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Time can be a funny thing. It drags when you’re doing something unpleasant (here's looking at you wax). But it goes super sonic when you’re doing something amazing. It’s especially funny when you’re cooking. Sweat for hours to whip up a meal and guaranteed it gets devoured in mere seconds. Sigh. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
If you’re ready to say ‘no more’ to time, meet your kitchen prep best friend: a food processor. The best food processor does what it claims to, quickly and effectively. It comes with a range of tools to breeze through a wide variety of tasks. It’s also durable, top quality and backed by a good warranty, which reflects your investment. These are Australia’s top food processors, picked from hours of reviewing expert testing and Aussie consumer feedback.
How we picked
When it comes to food processors, it’s good to understand how they perform the tasks they’re intended to. Do they chop finely and evenly? Can they produce evenly sized, undamaged slices? Does dough get expertly kneaded? To find out, we turned to CHOICE, Australia’s leading consumer advocacy group. They put a range of Australian food processors through their paces.
Armed with an understanding of food processors’ technical capabilities, we checked out ProductReview.com.au - Australia's first consumer opinion site. This gave us insights into how the food processors worked in real Aussie kitchens, not just in a test environment. Ideally, we wanted the food processors to have at least 3 stars out of 5 and around 100 reviews.
We wanted our food processors to suit a range of budgets and tasks. We didn’t specifically include mini food processors in this guide, because these can be classed as basic choppers rather than offering the extensive functionality of a food processor. You can find out more about mini food processors in our FAQs.
This gave us Australia’s 5 best food processors, that combine expert testing with real Aussie opinions.
The best food processor for most
Choose this if
A food processor and mini food processor in one, the Breville The Kitchen Wizz 15 Pro handles a great range of food prep tasks. It comes with 6 tools for maximum functionality and the most powerful motor we reviewed. Easy to use, it’s backed by a 25-year motor warranty.
What we love
Easy to operate
There are just 2 settings – on and pulse. This makes it very easy to use.
Rather than having to guess how long you’ve processed something for, use the timer to set your desired time. It can count up or down, and it’ll stop the processor once the time is reached.
Shows you clearly how much time is remaining – no guesswork here.
Extra-large capacity bowl
At 3.6L, it’s the joint largest bowl we’ve reviewed, making it suitable for families or batch cooking.
Different recipes can call for different sized ingredients. With the adjustable slicing disc, you can choose the thickness of the slices, from paper thin to chunky.
Variety of attachments
Its 6 different chopping tools make chopping, pureeing, mixing, kneading, slicing, grating and shredding a breeze.
Included mini bowl
It’s also got a 1L mini bowl for handling smaller processing tasks, like herbs.
For powering through tough ingredients. This is the most powerful motor of the food processors we reviewed, and it’s not even the most expensive.
It has a great 25-year motor warranty, and a 2-year warranty on other parts.
Dishwasher safe parts
Some parts are top rack dishwasher safe, but not the food processor. Breville recommends for best results you handwash all the parts.
Its multiple attachments, including blades and cleaning tools, live happily in the included storage box to help keep your kitchen clutter-free.
Loved by Aussies
With almost 250 reviews on ProductReview.com.au and a respectable over 3-star rating, it’s approved by Aussies.
The not so good bits
Only 1 power setting
Which makes it easy to use but doesn’t give you much control over power. This may be an issue when processing tough fibrous ingredients, like kale.
At around $600, it’s an investment.
The best food processor handles a wide range of tasks, without cluttering up precious benchtop space. It’s also easy to use. Enter the Breville The Kitchen Wizz 15 Pro, what we reckon is Australia’s best food processor.
It comes with 6 tools to tackle various tasks. These include a micro-serrated disc, Julienne disc, French fry cutting disc, whisking disk, mini blade and dough blade. It also comes with a cleaning brush and plastic spatula, for scraping ingredients from the side of the bowl. The slicing disc is variable. This means you can choose the thickness of your slices from 24 settings. This ranges from paper thin 0.3mm up to a thick 8mm.
