There are so many different food processors and blenders on the market these days that it can be hard to decide which one is right for you. Two of the most popular options are the food processor and the Vitamix blender. They both have their pros and cons, so let’s take a look at them side by side to see which one is the best fit for your needs.

Vitamix blenders are known as the best of the best when it comes to blenders. They’re super powerful and can easily handle ice and frozen fruits, unlike many other blender brands. The Vitamix 5200 is their most popular model; it has a 2HP motor that produces 10-speed settings and can also make hot soups, smoothies, and nut butter.

Pros: Cons: –

  • Produces consistent results
  • Durable and solid construction *the heater function requires a separate accessory*
  • The powerful motor makes quick work of ice and frozen fruit
  • Relatively simple functions with a 3-10 speed dial
  • Relatively inexpensive compared to other blender brands


  • No preprogrammed settings for specific types of food, like the Vitamix 5200 has *turbo function*
  • The motor may struggle with harder items, but it does a good job overall on ice and frozen fruits.

Food processors are quite versatile, particularly when it comes to grating and slicing. The Cuisinart Pro Classic 7-Cup is a popular choice that can do just about anything you need, from chopping veggies and kneading dough to making pastry dough. It also has a reversible shredding disc which makes prepping large batches of food a breeze.

Pros: Cons:

The food processor can handle anything you throw at it, from dough to veggies to meat

Large capacity for batch cooking *the bowl also comes with a lid*

Easy cleanup because of the detachable parts

Relatively inexpensive compared to other model options *some complaints about durability*

The bowl size, however, is relatively small compared to other models. The capacity of the Cuisinart 7-cup food processor is 7 cups while the average food processor has a capacity of 9-11 cups.

Key differences: food processor vs vitamix

The food processor and the vitamix blender are very different machines.

  • The main difference between them is that the food processor has a larger capacity than the vitamix, but it tends to struggle with harder items like ice cubes and frozen fruit.
  • Vitamix blenders use short, conical blades that efficiently blend every type of ingredient while the food processor mainly uses a regular chopping blade, which is great for larger batches.
  • Their main purpose is also different. The food processor excels at kneading dough, as well as chopping vegetables and meat, while the vitamix can heat up soup or grind nuts into nut butter.
  • The Vitamix 5200 also comes with a heating function while the food processor does not.
  • In addition, the vitamix also has a self-cleaning setting, which is very useful after making large batches of dough or pureeing soup.
  • The Cuisinart 7-cup food processor measures 14.9” long x 8.66” wide x 10.39” high while the Vitamix 5200 measures 14.2” long x 8.03” wide x 9.58” high.