The Cuisinart Mini-Prep food processor stands 8 inches tall and just over 4 inches wide, but don't let the size fool you. The base houses a motor so powerful that you need to stabilize it with one hand when using the high setting to whip up a strawberry-banana smoothie for one in less than a minute. The clear plastic prep bowl locks into place with a simple twist, while the blades can be set sharp side up for chopping onions or grating Parmesan cheese, or turned blunt side up for making walnut pesto or whipping up chocolate frosting. The set includes a spatula and a cleaning brush to remove coffee grounds.
Sleek, good-looking, hardworking, and there for the duration, Cuisinart has all the makings of a perfect partner. Having won the praise of Julia Child, James Beard, and Jacques Pépin, the brand is a kitchen superstar for kitchen superstars and has been a classic foodie favorite ever since its revolutionary food processor hit the States in 1973.