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I need a food processor. Right now, I use a small processor buts its not big enough, and I want one that will grind better. But I see some for $40 and then some for $200.<br><br>
Does anyone have opinions on which ones are best? I would really love it if someone told me the $40 would work just fine. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I got a cheap Hamilton Beach one from Target, and it doesn't work for mayonaise (it leaks out the top), and the blade assembly is starting to crack (but I use it to grind frozen nuts a lot), but other than that, it's fine.
 

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I just replaced my 2nd Cuisinart that I've had for about 5 years (first one I had over 10 and lost some parts in a move that couldn't be replaced as they were no longer made for my old model so I bought the 2nd one). They just aren't the same anymore since they were sold to a larger company. I bought the new wide feedtube Kitchen Aid 11 cup processor. I absolutely love it. It is so much better than my Cuisinart. I ordered it from Amazon because they had the best price plus no sales tax or shipping fees since I choose supersaver. They sent it to me fed ex anyway and I had it in a week.<br><br><br>
and sorry, but I don't feel that a 40 dollar one will work the same
 

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<a href="http://www.hamiltonbeach.com/kitchen_appliances/food_prep/food_processors/70590.html" target="_blank">http://www.hamiltonbeach.com/kitchen...ors/70590.html</a><br><br>
I have this and I LOVE it and it was $50 I think
 

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I had a $40 Hamilton beach for about 5 years. It was my first one. I was not much into cooking then and it was adequate for what I needed. But then I got serious about cooking and started using it daily. It just could not keep up with thicker things like veggie burgers, frozen nuts, and making hummus nice and smooth. Pizza dough was out of the question. So I got a Cuisenart. It was only about $80 and is MUCH better but I still yearn for something better. It still gets bogged down and I feel the capacity is lacking. However, I am very out of money right now so the KitchenAid I tearn it only a dream. But I use mine daily and still find it to be pretty good so it would probably work fine for most people. I would avoid the $40 one though.....
 

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Get a good one. I have a cheapy and I hate it. (I use it a lot and it just doesn't cut it, pun intended.)<br><br>
I've heard that Cuisinart and Kitchen Aid are the best. Get the kind where the blade is directly connected to the motor, not the kind with a belt.
 

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Subscribing. My processor died this weekend. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bawling.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bawl">
 

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I had a Cuisinart for under 6 months and it died. They really are not making them like they use to. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:<br><br>
I then bought a 16 cup Wide Mouth Kitchen Aid w/ the 3 work bowls and I Love it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
I hope you find something within your price range. But I too would stay away from the $50.00 ones. Good Luck!
 

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I bought a Cuisinart last year. I had also read that Cuisinarts just weren't what they used to be. But we got a medium-sized capacity (7 cups?) Cuisinart for about $70-80 on sale/with discount so it ended up being about $50.<br>
I really like it. We were holding out for a $200 food processor but just couldn't justify it at the time. So, we went for a smaller capacity. Result: good food processor.<br>
The only time I have wished I had a larger capacity was when I was making more than one loaf of bread dough at a time.<br>
I agree-- go w/ kitchen aid or cuisinart. If you are trying to spend less, go for a smaller capacity (i.e. not 12 cup)
 

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I then bought a 14 cup Wide Mouth Kitchen Aid w/ the 3 work bowls and I Love it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"></div>
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oooo - I want that one! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I do a lot of bulk cooking, so I would like a larger cup processor but yikes on the prices. Anyone want to shop with me? Take a look at amazon:<br><br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fgp%2Fbrowse.html%2F002-7871618-2832824%3Fnode%3D289921" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/gp/browse.html...24?node=289921</a><br><br>
I have a mini chopper that is broke, a blender on its last leg, and a hand chopper that broke. I want to make the right decision with this processor and will spend the extra to get the right thing. I know I will use it. Thank goodness for tax return money. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fgp%2Fproduct%2FB0002MH3M4%2Fqid%3D1142299559%2Fsr%3D1-1%2Fref%3Dsr_1_1%2F103-0576130-8394254%3F_encoding%3DUTF8%26s%3Dkitchen%26v%3Dglance%26n%3D284507" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...lance&n=284507</a><br><br>
that is the exact one I bought and I love it! Much better than my Cuisinart. Love the wider feed tube, love the 3 bowls, love the power and the fact that is doesn't jump around on the counter.
 

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that is the exact one I bought and I love it! Much better than my Cuisinart. Love the wider feed tube, love the 3 bowls, love the power and the fact that is doesn't jump around on the counter.</div>
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I have that bookmarked on my wish list! But I am undecided between that and the 9 cup. Would I think the 9 cup is too small? Would the 12 cup be too bulky to leave out on my counter? Is it worth the $50 price difference?<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wild.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wild"><br>
The 9 cup is chrome too. Cool. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Here it is:<br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fgp%2Fproduct%2FB0007SXIMM%2Fref%3Dwl_it_dp%2F002-7871618-2832824%3F_encoding%3DUTF8%26colid%3D1HIUFWCJAN96I%26coliid%3DI18NMRIWFEXLOT%26v%3Dglance%26n%3D284507" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...lance&n=284507</a>
 

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I have never owned one. I usually just skip recipes that list it in the instructions. Do you really think they are worth $200?<br><br>
I'm a cheapo, after years I finally just broke down and bought a nice set of kitchen knives in January.
 

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I think size depends on what you will use it for. Remember that you usually aren't filling it to capacity. It won't hold 9 cups of liquid w/o leaking out the blade area. But drier stuff is fine like shredding cheese ect. If you are doing bread doughs, I'd go for the bigger one for sure.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I think size depends on what you will use it for. Remember that you usually aren't filling it to capacity. It won't hold 9 cups of liquid w/o leaking out the blade area. But drier stuff is fine like shredding cheese ect. If you are doing bread doughs, I'd go for the bigger one for sure.</div>
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I totally agree. At first I bought a Cuisinart 7 cup (?) and it was way too small to knead bread dough. I had to cut it down to 5 batches and it still died. So for sure, if you plan on using it for kneading then by all means go BIGGER.<br><br>
I only have 3 items on the counter and it is the KA food processor, KA stand mixer and the Vita Mixer. So for me it is not too bulky to leave on the counter.
 
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