Best Food Processors

Who doesn't need a way to save time today? Once dinnertime rolls around, many cooks count on their food processor to cut prep time.

Consumer Reports tested dozens of food processors to help you slice through your many choices.

When it comes to cooking, the food processor is king in Liz Larkin's kitchen.

Larkin says, "I use my food processor for everything, chopping, vegetables, shredding vegetables, mushroom mousse, fancy things that will make people go "wow this is so delicious and fancy, how did you do this?"

Plain or fancy, Consumer Reports has tested 34 food processors.

Celia Kuperszmid Lehrman of Consumer Reports says, "One innovation on some of the more expensive food processors is an adjustable slicing blade. That lets you slice think potatoes for chips or thick potatoes for scallped potatoes."

Food processor basics-slicing, chopping, and shredding-were no problem for most. Several processors from Cuisinart did well in Consumer Reports' tests, but none were top-rated.

That distinction goes to the Breville Sous Chef, which aced most of Consumer Reports' tests, including chopping.

It has a 16-cup work bowl and an extra-wide feed tube, which saves you from having to cut things like potatoes into smaller pieces. But it comes with a lofty price tag-400 dollars.

For significantly less money, and a lot less counter space, Consumer Reports named the $100 KitchenAid #KFP715 a Best Buy. It has fewer bells and whistles, but it scored excellent for slicing and very good for shredding.

Consumer Reports also tested food choppers. They're smaller and weigh less, so storing is a lot easier.

They don't slice or shred, but they can be great for smaller tasks such as chopping nuts and herbs or grating a small chunk of cheese.

Consumer Reports named the Ninja Master Prep Professional, model number QB1004 a Best Buy.

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