What are advantages or disadvantages to a middle blade in the food processor? Might this shape be harder to clean than a single-blade model?

It's also called top blades:

multi-blade food processor models

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    Hey, you need to narrow down this question a bit; you're asking like 5 different things here. Maybe make it JUST about the middle blade, and not all those other questions?
    – FuzzyChef
    Commented Feb 22, 2021 at 6:23
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    Asking what features people look for is opinion based so off topic. If all you want is to make smoothies a stick blender is a better and cheaper option.
    – GdD
    Commented Feb 22, 2021 at 11:12
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    This seems to be a pretty good guide: techgearlab.com/topics/kitchen/best-food-processor
    – Gigili
    Commented Feb 22, 2021 at 12:35
  • Nice guide, thanks Gigili! No GdD, smoothies are not all I want to make. I already have a blender. Additionally, the question was edited to include "what features might be nice to have" as an optional addendum.
    – adamaero
    Commented Feb 22, 2021 at 13:48
  • Sorry, voting to close this question due to lack of focus. If you edit it to be asking just one clear question, I'll reverse that.
    – FuzzyChef
    Commented Feb 22, 2021 at 22:43

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The Robot Coupe is widely regarded as the standard food processor for professional use. Neither it, nor the industry-leading Cuisinart or KitchenAid food processors have those middle blades. As such, it seems unlikely that they are requirements for a quality unit.


The maximum rating is based without the top blades inserted into the pitcher. This drives the greatest power.

TIP: When pureeing, use only the bottom blades for best results.

Top [middle] blades are needed to power through tough ingredients like ice, solid fruits and vegetables.


Bonus idea

For the prices I'm looking at ($100-200), it almost seems worth it to get rid of my current blender, buy a combination attachment blender--with food processor and portable blender containers:

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Related: blades be sharpened or replaced?

  • Why is this answer getting downvotes? It directly answers the question, "Top [middle] blades are needed to power through tough ingredients like ice, solid fruits and vegetables."
    – adamaero
    Commented Feb 25, 2021 at 15:23
  • Not the downvoter, but having blended ice, fruits, and vegetables, I can tell you categorically that a middle blade is not required. It’s probably not a good idea to take that company’s marketing material’s word for it.
    – Sneftel
    Commented Feb 25, 2021 at 20:22
  • @Sneftel It's in the manual, not "marketing materials."
    – adamaero
    Commented Feb 25, 2021 at 20:44
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    :-) You were curious about whether a particular feature was important; you went googling; you found something from the manufacturer, saying that it is. That is an example of marketing.
    – Sneftel
    Commented Feb 25, 2021 at 21:18
  • Um, no, I first found it from a customer review. You're still clinging to the manual being "marketing materials." It's not. Additionally, I never claimed nor thought it to be "important."
    – adamaero
    Commented Feb 25, 2021 at 22:49

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