Cuisinart DFP-14BCN Review

Cuisinart DFP-14BCN Review 

Cuisinart DFP-14BCN Summary

4.9 out of 5

A Whopping amount of power, excellent set of accessories and a large 14 cup work bowl – the Cuisinart DFP-14BCN food processor has its share of quirks. On the contrary, it does a lot of things right and comes out as a clear front runner for the best food processor in town for the price!


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Cuisinart DFP-14BCN Introduction

Featuring a brushed metal base with an infusion of black, the Cuisinart DFP-14BCN is a large capacity food processor that does a lot of things rather well. Want to make weeknight meals or plan weekend celebrations? Thanks to the 14 cup work bowl and its larger feed tube, you spend less time preparing and more time cooking. The feed chute can take whole vegetables and when used correctly requires absolutely no pre-cutting. This is possible thanks to a 720-watt heavy duty motor that never really struggles even when put to maximum load. By the way, instead of buttons on the base, this one has protruding levers that you just push down to get it operational. Much easier to work with and definitely longer lasting – though at first glance they really don’t appear to be levers. Pulsing with these levers is so much easier, we almost do all our preparations on the DFP-14BCN using the pulse feature.

Not only is the food processor durable from the outside but so are all its accessories, and not to mention dishwasher safe too. Other than the base, you can throw the rest into your dishwasher top rack. Talking of accessories, it ships with stainless steel shredding disc, slicing and chopping disc, a user manual, recipe book and spatula. If you need anything else and it is not included in the basic packaging, then you can find them on Cuisinart website or call in customer support. Attachments are not expensive for this model so keeping replacements won’t be a bad idea. By the way, Cuisinart offers a neat 3-year warranty on the food processor as a whole and 5 years on the motor alone.

Our Cuisinart DFP-14BCN Review

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Cuisinart – the name itself is sufficient to draw attention. Ask your grandmother, she will vouch her remaining years on the brand itself. This image of Cuisinart continues till date even though majority of their models are manufactured today in China. While this has helped reduce the costs, it has not affected the longevity of their line-up all that much. Same is the case with the Cuisinart DFP-14BCN.

Unlike its older siblings, this one features a rather sleek and attractive body. Yup, it is a looker and we felt it had to stay out in the open at all times. Why would you want to hide something so attractive and sleek? Brushed metal stainless steel base with black accentuations give it that modernistic appeal. But, not to overdo things, its frame is slender and more vertical thus still retaining the conventional food processor image.

Moving away from the amazing looks, let’s recap on its performance. First off, the motor will not disappoint you. 720 Watts does everything splendidly. Pulse all you wish, go crazy with dough kneading or try shredding cheese in bulk amounts for your next house party – the motor handles it all without even breaking a sweat. However, there are a few nagging complaints. For instance, it will not start if you have not aligned the entire thing correctly and locked all components into place. What we would have hugely appreciated, is if Cuisinart gave latches and locks that made an audible sound when in place. Right now, you literally have to fumble around and align the entire ensemble up. The only way you know it is aligned is when the motor spins to life. Even worse, try pressing a button too many times in the hopes of getting it to work and the unit will shut down for 5 minutes! Took us nearly three days to practice and get the setup perfect so we need not worry about this again. Why Cuisinart? Why make something so amazing difficult to operate?

Thankfully, the moment you learn how to setup the unit, there really is nothing that you cannot achieve with this food processor. The Cuisinart DFP-14BCN kneads rather well, even shreds, slices and does anything you can imagine. And if you do not find the right attachment accompanying a brand new DFP-14BCN then you can order it up immediately from Cuisinart. Most of their accessories happen to be interchangeable so if you have an older variant, try its discs or blades – they may just work.

Cuisinart DFP-14BCN Specifications & Pros/Cons

Pros

Cons

Key Features

  • Never again worry about quantity or ingredients thanks to the 14 cup work bowl and its large feed chute. Not to mention, it comes with a small and a large pusher.
  • Study base packs a whopping 720-watt heavy duty motor that can pulse, puree and much more with utter ease.
  • As standard the package includes chopping blade, shredding disc and a stainless steel slicing disc. There really is nothing you can’t do with this food processor.
  • Covered by 3 years of overall warranty on the unit and a 5-year warranty on the motor alone.
  • Meets North American Electrical Standards – designed for safety and efficiency in your kitchen.
  • Additional accessories include instruction and recipe booklet plus a spatula.
  • Getting all the components locked and in place to start the motor can be an uphill battle. Takes a few days to perfect this procedure.
  • While the entire ensemble is dishwasher safe, a few customers have complained how difficult it is to clean the accessories, especially the locking areas.
  • Without the larger pusher in place, this processor will not operate so that means adding ingredients mid-way practically stops the unit. And the smaller feed chute is too small to add veggies or fruits without slicing them up.
  • Powerful – 720 Watt of raw power? There literally is nothing that this food processor cannot do, unless you are lacking the right attachment.
  • Versatile – Yup it ships with just about every imaginable attachment so you ought to be able to shred, chop, slice, knead, puree, pulse and anything else you can think of.
  • Modern Design – Unlike previous models from Cuisinart, this one is actually sleek, slender and modernistic. Stainless steel brushed exterior with Black highlights – we love it!
  • Long Warranty Cover – 5 years on the motor and 3 years on rest of its components.
  • Recipes to Start with – The recipe book does have some to get you started. Easy and tasty, these recipes do teach you a lot on how to use the food processor.
  • No Pre-cutting – Yup, thanks to the larger feed chute and 14 cup capacity, you need not slice and dice your veggies or other ingredients before adding them to the processor. It accepts almost all veggies whole.

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Our Final Conclusion For The Cuisinart DFP-14BCN

Is it a perfect food processor? No absolutely not. The Cuisinart DFP-14BCN 14 Cup food processor is an affordable large processor that has a long shelf life and a sturdy construction so it will serve you and your family well for years to come. A slightly longer learning curve, washing pains is all you have to cope with but in our experience, versatility and longevity matter way more than any other criteria – so this is a decent processor at the end of the day.