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Consumer Reports: Food processor advice

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(WMC-TV) - Food processors are quickly becoming a necessity in the kitchen but can come with a steep price tag. If you're in the market for a food processor, here are some things to know before buying...

As a home pastry chef, Teryn Beyer saves tons of time by using her food processor.

"If I have a big order for carrot cakes, instead of sitting there with the grater and the carrots, I can just throw them all in here and it grates them perfectly… or it can chop nuts, or anything!" she said.

The Breville Sous Chef vaulted past the top-rated Cuisinart processor - acing many of Consumer Reports' tough tests -- including slicing mushrooms ...and shredding carrots.

"And it's relatively quiet, so you can easily have a conversation while you're working," said user Dan DiClerico.

On the other hand, the Sous Chef Food Processor has a 16-cup work bowl, a mini-bowl insert, and a case where you can neatly and safely store blades and accessories. The size however, may be an issue, with the machine weighing in at 20 pounds and 18 inches tall.

"This is clearly a high-end product that requires premium counter space. It does also come at a premium price - 400 dollars!" noted DiClerico.

If you can live with less than perfect results, consider this $50 Hamilton Beach -- model number 70730. It has a decent-size 10-cup work bowl and is fairly light for easy storage. And while it doesn't do a great job puréeing peas, it's very good at slicing mushrooms and does an excellent job shredding carrots.

"The downside is, it's very noisy!" said DiClerico.

Still, it does a lot really well and at a price that's hard to beat.

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