Premium quality parts, options, and warranties have always come at a price, but if you’re willing to pay for the best, you’ll find that you’re often rewarded with incredible functionality, and top of the line accessories, all backed up by one of the best warranties in all of the food processor industry. It’s certainly what I’ve found with the Breville Sous Chef food processor. I wasn’t initially very excited about the price tag on this food processor, but sometimes you have to splurge on something you know you’ll use for years to come, and I wanted to be able to communicate my findings here. Keep in mind, that there’s no point to purchasing a 40 dollars machine that will undoubtedly break within a year. Essentially you can spend 40 dollars a year for 10 years on buying a new low quality food processor every year, or you can spend that money up front, and purchase one machine that will last that long and longer, with more power, more accessories, and a better overall design. The Breville Sous Chef really is about as premium as it gets when it comes to processors, but in my experience with this machine, it is absolutely worth every single penny I spent.
You don’t have to pick the exact size of food processor you’ll need with the Breville Sous Chef, because they provide you with two different bowls. The small bowl holds 2.5 cups and the large bowl holds 16 cups. You get both end of the spectrum with this unit. I use my small bowl regularly for things like garlic, nuts, sauces, dips, and salsas that come out quickly and easily. The large bowl I use for pretty much everything else. The 16 cup capacity is basically the size of a commercial level food processor you could use for large soup recipes doubled dough recipes and more. One of my favorite parts about these bowls is that they’re advertised as BPA free polycarbonate bowls, so I also get the added comfort of knowing that anything I prepare and cook isn’t being subject to any unnecessary or potentially harmful chemicals.
The wide mouth feeding tube on the unit is the only way to go. It comes with a large food pusher, which you have to have inserted in order for the machine to run, but the neatest part is that there’s a smaller food pusher which is inset in the larger one. If you remove the smaller one from the large pusher, you have a nice small hole with which you can add oils or any liquids, as well as small chopped up nuts or onions to you recipe. The best part is, the motor keeps running, you if you’re making any emulsifications, pestos or more, you have an easy in to add your ingredients while the motor runs. If you’re just looking to chop and slice veggies, you get that option too with the wide mouth large spout. Really, the design is genius, and adds a huge amount of functionality to your preparation process.
Another premium thing that you’re paying for and is well worth the addition to your kitchen is the eight blades that comes with this unit, fresh out of the box. That’s right, I said eight blades. Most food processors come with one and maybe four at a maximum. Eight blades isn’t always a good thing, but in this case it totally is. You get a serrated blade, an adjustable slicing disc, a julienne disc, a french fry cutting disc, a reversible shredding disc, and whisking disc, a mini blade, and a dough blade. It’s okay if you don’t know what all of those are right away. I certainly didn’t when I first purchased my machine, as this is the most blades out of the box, than any food processor I’ve seen, but the Breville Sous Chef has really tried to provide you with the tools to prepare any meal you can imagine, with a sort of all-in-one tool. All of the blades are stainless steel, wash right in my dishwasher, and at the end of preparation, can be popped right into the accessory storage case that comes with this unit to house all of the myriad accessories that Breville provides. You’ll feel confidant and comfortable to attack any recipe knowing you’ll have the right tools, and it’s also so much fun to just experiment with new ways to create food in your home.
Another smart aspect of this unit is the warranty. If you’re going to drop some dough on a food processor (no pun intended) you’re going to want to be sure it’s going to last. With a 25 year replacement on the motor of this unit, you’re guaranteed that it’s not going to burn out, stop, or slow down for over two decades. Show me another food processor that backs up their motors like that?
The motor on the Sous Chef by Breville is borderline unnecessarily powerful. I say that as a good thing. I’ve had food processors in the past that will slow down when you’re making dough, or you can hear/see the blades working extra hard when you fill it to capacity, but that’s never the case with the Breville Sous Chef. You’re basically guaranteed that this unit is going to keep on kicking for years to come, so feel confidant in spending a little extra, knowing you won’t have to buy another one for a long time to come.
What Else Are They Saying?
The Breville BFP800XL is extremely popular, it’s won consumer choice awards, it’s sleek to look at and the design is smart and functional. I can’t say enough good things about the Sous Chef, and I think people will agree with me when they get their own. If you want the safety and security of a heavy duty, well-made, and warranty backed product, drop the little extra and see how far it takes you. I was happy I did.