For those of you who have always used a stand mixer to knead your dough, you’ll be in for a surprise when you see how well a food processor can handle this task. It will knead your dough incredibly fast and thoroughly as long as you don’t over-knead.
Below we have listed 4 of the best food processors for dough kneading currently available on the market, so take your pick based on personal preferences and needs. Budget also matters, which is why we made sure to include only those models which are reasonably priced for the amount of features that they offer, and have also reviewed an affordable “budget pick” in the section below.
Cuisinart Prep 11 Plus Food Processor
The Cuisinart DLC-2011CHBY is currently our favorite food processor for dough kneading, thanks to its unique blend of performance, features, and overall construction quality. Cuisinart is renowned for making some of the finest kitchen equipment, so it should come as no surprise that their food processors are all designed with the best components and have the most advanced features in comparison to other manufacturers.
For example, the Cuisinart DLC-2011CHBY is loaded with a beastly 625 watt motor that is more than capable of kneading even the toughest of dough for breads, cookies, or biscuits. The stainless steel blade and disks are ultra-sharp for slicing through anything that you throw at them. You can chop, slice, shred, mix, puree, and knead with the large variety of attachments that are included alongside the food processor itself.
The wide mouth tube feeder is transparent so you can observe the ingredients as they go inside, and the tube itself is wide enough to accommodate whole fruits/vegetables with no precutting required. The 11 cup capacity bowl is perfect for preparing food for the entire family, while the space-saving design ensures that you can still fit the Cuisinart DLC-2011CHBY on just about any countertop.
There are extremely easy to understand touchpad controls on the front – on, off, pulse (for a boost of power), and dough. The disk stem is detachable, and a spatula as well as 11-cup Lexan work bowl is included. There is a limited 10-year warranty on the motor, and a 3-year warranty on the rest of the parts.
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Oster 10-Cup Food Processor
Not everyone is prepared to shell out big bucks for a food processor, which is why Oster came up with the Oster FPSTFP1355, an affordable 10 cup food processor that costs less than a decent hair iron. In fact, this is capable of handling enough food for an entire family of 4, which is rather surprising when you consider the fact that most companies only provide 5 or 7 cup models at this price point.
It comes equipped with a 500 watt motor that has 2 speeds, and there is a pulse control button to further regulate motor speed. The large 5” wide food chute includes a food pusher so that you can stuff in whole fruits as well as vegetables with ease. There is a reversible slicing/shredding disk for processing herbs, spices, vegetables, cheese, etc.
The transparent 10 cup work bowl comes with a locking lid, and a special dough blade is included alongside the food processor. Performance, versatility, and durability – you get all of this for a great price with the Oster FPSTFP1355, making it our top budget food processor recommendation.
Braun 12 Cup Food Processor
Braun makes a ton of home appliances, ranging from shaving equipment and kettles to steam irons and food processors. This company is famous for providing solid build quality at reasonable prices, along with tons of power.
Braun likes to stuff powerful motors in its appliances, which is why this particular food processor, the Braun FP3020 features a beastly German-engineered 600W motor that is capable of boosting its output when required (while kneading dough for example). The peak power output of this motor (for a short duration or burst only), is a whopping 900 watts.
It comes with a 12-cup capacity bowl designed for dry ingredients (dough, salad greens, vegetables, etc.), as well as a 9-cup capacity bowl for wet ingredients (puree, smoothies, etc.). The processing bowl is locked onto the motor base for added security, and the motor will not spin until you properly close the lid.
There are a variety of accessories included alongside the food processor for shredding, slicing, whipping, kneading, etc. There is also a citrus juice attachment, Latkes blade, and S-blade.
Cuisinart Pro Classic Food Processor
The Cuisinart DLC-10SY Pro Classic is a deceptively powerful 7-cup food processor and is perfect for 2-3 member households, and in some cases, even 4-member families. You can use it to make everything from stir-fries and main course salads, to peanut butter and homemade bread.
This is an extremely compact and simple to operate food processor and it comes with a transparent 7-cup work bowl that has a secure lock lid and wide gap feed tube on top. The large feed tube allows you to slice and shred without precutting, while the stainless steel blades and discs are precision machined to deliver the best possible cutting experience. A bonus flat cover is also provided to protect the bottom of the bowl. There is a kneading blade, 4mm slicing disk, medium shredding disk, as well as a chopping/mixing blade.
