A food processor, with its versatility and convenience of use has become an indispensable tool in a modern kitchen. It provides its utility in numerous kitchen tasks like chopping vegetables, grinding meat, pureeing food, shredding cheese, kneading dough, making nut butter and much more. A wide variety of this product is available in the market making your choice a hard one if you are out looking for a food processor to buy. Here are a few things you should consider in the food processor that you are about to buy:
If you want your food processor to perform only the basic functions like chopping and grinding, low powered motor power would do. But if you intend to perform heavy tasks like kneading dough and making nut butter with your food processor you should buy one with a motor power of 700 watts or more.
The size of your food processor depends on the amount of food you usually cook and the amount of countertop space you have available. Choose an adequate size wisely so that you do not have to process food in multiple batches making your task harder. You could also consider buying a food processor that comes with multiple bowls of different sizes.
Ponder a little over the tasks you will want your food processor to perform. Make sure your food processor has the attachments for those. Some models come with a blender attachment which you can consider if you make smoothies and soups often. Look for a food processor with a dough blade if you are a fan of baking. Other attachments could e different sized bowls and blades, disks for shredding/slicing multiple thicknesses of foods etc. you need to decide what your requirements are and how much are you willing to spend on them.
Standard food processors offer one year warranty. Some good quality ones, from reputable manufacturers, offer longer warranties in order to cover the motor and the parts of the food processor. If you plan on using your food processor often and are not tight on your budget, consider buying food processor with a longer warranty so that you can perform even the heavy tasks without the worry of damaging your food processor.
The whole point of a food processor is to make your work easy. If it has a lot of small parts where the food can get stuck and is not dishwasher safe either, it will take up much of your effort in cleaning and the whole purpose of a food processor will be lost. Look for a food processor that has all its parts dishwasher safe. If it is not dishwasher safe, it should not have a lot of small parts and should be constructed in such a way that makes manual cleaning easy.