My standard rating methods were useless here because restaurateurs and chef are not so much into providing review of the food processors they use.
So here is what I did:
- I contacted restaurants and chefs asking for an opinion on the best professional food processors and most of the time I was politely dismissed
- I rinsed and repeated the process until I got the opinion of 100 chefs/professionals (exactly 807 chefs/restaurants contacted to get 100 opinions)
- I compiled the data and offered them here
I was a slow repetitive processor, but it now allows me to offer you the precise numbers (%) of how many of them voted for a certain product.
In these conversations with the chefs, I learned a few things on what the PROs are looking for when getting a commercial food processor.
Here are a few tips on what they look for:
- they always go for a food processor with the base sitting on top of the motor, with the workload it’s supposed to handle the ones that are designed with a side mounted motor die within months, even the best and most expensive of them (too much mechanics included, the power is transmitted using a belt)
- Tube that is wide enough to almost eliminate (minimize) the need for pre-cutting (this makes all the difference in prep time)
- Versatility (especially with the number of slicing discs)
- Volume – they do have sidekick food processors (mini choppers) that are used for lighter jobs, but for their main food processor they rarely go below 14 cup volume
- Dough making – most of the chefs that agreed to take part in the poll have a modern practical approach and had the opinion that making of the dough for pastry/cakes/bread manually is somehow better is a myth and that if chosen right, a professional food processor does as good as job as any baker
Let’s take a more in depth look into the models they recommended:
Choice 1: KitchenAid KFP1642CA Candy Apple Red Pro Line 16-cup Food Processor
- materials used: stainless steel, aluminum, plastic – all highest quality for unparalleled endurance, shredding disc (dual size adjustable), dough-blade, case for storage, spatula
- 16 cups volume and versatile work bowls
- includes: prepping bowl (10 cups), mini bowl (4 cups), slicing disc (adjustable for thickness)
- easy to work with large batches of food
- all the materials are BPA chemicals free
- built by North American Standards, intended to be used in USA and Canada
- size: 1.4 ” x 22″ 20.2 “
- Weighs 9 pounds
- Shipping weight is 40 pounds
More about the product:
Precise dicing: First model in the industry to introduce hands-free dicing that meets professional standards, this model makes the dicing effortless.
Adjustable speed: The external lever can slice from thick to thin in one smooth slide. The speed levels featured in this professional food processor are optimised so that you can choose one that precisely suits different types of food, from hardest to softest.
Super wide and versatile feed tube: 3 in 1 feed tube (Ultra Wide) designed to offer a choice between horizontal and vertical slicing.
Full capacity used: What the label says is what you get. Most of the lower-end food processors list one volume but have an engraved maximum capacity that’s lower than the one listed.
Not the case with KFP1642SR – the locking system and with an ultra-light seal and leak-resistant rings allows the food processor to be filled to the full listed volume without any risk of spilling the food.
Ergonomic handle: The handle is designed to minimize wrist fatigue – soft-grip and non slip design.
Robot Coupe R 2 N Continuous Feed Combination Food Processor with 3 Quart Bowl
This is a commercial food processor that can meet the needs of the biggest of restaurants, its main strength being variable speeds that are completely computer controlled.
The shipping weight of this robust thing is close to 99 pounds, unit weight 92 pounds.
More about this commercial food processor:
The fact sheet:
- able to prepare 2000 servings in under 3 hours
- commercial use only
- the speed settings are variable and computer controlled
- Feed attach is designed for continuous use
- In spite of the power, the base only occupies 14.2 x 14.3 “
- 2 separate plates included (C450GPA & C446SA)
- RPM (Revolutions Per Minute) in the range from 370 to 3450
- 120V – 60 – 1 ph
- amps – 15
- HP -3
- Power cord – 5 to 15 P
- Electronic products certifications – CETL and ETL
- safety switch (magnetic)
- motor support base is full heavy-duty metal and extremely durable, made to last a lifetime
- veggie prepping attach. features 2 openings (deep feed), both for smaller and bigger produce
- easy-remove attachments design speeds-up the cleaning making it super easy
- 2 processing discs
Optional discs and accessories:
Additional 36 discs available and a disc rack (regular of wall mounted).
