6 best food processors
There are hundreds of models of food processors, and manufacturers are constantly working to improve their products. As a result, food processors appeared on the market of kitchen appliances, among which it is not easy for the consumer to make a choice.
How to choose
When choosing, first of all, it is important to focus not on cost, but on functionality. Consumers overpay for equipment with a large number of functions that may not be useful.
In pursuit of an inexpensive option, the buyer receives a model with a limited set of actions. In order not to make a mistake in choosing, it is important to understand how the types of such equipment differ and what you should focus on in the first place.
If you buy a food processor for only two or three operations (for example, for chopping food and dicing), limit yourself to an inexpensive model with a standard set of functions.
If you want the unit to perform routine operations for you, you should look at a more expensive model with additional features, but it should be borne in mind that the more operations such equipment performs, the greater its dimensions and cost.
In the manufacture of food processors, three types of materials and their combinations are used:
- durable and expensive metal;
- short-lived plastic;
The body of the technique itself is made from these materials in various combinations, but since the bowl is the main functional element of such a technique, pay attention to the material used to make this container.
Models with a plastic bowl cost less, however, during operation or washing, such an element is easily damaged, and it can be difficult to purchase an additional bowl.
Glass bowls are stronger and if handled with care they will last for decades. Such containers are neutral to chemical compounds, therefore, even those detergents that contain abrasive additives are used for washing.
This also applies to metal bowls, but such models are more expensive.
The efficiency of the device and for what purposes it can be used depends on this indicator. Non-professional devices have a power in the range of 450-1000 watts, but the higher this figure, the more expensive the model.
Low-power models are suitable for families of three to four people, and provided that such a technique will be used infrequently. If you use the equipment regularly and process a lot of products, it is better to pay attention to models with a power of 700 watts and higher.
Professional equipment can have a power of up to 2,000 watts, but at home this is unnecessary: the equipment will not work at full resource consumption, and you will only overpay.
This indicator determines for what purposes this or that model is better suited. When choosing a food processor from this position, consider the following nuances:
- Apparatus with a rotation speed of 10-12 thousand revolutions per minute can be used to grind even the hardest products.
With the appropriate attachments and high power, some modern models will grind even chicken bones.
- Models with a nozzle rotation speed of less than 8-6 thousand revolutions per minute are suitable for whipping, and there will be problems with grinding a large number of products.
- Today, every food processor has from two to 14 speeds, which are switched using buttons or knobs.
The average model operates at 5-6 rotation speeds, however, there are budget options with two speeds and expensive equipment in which the number of speeds is 10 or more.
The size of the equipment depends on the way you store additional nozzles: models that have built-in compartments for storing such tools take up a lot of space.
Some machines do not have these compartments, and you will have to decide where to store the attachments yourself. This is inconvenient, but after use, the equipment is easy to put away in a closet or on a shelf.
As for weight – usually such equipment is not heavier than 9 kilograms, unless we are talking about professional equipment. On average, the mass of such devices is 4-6 kilograms.
In this case, the choice depends on how often the device is used and where it is stored. If the combine is used regularly and at the end of work you need to put it in a closet or on a shelf, it is better to choose a lightweight model.
If the technique has its place on the table and there is no need to rearrange it, it is not necessary to approach the choice based on weight.
Food processors with meat grinder
Food processors with a meat grinder are one of the most popular varieties of combines that will save you time and effort on cutting meat.
This technique has forced manual meat grinders out of the market, as it has become possible to chop meat into pieces, cut into slices or make minced meat in a matter of minutes.
In addition to special knives for meat, some models can be equipped with special nozzles for stuffing casings for sausages or sausages.
Among such equipment, one of the most popular models is Kenwood KVC5030T.
- Power – 1100 Watts
- Bowl – 4.6 l
- Speeds – 6
- The set includes a meat grinder, spatula, 5 attachments
- Material – stainless steel, glass
- Weight – 8, 68 kg
With a large number of functions, it is distinguished by affordable control, which every hostess will understand, in addition, Kenwood KVC5030T has other advantages:
- the bowl and body are made of metal;
- compact size;
- several number of functions;
- reliable and durable body design;
- low noise level;
- six speed settings.
Among the shortcomings, the high cost of the model and the relatively large weight can be noted, but the latter is a conditional minus, since due to the large mass, the device acquires stability and does not slide on the working surface during operation.
Judging by consumer reviews, this machine has no drawbacks, and most importantly, the Kenwood KVC5030T turned out to be affordable even for conservative housewives who are not used to electronic technology with many functions, switches and buttons.
Dough food processors
Bosch MUM 56S40
Today, many people prefer not to buy bakery products in stores, but to make their own pastries at home.
Compact bread makers have long appeared on the market for kitchen appliances, but housewives had to either buy dough or knead it by hand, which requires time and human resources.
With modern combines, the dough kneading process can be automated.
Food processors for kneading dough are multifunctional machines, they have a number of features:
- Dough kneaders are options with at least 800 watts.
- The size of the bowl of such models is larger than that of others, since the dough is kneaded in large batches.
- In order to save money, some manufacturers make food processors for kneading dough with two or three speed settings, but they are enough to perform other standard operations.
One of the best models for such purposes is the Bosch MUM 56S40.
- Power – 900 Watts
- Speeds – 7
- Bowl volume – 3.9 l
- Equipment – citrus press, meat grinder
- Nozzles – 9
- pulse mode;
- from three to six additional nozzles in the kit;
- additional functions (the combine can be used as a blender and as a juicer).
