Is the best option light or heavy?

The Appeal of a Light Appliance

There are some home cooks who choose a lighter food processor for the ease with which it can be moved. Going from cupboard to counter with a heavy machine does involve a bit of hassle. You will find many reviews in which the author is bemoaning the hefty weight of an otherwise fine appliance. What often goes unnoticed is the fact that all the best food processors are relatively heavy and this is certainly not a coincidence.

Weight and Power

A more powerful motor will weigh more than a cheaper, less efficient motor. This will always hold true. When you buy a lighter food processor you are exchanging the ability to produce easy, consistent results for the ability to easily move the machine more easily. When you consider the reasons you wanted this handy kitchen appliance to begin with, this hardly seems a fair trade.

The Results of Inadequate Power

A poorly powered model will leave you with inconsistent results. This means instead of being able to evenly chop vegetables you will end up with some in larger than desired chunks and some completely pureed. Your soup will have some unprocessed bits of food in it rather than the silky smooth texture you were looking for. The butter you try to cut into your pie crust will melt before being well combined. After a while you won't even want to bother taking your food processor out of the cabinet, completely eliminating the hassle of moving it around. This is hardly an ideal situation.

Weight and Stability

A heavier motor also adds to the overall stability of the food processor. This prevents it from jumping around the counter or excessively vibrating while in use. Some of the cheaper models have added suction cups to the bottom of the machines to compensate for the lack of stability but this does not offer the same smooth, stable processing the better models do.

The Best Solution

It is probably preferable to deal with moving a heavier food processor around to get the performance that you are looking for. The problems incurred due to a underpowered machine far outweigh the little bit of extra muscle you'll need to use to tote around your new favorite kitchen appliance. Most home cooks find their food processor to be so indispensable that they find an honored permanent place on their countertop, eliminating this dilemma completely. Check out a good Buying Guide and use consumer reviews to find the best machine for you.

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