Post # 1
FI and I are going to start our registry this weekend and one of the things I really can’t decide on is if I need a stand mixer AND a food processor. I love to cook and bake so I know they would each get used regularly, but I wonder if maybe one can do the job of the other well enough. Decent ones of each are so expensive so I’m hoping to just register for the one that is the most practical.
Anyone have both/use both? Which one do you like better?
Post # 3
- Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden
both! i LOVE my stand mixer but there are some things that a food processor is just better for…if you have to choose, I would probably say get a food processor and then a hand mixer, but the stand mixer is just so awesome!
Post # 4
Get both. I love my stand mixer for baking but a food processor is just as important for chopping, slicing, etc. If you end up picking just one, I’d go stand mixer. I can always slice with a knife 😉
Post # 5
I knew I was going to have this same conundrum, and that it might be too much to expect that I’d get both high-ticket items purchased from the registry, given our very small guest list, so I nipped the problem in the bud. 🙂 I asked my parents for a Kitchenaid stand mixer as my Christmas present, and I asked FI for a food processor! Woohoo! Seriously though if you love to cook and bake, both are invaluable. I personally use the food processor much more often because I cook almost every day whereas baking is more of a special occasion thing, but it could easily be the other way for someone else.
Post # 6
Well i use them both regularly. Yes, a stand mixer is really expensive, and i think it’s one of those things that pays off over the course of a few years. I love it, but i also know that I haven’t used it enough in 6 months to justify its cost yet. When I do baking for large groups (birthday cupcakes for example) it’s a godsend though. I use my stand mixer mostly for baking as you can see. i am going to make pizza dough in it this weekend for the first time tho =]. Yes, i could’ve used my hand mixer (cheap piece of crap) but i love how much faster i bake with a stand mixer. Cleanup seems much faster, too and i can multi task in my kitchen better.
Now, my food processor I use regularly for dinners and stuff. particularly if i’m dicing large quantities of onions or making salsa or whatever. I can throw together a big meal awfully fast in that food processor. But i have a big one and i don’t like to bring it out for small stuff. So for smaller stuff I have a smaller hand chopper. I’m queen of kitchen gadgets. Use them all the time!
I know that doesn’t help you pick one, but I do honestly use them both frequently. I have a bright tangerine stand mixer and it sits on display on bookshelf in my kitchen. It’s pretty, does that count? =]
Post # 7
I generally used my mixer more. Partly b/c it’s easier to clean.
Post # 8
Thank you for all the responses so quickly. So it seems like you all use them both regularly….hmm. So I was thinking that I could register for a “mini” processor that can hold like 4 or 5 cups and those are around $50-60…that seems a lot more reasonable if I also want a stand mixer too. Or I could get a fancy schmancy processor and a nice hand mixer instead of the stand mixer.
Oh the possibilities!
@ejs4y8 – ha agreed – is it bad that part of the reason why I want a Kitchenaid is because they come in such a pretty array of colors?!
Post # 9
I love my stand mixer-it’s a Kitchen Aid and it’s actually my dad’s but he hardly uses it. So I have it indefinitley. I’m more of a baker than a cook so I use the mixer more. We also live in a very small house and probably will for at least the next 3 years so we try to keep unnecessary appliances to a minimum-only what we use regulary. It’s much easier to find a place to store our knives and cutting boards than a food processor. Plus, I like chopping veggies by hand. Call me crazy!
Post # 10
you need both! or maybe you could opt for a hand mixer and a small food processor-great for small batches of pesto, etc., but it seems to me that i use both for very different things. it’s like comparing apples and oranges. register for both. you may not get them both. let your guests decide what you need most.
Post # 11
- Wedding: March 2010 - Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay
definitely get both! unfortunately they can’t substitute for each other. for cake batters and the like, a food processor is much too fast and will build up the gluten, and the blade doesn’t have the structure to properly mix wet and dry ingredients in a slow, gentle manner. on the flip side, a mixer doesn’t have a fast/sharp enough blade to really puree things, like pesto. go for both!
Post # 12
i love love love my food processor… only use the blender for smoothies, and if i tried hard enough i could do those in the processor too.
waaaaaaaaait you said mixer, not blender…. yeah, food processor if you cook more, mixer if you’re a baker.
Post # 13
A good one of each is REALLY awesome. A stand mixer, KitchenAide in particular, you will keep 20+ years. A good food processor is also awesome.
Post # 14
I have both and I use both; equally. I would not be able to choose. Mine are KitchenAide. They do last forever.
Post # 15
I voted food processor initally, but really I should have put both! I do use my food processor a lot more… nothing is better when you need to chop onions or any other veggie up then to let that little machine do all the work for you.
However, I love my stand mixer too. I don’t use it as often because I’m not an avid baker, but when I do bake, it is the best! I actually used it a few weeks ago to make salmon dip mmm…
Both of mine are KitchenAid… they are the best IMHO! (Although I hear Viking mixers are pretty awesome too).
Post # 16
We registered for a Kitchen Aid stand mixer this weekend. Ditto on picking it for the pretty color (in addition to it being a great mixer, or so I hear!) – I chose pink! We didn’t register for a food processor, because we just got a Magic Bullet for Christmas. It’s pretty nice, even though it’s small!