5 Stars By Sheryl J. on 1969-12-31
So far, exceeding expectations
Buying a food processor based on reviews isn't easy. First of all, there are all the obvious fake reviews, and then there are the reviews complaining that the brand isn't good since manufacturing moved to China (which is basically all of them), and then many of the reviews that seem honest are from people who mostly make smoothies.None of those types of reviews are useful for me, so I'm writing a fairly detailed review here to help others who use their food processors like I use mine.
I use my food processor for everything. On most days, it gets used several times a day for things like mayo, nut butters, meat and veg pates, veg purees and, of course, shredding and mincing veg. A cheap food processor can't keep up with this sort of load; I've burned through a few low-end models that have received excellent reviews from people using their machines in a less intensive (more normal) manner. I was torn between this Cuisinart and a Breville at the twice the price.Because a food processor is the most important tool in my kitchen, I don't mind spending for a good one, but I want it to last.
I was concerned about the issues mentioned by other reviewers, in particular, the tricky mechanism for the big pusher and the water pooling in the handle. I bought the Cuisinart Elite anyway, since it was one of the best reviewed food processors on many sites and in many articles, and the Breville's reviews were pretty much the same as the Cuisinart's. Just in case, I also bought a Square Trade protection plan with it; I never buy extended warranties, but this time it seemed like the smart thing to do.
Other reviewers have mentioned the tricky food pusher mechanism. I agree, it's tricky and it's likely to be the first point of failure, but I think it's okay, largely because I've been very careful with it due to the warnings. During washing, I put it aside and do it last so I can dry it and replace it in the handle right away. The other problem mentioned by other reviewers that concerned me was the problem with water in the handle. So far, I haven't had that happen.
I really like the way the bowls are set up. I can use the small ones to make mayo or sauces that, if made in a big bowl, would require a lot of scraping and result in a lot of waste when transferred to a storage container. The small bowl is very practical, but there is one problem with it: It has small ribs around the upper interior that run about 1.5" around the rim, and that makes that area of the bowl hard to scrape. Not a deal-breaker, but the ease of use would be greatly increased if these ribs were encased in an interior space rather than protruding into the work space.
No problems with the big bowl. I like the pour spout and the fact that I can leave the blade in place while pouring. The seal around the inside of the lid and the crevices on both the interior and exterior of the lid are a bit difficult to clean around. I keep an old toothbrush under the sink and use that to get into the difficult spots. Problem solved.
The base is heavy, as others have noted; this is a benefit if you're making things like nut butters that require a lot of processing since you can walk away and not worry about the machine wandering off the counter, and it's a detriment if you have to move your machine from the counter to a storage space, like I do. My kitchen is too small to leave appliances on the counter, so I store mine in a lower cabinet, and lifting it in and out would be hard for people with mobility issues or back problems.
The other complaint that came up in earlier reviews was that it's difficult to know if the lid is properly secured before turning on the machine. I'm not finding that to be a problem; there's an audible click when contact is made. You have to push in two places--the handle and the spout area--to lock the lid in place. Just listen for the clicks and all will be well. Releasing the lid is very easy, just squeeze the buttons on the handle and gently push forward.
So far, I'm very pleased with this food processor and hope it lasts for many years. If it doesn't, I'll be sure to update.
5 Stars By Steve Roberts on 2016-10-20
Cuisinart FP-14DCN Elite 2.0 14 cup Food Processor
I ordered the Cuisinart FP14DCN Elite 2.0, 14 cup food processor, two days ago and it was delivered today to my complete joy. BTA-MALL said this Friday it would be delivered and it was delivered today, a day early. That sets the tone.
This processor was well packaged in its Cuisinart box and as I explored the contents I discovered the product was flawless in every way. Not so much as a scratch on the box or any content damage. I read all the instructions provided and watched all the Cuisinart You-Tube videos on their Food Processors.
I read every review and comment about this machine and lots of them were obviously not by purchasers of this particular processor. Many questions popped up about construction, it is Die Cast, not some questionable plastic or other similar material. It is heavy die cast aluminum. It also happens to be the same color name that causes confusion. The work bowls are not flimsy as some reviewers have stated, but rather durable, though not indestructible. I've watched lots of video recipes where people slam the tops down rather hard. That's bound to cause some breakage. I think most of the low reviews were where people thought they were having equipment malfunctions or breakage were more a result of mishandling. It helps when users actually read the instructions and examine how all the parts fit together.
When I turn on this processor and put it to work, it does not move around out of balance or migrate across the counter top. it feels firmly rooted to the counter, causing me to feel very confident in the machine's design and its performance.
The accompanying box that houses this machine's components are those components specifically a part of this machine and there is no extra room for additional components. This machine only comes with the main 14 cup work bowl and the 4 1/2 cup work bowl. Each bowl has its own stainless steel "S" blade. The large bowl has the nonmetal Dough blade. Two cutting discs are provided, a double sided shredding disc and the adjustable slicing disc. The use of the smaller work bowl requires the use of an adapter extension that is also in the "tool box."
