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tomishungry Nov 14, 2006 03:21 AM

My cuisinart food processor has died the final death. My fault.

I've heard the new Cuisinarts and the company isn't what it used to be, so I'm considering buying a Kitchenaid.

Comments? Any experiences good or bad with both the modern product and the companies behind them?

Thanks!

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    rootlesscosmo Nov 14, 2006 03:35 AM

    I haven't done a comparison--I bought a KA because I got a good price, and after 4 or so years of moderately heavy use I like it a lot. The "bowl-in-bowl" feature is very handy and I gather Cuisinart doesn't have an equivalent.

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      cheryl_h Nov 14, 2006 01:14 PM

      In the current issue of Consumer Reports, they rated 3 KA processors at the top, followed by Cuisinart. I haven't read the full article. It might be worth the effort to get the issue and read the full story. I've always found their ratings to be thoughtful, even when I don't agree with them.

      I have an ancient Cuisinart which is still going strong after 20+ years but I believe the company changed hands during that time.

      1. potterstreet Nov 14, 2006 01:36 PM

        i thought my brand spanking new kitchenaid was the bomb until i spent a few days at my sister's place using her 10 or 15 year old cuisinart and it just kicked tail. the blade seemed to revolve quicker and the results were better.

        as i said, i love the KA but i have a few minor complaints. the mini bowl which fits inside of the large bowl is handy, but sometimes little bits of whatever is being processed ends up in the large bowl. not a problem per se, but i'm lazy and i hate to clean the large bowl.

        i did use the KA to make pasta dough this weekend for the first time and was very impressed with its performance.

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        1. re: potterstreet
          adampaul Nov 14, 2006 07:03 PM

          I have the same (minor) issue with our KitchenAid - especially when processing liquids, some usually gets into the big bowl. I don't use the small bowl all that often anyhow, although if it didn't leak perhaps I'd use it more - if I'm going to have to clean the big bowl anyways, why dirty the small one too?

          Don't know how it compares to the Cuisinart processors, but I love our KA. It's the only "nice" one I've had/used, but it's very powerful, reasonably quiet, and doesn't smell like it's about to catch fire when left on for a few minutes like my old (cheapo) one. Haven't tried to make dough with it yet, though - did you use the plastic blade thingy for that?

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          Jack_ Nov 14, 2006 08:38 PM

          Cooks Illustrated/Ameriac's Test Kitchen did a test and recomended the Cuisinart with dough settings if you did a lot of bread, otherwise the KA.

          I got the KA after my CA died and prefer it. Hated the CA little tube in a big tube feeder, a real PITA to clean

          1. Caitlin McGrath Nov 14, 2006 10:35 PM

            Check out this earlier thread on the same subject: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/309273

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              cyberroo Nov 15, 2006 05:59 PM

              I recently bought a KitchenAid fp. Haven't used it for dough, but have used the small bowl for a couple of things, and didn't find that it got the big bowl dirty at all - maybe it depends on the model, or what you're making.

              I did quite a bit of research before my purchase, and all the recommendations I found said to buy Kitchenaid. I ended up with the one that America's Test Kitchen liked, which wasn't the newest model with the huge feed tube.

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                rootlesscosmo Nov 15, 2006 06:50 PM

                I haven't made bread dough but I have made pasta dough, very successfully, using the metal blade. (I then transfer the dogh to the KA stand mixer with the dough hook and knead it for 15 minutes which would leave me a physical wreck if I tried to do it by hand.)

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                  Bread_Roger Dec 14, 2006 04:53 PM

                  I bought a Cuisinart MP14 "limited edition" (out for 3 years--how limited could it be?) metal food processor with beaters for whipping. Smooth and fast, but not the best thing for dough, which requires a bit more water than mixer- or hand-created doughs, and doesn't always come together. Dough blade doesn't do it for me--too small--so I use the knife blade. Beaters seem way too delicate for most jobs.

                  One touch of the pulse button makes wonderful, not-too-shredded goodies. Used it for pizza ingredients (cheese and ham) last weekend and even with washing up the many little pieces, it was faster and pleasanter than grating or cutting by hand. Only problem was the pizza, which was too good and of which I ate too much...

                  Would love to hear more about the KitchenAid food processors, particularly the 16-cup model, and how it works for bread dough.

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