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Food processors & choppers

What's behind our food processor & chopper Ratings?

Experts at our National Testing and Research Center tested 41 models in food processors & choppers to see which ones perform best.
We look for:
  • Overall score
    Overall score is based on performance, noise, and convenience.
  • Weight
    Weight of processors, rounded to the nearest pound, includes the base, bowl, lid, and chopping blade.
  • Claimed capacity
    Capacity of processors is as claimed by the manufacturer.
  • Chopping
    We judged each model's proficiency at chopping onions, and almonds.
  • Slicing
    We judged each model's proficiency at slicing celery, and mushrooms.
  • Shredding
    We judged each model's proficiency at shredding carrots, and cheddar cheese.
  • Pureeing
    We judged each model's proficiency at puréeing peas and carrots.
  • Grating
    We judged each model's proficiency at grating parmesan cheese.
  • Noise
    We judged noise using the highest speed with a noise meter to measure the decibel level of the unit.

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Recommended food processors & choppers

Recommended food processors & choppers are standout choices with high scores. They include CR Best Buys, which offer exceptional value. When narrowing your choices, weigh features, price, and attributes that matter to you.
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Food processors are versatile machines that can chop, slice, shred, and purée many different foods. Mini-choppers are good for small jobs. If you're looking for information about food processors & choppers, Consumer Reports is your best resource. Consumer Reports’ food processor & chopper reviews will give you honest buying advice that you can trust. Use our food processor & chopper buying guide to discover which features are most important to consider. We also provide unbiased Ratings and food processor & chopper reviews to help you choose the best food processor or chopper for your needs.

Food processor & chopper buying guide

Food processor & chopper buying guide

Plugs by celebrity chefs have helped to make food processors the fastest-growing small kitchen appliance. But celebrity cachet doesn't guarantee a meal ticket to the top of our tests. Nor is more power or higher price a sure bet. Some fancy models we tested actually made more work than they saved.

Which food processor best suits your style and the foods you prepare? Food processors are versatile machines that can chop, slice, shred, and purée many different foods. Mini-choppers are good for small jobs such as mincing garlic and chopping nuts.

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