What Are the Pros and Cons of a Stainless Steel Food Processor?

Dan Cavallari

Choosing a food processor for the kitchen often starts with determining the correct size, but just as important as the size is the material used to make the device. A stainless steel food processor is a popular kitchen device because stainless steel tends to be very attractive, durable, and easy to maintain. If the buyer is looking for a high-end option, the stainless steel food processor is probably the way to go, though the buyer should also be aware that stainless steel tends to be more expensive than other options.

A stainless steel food processor is easy to clean.
A stainless steel food processor is easy to clean.

One of the distinct advantages of the stainless steel food processor, aside from its visual appeal, is its durability and resistance to corrosion. Kitchens can be messy places, and liquids are likely to come into contact with the stainless steel food processor; luckily, stainless steel tends to resist corrosion and other types of water damage, and it is quite resistant to direct impacts as well. Cleaning stainless steel is fairly easy, though some manufacturers do recommend that consumers use cleaners that are specifically designed for stainless steel only. Wiping down the steel with a damp rag is usually sufficient, however.

The cost of stainless steel is usually the most significant drawback to it. A stainless steel food processor is likely to be more expensive than other options, even if that particular model does not outperform other models without stainless steel. Very often other models with plastic casings or even other types of metal casings will still include components that are made from stainless steel, especially chopping blades that will regularly make contact with foods. This means it is possible to buy a food processor that is not entirely stainless steel and still get some of the advantages of stainless steel components.

While the stainless steel food processor tends to be very visually appealing, and it is easy to clean, the buyer may find himself cleaning the appliance more often than appliances made from other materials. Stainless steel scratches fairly easily, which means the aesthetic appeal can be altered, and smudges from grease or liquids will show up fairly prominently on the stainless steel. While it is easy to clean the steel, cleaning will be necessary more often if smudges and smears end up on the surface of the steel. Scratches are difficult or impossible to remove, which means the surface can be permanently altered.

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