Best Food Processor In India

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Slicing, grating, chopping and kneading are the main functions you can expect of a food processor. But newer models come with citrus and centrifugal juicer attachments, whisk tool, french fries cutter and so on. In trying to do everything, most food processors fail to do a perfect job at anything.

For most of our best lists, we review 5-7 products or sometimes, even more, to find out the best option among them. However, for this list of best food processors in India, we have tried only 3. The first two options were tried for our mixer grinder reviews. And the third, we bought specifically for this list. Our intention was to continue ahead and purchase 3 more options. However, after the third review, and upon analysing the user reviews and other aspects, we decided to stick to just 3.

The main reason why we decided to stick to just 3 was that many of the popular food processors available have pretty much the same design and attachments. The motor housing and aesthetics may be different. But the important aspects that affect the performance like blades, attachments and pusher design are more or less the same. We will talk about this in detail in the next section.

So, without much ado, we shall get into our top recommendation, our testing process and review of the products we tried.

Our Recommendation

Out of the options, Preethi Zodiac is our top recommendation. With a 750-watt motor, 4 jars and a 2.1-litre food processor bowl, it can be a helpful assistant in your kitchen. It chops ingredients in quick bursts in very good consistency. The kneading performance is also adequate. As the pusher has markings for water and flour levels, comparatively, you have a lower chance of getting sticky dough. The slicing and grating attachments are fixed to a plastic disc. But, it does its job well. Though food gets stuck in between the pusher and the slicing/grating disc, it is lesser than what you find in other options. Preethi, being a reputed brand with a good service network, provides better service comparatively too. If you don’t want a juicer jar, you could opt for Preethi Zion, which is available at better pricing.

How We Test?

As most food processors come with jars for grinding, we test both thoroughly. For testing the food processor, we slice tomatoes and onions. Slicing ripe tomatoes help understand how sharp the blades are. And onions are most commonly sliced ingredients in a food processor. We check how uniformly the food processor slices them. Then, we grate carrots, onion and cheese to check the uniformity. Also, we check the size of the ingredient stuck to the grating disc which remain unprocessed. We also chopped carrot, onion, herbs, minced chicken and kneaded dough. Of course, when they have different functions like whisking, juicing etc, we try them as well.

Best Food Processors In India

Preethi Zodiac MG 521 750 Watt Mixer Grinder Food Processor

best food processor in India- Preethi Zodiac

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Preethi Zodiac has a 2.1-litre food processor bowl with basic attachments. The slicing and grating attachments made of stainless steel can be fixed onto a plastic disc. You also get a chopping, kneading blades and citrus juicing attachment.

The performance of the food processor is fairly good. Be it carrot, beetroot, cheese or onion, it grates and slices uniformly. However, you need to feed the ingredients properly in the chute else, they may get sliced in the wrong orientation. Also, a little bit of the ingredients gets stuck on the disc.

The chopping performance is among the best. It chops the ingredients uniformly and minces chicken too to a fine consistency.

comparison of chopped onions for best food processor in India
Onion chopped in Preethi Zodiac vs Inalsa Inox 1000 Plus

The pusher comes with markings for wheat flour and water needed. This gives a good idea and avoids getting sticky dough. But, even then, you should pour water little by little in frequent intervals and keep an eye. Often, you don’t need as much water as marked in the pusher.

The last attachment is the citrus juicer, which again is helpful in juicing sweet lime and oranges. You can extract juice from an orange in less than a minute. So, a glass of juice can be obtained in just 2 minutes.

The grinding performance of the mixer grinder is also adequate. However, the juicing attachment isn’t up to the mark for extracting juice from apple, pomegranate and starchy fruits and vegetables. It is just alright for watermelon, pineapple, cucumber and such water-rich ingredients.

You can read our detailed review of Preethi Zodiac here.

Philips HL7707 Food Processor With Mixer Grinder

philips Hl7707 is one of the best food processor in India

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Philips HL7707 has jars and a food processing bowl which are similar to Preethi Zodiac. The food processing bowl has a 2.1-litre capacity and has attachments for kneading, chopping, grating, slicing and citrus juicing. It has 3 jars for grinding- a 400 ml chutney jar, 1-litre multi-purpose jar and 1.5-litre juicer jar.

The food processor performance of Philips HL7707 is pretty much the same as Preethi Zodiac. But, there are a few differences between the two. First of all, in Zodiac, the food processor bowl can be detached from the jar lock easily. But, in Philips HL7707, they are permanently fixed. It is a lot easier to take out Zodiac’s bowl and keep it on the countertop, fill ingredients and place it back on the jar lock again.

Philips HL7707 food processor attachments

Next, Zodiac has a 3-in-1 Insta-juicer cum blender which has a sophisticated design compared to the ordinary juicer jar in Philips HL7707. But the juicing yield of both isn’t as good as centrifugal juicers. And they have a lot of limitations in terms of the ingredients they can juice.

Another noteworthy difference is that Zodiac has a 1.5-litre wet grinding jar, which is missing in Philips HL7707.

Its motor has 750 watts of power. The housing is compact, unlike Zodiac. But, it doesn’t have a power indicator.

