KitchenAid food processors are ideal for those who love to cook but hate the manual food prep. Like other food processors on the market, KitchenAid machines can chop, slice, grate, and dice your ingredients for you, saving you endless hours of hand-chopping and slicing.
However, these food-processors are made for more than just chopping, slicing and dicing. They are also very capable of whipping up cake batter and taking the hard work and elbow grease out of kneading bread dough.
What to look for when buying a KitchenAid food processor
Choosing a KitchenAid food processor is a good decision because the brand has a few unique features that other food processors in the same range don’t have. The range uses ExactSlice technology to produce more evenly sliced food, which is important for dishes that need a good presentation or for more precise cooking.
You need to look at what features come with each KitchenAid model so you can choose the one with the right blades and attachments that you will use. There are also latched lid options for better security and if your kitchen is short on storage space, choose a model that offers handy in-bowl storage to keep all the attachments tidily stored away.
Choosing the right bowl size
KitchenAid food processor models come in different bowl sizes, from 3.5-cup mini chopper bowls to 16-cup bowls which are large enough for commercial kitchen use. You need to choose a bowl size that will large enough to provide for the people you normally cook for, such as the number of your family members.
For a large family, you may want to look at a bowl size of between 9 to 11 cups, but for a couple with no kids where you may only want to chop a few onions or whip up a dip, then a mini chopper with a bowl between 3.5 and 5 cups will be plenty large enough to meet your needs.
Depending on the KitchenAid model you like, some will come with two bowl options, usually one large and one small, which will be sufficient to meet most people’s needs. A smaller bowl is handy for preparing smaller portions of ingredients, such as chopping fresh herbs or chopping up garlic cloves, or example.
KitchenAid blades and attachments
KitchenAid food processors will usually offer a range of useful blades and attachments as standard, but not all models will offer the same range of tools, so it will help you to pay attention to what is included with each model to avoid disappointment.
Most models will come with a multipurpose blade that has two blades for rough chopping, grinding and pureeing soups. While these blades do a good job, you won’t get a perfectly smooth soup, sauce or dip with them.
Your KitchenAid model may come with a dough blade made from plastic that’s good for bread kneading dough and mixing cake or pancake batters.
There is usually a slicing disc included that slices food into even pieces. These discs are reversible and will slice thinly on one side and more thickly on the other. On less expensive models the slicing disc and grating discs will be combined, so one side will slice and the other side will grate.