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KitchenAidr Cuisinart Food Processor

easyquilts's picture

KitchenAidr Cuisinart Food Processor

I am thinking about buying a food processor. I am leaning towards a KitchenAid , but the Cuisinart looks good, too.

There are just two of us, but I do prepare larger meals now amd then.... When family comes over. I do not Intend to use the FP for kneading dough, as I have a KA stand mixer for that...and I like to hand knead. I might, however, do pie crusts in it.

The more research I do, the more confused I become.... The new 13 cup KA. Is awesome, but is probably too big for my purposes. I think a nine cup is or will soon be available. I like the 7 cup KA, but it doesn't have a wide opening for larger veggies.

Any advice or information would be so welcome! HELP!!! I can't even decide what size I need!

Sandy from Cincinnati

gmagmabaking2's picture

I just got the new Cuisinart 12 cup Elite Food Processer... Awesomely wonderful AND it has a dough blade... kneads a 2.5 pound of dough in 45 seconds... shhhhh!

barryvabeach's picture

Sandy, I have the older 12 cup Cuisinart - it comes with an induction motor, which is quieter and more durable than the more typical universal motor.  If you want something durable,  get something with an induction.  I tried to check the Kitchen aid site, but it didn't say.  While you say you don't plan on using it for mixing dough, a food processor is the best thing to mix very wet doughs - like Jason's Ciabatta - it does it in just a few minutes, instead of 20 minutes in a mixer.  The Cuisinart Elite comes with an induction motor.

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Unlike the KA mixers, I haven't had a single problem with the KA food processor I own. It's powerful, quiet, easy-to-clean. It's from 2002, however, so I don't know if they're still built as well.

What I dislike about the KA is the small feeder tube. It's so small that you have to cut things in half or quarter for them to fit into the feeder tube. Try cutting a cabbage into 8 pieces so it fits, for example, and you end up shredding the cabbage before it ever gets to the food processor.

If I was buying one right now, I'd probably buy the Breville Sous Chef because it has a huge feeder tube, 16 cup capacity, and has a 25-year warranty on the motor. (I don't know anyone who's ever broken a food processor, however, so warranties don't mean much to me when buying one.)

Here's a video:

I own two other Breville applicances (toaster and toaster oven) and am very pleased with both of them. They put a lot of work into the usability of their applicances.

Oh, and yes, you'll find a 7-cup to be infuriatingly small. Even a 9-cup might be too small. I find the 11 cup+ to be ideal for home use. Unlike mixers, food processors work the same regardless of bowl size. It'll chop an onion as well in a 7-cup as in an 16-cup. (Also, the large ones usually come with smaller bowls/blades that you put inside of the larger bowl, so you can make quick work of small things like garlic cloves, shallots, etc.) The larger bowls come in especially handy for pureéing whole pots of soup (or when you need to purée large amount of fruit for canning season).  

Rivermute's picture

Go for the cuisinart... KA isn't what it used to be. At some point they started using plastic componants in their gear box. The Cuisinart will be a better machine if you want a something with a bit more power that is less likely to overheat. The down side to the Cuisnart is that it doesn't have the nearly the number of handy attachments that KA has and it likes to go for walks.

Bah sorry thought you people were talking about mixers lol.. it was a late night.

EvaB's picture

which I only use for making pie crusts and the occasional loaf of banana bread and it didn't last a year! I just bought the (I think) 7 cup Cuisinart and watched the DVD that came with it, I love the larger feed tube, and can see that it will be worth the price (the thing was $184 dollars with all the darn taxes and the new eco fee) it seems to have better and stronger attachments, the one I replaced with the kitchen aid was breaking the plastic bits off the knife blade, and I had used that one about a year, and only made pie crust with it! So if this one goes in under a year, I will know I have a kitchen gremlin that eats food processors.

sandytnt's picture

Hi Sandy,

In case you're still looking for a FP, I would recommend the Breville Sous Chef. I've tried several food processors over the years and have returned them as I've never found any to be exactly what I've needed. 

I just got this yesterday and couldn't wait to use it so thus far, I've made carrot soup (pureed within a matter of 10  seconds, i had chopped them in the fp first for fun and it took about 7 seconds for 3 pounds), shredded a 2-lb block of cheese in under 10 seconds, shredded 6 pounds of zucchini in under 90 seconds as I fed them thru the shooter individually, chopped 1.5 pounds of nuts in 5 seconds, chopped a series of veggies and minced some chicken in under 7  seconds each)---everything was beautifuly chopped or shredded...even, uniform, no mess, no fuss. I absolutely love Breville products after much trouble with KA products and this one takes the cake for me thus far. I will be using this daily and envision many more healthy meals since chopping and shredding etc are no longer cumbersome and cleaner . I thought the 16-cup size may be too big since it's just two of us, but I've found it to be exactly what I needed in the one day that we've had it. It comes with a 2.5 cup bowl for smaller chopping jobs. I played a little with the slicer (has 24 variable thickness settings -- AH-MAHZING!!), the julienne and fries disk  a little and they came out perfectly and evenly. Very little to no waste at all. I haven't used the emulsifying disk or the dough kneader yet. Cleanup is fast and easy and comes with a brush and spatula. You can read the details's sold exclusively at Sur La Table or you can get it from Amazon  as well... 

It's a little pricey ($399.99 USD seems to be the set price) compared to other FPs out there, but if you are looking for something that's fast, hassle free, and that gives you the evenly chopped, sliced, julienned, etc results, easy clean up, then it's worth it esp if you plan on using it often. It's not very noisy, is stable on the counter, includes safety features if that's a concern,  and is a well thought out product by Breville.  Happy with it so far!

Best wishes,

Sandy from Texas

dablues's picture

but I have the Cuisinart.  If I had known might have checked that one out.

easyquilts's picture

I am so glad you are enjoying your new toy... It sounds like a great machine.

Alas... My budget will not allow for such an expense.... I have decided to buy a Cuisinart. 7 or 9 cup..... I like the wide food chute. I'm not that much of a cook, so I think this will work for me... I'm hoping for some after Christmas sales.

Thank you so much for responding.... I appreciate your input...

Sandy from Cincinnati