Overall, when you look at the performance of the food processor, it is as good as Preethi Zodiac. Though basic, it does each job well. However, just like Zodiac, you find a small chunk of ingredients stuck to the disc while grating and slicing.

Read our detailed review of Philips HL7707

Inalsa Inox 1000 Plus Food Processor

Inalsa Inox 1000 Plus food processor review

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Among the options we tried, Inalsa Inox 1000 Plus is the one that has the maximum number of food processor attachments and a large food processor bowl of 3.2-litre capacity.

Just like the other options, it also has a 400ml chutney jar, 1-litre multi-purpose jar and a 1.5-litre blending jar.

The food processor comes with standard attachments like blades for kneading, chopping, grating, slicing and citrus juicing. In addition, you can slice for french fries, and whisk and also you get a centrifugal juicer attachment.

Inalsa inox food processor attachments

In Zodiac, the grating and slicing blades have to be attached to a plastic disc. But in Inalsa, they are standalone stainless steel discs. You get two discs for fine and coarse grating/slicing with one side for grating and the opposite side for slicing.

While it certainly appears to be more resourceful compared to Zodiac, its performance is not adequate. It can slice ingredients in a fine consistency. But when it comes to grating, a large chunk of the ingredient gets stuck to the disc. There is a significant gap between the pusher and the disc. As a result, the ingredient sometimes rotates on the disc without getting grated. The same problem exists even when slicing french fries. The last bit of potato gets stuck

Similarly, the chopping is also not uniform. Comparatively, Zodiac does a far better job. Similarly, centrifugal juicing is also a sham with most of the fruit pieces getting stuck to the strainer. Juice does not get efficiently extracted from the fruits.

The whisking attachment works well for whipping egg whites to a soft peak. But, if you try whipping butter and icing sugar or anything in a thicker consistency, the whisking attachment struggles and there is a high chance of the spindle getting damaged.

Overall, we don’t feel it’s worth spending close to 11K on this food processor that fails to do what it has to do with perfection.

When you look at many other food processors available in the market like Morphy Richards Icon Superb and Bajaj FX-1000 DLX, you find that the design of the food processor attachments is pretty much the same as Inalsa Inox 1000 Plus. Hence, you can expect similar results, which is not satisfactory considering the price.

Read our detailed review of Inalsa Inox 1000 Plus Food Processor

Other Options We Considered

As most food processors have mixer grinder jars too along, we chose only those that have at least 750-watt motor. Else, they may not do a satisfactory job grinding tough ingredients. This meant, we did not look at Bajaj Food Factory FX 11, which otherwise seemed promising.

The next option was Usha FP3811. But, a lot of user reviews suggest poor quality plastic being used which affects its durability. Hence, we haven’t chosen the same for the list.

That being said, as and when we get recommendations of products worth inclusion, we will definitely get them and report about the same.

How To Choose A Food Processor?

Attachments

The most important aspect to consider while buying a food processor is the attachments as it decides what all functions can be achieved with the appliance. Most options come with blades for chopping, slicing and grating. The ones made specifically for India have a kneading blade. For example, Hamilton Beach Food Processor doesn’t have a kneading blade as it seems to be an imported model.

Other attachments available in higher-end models are blades for french fries, centrifugal juicer, whisking tool etc. But some of them, by design, fail to work properly. For example, unless the centrifugal attachment has a proper extraction blade with a mesh filter, it won’t extract juice efficiently. Usha FP3811, for example, has a proper centrifugal juicer attachment and that makes a huge difference in its performance compared to other centrifugal attachments.

Bowl Size and Design

Most food processor bowls come with a capacity ranging between 2-3.5 litres. A 2 litre bowl is usually sufficient for a nuclear family. The important aspect with the design you should consider are with respect to the gap between the pusher and slicing/grating disc, which affects the quantity of ingredients stuck on the disc unprocessed and the gap between the chopping blade and the edges of the bowl, which affects the uniformity of chopping.

Ease of Cleaning

Clean lines without many grooves and indents are crucial when it comes to the ease of cleaning the food processor bowl. Many manufacturers claim it to be dishwasher safe. But, over a period of time, the bowl develops a lot of scratches, thus affecting the aesthetics. Further, the blades shouldn’t be kept in dishwasher as it could go blunt over a period of time.

Jars

Most food processors come with 2-3 jars for dry and wet grinding. So, they can easily replace a mixer grinder in a home. Ideally, the chutney jar should have blades close to the base so that it can grind even smaller quantity of ingredients finely. Next, the wet grinding jar should have a wide mouth that tapers down so that a strong vortex is formed which can grind ingredients to a fine consistency.

Storage

Food processors come with a lot of attachments which makes storage a hassle, especially in a small kitchen. Most of the blades and attachments of certain models like Zodiac and Philips HL7707 can be stored inside the bowl itself. In Usha FP3811, there is a drawer underneath the motor housing to keep the slicing and grating discs.

Also, unfortunately, most brands do not offer a proper storage solution for sharp blades that come along. Hence, opting for something that is compact would be ideal for those with space constraints.

Motor Power

If you are looking for a food processor exclusively, then 400-600 watt motor would be sufficient. However, if you are opting for a food processor with mixer grinder, then at least 750 watts would be ideal for grinding tough spices, dosa batter etc on a regular basis.

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