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recs for a new food processor?

I've had a Hamilton Beach food processor since the early 80's and am ready to buy a new one, mainly, because I think I need something better to handle pie dough. I always have to hold the top cover of the bowl because the flour spurts out all over and I always feel I have to pulse too much to get the ingredients incorporated. I'm never left with the layering of fat that makes dough flakey and light, even with chilling and not letting the dough get to the ball stage. The processor is ok for most other tasks, that's why I haven't bought a new one. Any thoughts as to which one I should buy? My family is small and I don't entertain that much. I haven't started looking yet as I thought I'd come here first for help. What can I expect pricewise? Years ago, Cuisinart was the preferred brand of my friends. I'm sure there are other brands out there now.

Thanks for any advice.

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  1. I have had a Cuisinart for many years, and have loved them. The new one looks fantastic, wish that I needed a new one but can't justify it!

    http://www.williams-sonoma.com/produc...

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    1. re: Mother of four

      I love my cuisinart. My ex even dropped it on the floor once. I called customer service, don't remember what they told me to do, but it still works!

      1. re: financialdistrictresident

        I used my Cuisinart to make pie crust today. It comes out perfect every time. I have an 11 cup. I found a great deal and paid $130 for it.

        I read a review that rated Kitchenaid slightly better than Cuisinart but I decided to stick with Cuisinart.

        1. re: malisa0607

          I picked up my Cuisinart at Costco and got a great deal on it with a second bowl and some other goodies. It has never failed me yet. The newest model looks even better.

          1. re: malisa0607

            malisa0607, do you remember where you read the review? Consumer Reports? PS I wish I had done research before purchasing our Maytag washer and dryer . . .

        2. re: Mother of four

          I recently got one of these elite Cuisinarts to replace my original. There are things I like about both. I got the largest size (which I thought was the only available size), which is HUGE (much bigger than I realized). That has some advantages in terms of capacity, but is a storage issue. I love the non leaking feature and the motor is VERY strong. Also, it's very easy to use. The downside of the 3 nesting bowls is that if I use the smallest bowl, I very often manage to get the other 2 dirty, so I have to wash all 3 (defeating the purpose of using the smallest bowl). Overall, I do like it, but unless you usually cook in huge capacity, you could probably get away with a smaller size than the 16 cup one.

        3. Cuisinart, first. Robot Coupe is also good.

          No other food processor I've used (and I've used quite a few) has the power and control that the Cuisinart affords.

          1. If I were getting a new food processor, I would get a Magimix, which is made by the same people who made the original Cusinarts. I haven't been that happy with my second Cusinarts that I purchased after my first one died after almost 30 years of use.

            1. Thank you all for your replies. The concensus seems to be Cuisinart, so I will check into my local Costco and see what's available. I like the idea of an 11 cup capacity, 16 would be way too big for my small family. I've never heard of Robot Coupe or Magimix, but I'll check into those, too. Again, I appreciate your feedback!

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              1. re: addicted2cake

                Robot Coupe was the French manufacturer of what became known in the US as Cuisinart. The US brand severed its ties with France and began designing its own lines.

                1. re: ferret

                  Had the first one many years ago. No on and off buttons, you had to turn the bowl itself. I did use it for a long time, In fact it is in my basement and still in working order!!

                2. re: addicted2cake

                  The Cuisinarts are now made in China (like about everything else). However I have one of these new ones, an 11-cup, and love it. I got it on sale with coupon at Macy's for about $100. They often sell it for that. If you don't have Macy's, check your local department store for their weekend sales and promotions. I find better prices on kitchen ware on those than at BJ's warehouse regular prices, and their sales come around on pretty frequent cycles.

                  1. re: addicted2cake

                    Robot coupe make excellent, powerful and very expensive food processors. They have the style, weight and durability of a block of concrete. You can almost guarantee that the motor will not fail. Here, for example, is their light duty small one:

                    http://www.amazon.com/Robot-Coupe-R-1...

                    But they work!

                  2. Looks like quite a few votes for Cuisinart.. could swear I've seen them used on FoodNetwork too.. have to admit I'm quite happy with my KitchenAid though.

                    1. Cuisinart, but be sure to inquire about power. My 11-cup is plenty big, but can occasionally struggle with significant amounts of bread dough (3.5 cups of flour). I believe I found out later there was another 11-cup model available that was a bit more powerful.

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                      1. re: eight_inch_pestle

                        The current generation of Cuisinart Die-Casts seems to be their attempt to reclaim their glory. They're very well reviewed.

                      2. picked up a 12-cup Kitchenaid FKP750 for $84 shipped from a link on slickdeals a few days ago.

                        1. the KA got the nod (marginally) over Cuisinart from Cook;s Illustrated. I have had a Cuisinart 11 cup for 15-20 years. It is a PITA to work and clean but does a good job. I wonder how far they have come. I liked the Cuisinartt/Robot Coupe from 30 years ago. It felt more solid. If I were in the market today and I used a food processor a lot (I don't), I would look at Robot Coupe and Magimix although a quick look does not show any great "deals" on them.

                          1. I got the 12-cup Kitchenaid and I am pleased as punch (cooking-related pun intended). It's heavy. I used to have a Black and Decker for a while (my first FP, which I got at a consignment shop, though it was brand new) and it served me well, but I wanted to venture into something a bit more substantial. I researched for a while and wound up with the KA--very pleased with it and I love the color--Empire Red, which matches my fave handbag and briefcase. I like the mini bowl as well as the regular bowl. FWIW, I'm a singleton and usually only cook for 1 or 2.