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Best Food Processors of 2018

Breville, Cuisinart, and Oster chop, slice, and shred their way to the top of Consumer Reports' ratings

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If you need to slice, shred, grate‚ chop, or pulse butter and flour into pea-sized perfection to form dough, the tool for the task is a food processor. 

Whether you’re chopping a batch of veggies for several weeknight dinners or making batches of coleslaw and stir-fries for a crowd, a food processor will save you time. “Even experienced home cooks, who prefer to slice and dice by hand, find plenty of uses for their food processor,” says CR tester Cindy Fisher, who oversees our food processor tests.

You'll find more than two dozen models in our food processor ratings ranging in price from $30 to $600. They come in a variety of sizes and capacities—the biggest will hold an astounding 16 cups. Features vary widely, too. Some come with a special blade for kneading dough or one for "noodling" veggies into long, thin strips.

Here are reviews of four top food processors from Consumer Reports' tests, listed alphabetically.

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1
Breville Sous Chef BFP800XL/A
Breville Sous Chef BFP800XL/A

    Breville Sous Chef BFP800XL/A

    CR's take: The Breville Sous Chef BFP800XL is one of the few models tested that earns a rating of Very Good for puréeing, so you can be confident that veggies will turn out with a smooth consistency. It runs on 960 watts and is loaded with accessories. Touch buttons are easy to wipe clean. This food processor is 18 inches high and weighs 19 pounds, one of the heaviest tested (a factor to consider if you're lifting it out of a cupboard or cabinet with each use). Add in the included accessory storage case, and you can see how this model will eat up storage space, not to mention a chunk of your savings: It's expensive. The warranty is for one year, but the motor is covered for 25 years—the longest in our ratings. Available in brushed aluminum, red, and black.

    2
    Cuisinart Custom 14 DFP-14BCNY
    Cuisinart Custom 14 DFP-14BCNY

      Cuisinart Custom 14 DFP-14BCNY

      CR's take: Cuisinart introduced the food processor to Americans in the early 1970s, and it has been a recognized brand in the category ever since. The Cuisinart Custom 14 DFP-14BCNY garners an Excellent rating in chopping, meaning it consistently chopped onions and nuts into medium-sized pieces. And it's one of the quietest models we've tested. It operates on 720 watts, has a 14-cup capacity, and stands almost 16 inches high. Many of the food processors we tested have touch buttons, but this one has levers—one for on, the other for pulsing and off. The warranty lasts three years; five for the motor. Available in brushed stainless, copper, and stainless mixed with black or white.

      3
      Cuisinart Prep 9 9-Cup DLC-2009CHBMY
      Cuisinart Prep 9 9-Cup DLC-2009CHBMY

        Cuisinart Prep 9 9-Cup DLC-2009CHBMY

        CR's take: The Cuisinart Prep 9 DLC-2009CHB earns a rating of Excellent in slicing, turning out veggies that are evenly sliced, but it's not so great at grating. It has a 9-cup capacity, touch buttons, and is the most compact of its brandmates highlighted here (weighing in at around 12 pounds and measuring 15 inches tall). It's usually the least expensive of these Cuisinart models, and it has the lowest power, running on 600 watts. There's a three-year warranty, and the motor is covered for 10 years. Available in aluminum.

        4
        Oster Pro 1200 Plus Food Processor Attachment BLSTMB-CBF-000
        Oster Pro 1200 Plus Food Processor...

          Oster Pro 1200 Plus Food Processor...

          CR's take: For less than $100, this 5-cup Oster Pro 1200 BLSTMB-CBF-000 delivers solid performance in all the key tasks, and is among the best at grating, rating Excellent in this test. Most food processors under $100 tend to be noisy, however, and that's true here. It operates on 1,200 watts, weighs just 6 pounds, and is a little over 14 inches tall. The best part? It’s two appliances in one, thanks to an included blender attachment. As a blender, it's able to serve up pretty smooth smoothies, and the glass container holds 6 cups. The warranty covers three years; 10 for the motor. Available in brushed nickel. 

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