(Closed) Stand Mixer vs. Food Processor ??

posted 9 years ago in Gifts and Registries
  • poll: Which do you use more or find is better in the long run?
    Stand mixer : (11 votes)
    23 %
    Food processor : (7 votes)
    15 %
    Both! : (30 votes)
    63 %
  • Post # 3
    Bee
    2362 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • 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
    Member
    7173 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    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
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    1569 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 1996

    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 Fiance 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
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    14183 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    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
    Member
    1011 posts
    Bumble bee

    I generally used my mixer more.  Partly b/c it’s easier to clean.

    Post # 9
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    2725 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    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
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    34 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: November 2009

    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
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    605 posts
    Busy bee
    • 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
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    7975 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    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
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    2207 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    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
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    8353 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2011

    I have both and I use both; equally. I would not be able to choose. Mine are KitchenAide. They do last forever.

    Post # 15
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    2397 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    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
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    1347 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    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! 

     

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