Over Christmas I had a bridal shower thrown for me in Calgary, AB and I pooled all my cash gifts together for this. Funny enough, I also have a friend who just got engaged, and her parents immediately sent her a food processor because apparently that is what one recieves when one is getting married these days. The idea that you never needed to eat before getting engaged, and the fact that most people live on their own for years before marrying in contemporary society, are things I won't argue with since it is such a superb product.
I had originally read a product review in Cook's Illustrated which stated that the Kitchen Aid model was the way to go. We were at Different Drummer's kitchen, and the extremely helpful salesperson said that the Cuisinart model had recently been improved with a few features. These included that the top snaps in and releases really easily with a quick release button (Easy On/Off Locking System with Push-Button Release), and the seal tight gasket system with the bowls (Exclusive Patent-Pending SealTight™ Advantage System – Seals Bowls and Locks Blades). Just by her showing it to me I could tell it was really improved. The bowls can also go in the dishwasher, which is super convenient. So I was sold, and we took it home.
I've used it on so many things like sauces, breads, making a paste for chili, and on and on. There were things I wanted to make before that I either didn't or attempted with our smaller one and made a mess. I use it literally almost every day, and the fact that I can just throw it in the dishwasher makes it super easy. I really, really love it, and for how versatile it is, I think it might be the single most useful electric appliance you can have in a kitchen. I have seen pictures online of brides enthusiastically hugging their Kitchen-Aid standing mixers at their bridal showers and thought "really?", but the food processor with all the things you can make with it, I can actually understand the affection. Now I can only dream of all the things we could make with a pasta machine.