6 Best Food Processors For Sale 2018 UK (December Update)
Food processors are great machines. The best food processors make cooking that much easier and with many food processor recipes now available on the internet, it is easy to see why these machines are now becoming commonplace in the kitchen. In this edition we look at 6 of the best food processors available today. So what is a food processor and why buy one? Food processors are multifunctional machines that can be used for chopping, slicing grating and mixing. The best options available these days, have a varietys of other options including juicers, mixers and spiralisers. How you use a food processor will depend very much on the cooking and baking that you like to do, but whatever style that it, they are guaranteed to make your life a little easier. Below we have looked at a choice of six which we believe provide the best value mix of cost to food processor uses.
At a Glance
- Brand: Bosch
- Model Number: MCM4100
- Colour: White
- Weight: 4.2kg
- Dimensions : 21.5 x 24 x 39cm
- Capacity 1.25 litres
- Power: 800 Watts
- Number of Speeds: 2
Bosch has built a reputation for creating products that are solid, robust, and conserve energy. The MCM4100 food processor is no different. This multifunctional food processor brings versatility to homemade cooking and baking.
The MCM4100 comes with every accessory you could need in a domestic food processor: liquidiser, dough tool, whisk, chopping blade, shredding discs, french fries discs, slicing plates, juice extractor and citrus press. The best part (besides its efficiency of course) is the fact that you can store most of these elements in the accessory drawer that’s under the processor. With this machine, you get an upright design that takes up less space in your kitchen and performs excellently with your chopping, blending, and other processing needs. Let’s take a look at the specs individually.
The motor is 800W with two speed settings and pulse control. While this is not the most powerful processor in the market, it’s quite solid for cutting and preparing a variety of ingredients. With this motor, you can efficiently chop your vegetables, juice your apples, or process your dough while you rest your hands.
The whole package includes multiple accessories that are designed to carry out over 35 tasks. You can efficiently knead dough, beat cream, whisk, squeeze fruits, prepare smoothies or shakes. Slice can also be done with remarkable speed thanks to the special blade, allowing you to choose from a range of food processor recipes, confident that the machine will be up to the task.
Bowl and Liquidiser
The bowl is 2.3l with a working capacity of 1/1.21l. This should be able to cater for a small family. The bowl also works wells as a dough maker and in whipping eggs. Also included in the box is a 1.25l liquidiser attachment which you can use to make tasty smoothies.
One problem that comes with a lot of multiple function processors is space management. You want a flexible processor that can handle a lot of tasks but in getting that, you also receive so many attachments that are difficult to store and end up cluttering your kitchen space. This is not the case with this processor. The MCM4100 comes with a storage drawer that can contain most of the accessories making storage easier for you. While everything would not get in, what’s left is so little that it wouldn’t clutter. This is a great option for you if your kitchen is small with not so many storage spaces.
Food processors can be quite disturbing when in use due to the high function of fast activities. This processor is much quieter than some other models despite its high speed functions. In addition, the processor is very stable. No matter the setting you use, your processor shouldn’t topple and throw food at you; this processor has a rubber suction feet to keep it stable and keep your ingredients/meals inside as you work.
Bosch took safety seriously with this processor. The lock is set in tight. There are also other safety mechanism such as the little arrow markings to indicate what should be where. One gripe with them though is that they are hard to understand at a glance so you may need to study the instructions. Studying instructions shouldn’t be hard but with this processor, it is. The manual could be better however you could have a better understanding if you flip to the diagrams at the back.
In order to have a long lasting processor, you need to take maintenance seriously and do it right. For the MCM4100, some pieces are dishwasher safe while others need to be washed with your hands. While it’s generally easy to clean, you may find that the inside spindle is fiddly. In addition, the white disc holders easily stain the blade but don’t vigorously scrub this off. Doing so could break the blade and affect how long you’d enjoy this processor.
