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What is your favorite food processor?

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Created May 06, 2011 at 6:51 PM

I searched, but could not find a discussion on choosing a food processor. We have a Vitamix blender but due to the severe nature of our daughter's allergies and gastric disease, it's best that we don't use nuts and meat in it. Are there any suggestions to help us choose a brand that will perform for a long time. I'm also considering the life of the blade since I hear that processing lots of nuts can dull the blade faster.

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on May 09, 2011
at 05:34 PM

those things are surprisingly cool. Our friends had one at their New Year's Eve party. maybe it's just because they named it after ninjas.

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on May 09, 2011
at 05:25 PM

I am still totally afraid of my food processor. I got it for Christmas and so far have only used it twice to chop nuts.

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on May 09, 2011
at 01:13 PM

Go with the Cuisinart - I've had mine for five years and it's a workhorse, and the blade is still quite sharp. I must echo the earlier comment, though, that it is NOT a blender. For pureeing hot foods such as soup, I still use my ancient blender with a glass body.

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on May 09, 2011
at 01:02 PM

I would strongly second this. Every professional kitchen, and culinary school, has had these by default. They look hella old school and big and almost junky, but they are simple and work hard.

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on May 09, 2011
at 11:11 AM

And you can cook in it.

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on May 08, 2011
at 04:58 PM

Please tell me what model of Cuisinart you bought... my gazpacho is good but I never never achieved the big "O" from it :-).

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on May 08, 2011
at 02:29 AM

go for Cuisinart, just based on their warranties! Kitchenaid is just a year and Cuisinart starts at 3 for the whole machine, plus more for motors.

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on May 08, 2011
at 02:17 AM

I am definitely leaning towards the cuisinart, especially since so many people who fix their food paleo are suggesting it.

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on May 08, 2011
at 02:15 AM

Vitamix makes an ice blade container, I have the same issue. I'm stalking one on Ebay right now. And I could seriously learn to get a cooking orgasm. At present my husband pulls the battery tray out a little from the smoke detector when I start the oven!

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on May 08, 2011
at 02:13 AM

I would love a Magimix but it is definitely out of our budget! We found a consumer reports magazine that tested about 40 models and out of their top ten, I'm trying to choose between the Cuisinart and a Kitchenaid. I had no idea it would be this hard, it's a motor in a piece of plastic for Pete's sake!

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on May 06, 2011
at 10:44 PM

I got a Cuisinart for Christmas and it was like I learned to have an orgasm cooking wise. There was before Cuisinart, and after Cuisinart. After is amazing, although I don't smoke after I cook.

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on May 06, 2011
at 07:47 PM

I have no idea. Stainless steel bowl would be nice. But for that theres robot coupe and its crazy expencive pro stuff.

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on May 06, 2011
at 07:19 PM

Jan do you know if Magimix bowls contain bpa?

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on May 06, 2011
at 07:17 PM

You summed it all.

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on May 06, 2011
at 07:15 PM

Thermomix is also nice food processor (or blender) you can cook with it, which can be an advantage. Its very expencive tho, i going to buy a laboratory hotplate with magnetic stirrer, cheaper i think ;)

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on May 06, 2011
at 07:08 PM

Magimix - supposedly the rolls royce of food processors, good blades , great accessories, long warranty ( i think its like 12 years on the motor) Made in France where I believe (but not 100% sure that bpa is banned for products for culinary use), original manufacturer of Robot Coupe (used in lots of pro kitchens) and also the original manufacturer of Cuisinart. You can buy one at Williams Sonoma. I'm in the market for a new food proc. and I really want on of these but they are $$$$$$$$.

Cuisinart - the larger models are good with nice blades and good warranties (3years min) but they have Lexan bowls which contain BPA. So if you ever use it to process soups, well, you don't want to use it to process hot anything. The new Elite models are supposed to be good and powerful 1000 watts, but some people have noted that the gaskets on the lids dont come out, so food gets stuck and festers inside.

kitchen AId- nice models and they come loaded with accesories but only a one year warranty, which is no goo in my book. also use BPA work bowls.

hamilton beach - cheap, not so nice, probably a sub par blade, but no bpa in their products.

44348571d9bc70c02ac2975cc500f154

(5853)

on May 06, 2011
at 07:47 PM

I have no idea. Stainless steel bowl would be nice. But for that theres robot coupe and its crazy expencive pro stuff.

44348571d9bc70c02ac2975cc500f154

(5853)

on May 06, 2011
at 07:17 PM

You summed it all.

Medium avatar

(5136)

on May 06, 2011
at 07:19 PM

Jan do you know if Magimix bowls contain bpa?

Medium avatar

(5136)

on May 08, 2011
at 02:29 AM

go for Cuisinart, just based on their warranties! Kitchenaid is just a year and Cuisinart starts at 3 for the whole machine, plus more for motors.

