Well .. my birthday is coming up in a few days, and I debating what I might like from my family as a gift. I know that a food processor can do a fair bit of what a stand mixer can do, but not necessarily vice versa. I'm debating what I might like better. I'm thinking that I might get more use out of the stand mixer, and get into more baking, as I already have a blender that can do most of what I would probably use a f.p. for. AND, I'm thinking that I should probably go with higher quality (e.g., Kitchen Aid). Then again, maybe there are very good quality comparable machines that are less expensive than the $250 - $300+ for Kitchen Aid. Decisions, decisions. If I do decide on a K.A. stand mixer, then I would split the cost with family, as I don't expect them to pay that much for a b-day gift. I'm interested in your comments/suggestions/opinions regarding food processor vs. stand mixer, and models of each.