I researched every food processor in the 14-16 cup range. I made trips to various stores that carried food processors. I was seriously looking at the Breville and Kitchen Aid because I absolutely love my Kitchen Aid Pro 6 cup stand mixer and had also heard Breville was supposed to be an outstanding food processor. I also have a smaller Cuisinart that is still, after 13 years, a great machine, I have simply decided I need a pastry dough handling machine that works perfect.
Regardless of what reviews on the other machines say, they do not do as well as this particular model.
This machine has a notice on the box that it carries a 20 year guarantee on the motor and three year on the rest, while others are either one or 10 year on the motor. It is not the regular type motor with brushes, hence the quieter and smoother operation. Not to say "quiet" just quieter. Those reviews that claimed the annoying smell when they ran their machine makes me think they were not talking about this machine because it is not designed with motor brushes.
So, I am providing this review because there is so much misinformation in many of the reviews. Again, this is the Cuisinart FP-14DCN Elite Collection 2.0 14 cup Food Processor. This processor is the only one in the 14 cup class rated at 1300 watts of peak power. I purchased this machine at the posted price of 238 dollars including taxes and was not given any price breakst. This is a great machine, consistent with my experience with other Cuisinart machines.
4 Stars By WB Halper on 2015-08-15
A very functional, well designed home food processor.
Cuisinart Elite FP-12DCN Collection 2.0 12-Cup Food Processor
We’ve used and abused food processors for almost forty years. The Cuisinart FP-12DCN is a good solid machine and competently performs most common tasks.
What I like:
• Easy to assemble and use. The blades are extremely sharp and slice, shred and chop quickly.
• The slicing blade is adjustable to cut from 1mm to 6mm thick. Slices are nice and even, assuming you push hard enough. If you don’t (in common with all food processors) the slices get thinner. Slicing a full hopper of potatoes takes only a second or two. The shredding disk makes equally nice shreds.
• Everything (except for the motor, of course!) is dishwasher safe. The base is sealed and easy to clean.
What I dislike:
• As noted by another reviewer, it’s possible to turn on this model without securely snapping the back of the lid down. This can cause an interesting mess on the kitchen wall…floor…and whatever else is nearby.
• I think it’s inexcusable for a $250 food processor not to include a storage box for the blades and slicing disks. They’re far too dangerous to toss into a drawer…not only can you cut yourself, but they can get damaged by banging around. You can always buy one for another $30, but seriously…
• As you use the processor, the rubber lid gasket can get gunk behind it. It’s removable for cleaning, but I wonder about its life when it’s being removed, cleaned and replaced.
• The shaft that the disks fit on is oddly asymmetrical. As a result, the disks have to be rotated to one specific position before they drop into place. It’s also made of a stainless steel tube that’s filled with a plastic material…I would have preferred that it be made of solid metal
I'm giving this four stars. In BTA-MALL-speak, that translates to “I like it.” We also have a Breville 800XL, which is a much more expensive five-star machine. When you compare the two side-by-side, the differences in design are obvious - there's a reason the Breville sells for almost 2x the Cuisinart - but functionally, the Cuisinart works very well. With a little bit of care, it should last for many years of normal use.
5 Stars By BTA-MALL Customer on 2017-12-29
I love the machine
First the positives and then a caution. I love the machine; although I just used it for the first time today. It isn't super loud like a nutri-bullet but not super quiet either. Everything fits together well and it did a great job on pulverizing my Oreos and mixing in the softened cream cheese for my truffles. I can't speak to how it does with slicing veggies and such yet. I have very slick old counters in my kitchen and the rubber feet held it in place. It didn't walk across the counter even when I wasn't holding it. It's very heavy and seems durable. I hope it proves to be over time. I do like that the lid gasket is removable for cleaning as previous Cuisinart models had problems with food getting under the gasket and staying there and getting nasty. The book also says that the parts, except for the motor housing of course, are dishwasher safe; but, then it warns that over time the extremely hot water in a dishwasher could damage the parts so I plan to hand wash. It was pretty self explanatory to assemble but I would read the instructions to make sure you get everything locked and loaded, especially if this is your first food processor.
A couple words of caution: Although the machine is packaged very well and came in just the Cuisinart box, not a brown cardboard box, - the top was not taped shut even over the tab that you fold out to open it. Mine did not come open and everything was in the box but I could see it coming open for someone. Best to ask for the packaging that doesn't show what's in the box. BUT my big caution is that when I opened the box it looked like the blades were in little disposable plastic box type covers when in reality they were plastic trays. When I went to pull the blades out I thought I was grabbing plastic that covered the whole blade and severely sliced my finger and needed stitches. That may be just my mistake and no one else might have seen what I thought I saw but please be very careful as the blades are not completely protected in the packaging. The discs at least are shipped in plastic bags but if you were to grasp them wrong they would surely also cut you. Also, it does not come with storage for the blades and discs so you will need to purchase some type of storage for them.
