7 On Your Side
Consumer Reports tests 20 food processors
Whether you're shredding vegetables or chopping nuts a good processor can save you a lot of time, but do you have to spend hundreds of dollars for a quality machine? Consumer Reports has partnered exclusively with 7 On Your side to find out.
Many cooks rely on a food processor these days to handle the prep work. Consumer Reports just put 20 to the test and found top dollar delivers top performance, but you can get quite a bit of bang for your buck by spending as little as $50.
As a home pastry chef, Teryn Beyer saves tons of time by using her food processor.
"If I have a big order for carrot cakes, instead of sitting there with the grater and the carrots, I can just throw them all in here and it grates them perfectly, or it can chop nuts, or anything," said Beyer.
In the market for a food processor? Consumer Reports tested 20.
The Breville Sous Chef vaulted past the top-rated Cuisinart processor - acing many of Consumer Reports' tough tests -- including slicing mushrooms and shredding carrots.
"And it's relatively quiet, so you can easily have a conversation while you're working," said Dan DiClerico, Consumer Reports.
This sous chef has a 16-cup work bowl, a mini-bowl insert, and a case where you can neatly and safely store a ton of blades and accessories. But it's 18 inches tall and weighs nearly 20 pounds.
"This is clearly a high-end product that requires premium counter space. It does also come at a premium price - $400," said DiClerico.
If you can live with less than perfect results, consider the $50 Hamilton Beach model number 70730. It has a decent-size 10-cup work bowl and is fairly light for easy storage. And while it didn't do a great job puréeing peas, it was very good at slicing mushrooms and did an excellent job shredding carrots.
"The downside is it's very noisy," said DiClerico.
Still, it does a lot really well and at a price that's hard to beat.
Consumer Reports also tested food choppers; the mini-processors don't slice or shred but are great for small, quick jobs, like chopping nuts and herbs or grating a small chunk of cheese. Most are easy to store. Consumer Reports recommends the Cuisinart Mini Prep Plus DLC-2A for $40.
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