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Old 12-11-2006, 10:06 AM   #11
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A 16 cup FP is a lot larger than the standard size, which is around 11 cups. Make sure you need that extra size since you are going to pay for it. Also, a bowl that much larger may not handle small batches as well as the 11 cup model.

On the other hand, if you have always been wishing your old FP was able to handle larger quantities, go for the big guy.
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Old 12-11-2006, 10:19 AM   #12
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For the power of being able to perform heavy duty culinary tasks with this machine, I selected it mainly for its raw power, capacity and versatility.

I wanted pure raw awesome power, and Cuisinart just can't deliver the goods. Their DLC-XPlus, the largest one they make, STILL has a wimpy motor in it (only 780 watts)!! And it costs almost a whopping $400.00 more than the K'Aid Pearl Metallic KPFP850PM which has a 1,000-watt induction motor!!

The only thing that the Cuisinart machine has over the K'Aid machine is a larger work bowl and a longer warranty on the motor.
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Old 12-11-2006, 10:23 AM   #13
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I've never had a problem with my FP's power. It may not be raw and awesome but it's fine for my needs.
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Old 12-11-2006, 10:41 AM   #14
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I have a Cuisanart Custom 11 and love it. I haven't had a lick of problems with it. Granted its an older model too. I picked it up at a yard sale from an elderly woman that only used it a few times.

Personally, I think some of the older small appliance are more reliable and better built.
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Old 12-11-2006, 11:31 AM   #15
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Ok, I know I only need about an 11-12 cup. Maybe years ago I needed the larger, but not anymore. I still love to cook and bake, but not in as large quantities as I did. Just quality.

Next question. Where's the best "store" to go check out the different models. I like to touch, see , and feel, better buying.


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Old 12-11-2006, 11:57 AM   #16
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TexCin, Go to the kitchen stores closest to you. Williams-Sonoma, Linens N Things, Bed, Bath and Beyond, etc. They will all have several models and brands to check out. They will not have the best prices.

For good prices, shop online or at a warehouse store like Costco, BJs or Sam's.

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I recently bought a Cuisinart and am very happy with it, but time will tell. I found that I use for doughs much more than anything else. They included a recipe book with a great bread recipe for an Artisan style bread It's simply 1# flour, 2 t. salt, 1 packet of active dry yeast and 10 oz of H20. You add the H20 to the rest and process it for 45 seconds. Let it rise and bake. It's outstanding. They also have a dough speed and dough blade. I don't remember if the KA's had that feature. Oh well time will tell if I made a good choice.

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Old 12-11-2006, 02:40 PM   #18
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TexCin, try also LeGourmet, Target, Walmat and Best Buy as well.

If you choose to buy one online, then Cooking.com, ChefsCatalog.com and even K'Aid's own website sells their machines.

The main brainers out their are K'Aid and Cuisinart, but as I said, I like K'Aid much better.
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Old 12-11-2006, 04:41 PM   #19
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Love my Cuisinart(s)!

I'm a late bloomer and just recently discovered the food processor. Last year I received the 3-cup as a gift and soon discovered it was too small for my needs. I was making double batches of things - insane! Anyway, I recently purchased an 11-cup and use it for everything. No complaints here at all.
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Ok, I know I only need about an 11-12 cup. Maybe years ago I needed the larger, but not anymore. I still love to cook and bake, but not in as large quantities as I did. Just quality.

Next question. Where's the best "store" to go check out the different models. I like to touch, see , and feel, better buying.


Andy, love the divi tree avatar. We went to Aruba for the first time this last spring!


TexCin, go here to this page; KitchenAid KTA KFPM770NK 12 Cups Food Processor at Epinions.com. and see if this 12-cup K'Aid is the right one for you. I think it will be.

It's the very next one down from mine, has everything mine does and the motor is still a very powerful one. Click on the View Details button to get the specs. No reviews were written on it as yet.

There are websites posted there where you can buy the machine.

If price is an issue, then there's a cheaper model like this one, but without the wide-mouth feed tube. Every K'Aid below that is less than 12 cups.
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