When you live a fast paced life, and you’re trying to stay healthy, and you find a machine that basically lends you a hand and speeds up the process of eating healthier on a day to day basis you know you’ve made a worthwhile purchase. The Cuisinart DFP-14BCN 14 Cup food processor really embodies that phrase, as it is easy to use, sleek and easy on the eyes, and has a how to video included in the box which takes you through everything you need to know. This unit is perfect for first time or long time food processor users. The stainless steel really is a classy look and the sheer power of it makes everything from hummus to pastry dough quick and easy. Be sure you use the top rack, but at the end of your meal prep, just throw anything you’ve used (except the motor of course) into the dishwasher, and voila, clean as a whistle. The Cuisinart 14 cup has been known as a helpful kitchen device, no matter if you’re cooking for two people or ten.
The 14 cup bowl that comes with this unit is plentiful. It features a solid handle that makes locking the work bowl in place really easy. It’s easy to clean, and like I said, dishwasher friendly. I find 14 cups to genuinely fun size. If you want to make soup or dough, you’ll have plenty of room, and if you just need to chop up some hard candy or chocolate for a dessert recipe, you’re totally able to do that too. Also, a nice plus of this unit is that it comes with a spatula so whatever leftover food is on the sides of the bowl, you can scrape that away and be sure you get every last drop of whatever it is you’re making.
The feeding tube on this unit is extra large. And I mean extra large. You can fit two medium red onions side by side in it. That kind of extra large. It makes preparation a snap because the more you can put in at a time, the more preparation you’re able to do, and the quicker you’re done slicing and chopping up your meal. This unit features a large food pusher, which you have to have insert to a certain point for the blade to engage, which is a pretty common safety mechanism you’ll see in most food processors. The smaller food pusher inserts into the large one, so you can remove it, but keep the food processor running, which’ll allow you to add something to your preparation while the blade is engaged. No worries if you have kids, the opening in the small pusher is built so that there’s no way you could fit a finger or anything in there and get hurt. I like that the safety mechanisms are easy to understand, and well thought out.
Not too many blades, and not too few is my motto. Some food processors come with all kinds of blades for all kinds of jobs. To me, it’s really unnecessary. At the end of the day, you only need a few and you can accomplish the slicing and chopping you want to, without taking up any extra space, or having blades sitting around, and thinking, “Why do I need this?” or “Why did I pay an extra 100 dollars for a blade I’ll never have a need for?” The Cuisinart DFP-14 comes with a stainless steel slicing disc, a shredding disc, a multi purpose chopping blade, and a dough blade. That’s it. Just the four types of preparation, and four blades. It’s exactly what I look for in a quality machine. Not too many to juggle, and just enough to get the job done.
As always with Cuisinart, there’s a three year limited warranty on the unit itself, and a five year warranty on the motor. I’ve seen far shorter warranties, but I’ve also seen longer ones, so it can make sense for people who need a little reassurance to land somewhere in the middle of that. Especially in this price range, a little reassuring about how long it will last you is a nice thing to have.
The industrial power of this thing is really cool. It zooms through whatever I put in there, almost all of the time. If I really fill it up, or maybe I’m making a sticky pastry dough, you might notice that the machine is working a little bit harder to compensate, but it never falters in actually accomplishing the job, and it hasn’t failed me once. Coming in at 720 watts of power, this is definitely towards the higher end of wattage I’ve seen in food processors. The on button keeps your blade whirring, and you can just tap the off button to get it to pulse and slowly chop something, so that you don’t accidentally pulverize what you’ve put in your food processor, which is a fairly common, but nice feature as well.
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The Cusinart 14-Cup is powerful, it’s attractive, and really makes a smart statement in your kitchen, and it will make your days just a bit easier, by helping you get by in the kitchen, and cook healthier in less time. I’ve seen online, some people say that the unit is a little hard to get used to, in terms of getting the lids and bowls to click and engage. While I might agree, I find that every time I try another processor, it only makes sense to try to have a little bit of patience when learning a new machine. If you like to cook, you’re bound to use it for all the things you thought you would, and also discover all sorts of reasons to use it that you never thought you would too, which opens all kinds of culinary doors!