questionswhat food processor does everyone suggest?

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You are pretty funny. You do know that most of the denizens here on the Fresh tab are Kitchenaid fans, right? You are asking pretty late in the day though. It's those east coast women that find the cool things in that area.

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@PWP: I agree with Shrdlu with the kitchenaid brand for a processor. I own this one in black: http://www.amazon.com/KitchenAid-KFP740WH-9-Cup-Processor-White/dp/B0002MH3LK. Right now it is $125.19 w/ rebate. This is something that occasionally comes up on amazon deals.

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$35.99 - Here's a pink, 3-cup KitchenAid - Cook for the Cure:

http://tinyurl.com/y53q543

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$89.99 - KitchenAid 7-Cup Food Processor - Model# KSB715WH

http://tinyurl.com/y6t8zhw

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Looking around the cooking sites for reviews, the Cuisinart overwhelmingly gets higher ratings than KitchenAid.

Personally, I gave my large, 25+ year old Kenmore food processor to one of my kids. I just didn't use it anymore. But it's still going strong.

As much as I love to cook (NOT), a smaller 2-cup Hamilton Beach has more than met my current needs.

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There have been company changes for both Cuisinart and Kitchen Aid so it may be tough to get an accurate read on favorites. I can tell you that my friend returned her Kitchen Aid this month because it leaked. The top rated food processor in Consumer Reports is the Cuisinart DLC-2011BCN.

This is the sort of thing that I prefer to buy at Costco because of their liberal return policy. I would go with the deal that @Wootvan posted: http://deals.woot.com/deals/details/7a0cfdbf-c192-429b-ab2a-8f18dae84155/cuisinart-custom-pro-11-cup-stainless-steel-food-processor.

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I recently purchased the Nija for $35 and I absolutely love it!

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I have an old Cuisinart DLC-10 Pro, 7 cup. I have not used it a lot. There are lots of discs that can slice, shred and cut, or you can use a mandoline.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/search/ref=sr_nr_n_1?rh=n%3A1055398%2Cp_4%3ACuisinart%2Cn%3A!1063498%2Cn%3A284507%2Cn%3A1267449011%2Cn%3A1267450011&bbn=1267449011&ie=UTF8&qid=1271076639&rnid=284507
If you are preparing large quantities of food, then get a larger one.

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What size cup meets most peoples needs?

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@PWP: you would be surprised but you will need at least a 9 cup. I actually have the 12 cup. I posted before I owned the 9, but after an amazon history search I found I had bought the 12 on a deal. If you go with the KitchenAid make sure it has the 3-4 cup mini bowl. This is perfect if you are only slicing and dicing a minimal amount for a meal.

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I use Bed, Bath and Beyond to check out items that I might want to buy because they carry good quality items. They may not appreciate it, but sometimes I want to compare first even if I might not purchase from them. I usually get a 20% off coupon every month for a single item. I expect everyone here to shop for the best deal, but sometimes shopping local simplifies returns.

I have a simple test for motorized units. Heavy is better. If I feel that I can easily throw an item up and hit the ceiling, the motor is not powerful enough.

Food Processors: http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/stylePage.asp?order_num=-1&rn=435&rnt=0&ipp=1000&

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@bsalusa: You get one coupon? Between my PO box, and my home address, I get at least six. If I can't use them (and often there's nothing I need), I go to the store, wait until someone is walking up to the counter with a big ticket item, and give them a coupon. It's great fun for me, makes the person I gave it to happy, and it means I'll get another coupon because that one was used. The people at the store don't seem to mind either, but then I've never asked them if they cared.

I also get $5 off coupons, but I seldom remember to use them, and I think the item has to be for $15 or better. Five dollars off a $400 item isn't that exciting. Twenty percent off of $400 is very exciting.

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piping in....kitchen aid is bad for food processors. Cuisinart good. I got this from my chef friend - not my dad. My dad uses a blender he thinks food processors are a fad that will go away eventually - don't ask.

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@shrdlu: It may go without saying, since you seem so very deals-wise, but those BB&B coupons don't really expire. They'll take old ones anytime and they'll let you use more than one in a single transaction. We have a stack of countless coupons and keep a few in the cars at all times. Also, if there's one nearby my fellow deals.wooters, Buy Buy Baby (related to BB&B) will take BB&B coupons provided they are NOT expired.

