Cuisinart FP-14DC Elite Collection 14-Cup Food Processor Review

From a quick meal on a weeknight to a weekend or holiday celebration, you’re bound to find ways to use the Cuisinart FP-14DC Elite 14 cup food processor almost every single day. I’ve found that it’s easier to eat well, eat healthy, and eat in instead of going out for meals, with this handy little kitchen assistant. Outfitted with smart blades and tons of options and accessories, you’ll always have the preparation method you need at your fingertips. I have the stainless steal version, which I find to be sleek and really classy, not to mention it matches my appliances in my kitchen, but I’ve also seen it online in black and white, so not only do you get efficiency, but you also get to be a little more selective with your style than you get with some other food processor brands or models.

Bowl

One of the neatest parts of this food processor is that you don’t have to pick the size and stick with it. Cuisinart made this product come with three different bowl sizes, to prevent that very concern of people. Each bowl fits inside of the next larger size, so that you can use them intermittently. I love that I can chop something in the small bowl, take it out, then chop something in the next size bowl, take that out, and then use the large bowl for something else, and have three quickly chopped ingredients just like that. The bowls are sealed well too, so nothing leaks or makes a mess in the next size bowl, which is really nice if you just need to use the small one quickly, you don’t have to clean the whole machine. The three sizes are 4.5 cups, 11 cups, and 14 cups. They’re also made of a really sturdy polycarbonate, and feature measurement markings on the side of the bowls, as well as pour spouts for easy transfer of liquids or ingredients. This is a pretty rare idea that I haven’t often seen in food processors, so keep that in mind.

Feeding Tube

Once again, versatility is my favorite part about this whole food processor. This is a unique feature I’ve only ever seen with this food processor, but it comes with two different assembly options for a small feed tube and pusher, and a large feed tube and pusher. That way, no matter what you’re making or inserting into your food processor, you won’t have too little room to fit bigger vegetables, but you also won’t have too much width, making thinner vegetables fall over or any liquids you’re pouring in splash.

Blades

Every blade that came with my Cuisinart is stainless steel and dishwasher safe, which makes cleaning up really smooth. I never fret about using multiple blades in one meal, because I can just throw them all in the dishwasher at the end of the preparation, and things are good to go. There’s also an accessory storage case, which is basically just a clear holder all of your blades and discs, so they store really easily without bouncing around or being awkward in a drawer or door somewhere in your kitchen. Fresh out of the package, you get a small chopping and mixing blade which is really just for all purpose chopping or mixing of any kind, but for the small bowl. The large chopping and mixing blade is for the two larger bowls. There’s also a dough blade that comes with this unit, that can only be used in the large bowl, but honestly, when was the last time you wanted to make 4.5 cups of dough for something? Never for me. The adjustable slicing disc has a moving underside piece that allows you to determine the width of your slices, from 1 mm to 6 mm. Most food processors will give you one single slicing blade and you take whatever slice size they give you. There’s also a reversible shredding disc, for shredding potatoes, veggies for cole slaw and more. Again, a blade for every job. Literally.

Warranty

This is one of the biggest reasons I support Cuisinart so often. There’s a three year limited warranty on the unit itself which is almost triple the average of most food processors these days, which is really a nice things to have in the back of your mind when you’re using your unit. The best part is, the motor is under a 10 year warranty, so they’re basically guaranteeing the motor won’t ever fail you for a decade, or they’ll fix it, which is extremely comforting. It really is the best warranty in the business.

Motor

The reason that this unit is big in size, is partially because of the 14 cup capacity, but it’s also because there’s a 1000 watt motor buried in this beast. The only thing I’ve ever seen the motor even remotely slow down on, is really tough and sticky doughs, but otherwise the motor never even begins to flinch with my Cuisinart. There are buttons for pulse, on, off, and dough, on the touch pad, so you can use this beast in whatever way you want it to, and take full advantage of the in depth motor.

What Else Are They Saying?

In all the looking I’ve done about food processors online, related to this one, the consumer reviews are favorable 90 percent or more of the time. People love the versatility and intensity of the Elite Collection 14 Cup by Cuisinart. This thing really is a workhorse. It’s not little, but if you want 1000 watts of power and a 14 cup work bowl, little isn’t what you’re going to get. There’s a ton of functionality in the blades, I love the multiple bowls, and the motor that just doesn’t know how to break or slow down. And the best part is, they back up the quality of everything they do, with the best warranty for a food processor that I’ve ever encountered. The brand has done right by me always, and I can’t assume it would do anything but the same for you.

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