At a Glance
- Brand: Philips
- Model Number: HR7761/01
- Colour: White
- Weight: 3.6kg
- Dimensions : 21 X 21 X 36.8cm
- Capacity 1.75 litres
- Power: 750 Watts
- Number of Speeds: 2
Phillips is all about making homemade cooking easier and more enjoyable. With the powerchop viva collection food processor HR7761/01, they have fused together a 3-in-1 set up that makes cooking various recipes easy and fun. This appliance makes it easy to process bigger quantities of food faster and blend and grind, without losing any drop from your ingredients.
The HR7761/01 is a 3 in 1 compact processor with a bowl, blender, and grinder mill. It also comes with five stainless steel diss including coarse slicing, fine slicing, coarse shredding, fine shredding and granulating. There’s also a kneading tool, emulsifying disc, blade units, and mini chopper. From processing coleslaw to bread, you’d be able to cook at an efficient pace. In addition, one of the best features of this processor is the concealed inner shaft that ensures that your food wouldn’t leak. Let’s have a closer look at each spec.
Motor and Speed
The processor packs a powerful 750W that ensures your food is processed easily and quickly. It also has two speed settings and pulse giving you good control over the preparation of your recipe. One good thing about the speed control is that they are colour coded. With this, you know what power setting to use for each accessory. You should use the first control to knead dough and whip cream, beat egg and create pastries. The second control is for chopping onions and meat, blending soups and smoothies, slicing, shredding, grating and rasping vegetables, and other processing needs. Essentially, you match the colour on the speed setting to that on the accessory.
Innovative Cutting Technology
The HR7761/01 follows the powerchop technology of some Philip models. This gives you an efficient combination of cutting angle, inner bowl and blade shape that produce nice results whether you are chopping hard or soft ingredients. So far, this model has proven to be swift and efficient at chopping almost anything including fine-grinding your nuts with the mini chopper.
Bowl Capacity and Accessories
The bowl capacity is 2.1l and you can use more than half of that – at 1.5l. With this, you should be able to blend 4-5 portions of soup at a go. Another advantage of the bowl is the inner shaft. As long as you maintain your processor well, the shaft will save you a lot of food that otherwise would have been wasted. Secondly, it makes cleaning easy since there are no leaks from the middle of the bowl.
In addition to the nice bowl, there are a good number of accessories that perform more than 20 functions. They include kneading tools, various easy to fix shredding/grating disc inserts, emulsifying disc, a chopper mill/mini chopper, and a stainless steel chopping knife. The package also comes with a 1.75l working capacity break resistant jug/blender.
Sadly, Phillips failed to create a storage space anywhere in this processor. Except if you have a very little kitchen, you’d be able to avoid clutter by using the bowl to store most of the other accessories; it’s quite big enough to contain most of them.
Easy Assembling / Disassembling
Another nice thing about this processor is its click-in easy to fix parts. You can easily assemble or disassemble any part by clicking it in. The only downside about fixing the parts comes from the discs that never fit in completely which could cause wastage of food as it tilts sideways when grating or slicing. While this part is not stable, the base of the processor is sturdy enough that it stands stable when doing vigorous processing like kneading.
Cleaning the processor is easy. All of the accessories and parts (except the base/process) are dishwasher safe. If you chose to wash them with your hands, you can do that by simply rinsing the bowl with water and removing the blades in the blender to clean it out.
At a Glance
- Brand: Kenwood
- Model Number: OW22000003
- Colour: Silver
- Weight: 5kg
- Dimensions : 21.9 x 21.3 x 38.7cm
- Capacity: 3 litres
- Power: 1000 Watts
- Number of Speeds: 8
Kenwood is one of the most trusted manufacturers of kitchen appliances in the UK. The reason is that they offer unique features in their processors that make them more durable and easier to use than some other models. The Kenwood Multipro Classic FDM781 is not different. A powerful processor that’s ideal for families and an excellent way to prepare food faster.
The Multipro Classic FDM781 Makes an impression with its power, design, and ease of use. This compact and versatile appliance will help you save valuable time and space in your kitchen, whether you are preparing meals for only yourself or your whole family. With its two bowls of different sizes, multiple attachments, and innovative design, you can easily prepare hot soups or process heavy ingredients. This appliance does more than processing food, you can also weigh your ingredients with it. Another advantage of this process is that all parts are easy to clean with most of them being dishwasher safe. Let’s take a look at the specs.
