In the long list of kitchen appliances that make our work faster, easier, and more efficient, food processors are forever prevalent. For hummus, salads, or purees, food processors save up a lot of time and energy that goes behind making extensively long recipes with multiple components.
Want to get your hands on some yummy food processor recipes? Take a look at 10 Easy Recipes for Food Processors. But before the food processor gets to your kitchen, it undergoes testing at ours. Yes, we test all aspects of a food processor to check the design-performance compliance which also ensures you have the right set of information to choose the right model.
Food processor testing is one of the important steps of the manufacturing chain. It is the last step to put in a review so that it becomes easier for customers to pick their choice based on its performance, ease of use and cleaning, and its weight. Testing food processors is necessary to make sure there is no easy breakage or hazard of usage which determines the safety of the customers.
Moreover, there are several websites that procure their food processor reviews from manufacturers but we on the contrary test the food processors ourselves, so you can trust our reviews to be 100% honest.
But how do we test food processors? We divide testing parameters based on how well the food processor slices, grates, chops, whips, blends, and crushes. A good food processor will process soft to harder ingredients into fine pieces without turning them into a mash of sorts.
In addition to this, we also note how easy to use they are, how much noise they make, and how easy to clean they are. Let’s check the different performance parameters for which testing is conducted to determine if a particular food processor is a safe and sound choice for your kitchen.
See also: 7 Reasons Why You Need a Food Processor
How do we test food processors?
- Chopping: Testing food processors to check if they can chop well consists of different food tests like carrots, nuts, and onions. It also evaluates how long it takes the blade to stop spinning once the pulse button is released.
- Mixing: The mixing test is carried out by testing if the food processor can make pizza dough, and mayonnaise from scratch. If the processor smoothly mixes all the ingredients as per desired quantity without making the dough too watery or lumpy, it passes the test.
A well-kneaded dough rises properly as a result of which when testing the food processors we take note of the time, rate and evenness of mixing. We also check the consistency of the bread post-baking to see if there are large air holes in it.
- Pureeing: Hummus, tomato sauce and nut butter making is the pureeing test wherein leaks can be tested for as well. Some models perform well when the maximum amount of liquid is filled in however some start leaking. The consistency of the end products must be smooth for the food processor to pass the test.
- Shredding: When testing a food processor, it is essential to mark its shredding skills given there are multiple shredding discs accompanying some models. Shredding is efficiently tested on potatoes and cheese. And if the food processor has adjustability features for shredding, more points to the food processor!
Shredding tests mean that the food shouldn’t be crumbled or too defined. We also check the efficiency of the machine to carry out shredding with respect to the amount of residual food trapped between the lid and the disc. It’s always considered a plus point if the food processors have large openings so that the food requires minimum trimming.
- Slicing: Slicing tests are similar to that of shredding except the materials used for testing comprises tomatoes and zucchini. With slicing too, adjustable settings of the slicing disc are an upside!
Ideal food processors produce even slices with consistent thickness without tapering. We also compare the amount of unsliced product to the food trapped between the disc and the lid. After all, nobody would like to get their hands dirty time and again trying to get out the food stuck in the food processor.
Easy Of Usage:
After testing the performance criteria, we move on to testing the ease of usage of the food processor. There’s no point in buying an extravagant food processor that has confusing functions that one cannot understand.
Our set of testing parameters for ease of use consists of:
- Whether the food processor makes a lot of noise: When you look at a food processor online or in a shop there is no way of judging the amount of noise it makes when put to use. You might end up taking home a sound machine if not tested properly. Hence, we take into consideration the sound of vibrations, motor noise, as well as the rattling of any accessories and attachments.
- Whether the food processor is easy to clean and set up: After all the mixing, slicing, and shredding testing is done, we test how easy to clean the food processor is and which isn’t. Some food processors consist of confusing attachments that are tricky to clean, detach and attach.
An efficient food processor not only does its job well but is user-friendly as well which is what we test it for. We take into consideration the ease of assembling, using, detaching and cleaning the food processor to rate its user-friendliness.
Storage And Weight:
The weight of a food processor is an important testing factor that is also to be taken into consideration when buying one. Food processors that are compact and get the job done are more efficient than ones that are bulky and require too much space on the kitchen counter. Because of this, we grade each food processor according to how simple it is to carry around and whether the accessories can be stored inside the appliance.
Now that you know the parameters of food processor testing, you can trust what we have to say about them! You can simply look for food processor reviews but most of them are not as credible as us having actually tested the food processors. We take our job seriously and all the parameters forming the test contribute to an overall food processor review wherein there’s 60% weightage given to the performance, 30% to ease of usage and cleaning, and the rest 10% to weight and storage features.
In order for our testers to provide you with reliable and comprehensive data, we run a kitchen facility that is up-to-date with the most recent reference machines and accredited measuring tools.