At $60, the Oster Total Prep 10-Cup Food Processor with Dough Blade won our Best Buy Award, and it is an excellent choice for basic food processing. Have realistic expectations, though. We felt it was very lightweight, difficult to clean, and produced more food waste than other comparable models. With that said, this is the only model we tested under $60 that is capable of kneading dough, and we thought it did a relatively good job of slicing, shredding, chopping, pureeing, and kneading.
You can compare the Oster Total Prep 10-Cup Food Processor to other food processors in the Food Processor Review.
The Oster Total Prep 10-Cup Food Processor with Dough Blade (FPSTFP1355) comes with a 500-watt motor, one dishwasher-safe, BPA-free work bowl, and three attachments. In addition to the universal 'S' blade, it has a stainless steel reversible disc for slicing and shredding, and a plastic blade for kneading. The three different speed settings include Slice/Shred, Mix/Knead or Chop/Pulse. The Oster Total Prep has a large feeder tube that measures 4 1/2" x 2 1/2" and a smaller tube that is 2 1/2" x 2". The design allows for a continuous feed into the running machine via the smaller chute, which makes it easier to process longer items like carrots or cucumbers. Suction cup feet help to keep this relatively lightweight appliance from moving on the counter.
With 10 cups of dry capacity, we thought the Oster Total Prep was large enough for most processing projects. During our tests, we found the max liquid line was accurate, and the machine didn't leak as long as we kept liquids to 3 1/3 cups. We thought this was pretty good considering the size of the bowl and the price of the machine. If you think you will want more liquid capacity, you will need to consider some of the higher-priced machines like the Breville Sous Chef or the Cuisinart Elite Collection 2.0 16 Cup. In terms of the control panel, we found the buttons very easy to use and responsive. However, we didn't feel like you needed more than continuous and pulse processing options.
The three attachments included with the Oster provide all the basics for food processing. We found that they were easy to use, sharp, and capable. We liked having the reversible slicing/shredding disc because it saves space. We also appreciated that the disc is designed with fingers holes for safe and easy handling.
We really liked the Oster's feeder tube design during our tests, more so than the other inexpensive machines. The large feed tube was able to fit a whole tomato and potato without any trimming required.Processing Quality
At this price point, we thought that the Oster Total Prep did well slicing, shredding, chopping, pureeing, and kneading. With a 3.4-pound base and 500-watt motor, we found it powerful and stable enough for all of our processing tests including kneading dough. It was one of the louder food processors we tested, but that is to be expected with less expensive units. We were particularly impressed with the Oster's chopping ability. It produced a finely chopped onion without pureeing it.
We were also impressed with the dough function and thought that it did a great job kneading pizza dough. This is one of the only inexpensive models in our lineup that can process dough.
It did a nice job with slicing potatoes and with the more challenging task of slicing tomatoes. Although we didn't have to trim the tomato, a significant chunk got caught in the lid and was wasted anyways. With that said, it was a very ripe tomato and the Oster still did a pretty good job of slicing it compared to other similarly priced machines.
We found that this model also did an adequate job of shredding parmesan, but, like with the tomato, it produced a bit more food waste than other models we tested as it pulled the parmesan into the lid.
We thought the Oster did an okay job of mincing parsley. However, it looked a bit mangled and wet compared to some of our other parsley tests.
The Oster isn't designed for whipping/emulsifying liquids or grinding foods with high oil content (i.e. nuts), so we didn't include whipped cream or almond butter in our tests.Ease of Set Up and Clean Up
The Oster Total Prep is very easy to set up, and the parts fit together smoothly. The only drawback is that the base needs to be held in order to lock/unlock the bowl and therefore assembly takes two hands. The Oster is also really easy to clean up. However, there is a small groove in the feeder tube part of the lid that traps food particles. Even after repeated attempts, we were unable to completely clean out a piece of carrot and parmesan that had gotten caught in the mechanism during our tests. Otherwise, the simplicity of the design makes it easy to assemble and use.
Although the Oster Total Prep is a bigger machine, all of its attachments can be conveniently stored inside its work bowl. In addition, it is designed with cord storage.
The Oster Total Prep 10-Cup Food Processor with Dough Blade (FPSTFP1355) is an inexpensive machine well suited for slicing, shredding, chopping, and pureeing. It is also great for kneading dough!Value
At $60, the Oster Total Prep is one of our most affordable options and has many features you'd only find in a more expensive machine. Oster provides a 1-year limited warranty for this model, and they guarantee it to be free of defects in material or craftsmanship. Proof of purchase is required for the repair/replacement of the defective part or machine.Conclusion
Winner of our Best Buy Award, we thought that the Oster Total Prep did a great job for its price point. Not only did it do well processing fruits and vegetables, but it is also one of the only inexpensive machines capable of kneading dough. We were impressed with its performance slicing potatoes, chopping onions, shredding cheese and carrots, and kneading pizza dough. Despite how loud the unit was, we found it powerful and relatively smooth to operate. Compared to other inexpensive machines, it has a decent liquid capacity and large feed tube system that is able to accommodate a whole russet potato. However, the feed tube system is very hard to clean and one of the biggest drawbacks to this model. While we really like this affordable food processor, if you can spend a little more, we would recommend checking out our Editor's Choice Award winner, the Cuisinart 7 Cup Pro Classic.Alternatives
- 600-watt motor
- Heavier base at 9.4lbs
- Simple paddle control
- 525-watt motor
- Large feeder tubeWe suggest that you check out our Buying Advice for Food Processors to get an idea for what machine will best suit your needs.
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