Food Processor Reviews – 5 Best Items Under $50

Most food processor reviews listing the top products tend to hit product prices over $100.  That’s probably not surprising, when you consider all of the things you can put in a product once its going price rises above that mark.  That said, there are in fact some great food processors to be found that fall well under that price—even under $50, as a matter of fact.  The ones listed below are excellent examples, all offering performance that punches way above their price tags.

Hamilton Beach 10-Cup Food Processor, with Bowl Scraper (70730)

This food processor gets its name from its built-in scraper, which negates the need to use a spatula to get food out of it.  It has a 10-cup capacity, 2 speeds and 1 pulse option, an S blade, a reversible shredding and slicing disc, a huge feed chute, and 450 watts of power.

Pros

  • The bowl, lid, and blades are dishwasher safe
  • Large feed chute reduces prep work
  • Scraper works very well and can be used whether the processor is on or off

Cons

  • The operating knob could be better-designed

This is a fantastic food processor for a measly $30.  There are a lot of things to like about it, from the dishwasher-safe elements to the large feed chute, but what really makes it special is the scraper that sits on top of the central shaft for the blades.  This works so beautifully at getting food unstuck from the sides of the bowl that you end up with perfectly smooth results every time.  The motor has pretty good power for its price as well.  The only gripe is that the knob’s design is really, really tiny. In all probability, you won’t even have any issues with it.

Cuisinart DLC-2ABC Mini-prep Plus Food Processor

This Cuisinart model has a 250 watt motor and a compact 3-cup working bowl.  It can chop, puree, grind, emulsify, grind, and blend using its patented automatically reversing SmartPower blade.  Its bowl and lid are dishwasher-safe and it comes with a spatula for getting food out once done.

Pros

  • Small footprint means it takes up little storage or counter space
  • Easy to operate
  • Quite good at producing even fine chops

Cons

  • Rather small if you have big prep needs
  • Bowl could be sturdier

The Cuisinart DLC-2ABC is a nice little food processor for small kitchens.  It costs about $40 and is designed primarily for grinding, pureeing, and fine chopping, in which respects it does quite well for a processor of its size and price.  The bowl does feel a little less thick than one normally wants, especially for something with a 250-watt motor, but it’s overall nicely constructed and a good buy for the money.  It’s just not ideal if you’re regularly cooking for more than two people and need to prep enough ingredients using it for big parties of people.

Ninja Master Prep QB900B

This 400-watt processor comes with a large 48 oz. blending pitcher as well as a 2-cup chopping bowl that can be used for dicing, chopping, mincing, and pureeing foods.  It is fitted with quad stacked blades and has a 6-blade attachment.  All of its removable parts are dishwasher safe.

Pros

  • Great at crushing ice
  • Easy to clean
  • Multiple bowls are convenient

Cons

  • Not so good at blending very fibrous foods and seeds

This $32 blender is a good addition to your kitchen if you need something for general food prep as well as healthy drink preparation.  Let’s get one thing straight: it’s not as powerful or as good at producing super-blended smoothies out of seeds as a Vitamix.  But it’s also much, much cheaper than a Vitamix, and still produces more than passable results when compared to the other product.  It helps that you have separate containers for blending and working different ingredients at once—that means less cleanup in between processing each ingredient—and it’s also pretty easy to clean, all things considered.

Hamilton Beach 10-Cup Food Processor, ChefPrep with 525-Watts (70610A)

This food processor packs a 500-watt motor into its frame for versatile, high-power tasks.  It has a chopping/mixing blade and a reversible shredding/slicing disc.  It also has a cord storage area built into it, as well as suction cups at the base for steadiness while you are working.

Pros

  • Very easy to clean
  • Great at chopping a lot of foods finely
  • Strong motor

Cons

  • Still relatively small if you need to process a lot of stuff

The only issue with this food processor is that it has relatively low food capacity (around 3 cups).  Still, if it’s for a small kitchen, it should be fine.  At $40, it’s a steal considering it has a powerful 500-watt motor..  It’s very easy to use, offers some of the best fine chopping on food processors (including ones in the $200 price range), and cleans up so quickly it might surprise you.  All in all, you could do far, far worse than this for your forty bucks.

KitchenAid KFC3511ER 3.5-cup Food Chopper

This is a 3.5-cup food processor with a BPA-free plastic bowl and lid.  It has two speed settings for its 240-watt motor: chop and puree.  It also has a no-spill opening for adding wet ingredients to the mixture at the top of the mixing container.

Pros

  • Relatively quiet
  • Quality build
  • Easy to clean

Cons

  • Black gasket keeping blade in place can fall off you remove the blade roughly or too quickly

This $40 processor is easy to use, easy to assemble, and sufficiently powerful for most tasks you dream up for its chopping/pureeing blade.  More than that, it also produces less noise than most other food processors.  That and the strong motor give it the sort of value that makes it worthy of inclusion in this lineup.

Conclusion

The best buy here is Hamilton Beach’s 70730.  With its versatility, huge 10-cup capacity, integrated scraping element, and workhorse of a motor, it’s pretty hard to beat for the price.

The runner up comes from the same brand—the 70610A—and gets its position by virtue of its muscular motor and ease of use.  It holds less food than the 70730, though, so it falls to second place.  Besides, it doesn’t have the scraper that makes the 70730 such a great kitchen instrument.

The Food Expert
 

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