The Best Mini Food Processors, Chosen by Our Test Kitchen
Our team of kitchen pros tested and found the best mini food processor models to make prep work easy.
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Looking for the Best Mini Food Processors
Not every prep task is small enough for a knife and cutting board, and not every job is big enough to bust out your big food processor. For these in-between chores, our Test Kitchen suggests pulling out the best mini food processor in your arsenal.
Our team considers these appliances mini when they have less than half the capacity of a standard model (most traditional food processors hold 10 cups or more). That means for this test, we tried six options with capacities of five cups or less.
These compact tools are great for tasks like chopping nuts, mincing garlic and even whipping up small batches of fresh salsa. But before you run to the store or click “add to cart,” check out the models our Test Kitchen crew tried and loved.
How We Tested Mini Food Processors
At Taste of Home, we put gadgets through their paces before we can call them Test Kitchen-Preferred. For this product test, Food Editor Rashanda Cobbins took the lead among our culinary staffers and tried six different mini food processor models.
Our team took these criteria into consideration:
- Chopping: This is one of the main reasons our Test Kitchen reaches for a mini food processor. We want to be sure that these machines do well at chopping nuts, veggies and other ingredients.
- Grinding: You can also use a mini food processor to grind ingredients like graham crackers (for graham cracker pie crust), pretzels (for this top-rated strawberry pretzel dessert) and even spices.
- Blending, pureeing, etc.: These compact appliances can also tackle other prep tasks like blending, pureeing and even emulsifying—perfect for making homemade salad dressing.
- Ease-of-use: Our team wants a mini food processor that works with just the push of a button or the flip of a switch. Fussy appliances need not apply.
- Cleanup: If a product is hard to clean (no matter how well it performs), odds are you won’t reach for it often. Our Test Kitchen is always on the hunt for products that are easy to clean.
- Price: As always, our team wants to ensure that your money is well spent. A product should be worth the price you pay.
Our team minced, chopped and blended a lot of recipes with these gadgets. Check out the best mini food processor brands according to our Test Kitchen.
Best Extra-Small Food Chopper
BLACK + DECKER 1.5-Cup Electric Food Chopper
For small prep jobs, you can’t go wrong with the BLACK + DECKER Electric Food Chopper. It has the smallest capacity of the models we tested, but it whips through tasks like chopping nuts or mincing garlic with ease.
While this BLACK + DECKER gadget was great at those basic prep jobs, Rashanda says that this product really shines when it comes to making small batches of sauces and salsas. “For making something like a chimichurri,” she says, “I give this an A+.” The single blade breaks down the herbs, garlic, oil and vinegar with ease. Plus, the small hole in the top makes it easy to stream in olive oil to make vinaigrettes and other sauces.
“It has great power for being so small,” praises Rashanda.
- Easy to store
- Perfect for making small batches of sauces and salsas
- Easy to clean with dishwasher-safe parts
- The capacity is small; you may want a larger food processor for big jobs
- Not suitable for grinding ingredients like spices; Rashanda found the pieces to be too irregular in size
Sturdiest Mini Food Processor
Cuisinart 4-Cup Elemental Food Processor
Cuisinart’s large food processors are a favorite in our Test Kitchen, so it was no surprise to our team that the brand’s smaller model earned top marks in our test. This Cuisinart 4-Cup Elemental Food Processor is a well-built option that’s worthy of a place in your kitchen.
This mini food processor, while smaller than its other Cuisinart counterpart, has plenty of space for breaking down fistfuls of cookies for your next dirt pudding. It’s even the right size for prepping ingredients to make delicate macarons. Having a compact machine to tackle these small-scale tasks is very convenient. But don’t let the size fool you—it’s very sturdy and doesn’t budge while you work.
Another major convenience of this mini food processor is the multi-function blade. Press the “chop” button on the machine and this food processor whirls away using the sharper blade—perfect for mincing onions or making a quick fruit salsa. Opt for the “grind” button and the blade spins the reverse way using the blunt edge to grind up breadcrumbs and spices.
“This is just a dependable machine,” says Rashanda. “Cuisinart is known for quality and durablity when it comes to food processors.”
- Sturdy and heavy-duty
- Multiple safety features; BladeLock keeps the blade in place while you pour and the machine won’t run until the lid is securely in place
- Easy to clean with dishwasher-safe parts
- Quiet operation
- You have to hold the buttons to operate; no flipping a switch and walking away
Best Mini Food Processor to Splurge On
KitchenAid Cordless 5-Cup Food Chopper
Ask our Test Kitchen and they’ll tell you that the KitchenAid Cordless Food Chopper is the best mini food processor if you want a model with all the bells and whistles.
Right out of the box, there’s one feature that sets this mini food processor apart: It’s cordless! After charging, you can set up this 5-cup food processor anywhere without being tethered to an outlet. You may not think this is a feature you’ll appreciate, but if you have a kitchen that’s short on outlets or just full of helpers, this is a bonus you’ll grow to love (we also gave our stamp of approval to KitchenAid’s cordless hand mixer).
When it comes to the functionality of this cord-free gadget, our team couldn’t be happier. You can mix up a batch of fresh sala or pico de gallo in seconds with this countertop gadget. And when it came to crushing up cookies for a crumb crust, Rashanda says that this mini food processor created the finest and most even crumbs of any unit.
A few more things to note about KichenAid’s cordless food chopper: It comes with a whisk attachment that’s perfect for making homemade whipped cream in a flash. It also has two different speeds so you can pulse, puree and emulsify at different levels.
“This is a mighty machine with a lot of zip,” says Rashanda. It does cost more than our other best mini food processor picks, but there’s a lot to love about this gadget.
- Cordless functionality allows you to chop anywhere—not just where an outlet is handy
- Has various speeds and attachments so you can tackle a variety of tasks
- Available in an assortment of colors to match your kitchen or other KitchenAid gadgets
- Dishwasher-safe parts are easy to clean
- Our most expensive pick
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Check Out More Test Kitchen-Preferred Products
Mini food processors are just the tip of the testing iceberg! Our Test Kitchen is constantly testing kitchen gadgets, cleaning gear and delicious food, looking for brands that deserve the right to be called Test-Kitchen Preferred.
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