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Cuisinart Elite Die-cast 16-Cup Food Processor




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436 of 444 humans found the following review helpful.
4I like it a lot, but not in love.
By Enthous
Let me start out by telling you this processor replaces a 30-year-old introductory Cuisinart DLC-8. It didn’t have a wide feed tube, and had much less power, so I’m not making a comparison with a newer, comparable machine. It’s kind of like comparing an economy car to a Mercedes. Also, I got it for a significant discount for the duration of a Macy’s sale, which is the only reason I purchased it. I don’t recognise if I’d compensate the regular price for it. Another reviewer liked the fixed edition better when spending the big bucks. That said, I’m happy with it, but not as thrilled as I expected to be.

First of all, be forewarned, this baby is BIG. I have a little appliance garage on my counter. My old one fit in there facing front-to-back, with the work bowl attached and the cover inverted. This one is so huge I can’t face it forward — the door won’t close. So it’s in sideways, with the bowls attached, but the cover sits on it is side next to it, because with the big feed tube you can’t just turn the lid upside down. Other appliances (hand mixer, stick blender with attachments) had to find other homes. If space is a premium for you, think hard when it comes to this one. A measurement they don’t give you and which might be useful: height with bowls, but without the lid is regarding 12.5 inches.

One of the main reasons I wanted a new processor was power. I make an English muffin bread that has an exceedingly soft dough — you might say more of a stiff batter. It doesn’t do well in my huge stand mixer – the dough crawls up the dough hook, so I tried using my old feed processor. It bogged down and just stopped – I think the internal override ought to have tripped, because in a while it worked again. It’s the only thing that ever exclusively overwhelmed that old workhouse, though it slowed down and groaned on numerous an occasion. This one handled it, but with a little bit of effort. You could listen it laboring, but it made it.

I do love the 3 work bowls; they fit together beautifully. You may do something in the smallest bowl, take it out and leave the stuff in there, then do the next one, and so on. The bowls beneath stay clean. The chopping blade and slicer/shredders work with both of the more spectacular bowls. However, you may only use the dough blade with the greatest bowl, not the middle one. I made pizza last night and since pizza dough is a littler amount, I think it would have worked better in the littler bowl. In the huge one it kind of got lost. I was happy with the final kneading results – soft and smooth, but I had to fiddle with it a little. There was a flour ring left in around the shaft, in regards to an inch or so radius. Nothing too disturbing. I had no residue in the corner amidst the bottom and sides. The adaptable slicing blade is in truth great – love it! And the sealed top works as advertised. It’s the firstborn time I made anything that starts with arid flour that didn’t make a dust cloud around the whole machine. Also, I like the way the top attaches, with a click rather than a twist. When you need to take the top off and on various times, it seems much posing no difficulty to me.

Another thing I like is the bumps they put on the bottom of both the little and big feed tubes. They grip the feed in the chute better and it doesn’t seem to slip sideways as easily. Perhaps Cuisinart has done this for years and I don’t recognise it, but it’s a huge betterment over my old one. I likewise like that the littler feed tube is a nice sized oval – in fact, in regards to the same size as my old one. Some other models have a little circular feed tube that could hardly hold a very huge carrot.

There are a lot of constituents to this thing, so I think I may not bother getting it out at times because of the hassle. For example, I made a great deal of butternut squash soup the day after I got it. Even tho it was brand new and I wanted to undertake it, I didn’t bother dragging the whole thing out to puree the squash, I applied my stick blender instead. I think it would have done a good job, but it didn’t seem worth the trouble. On the other hand, that’s precisely why I have a stick blender. Maybe if I made a big amount it would be worth it. I’m sure if you keep it on the counter it would be much handier.

1120 of 1162 people found the following review helpful.
3The feed processor SHOW DOWN: A comparison of 14 cup stainless Cuisinart feed processors
By Chandler
Update: cuisinart no longer carries the Limited Edition. However, it sporadically gets reintroduced by them. I’ve been asked to leave my review up based upon it covering the other two and noting things one might consider in comparisons. However this old model of the LE is hard to find now so I wanted to note that up front.

When I buy a new kitchen or household item with lots of contenders I do loads of comparison/contrasting and exploration original if it’s over a hundred bucks…Knowing it was time for a new feed processor, I started out comparing models. However, I found it a tad difficult to do with all the dissimilar blades, codes, etc.

Therefore, once I had finished my own buying goods and comparisons, I thought it might be helpful for anybody else in the same circumstance if I posted my own comparings here.

