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Oct 11, 2009 04:20 PM

Need a food processor. help!

so i picked up a 10 cup no name cause it had,,, a dough blade and some fancy attachments...

i go to use it to puree some ingredients for a sauce.. and ... it didnt do anything.. no puree.. no chop.. well a half assed chop.

so i assume i should have sticked with cuisine art or kitchen aid?

i have not had a food processor before.. so here is what i need,,

i hate the blender to puree... so i want something that can do that.. but,,.,i live in nyc.. and dont have room for a monster.. so id like a smaller one.. but not a tiny one..

i was looking at this... the 4 cup...

anyone used this? or recommend going with a 7 cup?

if so why .. and which one?


ps.. the crap food processor i got was a chefscape.

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  1. I've had a 3-cup Cuisinart for more than 25 years, works great, has shredding and slicing blades and has always done the job for me. I've even dropped it a few times with no injuries. I see Cuisinart has not changed this particular model at all in all these years, with the exception of the price, of course. I can only imagine the larger models are just as great.
    Size is up to you. There's only two of us in my household so the 3 cup was perfect. I even used it when I was catering for large parties. I live in Brooklyn and the 3 cup is a good size for my limited counter space. If I was to buy a new one now I'd buy the same and bedbathandbeyond is a good place to purchase one.
    Go forth and process : -)

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    1. re: bushwickgirl

      thank you!

      i think im gonna look at the 4 cup and 3 cup.. same price.. wonder whats the catch.

      1. re: lestblight

        Gee, I don't know, maybe it's a diffence in the attachments offered. My 3 cup has a hopper that attaches to the top so you can continuously feed, say, cabbage or carrots, and don't have to empty the bowl. Very convenient. Maybe that's not offered with the 3 cup any longer.
        It might be just that Cuisinart has found the 4 cup to be a popular size. That model was not available when I bought mine. Maybe I would have gone in that direction...
        Anyway, I recommend Cuisinart and have fun with whatever size you get.

        1. re: bushwickgirl

          I was just looking at the processors available at the link you provided, none of them seem to have any attachments. See if you can find other Cuisinart models, hopefully still available, that do. Maybe BBAB doesn't list them at the website. I just can't believe Cuisinart don't offer them anymore as part of the package. A friend of mine bought a 3 cup from Macy's last year with all attachments.
          Sorry to press the attachment point but they turn a smaller food processor into something more versatile.

          1. re: bushwickgirl

            ill have to calll around and see if any other places offer it,

            thanks so much

    2. A food processor's bowl shouldn't be more than a third to half full when you turn it on, so a 3- or 4-cup model will only handle small amounts of food at a time. Of course, you can divide your food into multiple batches, but if you have a large quantity, that gets tedious. If all you are ever going to do is puree a few ingredients for sauce or grind some nuts, then a mini-processor will be fine. However, if you catch the food processor "bug" and consider all of the other things you can use one for, you'll appreciate having a machine with more capacity.

      1. i think i found the one you were talking about

        looks cool and looks like it packs a punch. im just wondering if 3 cups would be enough.

        besides the feed tube .. what else does this model do? what can you use it for.. or have you used it for? A multi tasker would defnitely outweigh a 4cup for me.. so i wonder.

        have you used it to knead dough at all? says it can... i wonder how well?

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        1. re: lestblight

          well that brings this one into the picture..

          im open on cost.. the space,, well if it does more. im willing to make room for it.

          so what can you do with this one that you cannot with the 3 cup besides working in bigger batches

          ( and i am one for big batches and leftovers and food donating to friends )

          1. re: lestblight

            This model has a optional large feed tube so you don't have to pare down your fruit or vegetables to smaller sizes to fit, a nice thing to have. It comes with shredding (cheese, carrots) and slicing (potatoes) blades, a dough blade for bread (think pizza!) and other miscellaneous parts; a stirring blade, I don't know exactly what that does but it sounds good. A former employer of mine wrote a book a bunch of years ago about using a food processor to make bread dough. Apparently it's quite doable and certainly a 7-cup model would be adequate for that.
            I like the stainless steel look, as well.
            If money is no prob and you have space, although food processors really don't have that big a footprint, I'd go for it.

