Refrigerators, washing machines, and pro-style ranges have been getting bigger and bigger and now we’ve noticed that small appliances are also living large. In fact, some of the top-performing blenders, food processors, coffeemakers, toaster ovens, and stand mixers in Consumer Reports’ tests also have the biggest capacities. The good news is that they don’t take up more space on your countertop. Here are some of the best from our tests.
The KitchenAid Professional 6500 Design Series, $550, features a six-quart bowl, which is one to two quarts larger than the typical stand mixer. It costs more than most but is filled with features and impressed in our mixer tests. The KitchenAid combines excellent whipping, mixing, and kneading, plus it can take on an assortment of power attachments, including a pasta maker and food grinder. It comes with a whisk, flat beater, and dough hook.
A big food processor is good for cooks who make batches of coleslaw or chop plenty of vegies for stir-fries. The Breville BFP800XL/A, $400, can hold 16 cups—at least two cups more than most other models. We also liked the large capacity Cuisinart Elite Die-Cast 16-Cup, $300. The Breville was excellent at chopping, slicing, shredding, and grating and the Cuisinart was very good at those tasks in our food processor tests.
Two recommended blenders by Ninja, the Ninja Professional NJ600, $100, and Ninja Kitchen System 1100 NJ602, $160, both hold nine cups, which is almost twice as much as some blenders. Four of the nine models on our list of top blender picks have capacities of eight cups including the Vitamix 5200, $450, and the Waring Xtreme MX1000R, $350. Of course, they also have hefty price tags. From one of the biggest names in premium blenders, the Vitamix has long been our top-scoring blender. Waring’s commercial blender is one of the quietest models we tested, which you’ll appreciate if your kitchen is within earshot of the rest of the house.