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Breville Sous Chef 16 Pro Review

Our favorite overall model excels at chopping, shredding, and mixing, and it's exceptionally easy to clean
Breville Sous Chef 16 Pro
Credit: Breville
Editors' Choice Award
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Price:   $400 List | $750 at Amazon
Pros:  Best at chopping, mixing, and shredding, easy to clean
Cons:  Expensive
Manufacturer:   Breville
By David Wise and Austin Palmer  ⋅  Mar 2, 2017
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  • Chopping - 20% 9
  • Mixing - 20% 9
  • Pureeing - 20% 7
  • Shredding - 15% 8
  • Slicing - 15% 7
  • Cleaning - 10% 8

Our Verdict

The best of the best, the Breville Sous Chef 16 Pro earned the top score and blew away the rest of the competition with an unparalleled performance, netting it our Editors' Choice award. This model took home the top score in the majority of our metrics and is the perfect choice for those that want the top-performing food processor out there. However, it does have a significantly higher retail price than many of its competitors.

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Pros Best at chopping, mixing, and shredding, easy to cleanGreat at pureeing and slicingGreat for shredding, slicing, good at choppingGreat at mixing, chopping, and shreddingGreat at pureeing, good at chopping, inexpensive
Cons ExpensiveNo adjustability of shredding or slicingLittle more difficult to cleanFails at slicingLeaky, not the best at mixing, loud
Bottom Line Chops up the competition, but at a high priceBest overall performing model for the priceDelivering excellent performances in the majority of our tests, we think this is a great kitchen appliance for anyone shopping for quality on a limited budgetSolid performer and great for those who's main use isn't slicingIt won't slice down the competition, but will chop up its price tag
Rating Categories Breville Sous Chef... Cuisinart Custom 14 Professional Braun... Hamilton Beach...
Chopping (20%)
9
6
6
7
7
Mixing (20%)
9
6
6
8
5
Pureeing (20%)
7
8
7
6
8
Shredding (15%)
8
6
7
7
6
Slicing (15%)
7
7
7
3
5
Cleaning (10%)
8
6
5
6
5
Specs Breville Sous Chef... Cuisinart Custom 14 Professional Braun... Hamilton Beach...
Model # BFP800CBXL DFP-14BCNY BN600/BN601 FP 3020 70730
Bowl Size 16 Cup and
2.5 Cup mini bowl
14 Cup 9 Cup 8 Cup and 1 Cup mini bowl 10 Cup
Dimensions W: 8"
H: 11"
D: 18"
W: 7.75"
H: 15"
D: 10.75"
W: 9.9"
H: 15.6"
D: 7.3"
W: 14.5"
H: 13.5"
D: 9'
W: 10.5"
H: 15.5"
D: 8.5"
Measured Weight of Base 15 pounds 8 ounces 12 pounds 6 ounces 4 pounds 8 ounces 4 pounds 10 ounces 3 pounds 1 ounce
BPA Free Yes Yes Yes N/A Yes
Motor 1200 Watt 720 Watt 850 Watt 600 Watt 450 Watt
Speed Control On/Off/Pulse On/(Pulse/Off) Chop/Puree/Dough/Disc/Low/High/Pulse Speed Selection/On/Off/Pulse High/Low/Pulse/Off
Cord Storage Internal None External Cord Wrap External Cord Wrap Internal
Feet Smooth Rubber (Non-Skid) Smooth Rubber Suction Cups Textured Rubber Suction Cups
Decibels at 3ft 67.5 61.5 80 79 96
Mini Bowl Blade Yes Yes N/A N/A N/A
Accessory Storage Case Yes No No No No
Slicing Disc Adjustable to 8mm Non adjustable Non adjustable Non adjustable Non adjustable
Shredding Disc Fine and Medium Medium Non adjustable Fine, Medium, and Grating Medium
Dough Blade Yes No Yes Yes No
Whipping Attatchment Yes No No Yes No
Citrus Juicer No No No Yes No
Dicing Kit No No No No No
Build in Bowl Scraper No No No No Yes
French Fry Disc Yes No No Select Models No
Julienne Disc Yes No No No No

Our Analysis and Test Results

The top model, the Breville does a phenomenal job at chopping, mixing, and shredding while still doing a great job at pureeing and slicing. There weren't any areas where this machine noticeably fell flat, with its only major drawback being its higher price.