Power and control
The processor has a massive 1000w motor. It can reliably plough through food to give you speedy and precise results. Although this processor can do as light as cutting vegetables or as heavy as processing dough, you do have to be careful when processing dough because it’s unstable when heavy processing is being done. Nevertheless, this processor does tasks well. It also has eight different speed control settings to choose from as well as the standard pulse. This gives you total control over your cooking to ensure that you have perfect results every time in an energy efficient way.
The processor has a metal body; the durable die-cast would help you through vigorous processing without packing up. You can use it for years without much strain and the design should fit into just about any kitchen style.
Bowls and accessories
Following the double bowl feature that Kenwood used in a good number of their processors, the big bowl is a generous 3 litres in capacity. With this, you can process food big enough for five people or more at a go. The second bowl is 0.5litres, it has serrated blades for easy chopping and blending, and it can process small portions of foods with ease.
In addition to the bowls, you have the 1.5l thermoresistant blender that blends both hot soups and ice cold food as it is able to withstand the thermal shock from one temperature to another without any strain to it.
You also have the stainless steel knife blades to chop your meat for tasty casseroles, reversible disc to grate or slice vegetables, the dual metal whisk for your cream and mousses, and the dough tool to knead bread and pastry mixes.
While it doesn’t come with some of the more advanced tools in recent processors, this model is sturdy.
One downside about it though is that there’s no storage box so if you have no space to store the attachments. Although it shouldn’t take up much space in your kitchen, the accessories can easily get lost. This will be no issue for you if you are familiar with using appliances with any attachments that have no set storage unit.
The FDM781 was designed with safety in mind. The blender jug is made to fit the processor with a hard click to lock it in place. This ensures that a surge of electricity and vigorous processing does not affect the stability of the jug. This is a pro and a con. On the good side, it keeps you safe but on the bad side, it requires a bit of force to get it out from the processor. So long as you take extra care while locking it in and taking it out, you’d be fine.
Products that are made to be easy to clean always score high for users, especially if they efficiently carry out the tasks they are bought for. The Multipro classic FDM781 is not different. All parts, except the whisk gearing, are dishwasher safe. The whisk gearing can easily be wiped clean.
At a Glance
- Brand: Bosch
- Model Number: MCM68861GB
- Colour: Gray
- Weight: 6kg
- Dimensions : 38 X 25 X 43cm
- Capacity 3.9 litres
- Power: 1250 Watts
- Number of Speeds: 4
Bosch produces some really impressive food processors – among other appliances – and the MCM68861GB scores high on the list of impressive processors. Only two words can appropriately describe this processor and that is ‘enormously powerful’. It’s smart and comes with a big bag of accessories that can handle up to 50 functions. With this processor, you are able to seamlessly prepare meals quickly.
The Bosch MCM68861GB processor packs 1250W of power and a bowl big enough to help you keep dinner impressive at your next dinner party. It comes with ten accessories – stainless steel disc (chips cutting, reversible slicing and reversible shredding), kneading hook, blender attachment, stirrer, stuffer, universal knife, universal shredder, liquidiser, citrus press, and accessory bag. This powerful processor can handle even the most difficult domestic jobs. Another good thing about this processor is the accessory bag. The package comes with so many accessories, it’s nice to have a bag to store every attachment in. You can also place the filled bag in the bowl which means no clutter. Let’s take an in-depth look at the specs.
Powerful motor and speed settings
You can have every accessory in the world but with a low motor capacity, you’d be left disappointed. The motor controls how well your tasks will be carried out. The MCM68861 has 1250W. With this power, it can process most viscous ingredients like bread dough. This high performance is further controlled by four speed setting and an auto-pulse. With these, you can set the processor according to the level of heat required to process your food.
Bowl and accessories
If you want to process large or small amounts of food, you are covered with this processor. The bowl has a capacity of 3.9l which can hold large amounts of food – five servings and above – at a time. It also comes with a stuffer and funnel to combat waste. You can also easily transfer food out of it. For the accessories, there are so many of them. Unless you are a chef or love experimenting, you would hardly be able to use all of the attachments. The good thing is that they work well and you can easily store them in the accessory bag until you need them to perform whatever you want – up to 50 functions.
