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Old 01-22-2006, 01:57 PM   #1
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Which Food processor to buy?

I hav a 6qt Kitchen aid stand mixer totally love it and I'm ready to buy my first food processor. I cook for my family & host allot. I also cook a meal or two per week for neighbors. I never regret bigger and better, but do i need bigger if i have a stand mixer already? Im looking at:
  1. Kitchen aid 14 cup for $220 with lots of attachments. You get allot for the money but is it as good as a Cuisinart?
  2. Cuisinart 11 cup for $200. Not as many attachments and smaller. Is it that much better or am i paying for the name? If it that much better should i consider there 14 cup model?
  3. Viking 14 cup for $299. Love the look but is it worth $299 and about $100 more then i wanted to spend.
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Old 01-22-2006, 02:03 PM   #2
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I am glad you put this out there, Giotto. My husband is the food chopper in our house cuz I hate it, hate it, hate it! We have been looking for food processors just for chopping veggies! (pitiful, huh!) I'll be checking this to see what others recommend.

Funny enough, we love pureed soups and we use our Kitchen Aide blender to puree the veggies for the soup. I could just use the processor for this job as well as cutting the veg. hhmmmm.
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Old 01-22-2006, 02:06 PM   #3
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First off, welcome to the site. You will get a ton of great info here.

All I can tell you about is what I have used. I own the Cuisinart 11 cup and I love it. It is powerful. It has a very large food chute. It is easy to clean on the outside. I think it is well worth the money. I am sure others will jump in and tell you about the other brands.

What types of things will you be using it for? That will help us get a better idea on what advice to give you.
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Old 01-22-2006, 04:06 PM   #4
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I hav a 6qt Kitchen aid stand mixer totally love it and I'm ready to buy my first food processor. I cook for my family & host allot. I also cook a meal or two per week for neighbors. I never regret bigger and better, but do i need bigger if i have a stand mixer already? Im looking at:
  1. Kitchen aid 14 cup for $220 with lots of attachments. You get allot for the money but is it as good as a Cuisinart?
  2. Cuisinart 11 cup for $200. Not as many attachments and smaller. Is it that much better or am i paying for the name? If it that much better should i consider there 14 cup model?
  3. Viking 14 cup for $299. Love the look but is it worth $299 and about $100 more then i wanted to spend.
PS my first post never thought to look for a forum on cooking this sit looks great.
Well, you'll be able to do more things in the food processor that you cannot do with a stand mixer and vice versa, so you can't really compare the two. First of all, what do you want to use the food processor for? Do you own a blender? Do you see yourself needing the food processor to make dishes that you cannot make with a blender? Are there dishes that you want to try and can actually see yourself making which will merit purchasig the food processor? With that being said, you can't really go wrong with either of the three brands. It's going to depend on what you're looking for.
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Old 01-22-2006, 04:12 PM   #5
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I'm very happy with my Kitchen Aid - it's done all I've asked of it and there's a small bowl as well for smaller jobs. Very powerful!
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Old 01-22-2006, 08:02 PM   #6
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I've had my 11 cup Cuisenart for almost 16 years, It's yellowed with age and use and I've had to buy new knife blades for it. I'd buy another if need be. In fact I'm looking at and thinking about getting a bigger capacity one..What ever one you choose, it will really help with the veggie chopping.

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Old 01-22-2006, 09:43 PM   #7
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I also have an 11-cup Cuisinart. I have no complaints.

The only reason I'd consider a 14-cup model would be the size of the recipes I prepare often. That 3-cup extra capacity could be useful if you do a lot of large recipes.
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If you are chopping for relatively small quantities, and if you do the "chopping" much more than than slicing, this would be a great choice... I use it almost everyday for chopping vegetables, nuts, also for whipping cream, mashed potatoes etc etc. very versatile and handy, and after using it there are only a few pieces to wash. I love it.
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Old 01-23-2006, 12:45 PM   #9
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I also have an 11-cup Cuisinart. I have no complaints.

The only reason I'd consider a 14-cup model would be the size of the recipes I prepare often. That 3-cup extra capacity could be useful if you do a lot of large recipes.

I've had mine for nearly 20 years and only recently had to buy a new bowl for it. Yesterday I broke the chute, so I'll need to buy another one of those but I love mine and would probably replace it with the same if it breaks.

Make sure you'll reallyuse the 14 cup one because it may be too big for really small jobs. I've found that to be the case with my big mama Kitchenaid Pro mixer.

ALSO, ship around because food processors are always on sale in brick and mortar stores and also on the internet. You might be able to do better than those prices.
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Thanks for all the feedback. Im looking to mostly chop vegetables with my food processor. When someone gave me their old 4qt stand mixer I thought I would just be using it to knead my pizza dough for Friday night Pizza and my bread making. I quickly fell in love with it and use it 2 to 3 times a week for so much now. My only problem was, it was too small for double batches of dough and I recently upgraded to a 6qt. I do see other uses for a food processor, but mostly just supplementing the mixer. The kitchen aid Food processor has a whipping attachment. I could use it for smaller recipes and the times when my mixer is being used and I need another. I’m just not to sure of all the applications and wondering what they are and if it has the same potential as my stand mixer did. I know I would love it if only for cutting vegetables (which is reason enough for me), but is bigger better?

I started really cooking when I became a stay at home dad and we got stationed in the middle of the California desert. With no place to get good baguettes or food I learned to cook, now 5 years later I love it. We live near DC but I don’t know many people who cook much less know what a food processor it
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