Breville Sous Chef Food Processor

Last updated date: January 15, 2019

DWYM Score
9.3

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We looked at the top 1 Food Processors and dug through the reviews from 7 of the most popular review sites including Top Ten Reviews, Consumer Reports, Tech Gear Lab, Good Housekeeping, New York Times Wirecutter, BestReviews and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Food Processor you should buy.

Overall Take

With the widest range of capabilities, the Breville food processor is among the best. However, its large capacity means it's both heavier and larger, making it better suited for those who can dedicate counter space to it. In our analysis of 34 expert reviews, the Breville Breville Sous Chef Food Processor placed 1st when we looked at the top 9 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note March 15, 2019:
Checkout The Best Food Processor for a detailed review of all the top food processors.

Expert Summarized Score
9.2
7 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.0
1,060 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
This is one of the best food processors due to how easily it reduces food to a fully processed state.
- Top Ten Reviews
This 16-cup food processor from Breville tops our Ratings behind superb slicing, shredding, and grating.
- Consumer Reports
The top model, the Breville does a phenomenal job at chopping, mixing, and shredding while still doing a great job at pureeing and slicing.
- Tech Gear Lab
March 2, 2017 | Full review
But it's more than just a pretty face — in GHRI tests, it handily chopped, minced, sliced, ground, julienned, and kneaded.
- Good Housekeeping
March 20, 2013 | Full review
This is the machine you want if you plan to use it several times a week or need a tough motor when cooking for large groups.
- New York Times Wirecutter
The king of all food processors. Designed for power, efficiency, and user satisfaction.
- BestReviews
What experts didn't like
However, the power of the motor and design of the shredding disk moved with such power that it practically mashed the cheddar into a paste rather than into finely-cut shreds.
- Top Ten Reviews
Standing 18 inches tall, it is larger than most food processor, plus the container for its various blades and accessories will take up additional storage space.
- Consumer Reports
There weren't any areas where this machine noticeably fell flat, with its only major drawback being its higher price.
- Tech Gear Lab
March 2, 2017 | Full review
It's heavy, though, so plan on keeping this multitasker on your counter.
- Good Housekeeping
March 20, 2013 | Full review
It’s over twice the price of our main pick, and it’s more powerful (and much bigger) than most people need.
- New York Times Wirecutter
Not as much speed flexibility as some other models, but a wide array of blades compensate for this.
- BestReviews

From The Manufacturer

The Breville Sous Chef comes with a set of 8 discs and blades for numerous prep options, all housed in a convenient accessory storage. The discs include a variable slicing disc that can be set to 24 different slicing settings so you can customize the thickness of your slices from a paper thin 0.3mm all the way up to a thick 8.0mm. Other discs in the set include a julienne disc, a French fry cutting disc, a whisking disc, and a reversible shredding disc, while the blades include a micro-serrated universal S blade, a dough blade for kneading and combining ingredients, and a mini blade for use with mini-bowl.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Breville Sous Chef Food Processor
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 7
2. Cuisinart 14-Cup Food Processor
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 6
3. KitchenAid 3.5-Cup Food Chopper
Overall Score: 7.9
Expert Reviews: 3
4. Oster Pro 1200 Food Processor
Overall Score: 7.5
Expert Reviews: 2
5. Cuisinart Food Processor
Overall Score: 7.1
Expert Reviews: 1
6. KitchenAid 11-Cup Food Processor
Overall Score: 6.6
Expert Reviews: 1
7. Hamilton Beach Food Processor
Overall Score: 6.6
Expert Reviews: 2
8. BLACK+DECKER 8-Cup Food Processor
Overall Score: 6.0
Expert Reviews: 3
9. Hamilton Beach 10-Cup Food Processor
Overall Score: 5.4
Expert Reviews: 2

An Overview On Food Processors

Why spend hours chopping vegetables when you can use a food processor to do it? Some recipes specifically call for a food processor, which makes it an essential part of every chef’s kitchen. But like many appliances, food processors range in price and capacity, which can make choosing one tough. Fortunately, there are a few things you can look for while you’re shopping that will make it easier.

The largest food processors can handle as much as 14 cups of food and liquid, making them perfect for those who cook for large groups. If not, though, as nice as it may be to have that capacity just in case you might need it someday, it might be worth considering a much smaller unit. The larger food processors are not only bulky, but they’re also heavy, making them tough to store when not in use.

A smaller-capacity food processor, on the other hand, can only handle up to a few cups of contents, which limits the recipes you can tackle. Even if you only cook for one or two people, or you live in a small space, check into the foods you’ll want to make before you choose one of those models.

On top of capacity, you should also pay close attention to the types of foods each processor can handle. If you plan to use your food processor to knead bread, for instance, you’ll need not only a unit with a larger bowl but one that has the accessories to tackle that task. The Cuisinart and Breville, although large and expensive, will manage the widest variety of tasks with ease.

DYWM Fun Fact

You may think of food processors as a great way to dice food and knead bread. But today’s food processors can handle a wide range of additional tasks, including grinding up bread to make bread crumbs, pureeing fruits, grinding meat and making delicious milkshakes. You can also pulverize nuts for any recipes that call for chopped nuts. Although it does take up room in your likely already overcrowded kitchen, it can replace multiple utensils, including a whisk, pastry cutter, knives, grater and garlic press. You’ll likely even find you’re attempting recipes that would otherwise be too time-consuming if you relied on manually chopping or shredding.

The Food Processor Buying Guide

  • Today’s food processors can do amazing things. Not only can they chop and slice, but they can also grate cheese and knead bread. Finding a food processor that can chop while also keeping items crisp and fresh can be challenging, though. The Breville is one of the best at slicing, shredding and grating, but the Cuisinart is efficient as well. With the Cuisinart, the blades sit close to the bottom of the bowl, making it best for processing dough and sauces. The Oster does a good job grinding coffee beans and ice but fails when blending milkshakes.
  • One differentiating factor in food processors is capacity. If you regularly cook for large groups, you may want to focus on a 14-cup powerhouse like the Breville or Cuisinart. The KitchenAid, on the other hand, has only a 3.5-cup bowl, making it better suited for those who cook small portions or live in small spaces, like dorm rooms.
  • Once you’re finished slicing and dicing, it’s time to clean your food processor. The Cuisinart has the easiest-to-clean build, thanks to its simple design. The Oster is also worth considering, since it’s dishwasher safe, and you can remove the blade to clean it, as well.
  • The increased capacity of the Breville and Cuisinart models gets reflected in the price. The Breville is the most expensive, selling for more than $300. The Cuisinart, while also boasting a high capacity, retails for about half that amount. Both the KitchenAid and the Oster retail for less than $100, making them far more budget-friendly.
  • If you’re planning to tuck your food processor away in a cabinet when you aren’t using it, weight and size are worth considering. The Breville and Cuisinart are the heaviest, at 26 and 18 pounds respectively. That weight, combined with their larger size, makes them better suited for dedicated counter space. The Oster may be smaller, but it’s still quite heavy, at 13.45 pounds. The KitchenAid is best for storing, at only 2.7 pounds.
  • One of the best things about the Cuisinart is its accessories. In addition to an enormous food chute, you’ll also get a medium slicing disc, shredding disc, chopping/mixing blade, spatula and recipe book. The KitchenAid, on the other hand, only comes with one multipurpose chopping blade, which doesn’t work well with items like tomatoes.
  • With most of the food processors, putting the unit together is fairly straightforward. But the Cuisinart is a bit more complicated, with disc assembly requiring extra effort.