The extra-large 3.6L capacity bowl handles a huge amount of ingredients, making it perfect for families. If you’ve only got a small amount to process (think a bunch of herbs), it also comes with a 1L mini processing bowl. Which means it’s a food processor and mini food processor in one.
The Breville The Kitchen Wizz 15 Pro comes with a storage box that keeps all the attachments and cleaning tools tidied away when not in use. It offers 2 chutes. The extra-wide feed chute cuts longer slices. Because of its size, you don’t need to pre-chop ingredients, saving you time. The mini feed holds long thin ingredients, like carrots, in place, stopping them from falling over when they’re being sliced.
The motor has a 25-year warranty, which may alleviate any worries you might have about spending RRP $580 on this. We’re not the only ones who love it. It’s been reviewed by CHOICE and has almost 250 reviews on ProductReview.com.au, giving it around 3.5 stars.
The best multi-purpose food processor
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The Magimix 4200 XL offers great flexibility. It comes with 3 bowls to tackle different tasks and quantities, 8 tools and blending functionality. This means it can easily replace a blender, giving you 2 tools in 1. It’s also loved by Aussies: it’s a 2017 and 2021 ProductReview.com.au award winner.
What we love
Whatever size processing job you’re doing, the 3 bowls will help.
To power through a wide range of tasks.
Easy to use
Thanks to having only 1 speed, and 1 pulse function.
This cuts down on pre-chopping time.
Which gives this food processor blending ability too.
It has a good 3 years on the processor, and a great 30-year warranty on the motor.
It has dishwasher safe parts, if you use the lowest temperature and avoid the drying cycle.
Keep clutter off the side or lost in a drawer with the handy storage box.
Free recipes app
A thoroughly modern addition, download the free Magimix app and enjoy hundreds of recipes. This complements the 100-idea recipe book that comes with the processor.
ProductReview.com.au award winner
Which means it’s tested, used and approved by plenty of Aussies.
The not so good bits
That’s half the power of our Breville top pick, for more money.
With a RRP around $800, it's, it's pretty expensive.
No LED display
Wondering how long you’ve been holding the button down, or how much longer there is to go? You’ll need to count in your head or set a timer on your phone with this one.
If you’re after flexibility with your food processor, consider the Magimix 4200 XL. It comes with 3 different bowls to tackle different tasks and quantities. The main bowl has a 3L capacity (less than the Breville’s 3.6L) and is suitable for mincing, mixing, chopping, kneading, grating and slicing. The midi bowl holds 2.6L and is intended for slicing and grating fruits, veg and cheese. The mini bowl is 1.2L, making it ideal for chopping herbs or any small quantities.
It comes with 8 tools. This includes a knife blade and dough blade, plus an egg whisk. It also has 2 slicing discs (2mm and 4mm – our Breville top pick offers 24 different thickness settings) and 2 grating discs (2mm and 4mm). Plus, it has a ‘blendermix’ which means the Magimix 4200 XL can handle the same tasks as a blender.
It claims to have an extra-large chute, capable of handling large whole fruit and veg. The included storage box keeps all the tools tidy when you’re not using them. The 950-watt motor is half the power of the Breville's 2,000 watts, and you’re paying more. It comes with a 3-year warranty and 30-year motor warranty.
As well as being recommended by CHOICE, it’s a ProductReview.com.au 2017 and 2021 award winner. It’s racked up an impressive almost 4.5 stars, but from around 100 reviews. With its 3 bowls and its blending ability, the Magimix 4200 XL does offer more than our Breville top pick. However, it doesn’t have as many consumer reviews and it’s more expensive.
The best value food processor
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For a basic, no frills food processor, meet the Kambrook 550W Direct Drive. It has a generous 1.5L capacity bowl, pulse function, a processing blade and a stainless steel reversible slicing and shredding disc. And that’s it. It comes in around $100 from a proudly Aussie company.
What we love
Easy to use
With 1 button, just chuck the ingredients in, press it on and off you go.
A 1.5L bowl should be enough to process food for the whole family.
Slicing and shredding
It can handle the most basic functions well - slicing and shredding food.
Got a stubborn mix? Use the pulse for extra power.
The 150ml measuring cup slash food pusher makes it easier to measure out ingredients and safer to add them.
