Post # 1
We are in the middle of registering and I feel like I’m going a little crazy trying to figure out what to register for.
Cuisinart seems to have 3 “series” – prep, elite, and custom. Does anyone understand the difference?
For example – at BB&B you can get:
Clearly the elite is the most expensive, so probably “best”, but I can’t tell what differentiates it to figure out if it’s worth that much.
I was thinking of getting either 11 or 12 cup? But should I just get the 14? I just feel weird registering for something so expensive…
Thanks for any help!
Post # 3
@pcloadletter: I think 11 or 12 cups is fine, unless you’re planning on making large recipes really often. I think mine is 11 cups, and I’ve never wished it was larger.
I picked mine out by reading reviews on Amazon and figuring out which one seemed like the most reliable and well-reviewed machine!
Post # 4
@KatieBklyn: That is definitely helpful to hear that you have never wished yours was larger – I don’t imagine making many super large recipes!
Post # 5
@pcloadletter: You know, I actually just looked and mine is actually the 7 cup! And I think it’s a great size. I have to stop and empty the bowl if I’m shredding an entire sack of potatoes, but I can get through a head of cabbage just fine – and it doesn’t take up too much of my (scarce) storage space. So I’d say you’re pretty safe foregoing the 14 cup!
Post # 6
I always went for the elite version. I noticed that people sometimes “upgraded” when I didn’t register for the best one out there. People can also buy down, too if they don’t want to purchsae the most expensive one for you – then you can always trade it in for the elite version (or not!).
Post # 7
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I registered for a 7 cup, because I can’t imagine wanting one that big. I figure that if I possibly need to grind 14 cups of something, I will just do it in two batches so that I don’t have to store the big one. If I were you I would get this one:
because it has a switch and not a touch screen. I’ve heard that those last a lot longer because of the internal mechanism for starting and stopping- buttons are apparently much easier to break
Post # 8
I work at a kitchen supplies store, and the CEO always gets the elite or the prep carried in our stores. The prep is for the occasional chef whereas the elite will last you an incredibly long time because of the construction. From what the in-store product knowledge tells me at my store, the elite uses a harder steel.
Post # 9
@MrsWBS: Interesting – I didn’t know people would do that!
Thanks everyone for the replies! This is all super helpful
Post # 10
I have the Elite with the wide mouth (maybe an older version though, it doesn’t look quite like that, I’ve had it several years). I LOVE it. It really does make food prep so easy. It is a heavy sucker though, just make sure you have a spot to store it that is easy to get out so you do use it.
I agree with putting the best of the best of the items you want on your registry. I have been BLOWN AWAY at what has been bought off of ours. The nice, expensive items were the first to go and people are bugging me to put more expensive items on. People really do want to get you high quality things that will last and do a great job.
I am glad I have the 14 cup. I like to make food in bulk and freeze/keep leftovers, and I definitely have used the capacity of the Cuisinart lots of times. I do agree with going with the LESS electronic versions of most kitchen electrics. Switches and dials tend to hold up better over time than touch screens and electronic interfaces – go for mechanical instead of electronic when possible.
One other tip – I wish I had never put my bowl for the Cuisinart in the dishwasher. The lids & blades – totally fine. But at least on my bowl (and they may have fixed this in newer models), because of the way the safety switch operates, there is a spot in the handle where water/food gunk/whatever can get in there… but you can’t get it back out. I grated a lot of cauliflower in my cuisinart and all those little pieces would get stuck in that area, it’s kind of gross. If I hand-washed it, that wouldn’t have happened as much.
Post # 11
I’ve never wished my food processor was bigger (I have a 9 cup).
Personally I don’t like the look of the custom (its too boxy), so I’d go with the Elite or the Prep!