Crowdstorm’s buyers’ guide to food processors
Welcome to Crowdstorm’s page dedicated to food mixers. Food processors can make those laborious culinary tasks such as chopping and slicing an easy and speedy process. While they may not be a kitchen essential, once you’ve invested in one you’ll start to wonder how on earth you lived without it!
Above you’ll find the best food mixers on the market, from Bosch to Magimix to Cuisinart food processors; all ready to buy from your favourite UK online and high street retailers – and at the best prices.
If you need a little guiding hand to find the best food processor for you, take a look at our comprehensive guide below, which explains the best features to look for and will help you determine which food processor is your perfect match.
But before we move on, this comparison guide is dedicated to food processors: we also have several dedicated blender pages which also include buyers’ guides:
What are food mixer and what do they do?
Food processors became a mainstay in households in the 1960s, having been introduced by Robot Coupe, and have become popular with professional chefs and us mere mortals alike.
Food processors are extremely versatile machines designed to take the hard work out of repetitive tasks such as mincing, grinding and slicing.
Ingredients are fed through the top and processed in a plastic bowl underneath. Food processors tend to be smaller than food mixers, making them a good space-saving solution. Mini food processors take up even less room and are easy to store.
Do you need a food processor, a blender, or both?
Thinking you can do in a blender what you would in a processor? Think again. Blenders require some liquid to be able to properly process food through its blades. A food processor on the other hand needs no water; in fact putting liquid-heavy products in a food processor can end in a bit of a mess unless they’re purpose built to blend too (which many now are)!
What to consider when shopping for a food processor
All food processors essentially do the same thing but the following are worth considering when choosing your perfect mixer:
- Power: The more powerful the food processor the faster and more efficiently it will work. Look for the most powerful model within your budget where possible.
- Feed size: A wide feed tube will allow for larger pieces of food.
- Build quality: A sturdy chassis will help to prevent the food processor moving or rattling.
- Capacity: Bowl size can be important, depending on the amount of food you need to process. Mini choppers hold less than 0.5 litres, while larger mixers can hold closer to five litres.
The type of motor running your food processor can affect its efficiency and speed:
- Series motor: A belt-driven motor that handles variable speeds. Series motors tend to feature on the more basic cheap food processors and they tend to be a little noisy.
- Induction motor: Induction motors are used in commercial machines and work at the optimum speed for the food being processed, adjusting to the required setting.
- Drive motor: A drive motor’s direct transmission takes the load off the motor, so that less wattage is required to run.
When shopping for food processors make sure the bowl locks securely to the base and the lid locks securely to the bowl to avoid any sauce-on-the-ceiling disasters! A useful added safety feature is a mechanism that doesn’t allow the food processor to be used unless it is all securely and correctly locked into place. Just be careful when removing and cleaning blades!
Features to look for
Depending on your budget, shop for some of the following features to get the best out of your new buy. Cheap food processors may have less additional features than more expensive models so consider this when comparing models.
- Added extras: Does you chosen mixer come with dough blades; shredding and slicing plates; whipper; blender functionality; multi-mill, or a citrus juicer? If not, do you care? And if it does – do you need all those added extra putting the price up?
- Dishwasher safe: Food processors can be a real pain to clean in the sink, so dishwasher safe models can be a real godsend.
- Pulse button: Mixers with this functionality allow you to add short bursts of extra speed.
- Easy to use and/or touch pad controls: These can make your mixer much easier to, while a touchpad can be easy to wipe clean in a messy kitchen environment.
- Mini bowl: These are super useful for processing smaller amounts of food such as dips and herbs.
I’ve found the best food processor: What now?
Hopefully you’ve found a great food mixer, read a few reviews to make sure it’s reliable, and are ready to make your purchase. Luckily, the next bit is easy.
At Crowdstorm we find the best food processor offers from all your favourite high street and online retailers – all you need do is click the deal to be taken to their official website and the page you need to complete your purchase.
We make our money from advertising, so don’t need to add commissions – these are the prices you’ll find on their official sites, with no added extras. And you get the security of buying from a household name directly: Crowdstorm isn’t a retailer, we just make your job easier. Happy mixing!