If you only ever need to chop or mix small amounts, you probably don’t need a full-sized food processor. A mini processor is compact and lighter, so it’s easier to pack away and clean. We've tested a range of models by chopping breadcrumbs, making curry paste and making pesto.
Snapshot: The KitchenAid Artisan KFC3511 mini food processor has 2 speeds and an 830ml bowl capacity. How does it rate?
Snapshot: The Russell Hobbs Classic Chopper RHMFP2 mini food processor has 1 speed and a 1L bowl capacity. How does it rate?
Snapshot: The Cuisinart Elite 4-cup Mini Food Processor CH-4DCA has 1 speed and a 1L bowl capacity. How does it rate?
Snapshot: The Sunbeam MultiChopper FC7500 mini food processor has 2 speeds and a 500ml bowl capacity. How does it rate?
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Like full-sized processors, mini food processors can process soft and hard foods – such as vegetables, hard cheese and breadcrumbs. Some models have small feed chutes for adding liquids when you’re making mayonnaise and salad dressings. They're also handy for making pesto and curry paste – a task some food processors can’t do unless they come with a mini processor attachment.
But mini processors are less versatile than their full-sized counterparts. They only have a capacity up to a litre (some are as little as 500ml) and only have a maximum processing time of up to 1 minute. They don’t usually have slicing, grating or shredding blades and can’t knead dough or pastry.
Before you rush out and buy one, consider what you’ve already got in your cupboard. For example:
We’ve tested a range of small kitchen appliances, including food processors, rice cookers and breadmakers, as well as kitchen tools like knives.