Cuisinart DLC-10S vs KitchenAid KFP0711CU Food Processor

Cuisinart-DLC-10S-vs-KitchenAid-KFP0711CUThere are the two most popular brands on the market. And they both have their loyal, raving fans. If you’re in the market for a 7-Cup food processor, which one should you choose?

To help you decide I’m going to do a head-to-head Cuisinart DLC-10S  vs KitchenAid KFP0711cu food processor challenge.

I decided to compare these two models because they have the same capacity and they are both priced under $100.

Cuisinart DLC-10S Pro Classic 7-Cup Food Processor

The Cuisinart DLC-10S is great for tasks like chopping vegetables, making peanut butter, or hummus. It includes all the most used accessories, is easy to use and has a small footprint. It has a strong consumer rating and it performs well. You also have the option to add extra attachments like the julienne slicing disc and the blade and disc holder.

The base is solid and steady, the controls are simple and easy to operate and it is relatively quiet while in use. All of its parts (except for the base) are dishwasher safe, making clean up quick and easy.

Other features include:

  • 7-Cup BPA-free work bowl
  • 600 watt motor
  • S Blade (chopping blade)
  • Stainless steel shredding disc
  • Stainless steel medium slicing disc
  • Dough blade
  • Compact flat cover
  • Wide mouth feed

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KitchenAid KFP0711CU 7-Cup Food Processor

The KitchenAid KFP0711CU is not only lightweight and compact, but it also comes in four attractive

colors.  It’s easy to use and also easy to clean up when you’re done processing. For it’s price, though, it’s lacking a dough blade. Unfortunately, there are no other optional attachments for this model except for the dough blade.

Other features include:

  • 7-Cup BPA-free workbowl
  • 300 watt motor
  • Multipurpose blade
  • Work bowl cover with 2-in-1 feed tube
  • Adjustable slicing disc
  • Reversible shredding disc

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Key Differences

OK, lets begin by comparing these two models. Both of them are compact in size so they do not take up much counter space. The KitchenAid is lighter (around 10 pounds) while the Cuisinart is a bit heavier (15 pounds).

Since both of these machines have the same 7-Cup capacity, I’m going to focus on the next three most important things for a food processor to have; power, included blades and disc, size of the feed tube plus optional accessories. First lets take a look under the hood.

Power

The Cuisinart DLC-10S 600-watt motor clearly outperforms the KitchenAid KFP0711cu 300-watt motor. The Cuisinart is able to able to handle harder cheeses or harder nuts very easily. Not so the KitchenAid. In fact users said it seemed to bog down and that it did not seem to have enough power because it starts up slowly and takes several seconds to get up to speed.

The KitchenAid model has three speeds – high, low and pulse. While the Cuisinart has only two – on and pulse.

Included blades and discs

Dough blade for yeast based dough – Is included with the DLC-10S. It’s an add-on for the KFP0711cu.

Chopping blade – Included with both models.

Shredding disc – Here’s where the KitchedAid has an edge over the Cuisinart. The KFP0711cu shredding disc is reversible, which means that it can do coarse or fine shredding. While the DLC-10S only gives you one size shredding.

Slicing disc – Again the KitchenAid wins this round with their adjustable slicing disc that can slice from thin to thick. The Cuisinart only does medium slicing (4mm).

It would be remiss of me not to point out here that even though the Cuisinart discs are not adjustable or reversible, they do have little weights on one side which keeps the discs level or balanced while in use thus resulting in more consistent slicing and shredding.

Size of the feed tube

The DLC-10S with its wide mouth feed tube is definitely the winner of this round. It can easily hold large items which saves you time. In comparison, the KFP0711cu is small which means that if you were to buy this machine, be prepared to have to cut your food down to size before putting it into the machine.

Extra attachments

There are optional attachments that you can buy for your Cuisinart DLC-10S, including a blade and disc holder, that safely stores away all of the blades and discs and a  3-Piece Specialty Disc Set. The only add-on for the KitchenAid KFP0711cu is the dough blade.

Now that we’re done looking at the differences between these two processors, let’s talk about what I like about each one.

What I like about the Cuisinart DLC-10S Pro Classic 7-Cup Food Processor

  • The powerful 600 watt motor that can handle tough jobs like kneading dough or hard nuts and cheeses.
  • The expandable wide mouth Feed tube that you can fit a whole tomato or potato in, which will save you from having to spend extra time pre-chopping food.
  • It’s good to know you have the option to purchase additional discs if you want to.
  • I like the fact that the machine is sturdy and stable and does not move around the counter when in use.
  • I like that unit comes with a How-to DVD and the manual includes recipes.

What I like about the KitchenAid KFP0711cu 7-Cup Food Processor

  • It has a nice clean looking touchpad control with three speeds plus the off button. And it also is available in four stylish colors.
  • The adjustable slicing disc, which with the twist of the dial can go from thin to thick slices. And the reversible shredding disc that gives you different size shreds from fine to coarse.

The choice

While each of these models has their strengths and weaknesses. The objective of comparing these two food processors is to give you all the information in one place to help speed up your decision making.

The Cuisinart DLC-10S Pro Classic is the right choice for you…

  • if you need to make yeast based dough
  • you plan to process lots of hard foods
  • you don’t want to spend a lot of time pre-chopping
  • you have limited space
  • you want the option to add specialty discs later on
  • you want a custom storage case for your discs and blades

KitchenAid KFP0711cu is the right choice for you…

  • you have no intention of making yeast based dough in the machine
  • you want a machine that is lightweight and compact
  • you don’t plan to process hard cheeses and or nuts
  • you’re ok with the included discs and don’t foresee needing any others

The key to buying the right food processor is knowing what you are going to use it for. After thoroughly researching and looking at these two, I have to say that the Cuisinart is the better machine overall because it gives you more bang for your buck.

 

KitchenAid KFP0711CU 7 Cup Food Processor, Contour Silver
Brand KitchenAid
Model KFP0711CU
List Price $129.99
Color Contour Silver
Size 7-Cup
Warranty 14 year hassle-free replacement warranty

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