Food guru Mark Bittman, writing for The New York Times, has declared the blender "an endangered species." A good food processor, he argues, can do everything a blender can do, and lots more besides. His own blender, in fact, has been shut unused in the closet for over a year, while his food processor has earned a permanent place on his "itsy-bitsy counter."
There's no denying that a food processor can do many jobs a blender can't. It can slice vegetables, shred cabbage, knead bread dough and make flaky piecrust. But what about the foods that both a blender and a food processor can handle, like smoothies or hummus? Which appliance does a better job with these? Based on professional test results and user feedback, here's how these machines would fare in a small-appliance boxing match: Read more