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Top Of The Best Mini Processors Reviewed In 2018Last Updated November 1, 2018
№1 – POSAME Chopper Dual Blade 1.5 Cup One-Touch Mini Food Chopper Food Processor
№2 – Cuisinart DLC-2ABC Mini Prep Plus Food Processor Brushed Chrome and Nickel
№3 – KitchenAid KFC3516ER 3.5 Cup Mini Food Processor, Empire Red
If you’re wondering which Mac to buy, you’ve come to the right place. Here in our Mac buying guide 2018, you’ll find everything you need to know about Apple’s range of Macs, including the iMac, MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac mini and Mac Pro, with expert buying advice to help you choose the Mac that’s right for you.
Apple makes six different types of Mac, and within each of those categories there are sub categories and variations in the specs and features, so things can get pretty complicated. That’s where this complete guide comes in, helping you make the right decision. If you’re simply looking for a great offer on Apple’s Macs, visit our Mac deals page.
Let’s first take you through each Mac that is currently available form Apple, to give you an overview of what’s on offer and what you’ve got to choose from.
Apple makes three types of laptop and three types of desktop Mac, with a fourth coming later this year.
Mac mini specifications
There are three Mac minis available. The cheapest Mac mini has a 1.4GHz dual-core processor and Intel HD Graphics 5000.
The other two Mac minis offer Intel dual-core i2.6GHz and 2.8GHz processors with Intel Iris Graphics. These might sound like fast processors, in comparison to the processors in Apple’s newer MacBook models, but inside these laptop Macs if faster flash storage and newer generation processors, which will give these models a boost.
The Mac mini offers only Intel idual-core processor options as standard, there are iprocessors available at point of sale, but these are still only dual-core.
The Mac mini weighs 1.22kg and the dimensions are 19.7cm by 19.7cm. It’s just 3.6cm tall, so it really is mini as the name suggests.
The top of the range Mac mini has various build to order options, topping out at a 2TB Fusion Drive for an extra £90 when you buy the £94model, you can also add 16GB RAM for an extra £180. Only the top of the range model has this option.
We would recommend the Fusion Drive option as the SSD part of the storage will speed things up considerably, while the extra capacity of the hard drive is likely to come in handy.
All the Mac mini models feature the following ports and standards
Mac Pro specifications
There are two models of Mac Pro available. The first as a 3.5GHz 6-core Intel Xeon Eprocessor, the second has a 3.0GHz 8-core Xeon Eprocessor.
Both Mac Pro models features 16GB RAM (the discontinued quad-core model offered just 12GB RAM).
The £3,89model offers a faster graphics card, the Dual AMD FirePro D700 with 6GB GDDRVRAM each, rather than the Dual AMD FirePro D500 with 3GB. Note that those are dual graphics cards, one of the selling points of the Mac Pro.
Apple claims that with the additional power, users will be able to “seamlessly edit full-resolution 4K video while simultaneously rendering effects in the background – and still have enough power to connect up to three high-resolution 4K displays.”
Both standard units also feature 256GB flash storage, with build-to-order options for 512GB (£180 extra) or 1TB of flash storage (£540 extra).
Other build-to-order options include 32GB RAM for £360, or 64GB RAM for £1,080. There is a 12-core model available for an extra £1,800.
Most people buying the Mac Pro will be choosing from the various build-to-order options, of which there are many. If you were to build the ultimate Mac Pro it would cost you £6,05- which is a lot, but before Apple dropped prices in 201all the build-to-order options added up to £7,299, so Apple’s price drop saves you £1,240, enough to buy a MacBook too.
You’ll need to invest in a separate screen, unlike the iMac which comes with its built in 5K display. We have some 4K monitors that you could use with the Mac Pro here.
All the Mac Pro models feature the following ports and standards
Cuisinart compact mini food processor
With a 900ml jug, this model has one of the largest capacities of mini food processors tested and yet it won’t take up too much space on your worktop. You only get one blade, which is sharp on one side for chopping and puréeing (the texture of our houmous was spot on) and blunt on the other, for grinding foods such as coffee beans – although, the results were a touch coarse when we tried it. The bowl and lid click easily into place and the buttons are clearly labelled, although you do have to apply a certain amount of pressure to activate them. The blade also locks into the bowl so there is no risk of losing the blade when decanting the contents. If all you want a processor for is to chop an onion, then this is the model for you.
