The Breville BFP800XL Sous Chef Food Processor


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

Accessories and extrasit is 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 locking storage container. Included are 2 BPA-free bowls and an extra wide 5.5 inch feed tube with a mini feed tube for smaller food. It has a 1200 watt induction motor.

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

Overall Rating –  The Breville BFP800XL has an impressive overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars

Overall ReviewAn astounding 93% of the reviews for this Breville food processor are quite favorable and accompanied by a 4 or 5 star rating. Wow! Normally, when a product costs this much, expectations run so high that no product can live up to the higher standards. Not so with the Breville BFP800XL. It continues to impress time after time, with both experienced food processor users and cooks who are new to this handy kitchen helper.

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 for more information if you don't know the difference.) The Breville Sous Chef BFP800XL not only has a direct driven motor, but 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 BFP800XL possesses an incredibly powerful and smooth motor that is exceptionally quiet while running. The Viking food processor (which comes with a similar price tag) comes with a 625 watt induction motor. This powerhouse has a whopping 1200 watts!

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, or to whip cream or egg whites. These tasks can be completed in mere seconds, while using a traditional stand mixer to emulsify takes several minutes.

The second large innovation is the timer with LCD display. 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 Sous Chef BFP800XL will shut off when it is done.

Included in the reviews is a side by side comparison of the Breville Sous Chef BFP800XL 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 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. You will see a few reviews stating that they had trouble with bread ending up tough when made in the Breville. Tough bread is a sign of having over-worked the dough. This machine is incredibly powerful. That means it can knead bread in seconds, not minutes like other models. The pulse button is recommended for kneading bread, since it is so easy to over-knead. Once you are accustomed to the massive motor output, you can use it to make perfect bread very quickly.

The excessive power does require a bit of learning in other areas too. It is easy to over-process food when using the multi-purpose blade. It takes seconds to mince, chop or dice. Any longer will puree the items. Once you are used to the higher level of power, you will love how much time the Breville Sous Chef BFP800XL saves you.

Many reviewers marvel at how easy the Breville BFP800XL is to clean, especially compared to KitchenAid or Cuisinart models. There aren't a lot of places for food to get stuck. Another improvement over those brands is the solid center shaft. Most food processors have a hole in the center where the blades or discs are attached; the Breville BFP800XL does not. This makes it easier to empty the bowl without needing to keep the blade in place.

The large 16 cup bowl can hold 12 cups of liquid without leakage. Both bowls have imperial and metric measurement marks. The BFP800XL quickly and precisely chops, shreds, slices and juliennes. Here are a few examples from the reviews: Six pounds of zucchini can be julienned in less than 30 seconds. A pound of cheese can be shredded or grated in under 5 seconds. Ten pounds of potatoes can be prepped for fries in less than a minute. Cream can be transformed into fresh butter in about a minute.

This food processor comes with BPA-free bowls and any other parts that come into contact with food are BPA-free. Hopefully this will soon be standard on all food processors, but unfortunately right now that is not the case. Using the Breville Sous Chef BFP800XL is a good way to limit BPA exposure for you and your family.

So what could the other 8% of reviewers possibly say about such a fantastic machine? Some bemoaned the high cost, but let's face it, you get what you pay for. Others are turned off by the massive weight of this product. The shipping weight for all the parts is a hefty 31 pounds. The actual processor without accessories is about 20 pounds. Such a powerful motor will weigh quite a bit. All the parts are constructed of quality parts, not flimsy light-weight plastic. Most people don't mind the extra weight, knowing that you can't have this kind of power and quality without it. Several reviewers bought a dedicated kitchen cart just to make the Breville more easily accessible. You may want to consider the weight of this processor if you can't keep it on the counter. You may also want to consider the large size of this machine if space is an issue for you.

There are a few comments about the metal part of the accessory shaft becoming too hot to safely handle. A quick glance at the pictures of these shafts will show you that about 90% of the piece is covered in hard plastic that stays cool to the touch. That is where you are supposed to handle it, not on the hot metal.

Some of the negative reviews stem from an issue with cheese that has since been resolved. The BFP800XL originally came with a manual that included instructions for processing cheese. It was then discovered that a flaw in the shredding/grating disc could result in damage to the food processor when processing certain types of cheeses. Breville then revised the manual to state that cheese should not be used with the BFP800XL, and that processing cheese would void the warranty. Many people were upset, and with good reason. Even cheap food processors can grate cheese, and at this price, the Breville ought to be able to grate cheese. Breville remedied the problem by manufacturing an improved grating/shredding disc. That disc is now standard on all Breville Sous Chefs, so this is no longer a problem. Breville also supplied all current Sous Chef owners with the new disc, as well as a new bowl and lid (in case damage had already occurred).

There were a few people who expected to receive a Quattro blade with this model, as it is seen in some videos. That blade is only available in Australia, where 220 volt electricity is standard in homes. 110 volt electricity is standard in the USA. 110 volt electricity is just not powerful enough for the Quattro blade. However, this is indeed the most powerful food processor you can get in the USA (excluding commercial models). You will not be disappointed in the power it provides. The video at the top of this page shows the American version with the blade you will receive. See all 193 Breville BFP800XL Reviews




Breville BSB530XL the All In One Processing Station


Bowl size – 6 cup

Included accessories and extras –  Variable Slicing Disc, Reversible Shredding Disc and S Blade

Warranty – 1 year

Overall rating – Owners of this Breville rate it at 4.5 out of 5 stars

Overall review – 75 % of reviews for this all in one processing station are favorable and accompanied by a 4 or 5 star rating. This is a unique option in the world of food processors. Rather than a standard motor that is positioned either on the side or bottom of the work bowl, this unit has a hand-held motor that can be attached to multiple tools, including the BPA-free processing bowl. It can also be attached to a whisk, an immersion blender, or a mashing tool (all are included.) That's what makes this an "all-in-one processing station" rather than a standard food processor. The motor has a trigger-style switch which is very easy and natural to use. This is a compact food processor, best suited to smaller tasks. The slicing disc is adjustable, with 19 settings. The reversible shredding disc will produce both fine and course results. Most users love the versatility of the BSB530XL. They appreciate the small footprint of this unit compared to the space that would be taken by all the appliances this replaces. They say it does a lot, and does it well.

There are only 2 negative reviews, and both users had the same problem. They both had the plastic gears on the food processor break. Breville did send out replacement parts free-of-charge, but hopefully this is something they have addressed so that it does not happen to other consumers. Click here for all 7 detailed reviews


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