The Best Food Processor On An Unlimited Budget

How did we come up with this list of the best food processors in each price range? We read thousands of customer reviews for every model available today. We coupled that with our combined considerable experience in restaurants, in retail food industries and as dedicated home cooks. Not only have we used the models in question, but working with thousands of new cooks throughout our careers has helped us to understand the reasons behind some unfavorable reviews. Many of these negative reviews stem from a lack of food processor knowledge on the part of the user. We have come up with the option in each price category to spare consumers the days or weeks of research it would take to reach similar conclusions. Here is our pick for the best food processor if you happen to be lucky enough to be able to shop without any budget constraints:

The Breville BFP800XL Sous Chef Food Processor is a relative newcomer to the field of American food processors, yet it wins this category hands down. Our past recommendation was split between a high-end 12 cup model and a 20 cup Cuisinart model, because we just couldn't pick a favorite out of the two (the latter having the size advantage.) The Breville kept the high-end features we love but upped the size to a 16 cup and they include a 2.5 cup mini bowl. Breville also included many great innovations on this unit, read below for more.

The Breville BFP800XL Sous Chef Food Processor


Bowl SizeFull Size with mini bowl – it comes with a full size BPA-free 16 Cup bowl and a BPA-free 2.5 cup mini bowl

Accessories and extrasthis model comes ready to use with three Blades (Micro-serrated S blade, Dough blade and Mini processing blade), 5 discs (Adjustable Slicing Disc, Shredding and Grating Disc, Julienne Disc, Emulsifying Disc and French Fry and Vegetable Stick Disc,) a disc spindle, a small brush and a spatula, an instruction booklet (with a few recipes) and a storage container. Included are 2 BPA-free bowls and an extra wide 5.5 inch feed shute with a mini feed shute for smaller food. It has a 1200 watt induction motor.

Warranty  25 year motor warranty and a 1 year limited on the entire unit

Overall Ratingit has an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars

Overall ReviewAn impressive 92%of the reviews for this Breville food processor are very favorable and accompanied by a 4 or 5 star rating. Wow! Normally, when a model costs this much, expectations run so high that no product can live up to the higher standards. Not so with this Breville. It impresses almost everyone who has been lucky enough to use it.

Those who have read the Buying Guide on the home page of this site know that a direct driven food processor is more efficient than a belt driven one (go to our home page if you don't know the difference.) Breville not only has a direct driven motor, they actually take it one huge step further, offering one of the few food processors available right now with an induction motor. In an induction motor alternating current (AC) voltages are induced by the magnetic and rotating field of the stator in the circuit. An induction motor is constructed with elements of steel, aluminum and copper. While this makes induction motors more expensive than the standard, universal motors found on most food processors, it also increases their quality, durability and efficiency. That is why the Breville possesses an incredibly powerful and smooth motor that is exceptionally quiet while running. It is also a 1200 watt motor (for reference, the Viking food processor came with the same price tag and a 625 watt induction motor).

Breville is known for innovation. They don't simply make a well-constructed high-end version of already available appliances; Breville actually brings new features and innovations to almost everything they make. So what did they come up with for an appliance that has been largely unchanged since its debut in the 1970s? The first innovation is absolutely genius and it is surprising that no other maker came up with it first. Most food processors have multiple slicing discs available to allow for different thicknesses. The Breville has an adjustable slicing disc which has 24 settings to customize the thickness of your sliced food. This not only eliminates the need to buy a bunch of slicing discs, it also gives you far greater control over the thickness of your slicing. There is also an emulsifier disc for making things like mayonnaise, whipping cream, or egg whites.

The second large innovation is the timer. There is both a count up and count down timer. You can use the count up timer the first time you do something, such as kneading bread. Then, after you know how long that particular task takes, the next time you will be able to set the count down timer and walk away, knowing that the Breville food processor will shut off when it is done.

Included in the reviews is a side by side comparison of this model to a $250 Cuisinart food processor. The author of that review had just purchased the Cuisinart when she was chosen to review the Breville. So both were new, up-to-date high-end food processor models. The winner? Clearly the Breville. The superior quality shined through in almost every area, the exception being bread making. The author of that review states in the comments that she believes user error may have led to the less than spectacular bread. A few people find that the bread dough is tough, which is a sign of being over-worked. The reason for this is simple. This machine is far more powerful than other food processors (excluding commercial options). It takes seconds, rather than minutes, to knead bread dough. This will be a time saver once you become accustomed to the extra power and learn how long it takes to knead dough.

The super-powerful motor also means it takes less time to chop, mince or dice. It is easy, at first, to accidentally over-process and end up with mush. It won't take long to get used to the extra power and use it to your advantage rather than detriment. Reviewers offer many examples of how capable and quick this machine is. You can expect to shred a pound of cheese in less than 5 seconds. 6 pounds of zucchini can be julienned in less than 30 seconds. Butter can be made from fresh cream in a minute. 10 pounds of potatoes can be prepped for French fries in under a minute.

The 16 cup work bowl can handle a lot of food at once. Users also report being able to process 12 cups of liquid with leakage. The bowls have marks in both metric and imperial measurements. The blades and discs are very sharp and precise. You can get a wide range of thicknesses with great accuracy and uniformity.

Reviewers love how easy the Breville is to clean, especially compared to Cuisinart and KitchenAid models. It doesn't have a lot of crevices that trap food and debris. Another favorite feature is the solid shaft in the center where the multipurpose blade and discs attach. Most models have a hole in the center which means you need to keep the blade in place to empty the bowl. That can be difficult and dangerous. The lack of a hole in the Breville is another great innovation on this model.

This unit comes with BPA-free bowls. All parts that come into contact with food are BPA-free. Hopefully this will soon be standard on all food processors, but sadly right now it is not. Using this model is a good way to limit BPA exposure for you and your family.

What negative comments will you find in the reviews? There aren't many. Some are related to the immense power and the learning curve that comes with using a machine with such a massive motor (almost everyone agrees this is a good thing once you are used to it). Some people are put off by the incredible weight of this machine. Not only does the powerful motor weigh quite a bit, but Breville uses high quality parts throughout, which weigh more than the cheap plastic found on most models. Most people overlook the weight because they understand you wouldn't get this type of quality and power without it. But it may be an issue for you if you can't store it on the counter or someplace that is easily accessible. The total shipping weight of this item is 31 pounds, with the machine itself weighing about 20.

There are a few people that are disappointed that the American model does not have the Quattro blade that comes standard in Australia. Homes in Australia are wired with 220 volt electricity; homes in America are wired with 110 volt electricity. Breville was unable to offer the Quattro blade in the USA because of the electricity limitations. They did, however, design one of the most powerful food processors that you can use with 110 volt electricity. Short of moving to another country, you will not be able to find a more powerful food processor for home cooks. The video above shows the American model, with the S blade that you will receive.

There are some complaints regarding a cheese issue which has since been resolved. The Breville Sous Chef originally came with a manual that gave instructions for processing cheese. Some time after that Breville discovered a flaw with the shredding/grating disc that could cause damage to the bowl and lid when used to process cheese. They then updated the manual to say processing cheese was not recommended and would void your warranty. This understandably angered some people. You should expect a food processor to be able to handle cheese, especially in this price range. Breville got to work and fixed the problem. They made an improved grating/shredding disc. The offered the new disc, free of charge, to anyone who had purchased the Sous Chef. They also included a new bowl and lid in case damage had already occurred. All new Breville Sous Chefs come with the improved grating/shredding disc and the ability to process cheese. See 174 Breville Sous Chef BFP800XL Reviews