Ninja Master Prep Professional Chopper 500W
Rather than the traditional motorised base, this processor has a powered ‘Master Pod’ that locks into the lid of the bowl to drive the blades. To operate, you hold down a large button on the pod, pressing in short bursts to pulse or for longer periods to blend. There are two processor bowls (500ml and 1.2litres) and a large blending jug (1.litres) with a well designed pouring spout. Each have multiple stacked blades for efficiency and speed. The small chopper turned bread chunks into even crumbs in seconds and the blender crushed ice with ease. The pancake batter it whizzed up was smooth with barely any flour left hiding under the blades. It is a basic machine with no feeding tube, grating or slicing attachments, but if you only want to chop and blend then it’s great value for money. The blending jug and bowls are solid and also microwave and dishwasher safe. Available from Ninja Kitchen (£49.99).
Food processors are generally quite large in size but smaller than a stand mixer, and are available in different size capacities. They’re easy to use: simply feed food through the opening at the top of the machine and choose your speed setting.
Ideal for: chopping and slicing vegetables, particularly into small pieces for soups and sauces. A stand mixer may be more suitable if you’re looking to buy an appliance for mainly baking tasks.
Basic, cheaper hand blenders will only include the chopping blade while more advanced models may come with attachments for tasks such as whisking, chopping and mashing.
Ideal for: blending soup, sauces, smoothies and baby food. Whisk attachment can be used for whipping cream and beating egg while chopper blades are useful for shredding herbs, garlic, vegetables and nuts. Smaller than food processors and greater control when blending.
A hand mixer is a compact handheld appliance for mixing, whipping or whisking. It features twin beaters, and sometimes a dough hook and balloon whisk, which rotate to blend, stir, knead and whip ingredients.
They’re usually quite lightweight, easy to store away and relatively inexpensive compared to stand mixers.
Ideal for: gentle baking jobs like whipping cream, whisking egg whites and blending cake ingredients.
Jug blender and smoothie maker
Some blenders have a larger capacity, around 1.5-litres, making them an ideal choice for families. Personal blenders feature a smaller blending jug for one or two portions, which can also be used as a drinking cup when you’re on-the-go. These blenders may also have the ability to blend seeds, nuts and stalks as well as crushing ice.
Prices differ depending on power, speed and material and typically range from £20-£300. Plastic jugs are lighter for lifting and storing away, whilst glass jugs are heavier, more solid and less likely to get scratched. Blenders and smoothie makers take up less room than food processors and are generally easy to store away, if you don’t want to keep it on show.
No Target Display Mode
If you want the big screen of an iMac with the precision of a Retina display then there’s only one iMac for you: the iMac with 5K Retina display. It comes with a choice between two Intel Core ichips as well as 1TB of HDD or Fusion Drive storage and it’s so pretty we want to marry it. For designers and video creators looking to make the move to pixel-heavy content, the 5K iMac pairs an illustrious display with a heaping deal of screen real estate to boot. It may not have the expandability of a Mac Pro, but at least you don’t have to worry about buying a monitor.
Baffling mouse charging method
You know you’re getting an unusually good value from an Apple product when, even at the entry-level, you can expect high performance, lots of storage and more ports than you know what to do with. The latest in Apple’s all-in-one desktop lineup, that’s the 2018, 21.5-inch iMac in a nutshell. There’s still no touchscreen, but at a fraction of the cost of Microsoft’s
Surface Studio, you might be thankful that there isn’t. Instead, you’re getting a 7th-generation Intel processor and your choice of an IPS display carefully wrapped in an all-metal chassis.
The MacBook Air is in an interesting spot. While it’s still one of the most popular and well-known notebooks around, the iPad Pro and 12-inch MacBook have stolen much of its thunder. That is, unless you need the legacy USB 3, Thunderbolt and SDXC card connectivity. Even without a Retina display or Force Touch trackpad, the 13-inch MacBook Air is a very capable machine, even if the 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage leave a lot to be desired. Plus it still has the beloved MagSafe charger onboard as well as an impeccable battery life.
An all-in-one is basically a large monitor with the actual computer built into the back or base. They typically use the same components you’d find in a laptop and, as such, don’t have the performance capabilities and/or the expansion opportunities of a tower.