In keeping with its robust nature, it features serrated stainless steel blades that use supercut technology to give you a consistent and reliable chopping of your ingredients. With this, you can slice and grate nicely without waste.
A cluttered kitchen is not only time wasting but also a safety hazard. Bosch considered storage well with this processor. The MCM68861 comes with an accessory bag. This bag helps you save your accessories in one place. Another good thing about the bag is that it fits easily inside the mixing bowl. With this, you can have all the elements of the processors in one place.
A good lid latch is not the only safety attachment that this processor comes with. There’s also a led light. If you have ever had a processor go bad because it wasn’t fixed right before you turned on the speed, you would appreciate the led light indicator; it lets you know if you are operating the processor correctly.
The right maintenance contributes to how long your processor will last and if it’s easy to clean, that is a huge plus. For the MCM68861, few parts – the jug – are dishwasher safe, but some other parts – the blender blades and the universal cutter blades – are not. Another drawback is that the blender blades are a little fiddly to clean. It might be easier if you follow the instructions. About that, Bosch seems to have a problem with designing simple to understand instructions so it may take a lot of time before you understand it. If you have any questions, Bosch customer support is always available to help you out.
At a Glance
- Brand: Kenwood
- Model Number: FPM810
- Colour: Silver
- Weight: 13kg
- Dimensions : 23 x 23 x 40cm
- Capacity 3.5 litres
- Power: 1000 Watts
- Number of Speeds: 8
Kenwood is an excellent British company that produces smart and durable appliances to make cooking easier. The Multipro Sense FPM810 is no different. This is a sturdy appliance that’s built for durability, processing food, and weighing ingredients.
The Multipro Sense FPM810 is a smart and versatile food processor that makes an impression with its design, functionality, and durability. While you can do all manner of domestic food processing with it, you can also weigh your ingredients on it. This helps you ensure that the right portion is used. Another advantage that this processor has is the special trademark plastic used to create it; it is shatterproof, impact resistant, and does not wear out even after many trips to the dishwasher. If you appreciate having one appliance that can handle multiple tasks, then take a look at the specs below.
Motor and Control
With 1000W and the Multipro dual drive system, this processor brings optimal performance to process various food including soups, dough, and chips in a breeze. Not only that, the processor will automatically switch to Eco mode 30 minutes after inactivity to save you on energy cost. In addition, it helps you ‘autopilot’ your processing or what Kenwood calls variable speed control. When you set it to auto, the machine decides the correct speed setting for your food, this makes food processing much easier and quicker. If you don’t want to go on auto, you’ll use the manual speed setting. It has eight different speed settings and an additional pulse option.
Bowls and accessories
The Multipro Sense FPM810 comes with two bowls – one is the main bowl that is 3.5l in capacity and the other is the mini bowl with 1.5l capacity. You can use the big bowl for family meals or place the smaller bowl in the main bowl if you are processing a smaller meal. This helps you cook faster, efficiently, and reduce waste. In addition, the food processor package also comes with a chopping blade, dough tool, rasping disc, julienne disc, reversible thick slice/coarse grate, reversible thin slice/fine grate, whisk tool, decorative slicing disc, whisk twin geared, folding tool, a blender, and more. You can quickly prepare delicious smoothies, slice your vegetables, create your favourite dips, desserts, cakes and dough. There is so much you can process with it.
Kenwood used the Tritan plastic to make both the main bowl and the mini bowl. So if you are as clumsy as I am and mistakenly drop the bowl, it wouldn’t break; it’s impact and shatter resistant. Another advantage of this is in the effects of washing the bowls. Some bowls start to look dull or tired after repeated trips to the dishwasher. Not this one though, the plastic enables it to withstand pressure and extreme use. It wasn’t only the bowls that were made strong; the blender is thermoresistant. It is made of ultra-tough glass that can handle the pressure of both cold and hot processing over and over again without cracking or shattering. In addition, the design of the slicing disk helps you achieve precision cut for your meats and vegetables with less waste.
