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Food Processors: Ratings of Sources

Total of 17 Sources
1. ConsumerReports.org
January 2012
Food Processors and Choppers
by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentConsumerReports.org tests and rates 34 food processors and 13 mini choppers. They put each food processor through its paces: chopping onions and almonds, slicing celery and mushrooms, shredding carrots and cheddar cheese, puréeing peas and carrots and grating Parmesan cheese. (Food choppers are tested for chopping, puréeing and grating performance only.) Editors also measure each machine's noise level with a decibel meter. For each category, the processors are rated from excellent to poor, as well as given an overall number rating. Seven food processors and two choppers are recommended.
2. Cook's Illustrated Magazine
January 2012
Food Processors
by Editors of Cook's Illustrated magazine
Our AssessmentEditors at Cook's Illustrated magazine test eight food processors ranging in price from $70 to $235. Each model is rated on its ability to chop, grate, slice vegetables, grind dry ingredients, make pizza dough, whip up mayonnaise and cut butter into flour for piecrust. The cheapest food processor in the lineup fails the grating/slicing and chopping tests. The Highly Recommended pick, a mid-priced model, does a great job with everything except pizza dough (where it's judged fair).
3. Which? magazine
As of October 2012
Food Processor Reviews
by Editors of Which? magazine
Our AssessmentWhich? magazine is the U.K.-based counterpart to ConsumerReports.org. The Which? website currently contains reviews for 61 food processors, choppers and mixers (listed together). Although 27 machines are recommended, most of them are not widely available in the U.S. However, two food processors and two mini choppers are sold in this country and earn good reviews.
4. The Wall Street Journal
July 23, 2011
WSJ Test Kitchen: Food Processors
by Laura Moser
Our AssessmentThe Wall Street Journal's test kitchen puts food processors through a variety of tests, including chopping vegetables, puréeing soups and grating cheese. Each model is judged on its capacity, construction, ease of use, versatility and cleanup time. Laura Moser doesn't say how many food processors were tested, but she mentions five as "the best of the bunch," ranging from an $80 budget model to a sleek $400 machine from Williams-Sonoma.
5. KitchenAudition.com
Last updated February 2010
Food Processors
by Editors of KitchenAudition.com
Our AssessmentThis kitchen equipment-review website has only tested five food processors, but the reviews are incredibly detailed. Editors test, photograph and critique every aspect of each model, from its features to performance to ease of cleaning. Photos of finished foods -- grated cheese, shredded cabbage, pizza dough -- are especially helpful, and testers don't pull any punches with criticism. Still, only one food processor is Not Recommended (a discontinued Viking model). An expensive Cuisinart sold exclusively at Williams-Sonoma is the top pick, followed by a Highly Recommended (and pricey) Magimix. Two less expensive food processors are also Recommended.
6. About.com
Last updated Jan. 18, 2012
Food Processor, Juicer Reviews
by Mariette Mifflin
Our AssessmentMariette Mifflin, About.com's guide to housewares and appliances, has reviewed a few food processors and choppers. All get a short write-up explaining how they perform in hands-on testing, and most receive star ratings. However, there is no direct comparison between models. Two products get perfect 5-star ratings, but neither is a traditional food processor; one is the basic Presto SaladShooter and the other is a food processor/blender combo from Oster. A mini chopper from Cuisinart also gets high marks. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
7. Cooking.com
As of October 2012
Food Processors
by Contributors to Cooking.com
Our AssessmentCooking.com is a retail website where readers can post reviews and comments about kitchen gear. In general, these reviews are based on users' experiences in their own kitchens. Most reviews are brief, but a few are fairly detailed and may include comparisons to other models. The runaway winner here is the Cuisinart Custom 14 DFP-14BCN, which earns an overall rating of 4.8 stars from nearly 70 owners. Two other food processors and two mini choppers -- all from Cuisinart -- are also listed as "top rated."
8. Epinions.com
As of August 2012
Food Processors
by Contributors to Epinions.com
Our AssessmentEpinions.com is a user-review site with comments dating back roughly 10 years. Most food processors receive only a few comments, but reviews are often more detailed than those at other sites, covering such factors as ease of use and cleaning, durability and style. Three Cuisinarts -- two full-size food processors and one mini chopper -- earn overall ratings of 4 stars out of 5 or better from 30-plus users.
