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14-Cup Food Processor from Magimix by Robot Coupe

Posted on: November 12th, 2012 by Amy Martin 99 Comments

Fall cooking is in full swing and in my kitchen around this time of year, there’s one appliance that gets a little (or a lot) more attention than all the others — my food processor. Though I use it year-round for many, many dishes, it really gets some extra love during the holiday season. From chopping to pureeing and blending to dough-making, I almost can’t imagine life without a food processor… or wouldn’t want to, at least.


I recently acquired a new one for my kitchen collection, the 4200XL 14-Cup Food Processor from Magimix by Robot Coupe available exclusively at Williams-Sonoma. One of our lucky readers will win the same model for themselves!

If you aren’t familiar with the Magimix brand, they are French makers of high-quality kitchen electrics and are the inventors of the very first food processor available to domestic cooks (invented over 40 years ago, so they have quite the history). They also manufacture their own motors. The kitchen machines are handmade in Burgundy, France (fancy pants) and are known for lasting a lifetime. To back up that claim, as of recently they now offer a 30 year warranty on food processor motors so you can be assured your investment will continue to pay off for years and years of cooking.

My family eats at home nearly every night of the week and only from-scratch meals. Most days I don’t have much time for prep and those days are when this food processor saves my life. Slicing onions only takes a few seconds (and a lot less tears) and grating cheese is done in an instant. I don’t know about you, but less time and energy spent just makes my meals taste… better. If I can save time in the kitchen without cutting corners, I’m all for it.

I tested the 14-Cup model in Chrome (which is exactly the same model our winner will receive, but they also offer 12-cup and 16-cup models if you’re shopping around) and it looked huge when I first tore open the box.

14-Cup Magimix Food Processor in Chrome

14-Cup Magimix Food Processor in Chrome

Though it can definitely handle big jobs, inside the largest bowl rests two smaller bowls for more modest tasks. I thought the trio of bowls was incredibly handy when I needed the food processor for multiple uses during the same meal. Not having to stop and wash out the bowl before its second use saved lots of time and grief.

Trio of bowls and BlenderMix attachment

Trio of bowls and BlenderMix attachment

The largest bowl (aka the main bowl) is excellent for slicing and grating – I loved grating whole blocks of cheese in the blink of an eye and quickly slicing up a bag of apples for an autumn pi. The main bowl also works well for my favorite pie dough recipe or chopping fresh meat. The middle bowl (aka the 12-cup midi bowl) is best used for smaller slicing and grating efforts and the smallest bowl, the 6-cup ‘mini’, is ideal for tiny chopping jobs (like nuts or single portions of tomatoes or veggies for the kiddos), mincing herbs, or making sauces or pesto.

There are only three buttons to master (sounds easy, right?): On, Off, and Pulse. Couldn’t be simpler!

Along with the food processor, you’ll get a collection of attachments neatly organized in a store box that I guarantee will make your life easier:

Attachments neatly organized inside its storage box

Attachments neatly organized inside its storage box

Includes: the metal blade, dough blade, egg whisk, 2 grating discs, 2 slicing discs, BlenderMix attachment (make your smoothies right in the processor… no need for a blender!), extension and spatula.

And, it also comes with a spiral notebook including the instruction manual and tons of recipes from main dishes, seafood, breads and desserts. If you’re more of a visual learner, my food processor also came with an instructional DVD that also includes recipes. Perhaps they’ve thought of everything!

Instructional manual with recipes and DVD

Instructional manual with recipes and DVD

My favorite features of the machine are definitely the trio of bowls which makes it incredibly easy to use, and eliminates the need of having a smaller food processor just for sauces and mincing. I also loved that the bowl never leaked. My previous processor, a high-end brand, would always leak no matter what I did and I never understood why. No mess with this one!

The chrome model looks like a food processor you might find in a professional kitchen. It’s my choice of color and would look lovely on any countertop, but if you’d rather have a white appliance, they make that option too.

Just in time for Thanksgiving, check out Magimix’s recipe for Green Pea Puree (a simple and inexpensive French countryside recipe that pairs well with sweet potatoes and looks lovely on the plate) and Gratin Dauphinois (a French side dish that boasts comforting flavors and is great leftover).

Check out their super-rad Vision Toaster, too (the world’s first see-through toaster)… wouldn’t that look cool in my kitchen? Thought so.

