The best food mixers and processors

From blending to chopping, whip up a storm and make cooking easier with our top picks for the best food mixers and processors

Food mixers and processors

Like the idea of cooking a healthy home-cooked meal but the thought of the lengthy preparation puts you off? Well, you can take some serious shortcuts with some of the handy kitchen gadgets now available. Whether it’s mixing, chopping, slicing or blending, none of these things need to be done by hand anymore, meaning there’s no excuse not to give kit out your kitchen with these handy best buys...

Which to buy: food processor or mixer?

For those who tend to cook a lot of savoury recipes, food processors will save you time by blitzing ingredients to your desired level with a range of attachments and blades. They tend to look similar to that of a blender, and you can get different sized ones depending on the variety you want from your processor. Food mixers, on the other hand, are a baker’s best friend. These allow you to whisk and whip ingredients and usually come in the form of an electronic handheld device or a machine with a mixing bowl attached. 

Features to look out for when buying a food processor or mixer?

Think about ease of use. The whole point in a food mixer or processor is to make your life easier. With that in mind, look out for devices that are easy to use and subsequently easy to clean. Some parts may be dishwasher safe, while others are not, and some machines are louder than others, which could just be even more annoying than having to chop up your ingredients yourself. 

What does a food processor or mixer cost?

For a top quality food mixer or processor, they can cost anything between £100 to £800, but there are plenty around for those on a budget, too. The price does not always reflect the quality, so it is important to look for the features you want and consider what you want to use it for before buying something expensive that doesn’t cater to your needs. 

1. Sage by Heston Blumenthal Bakery Boss

A serious machine for a serious baker

Best for: Best of the best
Capacity: 4.7ltrs
Power: 1200W
Accessories: Scraper, Beater, Dough Hook, Wire whisk
RRP: £300
Reasons to buy
+Range of attachments+Cuts mixing time by 60%
Reasons to avoid
-For baking only 

If you’re an avid baker, this professional mixer from Sage by Heston Blumenthal is a must-have gadget. Allowing you to mix a range of different ingredients quickly and easily, you'll be making everything from thick dough to delicate fluffy meringues in no time. It has a timer meaning you can leave this mixer to work its magic, allowing you to become the ultimate multi-tasker.  

2. KitchenAid 4.8L Artisan Stand Mixer

A colourful mixer for bake-off obsessives

Best for: Bake-off Lovers
Capacity: 4.8ltrs
Power: 300W
Accessories: Whisk, Flat Beater, Dough Hook, Flex Edge Beater
RRP: £549.99
Reasons to buy
+Range of colours+Sweet and savoury baking
Reasons to avoid
-Very pricey -Lower power than most

If you fancy yourself a bit of a Mary Berry, then this KitchenAid 175 Artisan Stand Mixer is the ultimate tool for you. It comes in a huge range of colours to suit all styles of kitchen, and a range of attachments so you can whip up anything from frosting to creamy mashed potato. Although pricey, if you are passionate about baking, this is a stunning food mixer that will look good and stand the test of time on your kitchen worktop. 

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3. Nutri Ninja NN100UK

Blend up your veggies with this powerful food processor

Best for: Power
Capacity: 1.2ltrs
Power: 1200W
Accessories: Dough Blade, Precision Prep Blade, Pro Extractor Blades, Tritan Cups
RRP: £149.99
Reasons to buy
+Super powerful+Different settings
Reasons to avoid
-A little noisy -Small capacity than others

For a super quick way to blend up smoothies, make purees or simply chop up veg to make soup; the Ninja Ultimate Chopper is a versatile tool for all of your food prep needs. It is extremely powerful so make sure you choose the right setting for what you need in order to get the right consistency. This food processor comes with a range of additional accessories as well as the blades, giving you variety when cooking. 

4. Bosch MCM62020GB Food Processor

This multi-purpose processor both mixes and chops for easy cooking

Best for: All-rounder
Capacity: 3.9ltrs
Power: 1000W
Accessories: Kneading Hook, Blender Attachment, Shredding Disc, Stirrer, Slicing Disc, Citrus Press, Super Cut Blade
RRP: £199.99
Reasons to buy
+For baking and cooking+Large capacity
Reasons to avoid
- Fiddly to use

If you want a food mixer and processor but don’t want to spend money on two different devices, then this is a great multi-function device that will give you the best of both worlds. This large capacity food processor comes with many different attachments and accessories that are ideal for making all kinds of dishes and preparing food. Although a little fiddly to use some on the blades, it's great value for money and will save you space on your kitchen counter. 

5. ElectriQ 10-in-1 Multifunctional Food Processor

A family sized food processor for cooking on a budget

Best for: Budget buy
Capacity: 1.8ltrs
Power: 110W
Accessories: Dough Blade, Citrus Press, Knife Blade, Whisk, 3 x Disc Attachments
RRP: £89.98
Reasons to buy
+Cheap+6 speed settings
Reasons to avoid
-Feels a little flimsy -Lower power than others

If you like the sound of the Bosch MCM62020GB Food Processor but it’s a little out of your price range, then the ElectriQ 10-in-1 Multifunctional Food Processor is the one for you. Although not as large or sturdy, its a fraction of the price, making it one of the best food mixers and processors for beginners. If you’re thinking about experimenting in the kitchen with baking or cooking healthy meals, then this device will allow you to quickly prep your ingredients with minimal fuss.  

6. Kenwood kMix KMX754 Stand Mixer

For making the best dough, you ‘knead’ this mixer

Best for: Kneading dough
Capacity: 5ltrs
Power: 1000W
Accessories: Whisk, K Beater, Dough Hook
RRP: £299.99
Reasons to buy
+6 speed settings+Large capacity
Reasons to avoid
-For baking only 

Make the smoothest, thickest dough around with the Kenwood kMix KMX754 Stand Mixer. Its high capacity bowl is made for serious bakers who want to make large quantities of dough – ideal for pizza, cakes and much more. All of the attachments and bowls are dishwasher safe, making this food mixer extremely low maintenance and easy to use.  

7. Magimix 3200XL BlenderMix Food Processor

Cut and chop evenly with the powerful and precise food processor

Best for: Precision chopping
Capacity: 2.6ltrs
Power: 650W
RRP: £216
Reasons to buy
+Precise blades+Range of colours
Reasons to avoid
-Not super powerful 

If you are very particular about your chopping and slicing, this food processor will ensure everything is cut to perfection with the range of attachments in different shapes and sizes. Although not as powerful as some other devices, its still able to process a number of different ingredients into different consistencies for the perfect blends or slices. Available in a range of colours to suit all kitchens, all bowls and blades are dishwasher safe for easy clean up.  

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