Yeah, people are buying full-sized food processors left, right, and center, but small ones are of great importance as well. Not every chopping and shredding task requires a large appliance. Sometimes you simply want to shred a little amount of carrots and onions for a small meal.
That’s when smaller ones come in handy. They can do almost everything larger ones can do (they are just smaller), and they have the advantage of being easier to clean and taking up less space on the counter.
I’ve looked around and come up with a list of two of the top mini models you can buy now. The products I recommend below are all excellent products, and they are inexpensive too.
The Best Small Food Processors on the Market
1. Hamilton Beach 3-Cup (72850)
This is the appliance for you if you want to emulsify, puree, and chop ingredients with ease. Its patented stack and press design makes it so easy to use. You just need to place the bowl on the base, and then place the lid on the bowl (or stack them if you will). You don’t have to twist and lock anything.
To get it running, just press the button on the lid and it will start chopping and shredding until you lift your finger. There’s a handy oil dispenser on the lid for dripping oil in while emulsifying sauces, dips, and dressings.
This model has a 350-watt motor and stainless steel blades that power through 3 cups of ingredients at a time, no matter how tough they are. You can either use it to mix ingredients, chop them, or both.
It’s powerful enough to prepare any kind of you want, such as baby food and hummus and it’s size makes it convenient to use every single day and easy to store when you’re not using it.
Thanks to its removable blades and dishwasher-safe parts, it’s also very easy to clean. All in all, this is a fantastic product that will meet all your needs in the kitchen. Click here to check it out.
2. Cuisinart Prep Plus (DLC-2ABC)
This is another amazing mini chopper, but this time from Cuisinart. It has some features that differentiate it from the Hamilton Beach model above. One of those features is its touchpad controls labelled chop and grind.
The former is best used for shredding softer ingredients, such as onions, herbs, garlic, and cheese, or pureeing vegetables and making salad dressing and mayonnaise. The latter is designed for grinding spices and tougher ingredients such as nuts, seeds, and peppercorns.
This appliance comes with a 24-ounce work bowl, which is equal to 3 cups. It also has a powerful auto-reversing stainless steel blade powered by a 250-watt motor. There’s something special about this blade. The blade has both sharp and blunt edges. The sharp edge shreds while the blunt edge grinds.
Emulsifying is also easy with this appliance as there are two openings on the lid for passing oil or water through to the work bowl without having to pause the operation.
It takes just a few minutes to clean this product after using it. You can either do it by hand or use a dishwasher.
The package contains two bonuses – a spatula and an instruction booklet that doubles as a recipe book. Overall, this is another beautiful appliance that is definitely worth the money. Click here to check it out.
Deciding Between The Two
It’s going to be difficult. It certainly was for me. However, both are excellent small/mini food processors and all the parts that come in contact with food are BPA-free, so that’s one thing you won’t need to worry about. You can’t go wrong with any of these. That I know for sure.