Is This Really Worth an Extra $69.99?

This morning  I was greeted in my email by Amazon. They like to send me deals they know I will like. I have been pondering getting a food processor for a couple a years now. I am a little concerned I will not use it enough and I am worried that with the limited space in my little kitchen I will not have a place to put it. Eeeks!

So I want to ask you… Which One is the Best Value?

It is said that, “you get what you pay for.”  If I get the Black & Decker will I wish I paid $69.99 more to have the Cuisinart ?

Lets look at the stats…

Black & Decker

  • 450-watt food processor for slicing, dicing, chopping, mincing, grating, and more
  • 8-cup-capacity work bowl; continuous-flow feed chute with pusher; on and off/pulse buttons
  • Safety interlock system; suction-cup feet; cord storage; dishwasher-safe parts
  • Includes stainless-steel chopping blade and reversible slicing/shredding disc
  • Measures 11-2/7 by 7-4/5 by 15-2/3 inches

Cuisinart

  • Includes steel blade, dough blade, slicing disc, and shredding disc
  • Extra-large feed tube for larger food slices
  • Dishwasher-safe parts
  • Five-year full motor warranty, three-year limited entire unit warranty

Looks like the Cuisinart has the larger feeding tube, dough hook and a warranty, but the Black & Decker has a larger cup capacity and includes all the features of the Cuisinart minus the dough hook which I do not really need because I have a knock of version of the Bosch.

So which one would you choose?

I would love your feedback if you have any. Have you tried one or the other?

When buying the cheaper brand goes wrong…

Ha ha so speaking of  Bosch. Almost everyone in my family owns one. One year for a Christmas/One Year Wedding Anniversary my mom wanted to get me a nice mixer. I went to a store that carried the Bosch. She told me to pick out the Bosch or it’s knock of competitor and she would buy it for me. I looked them both over compared the features and chose the knock off because it was less expensive and I felt bad about the money my mom was spending. Turns out the knock of competitor went out of business a few years later so I have never been able to buy additional attachments for it like the food processor attachments.

Now Black & Decker is not necessarily a knock off like I am referring to in my story. I just wanted to give an example of when saving money up front does not pay off in the long run.

When buying the cheaper brand pays off…

Jewelry – When I go to LA I love to go to the Fashion District and get fashion jewelry for only $1! It totally beats paying full price at the mall or wherever else. Even if it does not last long it is no big deal because by the time it is broken it is probably out of style anyway.

So what are some of YOUR examples of when it is or isn’t worth saving the money upfront?

Comments

  • Melissa

    I don’t own either of these food processors, but one I feel is FAR superior. A kitchenaid. I paid about the same as the cuisinart, but mine has a small bowl inside the larger bowl and came with several attatchments. It has been worth every dime I have paid!!!! This is primarily because I use it a lot – at least 3 times a week. Therefore, it has made a differnce to own a high quality machine. If you are not going to be using it to this degreee, than I say buy the cheaper model. Cost on appliances usually makes a difference when you start discussing use. For the occasional cheese grating or whatever, it’s not worth spending $100.00.

  • I don’t skimp on baby gear… like cribs and car seats.

    Also, if you ever buy a RugDoctor… our refurbished one seems to work just as well as a new one!

  • Myken

    I actually have a Kenmore (Sears brand). I think I only paid about $40. I like it because the brand has a great warranty and I didn’t pay much (so I wouldn’t feel so bad if I didn’t use it too often!) I do actually use it quite a bit, but find that it fits nicely on the floor of my pantry, so I don’t have to have the counters cluttered.

  • Melanie

    In 2010, Cook’s Illustrated tested 7 food processors (11-14-cup models). They highly recommend the KitchenAid.
    If you want high quality and good performance, go for a KitchenAid and it will be worth the money. (You should’ve snagged one on the Target Daily Deal post recently. The 7-cup red KitchenAid was only $67 -$57 after mail-in rebate! I got one!)

    • Monica

      I know I was totally thinking of that when I saw the food processors in my inbox! Too distracted that day I guess.

    • Jennifer

      Yes – what Melanie said! 😉 I’m NEVER disappointed by Cook’s Illustrated reviews, recommendations or recipes.

    • Tracy

      I love, love, love my Kitchen Aid food processor. You will find so many uses for it. One thing I love is the wider feed tube opening. I make a lot of sliced cucumber salads and my old food processors opening was so small I had to cut the cucumbers in 1/2 to fit through it. My Kitchen aid has a wider opening. I have many other Kitchen Aid products and have found they are always worth the extra bucks.

