The Best Food Processor for Quick and Easy Food PrepThe Best Food Processor for Quick and Easy Food Prep

The Best Food Processor

Or how to relegate your kitchen knives back to their drawer.
Sarah Idle
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Sarah Idle
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Jun 18, 2020
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Time can be a funny thing. There’s the way the clock drags when you’re doing something unpleasant. Like the afternoon slog at work when you’re after a sugary pick-me-up. Or during a wax. But the clock goes super sonic when you’re doing something amazing. Like your long weekend away or during the latest cinematic blockbuster. 

It’s especially funny when you’re cooking. Sweat for hours to whip up a meal and feel every minute of it. Guaranteed it then 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 best food processors, picked from hours of reviewing expert testing and Aussie consumer feedback.

Best for most

Breville The Kitchen Wizz 15 Pro

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.

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Best for multi-purpose

Magimix 4200 XL

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 ProductReview.com.au award winner.

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Magimix 4200 XL
Best for budget

Kambrook 550W Direct Drive

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.

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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 5 best food processors in Australia

Best for most -> Breville The Kitchen Wizz 15 Pro

Breville The Kitchen Wizz 15 Pro

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.

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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 3.4 stars. 

Why buy the Breville The Kitchen Wizz 15 Pro

Easy to operate

There are just 2 settings – on and pulse. This makes it very easy to use.

Timer

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. 

LED display

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. 

Adjustable thickness

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. 

2,000-watt motor

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. 

Warranty

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. 

Storage box

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. 

Price

At RRP $580, it’s the second most affordable food processor we reviewed but it’s still a big investment.

In summary

A food processor and mini food processor in one, the Breville The Kitchen Wizz 15 Pro will handle all your large food prep requirements, plus your small ones. With its 6 tools to handle a wide variety of tasks, adjustable chopping blade for different size slices, powerful motor and dual timer with LED display, it’s an easy-to-use food processor that’s backed by a 25-year motor warranty and a good price.

Best for multi-purpose -> Magimix 4200 XL

Magimix 4200 XL

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 ProductReview.com.au award winner.

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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 our winner’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 winner 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 our winner’s 2,000 watts, and you’re paying over $200 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 award winner. It’s racked up an impressive 4.2 stars, but from only around 50 reviews. With its 3 bowls and its blending ability, the Magimix 4200 XL does offer more than our winner. However, it doesn’t have as many consumer reviews and it’s over $200 more expensive. 

Why the Magimix 4200 XL is worth considering

3 bowls

Whatever size processing job you’re doing, the 3 bowls will help.

8 tools

To power through a wide range of tasks. 

Easy to use

Thanks to having only 1 speed, and 1 pulse function. 

Large chute

This cuts down on pre-chopping time.

Blendermix tool

Which gives this food processor blending ability too.

Warranty

It has a good 3 years on the processor, and a great 30-year warranty on the motor.

Easy clean

It has dishwasher safe parts, if you use the lowest temperature and avoid the drying cycle. 

Storage box

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

950-watt motor

That’s half the power of our winner, for over $200 more.

Price

With a RRP of $799, this is the joint second most expensive food processor we reviewed.

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. 

In summary 

If you’re happy spending $200 more than our winner, you’ll get 3 bowls for a greater range of job sizes plus blending functionality. Which means the Magimix 4200 XL can easily replace a blender, giving you 2 tools in 1. But it offers half the power of our winner and no LED display.

Best for budget -> Kambrook 550W Direct Drive

Kambrook 550W Direct Drive

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.

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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.

Why buy the Kambrook 550W Direct Drive

Easy to use

With 1 button, just chuck the ingredients in, press it on and off you go.

Generous capacity

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.

Pulse function

Got a stubborn mix? Use the pulse for extra power.

Measuring cup

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.

Price

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.

Local business

Kambrook is an Australian business, making it a great choice for supporting local. 

The not-so-good bits

Basic functionality

Sure you can slice and shred but that’s all it can handle.

No storage

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.

In summary

For a basic, no frills food processor, consider the Kambrook 550W Direct Drive. A generous 1.5L capacity bowl combines with a processing blade and a stainless steel reversible slicing and shredding disc. With 1 button operation - on, off and pulse - it’s easy to use. Sure, it doesn’t look the fanciest but it’ll do the job. It’s been tested by CHOICE, gets a great ProductReview.com.au rating and comes in around $100.

The competition

Food processors get a bit samey samey after a time, with most of them boasting the same features, from the same manufacturers. We reckon these are the best of the rest, suitable for a range of budgets.  

Magimix CS 5200XL

At RRP $949, this is the most expensive food processor we reviewed. It’s very similar to our Magimix runner-up. For an extra $150, you’re getting 1 slightly bigger bowl. The main bowl is 3.6L, the same as our winner’s and 0.6L more than our runner-up. The midi and mini bowls are the same size as our runner-up: 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 our runner-up’s 950 watts but still almost half of our winner’s. It has the same 3-year parts and 30-year motor warranty. 

Like our runner-up, 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.

Choose this if...

You’d really like a citrus press and 3 bowls, with a large capacity (3.6L) main bowl. You’ll be happy to spend almost $1,000 on a quality food processor. 

Breville The Kitchen Wizz 8

At the other end of the price scale is the Breville The Kitchen Wizz 8. At RRP $200, it’s the most affordable food processor we reviewed. 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 winner), 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. 

Choose this if...

You’d like an affordable food processor that’ll handle a wide range of tasks, simply and effectively, and you’re happy with just 1 size bowl.

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.

Important features to consider

Food processors share a lot of features, here’s what to look for when shopping.

Storage box

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. 

Bowl size

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’.

Reversible blades

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. 

Included tools

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.

Pulse

The pulse function gives short bursts of power. This can help distribute the ingredients more evenly and create a smooth, even consistency. 

Rubber feet

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.

Blender attachment

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.

Juicer

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.

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 RRP $580.

If you’d like a slight upgrade, consider the Magimix 4200 XL. For $200 more, you’ll get 3 bowls for an even greater range of job sizes than our winner, plus blending functionality. This makes the Magimix 4200 XL 2 tools in 1. However, it offers half the power of our winner 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.

Frequently asked questions

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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