How about $600?
The Breville Sous Chef cost $400 and the new KitchenAid Pro Line is going to set you back $600.
Food processors and blenders these day are costing more than some larger appliances. Heck I paid under $600 for my GE 18 c.u fridge that I bought last year.
I recently took a close (very close) look at the KitchenAid KFP164216 Pro Line vs Breville BFP800XL/A Sous Chef food processor. These two models come with multiple work bowls and lots of well designed touches. But which one offers you the best combination of price and features?
Update: The KitchenAid KFP164216 Pro Line is now the KitchenAid KFP1642CA Pro Line 16-cup Food Processor
Here is a side by side detailed comparison of these two food processors.
KitchenAid KFP164216 Pro Line 16-Cup Food Processor
The KitchenAid KFP164216 food processor is the new kid in town, having come on the market around the middle of last year (2013). It is big and hefty and with a hefty price to match. The main feature that it has that other food processors don’t have, is the dicing kit.
Since this model is relatively new and pricey, there aren’t a lot of reviews on it as yet. It is a big and heavy machine, so you should make sure you have a permanent home for it before buying it.
- 650 watt motor
- 2 speeds
- 16-cup, 10-cup and 4-cup work bowls
- Ultra Wide Mouth feed tube
- Dough blade
- Reversible 2mm and 4mm shredding disc
- Externally adjustable slicing disc
- Stainless steel multipurpose blade
- Mini blade
- Commercial-style dicing kit
Breville BFP800XL/A Sous Chef Food Processor
Are you looking for a powerful, super fast and easy to use food processor? Look no further than the Breville Sous Chef. This machine is very quite and efficient. It excels at all tasks and can handle your toughest jobs with ease. It has every attachment you’ll ever need and they’re all stored nicely in their own custom storage caddy. This model has some well-thought-out design details like the slicing blade with 24 different settings, that puts it head and shoulders above the competition.
The Breville food processor has garnered some excellent reviews all round. With an “A” rating from Good Housekeeping and being ranked as the top-rated food processor by Consumer Reports. In fact Consumer Reports listed the Breville as one of the best food processors for baby food.
Other features include:
- 1200 watt motor
- 2 speeds
- A 16 cup and a 2.5 cup work bowls
- Micro-Serrated S Blade™
- Mini Blade
- Dough Blade
- Super wide feed tube
- Adjustable Slicing Disc with 24 different settings
- Julienne Disc
- French Fry Cutting Disc
- Reversible Shredding Disc
- Whisking Disc
- LCD count up and down timer
OK, lets begin by taking a closer look at these two models. They are both big, full-size machines and are roughly the same height, about 18 inches tall. The Breville is lighter (around 20 pounds) while the KitchenAid is heavier (about 22 pounds).
The Breville comes in three colors; Black Sesame, Stainless Steel and Cranberry Red. While the KitchenAid comes in five colors; Candy Apple Red, Frosted Pearl White, Medallion Silver, Onyx Black, Sugar Pearl Silver.
The Sous Chef gives you two BPA-free work bowls; a 16 cup and a 2.5 cup. With the KitchenAid Pro Line you get three BPA-free work bowls; 16-cup, 10-cup and 4-cup.
The Sous Chef has a robust 1200-watt induction motor. Powerful enough to process hard foods like nuts and cheese and knead dough. In contrast, the KitchenAid KFP164216 motor is only 650-watts.
Included blades and discs
Dough blade – Both machines come with a dough blade for kneading yeast based dough.
Chopping blade – Included with both models.
Shredding disc – Both food processors have a reversible shredding disc that gives you coarse or fine shreds.
Slicing disc – The Sous Chef slicing disc is truly versatile with 24 different settings. The KitchenAid’s dics is also adjustable though you won’t get as many settings. But it is adjusted externally, so you don’t have to stop the machine to get a different setting. Just move the lever to your desired thickness.
The KFP164216 Pro Line also comes with a “ hands-free, commercial-style dicing kit.” You can’t adjust the size of the dicing and users have said that it dices very small. But still it is a nice feature if that is something you think you will use.
On the other hand the Sous Chef BFP800XL/A does include a julienne disc, french fry disc and a whisking disc.
Size of the feed tube
Both of these models have extra wide feed tubes that can accommodate large food items and also large and small food pushers.
The Breville already comes standard with all the attachments you’re likely to need. With the KitchenAid you have the option to purchase the parmesan/ice shaving disc, french fry disc and julienne disc.
What I like about the KitchenAid KFP164216 Pro Line
- I like that it comes in five gorgeous colors.
- The fact that you can adjust the slicing disc externally while the machine is still running.
- Having three different size work bowls is definitely an advantage.
- The included blade and disc holder.
What I like about the Breville Sous Chef BFP800XL/A
Everything! I’m saving up to buy it.
Seriously, what is there not to like about this machine? But my favorites are:
- The adjustable slicing blades which lets you slice paper thin slices of salami or thick apple slices all with the twist of a knob.
- I like the LCD count up and down timer (you can read my review to see what it does).
- The julienne disc, the french fry disc and the whisking disc all come standard with this model. But these items are usually add-ons with other machines.
- The well-designed storage caddy that keeps all your blades and discs safely in one place.
- I like the robust motor and the clean and efficient design.
So, if you’re looking at these two models, which one should you choose? That’s a good question. But let’s see if I can help you make up your mind.
The KitchenAid KFP164216 Pro Line food processor is the right choice for you if…
- you think you’ll use the dicing kit
- you like having three different size work bowls
- you like that with the externally adjusting slicing blade, you don’t have to stop the machine, flip the disc over or switch out the disc when you need a different thickness for your food
- you love the KitchenAid brand and already have other KitchenAid appliances
The Breville Sous Chef BFP800XL/A food processor is the right choice for you if…
- you want a very fast, efficient and powerful machine
- you want a machine that is very quiet
- you want the ability to slice many different kinds of food in various sizes without having to use multiple discs
- you want a processor that is easy to set up, easy to operate and easy to clean
- you like having a julienne disc and french fry disc, but you don’t want to pay extra for them
Ok, here’s the deal. We know the KitchenAid costs $200 more than the Breville, right? Personally I feel the Breville is a better investment, because overall it gives you the most features for the money. So here’s my advice.
First outline what you need your food processor to do. Determine the features the machine must have in order to best accomplish the things on your list and figure your budget. And then compare your list against these two models. Choose the one that offer all of the things on your list, have the highest ratings, and give you the most value for your money.