View Full Version : Which food processor should I buy?
07-16-2009, 09:37 AM
You know it's bad when your non-foodie husband asks you AGAIN to just get a new food processor. I've been making do with a cheap one I got about 15 years ago which not only is very loud but often spits ingredients out of poorly-sealed top while taking a long time to do the job (and is sometimes too small for some raw recipes).
So, I'm finally just going to do it. Invest in a good one that's going to last, and is easy for my husband to use too. He likes how some raw recipes are really simple and wants to start making food and getting more into raw, so that's finally the kick in the pants I needed.
Good ones are so expensive though. Not like Vitamix-expensive, but still, it adds up.
I'm thinking about this one, but want to be sure it's the best value before I invest:
KitchenAid 700-Watt 12-Cup Food Processor
Or should I just run down to Target and get whatever looks like the best value there?
Anyone have any recommendations?
07-16-2009, 10:13 AM
For the first two years being Raw, I had a wide mouth Hamilton Beach, but that didn't last. I then splurged and bought a 14-cup Cuisinart. Not the most expensive, but not the cheapest one either. I love it.
You're pretty much good to go with a Cuisinart or Kitchen Aid.
I've had a Cuisinart for years. At the time, it was the only one with a wide food chute. Now KA has one also.
If my Cuisinart were to konk out, I might decide to go with a KA because the one I've seen on QVC has a kick-butt citrus juicing attachment. Back when I low-carbed, I would make a lot of fresh lemonade - and my hand would get cramped up even using an electric citrus juicer (I would juice 15# at once). I thought this attachment for the KA FP looked great. *Ü*
07-16-2009, 11:18 AM
I've had a cuisinart 11 cup purchased for 169 at costco about 7-10 years ago. Still going strong - no probs at all.
07-16-2009, 02:11 PM
Earlier this past Spring, I purchased a Kitchenaid 9-cup Food Processor from Amazon and love it. As in blenders, it's really personal preference and what you like. It was helpful for me to go to Macy's and compare the Kitchenaid and Cuisinart side-by-side. In the store, I disassembled each one and put it back together and liked the "feel" of the Kitchenaid better. It somehow felt sturdier, more substantial, like the plastic was of higher quality. BTW, Target carries the Kitchenaid, but maybe your store may have both??? It all boils down to personal preference . . . I'm sure you've read the posts about Blendtec vs. Vita-Mix. ;)
Years ago when I just ate S.A.D., I had a Robot Coupe and liked it. I haven't checked it out, but I was told the Kitchenaid food processor is actually made by Robot Coupe.
One more helpful thing for me was to go on Amazon and read the customer reviews on the model you're interested in. Good luck with your purchase!
07-16-2009, 02:29 PM
I got the Kitchen Aid 12-cup FP just about a month ago.
I absolutely love it. Best decision I made.
07-16-2009, 09:02 PM
Glad this topic came up as I've been researching which to buy also. I want one that can slice very thin as I like to make ravioli with beets and have a difficult time getting even slices with the mandoline.
07-16-2009, 09:25 PM
i can add that ive read thousands of posts on kitchen appliances over past 4 years by rawfoodists and it always comes down to either kitchen aid or cuisinart
07-16-2009, 10:44 PM
I got this Cuisinart because it has a 20 year warranty (that's not a typo, I did say TWENTY year) on the motor, has a nice design, and comes with a whisk attachment:
I also heard of some Kitchen Aids that were recalled because the discs would touch the plastic and grind the BPA containing plastic into the food.
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