Because they’re all one piece, setup usually requires little more than plugging it in and connecting a keyboard and mouse. The minimal setup keeps your desk clutter-free and makes them much easier to move from room to room compared to a tower. However, should something go wrong with the display, you lose your entire computer.
Mini and stick PCs
Like all-in-ones, mini PCs use mobile components to keep them small. So small actually that you can hide one behind a monitor or tuck one into an entertainment center to use as a media server connected to a TV. Stick PCs take this a step further, shrinking an entire computer into something that’s just larger than old-school thumb drive. There’s an HDMI video output at one end letting you plug it directly into a monitor or TV.
While you can find some small powerful desktops, mini PCs are typically mainstream systems made for day-to-day tasks, web surfing and media consumption. You’ll find plenty of ports to connect peripherals to, but internal expansion is minimal if available at all. Stick PCs are even less powerful, but still fine for email, social media and movies.
One advantage they both share is portability. You could, for example, pack a stick PC to take with you on vacation without a second thought. Or you could have an office setup built around a mini PC that you could simply disconnect and move to your living room for a home theater experience.
The Asus Chromebit is a stick PC running on Google’s Chrome OS.
The tablets all come with iOS 10, the latest version of Apple’s mobile OS. Key features include a redesigned music player, richer notifications, a better looking news app, more messaging customizations and a robust maps app, which suggests locations of interest along your route.
This fall, iOS 1will arrive and make the iPad an even more productive device with significant improvements that should enable better multitasking. Those upgrades include a Files app for organizing your documents and projects, a Dock that makes iOS feel more like macOS and the ability to drag and drop text, photos and files.
Best For: Because of its relatively low price and generous screen size, the iPad is a great choice for media consumption, gaming, social media and some light productivity (email, note taking without a pen). Though the iPad mini is a better size for small hands, many parents will prefer the iPad’s lower price when choosing a slate for their kids. College students on a budget will also find this model appealing.
If your current machine’s motor base is so lightweight that the appliance stutters across the counter when in use, you should consider upgrading to model with a heavier build.
A food processor is the best tool for quickly performing a variety of chopping, slicing, and shredding tasks—such as chopping nuts, slicing vegetables, and shredding cheese—that would be more tedious and time consuming by hand. Food processors are also handy for blending wet ingredients (like tomatoes for pasta sauce) or for preparing homemade mayonnaise and vinaigrettes. However, if you want to puree velvety soups or to crush ice for smoothies, you’ll need a blender. (For details on the differences between blenders, processors, and mixers, we’ve covered the subject in some depth.)
For processing small batches of ingredients, you might want to consider getting a mini food processor—even if you have a full-size version. A mini model will process smaller quantities more efficiently, and its diminutive size means it’s easier to move around a counter, store, and clean.
If you have an older machine that still works well, stick with it. But if your current machine’s motor base is so lightweight that the appliance stutters across the counter when in use, you should consider upgrading to model with a heavier build. And if your processor is 1cups or smaller but you cook for more than two people, you might want to switch to a model with a larger bowl for blending wet ingredients or making bigger batches of shredded veggies or grated cheese.
How we picked and tested
After testing food processors over the past four years, we still think the Cuisinart Custom 14-Cup (pictured fourth from the left) is the best for most people.
At its most basic, a food processor consists of a work bowl that sits on a motorized drive shaft. The bowl’s lid has a feed tube for inserting food to be chopped, diced, sliced, ground, or even kneaded (in the case of dough). Most food processors come with S-shaped blades and various disks for grating and slicing, but a host of other attachments—such as julienne disks and citrus juicers—are also available.
Flaws but not dealbreakers
We read a few reviews that dislike how the Cuisinart Custom’s lid locks with the feed tube in the back rather in the front (standard for most models). However, we think it’s actually easier to see the ingredients in the bowl when the feed tube is positioned in the back of the lid.
The Cuisinart Custom’s shredding disk isn’t adjustable like Breville Sous Chef’s, which has multiple settings similar to a mandoline. That said, you can still buy additional slicing disks through Cuisinart. The included slicing disk makes approximately five-millimeter slices, which is fine for most tasks, but you’d probably want the mm slicing disk for making homemade potato chips.
The only task the Cuisinart Custom didn’t excel at was chopping nuts. Most were evenly chopped, but there were a handful of nuts that remained in large pieces. But since the Cuisinart Custom mastered every other task, we don’t think this is a dealbreaker.
Long-term test notes
After four years of long-term testing, we’ve consistently liked using the Cuisinart Custom. We’ve made slaws, grated cheese, blended dips, and kneaded pizza dough in it, and it has worked well. The 14-cup bowl doesn’t leak, and the controls are exactly what you need.
The bowl has scratched a bit (because we’ve stored the sharp blades inside the bowl). We’ve also noticed on other Cuisinart models that the plastic on the S-blade attachment discolors slightly with prolonged use. However, we haven’t tested the Cuisinart Custom long enough for this to happen. Overall, we still really like using this machine.
We were impressed by the KitchenAid 3.Mini Food Processor, which proved to be a workhorse in our tests.
KitchenAid 3.Cup Mini Food Processor
The KitchenAid produced more even textures than the other mini processors we tested and did so quickly. It chopped onions better than our former pick, the Cuisinart Mini-Prep Plus. (We recommend cutting a whole onion into eighths prior to pulsing for best results.) It also chopped a quartered tomato very evenly; we had to cut a tomato into smaller pieces to get the same results using the Cuisinart Mini-Prep Plus. The KitchenAid also cleanly cut parsley, whereas the Cuisinart Mini-Prep Plus tore it, causing it to oxidize faster.
Both the Cuisinart Mini-Prep Plus and the KitchenAid Mini Food Processor made perfect batches of mayonnaise. However, the KitchenAid excelled at dicing carrots while the Cuisinart struggled to chop a tough jumbo carrot and took nearly three times as long. The residual carrot juice also dyed the white plastic parts on the Cuisinart Mini-Prep Plus and discolored the bowl. Neither model excelled at chopping whole almonds, however; we think full-sized processors are best for this task.
The Mini Food Processor looks almost identical to a full-size processor, except that it has a knob that can be adjusted for chopping and pureeing. The chop setting moves the blade at a slower rpm, while the puree button operates at a faster rpm.
And, of course, the KitchenAid 3.Mini Processor is quite a bit smaller and easier to move around than bigger machines. Most mini choppers don’t have hefty bases like a full-size processor, and the KitchenAid is no exception. However, at just under pounds, it has a slightly heavier base compared to our previous pick, the Cuisinart Mini-Prep Plus. We didn’t notice any straining or stuttering of the KitchenAid 3.Mini Food Processor’s 240-watt motor, even when chopping a tough jumbo carrot. Since you won’t use it for heavy tasks such as making bread dough, we don’t think there’s much risk of burning out the motor.
The KitchenAid 3.Mini Food Processor excels at emulsifications. In fact, of all the food processors, blenders, and immersion blenders we’ve tested for various guides, we found making mayo easiest in a mini food processor. That’s because its lid has a small indent to hold oil and a small hole that allows the oil to pour directly onto the blades so you have a consistent, measured stream. With this method, the mayonnaise comes together without your having to control the flow of oil.
Making mayonnaise in the KitchenAid 3.5-Cup Mini Food Processor is exceptionally easy due to a small well and hole in the lid for adding oil.
Our testers preferred the handle on the bowl of the KitchenAid 3.Cup Mini Processor. Other mini models, such as those sold by KitchenAid and Farberware, lack this feature. We struggled to remove the bowl on models that didn’t have a handle, especially when working with greasy hands. We also love the push-button activation on the KitchenAid, where the lid meets the handle. We found it easier to operate than holding down buttons on the base of the Cuisinart Mini-Prep Plus. The plastic ring around the lid can also be removed for easy cleaning.
Our testers liked the placement of the push-button activation on the KitchenAid 3.5-Cup Mini Food Processor where the lid meets the handle.
The KitchenAid 3.Mini Food Processor comes with a one-year warranty. If you experience problems under normal household use, contact KitchenAid for support.
The Breville Sous Chef performed best overall in our tests, but it’s far larger and has more attachments than most people need.
Full-size food processors
The Breville BFP660SIL Sous Chef 1Food Processor did well in our tests, but it didn’t outperform the 16-cup Breville Sous Chef or our top pick, the Cuisinart Custom. In our tests, the Breville BFP660SIL Sous Chef wasn’t able to chop tomatoes or almonds as evenly as the 16-cup Breville Sous Chef. Its smaller 12-cup capacity was also more limiting than the Cuisinart Custom’s 14-cup bowl.
