(Closed) Is the Cuisinart Food Processor worth it?

posted 5 years ago in Cooking
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper

@Utopia4us:  Funny you should ask, as we just threw away the remaining pieces of our Cuisinart after owning it for 30 years! I’d say this brand may be as good as they get.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@Utopia4us:  I registered for and received the Cuisinart Mini Prep as a wedding gift exactly a year ago, and I literally use it every other day. Garlic and onion is chopped in seconds, I make my own breadcrumbs from stale/leftover bread, I whip up spreads, salsas, and dips in zero time flat, I shred bulk cheese, etc. etc.

It’s seriously THE most used thing in my kitchen and I can’t even tell you how much I love it. Seems to hold up through everything I put in there and I have zero complaints. I’d die without it.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

We got one for Xmas last year and it is fabulous!! I don’t know the model off of the top of my head but it is a full size one from Williams-Sonoma

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@maraschino:  +1

I have both the 14-cup and the Mini Prep but I haven’t unboxed the 14-cup yet. I’ve had the Mini Prep for a few years and it’s awesome. I don’t cook that often but when I do, I usually reach for the Mini Prep. It’s great not having to dice your onions by hand and I’ve done both salsa and guacamole (if I’m looking for a smoother texture). I’ve also turned canned tomatoes into a smoother sauce.

It’s also pretty easy to clean, especially if you wash it before any gunk is dried up. I like the smaller size because you can use it for a small job, rather than pulling out the full 14 cup to chop two small onions.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I have both a mini cuisinart and the full size one with the slicer & dicer blades. I use both regulary for very different purposes.

As for whether they are worth it or not, I think your own research shows that they are. The fact there are mixed reviews for the others would make me question it.

My mom gave my sis her 30 year old one so she could get a new one. The old one works perfectly fine, but the new one has a few different options like different sized bowls and other slicing blade options.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I have a 14 cup and I love it!  Hands down my favorite kitchen item.  I’ve only had it 3 years but no issues so far.  

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

They are very good.  I have a lousy off brand one right now, and I can’t wait to replace it!

Kitchen Aid makes food processors too, and they are also very good, and a little bit cheaper. My sister had one and loves it. Cook’s Illustrated rates them almost as high as the cuisinart.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

OK, so I have strong opinions about this, just be warned.

Please do yourself a favour and don’t buy the redesigned Cuisinart. The 14 or 16 cup one with the three nesting bowls and the supposedly watertight lid? It is an absolute abomination. The lid leaks. The connection to power up the blades is finicky and frequently won’t make contact. The shredder disk doesn’t shred – it makes a combination of puree and large chunks.

I’ve used Cuisinarts for about 30 years – probably more, because it’s what my mom used too The classic model is just that – classic and pretty much perfect, lasts easily 15-20 years if you take care of it. But a couple of years ago, I had some kind of brain malfunction and upgraded to the new design. I have seriously never regretted any appliance purchase so much in my life. Whenever I use it, all I can think about it how much it sucks and how I wish I had my old one back. (I gave it away to a friend, like a complete idiot.)

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@geekspice:  I have no probelms with my shredder blade and my connection works perfectly all the time. Maybe you have a lemon?

I will agree that the lid is a bit of  a pain to clean vs the old one I had though.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Franklin Plaza

Ladies that love it can you please post the model number.  I am definitely registering for one, but just want to make sure that I don’t register for a newer crappy model.  Thanks!

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@ThreeMeers:  I doubt it since several other people I know have the same issues. That’s why the online reviews are so mixed. It just doesn’t seem to be designed for heavy users.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

A flash sale site http://www.onekingslane.com has the mini prep processor on sale for $45 instead of $75 or the 7 cup for $99 instead of $235, plus many more cuisinart food processor options ends tomorrow at midnight

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