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10 Easy Pieces: Food Processors

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10 Easy Pieces: Food Processors

November 15, 2017

Last week 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.

10 Easy Pieces Food Processors The Cuisinart \14 Cup Food Processor is the reliable, no frills option. It has a 7\20 watt motor, an on/off switch (again, no frills), and comes with a stainless steel slicing and shredding disks; \$\190.8\1 on Amazon.
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.
10 Easy Pieces Food Processors The Cuisinart Elite Collection Food Processor has a \1\2  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 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.
10 Easy Pieces Food Processors 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 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.
10 Easy Pieces Food Processors 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 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.
10 Easy Pieces Food Processors 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 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.
10 Easy Pieces Food Processors 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 , \1\2 , and \14 cup size; the \14 cup is \$399.95 at Williams Sonoma.
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.
10 Easy Pieces Food Processors An industrial strength food processor designed for commercial kitchens, the French Robot Coupe Food Processor has one speed, a \1,7\25 RPM motor, and a \10 cup capacity; \$5\1\1 at KaTom.
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.
10 Easy Pieces Food Processors 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: 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.
10 Easy Pieces Food Processors 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 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.
10 Easy Pieces Food Processors 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 \$\1\15.\14.
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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