How to find the best mini food processor for your kitchen.
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.
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: