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Nov 2, 2012 01:00 AM

Kitchen Aid Artisan vs Cuisinart 14 cup Food Processor

I need some advice....I am trying to decide if I should invest in ONLY one of the I'd like some feedback as to which one ( or combination) would be the most effective and efficient for me. I am single - so I'm not cooking for a family - but I love to cook and eat healthily. Or should I go all out and eventually purchase both.

Would having a Kitchen Aid Artisan Stand Mixer and a Mandoline be a better combination for all-around usage?

Or would the combination of the Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer and Cuisinart Food Processor be a better overall combination.

I know they each have their own strengths - but I would like to be able to make breads/pizza doughs/muffins/cakes/pastries - and still be able to make sauces/gravies/mashed veggies and do slicing/shredding of veggies.

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  1. I have had the Cuisinart for a couple of years and I am very happy with it but if I were cooking only for myself -- it's definitely overkill.

    1. I have both machines. I use the Kitchen Aid for most cookie doughs, all bread doughs, for whipping egg whites and cream, and for mixing meat for meatballs or meatloaf. I use the Cuisinart for making pie crust, cutting butter into flour for scones or biscuits, a couple of cookie recipes, and of course, for shredding and slicing. A Cuisinart doesn't puree very well, so I recently purchased a Vitamix that does puree extremely well, it also chops more uniformly than the Cuisinart.
      I would suggest that you start with the Kitchen Aid - it's a real workhorse, and add the Cuisinart later as it is another versatile workhorse. My Cuisinart came from a fundraiser sale, $40 in a factory sealed box. It was someone's kitchen gift that had never been used. Things like that are out there if you take the opportunity to look!

      1. If you choose to get the 14 cup Cuisinart then I'd also get a Kitchen Aid hand mixer because there are times when a food processor can't do the job.

        It all depends on what you do the most because a food processor isn't a replacement for a stand mixer, and a mandoline isn't a replacement for a food processor.