Michelle came to me with a problem: Her second food processor in 28 years recently died and she has exactly four Thanksgiving recipes that call for one. The truth is, you can’t replace a food processor. I’ve tried—with a Vitamix—and nothing else works as well for a mirepoix soup base or buttery pie dough. We did some research on the various models available, cross-checked our favorites with Consumer Reports, and this is what we came up with. Just in time for Thanksgiving cooking.
Above: The Cuisinart 14-Cup Food Processor is the reliable, no frills option. It has a 720-watt motor, an on/off switch (again, no frills), and comes with a stainless steel slicing and shredding disks; $190.81 on Amazon. Above: The Cuisinart Elite Collection Food Processor has a 12- and four-cup bowl, small and large cutting and shredding disks, and a 1,000-watt motor; $160.20 on Amazon. The Cuisinart Elite is rated high for slicing and noise (it’s quiet) but low for pureeing and grating by Consumer Reports. Above: The KitchenAid Food Processor with ExactSlice System has an externally adjustable slicing system (the ExactSlice) while processing and comes with an array of slicing and shredding blades, a dough blade, and a spatula; $199.99 for the 16-cup size on Amazon. Above: The KitchenAid Pro Line Food Processor has a commercial-grade 650-watt motor with adjustable speed settings; $599.95 for the 13-cup size at Sur la Table. Above: The Breville Sous Chef 16 Pro comes with eight precision tools and has a 16-cup capacity. Its ultra-powerful motor, 1,200 watts, is good for those who need a food processor more often than special occasions or holidays; $399.95 at Breville. Note the Breville Sous Chef is the highest rated food processor on Consumer Reports with high marks for functionality. Above: The Magimix by Robot-Coupe Food Processor is from the French company (Robot-Coupe) to invent the first food processor (see below) but adapted for residential kitchens. It comes with a dough blade, two grating disks, two slicing disks, an egg whisk, and a spatula. It’s available in a six-, 12-, and 14-cup size; the 14-cup is $399.95 at Williams-Sonoma. Above: An industrial-strength food processor designed for commercial kitchens, the French Robot Coupe Food Processor has one speed, a 1,725-RPM motor, and a 10-cup capacity; $511 at KaTom. Above: The Braun Multiquick Kitchen Machine has a 600-watt motor with variable speeds from 300 RPM to 2,000 RPM. It has a nine-cup capacity and walks the line between food processor (its main function for chopping, slicing, shredding, and grating) and stand mixer (with additional options for kneading, mixing, and blending). It can be sourced through Braun and Braun vendors for around $199. Above: If you have a KitchenAid stand mixer you can transform it with the KitchenAid Food Processor Attachment, which has stainless-steel blades for slicing, shredding, and julienne; $149.95 at Williams-Sonoma. Above: If you’re game for a Japanese import, the Panasonic Food Processor has a glass container (with a 13-cup capacity) and comes with two types of cutters and a grater. You can get it on Amazon for $115.14.
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