Since I haven't been to every BB&B in this great land of ours, I'll add this - YMMV.

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@fref: What you say about coupons not expiring USED to be true. They changed this policy a while back. That's why I started my new trick, which makes me happy, makes the recipient happy, and is probably good for business at BB&B too. After all, if you just bought a $400 set of pans, and a random someone gave you a 20% off coupon, you've now bought that set for $320. That is a SIGNIFICANT amount of money, and you're going to associate that happiness with the store.

Besides, it's a good deed that costs me nothing but time, and I have plenty of that to spend.

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@shrdlu: Thanks for the info. Though I'm not sure how you define a while back because I know we used an expired coupon pretty recently (but I'm not even sure how "I" would define that term's use here). And we've used multiple coupons at Buy Buy Baby in the last month or so. That's why I added the ever-useful "YMMV" as perhaps the coupon treatment varies by region (I'm in the Phoenix area). Or maybe I'm getting forgetful in my young age.

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@mfladd: Is 7 cup too small from a two person home?

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This Kitchenaid is similar to others recommended, with 12 cup capacity and Cooks Illustrated's top rating. Also features the mini-bowl that @mfladd suggested. A $20 mail-in rebate is available on this model, making the final cost $156.

I purchased on the CI recommendation and appreciate its no-nonsense power and the tidy way that it accomplishes its tasks. Fairly quiet, too.

http://deals.woot.com/deals/details/10ea67ca-1337-4186-99ce-e71ee97c8c0c/kitchenaid-kfp750cr-700-watt-12-cup-food-processor-chrome-kitchen-dining#0

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@prettywootprincess: 7 cup does not hold as much as you might think. We have 3 in the house now with a 4th on the way. I was surprised to find I really needed the 12 cup. But you could get away with the 9 cup if need be.

@afurball gave you a great synopsis on the kitchenaid model. I subscribe to Cook's Illustrated and do follow their recommendations. And he posted a very good deal for the chrome version.

@bsalusa made an interesting comment: "I have a simple test for motorized units. Heavy is better. If I feel that I can easily throw an item up and hit the ceiling, the motor is not powerful enough."

Be aware the Kitchenaid 12 cup is HEAVY. Not something you really want to be moving around much. I can't speak to the Cuisinart.

To answer you question I would go with at least a 9 cup, either the 9 or 12 cup gives you the mini-bowl.

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@prettywootprincess: when I stated 3 people, I should point out that the third is not much bigger than a tater tot and did not figure much into the equation of the cup size needed for our kitchen.

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@prettywootprincess: FYI, the deal @afurball posted is now down to $146.85 after $20 rebate.

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@mfladd: thanks for the head's up about the price change

@prettywootprincess: I agree with @mfladd, the 12-cup model is heavy. With available counter space to dedicate it's just the ticket; not so much if it has to be moved out of the cabinet for use.

I'm not a big fan of appliances taking up the real estate, or even the look of them in many cases (don't even get me started on toasters), but this processor looks like it belongs there AND is functional.

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@prettywootprincess: A 7 cup is too small for a 2-person home. You are limiting what you can use the processor for (it's not powerful enough for some tasks). Additionally, @mfladd is correct, you'd be surprised at how quickly you'll fill the 7-cup bowl.

I was given a 7-cup food processor & was determined to make it work. I usually am only cooking for 1.75 people. It was infuriating that it was usually too small when I really needed the processor to do some serious work. It's not a big deal to pull out a knife when I have a smaller task. It's a major inconvenience when I really need the food processor because of the scale or type of task and it can't handle it. Enough of an inconvenience that I'm willing to walk next door to borrow the neighbor's when I need it (close friends, trade appliances, tools & kids frequently). Thankfully that will end when I get a new one for my birthday!

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After reading these comments and the reviews on Amazon, I have decided to get a Kitchenaid KFP740. The reasons are 1. Too many have said better to get the larger size. Though there are just 2 of us, I make big bowls of cole slaw so I think that one would be best.
2. I notice you get more attachments with the 740 which reduces the cost overall.
3. I called Whirlpool Kitchenaid and found out that the KFP740 is made in Ohio. I always buy USA if possible.
I think I saw that Cuisinart is now made in China.
4. I also like the heavy feel of the KFP740. The weight comes from the number of windings in the motor which will allow it to run cooler and last longer.

Thanks to all of you for your comments. I learned from all of you.