We were not impressed with the Magimix by Robot-Coupe 14-Cup Food Processor. In our tests, it wasn’t able to produce as even a chop as the Breville Sous Chef or Cuisinart Custom. The feed tube on the Magimix is very wide, so thin items like carrots fall to the side and produce an uneven grate. The rounded lid also creates a wide gap around the perimeter of the slicing blade, which allows large pieces of food to slip through into the bowl. The machine also seized up while preparing pizza dough and was noisier than other models we tested.
The Cuisinart FP-13DGM Elemental 1Cup Food Processor and Dicing Kit was not able to chop as evenly as our picks. Our testers were impressed with the dicing kit, which chopped firm vegetables like potatoes and carrots into even cubes. However, since this was the only task it excelled at, we don’t think it’s best for most people. The motor on this model was noisy and the base is very lightweight.
We decided not to test the Braun FP3020 12-Cup Food Processor since it’s the same price as our top pick with a smaller capacity. We can’t justify paying more for a smaller machine. The Braun FP3020 is also only 600 watts versus the 720 watts of our main pick.
In our tests, the Cuisinart Prep 1Plus didn’t mix big batches of dough as well as the Cuisinart Custom due to its smaller bowl. It also struggled to grind bread crumbs and leaked around the shank at the center of the bowl when processing wet ingredients.
The KitchenAid 13-Cup ExactSlice was our least favorite of the large processors. The base shook and the motor eventually seized when processing pizza dough.
The Cuisinart Elite FP-12DCN performed well in our tests, but it comes with a gasket on the lid that frequently trapped flour and sticky ingredients. Our testers also preferred the Cuisinart Custom Pro’s 14-cup capacity over the Elite’s 12-cup capacity.
In our tests, we found that a 14-cup capacity food processor bowl is ideal for most people. For this reason, and based on other reviews on the web, we were able to rule out many models from Cuisinart, Breville, Braun, Hamilton Beach, Magimix, Procter Silex, KitchenAid, Oster, and Black+Decker with bowls under 1cups.
Additionally, we looked into blender/food processor hybrids by Cuisinart, De’Longhi, and Ninja. We like the idea that you could get two machines in one, but according to reviews, they don’t stack up to our top picks in food-processing ability alone.
Mini food processors
The Cuisinart Mini-Prep Plus was our former mini chopper pick. We still think it’s a powerful machine, considering its diminutive size, but it wasn’t able to chop as evenly as the KitchenAid 3.Cup Mini Food Processor. In our tests, it moved across the counter as it struggled to chop a tough jumbo carrot. It also tore the parsley we chopped, whereas the KitchenAid produced a clean, even cut.
The Farberware 3-Cup Mini Chopper lacks a handle on the bowl, which made it difficult to remove from the base, especially when working with greasy hands. Also, this chopper left behind an entire piece of onion after pulsing and produced the most unevenly chopped almonds out of all the models we tested. And it doesn’t have holes in the lid for making mayo.
Our testers found the base of the VonShef Food Processor to be too large for a mini-chopper. However, the biggest problem with this processor is the wide gap between the top of the slicing/grating disk and the bottom of the feed tube, which caused onions and cheese to roll around and create irregular slices. Also, this model couldn’t make mayo; the gap between the blade and the bowl was too large to create an effective emulsion.
Ninja Master Prep Pro
The added power and speed is due to the fact that the blender has additional blades along with a 450 Watt motor head. The motor head is designed to fit exactly into any of the three containers that are provided in the package. These containers include the work bowl, 40 ounce pitcher and 4ounce pitcher. The blades are adjustable from four blades to six blades which make quick work when it comes to blending, mixing, cutting or pureeing food.
Kitchenaid 3.Cup Food Chopper Video
So, now you may be wondering, exactly how does this blender handle?
Well, the Ninja Master Prep Pro is capable of handling different ingredients quite well. For example, you don’t have to worry about your tiny cloves of garlic getting lost between the blades and you also don’t have to worry about your larger food items being over processed or stressing the blades.
The sheer power, flexibility and functionality of this blender is what makes it so unique to the market. Sure, it can take a few tries to perfect your method when using the blender, but you will be able to experience a much wider range of control over your ingredients and food like never before.
Best of all, you don’t have to worry about hand washing since it is completely dishwasher safe, except for the motor.
