Cuisinart DLC-10S Review

Cuisinart DLC-10S Review 

Cuisinart DLC-10S Summary

4.6 out of 5

The Cuisinart DLC-10S may be small and compact – but that doesn’t mean it’s lacking in power. In fact, the Cuisinart DLC-10S packs more of a punch than models which are twice the size of it – meaning you get real value for money. We’re a firm favorite of this particular model, and you’ll see why after reading our full Cuisinart DLC-10S review.

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Cuisinart DLC-10S Introduction

Back in the late 1940s an enterprising German inventor developed the first food processor. Although due to the shortage of electric motors at the time, the device became a little more than just a food processor. There was even a vacuum cleaner attachment that fitted on to it. 25 years later, in 1973 to be precise, the food processor was introduced to the US. It was a Magimix food processor but sold in the US under the Cuisinart brand. Similarly to the Crock Pot and slow cookers, for a while every food processor became known as a Cuisinart.

The main aim of the food processor was to make all the labor intensive, repetitive kitchen tasks simple and quick to do by using a machine. Although the food processors are several generations away from that originally introduced Cuisinart food processor the principle remains the same. To take all the mundane repetitive kitchen jobs that take a long time to do by hand and make them easier. Although in addition to those tasks, many of today’s food processors, like the Cuisinart DLC-10S will do a whole lot more besides and do it very efficiently.

Years of experience, better electric motors and electronic control systems combined with new and more durable plastics have brought a dimension to the food processor that couldn’t have been imagines over 40 years ago when the first Cuisinart was released. The capacity has increased greatly, the Cuisinart DLC-10S has a 7 cup capacity. In addition to chopping and slicing the Cuisinart DLC-10S will also mix dough, batter and mayonnaise and make nut butters.

The Cuisinart DLC-10S will also stand up to a lot more wear and tear than its predecessors, which is why Cuisinart can offer a 3 year warranty on the entire unit and a 5 year warranty on the motor.

Our Cuisinart DLC-10S Review

The Cuisinart DLC-10S is quite a compact 7 cup food processor, it measures 7 inches x 11.25 inches x 14.5 inches and weighs just over 13 lbs. when fully assembled. It does dismantle to make it easier to store if space should be a concern. The white base unit houses the powerful electric motor which provides the power to the blades through a central drive shaft. The bowl and feed parts of the Cuisinart DLC-10S are made of a tough clear BPA free plastic that is safe to clean in the dish washer while the cutting blades are stainless steel.

The dough blade is white plastic. So, what blades does the Cuisinart DLC-10S come with and what do they do. Firstly the dough blade is quite self-explanatory, it is for mixing dough. The 7 cup capacity is just right for making a standard sized loaf of bread. For anybody who has ever made dough by hand, the Cuisinart DLC-10S will make you wonder why you struggled for so long. The dough blade makes quick and easy work of any dough, including cookie dough. The slicer blade makes 4mm (just under 1/8th inch) thick slices.

When fed through the large capacity feed tube it makes short work of slicing large quantities of fruits and vegetables. Caution must be exercised when using the large feed tube, you must use the supplied pusher rather than your hands as it is too easy to have an accident otherwise. The best fruits and vegetables to slice or shred are those that are slightly firm. It does not perform as well with soft fruits, for example. When slicing meat, the best results are obtained by chilling or even partially freezing the meat first. This produces better quality and cleaner slices.

The Cuisinart DLC-10S will also slice semi-hard cheeses but again the best results are obtained by chilling the cheese first. There is greater flexibility when it comes to shredding cheese, as long as it is first chilled it will, in addition to semi-hard cheeses, shred semi-soft cheeses. It will shred parmesan cheese at room temperature. Nuts can also be chopped with the shredding blade, or there is an optional fine shredding blade for chopping finer.

The chopping blade can, in addition to chopping, be used for several other tasks, such a mixing cake ingredients, making batter or mayonnaise. In addition to the large feed tube there is a hole in the lid that is designed for dripping in liquids. This is particularly useful when adding oil to make mayonnaise. The amount added can be carefully controlled.

The chopping blade can also be used to make nut butters or flavored butters. To make peanut butter 2 cups of nuts are added to the bowl and then chopped until the nuts form a ball. The sides of the bowl are scraped and chopped again until oil begins to appear. Then it is just a matter of continuing until the consistency that you want appears. To make it crunchy just add more nuts in the final moments.

Cuisinart DLC-10S Specifications & Pros/Cons



Key Features

  • 7 cup capacity – will make dough to make 1 standard loaf at one time.
  • Large feed tube saves having to pre-chop vegetables and fruit before feeding in to the processor.
  • All the pasts and blades are safe to us in the dish washer.
  • 3 year limited warranty from Cuisinart on whole food processor.
  • 5 year warranty from Cuisinart on electric motor.
  • Slicing cutter, grater, chopping blade and dough blade included.
  • Shaped spatula included.
  • Powerful electric motor can produce continuous batches without having to stop to cool down.
  • The blade are not interchangeable with many or the other Cuisinart food processors.
  • Powerful motor – which will process foods quickly and efficiently, even heavy ingredients like cookie dough.
  • 7 cup capacity – the Cuisinart DLC-10S is large enough and powerful enough to mix bread dough sufficient for a standard loaf of bread in one mix.
  • 3 year manufacturer’s warranty – limited warranty on the whole Cuisinart DLC-10S.
  • 5 year electric motor warranty – Cuisinart give a full 5 year warranty on the motor.
  • Included accessories – the Cuisinart DLC-10S comes with a chopping blade, a slicing blade, a grater and a dough blade.
  • Dish washer safe – all the parts, apart from the base unit, can be washed in the dish washer (car needs to be taken when unloading the cutting blades).
  • BPA free – all plastic parts that come in to contact with the food are free of any BPAs.
  • Extra-large feed tube – will cope with many fruits and vegetables without the need to chop up first.
  • Opening for adding liquids – there is an opening in the lid to allow for liquids to be added in measured amount while the Cuisinart DLC-10S is running.
  • Pulse and On switch – the switch on the base doubles as the on switch and as a spring loaded pulse switch which will return to the off position when released.

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Our Final Conclusion For The Cuisinart DLC-10S

Although the Cuisinart DLC-10S is an evolution of that original Cuisinart food processor from the 1970s it is many steps beyond the capabilities of that original machine. The Cuisinart DLC-10S uses modern materials including the BPA plastics in the construction of the food processor as well as high quality stainless steel in the blades. The 7 cup capacity machine has an extra-large feed tube which can take many fruits and vegetables without having to chop them smaller first.

The motor, which comes with a five year warranty, is powerful enough to cope with the stiffest dough mixes without being strained. In fact it can handle mix after mix without having to be paused to cool down. The whole Cuisinart DLC-10S has a full 3 years limited Cuisinart warranty. After use all the parts separate and can be cleaned in the dish washer (apart from the base unit which contains the motor).

Cuisinart were the first to introduce the food processor in to the United States and it still remains one of the most popular food processors today. Overall, we found that the majority of consumers were more than happy with the DLC-10S, with most users recommending the product to a friend or family member.