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Kitchenaid vs Cuisinart food processor?

I've never owned a food procesor and it's time to take the splurge! Eeeek! I can't wait! This is my *birthday treat* to myself.

Since I've never had one, I'm not sure how I'll use it. I cook meals from scratch every day, and I use my blender just about daily. I imagine that I'll use my processor for most/all of the sauces (mayo, dressings, pestos etc) and dips (hommus, etc) that I currently whip up in my blender (I do feel fierce attachment for my trusty blender, but it's tiring to scrape the bottom and I can never extract the entire batch of sauce). I like chopping veggies with my knives now, but maybe I'll use the processor for that sometimes too. I like grinding up spices for curries and pulsing breadcrumbs, so I'll definitely use it for that. I do own an immersion blender already that I enjoy.

I've read a lot online and now I'd like the hounds' perspective: which is better, Kitchenaid or Cuisinart? I'm looking at the seven-cup models. I know Kitchenaid comes with a cool little mini-bowl and a juicer. People rave about both -- I'm wondering if one is actually better quality, or if it's personal preference.

Gracias, hounds!

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  1. I only own one (obviously) - a Cuisinart 11cup (I recommend getting at least 11cup) - and it's fantastic, but I also own other Kitchenaid appliances & love them too. It might be a bit too big for spices (so if that makes you lean towards the KA then so be it), but it works wonders for pastry doughs, hummus etc. MUCH faster than a blender and much more surface space. the CZN is really powerful & as many have said, blades are sharp (comes with several & a blade case). When I was reading about them I thought there were slightly more votes for the Cuisinart, and I got a good deal & have been really happy. Is there a huge price diff?

    Bottom line is probably they're both great, but maybe a KA loyalist will disagree.

    1. Did you happen across this thread yet?

      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/408307

      According to some, Cuisinart customer service leaves a lot to be desired...

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      1. When we bought a food processor we looked at several different brands and decided on a Bosch (not exact this model, ours has also a blender:

        http://www.ekitchengadgets.com/bosfoo...

        And we are very happy with it and highly recommend it.

        1. I'm very happy with my Cuisinart.

          1. I just did this purchase too and ended up getting the KitchenAid 11-cup. I love it. It's beats the hell out of my old Cuisinart and the second small bowl is great to have.

            Get the Kitchen Aid and check prices on eBay, I did and saved a bunch.