Waring FP2200 commercial food processor
- Batch bowl (volume – 6 quart dry food and 4 quart liquid) made of durable Lexan resistant to scratches and breaking
- two handles for easier use and added stability
- the feed designed for continuous use – extremely durable polycarbonate with the capacity of up to 1400 oz, the bowl is scratch/break resistant
- features included: 1/8 ” disc (slicing), 3/16 ” (shredding), S blade and innovative mid inch blade, brush for cleaning, food-pusher
- Height: 26.6 “
- Base: 16 x 12 ” (width and depth)
- weight 84 lbs
- 3/4 HP motor
- feed space 22 square “
- Warranty – one of the most flexible in the commercial food processors (5-year motor, 2-year labor and parts)
- Certifications and approvals – CUL, UL and NSF
- You can buy it online at Amazon.
More details about the electric features:
- voltage of 120V
- wattage of 672 W
- Revolutions Per Minute (RPM) – 1780
- One speed
Over a dozen optional discs available for slicing, grating, chopping, mixing, shredding and Julienne.
Final thoughts on the Waring FP2200:
This commercial food processor fits somewhere in-between the two previous entries on our list. Not as powerful as the Robot Coupe R602VC it is better suited for smaller kitchens and restaurant.
Even with all the features and power it’s still easy to use. When you read all of the above, you would think that it must include complicated controls, but you would be wrong. It includes just 3 buttons – On, Off and Pulse.
One the main strengths is that it offers the convenience of basically having 2 types of processors in one unit (batch bowl and continuous feed).
The oval chute is 6.5 x 3 ” (length and width) which can comfortably allow for a continuous flow of feeding.
Smartly designed so that you don’t need to empty the batch bowl, it automatically feeds into your ingredient bowl or bins for storage.
Safety-conscious design – the interlock system does not allow for the unit to be turned on if not properly assembled.
Easy to clean – everything added feature comes of easily and is safe for a dishwasher – covers, batch bowls, food pushers – everything.
Robot Coupe R301B Commercial Food Processor
Another entry on the list coming from Robot Coupe. Back in my 9-5 office days, I knew that they were kind of a big deal in the commercial food processors industry, but I have to be honest and say I am surprised by what I heard from the chefs while taking the poll to compile this guide. Surprised at how dominant they are when it comes to bigger restaurants with bigger volume needs.
I’ll let you in on something else here – two of their models got to this list, but 5 got to the list of 10. Granted, these are far behind the models presented here, but still – half of the list of top 10 being Robot Coupe commercial products, that’s huge…
Getting back to this specific unit.
This model is for those restaurateurs and chefs who really understand the value of seconds saved and will not settle.
- bowl is durable plastic (handle only attachment)
- standard S blade, 4mm slicing disc, medium 2 mm grating disc, discharge plate
- motor is direct drive and cooled by a powerful fan
- capacity of 3.5 QT
- Revolutions per Minute – 1725
- weight 40 pounds, shipping weight around 42 pounds
- amps – 9
- electrical requirements – 120v / 60 / 1 ph / single phase
- 1.5 HP
- ETL and CETL certified
Additional discs available (optional):
- slicing (6 options available, starting from 1 to 6 mm) and a ripple cut slicer
- grating ( 6 options available, from 1.5 mm to 9 mm and a hard cheese grater)
- pulping (standard pulping and fine pulping)
- Julienne (6 options from 2 x 2mm to 8 x 8 mm)
Waring Commercial WFP14S Batch Bowl Food Processor with LiquiLock Seal System, 3-1/2-Quart
This monster of a food processor can process up to 700 pounds of food per hour. That fact alone says a lot.
