If you need to slice, shred, grate‚ or chop vegetables—or pulse butter and flour into pea-sized perfection to form dough—the best tool for the task is a food processor.
And whether you’re chopping a pile of fresh veggies for weekly meal prep or making batches of coleslaw for a crowd, the appliance is a real time-saver. “Even experienced home cooks who prefer to slice and dice by hand find plenty of uses for their food processor,” says CR test engineer Cindy Fisher, who oversees our food processor tests.
You'll find nearly 40 models in our food processor ratings, ranging from $30 to $600. They come in a variety of sizes and capacities; the biggest will hold an impressive 16 cups. Features vary widely, too. Some come with a special hook for kneading dough or one for spiralizing veggies into long, thin "noodles."
In our food processor lab, we test a blade's ability to chop almonds and onions uniformly, grate Parmesan cheese, and purée peas and carrots into a smooth mixture. If the model comes with slicing attachments, we test the slicing blade using mushrooms and celery, and the shredding blade with cheddar. We also measure noise, because while all food processors are noisy, some are much more grating than others.
Read on for reviews of five top food processors from Consumer Reports' tests, listed in alphabetical (not rank) order.
Check out our food processor buying guide as you shop, and for more details and options, see our food processor ratings.
Breville Sous Chef BFP800XL/A
CR's take: The Breville Sous Chef BFP800XL is one of the few models tested that earns a rating of Very Good for puréeing, so you can be confident that veggies will turn out with a smooth consistency. It runs on 960 watts and is loaded with accessories. Touch buttons are easy to wipe clean. This food processor is 18 inches high and weighs 19 pounds, factors to consider if you plan to lift it out of a cupboard or cabinet with each use. It's one of the heaviest food processors we've tested. Add in the accessory storage case, which is included, and you can see how this model will eat up storage space in addition to a chunk of your savings. The warranty is for one year, but the motor is covered for 25 years, the longest in our ratings. Available in brushed aluminum, red, and black.
Cuisinart Custom 14 DFP-14BCNY
CR's take: Cuisinart introduced the food processor to Americans in the early 1970s, and it has been a recognized brand in the category ever since. The Cuisinart Custom 14 DFP-14BCNY garners an Excellent rating in chopping, meaning it consistently chopped onions and nuts into medium-sized pieces. And it's one of the quietest models we've tested. It has a 14-cup capacity and stands almost 16 inches high. Many of the food processors we've tested operate with touch buttons, but this one has levers—one for on, the other for pulsing and off. The warranty covers three years; five for the motor. Available in brushed stainless, copper, and stainless mixed with black or white.
Cuisinart Pro Custom 11 DLC-8SY
CR's take: The Cuisinart Pro Custom DLC-8SY earns a rating of Excellent in slicing, turning out veggies that are evenly sliced, but it's only average when it comes to puréeing. It has an 11-cup capacity and lever controls, and is the most compact of its brandmates highlighted here (weighing in at around 12 pounds and measuring 15 inches tall). There's a three-year parts warranty, and the motor is covered for 5 years. Available in white.
Magimix 4200 XL
CR's take: Robot-Coupe, the French company that developed the first food processor, took the technology of its commercial models and applied it to the high-performing Magimix 4200 XL for home cooks. The 12-cup food processor garners Very Good ratings in the chopping, slicing, shredding, and grating tests. The only test it doesn't excel at is puréeing. (It wasn't able to get peas perfectly smooth.) The hefty 950-watt machine weighs 17.5 pounds and comes with all the extras: mini chopping bowls, a dough blade, a shredding disc, a grating disc, blending attachment for liquids, whipping attachment, and a case to keep them organized. The warranty lasts three years for parts and 30 years for the motor. Available in chrome, black, white, cream, and red.
Oster Versa Pro Series BLSTVB-104-000 Food Processor Attachment
CR's take: The Oster Versa Pro has a much smaller capacity than other food processors in this bunch, but if you're not processing huge batches of hummus or shredding pounds of potatoes, this 5-cup models should suffice. This set also includes a blender jar, so you're getting two appliances in one. The processor attachment delivers solid performance in several key tasks and is among the best at chopping, slicing, and shredding, rating an Excellent in these tests. The Oster Versa Pro weighs just over 6 pounds and is 15 inches tall. The warranty covers 7 years. Available in black.
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