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Best Food Processors for a Holiday Gift

The right machine helps make healthy meals in a hurry

If you have any cooks on your holiday shopping list, you can’t go wrong giving them a food processor. 

“Even experienced home cooks, who prefer to slice and dice by hand, find plenty of uses for their food processor,” says CR test engineer Cindy Fisher. “You can use them to purée soups and sauces, whip up nut butters, and make dough.”

And when you’re preparing big batches of coleslaw and stir-frys, a food processor will save you time. 

You’ll see more than two dozen models in our food processor ratings, ranging in price from $40 to $600. They come in a variety of sizes, which is something to consider when storage space is tight. Features vary widely, as you’ll see in the Features & Specs section of the ratings, so zero in on what’s most important to you. 

As for performance, the food processors tested earned a Fair to an Excellent overall score. When choosing a model, think about how often and how hard the food processor will be pressed into action.

The food processors listed below scored high enough to make our recommended list, and they can make a thoughtful gift for your favorite cook. 

Visit Consumer Reports’ 2017 Holiday Gift Guide for updates on deals, expert product reviews, insider tips on shopping, and much more. And be sure to check our Daily Gift Guide.

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Foodie’s Favorite
Breville Sous Chef BFP800XL/A
Breville Sous Chef BFP800XL/A

    Breville Sous Chef BFP800XL/A

    The Breville Sous Chef does almost everything well, including chopping, slicing, shredding, grating, and puréeing. The 16-cup container can handle large batches, and this food processor is loaded with accessories: dough blade, minibowl insert, adjustable slicing blade, even a french fry blade. The price is a drawback, plus this large model and the storage case for accessories require ample storage.

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

      Oster Pro 1200 Plus Food Processor...

      For about one-fifth the price of the Breville, this 12-cup Oster Pro delivers solid, if not quite superb, performance in all the key tasks. Better yet, it’s two appliances in one, thanks to a blender attachment (included in the price), which earned very good overall results in our blender tests. What’s the difference between a blender and a food processor? Check out the best small appliance for making smoothies and puréeing soup.

       

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      Value Added
      Cuisinart Custom 14 DFP-14BCNY
      Cuisinart Custom 14 DFP-14BCNY

        Cuisinart Custom 14 DFP-14BCNY

        Cuisinart introduced the food processor to Americans in the early 1970s, and it has been the most recognized brand in the category ever since. This Cuisinart model nabbed a spot on our recommended list because of its exceptional chopping and solid slicing, shredding, and grating (puréeing, however, was just so-so). It’s also one of the quietest models we tested, and it has a 14-cup capacity.

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