            1. re: bushwickgirl

              I'm dumb, the sitrring blade is the one that you use generally for almost every task.
              You're first link is the one I have (for 25 years).

        2. I'm biting the bullet and finally buying a food processor for the very first time -- just have to rearrange things in my cramped kitchen. I found this blog very helpful. I'm leaning towards the Magimix.

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          1. re: Miss Needle

            Is that the 14-cup model listed on the link? That's BIG!

            1. re: bushwickgirl

              Yeah, it is on the large side. I think I probably would be using the 4 and 10 cup bowls most of the time. But it would be nice to have a 14 cup when cooking for a lot of people or making pate brisee.

              1. re: Miss Needle

                The variety of bowls makes it very attractive and there's always the 14-cup bread dough capability, nice. It's like having three processors in one.

            2. re: Miss Needle

              The Cuisinart die-cast is pretty impressive for the price. Features 3 different-sized bowls so it'll work nicely for small jobs or sauces (pesto, chimichurri).

              1. re: ferret

                I was going back and forth between the Cuisinart elite and the Magimix. The reason I'm leaning towards the Magimix is it scored better in grating. And it includes the julienning disc (the main reason why I want a FP). As I have an immersion blender, it doesn't really matter to me that it leaked with soup.

                ETA: I also found a site that sells refurbished Magimix food processors. Still pricier than the Cuisinart, but at least it's not $400. Same warranties apply.


                1. re: Miss Needle

                  You seem to be set on the Magimix, but you can get the Cuisinart Elite from Amazon for $286 and a julienne disc for $30 more.

                  1. re: ferret

                    Ha! Actually, right after I wrote my post, I made the purchase. I have researched the whole Magimix/Cuisinart thing to death. Another thing that factored into my decision was where it was made. Magimix is made in France. Cuisinart is made in China. Not that all products made in China are bad, but I've read too many stories about food processors made in China breaking down after some time. I know there is a warranty, but it's such a pain to deal with them. The Magimix also comes with 3 different sized bowls. With shipping, the total was $305.20.

                    1. re: Miss Needle

                      Miss Needle- I am in the process of decide whether to replace my food processor since I am replacing the bowl on a 30 year old Robot Coupe at least every year for $99 a pop. How do you like the Magimix? DId you buy a refurbished one? Thanks.

                      1. re: AGM_Cape_Cod

                        I really do love my Magimix. I did purchase a refurbished one and had no problems with it whatsoever.

                        I'm glad that I purchased the Magimix over the Cuisinart Elite because the Cuisinart is a lot larger than the Magimix. The Magimix JUST fits on my counter. The Elite would have been way too large for my kitchen. The Magimix is very quiet (I was a bit surprised by that). I've only used the puree and julienne features and thought they did a good job. As I've never really had a food processor before, I can't compare it to other ones. But I'm a satisified customer.

                        1. re: Miss Needle

                          Which model Magimix did you purchase? I'm am in the throws of making the big decision and never thought about purchasing a refurbished one. Does it have a wide feed tube? Any information you can provide would be greatly appreciated.

            3. I have a KitchenAid that I bought reconditioned, and it is the best-made small appliance I've ever owned, I think. As I understand it, food-preparation devices that are reconditioned may have been defective originally, or they may have simply been bought, gifted and returned opened but unused. Supposedly, KitchenAid doesn't allow retailers to resell those after originally opened, and they replace all the parts that touch food before sending them back out as reconditioned.

              This was told to me by the salesclerk at the appliance repair shop where I bought mine. I can't vouch for it, but he assured me the reconditioned one had the same warranty, and its bowls and blades were brand new. It sold for less than half the normal retail, and I love it. It's built like a tank (and might actually be too heavy for some users).

              I have the big 12-cup one that also includes a small 4-cup bowl and blade that sit on top of the large one. It really works well.


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              1. re: dmd_kc

                dmd, thank you for your good insight. It is vey helpful for me to buy next kitchen electrics:)

                1. re: dmd_kc

                  I have this one too.. also purchased at an outlet (imagine that) a few years ago.. works like a champ.