If you’d been waiting for the holiday sales to pick up a food processor… well played. As long as you’re not absolutely committed to a particular brand or model, there are some exceptional deals available.
This article takes all the knowledge we’ve acquired having reviewed countless food processors at HBS over the last 4 years and combines it with the best discounts we could find after hours poring through online retailers.
Today’s Best Food Processor Deals Are…
In my view, the best holiday season deal this year is on this professional Cuisinart Food Processor. Just look at that discount!
This gets you a food processor that’s better than you’ll ever need, for a price that’s usually considered “middle of the range”.
You won’t upgrade this in a couple of years. It has a 10-year warranty on the motor, and the deal is so good you’ll be bragging to your friends about it.
At a very close second best, this KitchenAid 11 Cup food processor was the second-best deal I could find.
Here you might get one less “cup” worth of volume than the Cuisinart, but the model that’s gone on sale comes with extra accessories (a reverse slicing disk for example) meaning you get a little more versatility in what you can do with it. This is an excellent buy!
Next, and continuing with professional models for a moment, this Breville food processor has been on our top 5 list since day 1, and while it’s not the cheapest machine you can buy, it’s an outstanding processor and has a massive discount right now…
Next up is a Ninja model food processor and blender combo that was already great value before, but that happens to be discounted heavily at the time of writing…
Looking for something cheaper still?
For the price you won’t beat this Hamilton Beach 12 cup model which, for some inexplicable reason is even cheaper than usual this holiday season:
If you want more bells and whistles but the Breville Sous Chef at the top is more than you wanted to spend, it's slightly smaller, more affordable cousin is also on sale.
The main difference between the two is a slightly smaller capacity and a little less power. But it’s still 12 cups, still processes whatever you put in it, and unless you’re planning to run it multiple times a day, you probably wouldn’t notice a difference between the two machines.
Looking for a mini model? You won’t see discounts quite as big here since the starting prices are so much lower, but this Hamilton Beach 3 cup is very well-reviewed and with a relatively big price drop…
How to Choose the Right Food Processor from the List
If the decision is killing you, I’ve found you can distill it down to 2 fundamental questions, and as long as you get those right, everything else takes care of itself.
#1 How often are you going to use it?
Unless the answer is “every day” you probably don’t need any model that says “Pro” on it… with the exception of the Elite Cuisinart at the top of this list, because it’s so heavily discounted right now!
If you are going to use it every day, don’t mess around trying to save a few bucks right now.
You’ll save more money the longer it lasts, and the smaller machines with less durable parts (plastic instead of stainless steel for example) won’t stand the consistent use like the better models will (Namely the Breville BFP800XL and the the Elite Cuisinart).
#3 How much food are you going to make?
Is it for you and a partner? Or a family of 4+?
If it’s you and a partner, you may well be fine with a smaller 3 cup model. Even if you have to use it for different parts of the same meal, it’s only a matter of rinsing it out between takes.
If it’s a family of 4+, I personally wouldn’t go with any lower capacity than a 9-cup. You don’t want to be frustrated when you “can’t quite make enough”. And you don’t want to get used to all the great stuff you’re making with it but have to upgrade to something bigger in a year or two.
What About the Accessory Options?
You can really fuss over getting the right accessories for your food processor… but honestly, today’s not a day to worry about accessories. Today’s the day to get a great deal!
If in the worst-case scenario, you use your new food processor for 6 months and feel like you really need that extra attachment… well you can buy it separately, using a tiny bit of the money you saved from your discount on the machine!
I’ll leave the decision with you. Best of luck picking up a great deal and I hope you’ve found this article valuable.