Easy to clean
Thanks to barely any parts.
With a RRP around $100, this is affordable for most Aussies.
Loved by Aussies
It gets great consumer reviews, although a limited number of them.
Kambrook is an Australian business, making it a great choice for supporting local.
The not so good bits
Sure you can slice and shred but that’s all it can handle.
There aren’t many bits, just a disc and the processing blade, but onboard storage would still be nice.
No measurements on bowl
Wondering how much stuff you’ve got in the bowl? With no measurements on it, you’ll have to measure ingredients out before putting them in.
Sometimes, you just need to chuck some stuff in a bowl and let the food processor do the hard work. If that’s the case for you, consider the Kambrook 550W Direct Drive.
This is a basic, no-frills food processor. It has a 1.5L bowl and a 150ml food pusher marked with cup, oz and ml measurements for easy measuring. It comes with a reversible stainless steel slicing and shredding disc. You have the option of on, off and pulse. And that’s it.
As you’d expect with such a basic food processor, it’s got a low RRP of around $100. This is by far the cheapest we’ve reviewed. But it does the job, according to Aussies. It gets around 4 stars from almost 20 reviews on ProductReview.com.au. People rave about how well it works, how easy it is to use and clean and its affordability. It’s also been put through its paces by CHOICE.
Others worth considering
With a RRP around $1,000, the Magimix CS 5200XL is most expensive food processor we reviewed. It’s very similar to our other Magimix pick. For an extra money, you’re getting 1 slightly bigger bowl. The main bowl is 3.6L, the same as our Breville top pick's and 0.6L bigger than the other Magimix. The midi and mini bowls are the same size as the other Magimix: 2.6L and 1.2L respectively.
The other differences are that it comes with a citrus press, which includes 2 cones for smaller and larger fruits, from lemons to grapefruit. It also packs 1,100 watts of power, compared to the other Magimix's 950 watts but still almost half of the Breville’s. It has the same 3-year parts and 30-year motor warranty.
Like other Magimix, it’s been reviewed and recommended by CHOICE. It also has good reviews on ProductReview.com.au, currently getting around 3.5 stars from around 30 reviews.
At the other end of the price scale is the Russell Hobbs Classic Food Processor RHFP5000 - it has a RRP around $100. It’s got everything you need. This includes a 2.6L work bowl and a 950ml nested mini work bowl. So, if you’ve only got a small job, you don’t need to wash up a big bowl.
It comes with a S-blade, mini S-blade, dough blade and 2 reversible slice / shred / grate discs. It has 3 speeds plus a pulse function and a 750w motor. With its black and silver looks, it’ll look great on most benchtops. For easy cleaning, some parts are dishwasher safe.
We love that even though it's around $100, it comes with a 2-year warranty.
The Breville The Kitchen Wizz 8 is also an affordable food processor, around RRP $200. It packs a lot in for the price. There are 2 chute options (a 7cm large and 4cm mini) to suit varied size ingredients. It has 4 tools, plus the quad blade: a potato peeler, adjustable slicer (offering the same 24 settings as our other Breville pick), reversible grater and dough blade.
It has a storage box for the tools, plus 2 speeds and pulse, a 2.75L capacity bowl and a 1,000-watt motor. Phew. You’re only getting a 1-year warranty, though. It has very positive, but very limited, reviews on ProductReview.com.au and has been put through its paces by CHOICE.
The bottom line
Invest in a food processor and you’ll spend less time in the kitchen, prepping your meals. Goodbye potato peeling and onion dicing. Hello more time eating / watching TV / ignoring your family.
If this sounds appealing, we think the Breville The Kitchen Wizz 15 Pro (BFP800) is Australia’s best food processor. It comes with 2 size bowls, so it’s a food processor and mini food processor in 1. The 6 included tools whizz through plenty of tasks, including Julienning vegetables, cutting French fries and kneading dough. It has a powerful 2,000-watt motor (the largest of all we reviewed) plus a handy timer with LED display. We think all these easy-to-use features, that are backed by a 25-year motor warranty, justify its around $600 RRP.
