Save your pennies for this pro-level processor that just about does all the work for you.

A food processor has become an essential tool for any serious cook. This model from Breville features a 5.5-inch super-wide chute that saves you the time and effort of pre-cutting fruits and veggies. Equipped with a set of eight discs and blades — including a variable slicing disc with options ranging from a paper-thin 0.3 millimeter (0.01 inch) to a solid 8 millimeters (0.3 inch) — the device encourages myriad meal prep possibilities. Don't let the hefty price tag dissuade you; the versatile Sous Chef is worth every penny.