Purchase your own Magimix kitchen appliances at Williams-Sonoma through their online store or retail location near you.

One lucky reader will win the 4200XL 14-Cup Food Processor in Chrome from Magimix by Robot Coupe. A $399.95 value!


The Fine Print: No purchase necessary to enter. The giveaway is open to readers who are 18 years or older and reside in the United States. Winner will have 5 days to provide their address before another winner is chosen. In compliance with FTC guidelines, Magimix by Robot-Coupe will provide the product to the winner, complimentary. PhoenixBites received a test unit to facilitate the review. View our Disclosure Policy for more info.

About the Author - Amy Martin

Author of Her Plate, Amy's love of food, cooking and all things culinary keeps her endlessly plotting what her next meal will be. Her pastimes include creating in (i.e. demolishing) her own kitchen and baking far more sweets than her tiny family could ever eat.

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99 Responses

  1. Meghan Finley says:


  2. Kelly D says:

    I like making Spinach Pie with the help of a processor.

  3. Danielle Williams says:

    I love making salsa in my food processor 🙂

  4. Karen Brady says:

    I love to shred cheese with my food processor. Makes it so much easier than grating it by hand.

  5. susan smoaks says:

    i like to make Sweet Potato Pie with Crunchy Cranberry Topping

  6. Brandy says:

    Pesto is my favorite thing to process!

  7. Sarah Austin says:

    Apple Sauce! Yum.

  8. Donna Cooper says:

    Salsa would be the most used for.

  9. Letessha Williams says:

    salsa, other dips

  10. Tracy Pryor says:

    I love making homemade pesto and salsa

  11. Brenda Andrews says:

    I don’t own a food processor but have been hinting around to my parents and husband that I want one. I’m really looking forward to making pie crust and peanut butter

  12. Rust says:

    fiery salsa

  13. Mary Beth Elderton says:

    I would make sauces, and pestos.

  14. Dawn Lopez says:

    I like to make smoothies best! Thanks for the fab giveaway!

  15. Megan says:

    Pesto! and baby food.

  16. Nancy says:

    I like to make gazpacho with a food processor!

  17. David H says:

    Its got to be salsa!

  18. Amy Donohue says:

    I make everything from pie crust to refried beans. Oh, and roasted garlic with melted butter for popcorn. :}

  19. Debbie Lewis says:

    I love to buy chunks of cheese and then shred them…so much cheaper

  20. Andrea Workman says:

    I’d make my mom’s famous fried potatoes!

  21. carole says:

    like to make sauces and cream soups

  22. Meena Nichani says:


  23. Alicia says:

    My own salad dressings and salsa! 🙂

  24. Stefanie says:

    I love making French macaroons!

  25. Robert C says:


  26. Emma says:

    Pemmican! 😀

  27. Sara V says:

    I would love to make pesto!

  28. Sara Lucero says:

    My favorite thing to make is salsa!!! Yumm

  29. Elizabeth Sewall says:

    I make picante’ sauce.

  30. Lyn says:

    I love making these cocktail cheese crackers and the processor would make shredding the cheese a breeze! And bread crumbs for crab cakes, homemade walnut or pine nut pesto, mushroom and onion tart with a balsamic glaze, pie crusts, veggies for different soups, egg rolls, pot stickers, stir fry, etc, dilled cucumbers, cracker crumbs when I need them…the list could on and on! Amazing that a machine can make you hungry! LOL

  31. Kristian says:

    salsa, pesto, dips

  32. Cheryl Chervitz says:

    I don’t have one, but I want to make salsa and other dipping stuff.

  33. Amy Tong says:

    My favorite thing to make in the food processor is pesto with lemon. Fresh and delicious.

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  34. Amber L says:

    Real mexican salsa

  35. Deb Anderson says:

    Chopped veggies for homemade soup

  36. Stephanie says:

    Kimchee base! MmmMmmmm

  37. Blessie Nelson says:

    I love to make all my cakes and buttercream frosting on a food processor!

  38. CSeibel says:

    I don’t have a food processor yet, but it’s on the top of my Christmas list…for all the ideas listed above and anything else I can think of…

  39. Crystal Bess says:

    salsa and smoothies

  40. James Kennedy says:

    Everything..+ Making salsa and smoothies.

  41. Sara S. says:

    Gluten free cookies!

  42. Janel Myers says:

    I love to make raw, vegan desserts with my food processor!