  • Jen

    I have the cuisinart mini processor (just a chop or grind function) and it is a champ! I’ve used it about 3 times a week ever since we got it as a wedding gift almost 4 years ago and it still performs like new every time. To be fair, I don’t own a Black & Decker appliance to compare it to, but just wanted to put my two cents in about the cuisinart.

  • Mechela

    I have a cuisinart and I love it. I use it all the time. It is worth the extra money for something like this. 🙂

  • Kira G

    I am speaking a BIG part from experience, and I back it up with a family member that has a dairy farm and has made EVERYTHING from scratch for as long as I can remember. I had a black and decker food processor and I liked it, until I was grating cheese and the center shaft part rammed up into the lid and not only could I not take it apart but it went straight to the garbage. After doing research and asking family and friends I decided on the cuisinart and I LOVE IT! I paid a little more but all the family I talked to (aunt that has the farm too) talked of the quality and durability, I have grated LOTS of cheese and have had no issues. Pay a little more for the quality!

  • Lisa

    Do not skimp on appliances. You will use a good quality machine more and be happier with the warranties that well known companies honor. I own a kitchen aid and use it often.

  • heather

    I have a hamilton beach…wasnt expensive think about 40 dollars and I use it tons I have little critters that eat sweat potato shredds so I do about 5lbs of those a week , make baby foord with it, I even make smoothies with it!! if youare making hard core stuff with yours or are going to use it every day maybe the better one but I figured if I pay 40 buck and it lasts only a few years im ok with that, and so far im on year 3 and its still awesome!!

  • Carol

    I have a Cuisinart that I picked up at a yard sale it the biggest one they make I paid $5 and came home and researched it to be selling for $250.(She only had used it once so it was basically new with out box) So I recommend checking yard sales and thrift stores before parting with your hard earned money.:)

    • Monica

      I have never seen a food processor at a yard sale but I guess I WILL have to keep my eye out! That is awesome!

    • Lena

      I found my Cuisinart at the Savers for $5.00 older model but hardly used and had all the attachments! Love mine. It took a bit of waiting for it. But if you can, hold off at least until yard sale season is over. You often find kitchen appliances that someone “had to have” then never used it.
      But if you must get the new one DON’T buy black and decker go for the Cuisinart. Better motor and more durable parts.

  • Sophie

    For ALL of my kitchen appliances except my StandMixer which is a KitchenAid, I own Cuisinart products. I have both the mini blender and a big one similar to the one you show here. I got that one at Costco. I love Cuisinart appliances so I would highly recommend them. I have never had one break (and I have every small appliance you could ever think of owning) or not work in all the 7-8 years I have been collecting and building my kitchen!! I just like the ease of replacing parts (user error, not bad parts!) and ordering additional things for them once you already own them.

    • Sophie

      and just an fyi I have for whatever brand you buy, dont process sugar in your beautiful clear bowl becuase it will never be beautiful and clear again!

  • Tina

    Just like Heather I have a Hamilton Beach one. I’ve had it for less than a year so I can’t tell you how reliable they are but it does what I need it to do. If you’re not going to do much with it (i just chop every once in a while) you may want to go with the lower priced one. However if you intend to use it lots and for a wide variety of things I would splurge on the more expensive and well known brand. Primarily because they are known for reliability and it probably has a better warranty. Plus it may do more functions if that is what you’re looking for. You can always look at it this way. In the end you can divide the cost up by how long and how many times you were able to use the appliance. If the appliance is going to last at least twice as long if not more it may be worth spending more initially because you will save over time.

  • k

    i had a back and decker one. i like it okay, but it was hard to get everything together just right. Turns out one day I didn’t get it together right. It completely fused the blade to the bowl. It was no longer usable (and fairly new). I now have a cuisinart and it is so nice and in my opinion, worth the extra money. There is no chance of putting it together wrong. it’s easy to use, easy to clean and just a better machine in general. I would spend the extra money.

  • Kristina

    I have neither, but I am glad you posted this. I have been looking for a good food processor for awhile and haven’t yet commited to one because of the price. These comments have helped me a ton!

    Thanks everyone!

  • Debbie

    Cuisinart hands down!! I have used them for years–have had less expensive ones that broke. I agree with checking thrift stores– I actually have bought several at them and given to my girls. I would own nothing else. They are great for many things. I even use mine for making pizza dough.

  • sally

    I bought a smaller Cuisinart billions of years ago (probably about 20) I don’t use it often (like daily) but I still really like it and it sure comes in handy when you need it. I would buy one again. Personally, I have had not so great experiences with Black and Decker products and will never buy them again. Good luck with you purchase.