I am giving this item 5 stars in spite of the couple of issues because I believe if you can get through unpacking without getting cut and get a box for the blades, it seems that it will be very easy to use.
5 Stars By +or- on 2015-06-19
Streamlined design and powerful functions
As a long time user and fan of Cuisinart food processors, I was very excited to receive the brand spanking new Cuisinart FP-14DCN Elite Collection 2.0 14 Cup Food Processor. This is a revised version, being the 2.0 and I'll try to address the differences as I see them. First of all, rather than the previous 2 additional bowls, this one has a single 4 1/2 cup bowl that fits inside the standard 14 cup bowl. The second main difference is that this one has a more powerful motor at 1300 watt peak power. Thirdly, the adjustable slicing blade which is ingenious in my opinion allows for even thicker slices. The die cast base weighs a ton but it is so attractive that it remains on my counter top. Included in the package is the typical chopping blade for each bowl, a dough blade, reversible shredding blade, blade stem and a nice spiral bound booklet with instructions and recipes. All blades are housed in a locking case with a single drawer. Don't miss the white spatula that is encased in the packaging because it is really helpful with a shape that fits perfectly to the form of the bowl.
Why is this an outstanding food processor? It can prepare pastry in a few seconds, puree in a few seconds, chop in a few seconds, slice in a few seconds, shred in a few seconds and it is a nice form to look at. Like my decades old food processor there is a hole in the pusher which enables a slow and constant drip of oil when desired so I have made great mayonnaise in the small bowl. Since the new pusher does not lock into the lid, I can remove it and drip the oil by hand if I want to slow down the process. The retractable cord is an excellent upgrade but it is not the smoothest operationally. The opening in this lid pusher is a better shape than the small round one and the area for slicing and shredding is greater. What I love about my old machines is enhanced by this new one. The toughest change for me has been using the push buttons instead of the levers on my others and I am very fond of the ease with which I can start, stop and pulse. An added Dough selection is perfect!
A little hint in using this machine -- I like to keep my larger bowl clean when using the smaller insert, so I try to chop or puree in the small bowl first if needed, then move on to tasks in the larger bowl.
DLC-7 (14 cup) was the first Cuisinart food processor I purchased and that was a mere 35 or so years ago. I still use it despite the aging it has undergone. In my Cuisinart full size food processors arsenal are included a DLC-8 and more DLC-7 models as I have found them over the years in second hand situations. Blades abound in a drawer because I found it easier to store them that way instead of using the assorted wall hangings and cases I have accumulated. The base of my original food processor has some hairline cracks in the plastic and the bowl (and lid) has been replaced, but it is otherwise still in perfect working order. I am a huge fan of Cuisinart food processors and believe that with proper care, they can last beyond one's expectations.
5 Stars By M. Airey on 2017-12-22
Great for making marzipan
I have had several Cuisinart food processors over the years. I burn them out after years of hard use. I keep getting Cuisinart because of the features and price. The tool case is a great addition.
This is a tool that I use quite often; I use it for everything from making my raw dog food, to marzipan and am always happy with the results.
1 Stars By Charl8 on 2017-12-28
Quit at 4th use
I liked this, was still learning how to use it. The 4th time I went to use it, plugged it in & wouldn't start. This was for a second home in another country, so now wasted all that money. Cost $50 to ship! Too much to return. Too bad. Will spend a lot less next time on another brand. Thought couisinart was reliable!
5 Stars By Krystal on 1969-12-31
Beautiful and so quiet!
My first food processor was a faberware (cost about $70), it recently died on me after using it maybe 5-8 times for less than a year. As you can imagine I wasn't happy. I would have attempted to return it but I lost the packaging and receipt (didn't expect it would break so soon). After my hard time with the faberware I decided I should buy a better brand with quality behind it. The top products were Breville BFP800XL Sous Chef Food Processor and then Cuisinart based on many customer and product reviews. I could not see spending $400 on a food processor (when my only experience was a faberware brand), so I bought the Cuisinart Elite collection with 1000 watt motor. The best thing I have bought in a long time, next to my kitchen aid Pro 5 stand mixer. It is amazing the difference between the brands, the quiet sound itself was enough to make me want the cusinart. The power, made tahini like nothing and the quality of the materials are a far superior product. Wish I had never wasted $70 on the faberware. Lesson learned, buy better named products when power is needed. I would buy the Cuisinart again, if I had know I would have just bought this first.
4 Stars By Uncle Charles on 2016-02-17
Power, and an adjustable slicing disk--heaven.
The adjustable slicing disk is just wonderful--as far as I can tell, the first among the rationally priced processors. The one drawback, which I have yet to overcome, is having the last of the carrots (and the like) I am slicing go horizontal and end up riding on top or the disk. Perhaps using the smaller work bowl would help.
5 Stars By C. Crook on 2017-04-28
Great Kitchen tool
This replaced my old Kitchen Aide 11 cup. It came before Christmas just in time for baking etc. Great for everything I do .