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Thread: Recommend good, inexpensive food processors

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    Recommend good, inexpensive food processors

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    I am looking for a multi-purpose food processor that is durable, reliable, and inexpensive. I don't want to have to pay more than $30-$40 (US Dollars), and I want to make sure that what ever I get can do everything I need it to do. Here are some ideas of what I'd like to do with it: chopping my omlet and stir fry vegetables (onions, peppers, mushrooms, greens), making cauliflower rice, chopping herbs and spices, slicing and dicing tomatoes, and possibly making nut butters or smoothies/purees (if it has a blender). I'm not sure if I should go electric or manual, as even manual would be quicker than my current method of chopping an dicing with a knife. I know there are many food processor users here, hopefully I can get some insight into good brands, etc. So, what is your favorite inexpensive food processor?

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    Mar 2010
    The one I have costs $50 (you could probably find it cheaper) and it's done everything I've ever thrown at it without blinking. It's the kind with a basic base and 2 tops: a blender and a food processor.
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    Oct 2010
    Seabrook, NH
    A little over your budget but if you watch the sales you can go Cuisinart for about $75. I got an 11 cup Pro Custom, at Bloomingdales no less, for that price, post Xmas sale. Built like a brick outhouse. I'm sure it's the last one I'll ever need to buy. The cheaper ones will work well but the motors will burn out.

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    Sep 2010
    Redmond WA
    The Magic Bullet is awesome for relatively small quantities. Not sure I'd have bought one (looked a bit cheaply made to me) if it hadn't been strongly recommended to me. It's one of the few appliances that stays on my countertop all the time!

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    Sep 2009
    metro Portland
    Can you hold out until the holidays (or after)? Massive sales abound and maybe you can score a gift card as a present, thereby making it damned near free to you. Paying full price is for suckers.

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    May 2010
    I love my Kitchen Aid immersion blender which came with a chopping blade to do some small scale chopping, and whisk attachment to make whipped cream. I use it to make homemade mayo, soups, pestos, and pico de gallo. Good for a 1-2 person household.

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    If you can hold out for a short while and do a little work, I'm sure you could find something pretty decent on craigslist or at a garage sale. The one we use has to be 20 years old, and never got used. Its built like a tank, and cost $7

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