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Oster Total Prep 10 Cup

Oster Total Prep 10 Cup Review

Food Processors

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Best Feature:
Affordable with ability to knead dough
Worst Feature:
The hard-to-clean handle, lightweight feel
Best Uses:
Basic food processing
Pricing:
$59.99
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Overview

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.

The Oster Total Prep 10-Cup Food Processor.
The Oster Total Prep 10-Cup Food Processor.
Credit: Mary Griffin

You can compare the Oster Total Prep 10-Cup Food Processor to other food processors in the Food Processor Review.

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Unpacking the Oster Total Prep 10-Cup Food Processor.
The Oster Total Prep 10-Cup Food Processor.
The buttons on the Oster provide several processing options.
The Oster comes with a multipurpose "S" blade, reversible slicing/shredding disc, and a dough blade.
The Oster did a relatively good job of slicing for its price.
Despite a very ripe tomato, we felt the Oster created more food waste than other comparable models.
We were pleased by the onion test results.
Our Oster parsley test results were just okay.
Despite some food waste, we found that the Oster did a nice job shredding parmesan.
Wasted parmesan stuck in the Oster's lid.
The Oster makes pizza dough!
The Oster created a bit of a mess under the dough blade.
This was the biggest flaw we found with the Oster, the hard-to-clean handle.
The Oster's cord fits conveniently underneath the unit.

 
This Product
Overall Winner
Overall Score
65%
93%
93%
Our Awards
Date Reviewed
January 2016
January 2016
January 2016
Pros
affordable; capable of dough; compact; easy to store
excellent performance; 25-year warranty; 8 attachments; blade storage; wide feeder tube; large and small work bowls; timer; good customer service
excellent performance; quiet; two work bowls; great warranty; wide feeder tube; blade storage; good capacity; efficient; versitile
Cons
lightweight base; loud; groove in feeder tube system trapped food particles
expensive; heavy base; difficult to clean; poor emulsifying capability
expensive; poor performance with whipping; difficult to clean; no cord storage; heavy
Functionality (30%)
Processing Quality (30%)
Ease of Set Up & Clean Up (30%)
Storage Options (10%)
Type
Mid-Size
Full-Size
Full-Size
Capacity (cups)
10
16 and 2.5
16-cup and 4.5
Liquid Capacity (cups)
3.3
5
7.75
Price
$59.99
$399.99
$299.99
Warranty
1-year limited warranty
25-year motor warranty; 1-year limited warranty on unit
20-year motor warranty; 3-year limited warranty on unit
Product Depth
8.5"
10.25"
15.75"
Product Height
16.25"
17.75"
20"
Product Width
6.75"
8"
13"
Motor Power (watts)
500
1,200
1,300
Base Weight (our measurement)
3.4 lbs
15.4 lbs
15 lbs
Control Panel
Buttons
Touchpad
Touchpad
Speed Settings
Off, Slice/Shred, Mix/Knead, and Chop/Pulse
Continuous and Pulse
On, Off, Dough, or Pulse
Attachments
3 attachments: 'S' blade, dough blade and reversible shredding/slicing disc
8 attachments: 2 'S' blades, dough blade, adjustable slicing disc, reversible shredding disc, julienne disc, French fry disc, and whisking/emulsifying disc
5 attachments: 2 'S' blades, dough blade, adjustable slicing disc, reversible shredding disc
Large Tube
4.5" x 2.5"
5.75" x 3"
5.75" x 3"
Small Tubes
2.5" x 2"
2" circular
3" x 2"
Cord Storage
Yes
Yes
Yes
BPA-Free Plastic
Yes
Yes
Yes

Product Background

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.


ProductReportCard Editors' In-Depth Review


Specifications

Performance Comparison

Functionality

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 buttons on the Oster provide several processing options.
The buttons on the Oster provide several processing options.
Credit: Mary Griffin

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.

The Oster comes with a multipurpose "S" blade, reversible slicing/shredding disc, and a dough blade.
The Oster comes with a multipurpose "S" blade, reversible slicing/shredding disc, and a dough blade.
Credit: Mary Griffin

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 pleased by the onion test results.
We were pleased by the onion test results.
Credit: Mary Griffin

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.

The Oster makes pizza dough!
The Oster makes pizza dough!
Credit: Mary Griffin

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.

The Oster did a relatively good job of slicing for its price.
The Oster did a relatively good job of slicing for its price.
Credit: Mary Griffin

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.

Despite some food waste, we found that the Oster did a nice job shredding parmesan.
Despite some food waste, we found that the Oster did a nice job shredding parmesan.
Credit: Mary Griffin

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.

Our Oster parsley test results.
Our Oster parsley test results.
Credit: Mary Griffin

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.

This was the biggest flaw we found with the Oster, the hard-to-clean handle.
This was the biggest flaw we found with the Oster, the hard-to-clean handle.
Credit: Mary Griffin
Storage Options

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's cord fits conveniently underneath the unit.
The Oster's cord fits conveniently underneath the unit.
Credit: Mary Griffin
Best Uses

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

Cuisinart Pro Classic 7 Cup

- $100

- 600-watt motor

- Heavier base at 9.4lbs

- Simple paddle control

Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Deluxe 14 Cup

- $80

- 525-watt motor

- Large feeder tube

We 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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