A mini food processor is a great way to speed up your prep work whether you’re making dinner for two or doing meal prep like a pro. A full-size food processor can be worth the kitchen real estate, but (as the name suggests) a mini food processor doesn’t take up a lot of counter space, which is great in apartment kitchens or dorm rooms (and easier to clean!).
Mini food processors are useful in any kitchen because they produce even results without the elbow grease of chopping by hand and they don’t require any knife skills or knowledge of how to sharpen a knife for tasks like chopping vegetables, fruits, herbs, nuts and cheeses, prepping homemade baby food, or making small batches of vinaigrette, pesto, salsa, or sauces.
How we test food processors
The Good Housekeeping Institute’s Kitchen Appliances and Technology Lab has tested more than 30 food processors, including mini food processors in recent years. For the minis, we assessed each one’s ability to chop onions (with both the minimum and maximum load), mince parsley, and grind Parmesan cheese. We took note of how quickly each model performed these tasks and how much food was left unprocessed. We also checked the ease of use: How helpful is the owner’s manual? How easy are the blades and lid to assemble? How intuitive and easy are the controls? What range of settings are included? How easy is it to clean?
Those that came out on top made our list of the best mini food processors. Our recommendations include tried-and-true favorites as well as new models that have unique features like glass bowls for storing, whipping accessories, or cordless power. Though we haven’t tested them all formally in the Lab, they come from Lab-trusted brands and years of experience testing kitchen appliances:
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Best Overall Mini Food Processor
Mini Prep Plus Food Processor
Cuisinart ranked at the top of our GHI test, and it did not let us down this year. The 3-cup bowl is a comfortable size for prepping many ingredients, and the option to chop or grind provides versatility. You can pulse or run in both chop and grind modes; use chop ingredients like herbs, onions, meat and purees, and grind for spices — the blunt side of the blade is more gentle and won’t muddy up the oils that release. The lid has two holes and a long well so you can add liquid when making dressings or mayonnaise, allow for air flow, and reduces clogging.
- Reverses directions so you can use sharp and blunt sides of blades
- Dishwasher-safe bowl
- Available in chrome, red, pink and white
- Some users complain that it is loud
- Must hold either button down to run continuously
Best Value Mini Food Processor
Express Food Chopper
This affordable 2-cup mini food processor has a 2-in-1 lid that functions as a splatter guard and a storage lid. Flip the hinged center point open to add the motor; flip it closed to seal the lid on the work bowl. The control is one single large button on top that makes the unit very intuitive to use. Two levels of blades work to process ingredients throughout the bowl, and the bowl includes measurement markings that mean you don’t have to dirty measuring cups when prepping recipes.
- Splatter guard doubles as storage lid for work bowl
- Bowl includes measurement markings
- Head can pivot during processing if you don’t hold it in place
Easiest to Use Mini Food Processor
Stack & Press 3-Cup Glass Bowl Chopper
Mince fresh herbs without leaving behind the scent or prep salsa without staining the chopper: The durable glass bowl on this 3-cup mini food processor resists odors, and it won’t scratch or stain. This model also functions without twisting parts or checking locks: You simply stack the bowl on the base and press down on the lid. Short presses let you pulse, while longer holds allow you to run the machine to your desired consistency. The cord is designed to coil under the base so you can tuck it out of the way for storage.
- Bowl resists stains and odors
- Built in cord-wrap under base for compact storage
- No chute for adding liquid during use
Best Cordless Mini Food Processor
This new cordless mini food processor is rechargeable and, in addition to chopping and pureeing, it comes with a whisk attachment for whipping cream — and the accessories store in the bowl so you don’t have to go hunting. The model can fully charge in under two hours, but will also give you enough chopping power for some tasks in 10 minutes, if you’re in a pinch. The handle and pour spot are handy for transferring foods. Though the 5-cup capacity can be too large for some jobs and straddles the line of full-size food processor territory, it does give you room for a lot of larger vegetables if you’re looking for a versatile option.
- Ultimate portability and convenience
- 5-cup capacity can tackle larger loads
- Available in two blacks, two reds, grey, white and light blue
- If it’s not charged, you have to wait for the battery to re-up
Best Mini Food Processor for Beginners
MultiChopper with Chop Drop Technology
This model uses the aptly named ChopDrop Technology, which is almost like an even mini-er food processor within the mini food processor: Three staggered blades sit inside a perforated basket to chop onions, carrots, tomatoes, and more; as food reaches a uniform size, it falls through the basket, so even newbies are less likely to over-process. This technology does a good job of prepping consistently sized ingredients, but it does mean more parts to clean. It also comes with a standard blade post so to chop without the basket for foods like nuts, cheese, and bread crumbs.
- No buttons — just press the top to pulse or run
- Removable basket helps create uniform cuts
- Available in black, green, purple, red and white
- Knife work required to fit the ChopDrop basket
Best Mini Food Processor for Food Prep
Glass Bowl Chopper
For ultimate efficiency, you can prep, cook and store in the microwave-, oven-, freezer- and dishwasher-safe glass bowls that come with this mini food processor (two 4-cup bowls and two storage lids). The blade and motor attach via a splatter guard that sits on top of the bowl — and works with many other standard 4-cup bowls — so you prep in your work bowl and then remove the processor unit from the top. Both the high and low speed options allow you to pulse.
- Bowl is microwave-, oven-, freezer- and dishwasher-safe
- Includes lids so you can chop and store in the same bowl
- No chute for adding liquids
Best Mini Food Processor for Liquids
3.5-Cup Food Chopper
This mini food processor includes a “drizzle basin” in the lid that acts as a funnel to slowly incorporate oils and other liquids. The work bowl also includes a handle and built-in pour spout that give you control and make it easier to transfer salad dressings, mayo, pesto and salsa. You can toggle between two settings — chop and puree — and the control function is run with a press of your thumb on top of the handle.
- Built-in pour spot for transferring foods to serving bowl
- Lid allows liquids to be added while processing
- Available in two blacks, two reds, two light blues, yellow, grey, silver and white
- Some users find the lid difficult to remove
What to look for when buying a mini food processor
- Size and seal: The best mini food processors have a bowl capacity of around 2 cups. Make sure the bowl is cozy enough that all the ingredients will reach the blade, but not so small that you’re chopping one garlic clove at a time. Pay attention to how the lid locks on as well: You want a tight seal so you can make vinaigrette and puree sauces.
- Controls and speeds: Look for simple controls like large buttons, an easy-to-turn dial or just a top that you press. The best models have a pulse function, which allows you to better control your chopping and prevents over-processing by rotating food so the bottom isn’t more chopped than the top. Look for models with at least high and low speeds for more control when working with tough or delicate items.
- Additional features: Some models can slice and shred as well as chop. These make the mini food processor versatile and allow you to tackle different kitchen tasks quickly. Keep in mind that often, the small scale of the mini food processor means the shredder and slicer work only with narrow foods like carrots and celery.
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