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With two leading brands to choose from; perhaps choosing the right food processor isn’t a mindless task. With the growing spread of the minimalist kitchen, more people are now opting for all in one food processor. A food processor should do more than blending juices and soups once in a while. The right food processor should be versatile in that you can use it to accomplish just about any blending task. In this Cuisinart food processor vs Kitchenaid post, we’ll contrast how these two food processors work, their differences and similarities and finally the pros and cons of each model. Which makes one better over the other?
Cuisinart food processor vs Kitchenaid: Similarities
It’s without doubt that these two brands are at the pinnacle of the food processor pyramid. They’ve been in the health and kitchen industry for quite some time now and one thing is certain; they must be making superior quality appliances. I mean, would they be making record sales of customers weren’t impressed with their services? I doubt.
Both food processors come from reputable manufacturers. Even though Kitchenaid was founded before the former, Cuisinart is slowly catching up. One thing they do have in common is that the two companies back their products with a money-back guarantee. No questions asked.
Cuisinart food processor review
performance-wise, this food processor leaves nothing to be desired. People with larger families will tend to benefit most from it as it’s a workhorse. No foods are too tough for this kitchen prep appliance thanks to its 720-watt motor. It outranks other competing brands due to its wide food chute. In fact, it’s tough enough even for large ingredients such as tomatoes and cucumbers. Even though the tube is awkwardly placed (who puts the placement tube at the back of a food processor?) this gives it an edge when shredding larger foods
How does this Cuisinart food processor perform?
This 14-cup food processor produces food of varying thicknesses and textures thanks to its adjustable blades. Even though it’s missing a few fancy features (like a touch panel or variable speed) it still beats other pricier models when it comes to food uniformity. Judging from the consistency of texture and ease of use, this will be one of the best food processors you could own. In the box, you’ll get a single blade, dough kneader and cutting disk.
The cutting blades’ thickness is adjustable and you could easily switch between paper-thin or fries-thick cuttings. When using it, you will notice that it takes more pulses to grate harder and tougher foods such as Parmesan but it makes it up for this in that it won’t leave large un-grated chunks in the processed food. Processed foods will rarely be mashed ta the bottom of the food bowl either.
This food processor is best at kneading. The model carefully mixes the ingredients and you will rarely notice wet spots or lack of inconstancy in the mixture. According to the manufacturer’s guidelines, best results are achieved when kneading over 3.5 cups of flour at a time but don’t we rarely follow manufacturer’s guidelines. A kneading blade is among the accessories provided meaning that you won’t have to work with a third party one.
This wouldn’t be a complete food processor without blending capabilities. Obviously, the consistency of the processed food will be in line with the type of dressing you’re intending to make. When crushing ice or making smoothies, it’s no match for the traditional blender but it performs well when creating pasta sauces.
This food processor is made up of many individual parts and this is paradoxically an advantage and a disadvantage when cleaning. On average, it will take you 15 minutes cleaning up this processor. The rubber seal at the top is designed in such a way that you can reach all corners when cleaning. This is great as you will be able to remove all food particles hiding in any crevice.
Cuisinart food processor vs Kitchenaid: How the Kitchenaid food processor performs.
If slicing plenty of foods at a go is your way of judging how good a food processor is, then this kitchen aid processor will score a ten on your list. With its adjustable lever, you can achieve varying levels of thicknesses ensuring that your slices are just as you would want them to be. Even though this model is sturdy and a great performer, you will notice that the consistency of output depends on the type of food your passing through it. It’s slicing disk is quite efficient at chopping leafy vegetables such as spinach and at slicing mushrooms.
We all hate to admit that food processors rarely handle all types of hard cheese. When tested with Parmesan Cheese, this processor gives fairy consistent output. It’s by no means the best processor for nuts. Even though this food processor is dishwasher safe (top rack), you’re better off handwashing it with warm soapy water to ensure that you get rid of all the food particles hiding in the crevices.
What should you look at when buying a food processor?
Should you get a mini food processor or a chopper
Food processors were designed with meal preppers in mind. With them, you could save precious time. In fact, with a food processor, meal prepping is fun, entertaining and faster than you would imagine. With a food processor, you get consistent output. Good luck trying to beat that when working by hand. With a food processor, most cooking and basic prep tasks are easier but they come at a cost. Food processors are typically pricier than mini choppers and they take twice the space. If you’re looking to achieve a minimalist kitchen then a mini-chopper would work in your favor.
Mini Choppers, on the other hand, are affordable, compact packed and easy to use. Of course, they have limited functionality and will rarely do more than chopping and pureeing. In a nutshell, mini choppers are smaller, cheaper alternatives to food processors.