Food Processors

A look at top food processor brands

Imagine how easy cooking would be if you had a single device to do all the hard work of chopping, grating, mixing, pureeing, kneading and slicing for you. In fact, food processors can do all this and much, much more.

Using a wide variety of different blades and settings, your food processor is capable of grating a block of cheese, mixing up a batch of bread dough, thinly slicing vegetables and meats, or pureeing the ingredients for a sauce or soup — all in less than a minute! Plus, cleanup is a breeze because your food processor parts can be popped right in the dishwasher. It's hard to believe that cooking could be so easy!

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Selecting Food Processors

If you're looking to buy your first food processor, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, although most food processors come with a few different blades, you may be interested in additional specialty blades. For example, a dough blade, a fine grating blade, and thick or thin cutting blades are included when you purchase many of the Cuisinart food processors in the Pro line, but with other brands, you may need to purchase them separately.

Also, think about whether a large-mouth feeding tube might be a good option for you. Some processors, such as many KitchenAid food processors, come with dual feeding tubes, including a wide-mouth tube specially designed to fit large or unusually shaped foods. For example, a block of cheese or a whole tomato is easy to grate or slice with the 12-cup KitchenAid's wide-mouth tube — no precutting or dicing required.

All-in-One Professional-Grade Food Processing

If you're a whiz in the kitchen or you have a large family that is always clamoring for more homemade foods, you may be looking for a food processor with more advanced capabilities. If so, have you looked at all-in-one food processors like the Universal Kitchen Machine in the Bosch food processors line? These handy, professional-grade machines perform all the functions of a food processor, plus the functions of a stand mixer. Grate, chop, slice and puree with ease, and also mix doughs and batters, whip egg whites and more. You'll also get additional attachments that make it easy to grind meat, shave ice and slice perfect french fries. These machines do just about everything but cook!