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A food processor helps you chop vegetables, grind meat, shred cheese, and perform other usually time-consuming tasks in seconds. You can also use these fantastic appliances to make mayonnaise and pesto that far surpass — and cost less than — what you’d get at the store.
While testing 7 food processors, I sliced 7 pounds of potatoes, grated a pound of parmesan, made seven batches of basil pesto, ground 10 pounds of beef, shredded 4 pounds of mozzarella cheese, emulsified eight batches of mayonnaise, mixed and kneaded seven batches of pizza dough, and chopped 7 pounds of onion, a pound of celery, and 2 pounds of carrots.
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Here are the best food processors:
Best food processor overall:
In addition to coming with lots of useful extras, the Breville Sous Chef 16 Pro Food Processor has a powerful motor that makes quick work of most tasks and a large feed tube, so you don’t always have to precut ingredients.
Best budget food processor:
For under $60, the Hamilton Beach Food Processor is simple to use and clean and features a helpful tool for scraping the sides of the bowl without stopping.
Best blender food processor combo:
If you own an Ascent or Venturist series Vitamix blender or are thinking of buying one, the Vitamix 12-Cup Food Processor Attachment is your best bet with its exceptional performance and ease of use.
Best food processor for dough:
The Cuisinart 14-Cup Food Processor was the best at making pizza dough, pesto, and shredded mozzarella in our tests, and it operates quietly.