Also, with each package, you will get a recipe book with all the amazing dishes and treats you can make with your new Ninja. Some of these include various salsas, marinara, smoothies, dips, desserts, soups and much more.
By using the Ninja, you will be able to create amazing meals and treats that your family won’t thank you enough for. This machine is also relatively small in comparison to other blenders which makes it a great solution if don’t have much kitchen space. Once you buy and try this amazing multi purpose food processor, I’m certain you’ll never look back!
This is the
Hamilton Beach Cup Compact Food Processor and is black in color. It features a easy stack and snap assembly and twisting and locking is simple to do.
You will be able to puree and chop food, slice and shred vegetables and also blend smoothies effortlessly. It has a large chute which is convenient for larger ingredients such as cheese.
Because of its compact size it is easy to put away and it also has a cord storage to minimize space. For superior performance and chopping the quad blade is made from stainless steel and will last a long time.
This food processor has a pour spout for mess free pouring and the parts are dishwasher safe as well. It is also powerful enough to
If you are looking for a mini food processor that has everything you need then this is a product I highly recommend.
Accessories and Attachments
One consideration which can separate a good food processor from the rest of the pack is the available accessories. An ideal unit should contain blades, cutting disks and whisks. The cutting tools should be well-constructed and fit securely in the machine. A generous feeding tube with a plunging device is also a good feature.
Small feeding tubes can cause cooks to spend significant time cutting food down to size before processing. A good food processor allows for food to be added while in operation. A blender attachment can save time and shelf space, while a juicer option duplicates the function of a more expensive machine.
Food processors come with a fixed number of attachments as well as extra blades and discs that you can buy along with it. Most processors have sufficient functions without the necessity to buy the extras but depending on your usage you can go in for any of the additional attachments.
More often than not, food processors come with a coconut scraper attachment. This is especially useful for households where coconut is an integral ingredient for most delicacies. A scraper makes the otherwise tedious task of coconut scraping much easier.
Over load protection
Quite a few times, we put more stuff in the jar than is recommended. This can result in motor overload and eventually in a burn-out. Many a times, without realizing it, people tend to put more material in the jar than recommended. This is why the processor comes with a special relay known as a circuit breaker, which works like a common fuse in the house. It is a necessary safety feature both for the shelf life of your processor as well as your home.
Also look out for any special features like bowls, variable speeds, spoons, spatulas that come with the food processors. These aren’t very common across, so depending on the feature you want the most, you can make your choice.
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Two Nvidia GeForce GTX cards in an SLI arrangement
But check first to see which configurations your motherboard supports, before buying more cards than you’ll actually be able to make use of. Certain boards and underlying chipsets support SLI and CrossFireX to varying degrees. (See our guide to motherboard terms.)
Crucial MX200 SSD in M.format
Unlike conventional SSDs, M.drives look less like hard drives and more like expansion cards (or sticks of gum). They connect directly to the motherboard, where supported, via M.interfaces that use either SATA or faster PCI Express bus technology. As is usually the case, the extra speed comes at a price; and that price might be more than you’re willing to spend for the time being. But making sure your system’s motherboard offers an M.connection, even if you’re not going to immediately make use of it, can help make it a little more future-proof. (See our guide to the best M.SSDs.)
Important Features to Consider
The first thing that you need to know would be the important features to consider, namely:
If you see the need to have both machines in your kitchen, you might have to look for a model that has one or more of these features:
Feed tube helps make things more efficient as you no longer need to stuff everything in the machine before switching it on. Depending on what ingredients you plan to put inside, you might need a larger or smaller feed tube.
Dough hook allows the machine to knead dough, which can be extremely helpful if you bake.
Multiple blades can be found on some machines. These blades are made for chopping, grating, and pureeing. Other models have all-in-one blades that serve for various uses.
A machine with a wide range of pre-programmed settings could save you time and effort in the kitchen. It can also help you avoid accidentally blending something that you were planning to chop. That said, you should look for a model with the following presets: chop, whisk, grate, shred, and puree.
Additional Features to Look For
Some features are not necessary. However, they may be able to help make things easier for you. These include the micro-serrated blade, which removes the need to replace or sharpen your existing blade; the citrus press or juicer that lets you use the machine as a juicer; the straight-sided processor cup to avoid uneven chops; the whisk and spatula for mixing ingredients; and safety features like auto shut-off and auto-lock.
