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Food processor dilemma: Cuisinart vs. KitchenAid

Carb Lover | Jan 24, 200508:16 PM

I know this topic has come up before, but am needing some personal feedback at this time. Want to buy a good-sized (11 or 12 cup) food processor for my mom. I envision her using it to make pie dough, grind meat, make desserts (she doesn't have a stand mixer).

After reading positive reports on this board as well as Amazon for the KA over the Cuisinart, I was fairly set on going w/ the KA...until I went to Macy's. They have both models and after poking and prodding at each, I was more impressed w/ the 11-cup Cuisinart's larger blade, more durable work bowl, relative compactness, and overall look than the 12-cup KA model. Looks aren't usually a big factor for me, but the KA top-flared model was an eyesore--downright ugly and cheap-looking.

Re: the Cuisinart--they have the older-style blockish version w/ the two levers as well as the more modern, rounded one w/ buttons. Opinions on differences and which one is better??

Would also be great if you can steer me to the best deals at stores or online. Best prices that I have found: Cuisinart at Costco (per my FIL's report) is $170, while the KA at Macy's is around $200 on sale. Thanks!

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