Consumer Report: Best Food Processors and Choppers

"As Seen on TV" food choppers such as the Magic Bullet Express promise fast, easy results. So does the Ninja. To see whether those products can cut it, Consumer Reports tested the Ninja and Magic Bullet Express along with more than 40 other food choppers and processors, including ones from Cuisinart and KitchenAid.

Testers use an assortment of foods to see how well each performs. Frozen peas size up puréeing. Nuts assess chopping. Potatoes are used for shredding and mushrooms for slicing. And cheese challenges grating capability.

The Bullet Express processor left testers with whole peas, not puréed ones. The Magic Bullet Express chopper puréed very well, but when it came to chopping, it left chunks of nuts and lots of almond dust.

However, the $60 Ninja chopper handled chopping and puréeing with ease, and it grated cheese as well as top-performing food processors.

But if you want a food processor for bigger jobs, testers recommend Cuisinart's 14-Cup Food Processor for $200—model # DFP-14BCN. Testers loved the larger bowl and wider feed tube, and there's even a drizzle hole for making things such as pesto, mayo, or hummus.

Consumer Reports also recommends the 7-Cup KitchenAid food processor for $100—model# KFP715. It's smaller than the recommended Cuisinart, but for half as much, it chops, shreds, and purées impressively.

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