Mini Food Processors

If you like to cook, you know a food processor is an excellent investment for your kitchen. It does everything from chopping vegetables and shredding meats to pureeing fruits and grinding nuts, all while saving you time and effort. For some cooks, however, the full-size version is not a necessity. A mini food processor might be all you need.

Food processors take up a good bit of space, but the miniature versions are easily stored in cabinets and on countertops without being obtrusive. They are also easier to grab and clean when you are in a hurry, and they are a good option for those who just cook for one or two people. However, if you do already have a full-size version on hand, the miniature food processor may be just what you need to compliment it. Perhaps you just need to chop up a few herbs, cut up an onion or mix up a little dipping sauce. In that case, there is no reason to bring out one of your largest kitchen gadgets.

At Williams-Sonoma, we offer a selection of 3- and 4-cup mini food processors from trusted brands like Cuisinart. The Cuisinart Elite Die-Cast Mini Prep 4-Cup is a powerful machine with an electronic touch pad. Use the grind setting to make your own pestos and sauces, or switch to chop for garlic, onions and nuts. The die-cast metal housing is easy to clean and durable enough to last for many years to come. If you prefer a 3-cup machine, the Cuisinart Mini-Prep Plus Food Processor 3-Cup is an excellent choice.

Traits to look for when buying a mini food processor include a heavy base. You want something that is stable enough to remain in place while in use. Also, look at the wattage. The higher it is, the more powerful the machine will be, and the larger the food processor is, the more wattage it needs. You may also want to check out the power settings to ensure they are straightforward. Mini food processors typically only feature grind and chop options with a few exceptions. Unlike some of their larger counterparts, you do not need to switch out the blades when you want to switch the setting. They will usually only come with one reversible blade that switches direction when you change the setting.

Finally, choose a mini food processor that is easy to clean. Most come with dishwasher-safe removable parts. The base must be wiped down by hand with a damp cloth.