4a585ea8059f71614597a56805cc60c7

(390)

on May 08, 2011
at 02:13 AM

I would love a Magimix but it is definitely out of our budget! We found a consumer reports magazine that tested about 40 models and out of their top ten, I'm trying to choose between the Cuisinart and a Kitchenaid. I had no idea it would be this hard, it's a motor in a piece of plastic for Pete's sake!

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on May 06, 2011
at 08:02 PM

For a food processor (squat-shaped and powerful, primarily for chopping or rendering things into a paste) I have your basic Cuisinart which has served me well for many years and shows no signs of slowing down, and is also versatile, and easy to clean.

This is not a blender though, so not a replacement for a Vitamix. I have a Vitamix too which I use for other tasks such as smoothies and blending things that are less viscous (i.e. higher water content). I find that the Vitamix bogs down when there are too many solids or too much ice, I sometimes wish I had bought something more smoothie-oriented.

The Blendtec blenders seem better suited for that (and heck they can blend up an iPad), I have never tried them but they come highly rated and the smoothie shop where we go to the beach uses them and loves them.

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on May 06, 2011
at 10:44 PM

I got a Cuisinart for Christmas and it was like I learned to have an orgasm cooking wise. There was before Cuisinart, and after Cuisinart. After is amazing, although I don't smoke after I cook.

4a585ea8059f71614597a56805cc60c7

(390)

on May 08, 2011
at 02:15 AM

Vitamix makes an ice blade container, I have the same issue. I'm stalking one on Ebay right now. And I could seriously learn to get a cooking orgasm. At present my husband pulls the battery tray out a little from the smoke detector when I start the oven!

9a5e2da94ad63ea3186dfa494e16a8d1

(15833)

on May 08, 2011
at 04:58 PM

Please tell me what model of Cuisinart you bought... my gazpacho is good but I never never achieved the big "O" from it :-).

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on August 09, 2013
at 10:21 PM

Blendtech = amazing

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on August 09, 2013
at 12:27 PM

I have just bought a Panasonic Mixer Grinder MX-AC400. Only available in India it seems. But I think it's the Rolls Royce of Indian mixer grinders.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kj_V_HNdfuI

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on August 09, 2013
at 11:15 AM

I bought a Hamilton Beach Big Mouth and it works fine for how much I use it. I specifically chose it because it doesn't have BPA, and I'm concerned about leaching with hot foods, as well as acidic ones. I'd rather deal with buying replacement blades if it came to that, rather than the BPA.

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on August 09, 2013
at 02:44 AM

glad to hear that cuisinart is a good brand. there's a 3cup version on sale this week at kitchen stuff in toronto. Does anyone have any experience with this small model? is it a worthwhile gadget or is it a gimmick, not worth the money? my kitchen is small so a small appliance would suit my space more, if it actually works!

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on May 09, 2011
at 05:23 PM

I got a Ninja Master Prep Pro from Sam's Club that's worked well for my processing. $50. Not sure on how long it'll last for a family of use though.

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(5136)

on May 09, 2011
at 05:34 PM

those things are surprisingly cool. Our friends had one at their New Year's Eve party. maybe it's just because they named it after ninjas.

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on May 09, 2011
at 11:11 AM

Thermomix. Without a doubt.

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on May 09, 2011
at 11:11 AM

And you can cook in it.

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on May 09, 2011
at 07:01 AM

Robot coupe. It's a food industry staple.

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on May 09, 2011
at 01:02 PM

I would strongly second this. Every professional kitchen, and culinary school, has had these by default. They look hella old school and big and almost junky, but they are simple and work hard.

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on May 06, 2011
at 08:16 PM

Having used Cuisinart, KitchenAid, Bosch in addition to several of the low-end brands as well, I'm of the opinion that Cuisinart is the way to go for a food processor.

I've had my 14c (and I wouldn't go smaller than that) for 13 years and it's still in tip-top shape.

4a585ea8059f71614597a56805cc60c7

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on May 08, 2011
at 02:17 AM

I am definitely leaning towards the cuisinart, especially since so many people who fix their food paleo are suggesting it.

91c2e2a35e578e2e79ce7d631b753879

(2081)

on May 09, 2011
at 01:13 PM

Go with the Cuisinart - I've had mine for five years and it's a workhorse, and the blade is still quite sharp. I must echo the earlier comment, though, that it is NOT a blender. For pureeing hot foods such as soup, I still use my ancient blender with a glass body.

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on May 06, 2011
at 07:10 PM

You mean a blender or food processor? Robot coupe makes great FPs, i am looking for a 2nd hand one on ebay, they are for professional use, so they are quite big and heavy. But i like things that are build to last! Magimix is a good consumer brand food processor.

44348571d9bc70c02ac2975cc500f154

(5853)

on May 06, 2011
at 07:15 PM

Thermomix is also nice food processor (or blender) you can cook with it, which can be an advantage. Its very expencive tho, i going to buy a laboratory hotplate with magnetic stirrer, cheaper i think ;)

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