Best Food and Meat Processors For Home Cooking and Meal Preparation

You could spend hours slicing and dicing with a knife, kneading dough endlessly, or mincing infinitely until your meat is ready for cooking…Or, you could use a food processor to save time and energy – not to mention produce a much better result. Our list of top rate processors are great ways to prepare food for a variety of applications: meat, humus, dips, dough-kneading, and much more.

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Cuisinart DLC-10S Pro Classic 7-Cup Food Processor, White

Cuisinart is the leading brand in home food processors. The DLC-10S is a mid range processor suitable for smaller jobs. If you need to make more product, we recommend moving up to the 14 cup model.

Popular Meat Applications: Hash prep, chopping leftovers, soup and stir fry prep. Also ideal for shredding cheese and making homemade sauces.

Technical Details

Part Number DLC-10S
Item Weight 15.6 pounds
Product Dimensions 11.2 x 7 x 13.8 inches
Item model number DLC-10S
Size 7 Cup
Color White
Item Package Quantity 1
Warranty Description 3 years limited, 5 years motor

Norpro Meat Grinder, Mincer, and Pasta Maker

NorPro is another heavy-hitter in the household kitchen. This grinder is perfect for everyday food preparation, including mincing, grinding, pasta making, and sausage making. Be sure to thoroughly clean the device after each use. The unit is anchored to your counter with suction cups. According to reviews, the cups are indeed strong enough to weather demanding use. Bone grinding for homemade pet food is not possible. Stick to “softer” processing tasks.

Technical Details

Part Number 151
Item Weight 3 pounds
Product Dimensions 8 x 8 x 5 inches
Item model number 151
Size Smaller Prep Tasks
Color White/Stainless Steel
Item Package Quantity 1
Warranty Description N/A

Cuisinart Prep Plus Food Processors DLC-2011CHB

This is a higher end Cuisinart compared to our first processor, but it is a must-have for those who need efficient food processing on a regular basis. We’ve pictured the 11 cup size. There is also a smaller 9 cup version. This unit has superb reviews on Amazon, with only a couple negative remarks about the plastic container and chrome finish. And yes, you can make smoothies with this machine – it has more than enough power!

Technical Details

Part Number DLC-2011CHB
Item Weight 18 pounds
Product Dimensions 7 x 9.5 x 13 inches
Item model number DLC-2011CHB
Size Medium to Large Prep Tasks
Color Chrome/Clear Plastic
Item Package Quantity 1
Warranty Description 2 Year Warranty Available

Cuisinart DLC-1BCH Mini-Prep Processor

This processor is very affordable and ideal for small, infrequent jobs. It gets strong reviews on except from buyers who tried to process nuts and other tougher tasks. This unit is simply not up to those challenges. We recommend you prep anything going into the processor by chopping it into smaller – more manageable – pieces first. That might sound like a waste of time, but shoving a slab of meat into this low-duty machine might cause it to malfunction or break. If you need more power, have a look at the processors we reviewed above.

Technical Details

Part Number DLC-1BCH
Item Weight 1 pounds
Product Dimensions 4.6 x 6.2 x 8 inches
Item model number DLC-1BCH
Size Small/Easy tasks
Color Multiple Colors Available
Item Package Quantity 1
Warranty Description Limited 18 month warranty

We hope you enjoyed our foray into the food processor market. Please let us know if we missed any great machines, particularly those ideal for Prime Rib soup, pasta, or leftover preparation!

7 thoughts on “Best Food and Meat Processors For Home Cooking and Meal Preparation”

  1. The Cuisinart DLC-10S is probably the best value on this page. I don’t cook enough for the $160 model, and the mini wouldn’t cut it.

  2. I like the Norpro grinder – small, affordable, adequate for most jobs. We make sausage links with it for Sunday brunch. Sometimes homemade pasta too.

    It’s also small enough that it can be stored in a large drawer or cabinet when not in use.

    ALWAYS clean meat processors/grinders thoroughly, to avoid contamination.

  3. The Black and Decker model in the spinning graphic is decent for $35.

    My only complaint being that it broke during holiday meal preparations. Admittedly it was being worked pretty hard. We had to upgrade.

    Other than that, our B&D products are up to the challenge.

  4. avoid the mini-processor like the plague, unless you only pre-mix tomato soup. ours broke after 30 mins and nearly blew a breaker.

    you get what you pay for. cuisinart is the better buy hands down.

  5. But for the add-on warranty, I like the 11 cup Cuisinart machine. I would prefer the company not charge me extra to ensure the product actually lasts a few months.

    In fairness ours has worked steadily for 1 year without issues. We probably could have gotten away with the 9 cup model, however.

    • I don’t think Oster, and Hamilton-Beach (another competitive brand) measure up to Cuisinart – unless you only do smaller tasks.

      Oster and Ham-Beach are definitely cheaper but might not last as long or be as versatile.


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