KitchenAid vs Cuisinart Food Processeor?
Or "pood frosessors" as I said when small.
Which is the bettery buy, the better machine. I want one to chop, shred, mix, blend, make pastry dough and so on. A workhorse that won't crap out on me.
Opinion seems somewhat divided.
My husband at first said "Why not a Robot Coupe" (his bachelor to soon not be buddy has one) but then made choking noises when I showed him the price.
So, forget Robot Coupe- I'm happy with the "lesser" machines.
I have a 14 cup Cuisinart and haven't had any issues and only occaisionally find it too small. I found most of the blades and accessories at less than retail. I only wish I had a second bowl. I did buy a second lid without the tube so it could be stored on the counter under the cabinets. I store the cover with the feed tube and only use it when I am slicing or shredding. The flat lid is great for just processing.
I got the KA 12 cup food processor for Christmas this year. It's pretty powerful and the blades are super sharp. I like that it comes with a mini chopper bowl for when you're dealing with smaller quantities. So far I've used it for chopping, shredding, slicing and it's been excellent.
I do all my research on line and contact manufacturers/retail outlets for additional info. I settled on the rather pricey Cuisinart DLC XP from foodprocessors direct (now out of stock) and purchased a completer set of discs from Abes of Maine. I considered the magimix and KA with multiple bowls but ruled them out. I was replacing our old Cuisinart KPF 5A . Wanting a larger unit, the DLC XP at 20 cups filled the bill nicely as we can make smaller quantities in the larger unit but not vice versa. And we still have the older original model for back up on small quantities as needed. Regarding customer service, I have never had any problems with Cuisinart; it all depends upon approach and not abusing the equipment. As far as what to buy, It pretty much boils down to what your needs are, what you are comfortable with, and your budget.
I did extensive research several years ago along these lines and chose the KitchenAid. It was definitely a far beefier machine that the Cuisinart, and the blades seemed a good deal sharper. It comes with a little plastic garage for the blades and accessories that takes up a lot of space, but is kind of nice if you have a place for it. The lid to the main bowl has a ridge that's a bit of a food-catcher, but as long as you follow the cardinal rule of small appliances -- wash before the food has any chance to dry out -- it isn't a problem at all. Also, NEVER put the pieces in the dishwasher, regardless of what the labels may indicate.
You should also check appliance repair shops in your area. Where I live, there's one that sells factory refurbished models for about half of retail price. They have a full warranty, and every part that touches food (bowls, blades) is new. My KA pood frosessor has been a workhorse for a long time now, and still performs (and looks) like new.
One of my best friends has a Robot Coupe, and it's nowhere near worth the price for the home cook.