4 Stars By ITP on 2017-05-10
Equivalent to industrial equipment!
I've been working in professional kitchens for many years. Typically, when it comes to food preparation, the right tool can reduce an hour-long task into a minutes-long one. Here's a good example: I was preparing 4 pounds of jalapenos for pickling (about 50 peppers). Thinly slicing with a knife, I can work at a pace around 15 seconds per pepper (assuming that's the only task I need to worry about). For 50 peppers, that should take me about 12.5 minutes. With this food processor's slicing attachment and after stemming all my peppers, I can slice literally at a rate of one second per pepper. A 12 minute job just became a one minute job AND my slices are more consistently sized. This extends to pretty much any other product that'll fit in its chute (tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, onion, cabbage, strawberries, potatoes, celery, you get the idea).
Industrial standard processors (like Waring or Robot Coup) are prohibitively expensive. Yes, those models are more powerful than cuisinart's and are designed in a way that make repairs possible when you would otherwise have to buy a new machine. We have been using/abusing this exact model at my restaurant everyday for the last two years and counting. The serrated blades have stayed sharp (note: NEVER throw ice in this machine, it WILL ruin the blades. If you want smoothies, buy a blender) and the motor hasn't skipped a beat. Needless to say, the cuisinart can puree and emulsify with the best.
The 14 cup capacity is about as big as you can get before you need a much more expensive machine, and has been fine for our needs preparing food for hundreds of people per day. My only gripe in that regards, and the reason for only 4 stars, is that the bowl doesn't match the same quality as the rest of the machine. For home-users, I can't see it ever being a major problem. In a professional kitchen setting, it has two problems: 1. The plastic is prone to cracking especially from the high heats of industrial dishwashers and physical abuse (kitchen workers tend to be aggressive with their tools). 2. The safety lock is tricky to completely clean if food gets in there. Again, not that big of a deal to a home-user, but health-inspectors would prefer to see an NSF certification.
All-in-all I love this processor. Extra bowls, blades, and attachments are easy to buy/replace. The motor is a dependable workhorse. Compared to industrial models that cost 5x as much, this guy is a champ. I fully intend to buy another one if mine ever dies.
Keep up the good work, Cuisinart!
5 Stars By BTA-MALL Customer on 2016-08-24
My Best Friend
This thing.....it's my best friend. Hands down, no joke, I'm in love. I don't use it everyday, and sometimes not for a week or so, but when I need it, it's there. And it never fails, as soon as I use it for something I'm looking around the kitchen to see what else I can slice/chop/shred, because it's fun to use and mind-glowingly simple. I'm upset with myself for waiting so long to buy this. It is the most expensive thing I've ever bought for my kitchen (appliances not included), and I would buy it again in a heartbeat. The only thing is it's too tall to fit on my counter, beneath the upper cabinets. If you're a tad OCD about your countertops being clutter-free like I am, this will only bother you for all of 5 minutes until you use it. It now has a place of honor on my peninsula because 1) it's too heavy to move around all the time, and 2) it deserves it.
I came up with a list of reasons that justify the expense, because I'm cheap and had to convince myself to buy this, and since having it I have added to the list exponentially. If you're a penny-pincher like I am and are fighting with yourself, please use the following reasons to make your culinary life easier.
You can use it to "grind" meat, thus saving grocery money. You'll no longer fight with uneven tomato/onion/potato slices. Kids (and kitchen-disaster spouses) can operate it without issue- as long as they're competent enough to not cut themselves. Safety features- there's no way you're getting a body part anywhere near those blades while they're running, just use common sense when handling them. It's dishwasher safe, but also insanely easy to hand-wash (no crevices for food to hide in). Homemade salsa, spaghetti sauce, salsa verde, and 100 other things are stupid easy to whip up with this doing all the work. The shredder attachment will save your knuckles from the box shredder of doom. It'll last you practically forever, and will make you want to try foods you've never made before, just because you can.
Buy it, love it, chop everything in sight.
5 Stars By Stacie on 2016-03-22
I don't know how I ever got anything done with my old one.
I just upgraded to this from a cheap (if you call $80 cheap) B&D model. I watched a lot of video reviews on this and they were right on the mark. This unit is top notch. It does everything it's designed to do beautifully. It's so quiet, you can use it while the whole house is asleep without waking a soul. You can whip up dough for two pizzas or a double crust pie without even the tiniest whiff of flour escaping.
5 Stars By DeeDee on 2016-12-07
MY DREAM 14 cup Cuisinart food processor... ...
MY DREAM 14 cup Cuisinart food processor....my 7 cup FINALLY died and I a was FREE to purchase a RED one for my very own!! (no guilt) I don't even use my Kitchen Aid mixer anymore, I make pumpkin pies/crust with this, dough, shred all my raw veggies, make nut butters, slaws and so much more !
5 Stars By BTA-MALL Customer on 2016-03-09
The best food processor on the market.
