Save or spend: SaveYou could pay several hundred dollars for a top-of-the-line model, but Mark Bittman, author of "The Minimalist" column in the New York Times and the bestselling cookbook "How to Cook Everything," asks why.
"A cheaper machine will do the job just fine." The pricier processors do have mightier motors, but you don't need that power, he says.
A "value brand" (like Black & Decker, Hamilton Beach or Oster) with a 10-cup capacity will do well by home cooks, besting even the toughest vegetable.
This Hamilton Beach model can slice, shred or chop, and the bowl and the blade are dishwasher-safe to boot.