I’ll begin by saying, after all the testing I decisive to order the CUISINART LIMITED EDITION Metal (NOT THE ELITE) 14 cup feed processor on Amazon. I found it to be the best value for my own needs and it was for less here than anyplace else I looked as of the time of my review. I chose Cuisinart because it’s known to be the best but what made me determine on the fixed edition may not be what you would want…this way you may compare and decide.

I chose a 14 cup because I love soups and big batches of dough.

I only looked at stainless because I only have 2 electronics on my countertops….this will be one. And it best matches the appliances.

So…that said…here we go: (these are all by Cuisinart)

I equated The Custom 14 feed processor DFP 14BCN.
I will call this “C from now on.

I equated it to the Limited Edition 14 cup MP-14N
I will call this “LE” from now on

I equated also the Elite Collection 14 cup FP 14DC
(I will call this “E” from now on)

and I equated the PowerPrep Plus 14 cup DLC-2014CHB
(I will call this “PP” from now on)

WARRANTY:
C: 5 year motor, 3 year entire unit
LE: 20 year motor warranty, 3 year entire unit
E:20 year motor warranty, 3 year LIMITED warranty
PP:10 year motor warranty, 3 year entire unit

CONTROLS:
C: Two controls: On/off and pulse. No dough mode button
LE: 4 controls: On, Off, Pulse, Dough
E: 4 controls: On, Off, Pulse, Dough
PP: 4 controls: On, Off, Pulse, Dough

MOTOR: (heavy doughs peculiarly need the better motor if you use these)
C: regular motor, 720 watt
LE: most powerful: over ¾ horsepower mercantile induction motor
E: regular 1000 watt motor
PP: induction motor 768 watt motor

HOUSING:
C: Brushed stainless overlay
LE: Heavy responsibility die-cast metal
E: Brushed stainless overlay
PP: Brushed stainless overlay

DOUGH BLADE:
C: plastic
LE: all metal
E: plastic
PP: all metal

SHREDDING BLADE:
C: stainless medium
LE: stainless medium
E: stainless reversible shredding disc (fine/medium)
PP: stainless medium

SLICING BLADE:
C: 4mm
LE: 4mm
E: adaptable 1-6mm
PP: 4mm

CHOPPING/MIXING:
C: big blade
LE: large
E:Large and little blades for respective sized bowls it comes with
PP: large

How To DVD:
C:none
LE:included
E:included
PP: video included

All have extra big feeding tubes which substituted the little ones of feed processors of yesteryear so you don’t have to prechop veggies to get them in the feeding tubes. All come with spatulas to scrape them down. All have parts that are dishwasher safe.

Other:
C: none
LE: also comes with attachable beater blades so you don’t have to keep your mixer on the countertop or drag out two gadgets for a heap of mixing chores. Bowl is made so no feed gets caught in grooves or corners. Cord may be wrapped beneath machine.
E: also comes with attachable 11 cup and 4.5 cup bowls with pour spouts and measurement markings for little chores. These nest inside the 14 cup bowl. Some have complained that the narrow base and wide top, which makes the nestling bowls fit in, don’t grant as smooth of mixing and likewise that feed gets caught in a rim making this bowl harder to clean after mixing things that get trapped like shredded cheese and fine nuts. This is the only one that comes with an accessory storage case with a lock…nice to keep blades away from kids. Cord may be wrapped under unit on this one as well.
PP:none

Conclusion:
What I wanted in my feed processor may be dissimilar from you so I’ll note a few things. For me, the Limited Edition was what I purchased because it was far higher priced everyplace else on the internet including the Cuisinart internet site itself so I thought it good value and it is price on Amazon, it’s warranty was the best and it had the most powerful motor of all of them so, since I use it often, this was a plus. Also because of it is powerful motor it is best for doughs as was the solid metal dough blade. I have a huge kitchenaid mixer that I don’t keep on the counter so having the beater blade attachment was great for quick mixing when I don’t wish to drag it out of the pantry. Because most of my slicing is the 4mm and I never do any fine shredding, the adaptable blades weren’t necessitated for me (and I may buy them later if I want them…all parts are interchangeable on the 14 cup Cuisinart feed processors.) BUT if you are an individual who wants a potpourri of bowl sizes and blades, then I’d say the Elite would be the best choice. It’s also nice that that one comes with an accessory storage case. However, I find having to unstack the little bowls housed inside the huge one and get feed out that gets trapped in the seams with the Elite model were an botheration I wished to avoid. I found the habit to be too simple with a lesser motor and poor warranty and no mode quintessentially for dough. And the powerprep is fine but more basic as well with a lesser warranty and motor for closely the same price as the uber feed processor…(the fixed edition). Might be ok for those who seldom use the machine who recognise they won’t wear out the motor. Also, Cuisinart is genuinely going “old school” on this model to include a VHS tape with it…rather than the DVD included in the newer models. Still it’s got an induction motor which is still better than the Custom and the Elite…(but the Elite has more wattage to it’s motor inspite of the fact it’s not an induction motor.) Final thought is for the price, the parts, the mega motor, the mercantile grade and the warranty of the Limited Edition along with it is ease of cleaning and stremlined look… it just pulled out in front of the game for me.