  43. Margaret King says:

    Magaritas there the Best

  44. Debbie Elder says:

    Love to make my famous Kale Walnut Pecorino Cheese Salad

  45. Debbie Elder says:

    Love to make my popular Chopped Kale Walnut & Pecorino Cheese Salad

  46. spirit_kim says:

    Pizza dough!

  47. Lena Chin says:


  48. Melissa Leinart says:

    chicken and dressing

  49. Windy P. says:

    Hm, pesto is my favorite thing to make that’s a final product. I love making fruit purees in general for all sorts of uses though!

  50. I’ve never owned a food processor but have always wanted one. It’s been on my Christmas and Birthday wish list for years! I’d love to make shortbread and pie crusts with it but the possibilities are endless!

  51. CMC says:

    I love to make mayonnaise and creamy Caesar dressing in my food processor!

  52. Donna Marie says:

    I like to make chicken cheese balls.

  53. Karen Lynch says:

    I like to make pestos and pie crusts with a food processor. Mine is on its last legs so this would be very much appreciated.

  54. Judith says:

    I would love to make home made salad dressing.

  55. Christina Bowen says:

    Guacamole, salsa, pesto, pie (sliced fruit), peanut butter

  56. Sarah Leslie says:

    I love making a big shredded salad, saves tons of time, and I can add lots of colour.

  57. Sarah cook says:

    How can I pick one favorite thing to make in a food processor? I use it for all sorts of food prep and also for grating soap for my homemade laundry detergent. My current food processor just can’t handle everything that I need it to do!

  58. Veronica says:

    I love to cook and a food processor is something that would make things so much more fun and easier!

  59. Veronica says:

    Oops, feel free to edit and add this in to my original comment 🙂 I didn’t notice the instructions for it… I would imagine smoothies, but I’ve never had one so… The kids love the frozen milkshakes I do by hand in the cup 🙂

  60. Tracy says:

    Frozen banana “ice cream.”

  61. Elisa B says:

    I love all kinds of coleslaw so a great food processor would really help. Also, pie crust.

  62. shaunie w says:

    i would love to make baby food

  63. Amy Baker says:

    Hummus is my favorite…hot feta dip is a close second, thanks for the chance!

  64. Misses Giveaways says:

    I like to make sauces

  65. Brian Smith says:

    I have not ever had one, but my mom makes everything in hers, I’d be excited to try my hand at anything!

  66. Anne Lehnick says:


  67. Alisa Hoffman says:

    Some different pestos, such as with mint and almonds, or sage and walnuts.

  68. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    sauces and dip mix

  69. Tim says:

    My favorite thing to make with a food processor is bread.

  70. bonnie says:

    To mention a few pie crust,salsa,cookies,about anything i can chop,shred and mix. Things are endless.

  71. Pam Flynn says:

    I love to make salsa.

  72. heather c says:

    Pesto, for sure.

  73. Stan Axel says:

    14-Cup Food Processor from Magimix
    WoW! I want it

  74. Christine says:

    Soup is my favorite

  75. Leanne M says:

    I’d make Pie crusts

  76. Lyn says:

    I have these cocktail cheese crackers that would be perfect making it this food processor!

  77. Jennifer B. says:

    I like to make black bean hummus.

  78. Karen Lynch says:

    Pestos and pie crusts.

  79. JenF says:

    Love to make pie crusts!

  80. MIKE BORGRUD says:

    great for salsa, cakes, cookies

  81. DaveF says:

    I enjoy using a food processor to make pie dough & salsa.

  82. Crystal Sell says:

    crusts for pies!

  83. Kat Emerick says:

    great for sauces and dip recipes.

  84. Sheila K. says:

    Lovely, lovely hummus!

  85. Nicole A says:

    My hot crab dip

  86. Sherri Lewis says:

    sausage balls

  87. Holly S. says:

    It would sure make homemade breadcrumbs easier!

  88. Aria H. says:

    I like to make breadcrumbs and chop nuts with a food processor.

  89. Margot C says:

    Gazpacho, salsa and pesto come to mind (I need one!)

  90. Heather says:

    I do not have a food processor, so I am not sure.

  91. mn says:

    salsa and lots of it

  92. Megan Parsons says:

    I love to make cinnamon apple sauce!

  93. Thomas Murphy says:

    I like to make Salsa

  94. Pam says:

    I love to make hummus, a variety of types.

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