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Would it be better to buy a NEW Magimix 5200XL food processor or a USED commercial Robot-Coupe R2N at the same price?

Eric_Cartman Feb 8, 2012 05:08 AM

The Magimix 5200XL is Robot-Coupe's top of the line food processor in their consumer line. But I always see prices for a used Robot-Coupe R2N for commercial kitchens at roughly the same price as a Magimix 5200XL. Im not sure how both would compare. The Magimix 5200XL is obviously the better looking one though.

  1. SanityRemoved Feb 8, 2012 06:05 AM

    Although well built, the warranty would be the biggest issue for me. "If it breaks, what do I do? would be my big question for the seller of the R2N. Sometimes the question comes up as to whether it is being used commercially or in a residential setting and can get a little difficult.

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      Transplant_DK Feb 8, 2012 06:14 AM

      I've only had a Cuisinart (years ago) and Magimix 5500 and not a RC, but I am very satisfied with the MM. I've had it and used it a lot for about 5-6 years. I think I'd be worried about the use and abuse of a commercial kitchen on a food processor.

      1. TeRReT Feb 8, 2012 06:23 AM

        I have no experience with the Magimix, and a lot of experience with the R2, from looks alone the R2 to me looks superior, and looks like it would last much longer. It would depend on where you buy the R2, I know some of the restaurant supply stores where I am from would sell used items with a limited warranty, and I have dealt with them a lot so know they wouldn't sell me something completely dead, it would be refurbished rather then just used. I have worked in kitchens that have ancient robo-coupes and onces that have relatively knew ones, and no matter what abuse, they keep on ticking. I have worked with 4 different robot-coupes in 4 different restaurants and also at the college I went to, and they can get abused to hell and back and keep working. Worst case scenario the lid on one machine was broken into 4 pieces and we still stuck them on and used it while the new one was on order. You will always be able to get the R2 serviced, parts will always be available. Its truly a workhorse, in order to break the lid that particular restaurant beat the crap out of the machine. 1 of the restaurants I worked in babied the machine and it looked like new 6 years later, the other didn't care for it at all and you could tell, but it still never faltered. Just depends I guess, if you get it from a decent supply store that has a good reputation and the machine came from a restaurant that was nice to it, then you're golden, if it looks in good shape it probably is and it will probably give you no problems.

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        1. re: TeRReT
          Leolady Feb 8, 2012 06:32 AM

          TeRReT is oh so right! I have a vintage Robot Coupe I bought used years ago. It is invincible, although you could see it had not been "babied" in the restaurant that had it before.

          The Robot Coupe will be here when I am gone.

        2. iL Divo Feb 8, 2012 06:49 AM

          I have a magimix and it's a good product.

          It seems as though I read recently that the Cuisinart we know today was the Robot-Coupe of the past, so I'm not sure..........but doing some research I'd get the Robot-Coupe just from what I read.

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          1. re: iL Divo
            SanityRemoved Feb 8, 2012 07:10 AM

            The original Cuisinarts were made by Robot-Coupe.

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