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How to Select the Best Food Processor

Choosing the best food processor for your kitchen depends on the capabilities and what the processor will be used for. A bakery or restaurant may have different needs than a K-12 cafeteria, for example. Let’s dive a little deeper into each of these four common types of commercial food processors and their features, benefits and application possibilities.

Types of Food Processors

From fruit and vegetables to nuts and cheese, a continuous feed food processor is great for tackling large quantities of ingredients in no time. Hobart offers these food processors in multiple sizes, allowing you to process smaller volumes of product — for example, 11 pounds per minute, which equates to a production capacity of 400 meals daily — up to 88 pounds per minute or a production capacity of 3,000 meals per day. Options for production capacities in between these quantities are also available. This heavy-duty style food processor offers an assortment of cutting tool options that can:

  • Slice
  • Dice
  • Grate
  • Shred

Need to quickly slice strawberries for pastries? Easy. Want thin cut apple slices for tarts? No problem! This style processor can take a bit longer to clean, though, so if you have low-volume preparation needs, it may not be best suited for you. But in jobs that require processing larger volumes, continuous feed food processors offer significant time savings.

A bowl-style food processor is a compact, countertop food processor that can:

  • Chop
  • Mince
  • Mix
  • Emulsify

This style is perfect for whipping up aromatic butter, chopping nuts or seeds for pastries, and mixing dough for a pie or cheesecake. Operation is easy too. Just select the ingredients, and the run-time determines the ending texture. Hobart bowl-style food processors are available in 4- or 6-quart capacities.

A combination food processor offers maximum flexibility by combining the capabilities of a continuous feed food processor and a bowl-style processor into one machine. This style processor can:

  • Cut
  • Mince
  • Chop
  • Mix
  • Emulsify

A combination machine can tackle any cutting, mixing or emulsifying job in the kitchen, from breads and sauces to meats and toppings. The biggest difference between the combination style and bowl-style is its continuous feed option. The HCC34 combination food processor can process 4.4 pounds of product per minute to produce 80 portions daily.

If you need a versatile machine that lets you do more than just cutting, a cutter mixer is a great option. This machine allows you to cut and blend large volumes of ingredients similar to the other style processors, but the biggest difference in this style is its ability to mix ingredients together. And with a 45-quart bowl, there’s not much it can’t handle. It’s ideal for creating lots of everyday items, such as sandwich fillings, salad dressings, salsa, bread crumbs and pastries.

While there are benefits to each of these food processors, in the end it’s what would make the right fit for you. First consider what you make in the kitchen — and how much you produce — to select the right style for your needs. It’s a tool that can save time and money, while helping you create fresh, high-quality foods.

Learn more about Hobart food processors and their capabilities here


This article is the second in a two-part series focused on food processors. Read article one, Is your kitchen equipped with the right food processor?.