Though this mid-capacity food processor has its drawbacks (please see my review of Black and Decker’s 10-cup PowerPro model for the low-down on the unstable suction-cup feet), you certainly can’t beat the price–especially if you’re considering buying one of those tiny food choppers which hold no more than a few cups and can’t take the heat during heavy use.

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We’ve owned several of the latter and were always disappointed in that they couldn’t even chop well; half the food clung to the sides of the bowl, while that in the middle tended to get pulverized. The blade of an expensive brand’s jammed on its flimsy pin stem grinding raisins and was not able to be repaired without returning to the manufacturer. This processor, on the other hand, not only chops but shreds and slices quite decently, with more power and a larger work bowl.

We made a cottage cheesecake to test it and the results were pretty smooth. The metal blade did a good job of powdering the grated dry cheese flavoring when blended with the sugar, and the sloped bowl kept the sticky mixture down on the bottom where it should be. The bowl leaked thin liquids under the limit line, however, so we returned it and got the 10-cup model, which has a dough blade for larger bread recipes, two speeds, and a bigger feed tube.