The FPM810 model is versatile. From cooking to folding and even measuring. So no more mixing in the wrong portion of ingredients when cooking. That’s because you have the integrated scales at the base to weigh your ingredients. Another advantage comes in the folding tool. Not many processors can recreate the classic baking folding technique as this processor can.
The package comes with a box that you can conveniently store the accessories in. But the downside is that all the accessories cannot be stored inside it. However, this should not give you trouble if you have a little space in your kitchen to store the leftover; the left over accessories are few.
Easy to clean
Most manufacturers don’t take cleaning seriously when producing processors, and this is one advantage that this processor has. Cleaning it is so easy; the blades and bowls are dishwasher safe. You don’t have to spend ages cleaning it.
At a Glance
- Brand: Vonshef
- Model Number: 13/294
- Colour: Matte Black
- Weight: 4.6 kg
- Dimensions : 38.5 X 11.9 X 24.6cm
- Power: 750 Watts
- Number of Speeds: 2
Vonshef is a trademark company of Domu brands with the aim to make life around the kitchen easier and more enjoyable both for the novice and the seasoned chef. In keeping with this, we have the Vonshef 750 food processor that’s budget-friendly and capable of handling a variety of culinary tasks for a small kitchen.
The Vonshef 750W food processor is designed to make life easier with its multifunctional features. It does a good work of mixing, shredding, chopping, slicing, and more in your kitchen to save you time and energy. It comes with a number of stainless steel attachments that are easy to assemble/disassemble and they work efficiently. There is also the wide chute that allows you add food and ingredients as your processor works. In addition, there are twin speed settings and pulse for full control. Let’s take an in-depth look at the specs.
Power and Control
The power of the motor is 750 watts. While this is not the most powerful in the market, it’s sufficient enough to cut through common vegetables, nuts and fruits. You can also make an average bread dough for rolls with it. In addition, it is not noisy or rattly and feels very solid. The processor uses twin speed mechanism with fast as the lowest and very fast as the highest. You can also use the pulse action for better consistency as you mix or blend in short bursts.
Bowl and Accessories
Vonshef 750 comes with a two-litre mixing bowl that has a working capacity of 1.2l. The bowl also has a chute where you can put in additional food without stopping the processor and unlike some other models, it doesn’t splash out food while it works. The package also comes with a blending jar that has a 1. 8 litre capacity; it’s ideal for soups and smoothies. The jar has a gasket around the cover that prevents leaks.
The processor’s attachments include a chopper blade, coarse and fine grater, shredder blade, emulsifying disc, and a dough blade. The grater/shredder attachments are impressive; they do an excellent job of shredding and grating without turning your ingredients into a mush. The emulsifying disc is also great; it whips most ingredients in seconds and has become a user favourite.
Although the other attachments do a great work, the dough blade is not max capacity and it may not get you very fluffy pastry mixes. Besides these attachments, there is also the citrus press. With this, you can enjoy delicious orange, lemon, grapefruit and lime juice easily without having to buy a separate juicer.
Easy to clean
There are no tricky bits and users have reported that all parts (bowl, blender and attachments) are dishwasher safe. You wouldn’t have to deal with a fiddly cutter or grater. In addition, you can use the instruction manual if you wish to clean it with your hands.
When it comes to manuals, some brands get it wrong with hard to understand instructions, but in this case, Vonshef’s instructions are quite clear. If you still need additional assistance, you can contact Vonshef customer support to help you out.
Sturdy stable base
Another advantage of this processor is the study stable base. The plastic material doesn’t look resistance but despite the lack of solid metal, the processor is quite impressive in how it handles weight and heavy processing without shaking excessively. This is impressive for its price and it should last for a while.
The Vonshef 750w processor doesn’t come with any storage box, bag, or compartment. However, it’s quite compact so it shouldn’t take up much space in your kitchen but there are many bits that you could lose. Nevertheless, as long as you have a space to place them, you’d be fine.
Our winning choice for this review is the Vonshef 750w Food Processor. This is one of the best processors that you will find on the market today for the mix of value and function. At under £50, this machine not only looks great, but has the ability to complete most of the tasks that you will require, allowing you to utilitse your food processor in recipes as and when you like.