Hi, I have a mini food processor that is frustrating because of it's size and bad design. What does everyone recommend for a standard size processor? Thanks!!
I don't think you can go wrong with a Cuisinart.
I couldn't live without my Cuisinart! I have the old 14-cup model with the wide feed tube, but to tell you the truth, I use my flat lid most of the time -- unless I'm slicing veggies.
I suggest at least 10-cup capacity and a large feed tube opening. My Cuisinart is good, but that narrow feed tube is idiotic but I can live with it (though I still hate this aspect of it's design). I think the Kitchen Aid food processor has a nice wide feed tube. And you might want a food processor that can handle bread dough mixing and 'kneading', so a good strong motor is something else to look for.
Even though Cuisinart put the first consumer model robot coupes out there I've never liked them very much. I have an old Braun that's a terrific work horse but I also like the design on the KitchenAids, reliable and durable. For bread doughs though I'll stick with the stand mixer.
I would go to cooksillustrated.com and check out their evaluations. I know they did an article on full size food processor comparisons not to long ago.
You need one! No questions asked!
It is worth noting that if you get a real big'n, like my flea-market-vintage 'super-pro', you get a wide tube, great power and capacity, but you'll still need a mini-prep to grind nuts, and other less-than-1-cup jobs.