Features included in the standard model:
- capacity of 2.5 qt
- slicing, grating, shredding and julienne processing goes straight to the bowl – eliminated the need for bins in smaller tasks
- includes: S blade (serrated), slicing, julienne and grating disc
- pulse control for precision and finer processing
- bowl and cover (both clear) – rugged durable polycarbonate, scratch and break resistant
- warranty – limited 5 year on the motor and full 2 years parts
- the motor is commercial HP grade – reliable with the hardest of food processing jobs
- feed tube – 10 square “, reduced prep time and steady amounts of food going down the tube
- same pusher used on both batch and continuous processor
- two different size of tubes included – one for horizontal cutting and larger pieces and the second for vertical cutting and smaller foods
- easy cleaning – flat paddle features hefty controls that are easy to use and clean (all dishwasher safe)
- safety – safe interlocking doesn’t allow the machine to work unless assembled right, and SAFETY RESET button for manual reset (protects from overload)
- voltage – 120
- Revolutions per Minute – 1750
- NSF and cUL certified
Additional (optional) features and accessories:
- Over 20 additional discs available for anything from slicing, grating, shredding and Julienne.
Few facts about the companies
KitchenAid is an American brand of appliances and it’s owned by the Whirlpool corporation. It was originally established in 1919 and their primary focus at the time was stand mixers. They started expanding their portfolio of products in 1949 when they started making dishwashers.
Today they are best known for small home appliances, but as you saw in this guide they mean business even in the arena of more powerful commercial food processors.
About Robot Coupe
Based in Jackson, Mississippi, Robot Coupe started their story about 30 years ago. With their innovative product they completely changed the landscape of food processors, by showing restaurant owners how much time can be saved by the use of their owners.
Since those baby years, Robot Coupe has grown beyond anything the founders could imagine. Today, it is an industry standard in commercial food processors.
I must admit that, even though I am in the industry for years, before compiling the chef poll and this guide, I wasn’t aware of how dominant they are in the field.
They are leaders of the industry in most of the paramount aspects like innovation, quality, ease of use and customer service. Just recently they have been honored by the industry community of dealers and broadliners by being titled “Best in Class” in the arena of food processors.
Some of the other products they are famous for:
- R2 – table top cutter
- CL60 – veggie prep machine for commercial use
- immersion blenders – various models
- Robot Coupe juicers
- Robot Coupe Blixer
- Magimix by Robot Coupe…
About Waring Commercial
Best known as the company that introduced the blender to Americans, Waring is one of the leaders in the industry of commercial food processors, home appliances and lab equipment.
Since Fred Waring, the founder, introduced what he called “the miracle mixer” in 1937 the company growth was unstoppable. The name of the product was changed to “Waring Blendor” and, for Waring Corporation, it was only uphill from there.
They are also well known for producing highest quality grills, toaster and similar heat appliances.
The line Waring Pro brought a wide range of professional quality products to the market – everything from professional food processors to juicers and waffle makers.
With almost 80 years of experience and constant progress, it’s not strange that Waring had two entries to the list in this guide.
Some of the other products they are famous for:
- Waring food slicers line (especially the Waring Pro food slicer fs150)
- Waring food dehydrator – professional quality
- Waring Panini Grill – commercial
- Waring Pro grills
One thing to keep in mind when reading this guide is the fact that from all the chefs I contacted, most of the ones that agreed to take part in the poll are working in smaller restaurants.
This brought some bias to the poll and that’s exactly why I included the extra column in the table of the “winners” that indicates the size of the establishment or restaurant the unit is best suited for.
Although by Far the least expensive, the first entry on the list is best suited for diners and restaurants that have similar needs in terms of food processing. Bigger establishments that organize events would probably be better off with one of the items in the table (top of the page) marked with “Bigger venues/restaurants”.
Within this guide I tried to do my best to provide as much detailed reviews of commercial food processors as possible, but my expertise in the industry here is far less important than the real life experiences of chefs actually using the units on daily basis.
Now I have a database of chefs that are willing to share their thoughts with me and it is my intention to “bug” them for 20 seconds of their time every few months and see if the landscape of this guide on best professional food processors changes over time.
For you, the restaurateur/chef, this means that the information found here are always fresh and relevant.
Take care of yourself and your business.