In today's busy world we need all the help we can get in the kitchen.
Home pastry chef, Teryn Beyer, saves 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," Beyer said.
Consumer Reports tested 20 food processors and though some were pricey, testers found you can still get decent results with less expensive models.
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 Consumer Reports' Dan DiClerico.
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 nearly 20 pounds.
"This is clearly a high-end product that requires premium counter space. It does also come at a premium price - $400," DiClerico said.
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 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 -- it was very noisy.
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. Consumer Reports recommends the Cuisinart Mini Prep Plus DLC-2A, for $40.
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