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Jul 14, 2006 01:16 PM

Food Processors: Kitchenaid vs. Cuisinart

Help! I always assumed that when the amazing day arrived, I would purchase a Cuisinart food processor.

Lately, however, I have been eyeing the Kitchenaid bowl-in-bowl model with excitement. The idea of having a smaller capacity processor within the larger bowl seems too good to pass up.

What do you think? Does anyone have any experience with the Kitchenaid model? Am I being deceived by gimmicks? I don't know anyone that regrets their Cuisinart, but is the Kitchenaid similarly loved?

Thanks in advance!

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  1. I have no experience with kitchenaid but I can not rave enough about my Cuisinart. I have 2 sizes A fairly big one and small (not mini) one. Both are over 20 years old and still going strong. I have replaced one bowl due a crack that was totally my fault. I have not replaced any of the blades and they are still as sharp as when I first bought them.

    Whatever you go with make sure to buy 1 or 2 extra bowls. If you are using it a lot it is nice not to have to clean it out between jobs.

    1. I was the owner of one of the first Cuisinarts when they became available in the U.S. However, I have switched to the Kitchenaid processor and am very happy with it for a number of reasons, the first of which is that small bowl. It is great for making things like marinades and salad dressings that use garlic, shallots, ginger, green onions and other small items that are difficult to process in a large working bowl. The Kitchenaid is also made by the original maker of the Cuisinart, Robot Coupe, a firm that I trust.

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      1. re: Nancy Berry

        Ditto. I replaced my Cuisinart with a KA and have never regretted it.

      2. I have owned 2 Cuisinarts in 25 years. The first was damaged in a house fire and promptly replaced. I am getting ready to buy a new one and since my mother managed to burn her bowl in bowl Kitchenaid out in an amazingly short time with no interest from them in helping her get it repaired I will stick with Cuicinart. I do have a Krups mini processor so the bowl in bowl would have little appeal to me anyway.

        1. Like others, I don't have a Kitchenaid, but I love my Cuisinart dearly. I say, if it aint's broke don't fix it--stick with Cuisinart!

          1. I am another happy owner of the bowl-in-bowl KitchenAid and have never had a problem with it. I find it exceedingly easy to use, and if this is your first processor and you don't already have a mini one, you'll be taking care of both needs at once without taking up any extra counter space.