Food Processors

Buying Guide

A food processor's motor is the most fundamental part of the machine. The motor's power is commonly rated in horsepower (hp for short) - the higher the horsepower, the stronger the motor. High-horsepower motors can also handle larger volumes for more efficient production.

A more powerful motor generally also increases the weight in the food processor's base, lowering its center of gravity and decreasing the chance that it will tip during use. The motor is also directly tied to the controls.

A food processor's controls can be designed in paddle, touchpad, button, or knob configurations, with each setup carrying its own pros and cons. Check out each kind to figure out what would be best for you.

Type

Batch Bowl: Batch bowl food processors collect food as it's processed. Operators drop food vertically into the bowl to achieve a specific cut. A central pillar inside the bowl supports a Sabatier or "S" blade or a disc to cut food to the desired size and shape, and the bowl is detachable to easily dispense its contents.


Bowls can usually hold between 1 and 6 quarts, although there are larger sizes for industrial units. Using multiple bowls in rotation can help increase efficiency and save time during food preparation, especially for large batches. Most bowls are made of plastic, but some are made of stainless steel for added durability and strength.

Compare Batch Bowl Food Processors

Continuous Feed: Continuous feed food processors allow the user to constantly supply the unit with food as it operates while dispensing into a separate container. This cuts down on time when processing large batches of food, making it easier to prepare various dishes quickly.

Compare Continuous Feed Food Processors

Combination: Some processors have both a bowl and continuous feed capabilities. This means you can use the processor as a bowl unit or attach an add-on that lets it dispense food externally instead.


Buffalo choppers are specialized food processors that are typically heavier and sturdier than other food processors because of their all-metal design, and they're used for chopping everything from carrots to meat. These heavy duty units can handle almost anything you throw at them, making them great for all-purpose and frequent use, and their accessory hubs help increase versatility by connecting to add-ons like specially designed slicers.

Attachments

With everything from hoppers to prep machines, there are dozens of accessories you can use to customize your food processor. Hoppers, bowls, and pushers are all helpful add-ons that can tweak your kitchen set-up to achieve the goals you want. But the most practical and common attachments available are the "S" blade and discs.

The "S" blade sits at the bottom of a bowl to cut food in a certain way depending on its size, serration, and other factors. They're typically used for combining ingredients like you would find in salsa or hummus. Discs are fastened to the top section of a bowl to cut food in a variety of ways, from smooth slices to waffle cuts. Discs are often used to obtain a certain cut for presentation or visible ingredients, like sliced pickles for a sandwich or mushrooms for a pizza.


Hoppers: Holds large batches of food before its processed.

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Bowls: Contains the food as its cut.

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Pushers: Lets you safely feed product into processor blades.

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Slicing Discs: Cuts vegetables and other foods for a wide variety of applications.

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Julienne Disc: Cuts potatoes, carrots, and other foods into sticks for garnishes or vegetable trays.

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Grating Disc: Finely cuts cheeses, vegetables, and more to add an extra touch to dishes.

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Shredding Disc: Shaves food into long, thin strands.

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Dicing Disc: Cuts large chunks of vegetables for soups and stews.
*Please note: To properly dice food, a food processor must also have a dicing grid.

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French Fry Disc: Specially designed to cut French fries.

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Discharge plate: Collects and dispenses food from combination bowl / continuous feed units.

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Brunoise Disc: Cuts food at a size between grating and dicing for garnishes, soups, salads, and appetizers.

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Gaufrette / Waffle Cut Disc: Cuts waffle-like waves in vegetables for eye-catching presentation.

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Crimping Disc: Cuts thick wavy slices of a wide variety of vegetables.

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Pulping Disc: Cuts fruits and vegetables into a zesty pulp for extra flavor on a dish.

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Whipping Disc: Used to create butter, cream, and other ingredients.

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Discs fit on the bottom of your bowl to cut your food a certain way before it exits the processor. There are discs for just about every cut, grind, or grate you could ever need, and some are even designed to pulp fruit, whip cream, and cut special designs into your food.


Food processors can be split up into entry level, mid tier, and premium grade units. Entry level machines are best suited for just a few hours of work each day, and they tend to be the most affordable models. Mid tier units are designed for greater durability and versatility so that they can be used more often. Last, premium grade processors are built with high horsepower motors and rugged exteriors for excellent performance, maximum versatility, and frequent use.