For a visual representation of the above information, we have created a helpful infographic that is posted at the bottom of page).
Hamilton Beach 5814Blender and Chopper
The Hamilton Beach 5814Blender and Chopper hits the mark with its affordability and amazing power. At 700 watts, it can blend, slice and chop most ingredients. Even ice is blended sufficiently with no chunks. It has two speed settings and two pulse options. The glass jar for blending can hold up to cups and the chopping container accommodates cups. It’s also convenient to use with an Easy Clean option but the downside to this unit is the lack of a locking safety system.
Ninja Mega Kitchen System 1500 Food Processor Blender BL773CO
At the top of almost every list of blender food processor combos is the Ninja brand particularly the Ninja Mega Kitchen System. The features are astoundingly professional: sturdy exceptionally sharp blades and a 1500 watts motor that can blend even frozen food. The unit itself is heavy duty and long-lasting. It comes equipped with a variety of bowls for chopping and cups and a pitcher for blending. There are speed settings including pulse. Plus, it’s competitively priced compared to other units.
An appliance that is wonderfully convenient, the blender food processor combo can help you whip up the best dishes and drinks in next to no time. Homemakers and cooks have found that having any of these units we mentioned instead of a separate blender and a food processor is in the long run more efficient and can help save on space.
A feed tube that is wide enough
I stay away from complicated controls. All you really need is On, Pulse and Off. Most of the time, everything else is just make up that makes the product much more expensive.
These are the main features that make or break a product. All the other things that can be there or not, can be a nice touch but are neither define the product nor can be a deal breaker.
What You Can Upgrade and What You Can’t
Unlike a tower PC, the number of things you can upgrade in a mini PC are severely limited. The smaller size means that the motherboard does not have as many slots for different parts, nor is there any physical room available to fit them. In fact, if you open up a mini PC, you’ll find it is perfectly packed with no room for anything more.
So while you would normally buy a Core iCPU now and upgrade to Core i7
The modern computer processor has always been a complex piece of technology, and that shows no signs of changing. Such complexity brings a challenge to companies such as Intel. Making great products is one thing,…
Read More later, that’s not the case with mini PCs. The CPU can’t be upgraded. Well, that’s not entirely true — you could technically upgrade it if you’re up for a bit of soldering, but that voids your warranty and no manufacturer recommends it. Besides, in case you do want to upgrade, it would make sense to just buy the next version of the barebones kit, transfer the parts you can, and sell your old mini PC online.
What parts can you upgrade or transfer? Simple. The RAM and the hard drive.
This is important for a variety of reasons, and refers mostly to the speed settings. Nearly every unit has a pulse setting that works the same way. But there are multiple units on the list with over speeds, which is desirable to someone that wants the best from a multi-use blender and food processor. The point of the speeds is to get the desired process out of the way. In the case of the Magic Bullet, there is a big limitation in it. But if you look more closely, the magic Bullet is no more limited than some of the products on the list that only have speed settings.
The gold standard is or higher for the best amount of options, and anything below that is not enough for a unit with multiple tasks. There is unfortunately nothing in-between that number, so there is no middle ground to be fought over. It’s either a limited unit, or a high function unit, for all intents and purposes. If looking for the best blender food processor combo, then picking one with or more speed settings is more than expected to get the best deal.
Not everyone has an island setup in their kitchen, so for smaller kitchens a lot of the processors on the list won’t cut it. Portable units like the Magic Bullet are the best, and can even be left out without taking up too much space. For smaller kitchens, a unit that is able to be quickly taken out, then quickly put back is a great asset. The Ninja is quite large, but is very easy to put together, disassemble, and then put away again. Not having a lot of complicated or unnecessary parts makes the entire process of using a food processor and blender combo easier for the user, and not such a burden because they are in a small space.
Repetition of course helps with this process, but a well-designed unit will be easy whether it sits out all the time or whether it is put away in storage after use. Take great care when choosing a unit that will sit out permanently, especially if it contains a host of add-ons in order to reach its full functionality. Those units in particular can easily add up and start getting bulkier.
For the purpose of this article, accessories will not refer to the add-on food processors or blenders, but will refer to additional blades, caps, recipe books, etc. The accessory list when choosing a blender and food processor combo is not nearly as important as the main features of the unit itself. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the extras, which is great, but remember that if the actual machine isn’t that good to begin with then the parts that attach to it or use its functions aren’t going to be any better. There is no saving a bad unit, and in the rare case of units that use the Magic Bullet system, accessories become important only because it is a function of the system itself.
