When it comes to food processors, Cuisinart has long reigned supreme. However, with recent news that Conair is recalling 8 million Cuisinart food processors due to bits of the blades breaking off into people’s food and causing oral lacerations (yes, really), it seems the king of food processors has been dethroned.
So which food processor should take the place of your recalled Cuisinart? Try one of these excellent models from other brands—and maybe give one as a holiday gift to your favorite Cuisinart owner! They’ll be touched that you want to keep their food free of sharp pieces of metal. If that’s not holiday spirit, I don’t know what is.
Breville Sous Chef 12-Cup Food Processor
This basic food processor from Breville (MSRP $299.99) should cover most bases. Settings include on, off, and pulse. The device, which comes recommended by Cook’s Illustrated—can slice, chop, puree, grate, and mix. The slicing blade allows you to adjust to different thickness settings.
The folks at Sweethome liked the more sizeable 16-cup Breville Sous Chef food processor (MSRP $368.55)—also available on Amazon—but noted that it’s larger and more powerful than most people need on a daily basis.
Black + Decker Performance Food Processor
Black + Decker’s food processor (MSRP $105.95) comes with a smaller 4-cup and larger 11-cup work bowl, which you can swap out in accordance with the task at hand. Choose between three processing speeds and a pulse setting. Blade attachments include a chopping blade, dough blade, a dicing disk, and slicing and shredding disks. The folks at Cook’s Illustrated gave it a solid recommendation.
Black + Decker’s 8-cup food processor is also popular on Amazon ($27.14), if you’re looking for a medium-sized model.
Hamilton Beach 8-Cup Food Processor
The bestselling food processor on Amazon, this Hamilton Beach model (MSRP $26.99) has two speeds and a pulse setting. It comes with a reversible slice/shred disk, along with an S-blade for pureeing, mixing, and chopping. Its 8-cup work bowl is dishwasher safe, and you’d be hard-pressed to compete with its under-$30 price.