What To Look For When Buying A Food Processor As A Gift

The holiday season is here and as in years before, I am sure many of you shopping for a food processor intend to give it as a gift. Here are a few tips to make sure the one you choose is well-received by the recipient.

1- Be sure to choose an appropriately sized food processor. Generally speaking, most home cooks will need a full sized (9 cups or larger) AND a mini food processor (4 cups or smaller) if they want to use a food processor for all their processing needs. Some cooks, specifically those who never prepare food for more than two people, can benefit from a compact model (5 to 8 cups) instead. The best option for most home cooks would be a full sized model with a compatible mini bowl. This makes one machine able to do the job of both. Click here to see food processors with multiple bowl sizes, along with reviews and ratings to help you choose the best option.

2- Choose a finish or color that will go with the recipients kitchen. Food processors are large and can be used for preparing almost every meal you can imagine. They tend to be left on the countertop most of the time for these two reasons. Look around the kitchen where the food processor will be going. Are all the appliances stainless steel? Does the recipient have a few brightly colored appliances? Is everything white?

3- Get a well-powered model. No one wants a weak machine. Look for a unit that has the bowl situated directly above the motor (rather than beside it.) These food processors are referred to as direct-driven models and the power transfer in them is far superior to that offered by a belt-driven model. Direct-driven food models may cost a bit more, but it is certainly worth it. A poorly powered food processor will cause headaches in the kitchen rather than helping.

4- Read reviews to find a reliable food processor. Don't give a gift that is sure to break after a short period of time. Read consumer reviews to find a model that has proven to be reliable time after time.

5- Check out the available accessories. Some food processors (especially the smaller models) come with little or no accessory options. Think about what the gift recipient likes to make and choose a model accordingly. The most popular accessory is a dough blade, which lets you make delicious, homemade bread easily.

Click here to see our Food Processor Buying Guide which will help you make the best choice when giving a food processor as a gift.

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