than a larger capacity might be best. Most average processors range in size from seven to eight cups, with larger models offering as much as a 16-cup capacity, giving more than enough space to prepare anything you need. And you will want to consider countertop space as well, with smaller processors taking up less space, while larger models require a little more room.
A food processor’s motor strength is a good indicator of how powerful the machine is. You want something sturdy enough to chop nuts or other solid items, and you don’t want it to shake or shimmy across the counter while it’s doing its job. A powerful motor also makes the food processor more versatile so that it can handle tough tasks like kneading dough or grinding meat. Average machines generally operate just fine with motors of at least 400 watts, but bigger processors need more power. Some of the larger models feature motors of up to 750 watts for the strength to cut through anything. When looking at the options, a strong and sturdy base is also indicative of the machine’s power. For occasional use almost any design will do, but a real heavy-hitter should have a heavy bottom base to hold things in place.
After you determine the size and strength you need, look at some of the food processor’s other features like the ability to knead dough or grate cheese. Add-ons and attachments can increase the versatility of a food processor, giving it regular use in the kitchen. If you like the ability to switch between thin shavings and thick wedges, choose a model with an adjustable slicer. If you want the power to whisk eggs, make sure to choose a brand that comes with a separate whisk attachment. Some models come with optional add-on accessories like a smoothie and juicer attachment. Even if you don’t want these separate pieces now, buying one of these brands helps if you decide in the future to get the optional pieces. Most food processors only have three buttons, which are power, start and pulse, but some have an added timer or additional display features for user convenience. From extra-wide feed chutes to separate slicing and grinding blades, the accessories are what make each food processor stand out.
Finally, look at each food processor’s safety and convenience features before buying. Families with children might find a safety locking lid is a top priority, while others might prefer a motor that is super quiet. Retractable cords, BPA-free bowls, rubberized grip feet and automatic overload shutoff are all features that can vary from model to model. When comparing these specs with the size and versatility you need, you’ll soon find a food processor that is an indispensable part of your kitchen lineup.