April 22, 2024


Than a Food Fitter

Best Food Processors and Choppers of 2020

5 min read

Consider the food processor your sous chef in the kitchen. It’ll slice, shred, grate‚ and chop vegetables—or pulse butter and flour into dough—handling the prep so that you can get cooking. 

“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, who oversees our food processor tests. Some models come with a special hook for kneading dough or one for spiralizing veggies into long, thin “noodles.”

The full-sized models we test come in a variety of sizes and capacities, ranging from 5 cups to an impressive 16 cups; they’re too big for processing small volumes of foods, such as minced garlic or chopped herbs and nuts. Some food processors come with mini chopping bowl attachments to accommodate lighter loads, but if all you do is chop small batches, opt for a food chopper. The ones we test cost as little as $30—that’s about one-twentieth of the cost of a souped-up food processor.

In our ratings, you’ll find more than 40 food processors and 14 food choppers that have gone through our extensive lab testing.

We test each model’s ability to chop almonds and onions uniformly, grate Parmesan cheese, and purée peas and carrots into a smooth mixture. We also measure noise, because while all models are noisy, some are much more grating than others. If the food processor comes with slicing attachments, we test the slicing blade using mushrooms and celery, and the shredding blade with cheddar. 

Read on for reviews of five top food processors and the top two food choppers from Consumer Reports’ tests, listed in alphabetical (not rank) order.

Check out our food processor and food chopper buying guide as you shop, and for more details and options, see our food processor and food chopper ratings.

Breville Sous Chef BFP800XL/A

CR’s take: The Breville Sous Chef BFP800XL is one of the few models tested that earn 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, factors to consider if you plan to lift it out of a cupboard or cabinet with each use. It’s one of the heaviest food processors we’ve tested. Add in the accessory storage case, which is included, and you can see how this model will eat up storage space in addition to a chunk of money. 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.

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 for chopping, meaning it consistently chopped onions and nuts into midsized pieces. And it’s one of the quietest models we’ve tested. It has a 14-cup capacity and stands almost 16 inches high. Many of the food processors we’ve evaluated operate with touch buttons, but this one has levers—one for on, the other for pulsing and off. The warranty covers three years; five for the motor. Available in brushed stainless, copper, and stainless mixed with black or white.

Cuisinart Pro Custom 11 DLC-8SY

CR’s take: The Cuisinart Pro Custom DLC-8SY earns a rating of Excellent for slicing, turning out veggies that are evenly sliced, but it’s only average when it comes to puréeing. It has an 11-cup capacity and lever controls, and is the most compact of its brandmates highlighted here (weighing in at around 12 pounds and measuring 15 inches tall). There’s a three-year parts warranty, and the motor is covered for five years. Available in white.

Magimix 4200 XL

CR’s take: Robot-Coupe, the French company that developed the first food processor, took the technology of its commercial models and applied it to the high-performing Magimix 4200 XL for home cooks. The 12-cup food processor garners Very Good ratings in the chopping, slicing, shredding, and grating tests. The only test it doesn’t excel at is puréeing. (It wasn’t able to get peas perfectly smooth.) The hefty 950-watt machine weighs 17.5 pounds and comes with all the extras: mini chopping bowls, a dough blade, a shredding disc, a grating disc, a blending attachment for liquids, a whipping attachment, and a case to keep them organized. The warranty lasts three years for parts and 30 years for the motor. Available in chrome, black, white, cream, and red.

Oster Versa Pro Series BLSTVB-104-000 Food Processor Attachment

CR’s take: The Oster Versa Pro has a much smaller capacity than other food processors in this bunch, but if you’re not processing huge batches of hummus or shredding pounds of potatoes, this 5-cup model should suffice. This set also includes a blender jar, so you’re getting two appliances in one. The processor attachment delivers solid performance in several key tasks and is among the best at chopping, slicing, and shredding, earning an Excellent score in these tests. The Oster Versa Pro weighs just over 6 pounds and is 15 inches tall. The warranty covers seven years. Available in black.

Cuisinart Mini Prep Plus DLC-2A

CR’s take: The Cuisinart Mini Prep Plus DLC-2A is a 3-cup chopper that combines great value with solid performance. In our tests, it was particularly adept at chopping almonds and onions, and grating Parmesan cheese, though other choppers were better at puréeing. This model is ideal if you have limited counter space—it takes up as much counter space as a postcard.

Ninja Master Prep Professional QB1004

CR’s take: The Ninja Master Prep Professional QB1004 chopper has a 2.5-cup capacity and features a top-mounted motor that you push down to operate. It earns a Very Good rating for chopping, turning out nicely chopped veggies and nuts in our tests. Included in the set is a larger 5-cup processing bowl and a 6-cup blender jar.

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