There are tons of people who have a sad tale to tell about food processors. Imagine buying a food processor for baking. Of course, the appliance is very expensive, even higher than your estimated budget. You rush home, mix up dough with nuts to bake your favorite cookie recipes. Just a few minutes later, the appliance breaks down or overheats before your dough has become smooth. Not willing to give up, you call on the nearest appliance repairman to fix it up for you. Once it's fixed, you decide to try your hand at some homemade nut butter, only for the food processor to break down again. Saddened by these repeated events, you box up the appliance and write a scathing review online about your misfortunes with a lightweight food processor.
Well, just before you rush to the bakery down the street for your morning baked goods, don't give up yet. There are a fine selection of heavy duty models out there, the key is finding them.
According to user opinions, heavy duty food processors do not necessarily have crazy powerful motors; users report that the heavy lifters usually have medium wattage (between 330 and 500 watts) and a selection of speeds to choose from (at least 3). Large food processors fair much better than small and medium ones for difficult tasks, and the top brands to look for are Hamilton Beach and KitchenAid. Oster scores lowest for heavy duty tasks.