Kitchenaid Architect Food Processor model KFPW763CS
I'm looking for reviews of the Kitchenaid Architect Food Processor model KFPW763CS.
It has 12 cup and 10 cup work bowls. The 10 cup work bowl is for slicing and shredding, and the 12 cup work bowl for other processing tasks. It is only available at Macy's and is currently on sale, but I haven't been able to find any reviews online.
I looked at the Cuisinart DLC-2011BCN, and almost bought it online but decided to go and see it at a store first. Good thing I did, some people might not mind the feed tube design - but it would really bother me. The motor will not engage unless the pusher is in the tube.
I also looked at the KitchenAid KFP750OB (and other Kitchenaids), and at JC Penneys Cooks Professional Grade 900W food processor (Wow, LOUD and vibrates bad!).
I have not used the Kitchenaid Architect to process food, but I did have it shipped to me and I started it up empty and checked how it was put together. It is one of the nicest looking units, with brushed stainless steel, very sturdy- nice and heavy base. The bowl assembly is easy to put in place and so is the lid - you won't have trouble with it like some people said they have had with the Cuisinart models. Comes with a 12 cup bowl and 10 cup bowl, dough blade, slicers, shredders etc. One of the things I love most about it is the feeding tube assembly. If you are looking for a rather expensive food processor and can't decide I would encourage you to go see the feeding tube assemblies in person. The KA Architect has an extremely well designed and nice looking 3 part assembly of feeding tubes and pushers. 3 pieces that stack one inside the other. Take them all out and you have a wide mouth to poor or add food thru without taking off the lid. Put in the largest piece to allow you to engage the motor - this largest piece has a slightly smaller opening in it so you can feed carrots, zucchini, celery or other thru the feeding tube and engage the motor even when something sticks out of the tube (Cuisinart won't do this). Push it with the smallest pusher or use that smallest pusher as a measuring device to add oil/liquids etc.
Like I said, I didn't run this with food, but with the slicer/shredder blades this seemed to run pretty quiet for a food processor. With the cutting blade it was louder - but may run better with stuff in it? The controls are off, constant on, pulse. It is a bit disconcerting that if the on button gets pushed before you plug this in and the largest feed tube is engaged - the motor starts up unexpectedly (no danger, just noise). Also, the Kitchenaid Architect has the same issue as the other Kitchenaids with liquid. If you have more than about 4 cups of liquid in it, it will leak out the bottom of the bowl due to its design. Boggles my mind a bit that they have never chosen to address this issue. When I spend a few hundred dollars on a food processor I expect it to puree more than 4 cups - whether I have an immersion blender at home or not. There are just things to use that for. The power cord on this is also the nice thick sturdy kind.
I wish I could add some real kitchen experience to this review -but the lack of any constructive reviews on this unit drove me to write anyway. I got this on sale and I am returning it to buy a KitchenAid KFP750OB- also on sale. The Architect seems like a very nice machine, but I would rather save the money right now. It's sturdy, the 700w motor seems powerful enough, it's quiet, easy to use, and extremely nice looking. In my opinion the best feeding tube assembly out there. It's liquid capacity disappoints. And for anyone who says this is a problem that no one can fix, my old T-Fal food processor does not have a hole in the middle! Hey, there's an idea.
I recommend the Kitchenaid Architect food processor, it's a good machine. But a nice less expensive, almost works the same alternative is the KitchenAid KFP750OB - (has a 2 piece feeding tube assembly, no brushed stainless steel, some different bowls and attachments, same 700w motor I think, it’s supposed to be quiet too).
Okay, I think I have found something that may help you. It'll be a little harder to find reviews for your specific unit as it seems to be exclusive to Macy's. However, there is another KA model that has the 12/10/4 cup nesting bowls at Williams and Sonoma. I would loosely assume the performance would not vary very much from these machines. Link below
I just noticed the model at W.S. is no longer available (this may have to do with the exclusivity they have with Cuisinart's food processor).
Nevertheless, an additional search found some information on the same model (offered at W.S.) on Amazon. Pricing is a bit better than the Architecht FP, plus you get 3 nesting bowls, and several accessories. View description/reviews: