Inexpensive Food Processors

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 dollars.

As a home pastry chef, Teryn Beyer saves tons of time by using her food processor.

Beyer said, “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!”

In the market for a food processor? Consumer Reports tested 20.

This 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 of 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 dollars!” said DiClerico.

If you can live with less than perfect results, consider this
50-dollar 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. These 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 dollars.

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