Comparison

Item Number Thumbnail Manufacturer Model Number Horsepower Bowl Size Continuous Dicing Duty List of Accessories
165B32 Berkel B32 1 1/2 3.2 qt. No No Heavy Includes serrated S blade
165CC34 Berkel CC34 1 1/2 3.2 qt. Yes Yes Heavy Includes S blade
425FP411 Hobart FP41-1 3/4 4 qt. No Yes Heavy Includes S blade
425HCM611 Hobart HCM61-1 1 1/2 6 qt. No No Heavy Includes S blade
425HCM621 Hobart HCM62-1 2 6 qt. No No Heavy Includes S blade
649BLIXER3 Robot Coupe Blixer 3 1 1/2 3.5 qt. No No Medium Includes serrated S blade, bowl scraper
649R2DICE Robot Coupe R2Dice 2 3 qt. Yes Yes Medium Includes S blade, slicing disc, grating disc, dicing disc
649R2DICECLR Robot Coupe R2Dice CLR 2 3 qt. Yes Yes Medium Includes S blade, slicing disc, grating disc, dicing disc
649R2DICEULT Robot Coupe R2Dice Ultra 2 3 qt. Yes Yes Medium Includes S blade, slicing disc, grating disc, dicing disc
649R2NCLR Robot Coupe R2N CLR 1 3 qt. Yes No Medium Includes S blade, slicing disc, grating disc
649R2NGRY Robot Coupe R2N 1 3 qt. Yes No Medium Includes S blade, slicing disc, grating disc
649R2NULTRA Robot Coupe R2N Ultra 1 3 qt. Yes No Medium Includes S blade, slicing disc, grating disc
649R301 Robot Coupe R301 Series D 1 1/2 3.5 qt. Yes No Medium Includes S blade, slicing disc, grating disc
649R301ULTRA Robot Coupe R301 Ultra 1 1/2 3.5 qt. Yes Yes Medium Includes S blade, slicing disc, grating disc
649R602V Robot Coupe R602V Series E 3 1/2 7 qt. Yes Yes Medium Includes S blade, slicing disc, grating disc
92240826 Vollrath 40826 1/3 3 qt. No No Medium Includes S blade
929FP1000 Waring FP1000 2 2.5 qt. Yes Yes Medium Includes serrated S blade, slicing disc, shredding disc, julienne disc, dicing disc, food pusher
929FP2200 Waring FP22000 3/4 6 qt. Yes No Medium Includes serrated S blade, slicing disc, shredding disc, food pusher
929FP25 Waring FP25 1 2.5 qt. No No Medium Includes serrated S blade, slicing disc, grating disc, julienne disc, food pusher
929FP25C Waring FP25C 1 2.5 qt. No No Medium Includes serrated S blade, slicing disc, grating disc, julienne disc, food pusher
929FP40 Waring FP40 1 1/2 4 qt. No No Medium Includes serrated S blade, slicing disc, grating disc, julienne disc, food pusher
929FP40C Waring FP40C 1 1/2 4 qt. Yes No Medium Includes serrated S blade, slicing disc, shredding disc, food pusher
929FPC14 Waring FPC14 1/2 2.5 qt. No No Medium Includes S blade, mixer S blade, thin slicing disc, medium slicing disc, thick slicing disc, shredding disc, funnel, food pusher
929FPC15 Waring FPC15 1/2 2.5 qt. Yes No Medium Includes S blade, mixer S blade, thin slicing disc, medium slicing disc, thick slicing disc, thin shredding disc, medium shredding disc, julienne disc, food pusher
929WCG75 Waring WCG75 3/4 .75 qt. No No Light Includes S blade, grinding blade assembly
929WFP11S Waring WFP11S 3/4 2.5 qt. No Yes Light Includes serrated S blade, slicing disc, shredding disc, grating disc, whipping disc, detachable disc stem, food pusher
929WFP11SW Waring WFP11SW 3/4 2.5 qt. No No Light Includes S blade, whipping disc
929WFP14S Waring WFP14S 1 3.5 qt. No Yes Light Includes serrated S blade, whipping disc, slicing disc, shredding disc, grating disc, detachable disc stem, food pusher
929WFP14SC Waring WFP14SC 1 3.5 qt. Yes Yes Light Includes serrated S blade, whipping disc, slicing disc, shredding disc, grating disc, detachable disc stem, food pusher
929WFP14SW Waring WFP14SW 3/4 3.5 qt. No No Light Includes S blade, whipping disc
