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Inexpensive food processors: Consumer Reports

Many cooks rely on a food processor to handle the prep work. Consumer Reports just put 20 to the test and found that top dollar delivers top performance, but you can get quite a bit of bang for your buck by spending as little as $50.
(Consumer Reports) - Many cooks rely on a food processor to handle the prep work. Consumer Reports just put 20 to the test and found that top dollar delivers top performance, but you can get quite a bit of bang for your buck by spending as little as $50.

The Breville Sous Chef model number BFP800XL/A vaulted to the top of the ratings, acing many of Consumer Reports’ tough tests, including slicing mushrooms and shredding carrots.

It’s relatively quiet, so you can easily have a conversation while you’re working.

The 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 almost 20 pounds.

It’s clearly a high-end product that requires premium counter space. It also comes at a premium price, $400!

If you can live with less-than-perfect results, consider the $50 Hamilton Beach 70730.

It has a decent-sized 10-cup work bowl and is fairly light for easy storage. And though 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, but it does a lot really well and at a price that’s hard to beat.

Consumer Reports also tested food choppers. Those mini-processors don’t slice or shred but are great for small, quick jobs, such as 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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