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A look at who reigns supreme as the best blender…Cuisinart vs KitchenAid Food Processor, who will come out on top?
Here’s the deal:
When you’re stuck deciding between two of the biggest names in the blender business – Cuisinart vs KitchenAid – how do you decide which brand to opt for?
It’s actually a tough call because they’re both made by strong and well-established companies, they’re designed well and they’re powerful enough for any home cook out there.
Personally, I can’t pick a winner. But I’ve made a pretty little comparison to help you see what both of them bring to the table.
I own one of each, the Cuisinart DLC-10S Pro Classic and the KitchenAid KFP-0711cu, or in English, the Cuisinart Pro Classic7-cup Food Processor and the KitchenAid 7-cup Food Processor with ExactSlice System.
Comparing Apples with Apples
Since the Cuisinart Pro Classic and the KitchenAid 7-Cup Food Processor look alike, here’s the lowdown on their details.
What you’ll find similar on both machines is their size and basic designs.
- They both sport user-friendly features and touchpads that are easy to clean.
- They’re also priced in roughly the same class, $170 for the Cuisinart and $199 for the KitchenAid.
- They’re both compact, which means they don’t take up a lot of counter space.
- They both have a 7-cup capacity
The Key Differences between KitchenAid and Cuisinart
- The KitchenAid weighs in at 10 pounds, whereas the Cuisinart sits at 15 pounds, so its 5 pounds heavier than the KitchenAid.
- The Cuisinart has a 600-watt motor that totally outperforms the 300-watt motor of the KitchenAid, this means the Cuisinart tackles harder foods like cheese and nuts with ease, whereas the KitchenAid…well doesn’t.
- On the other hand, the KitchenAid comes with 3 settings (high, low and pulse) while the Cuisinart only comes with 2 (on and pulse)
- They both come with chopping blades
The Blades and Discs
- The Cuisinart comes standard with a dough blade, whereas you’ll have to purchase this separately for the KitchenAid.
- The KitchenAid takes the lead however, with its reversible shredding disc (for the option of coarse of fine shredding), while the Cuisinart only has a 1-size shredding option.
- The KitchenAid also comes with an adjustable slicing disc (for slicing from thin to thick) where the Cuisinart will only do medium slicing.
Why I love the Cuisinart (pros)
- The powerful 600-watt motor can tackle harder jobs like processing cheese and nuts
- The wide mount feed tube allows me to fit a whole tomato or potato in, so I don’t have to waste time by chopping food up beforehand
- It comes with additional discs that can be purchased separately
- It’s sturdy, reliable and doesn’t move around on the counter when in use
- The how-to DVD and manual with recipes is very handy
- It comes with a great warranty
What I missed on the Cuisinart (cons)
- A broader range of slicing and dicing options
- An extra setting for low or high speed and not just “on”
- A blender that came with all the additional discs I could use
Why I love the KitchenAid
- It looks clean and sleek
- The touchpad control with its 3 settings is very useful
- It comes with an adjustable slicing disc and reversible shredding disc that brings a little more variety to the table
- It comes with a great maintenance plan
What I missed on the KitchenAid (cons)
- A bread hook
- A wider feed
- A more comprehensive warranty
- A cheaper price
Choosing Between Cuisinart and KitchenAid
The Cuisinart has its pros and cons, but so does the KitchenAid
Opt for the KitchenAid if…
- You’re not going to use your processor to kneed yeast bread
- You want to invest in a lightweight and compact appliance
- You don’t plan to process hard cheese or nuts
- You don’t think you’ll need additional discs at a later time
Opt for the Cuisinart if…
- You’re going to use your machine to knead yeast bread dough
- You’re a big processor, and you work with a lot of hard cheeses and nuts
- You don’t have time to chop foods up before processing them
- You have limited space and don’t care that much about the extra 5 pounds
- You’re keen on purchasing additional specialty discs at a later time
Ask me and I’d tell you that I wouldn’t want to get stuck without any one of the two. My Cuisinart is great for hard jobs and bread dough while my KitchenAid takes care of fine and coarse slicing and shredding.
If I could give you just one last thing you need to keep in mind, it would be your intentions for your processor. That’s ultimately going to be your main deciding factor in the battle of Cuisinart vs KitchenAid Food Processor.
Now that we’ve got that out of the way I can move on and tell you all about another great blender with my KitchenAid Diamond Blender Review that’s coming up next. After that I’ll be covering a lot of ground when I talk about things like the Cuisinart 600 Watt Blender, the Vitamix Food Processor and the Ninja Master Prep Professional Blender.