I have a KitchenAid 12 cup. The only drawback to it is that it has a safety feature that doesn't allow it to turn on unless the plunger is inserted a bit. I like that feature right now as I have kids and when you're not looking they like to poke buttons I don't mind having to cut things here and there to get them to fit under the safety line, but some may find it an unneeded step.
I have a KitchenAid 12-cup and really like it. Both KitchenAid and Cuisinart are excellent brands, go for whichever one you like best & is on sale for the best price. If a 12-cup capacity sounds really huge, keep in mind that the instructions will tell you that you can't actually put 12 cups worth of something in there, I think it's more like 7 or 8 cups -- there has to be some excess space in there while the food is chopping. Totally depends on what you're going to use it for, but if it were me, I'd rather err on the side of getting a larger one.
thanks for the info! I'd been resisting getting a food processor because I have the mini prep and a good knife. Finally decided to get one as the bread making is getting more prevalent (whole grains so the stand mixer isn't enough) and I like to make homemade hummus, plus usually avoid making pate brise unless I HAVE to due to lack of large food processing abilities.
Found that Linens n Things has the 14cup one with free shipping (or in store pickup) plus you can google for a 20% off coupon and it comes out to $170 including tax. I like the 14 cup because it can handle 3lbs of bread dough (at least two loaves) and doesn't take up more room than the 11 cup. Plus it has the raised buttons instead of the new seamless ones that tend to crack and break according to reviews. I thought about the kitchenaid and love my stand mixer but honestly reviews for bakers and those who deal with dough all pointed to the Cuisinart as having a stronger motor. (I believe even Cooks Illustrated admitted this).
Mine is nothing fancy just a HamiltonBeach I bought at Target for like $25 but I love it. It has this little schute that comes off the side so when you grate cheese with it you can put a bowl right under it and catch all the cheese. I use if for cheese all the time.