I had the older version of this classic food processor when it was made of white plastic. When it yellowed I made the mistake of giving it to a friend and replacing with a newer machine. I tried a cheaper brand which was not great. Then I went up-market with the very expensive 14-cup Kitchenaid. It was worse than the cheaper one before; what a piece of crap. I put it in the garbage. I finally received my new Cuisinart from BTA-MALL which had the best price and am happy to be reunited with my old, favourite food processor but now in stainless steel. It's every bit as amazing as I remembered. It's simple. It's cleans easily in the dishwasher without discolouring or getting cloudy. It's quiet and smooth and powerful. I couldn't be happier!
1 Stars By Carol Cleaveland on 2017-04-21
Horrible Customer Service
Furious with this company right now. This model broke after one month's use and in a spectacular fashion! The bowl apparently has melted into the stem at the base, so I can't get the bowl off. Nor can we remove the blade from the top of the bowl (the cheese-grater blade). I called the company and spent 25 minutes of quality time on hold -- only to be told I have to box the whole thing up and send it to Cuisinart to be repaired. So it's going to them, cheese and all.
I had proposed we take pictures (there is a visible crack in the stem), serial number etc. to document the damage. I thought a reasonable fix would be for Cuisinart to replace it. I asked to speak to a supervisor. I endured another 20 minutes on hold and hung up.
I'm sending the item, cheese and all, to the company tomorrow. I feel sorry for the workers in the mail room.
2 Stars By TMTaylor on 2017-07-23
Blade isn't flush with the bottom
I ordered this machine after reading the rave reviews and recommendations that said it was good for large and small jobs. The first thing I tried was aoli made with 3 egg yolks -- and I was shocked when the blade spun right over the yolks and garlic! Useless! Further research showed that in an older version of this model, the blade WAS flush with the bottom; but Cuisinart changed the design, raising the blade, and the new blade after the recall is even higher. I was hugely disappointed and returned the machine the next day. Still hunting for the perfect food processor.
1 Stars By Mary on 2016-09-10
Save yourself the headache and just buy a Kitchen Aid!
I purchased this product about 2 months ago and I wish I hadn't! It arrived quickly and in excellent condition, but that's about the only thing good about it. Let me say, I owned a Kitchen Aid 11 cup processor for about 15 years and used it for so many of my meals, mixing, and baking needs. It was easy to open and close to add ingredients, it was easy to clean, and it did the job. I loved the processor and had to replace the bowl portion once during those years. The motor finally gave out and I had to purchase another. When I saw the price of how expensive they were, I looked for other options. I settled on the Cuisinart, hoping that it would be similar in function with a smaller price tag. I was mistaken.
First of all, the work bowl must have the feed tube and the pushers locked in place for it to function. The pusher has to be threaded precisely into the feed tube after the tube has been locked onto the bowl. It may not sound like much, but the pin that fits into the feed tube is about the width of the shaft of a crochet hook in diameter and it doesn't just slide in. It has to be exactly aligned and it has a bit of resistance as you push.. The bowl clouds up easily and you can't see the amount inside the bowl. And, it doesn't have the chopping, shredding, or mixing abilities of my old Kitchen Aid. All said and done, it takes me about twice as long for the same jobs my Kitchen Aid did. When it comes to cleaning, I've seen some complaints about this machine as well. I don't put my appliances in the dishwasher. I thoroughly clean them after each use. Food can easily get caught up in between the locking system of the pusher and lid. I can't for the life of me figure out how a previous reviewer had the horrible mess inside this mechanism that was shown in a picture, but I do feel it is a difficult process. I can see how you might even have to get a Q-tip or very small brush to get down into it to get all the debris out. At minimum, you will have to have a sink sprayer with some force to dislodge the food particles. So if you really want this Cuisinart, I'll sell it to you at a big discount!
I wish I had just spent the extra money to get the Kitchen Aid because of the easy locking system, the ability to see and do the job quickly, and for the ease of clean up. This is the 2nd Cuisinart product I have purchased that was messy and a major disappointment. It will be my last.
4 Stars By Jenna Lynn on 2017-12-20
Product is great, instructions could be better
Great product for the kitchen. It made whipping up a crumple topping for my pie a breeze. My one complaint is that the assembly instructions could be better in that it doesn't tell you how to assemble it at all. Everything fits together only one way--with the handle closest to you, right above the buttons, and the feed tube on the exact opposite side, farthest away from you. If it isn't assembled exactly like that, then it won't lock in place. It would have been my logical guess that the feed tube was on the side that you are for easy dumping in of ingredients, but nope. My roommate and I spent 20 minutes trying to figure that out on our own before we ended up watching a YouTube tutorial on how to put it together.
1 Stars By Mishka on 2016-04-30
As I was trying to put it on a piece of plastic broke off way too easily. DO NOT BUY THIS
If I could give it 0 stars I would. As others have mentioned DEFINETELY inspect the product as soon as you get it. I unfortunately did not. The motor DOES NOT WORK. The cover is not the same pictured and did not fit on the machine. As I was trying to put it on a piece of plastic broke off way too easily. DO NOT BUY THIS.