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llafreniere Dec 13, 2010 09:51 AM

Where is the best place to find food processors in downtown Toronto? And is it possible to get one for around $40??

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    JackofShadows Dec 15, 2010 04:37 AM

    A quick update:

    Yesterday I was down on Queen W, and next store to a Nicoloau (a great rest. supply store whihc is really cool to browse in) was a discount goods store, "Direct Deals", which seemed to have some really goo dpricing on stuff - not sure if it is last years model, or if it "fell off a truck" somewhere, but they had great prices on a couple 7 Cup food processors (Cusinart, and Hamilton Beech, which I don't know anythinig about), as well as a Cuisnart "griddler" and a few other things. Worth checking out, Queen and Bathurst area - I think it is 629 Queen W.

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      Herb Dec 15, 2010 10:35 AM

      How much were they?

    2. hal2010 Dec 14, 2010 05:39 PM

      Cayne's has a Cuisinart 7 cup for $100.

      I've had a Cuisinart for 15 years and it's still going strong. The plastic piece that connects the switch in the bowl lid broke a couple of years ago, but I got a replacement for about $25.

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        embee Dec 14, 2010 07:35 AM

        If you mean a mini chopper, I've been happy with the Cuisinart Mini Prep Plus. It works well, though it is screamingly loud. The "plus" version is worth the small price difference. It's usually cheapest at Cayne's ($40 vs $50 at Crappy Tire), but it does go on sale.

        For a "real" food processor, you will not find one worth buying for anywhere near $40. Consider the features you need from among the various Cuisinart and Kitchen Aid models. Each excels in an area where the other is somewhat weak - some research helps. As with most small appliance, Cayne's has the best everyday prices, but Crappy Tire has fairly frequent good sales.

        1. Breadcrumbs Dec 14, 2010 06:02 AM

          Not sure if you're looking for a large or small version.

          If it's a small version you should be able to get a Cuisinart mini prep for about $40. I've had mine for 15yrs now and love it. Its a real work-horse, great for chopping garlic, nuts, herbs, making salad dressing, sauces, breadcrumbs etc. You can certainly find less expensive ones but, in my experience, investing in quality pays off in the long run.

          If its a large one you're after, I expect Canadian Tire or Sears are good options or, Loblaws (I hate to recommend them because I'm boycotting them but that was another post!!) They have their own line of small kitchen appliances in a price range that should work w your budget.

          Another option is Homesense, you never know what you might find there.

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            thefoodpursuit Dec 13, 2010 07:30 PM

            I spotted a Wolfgang Puck 12 Cup at half price ($400 machine to $200) with free shipping and guaranteed delivery for Christmas if you order before Dec 17, which seems like a good deal for the chef in your life, or for yourself. =) Amazon's price is even higher than that.

            http://www.theshoppingchannel.com/pro...

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              Danybear Dec 13, 2010 08:39 PM

              Whatever you do, do not succumb to purchasing a Black and Decker food processor. They are standard size and can sometimes sell for around 40 bucks. BUT they are just not worth it, the motor is weak and you will curse the day you bought it. Trust me, I bought one to take down south and gave it away after one try

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                millygirl Dec 14, 2010 02:37 AM

                If we are talking about the little mini choppers, I disagree. I've had a Black and Decker model for almost 20 years and it works just fine. I use it if I need to chop say a bunch of garlic and don't want to bother with the big one. It's great, I love it.

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                  foodyDudey Dec 14, 2010 06:23 AM

                  A model made 20 years ago was made Canada and would be of higher quality than what comes from China now.

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              JackofShadows Dec 13, 2010 05:21 PM

              First, in my opinion, it is NOT possible to buy a worthwhile food processor for $40.00 - but then, I don't think it's worth buying anything below a 10-12 cup Cuisinart, Braun, or Kitchen Aid - go big, or go home, frankly.

              You can find cheaper ones, but they will do a lousy job, break, etc... The question is, what do you want a food processor for ? What do you want to do with it ? That said, I once had a Starfrit manual chopper, and it was great for chopping vegs for tuna salad/chicken salad, that sort of thing.

              I really like Caynes Housewares, but they are not downtown. Find what you want and wait for it to go on sale somewhere is your best bet. Dinetz is my fav downtown kithen store, but they are not cheap (excellent VALUE, just not CHEAP). You might try Tap Phong on Spadina, but I have no idea if they carry food processors.

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                ylsf Dec 13, 2010 02:52 PM

                I am in the market for a small food processor too that is decent. They have a "mini" one at Costco for $36 but it seems more like a mini "food chopper/grinder" vs. a real food processor although that might just be my limited knowledge on these type of products...

                1. foodyDudey Dec 13, 2010 12:16 PM

                  If it sells for $40, it probably costs $6 to make. Maybe you should consider a good used processor.

                  1. Kagemusha Dec 13, 2010 11:43 AM

                    Crappy Tire?

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                      thefoodpursuit Dec 13, 2010 10:50 AM

                      Try Kitchen Stuff Plus, I remember seeing small ones for about $50.

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