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Most reliable food processor?

I'm looking for something that will get the job done without too much trouble, and not break. It also needs to be reasonably affordable, because we keep kosher, and thus need multiples. My parents have this ancient Panasonic that will never die, and I'd love to find something like that: basic, but durable. It's for our wedding registry, so something in the $60-160 range would be ideal. I don't care about features, just as long as it isn't flimsy (my dad wanted a new food processor, but was so disgusted with how flimsy one of the new fancy kitchenaid ones was that he returned it).

Thank you very much!

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  1. I don't like to be discouraging - but for $160 I don't think you're going to get a powerful, durable food processor.

    My 35 year old Cuisinart has definitely stood the test of time (actually may be closer to 40 now) but I can't swear they still make them to the same quality.

    Well I just went and looked and most of the current crop of Cuisinarts are under $160. Which makes me doubt their quality - perhaps without cause - but perhaps not. Hmm, they have an "elite" line that is more in line with what I would expect these to cost ... I guess all you can do is check the reviews on Amazon and see what you think.

    I will say this, I still have my original Cuisinart but I only ever use it for one thing any more. I do all my slicing and shredding tasks on a $35 Borner V-slicer. It takes less time and there's a WHOLE lot less cleanup.

    Just a thought.

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    1. re: CookingForReal

      The less you use it, the longer it lasts!

      1. re: coll

        Perhaps - but I only got the Borner 2 or 3 years ago. So, I think I got my use out of the Cuisinart. On the other hand ... it still didn't get THAT much use because it was such a pain to clean ... overall I think the Borner V-Slicer was a much better purchase.

        1. re: CookingForReal

          That Borner V- slicer sounds like a very useful device- I'm not familiar with that one. And, yes, I purchased a Breville FP last year to replace a 3 year old Cuis. That I just wasn't pleased with- the quality FP's have really zoomed up in price!

          1. re: bevwinchester

            If you're paying full price for a high-end food processor then you aren't looking hard enough. I've had the 14-cup Cuisinart Elite (die-cast metal) for 3 years and I think it's great. People complain about this model but you'll find people here complain about everything.

            1. re: ferret

              I complain about that model - I had one - because it was constantly breaking down. And yes, customer support was good but I did have to wait for parts, etc and in the meantime had no food processor. I finally gave up.

            2. re: bevwinchester

              The Borner is a classic. I saw it at the Del Mar fair in the late 70's and fell in love with it after watching the demo. Color me happy when it worked at home just as it did in the demo.

              When that first one broke after about 15 years I went without for a long time, then finally found it again in the back of a kitchen gadget booth at the Puyallup fair about 6-7 years ago. I snapped it right up. Amazon has them now.

              FWIW, my Kitchenaid FP is only about 10 years old, but doing well. Perhaps because I mostly use a knife. The KA gets used about once a month to grate a whole wedge of parmesan or soap for laundry detergent.

        2. re: CookingForReal

          No - the first cuisinarts were good but the recent ones - nope. They don't last at all. The last one I had was the one with the 3 layered work bowls - what a disaster!

        3. I got the 9 cup Cuisinart a few years ago and so far it's been stellar. About $100 on Amazon I think. My original GE from back in the '70s finally died after over 30 years, doubt I'll get THAT much use out of this one, but so far it's miles better than the Oster I first picked as a replacement.

          1. Check this thread out for recent experiences hunting a food processor to buy:

            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/920924

            1. I purchased a Cuisinart Custom 14 about 15 months ago to replace a Cuisinart DLC-7 that lasted me 25 or so years... and it's as good as the DLC-7. I paid about $150 for it on sale at Bloomingdale's... Amazon might have a good price on it, as well.