Cuisinart Vs Kitchenaid, Who Will Win Best Food Processor?

A good food processor can take your culinary adventures in the kitchen from basic to professional in the very first whirl of its powerful blades.

Not all food processors are created equal, however. They can vary in size, price, and power. 

A food processor can do so much more than whip up a perfect smoothie. You can use them to make homemade salsa, pesto, nut butters, pie crusts, and even baby food—so you want to invest in one durable enough to last.

In this article, we’ll pit two of the top brands against each other. Cuisinart Versus Kitchenaid food processor.

Ready to find out who wins? Let’s dive into this ultimate kitchen showdown!

A Cuisinart and a Kitchenaid food processor separated by the word "VS."

Cuisinart  versus. KitchenAid: The brands 

You’re likely already familiar with both Cuisinart and Kitchenaid, but which brand food processor is best? You may be wondering: “Is Cuisinart better than Kitchenaid?” For fun, let’s look at a bit of their history!

While Kitchenaid has been in the home appliance game around 50 years longer than Cuisinart, Cuisinart was started specifically to bring an electronic food processor onto the scene. As such, despite their long list of quality products, Cuisinart is still best known for food processors while Kitchenaid’s leading star is their standing mixers.

When it comes down to which company’s food processor is best, it really depends on several factors. Some people swear by their Cuisinart while others are Team Kitchenaid. No matter which way you slice it—both companies lead the market on food processors.

The good news is, whichever brand you purchase, you’ll have a quality machine on your hands! Let’s look at those several factors and address any questions you may have to better steer you toward purchasing the perfect food processor for your home kitchen.

Do chefs use food processors?

You bet they do! Even though they’re masters of hand-chopping mounds of fresh vegetables, chefs enjoy using powerful food processors to save valuable prep time in the kitchen. 

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Hand holding a knife slicing an onion

Just like a professional chef, you can save time and redundant work by using a good food processor. They’re so powerful—it’s like having several different appliances in one! 

If you’re wondering “are food processors worth buying?” Our answer is—YES. We believe in anything that saves you time and energy in and out of the kitchen. 

What is the difference between a food chopper and a food processor?

Let’s clear this question up first. The largest (and most obvious) difference between the two is size.

A food chopper is small and often handheld—though electric versions exist—they hold 1-4 cups worth of food at a time. Most people use them to chop nuts, fruits, or onions for salad toppings. 

Pros

  • Cheaper
  • Small (good if you’re tight on space)
  • Easier to clean (because again, it is small!)

Cons

  • Small (can’t handle big jobs)
  • Only comes with one type of blade 
  • Blades are small and not as strong (chopping nuts can potentially damage the blade)

A food processor is quite a bigger beast! Depending on the processor, these babies can handle up to 12 cups of food at a time. Also, they come with all different blades meaning you can do so much more than simply “chop.” 

Pros

  • Larger capacity 
  • Durable
  • Assorted blades for more kitchen jobs

Cons

  • More expensive (but we’d vote it’s worth it!)
  • More parts to clean (but they’re usually dishwasher safe!)

When it comes down to it, if you spend a lot of time in the kitchen it’s worth investing in a food processor over a food chopper (or get both and be prepared for anything!).

And yes, you can use a food processor to chop onions. And peppers. And tomatoes. We did mention homemade salsa, right? Yum.


What do you use a mini food processor for?

Now that we’ve covered differences between choppers vs food processors, you may be wondering “what about those mini food processors?”

Glad you asked! 

Mini processors fall perfectly in between the previous examples. They usually hold around 3-4 cups of food. They have the perks of being smaller, lighter, and less expensive just like a food chopper. But they boast more power and the ability to both chop and grind like a food processor. 

If you’re wondering how to use your small Kitchenaid or Cuisinart food processor, we’ve got a few suggestions up our sleeves. Grab your apron!

You can use your mini food processor to:

  1. Chop just one onion or a few cloves of garlic
  2. Whip up a tasty, healthful salad dressing
  3. Make a single-serving of guacamole 
  4. Homemade breadcrumbs
  5. Small batches of pesto and hummus
  6. Grinding herbs for your own spice blends

There are many delicious possibilities as you can see!


So what is the best mini food processor?

In our opinion, these two highly-rated mini food processors by Cuisinart are the best.

First up is the Cuisinart CH-4DC 4-Cup Chopper/Grinder, it’s slightly larger.

Then we have the Cuisinart DLC-2ABC Mini Prep Food Processor, it does 3-cups of work at a time. 

It gets better! They both include dishwasher-safe parts, a spatula, and a recipe/instruction book.