Some buyers will find that a food processor on this list will not perform a certain function, like shredding cheese, without buying an add-on piece. This could have been avoided if the original unit already had that option, which goes back to purchasing a unit that does what you want to right out of the box and not focusing on the accessories to make it better. Remember, a processor and blender combo is the foundation, not the accessories.
Parts that automatically lock or don’t engage when closed are an important feature in all systems. Besides protecting curious children in the house, it also protects you from accidents. All but one unit has a safety feature to prevent accidental injury, which shows how seriously manufacturers take this part of their unit. Some of the safety features are easy to figure out, while others require reading of the documentation. Although some of the more advanced features can lead to frustration, it’s important to understand that they are there to protect you, the user.
And even the most advanced system can’t protect you from the blades that are inside the unit. Whenever trying to clean or reach for something inside where the blades are exposed, remember that they are razor sharp! And there are also units with blades on both the top and bottom, many of which can easily slice a finger open. Staying on top of the safety measures with the equipment will avoid unnecessary injury in the future.
How to make nut butter
To make nut butter, first pick a nut! Any nut! Peanut and almond are clear favorites, but hazelnut, pistachio, and sesame make lovely nut butters, too. You can soak and dehydrate the nuts beforehand, or roast them.
Add about tablespoon of oil per cups of nuts. Neutral, light tasting or flavor-complimenting oil, such as coconut oil, are best. If you like, you can also add sea salt or your preferred sweeteners.
Make sure your food processor can handle the job.
If you’ve ever used a food processor (or any mixing kitchen appliance, for that matter) you know things can get weird quick when you combine a lot of small things into one mixture. When you mix up a thick dough, it is essential to have a heavy, sturdy stand mixer so that you don’t find yourself in tears after it launches itself off of the counter. The same is true for a food processor.
Find a food processor that is weighted and sturdy, so you’re sure it won’t blast off of the counter and all over your floor. (And walls. And ceiling.) When individual nuts blend down into one cohesive butter, it can be very easy for the machine to become stuck in the gooey, sticky goodness. A good machine will run continuously, regardless of sticky butters.
Cuisinart DFP-14BCNY 14-Cup Food Processor
The 14-cup Lexan bowl and blades are dishwasher-safe. The controls include intuitive
Conair Cuisinart DLC-2ABC Mini Prep Plus Food Processor
To chop nuts with the Mini Prep Plus, Cusinart recommends using the grind function. Pulse to chop until the nuts reach the desired consistency. Toast the nuts first for maximum flavor, but make sure to allow them to cool completely before chopping.
Hamilton Beach 70740 8-Cup Food Processor
This model by Hamilton Beach offers more power and capacity than the Mini Prep, suitable for those who intend on making larger batches of nut butter. Speaking of which, fresh nut butter in a mason jar would make a nice gift!
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How We Test
We put each mini PC we review through a series of tests to determine how it performs. Synthetic benchmarks Geekbench and 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited provide scores that represent overall system speed and graphics prowess, respectively.
Most importantly, we use each mini PC for several hours, trying out its unique features and any preloaded software. If a system is sold as bare-bones (i.e., lacking RAM, storage or OS), we install 8GB of memory, a compatible SSD and the latest shipping version of Windows (currently Windows 10).
The processor is the heart of the computer and has a large impact on how fast it runs. You might well find many with an Intel Celeron or similar and these are to be avoided unless you will be simply browsing the web and sending emails.
Look for either an Intel Core processor or AMD A-series if you can – and some of the laptops in this chart do offer these. The most powerful and efficient chips are currently Intel generations codenamed Broadwell (5th) and Skylake (6th) and can be found in some budget laptops. You won’t see the latest Kaby Lake (7th gen) for a while yet in cheap models.
First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your Mini Processors wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of Mini Processors
- №1 — POSAME Chopper Dual Blade 1.5 Cup One-Touch Mini Food Chopper Food Processor
- №2 — Cuisinart DLC-2ABC Mini Prep Plus Food Processor Brushed Chrome and Nickel
- №3 — KitchenAid KFC3516ER 3.5 Cup Mini Food Processor, Empire Red