The Breville Sous Chef 16 Pro, our top award winner.
The Breville Sous Chef 16 Pro, our top award winner.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Performance Comparison


We conducted over 25 tests to directly compare these products and close to two months pitting these products against each other before we crowning the Breville the overall winner.

These tests were grouped into six metrics: chopping, mixing, pureeing, shredding, slicing, and cleaning.

The chopping blade installed on the Breville.
The chopping blade installed on the Breville.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Chopping


One of the most essential tasks for a food processor is being able to effectively chop food — creating small, uniform pieces that are distinct, not a mush. The Breville excelled in this category, earning the top score of 9 out of 10.


We chopped onions, carrots, and nuts, as well as compared the level of precise control afforded by the "Pulse" button on each model to determine scores, rating the food tests on the quality of the finished product. The Breville produced onions that were as close to perfect that we could hope for, with essentially all the chopped onions being of uniform size.

The perfectly chopped onions produced by the Breville.
The perfectly chopped onions produced by the Breville.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

There were no other models that chopped onions with the same level of consistency. The story changed slightly when it came to carrots, with the Breville tying for the best carrots with the Braun TributeCollection and the Hamilton Beach 10-Cup, though the Breville only took 5 pulses to produce a nice even chop. The trend continued with the Breville tying for the top score in our almond test with the Braun. The Breville quickly reduced the almonds to a uniform chop without pulverizing them into dust, and there were only a few whole almonds remaining after six pulses.

This model doesn't have a perfect amount of control with the "Pulse" button, as it spins for a brief moment after the button is released, but still stops faster than the Braun or BLACK+DECKER. It was beaten by the Cuisinart or KitchenAid models, which stopped immediately.

The plastic mixing blade installed on the Breville.
The plastic mixing blade installed on the Breville.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Mixing


The Breville led the pack in our mixing metric, earning the top score of 9 out of 10 once again. This model made pizza dough, pie crust dough, and mayonnaise from scratch without any struggle or incident.


The Breville made very consistent pizza dough, tying for the best of the group. The blade is a little on the smaller side in the Breville, so it did take a little longer for the dough to start balling up, but once it got there everything was fine. This model's motor didn't sound upset, and the machine didn't shake or vibrate while it was mixing the dough.

This model did a similar job with pie crust dough, taking five pulses to achieve the perfect consistency. We found no flaws in the dough when it was rolled out, and tied with the Braun for having the best pie crust. This model also mixed mayonnaise easily, producing a high-quality finished product.

Pureeing


One of the metrics where the Breville was unseated from the top spot, it tied for the runner-up position with a 7 out of 10. We had a panel of testers rate the hummus, tomato sauce, applesauce, and nut butter produced by each food processor. In addition, we filled each bowl to its maximum liquid fill line and ran the machine to conduct a leak test.


The Breville made very good hummus, but it just wasn't as smooth and consistent as the Hamilton Beach 10-Cup or the KitchenAid 9-Cup. Boosting its score, the Breville made exceptional almond butter after 10 minutes of grinding and required no intervention on our behalf. The Breville tied with the Hamilton Beach 10-Cup for the best nut butter of the group but wobbled and vibrated substantially less than the Hamilton Beach.

The Breville did slightly above average at making applesauce, requiring about 10 seconds longer to achieve the desired consistency and produced a finished product that was a little chunky compared to the Hamilton Beach 10-Cup or the Cuisinart Custom. It was a similar scenario with tomato sauce, where the Breville created a finished product that was great, but wasn't quite as smooth as some other models, like the pair mentioned above or the KitchenAid 9-Cup.

