The least expensive and the most expensive Cuisinart and Robot-Coupe food processors were compared in a series of tasks at Kitchen Bazaar: First the Cuisinart DLC10E, which is selling for $99.99 at Kitchen Bazaar versus the Robot-Coupe RC2000, which is selling for $88, including a free blade holder worth $20.

Each machine minced a clove of garlic and some parsley, chopped onion, pulverized hard cheese, ground beef, sliced carrots and made bread dough.

Both machines minced the garlic equally well.

The Robot-Coupe minced the parsley finer in the same length of time.

In the Robot-Coupe, it was slightly more difficult to control the chop of the onion because the blade continued to rotate longer than in the Cuisinart.

The Robot-Coupe grated the hard cheese more quickly, but the difference was only a matter of seconds.

It also ground the meat more quickly, but it extracted more juice from the meat.

The Robot-Coupe made round slices of carrots. In the Cuisinart, the carrots fell over and were sliced lengthwise until the small insert to the expanded feed tube was removed. Then the Cuisinart performed equally well.

The biggest difference was evident in the bread-making process. The Robot Coupe does not have a dough hook. Mixing and kneading of dough is done with the steel blade. The directions say to add half of the flour and all of the liquid and process; then add the remainder of the flour. The capacity is four cups.

The Cuisinart has a dough hook. The directions say to add everything at once. The capacity is five cups.

Because the Cuisinart has a dough hook, it makes a slightly better quality bread.

The Robot-Coupe comes with a shredder instead of a julienne blade; the julienne blade is extra. It's just the opposite with the Cuisinart.

You can use all the Robot-Coupe RC2000 blades on the Cuisinart DLC10.

Next, the most expensive models were compared: the Robot-Coupe 3500 with the Cuisinart DLC7E. The Robot-Coupe, which lists for $275, is selling at Kitchen Bazaar for $248 and includes a free blade holder worth $24. The Cuisinart, which lists for $260, is selling for $199.99.

This model of the Robot-Coupe, the first of which arrived in the store last week, has a light, which is always on when the machine is plugged in. Some would consider that a waste of energy instead of an advantage. It is green when the machine is locked in place and ready to start. It is red when the safety mechanism is not locked or when the machine has overheated and cannot be started until it cools down.

This model also has an instant-stop mechanism so the blade does not continue to rotate when the machine is turned off.

It does not have an expanded feed tube like the Cuisinart, a tube that makes it possible to slice whole fruits and vegetables.

Both machines processed the garlic well.

The Cuisinart provided more uniform onion slices.

The Robot-Coupe processed the parsley more quickly but produced a wetter product.

It also processed the parmesan cheese more quickly and more finely.

It processed the ground beef more quickly, but keep in mind we are talking about a matter of seconds.

The carrots were sliced equally well when the expanded feed tube was used with the Cuisinart. All new models come equipped with the expanded feed tube.

Robot-Coupe does not have a dough hook; the steel blade must be used. Following the machine's directions, seven cups of flour were added all at once with the other ingredients. The machine made a mass of dough as described, but then the red light went on because the machine had overheated. The dough was not completely kneaded.

As a follow-up, four cups of flour and the water were added and processed. Then the remaining three cups of flour were added and processed, but the results were the same.

The Cuisinart calls for adding all the ingredients at one time. The machine processed the dough and kneaded it completely. Its capacity is six cups.

Through all the operations, the Cuisinart motor is quieter than the Robot-Coupe.