Review: Kyocera Adjustable Mandoline Slicer

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Perfectly Adapted Tool for Most Small Slicing Tasks
Summary

The Kyocera is an outstanding slicer, easy to operate and easy to clean. It is too diminutive for certain tasks, and wasn’t among the top performers in our tomato or lemon tests, but for most daily slicing jobs too time consuming to do by hand, the Kyocera is likely to be the device of first resort. Safety features were not this model’s strong point, but the ceramic blade glides easily through most produce, and most testers felt confident using it as they would a sharp chef’s knife.

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Review: Borner V-Slicer Plus Mandoline

bornerintrofull2cropOutstanding Multifunction Tool, but with Limited Depth Options

At just $40, the Borner slices and juliennes with ease. The incredibly sharp, steeply-angled V-blade passes easily through produce, requiring very little pressure and creates smooth surfaces. Compared to many other mandolines, the Borner has limited depth settings, which may be an issue for some readers, especially those desiring to cut paper-thin slices.

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Review: Magimix 4200XL 14-cup Food Processor

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Top Notch Performance at a Price
Summary

The Magimix performed extremely well in almost all of our tests and comes with a generous array of accessories.  The only processor still made in France, the 4200XL supplied plenty of power and is backed by a great warranty.  We liked the convenience of its wide-mouth feed tube.  On the negative side, in addition to its high price, we found that the unit was fairly difficult to clean and had limited liquid handling capability.

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Review: Viking 12-cup Food Processor (VFP12)

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Premium Build and Price, Average Performance
Summary

The Viking 12 cup food processor certainly looks professional, with its heavy die cast base and metal-handled polycarbonate work bowl.  It boasts several attractive features such as reversible slicing/shredding discs and is very easy to clean.  However, while it performed well on some tests, overall it turned in performance that was only average: it also included a disappointing 1 year parts warranty.  Considering the high price of this Viking, we recommend that consumers look elsewhere.

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Review: Cuisinart Custom-14 Food Processor (DFP-14)

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Summary
Excellent Blade and Dough Performance for under $200

The Cuisinart Custom aced blade-related tasks like chopping and pureeing, and excelled at making doughs in its capacious 14-cup work bowl.  It is somewhat of a bare-bones system, however, lacking the mini-bowls that most other units include, and only comes with 2 discs (with no storage).  We also disliked its feed tube design.  For the right user, however, this model offers great value for around $175.

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Review: Kitchen Aid 12-cup Food Processor (KFP760, KFP770)

ka760intro1cropOur review of the Kitchen Aid 12-cup food processor with wide mouth feed tube is now available.

Summary
A Fully Featured, Solid Performer for Under $200

The KitchenAid KFP760 comes with a generous array of components and performed very well in most of our tests.  Available for under $200, we believe it offers many users an outstanding value. On the negative side, aside from some minor performance issues, our biggest problems with the model related to its design; notably poor liquid handling and some issues with its “Ultra Wide Mouth” feed tube.  We weren’t crazy about the one year parts warranty either.

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Review: Cuisinart Elite Die Cast Food Processor

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The Food Processor… Reinvented

This thoroughly redesigned Cuisinart delivers on nearly all levels.  An innovative “Seal Tight” 3 bowl system provides leak-free performance: reversible shredding and adjustable slicing discs greatly expand capability while shrinking clutter.  This model offers ample processing power and its new feed tube is a definite improvement over the last generation.  The $300 price tag is high, but we believe that its excellent performance and revolutionary ergonomics make the Cuisinart the best choice currently on the market.

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