I’m very happy with my purchase…my old feed processor was working fine but had the little chute and didn’t offer near what this new one does and it looks impressive on the counter even even though I’m very picky when it comes to anything out on the counter in my kitchen as my kitchen is open to the living room so I have to keep it neat. The metal is attractive, the motor is SO quiet for what it is, and the chopping power is tremendous…I did a couple batches of dough already too and it makes a good deal of FINE pizza in no time because of it!

Negatives: Some complain in regards to the new feed processors having safety mechanisms that won’t concede the machine to get started unless everything is aligned perfectly. For me this is not a negative because the newer machines with the mercantile induction motors being loose would without apparent effort chop off your head. ‘ And that’s a kitchen mess none of us want. They aren’t your mama’s old school feed processors that whir at a low speed…these things do all but chop logs and they’d in all likelihood do that too. I want not one thing loose when this baby starts! However, the Limited Edition starting is the same as my feed processor from years and years ago…you just turn the top to the right and it locks in place and you may begin it, then when you want to remove the lid, push left on the top percentage of the handle. I thought all feed processors had always been like that…at least mine were. The only divergence with this new one is the blade does not carry on spinning when you remove the plunger…but because you may now fit your hand inside with the huge opening, I get it. SOMEONE would reach down and try to hold an onion to slice it thin on the blade…you know it. So now to have the big opening, the mega processors initiated this safety factor. No big deal for me.

p.s. If you buy shredded cheese, try shredding your own in the feed processor…not only will you save lots of cash to help pay for the feed processor, but shredded cheese is coated so it won’t stick together. If you shred your own it in truth tastes soooo much better and fresher, and it melts better. Same for meat–well, except the melting part! But I’m a cheese lover above all else…

265 of 273 humans found the following review helpful.
3Not an improvement…
By William T. Wroblicka
I’ve owned respective models of Cuisinarts for galore years and have always considered them the Cadillac of feed processors. Recently I gave away my DLC-2014 model to a relative and upgraded to the FP-14DC, their most recent model. I’m beginning to think I may have been too hasty. The most evident divergence amongst the newer and older model is the design of the workbowl. Cuisinarts have always had straight-sided bowls, but the FP-14DC’s bowl is flared — wider at the top than at the bottom. Presumably the company’s engineers determined that the newer design performs better — or at least as well — as the older design, but that hasn’t been my experience. One problem is that feed seems to gather in the seam amidst the side and bottom of the bowl much more readily than in older models. I applied it the other day to chop regarding two cups of walnuts. When I dumped the chopped nuts out of the bowl, I saw that two or three tablespoons of walnut powder had accumulated and jammed in the seam. I had to use my index finger to scrape it out. Not a big deal, but annoying nevertheless. Another, more severe problem as far as I’m concerned is the newer model’s dough-making performance. I’ve been making bread and pizza dough in a feed processor for years and it’s always worked great — add the flower, water, yeast, and salt, turn the processor on, and closely without delay the dough comes together in a ball and gets kneaded as the processor spins it around the workbowl. Well, I tried my popular pizza dough recipe, which I’ve made hundreds of times in older models (of the same bowl capacity), and was horrified to see that the dough failed to form a ball. Instead, the machine merely plastered the dough sround the side of the bowl while the blade spun ineffectively at the bottom. I had to stop the machine and go in with a spatula to scrape down the side of the bowl and coax the dough into a ball before it would the right way “catch” on the blade when the machine was turned back on. And when I at last pulled the kneaded dough out of the bowl, there was a lot left behind in the bottom-side seam as brought up above. Not good. I also noticed the dough blade has reverted to being made of plastic, as it was in Cuisinarts of galore years past; the blade on the former DLC-2014 model was stainless steel. Seems like a step down in quality. I haven’t had sufficient experience yet with the FP-14C to write it off completely, but so far I’m not impressed.

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