9. Food & Wine Magazine
March 2008
The Best Food Processors (Eight-Cup Plus)
by Kristin Donnelly
Our AssessmentIn this roundup of 76 small appliances, the editors of Food & Wine magazine name four food processors as top picks. However, it's not clear how they were tested or how many didn't make the cut. Also, this review is several years old, and two of the four top picks have since been discontinued. One current model, the Cuisinart Prep 11 Plus DLC-2011CHB, is described as "the mother of all food processors."
10. Good Housekeeping
Not dated
Best Food Processors
by Editors of the Good Housekeeping Research Institute
Our AssessmentThe Good Housekeeping Research Institute tests 17 full-sized food processors for their prowess at slicing tomatoes, shredding cheese and kneading pizza dough. They also test six food choppers on onions, parsley and Parmesan. However, results are provided only for the top three food processors and two mini choppers. Write-ups are only one or two sentences, and there's no direct comparison between models.
11. Bon Appetit
April 2008
In the Kitchen Tools: Food Processor
by Editors of The Bon Appétit Cookbook
Our AssessmentEditors at Bon Appétit name the Cuisinart Prep 11 Plus DLC-2011CHB and the Cuisinart Mini-Prep Plus DLC-2A as the best food processor and mini chopper respectively. However, they provide no details about the machines' performance, and it's not clear whether any hands-on testing was conducted and, if so, whether any other models were included.
12. Amazon.com
As of October 2012
Food Processors
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentAmazon.com sells nearly 600 food processors and mini choppers, some of which receive reviews from literally hundreds of users. Reviews can be sorted by date, helpfulness or overall star rating, and many comments here are more detailed than those at Cooking.com. Several Cuisinart and KitchenAid models earn at least 4.5 stars out of 5 with 100 or more reviews posted, and a Black & Decker mini chopper also rates highly.
13. Macys.com
As of October 2012
Food Processors
by Contributors to Macys.com
Our AssessmentAbout 40 food processors are sold at Macys.com. We did not find nearly as many user reviews here as at Amazon.com, but one model, the Cuisinart Pro Custom 11 DLC-8S, gets a near-perfect overall rating of 4.8 stars from more than 160 users. Among mini choppers, the Cuisinart Mini Prep Plus DLC-2A earns the highest marks -- 4.5 stars with nearly 60 ratings posted. Two other Cuisinart mini choppers also get high marks, though not from as many reviewers.
14. Viewpoints.com
As of October 2012
Best Food Processors
by Contributors to Viewpoints.com
Our AssessmentViewpoints.com has owner-written comments on more than 90 food processors, many of which are no longer on the market. Among those that are still available, the Cuisinart Pro Custom 11 DLC-8S gets the best ratings -- 92 points out of a possible 100 overall, based on more than 60 reviews. The KitchenAid KFP750PK (now back on the market after a short hiatus) also gets plenty of positive feedback. We also found strong recommendations for the Ninja Master Prep Professional QB1004 blender/food processor combo on a separate page.
15. Wired
Oct. 23, 2007
Cuisinart Prep 11 Plus
by Melissa Wagenberg Lasher
Our AssessmentIn this test of four food processors, the Cuisinart Prep 11 Plus DLC-2011CHB is named an Editors' Pick. Testers praise its practical design, multiple speeds, wide feed tube and easy-to-clean touchpad controls. Its only downside: The lid and feed tube occasionally get stuck. Overall, the Cuisinart earns a score of 8 points out of 10, which translates to "Excellent, with room to kvetch." However, this review is five years old, and the other three food processors tested are no longer available.
16. Target.com
As of October 2012
Mixers & Food Processors
by Contributors to Target.com
Our AssessmentTarget.com sells about 35 food processors and choppers, but most receive only a handful of reviews from owners. However, the Ninja Master Prep Professional QB1004, a combination food processor and blender, has accumulated more than 55 reviews, with a 4.5-star average rating out of 5. Most owners are wildly enthusiastic about this kitchen machine, although some complain that it does not crush ice well.
17. Williams-Sonoma.com
As of October 2012
Food Processors
by Contributors to Williams-Sonoma.com
Our AssessmentThis luxury kitchen store offers about a dozen food processors, all of them toward the high end on the price spectrum. The Cuisinart Elite Die-Cast 16-Cup, an exclusive at this retailer, earns by far the most reviews -- about 400, with an overall 4.4-star rating out of 5. However, two smaller Cuisinart models in the same collection also get good overall ratings from at least 50 users.
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