Not everyone wants or needs a full-sized food processor. If you cook for only one or two, or just want to keep something around to make salsa or hummus, a small food processor will do just fine — and at a fraction of the price. They’re better for small kitchens, too; a full-sized food processor can hog quite a bit of real estate and they can be very heavy to lift.
It should come as no surprise to anyone that our top pick in this category is a Cuisinart food processor, since that brand is a leader in our full-size category as well. The Cuisinart DLC-2A Mini-Prep Plus Food Processor (Est. $35 and up) is a terrific little machine, and in at least one expert test it out-performs several full-sized food processors. It has a 3-cup capacity and can chop and grind foods with the best of them. It does not grate or perform other specialty processing tasks, so don’t expect discs or dough hooks. For that, you’ll need to spring for at least a 7-cup model.
The Cuisinart DLC-2A is reported as super easy to use and clean, and all parts are dishwasher safe. It’s sturdy and stable too, say users, unless you overload it. It’s also so powerful that it’s easy to over-process foods if you don’t keep an eye on it — so unless you want salsa soup, tend to your mix.
In this day and age no one has time to spend hours cleaning one appliance. If this describes you which it very well might, you want a rice cooker that is not hard to clean. From 5 cups to 10 cups would be ideal for a large family although you should make your estimates based on the number of people you want to cook for.
The main reason why you are buying a rice cooker in the first place is to reduce the time it takes for you to cook the rice. You therefore don’t want to spend this time you have saved cleaning the appliance. Therefore, the best rice cooker is one that is very easy to use and equally as easy to clean.
That said it is important to note that some of the best rice cookers in the market will not cost you too much. They range in pricing between $20 and $400 and the one you choose will be informed by the factors above. It is also important to note that the best brands will make appliances that will offer you good quality service for a very long time to come.
The durability of the rice cooker will however be informed by how well you use it.