1) Black & Decker 10-Cup PowerPro Wide-Mouth
UPSIDE Inexpensive; compact footprint.
DOWNSIDE Bowl unlocks from base too easily; somewhat dull blade; motor strains during tough jobs like doughmaking; leaks when processing liquids.
2) Oster 10-Cup Professional
UPSIDE Compact footprint and storage (attachments fit inside work bowl).
DOWNSIDE Somewhat dull blade; motor strains during tough jobs like dough-making.
3) Cuisinart Elite Collection 14-Cup
UPSIDE Quiet; powerful 1,000-watt motor and sharp blades; includes bonus 4-1/2- and 11-cup work bowls; adjustable shredding and slicing disks; wide mouth; chopping blade locks to prevent it from falling out when emptying bowl; top lid easily locks shut without align-and-twist method of other models.
DOWNSIDE Expensive; large footprint; difficult to clean rubber seal where food gets trapped.
4) KitchenAid 12-Cup
UPSIDE Quiet; powerful motor and sharp blades; includes bonus 4-cup work bowl; multiple slicing and shredding disks; extra-long food chute; food pusher doubles as a 4-ounce measuring cup.
DOWNSIDE Expensive; large footprint.
5) Hamilton Beach Big Mouth 14-Cup
UPSIDE Inexpensive for its large capacity; extra-wide mouth; compact storage (attachments fit inside work bowl); easy to clean.
DOWNSIDE Large footprint; pulse function requires constantly turning a knob instead of pressing a button; somewhat dull blade; motor strains during tough jobs like dough-making.
Use your food processor to make:
Insider Tips & Tricks
1. Use "pulse" instead of "on" for more control when chopping.
2. For cleaner slicing, freeze meats and soft cheeses until firm.
3. Dry herbs thoroughly to avoid soggy results.
4. Insert a funnel (or rolled-up parchment) into the chute for less mess when adding flour or sugar.
5. Clean discolored plastic parts with lemon juice or a paste of 2 parts baking soda to 1 part warm water.
*Prices and other details were accurate when we published this article in November 2010.