Cuisinart vs KitchenAid – which food processor should you buy?

We put these two most popular brands head to head so you can make the best decision on which appliance to buy for your household

A Cuisinart 10-cup food processor in grey on the countertop with vegetables and oil around it
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Cuisinart and KitchenAid dominate the home appliance market. They make some of the best food processors and most convenient food choppers that you can buy. It's brilliant to have choice and range, but how do you know which is better?

The Cuisinart vs KitchenAid food processor debate is hotly contested. Some people put KitchenAid at the top of their buying guides for the best food processors, prizing the iconic name, brand, and color scheme. Others opt for Cuisinart, choosing the simple, lightweight, and durable build quality.

I'll talk through the pros and cons of both KitchenAid and Cuisinart's food processors so you can decide which is best for you and your kitchen needs.

Is the Cuisinart food processor any good?

Cuisinart Core Custom 10-Cup Food Processor

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Cuisinart are well-known for making some of the best food processors on the market. Theirs come in all shapes and sizes. You can buy a mini one for small tasks, such as dips and sauces, or a professional 14-cup model that's up to the toughest of tasks.

Cuisinart's smallest offering is their 3-cup mini food chopper. This simple model comes with two functions: chop and grind. The chopping uses the sharp side of the blade to slice through ingredients. The grinding function reverses the blade, using the more blunt side to grind up spices and nuts as needed.

In the middle of the range, the Cuisinart 9-cup food processor offers simple functions. It has a low speed, high speed, and pulse setting. It comes with two reversible shredding and slicing disc, both for fine and medium textures. The universal S blade can mix, chop, and make dough too.

At the top end of the range is the Cuisinart 14-cup food processor. Even though the Core Custom 10-Cup food processor sits at the top of our buying guide for the best food processors, the 14-cup is perfect for bigger, tricker tasks. Aside from its immense, 14-cup capacity, the Cuisinart boasts some impressive power and an extra-large feed tube, which doesn't require any preparation. It comes with a slicing disc, shredding disc, chopping and mixing blade, as well as a disc stem and spatula.

Cuisinart's food processors have something to offer every kind of kitchen, but the three below are our favorites.

Is the KitchenAid food processor any good?

KitchenAid 9-cup food processor on a countertop with fruits and vegetables around it

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KitchenAid makes some of the most iconic, all-American appliances on the market. They're best known for their stand mixers, but they do also make some of the best food processors, food choppers, and blenders on the market.

If you're thinking about investing in a KitchenAid food processor, you have a few options:

The first is either an eleven or nine-cup food processor. This is exactly what you would expect from a food processor. It comes with S blades, grating and slicing discs, and more. It's durable, simple, and powerful. I can't really fault them.

The second option is a food chopper. If you asked any of our expert testers for a list of kitchen essentials, the food chopper is guaranteed a spot. It's a lot like a food processor, except this doesn't grate or slice. It makes good dips and purees, but, as you move onto doughs and tricker tasks, it isn't quite as good. One of the reasons we love this is that it's completely cordless, so you can use it anywhere in the kitchen, or even outside next to the grill.

The final KitchenAid food processor option is an attachment for your food processor. It might sound like they've gone mad, but this is actually very space and cost-effective if you already own (and love) one of their stand mixers. All you have to do is slot it onto the end of your stand mixer head and it will work away, powering through a range of food processor tasks.

Head to head: Cuisinart vs KitchenAid

Cuisinart Mini Prep Pro Food Processor on the countertop with onion beside it

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Alternatives to both KitchenAid and Cuisinart

If you want some other options to KitchenAid and Cuisinart, these are some of our other tried-and-tested food processors.


Is Cuisinart or KitchenAid a better brand?

Cuisinart and KitchenAid are both American brands that offer top-quality appliances. It's hard to say which is a better brand, because they have different offerings. Cuisinart's simple models are lightweight and straightforward to use. KitchenAid's tend to have more color and style options as well as more durable materials.

What are the best brands for food processors?

KitchenAid and Cuisinart are certainly two of the best brands for food processors. However, they're not the only people that make good food processors. Ninja, Nutribullet, Magic Bullet, and Vitamix all make some of the best food processors on the market.

Do I need a food chopper or a food processor?

We've gone deep into the details of the differences between food choppers and food processors in another article. Essentially, KitchenAid and Cuisinart's food choppers are good for light tasks, such as making dips and sauces. Their food processors are bigger, more versatile, more powerful, and more durable too.

Laura Honey
eCommerce Editor

Laura is our eCommerce editor. As a fully qualified barista, she's our expert in all things coffee and has tested over thirty of the best coffee makers on the market. She has also interviewed Q-Graders and world-leading experts in the coffee industry, so has an intimate knowledge of all things coffee. Before joining Homes & Gardens, she studied English at Oxford University. Whilst studying, she trained as a master perfumer and worked in the luxury fragrance industry for five years. Her collection of home fragrance is extensive and she's met and interviewed five of the world's finest perfumers (also known as 'noses'). As a result of this expansive fragrance knowledge, she always puts quality and style over quantity and fads. Laura looks for products which have been designed simply and with thoughtful finishes.