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We love mini food processors. They take up almost no space, when compared to a larger food processor, and still allow us to cook with total freedom.
So, we went out to find the best mini food processors to save you from picking up a dud.
For all around price to performance ratio, you can’t beat this Cuisinart processor.
TOP RATED CHOICE
It could have been the best in our tests, except for just one thing.
BEST VALUE CHOICE
When you’re shopping on a tight budget the Ninja Food offering is excellent.
We were pleased with how versatile this Cuisinart mini food processor was.
If you’re looking for a small model for the corner of a tiny kitchen or tiny house, this is probably your best bet.
The chop and grind modes both allow for pulse and run modes and that means you can easily chop anything and grind even the toughest spices as well as making light airy dressings or even mayo.
Quick Fact: Cusinart was in on the ground floor of the introduction of food processors to the United States back in 1973 and that means they make models you can really rely upon.
1 You can run this food processor in either direction and benefit from both sides of the blades
2. You can pop the bowl in the dishwasher
3. Comes in a choice of 3 colors
1.It’s louder than we’d like it to be
2. You have to hold down the button to keep it running, this seems unnecessary
3. Some customers say that Cuisinart’s support isn’t great if you run into problems
This is a brilliant food processor from KitchenAid and it might have won our best in class except for one problem – it doesn’t take a full 3.5 cups.
In fact, it takes much less than that in some circumstances (only 1.5 cups of liquid for example!).
However, if you can ignore this (and we can) it’s well-built and attractive and it does a very good job of processing food which is why we want one.
Quick Fact: KitchenAid has been making devices for American kitchens for more than 100 years, so you can be sure they’ll be around to deal with any issues that you have.
1. Fairly priced and it should last a few years
2. It’s a very compact design
3. Does a great job of chopping food and of mixing liquids
1. The aforementioned sizing issue is the biggest con
2. The lid and safety cover are a bit awkward to put on or remove
3. Not dishwasher safe
If your budget is super tight then the cheapest, decent, available mini-food processor is probably this offering from SharkNinja.
It’s very easy to use and we liked that it was also much easier to open and close than the KitchenAid model.
Another nice touch is the measurement markings on the supplied bowl which makes it super easy to cook with.
Quick Fact: SharkNinja is based in Boston. The name Shark refers to their vacuum cleaner products and Ninja to their kitchen based products!
1. The lowest price of any mini food processor in our round up
2. Has a nice splatter guard that also acts as a storage lid
3. The measurement markings on the bowl are really useful
1. You need to be careful about how you use it and hole the head in place or it can pivot
2. Some customers report that their bowl has come scratched
3. It’s a little underpowered when compared to more expensive models
When you want just a bit more capacity than the other models that we’ve reviewed then you might want to look at this more substantial (and with a more substantial price tag) mini-processor from Cuisinart.
In most other respects this is very similar to our top pick but it also includes a BladeLock system which lets you keep the blades in place as you pour out the contents.
Quick Fact: This food processor is good for chopping, mixing, pureeing, grinding and can also use both pulse and continuous modes for any setting.
1. For the size, it’s very affordably priced
2. There are lots of different functions
3. It is very safe to use and attractively made
1. Still a bit on the noisy side
2. Also, has the same button issue – you have to press it constantly
3. Can’t run this for more than a minute at a time
The smallest mini-food processor in our test is also quite brilliant. Nice work Hamilton Beach!
It’s very easy to use and the design is both scratch and odor resistant which means it ought to last longer than most too.
We also like the fact that it’s designed with safety in mind and the cord tucks neatly through the base to prevent it from getting caught up and for easy storage too.
Quick Fact: Hamilton Beach sells over 34 million appliances in America every year! That means they are a brand that you can depend upon.
1. Small and perfectly formed
2. You won’t end up with any nasty smells from this mini-food processor
3. The cord design is excellent
1. A bit on the small side at times
2. You don’t have a liquid chute which makes adding liquid a pain
3. Can be a little too powerful at times and over process