This was my first food processor and I really wanted to buy a good one, so I did a lot of internet research. Money was not really an issue, but I still love a good deal.
The Cuisinart Elite 12 cup was really a bargain compared to the 11 cup Cuisinart that I almost purchased. The thing that sold me right off the bat were the cutting blades. The slicing blade is adjustable and functions as multiple blades. Same with the shredding blade which is reversable. The 11 cup model was less expensive, but not when you started buying additional blades and discs. This unit is larger, more powerful, and better value than the smaller one.
Another great feature is the way the lid seals with a rubber, spring-loaded gasket. The other one doesn't have it - just plastic on plastic. Also, this model has an inner bin that you can put inside the 12 cup bin if you want to process smaller amounts of food.
If you are going to buy a storage box for the blades, there is one available for this model that holds all the blades and discs. Really awesome setup!
This unit is heavy and powerful and quiet too. I wasn't sure I was going to like the silver color because I really wanted polished stainless, but this color is close and looks very high-end in my new kitchen.
The included DVD and cookbook are nice too, especially for someone like me who is new to using a food processor. Additionally, Bestbuy.com matched the Amazon price and shipped fast and free, so I couldn't be happier with my purchase.