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Breville reclaims its spot atop our food processor Ratings

When we first reported on the Breville Sous Chef BFP800XL food processor last year, it made news by beating out Cuisinart, the appliance category's long-time leading brand. Breville stayed atop our Ratings for many months, until an astute reader informed us that the machine's online manual stated that grating cheese would void the warranty. That wasn't true with the model we tested, but we pulled it from our Ratings while we investigated. Satisfied that Breville has fixed the issue, we are once again awarding top honors to the food processor, which has the slightly different model number the Breville Sous Chef BFP800XL/A and the same $400 price tag.

According to Breville, grating a large wedge of cheese in the original BFP800XL could cause the machine to seize or its shredding disk to become unbalanced. We recently purchased the new BFP800XL/A and found minor redesigns to its shredding disk and lid. In this round of tests, the device was excellent at grating cheese, though in fact we had similar results with the original model. The new model, like the old, was also superb at chopping, slicing and pureeing.

The Breville Sous Chef BFP800XL/A has other features we like, including an adjustable slicing disk, mini-bowl attachment, and whipping blade. It's a lot of appliance, weighing 19 pounds and standing 18 inches tall. Plus the container for its various blade and accessories will eat up additional storage space. And, yes, it's expensive, costing two to three times as much as our four other recommended models, all of which are made by Cuisinart. But if you want top performance, that once again means going with Breville.

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