Item Number Thumbnail Manufacturer Model Number Horsepower Bowl Batch Dicing Duty List of Accessories
165C32 Berkel C32 1 1/2 No Yes Heavy Includes feed head, ejector plate
165C322 Berkel C32/2 1 1/2 No Yes Heavy Includes feed head, ejector plate, slicing plate, shredder plate
425FP1001B Hobart FP100-1/B 1/3 No Yes Heavy Includes deflector plate, cleaning brush
425FP1501 Hobart FP150-1 1/2 No Yes Heavy Includes deflector plate, cleaning brush, decoring screw
425FP1501B Hobart FP150-1B 1/2 No Yes Heavy Includes deflector plate, cleaning brush, decoring screw
425FP2501 Hobart FP250-1 3/4 No Yes Heavy Includes deflector plate, cleaning brush, decoring screw
425FP2501B Hobart FP250-1B 3/4 No Yes Heavy Includes deflector plate, cleaning brush, decoring screw
425FP3001 Hobart FP300-1 1 No Yes Heavy Includes deflector plate, cleaning brush
425FP3001B Hobart FP300-1B 1 No Yes Heavy Includes deflector plate, cleaning brush
425FP3501 Hobart FP350-1 1 No Yes Heavy Includes deflector plate, cleaning brush, decoring screw
425FP3501B Hobart FP350-1B 1 No Yes Heavy Includes deflector plate, cleaning brush, decoring screw
425FP4001 Hobart FP400-1 2 Yes Yes Heavy Includes hopper
165CC34 Berkel CC34 1 1/2 Yes Yes Heavy Includes S blade
425FP1001 Hobart FP100-1 1/3 No Yes Medium Includes deflector plate, cleaning brush
649CL50E Robot Coupe CL50E 1 1/2 Yes Yes Medium Includes slicing disc, grating disc
649CL50EULT Robot Coupe CL50E Ultra 1 1/2 Yes Yes Medium Includes slicing disc, grating disc
649R2DICE Robot Coupe R2Dice 2 Yes Yes Medium Includes S blade, slicing disc, grating disc, dicing disc
649R2DICECLR Robot Coupe R2Dice CLR 2 Yes Yes Medium Includes S blade, slicing disc, grating disc, dicing disc
649R2DICEULT Robot Coupe R2Dice Ultra 2 Yes Yes Medium Includes S blade, slicing disc, grating disc, dicing disc
649R2NCLR Robot Coupe R2NCLR 1 Yes No Medium Includes S blade, slicing disc, grating disc
649R2NGRY Robot Coupe R2N 1 Yes No Medium Includes S blade, slicing disc, grating disc
649R2NULTRA Robot Coupe R2N Ultra 1 Yes No Medium Includes S blade, slicing disc, grating disc
649R301 Robot Coupe R301 Series D 1 1/2 No No Medium Includes S blade, slicing disc, grating disc
649R301ULTRA Robot Coupe R301 Ultra 1 1/2 No Yes Medium Includes S blade, slicing disc, grating disc
649R602V Robot Coupe R602V 3 1/2 Yes Yes Medium Includes S blade, slicing disc, grating disc
929FP1000 Waring FP1000 2 Yes Yes Medium Includes serrated S blade, slicing disc, shredding disc, julienne disc, dicing disc, food pusher
929FP2200 Waring FP2200 3/4 Yes No Medium Includes serrated S blade, slicing disc, shredding disc, food pusher
929FP40C Waring FP40C 1 1/2 Yes No Medium Includes serrated S blade, slicing disc, shredding disc, food pusher
929FPC15 Waring FP15C 1/2 Yes No Medium Includes S blade, mixer S blade, thin slicing disc, medium slicing disc, thick slicing disc, thin shredding disc, medium shredding disc, julienne disc, food pusher
929WFP14SC Waring WFP14SC 1 Yes Yes Light Includes serrated S blade, whipping disc, slicing disc, shredding disc, grating disc, detachable disc stem, food pusher
Item Number Thumbnail Manufacturer Model Number Horsepower Continuous Duty Hub List of Accessories
425841451 Hobart 84145-1 1/2 Yes Heavy Yes Includes bowl, bowl cover
425841452 Hobart 84145-2 1/2 Yes Heavy No Includes bowl, bowl cover
42584186-1 Hobart 84186-1 1 Yes Heavy Yes Includes bowl, bowl cover
42584186-2 Hobart 84186-2 1 Yes Heavy No Includes bowl, bowl cover