If you’d like a slight upgrade, consider the Magimix 4200 XL. For more money, you’ll get 3 bowls for an even greater range of job sizes than our Breville top pick, plus blending functionality. This makes the Magimix 4200 XL 2 tools in 1. However, it offers half the power of the Breville and no helpful LED timer display.
Or if you’d rather get a simple food processor that’ll slice and shred well, try the Kambrook 550W Direct Drive. It has a generous 1.5L capacity bowl, plus a 150ml measuring cup / food pusher. Press the 1 button to turn it on or off, or pulse through tricky mixes. Basic and not pretty, yes. But well-reviewed by Aussies and it comes in around $100.
Features to consider
Food processors share a lot of features, here’s what to look for when shopping.
If you choose a food processor that has an impressive amount of tools, make sure it comes with an accessory storage box. This will reduce clutter in your kitchen, stop you misplacing tools and protect the blades and your fingers.
Some food processors can store all their tools inside the bowl (none that we reviewed did this). But then you need to empty the food processor before you can use it, and leave the tools lying around. Which we don’t think is ideal.
Think about what you’ll mainly be using your food processor for. If it’s meal prep for large family meals, a large bowl will be useful. If you’d like to whip up pestos and chop up herbs, a mini bowl is handy. We reckon the best food processor combines both a main and mini bowl for maximum flexibility.
Size of feed tube
The larger the feed tube, the less pre-chopping you need to do. The largest tubes should handle a whole large fruit, like an apple, without needing it to be cut up first. None of the food processors we reviewed stated the size of their feed chutes, other than referring to them as ‘large’ or ‘extra-large’.
Get 2 blades in 1 and reduce the number of blades you need to store. This is usually a grating blade on one side, and a slicing on the other.
Food processors offer subtly different tools that’ll handle a range of tasks. Think about what you want your processor to do: make French fries? Whip up cake batter? Turn out perfectly kneaded dough? Chop up onions?
Then ensure that your food processor has the tools to do this.
The pulse function gives short bursts of power. This can help distribute the ingredients more evenly and create a smooth, even consistency.
Look for rubber feet. Food processors can generate a lot of movement. Rubber feet help keep it stable when it’s doing its thing.
What you get if you spend more
Spend more on your food processor, and you might get more functionality from it.
A food processor isn’t intended to be a blender. It excels at chopping and slicing ingredients, not blending them into smoothies. But some food processors straddle this line by offering blender attachments. This can be useful if you already have a blender and want to combine these 2 products into 1, or if you don’t want to buy a separate blender.
A food processor also isn’t intended to be a juicer. But our highest priced reviewed model, the Magimix CS 5200XL, comes with a citrus press. If this is an important feature to you and you’re planning to juice regularly, we reckon you’re best to buy a juicer. See our guide to Australia’s best juicer.
Do I need a food processor?
A food processor takes all the hard work out of food preparation. This means they slice, dice, chop, shred, grate, zest, mash, puree, mix, knead, grind and emulsify. Even the simplest food processor will allow you to:
- Shred or grate cheese.
- Knead pizza dough.
- Grind nuts into nut butter.
- Cut any vegetable into even, well-formed slices.
- Finely chop cauliflower or broccoli into ‘rice’.
If you cook for family, a food processor will quickly blitz through ingredients that would take you much longer to chop with a knife.
What's a mini food processor?
If you’d like to tackle small jobs, like chopped nuts, breadcrumbs and pesto, a mini food processor (which holds up to 1L) might be better for you. They’re more affordable and, thanks to their small size, are much easier to store. Think of a mini food processor as a chopper for vegetables and herbs. Our guide doesn’t cover dedicated mini food processors, but 3 of our 5 picks include a range of bowls that combine a full-size food processor with a mini one.
What's the difference between a food processor and blender?
Honestly, they’re pretty similar. But a typical blender can’t handle the range of tasks a food processor can. A food processor is capable of a range of food prep tasks, like chopping vegetables, shredding or grating cheese, and kneading dough.
Whereas a blender is best for liquids, like smoothies, soups, sauces and purees.
If you’re looking to cut down on food prep time, a food processor is the way to go. If you’re more about producing smooth soups and, er, smoothies, try a blender.
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