The seal was sufficient to keep all of the water inside the bowl, as...
The seal was sufficient to keep all of the water inside the bowl, as we hoped.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

The Breville passed the leak test with flying colors, largely in part to the rubber gasket on the lid. It took about five and a quarter cups of water to fill the bowl up to the marked maximum fill line, and no water escaped.

The shredding blade installed on the Breville.
The shredding blade installed on the Breville.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Shredding


Regaining the top spot, the Breville earned an 8 out of 10 for its outstanding shredding performance, narrowly beating out the Braun and the Cuisinart Elemental. We compared how much shredding variation each machine had, and their performance at shredding cheese, potatoes, and carrots to create the scores. Even though the Breville faltered a little bit at shredding cheese, it did a good enough job at shredding carrots and potatoes, and had and adjustable shredding disc to net the top spot.


The Breville has both a fine and a medium setting on its shredding disc. This model was very efficient at shredding cheese, leaving almost none stuck between the lid and the shredding disc. However, only about 50% of the cheese was shredded, the rest was more crumbled. A 2lb block of cheese did fit in the feeding tube without trimming.

Though it got off to a bit of a rocky start with shredded cheese, the Breville regained some ground and did the second-best job at shredding potatoes.

The Breville did a great job shredding potatoes, but not quite the...
The Breville did a great job shredding potatoes, but not quite the best.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

It left behind two small slices that were un-shredded and had nice consistent shreds. Continuing its upward trend, the Breville tied for the highest score for shredding carrots with the Hamilton Beach Professional 14-Cup.

The Breville did tie for the highest-quality shredded carrots.
The Breville did tie for the highest-quality shredded carrots.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

The shredded carrots were even, crisp, and didn't clump together and only a small slice of carrot didn't make it through the shredding disc.

The slicing blade all set up and ready to go on the Breville.
The slicing blade all set up and ready to go on the Breville.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Slicing


The Breville tied for the second-highest score in our slicing metric with a 7 out of 10. We evaluated the quality of the sliced tomatoes, potatoes, and zucchini produced by each machine, as well as the ease of adjusting the slicing disc to determine the rankings.


The blade was easily adjustable, with each number representing the slice thickness in millimeters. The tube on the Breville easily fit even our largest tomatoes, and the slices were of very high quality, tying for the best of the group with a handful of other models.

The Breville's sliced tomatoes were on par with the top scorer, but...
The Breville's sliced tomatoes were on par with the top scorer, but the quality dropped when it came to slicing potatoes and zucchini.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

The Breville also produced very good sliced potatoes, though not the best, as there was a small amount of taper present on the slices, but the cuts were smooth. The zucchini slices were about average, with the same taper present on all of them, though not as bad as the taper on the Braun.

The components of the Breville drying after our cleaning test.
The components of the Breville drying after our cleaning test.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Cleaning


The Breville was the easiest to clean out of the group, earning it an 8 out of 10 for this metric. The blades and discs are both dishwasher-safe, as well as the bowl and lid, but it's not recommended for a regular basis. However, the large food pusher is not dishwasher safe, so something to watch out for when it comes time for cleanup. The blade is long, and one of the easiest to clean of the group, and had a large opening, making it easy to clean the inside where it attaches. The bowl was smooth on the inside with no little details to trap food. The lid was equally easy to clean, with no small places to entrap food scraps.

All of the included accessories with the Breville.
All of the included accessories with the Breville.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Value


The Breville isn't really a value option. It's the best food processor out there, with a price to match.

The best of the best, the Breville took home top scores.
The best of the best, the Breville took home top scores.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Conclusion


The cream of the crop, the Breville Sous Chef 16 Pro is the best overall food processor. It blew away the competition and would make a fantastic addition to any kitchen. While it is pricey, it does an extraordinarily good job at chopping and mixing and can save you tons of time on food prep.

David Wise and Austin Palmer