- many plastic parts
According to reviews of the shortcomings, there is a low landing of the knife under the meat grinder. There are complaints about the material – plastic is unreliable.
Professional food processors
Bosch MCM 62020
Models of such equipment are divided into household and professional ones, and if the first ones can cope with cooking for one family, then they will not be suitable for operation at catering points.
Professional food processors have a number of features that allow the technique to cope with the tasks better:
- Increased power. Among professional food processors there are models with a power of 1000-1300 watts.
- Large bowls allow you to process more food.
- Sets of special nozzles that are not found in household models. These are centrifuges, specific knives, blades, nets.
- The control of such equipment is difficult to master, since with a large number of functions, the control panel is equipped with indicators, mode switches and buttons, and handling such combines requires practice.
Bosch MCM 62020 stands out among professional kitchen models.
- Power – 1000 W
- Bowl – 3.9 l
- Complete set – citrus juicer, 7 nozzles
- Material – plastic
- silent operation;
- small dimensions;
- quick assembly and disassembly;
- equipment is easy to clean even in inaccessible places;
- processing of large volumes of products.
Due to the design features, this model also has a number of disadvantages that manufacturers could not eliminate and minimized:
- impossibility of replacement of a nozzle in the course of work;
- the device scatters products during operation;
- low mounting location for nozzles;
- high price.
Catering workers who have ever used such a unit note: despite such disadvantages, the Bosch MCM 62020 increases productivity, and the reliability and endurance of such equipment cannot be compared with other machines.
Diced food processors
Bosch MCM 68885
It is believed that the food processor is a “rough” technique that can crumble, chop, chop and mix food in seconds. But he is not capable of fine operations, and a person has to cut fruit or vegetables beautifully.
Despite constant improvements in this regard, food processor manufacturers cannot ensure that the machine cuts food uniformly and evenly.
There are dozens of such models on the home appliance market, including the Bosch MCM 68885.
This device is equipped with specific nozzles that allow you to beautifully cut fruits and vegetables into cubes, straws or strips.
- Power – 1250 W
- Bowl – 3.9 l
- Complete set – disk for cutting cubes, 8 nozzles
- Material – plastic
- low noise level and complete absence of vibration;
- availability of new additional nozzles in household appliance stores.
- Bosch MCM 68885 dimensions are relatively large when compared with other similar ones;
- bowls are made of fragile plastic;
- The device is difficult to disassemble for cleaning.
The food processor fell in love with housewives, who first of all note silent operation.
This is due to the presence of rubberized legs on the device: because of them, the combine does not move on the table during operation, and the engine operation is not transferred to the working surface, as a result of which vibration is reduced.
Consumers note that the combine gently dices food, while judging by the reviews, this model copes with soft fruits and hard vegetables (even cucumbers and potatoes).
Consumers noted the high cost of this combine: its price is even higher than for some professional models.
Food processors with juicer
For high-quality juice extraction, the food processor must operate at high speeds, so when choosing equipment for this purpose, pay attention to ensuring that the number of revolutions per minute is as high as possible.
The maximum figure in this regard is 12,000 rpm, however, such models cost from several tens of thousands of rubles and more. It is better to consider the option with a nozzle rotation speed of 8,000 revolutions.
It is highly undesirable that the bowl is made of plastic or metal. When interacting with such materials, juices absorb harmful substances, especially if low-quality Chinese plastic is used to make the bowl.
It is preferable to choose a container made of glass, and it is advisable to purchase additional containers if you plan to process volumes.
In this case, you can ignore the engine power, but it should not be less than 500-600 watts.
The loads during squeezing juices will be small, but long, and the hardness of the products that it can process and the duration of one cycle of work depend on the power of the food processor.
Pay attention to the fact that steel sharp knives of various form factors and modifications are included with the selected model. Making juice from different products requires special attachments.
Among food processors with a juicer function, consumers often choose Kenwood KVC5050T. This is the best option if you compare functions and reliability and take into account the relatively low cost.
- Power – 1100
- Bowl – 4.6 l
- Speeds – 6
- Bowl material – stainless steel
- The set includes a juicer, a meat grinder, 5 nozzles, a spatula
- advanced functionality;
- big bowl.
Judging by the feedback from consumers, the lack of compartments for storing nozzles causes inconvenience, and juice is not squeezed out of solid vegetables well enough.
Food processor with potato peeling function
Nozzle – potato peeler Kenwood AT444
The only function that until recently food processors could not handle is peeling potatoes. This is a process that even in expensive restaurants is often done by hand.
But today, thanks to additional potato peelers, this problem is partially solved. And potatoes after such processing have to be cleaned manually, such nozzles save time and human effort.
For harvesters of different manufacturers, additional nozzles for cleaning are provided. They are universal and such a nozzle is suitable for models of the same line.
For example, the Kenwood AT444 potato peeler is suitable for many Kenwood models, but such a device is not suitable for other brands of equipment due to mounting features, and not all manufacturers produce these special knives.
Specifications Kenwood AT444
- Capacity – 1 kg of potatoes
- H x W x D (cm) – 17.5 x 23 x 23.5
- Weight – 1 kg
- Material – plastic
- Compatible with KENWOOD food processor models: CHEF KMC57008, CHEF TITANIUM KMC050, CHEF TITANIUM KMC053, CHEF KM336002, CHEF KM353, CHEF KM355, CHEF KM357
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