The 600 watt motor is more than enough for all of your food processing needs, and the paddle control allows you to regulate the motor speed on the fly – you can choose from On, Off, and Pulse. This compact food processor will conveniently fit onto any countertop, as it measures just 7” x 11.25” x 13.75”.
Choosing the Best Food Processor for Dough Kneading
A food processor is such an indispensable asset to any modern household that your kitchen is automatically considered to be incomplete if you don’t own one of these. Think about it, the food processor is a multipurpose kitchen appliance that can do the job of a blender, mixer, slicer, grater, and will even knead dough for you.
The last function is particularly interesting, since it allows many novices to enter the world of home baking without having to knead the dough by hand. Even though you might already know how to hand-knead dough, it does not mean that you will always find the time to do it. Busy parents in today’s society have several responsibilities – taking care of the children, tending to their home, doing chores, etc.
Spending 20-30 minutes for kneading a bowl of dough might not be what you want to do, right after you’ve returned from a tiring day of work. So here is how a good food processor can help you out – just pour the flour in, add the salt/sugar/yeast, and then pour in some water. That’s it, now close the lid and press the button to enjoy finely kneaded bread/biscuit/cookie dough within a couple of minutes.
Cuisinart Prep 11 Plus Food Processor
But there is something you should know before you rush out and buy the first food processor that you see – poorly designed kitchen equipment can end up doing more harm than good. Cheap and unrefined food processors will be much harder to work with, and are often equipped with weaker motors that might end up burning out whenever you throw a challenging task at them, such as kneading dough or slicing carrots.
Besides, cheap and poorly built machines will break down much more easily which means that you end up paying way more than the actual cost of the machine over the long run, in the form of spare parts, accessories, and repairs. That is why it is often recommended that you spend slightly more and get a premium machine which will stand the test of time, and will deliver consistent results.
Here are the things that you need to consider before buying a food processor:
If the primary job of your new food processor is to knead dough, then make sure that there is a beefy 700+ watt motor inside it. Weak motors will be unable to handle large balls of dough, and will be unable to finish the task on time. Worse yet, when you overwork an under-powered motor for extended periods of time, its coils will burn out and you might need to spend money to repair the motor.
It is often said that you need at least 600 watts of power for kneading any sort of dough, but if you want to be sure that your new food processor is capable of handling all types of dough, be on the safe side and a get a motor which is rated at 700 watts minimum (more is better). Even if you get a motor that is slightly overpowered for the task, it doesn’t hurt since:
a) It will not need to work as hard as a weaker motor, and hence its lifespan increases.
b) It will not generate as much noise as a less powerful motor which has to work harder in order to get the job done. If you are sensitive to noise, then this is something you need to think about.
c) It will also help out with other food processing tasks – grinding spices, chopping nuts, slicing herbs, etc. A more powerful motor gets the job done faster, be it kneading or something else.
If you are only concerned with slicing up herbs, chopping nuts, or mixing spices, then a basic 3-bowl food processor will manage just fine. For a couple, we recommend a 7-cup food processor. For a family of 4, we recommend a 10-cup food processor.
If you have a larger family, or if you often host guests at your house, then a 12 or 14-cup food processor is needed. If you have an average family (3 or 4 members), but like to make multiple servings or batches at a time and store the remainder for future use, then get a 12-cup food processor instead of a 10-cup model.
Attachments often make or break the deal when you are trying to decide between two different food processors that have otherwise similar specs (motor, controls, bowl size, etc.). For kneading, make sure that the food processor has a blunt kneading blade attachment included in the package.
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Oster 10-Cup Food Processor
Also look out for grater attachments (grating carrots and fruits), blender attachments (for smoothies), multiple blade sizes (for generating slices of varying sizes and thicknesses), as well as an S-shaped chopping blade. Make sure that there is a wide opening on the lid to push food through, and the lid itself must attach onto the bowl in a secure manner. There must be a safety lock as well, to prevent you from accidentally slipping your finger in.
Construction and Warranty
Better construction means that your food processor will not vibrate as much while running. Fewer vibrations translate into less noise-emission and the lower the noise, the better. Better construction means better overall build quality, so basically you will try to get a sturdier and well-designed machine with fewer points of failure.
A better warranty is also a major selling point, and increases the overall value of a machine. Finally, look for dishwasher safe parts so you are not forced to hand-clean everything from the bowl to the blades. Soft touch buttons are easier to clean than regular buttons.