Easy to use, great power, easy to change out the blades, love the large 8 cup bowl. I would recommend this one for all your needs. I have not tried kneading dough because I don't bake bread or pies. I imagine it would work well since it performs great in all other aspects. Power I chop a lot of carrots. About two pounds a week. This machine has never failed me in 7 years. Safety Remember it is a slicing and chopping machine, it has sharp parts. As far as general use it is very safe as long as you respect the sharp blades....which is why you want a good processor. Ease of Assembly As with cleaning all parts slide together and apart easily. Love this. Ease of Cleaning Everything slides together and apart, a kid could do it, don't let them the blades are sharp. Durability Seven years and still kicking like new.