Commercial food processors are essential in many restuarants and commercial kitchens around Canada. First off, let's give a brief description of the four primary different kinds of food processors:
- Batch Bowls - these have a bowl (measured in quarts) that you put your fruits or vegetables into, to make a single batch of processed food.
- Continuous feed - these are well-suited for high volume locations, because they have a chute that allows you to do a continuous feed of processed food into another bowl or pan.
- Combination processors - these combine the benefits of the previous two. They allow you to make a batch in their bowl, or they allow you to have a continuous feed from a chute.
- Buffalo choppers - these are large food processors, perfect for meat and vegetables. You'll probably know if you need one of these. So if you're a bit confused, try looking at the batch bowls first, as they are the most standard.
One thing to make a note of: for dicing options, all continuous feed food processors should be capable of dicing (usually with optional discs that you have to buy separately) but only some combination food processors can do dicing. This is why we've indicated "with dicing" in the titles of some combination food processors, but not with the continuous feed food processors (because all continuous feed processors are capable of dicing, so it would be redundant).
Some of the more powerful processors can process up to 1000 pounds of food an hour. If you don’t need that much food processed, there are models which can’t process as much per hour, but are still commercial grade, with high-quality materials, so they can withstand the strains of any commercial kitchen.
Food processors will come with a variety of discs which will allow you to process your food in different ways. Some popular discs would be julienne, which can make vegetables into long narrow strips for fries (or things that are fry-shaped). You can use a grating disc, which will shred your food, which is perfect if you want to make hash browns. Or if you want to make garnishes or salsa, try a dicing disc, which will make small cubes.
There’s a lot more where that came from: if you want to chop, puree, whip, slice, or knead — there is an attachment for it.
You’ll need to make sure you know how much food you’ll be processing. But if you’re not sure which food processor to buy still, consider what kinds of food you’ll be processing. Tougher vegetables like raw potatoes and other root vegetables will require more horse power from a food processor. This will impact whether you go with a light- medium- or heavy-duty food processor.
What are the best commercial food processors?
Robot-coupe is a very popular brand, and so is Waring. They're popular for a reason: they are sturdy machines that can last in your commercial kitchen for years and years.
However, all of the food processors on here have been curated: we’re not going to sell you something we wouldn’t use ourselves. Any of these machines can withstand the demands of a commercial kitchen. A robot-coupe may just be able to withstand the demands a little longer and a little more consistently.
If you’re unsure of which commercial food processor you want to buy, give us a call at 1-855-388-5999, and we’ll help you find the perfect one for your restaurant or commercial kitchen