  • Lacey

    I felt the same way about a food processor…..wanted to get it for baby food but couldn’t part with how much it was. I ended up getting the cuisinart at Macys last November and by than my son was off baby food but I’m still SOOOOO glad I did. I think especially if you plan to make bulk meals to freeze its really helpful to dice and chop larger quantities. I didn’t think I would use it a lot but ended up doing so just because its so great. Now I tell all my friends and family how great it is and how its my favorite appliance along with my kitchenaid mixer!!! OH….if you want to shred carrot’s or a lot of cheese……there’s no other way. Its a little intimidating because of all the attachments but if you take a moment to really read or watch the video, its so great at all it does. AND- the warranty is worth it. Just be sure if you do get the cuisinart to send in the product registration card so they have it on file and you don’t have to remember 3 years from now when you got it. (its happened to me on another appliance) Sorry for the novel, also I know you were asking a different question but just felt that kitchen appliances are well worth it I’ve found from experience. Better to spend a little more and have it for a long time.

  • Brandi O

    Cuisinart, hands down.

    Its built like a Mack truck– it wont die on you. It provides consistent results.

    I promise, youll heart it very much.

    P.S. making Challah with my Cuisinart is a guilty pleasure. A few slices and you have the most AMAZING french toast.

  • Mindy M

    I have had my Cuisinart for more than 20 years. I have and use many of the attachments. I love it, it is well used, still going strong. Never have had any problems with any of my Cuisinart small appliances. Good Luck!

  • I bought a Black and Decker product once and what I bought broke with in a year, leaving my purchase useless. I wouldn’t waste your money, go with the cuisinart!

  • nanette

    I used to be a cheap small appliance person. Then when I did the math I figured I spent enough on throw away mixers in the last 5 years that I could have owned a kitchen aid. So last mothers day I bought one. Most of our mothers and grandmothers are still using their kitchen aid mixers.

    Fried a proctor silex food processor in 6 months. Have had the kitchen aid for 4 years and used it 3-4 times a week.

    Go for the Cuisinart. You will be happy you did

  • Aubrey

    I always check the warranty inforamtion. Which ever has a better warranty. My friend bought clipper’s to do her hubby’s and boys hair, she saved $5, but they died after 3 months. Had she spent the extra $5 she could have got the set with a lifetime warranty. I am also a touchy feely person. I like to hold the item and press the buttons to see if they will wear out. Also, because I have kids I check safety features.

    I personally own the Cuisinart… Black Friday at Macy’s was a big factor. I was thinking about getting it for about a year. I use it at least 3 times a week. And it comes with a great bread recipe for the dough hook.

  • Helen in Meridian

    I got my Cuisinart the first year they arrived in America; the same Christmas before Star Wars opened. Do I date myself? Still have it. I also saw that Cooks Illustrated liked the 12 cup or 10 cup KitchenAid (forget which one it was). You know how good your VitaMix is. You will also be pleased with either top of the line. A thought, if you buy it at Costco you can always return it and try the other one because of their warranty there.

    • Monica

      Helen-

      You always crack me up! You remember I have a Vita Mix. 🙂 Great tip on the Costco purchase, I love their return policy, plus I get and extended warranty if I use my Costco American Express.

  • Elizabeth

    I have the black and decker and I would absolutely buy the Cuisinart. There are some odd nooks and crannies in the cup that are difficult to wash clean. The handle is hollow and stuff gets into it all the time and behind the feed tube. The blade isn’t the sharpest and I wish there were two speeds. It’s “ok” and will do the job for a while but I will want to replace it in the next year or two. So no, I wasted money getting choice #1. 🙂 But… hee hee you know I love a bargain! Have you seen this? Kitchen aid is offering a rebate from $5-30 depending on model for their food processors. I have several kitchenaid appliances. I_LOVE_THEM. They last forever!!!

    http://www.kitchenaid.com/flash.cmd?/#/inside-kitchenaid-promotions

  • Monica

    Wow! Thanks everyone for the feedback!

  • Lindy

    I have a cuisinart and my mom had a cuisinart for years! I use mine pretty much daily! I use it for everything chopping onions and pepers, making jam, cheese, hummus, mayo, and so many more things I cant think of at the moment. It is super easy to clean. Once you are done using it rinse it out and pop it in the dishwasher. To clean the blaze and grader I just use a scrub brush. Just be careful of the blade! My husband cut is finger on ours last year when pulling it out of the dishwasher and it cut all the way to the bone and even cut his nerve. He had to have surgery and everything. My advise it DON’T put it in the dishwasher!
    I just clean the blade and grader by hand now and put it in a safe place. Anyway, I couldnt live w/o mine. How do you grade cheese? You wont regret getting one. It is worth the money & space in the kitchen!

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