Cuisinart DLC-2011CHB Review

Cuisinart DLC-2011CHB Review 

Cuisinart DLC-2011CHB Summary

4.6 out of 5

Food processors are dime a dozen today and finding an appropriate one can take time, money and effort. But if you happen to have the money, then don’t waste your time or effort – simply get a Cuisinart DLC-2011CHB. It multitasks well, is heavy and durable and gets the job done pretty well.

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Cuisinart DLC-2011CHB Introduction

Large would be an understatement. Meet the Cuisinart DLC-2011CHB Prep 11 Plus food processor – rated highly among chefs and home cooks the world over, this specific model in fact garners impressive recommendations from Consumer Report and other such reputable organizations. It is only natural that this food processor receives such high praise considering its large 11 cup capacity bowl that can take enough quantity of processing for a small party, if need be.

Besides, the 625 watt motor with 10 year warranty (everything else has a 3 year warranty cover) generates enough power to do anything and almost everything. The package includes a work bowl, the base plus stainless steel discs and blades, kneading blade and spatula – everything you will ever need in terms of accessories. Moreover, you get a decent recipe book included with the package, which ought to help newcomers to food processing get started quick.

This food processor is designed for efficiency and ease-of-use. A wide-mouth feed tube allows for most veggies and fruits, without the need of dicing them up and with just four touch pad controls, operating this machine is a breeze. Some of the things you can do with this processor include shredding, mixing, kneading, pureeing, slicing and chopping. It all depends on the attachment you use.

Our Cuisinart DLC-2011CHB Review

The Cuisinart DLC-2011CHB gets heavy praise on many online forums, a major reason why we decided to give our own review on it. There is hardly anything to complaint or even crib on. It works wonderfully well and does just about everything to the best possible extent that you can imagine an omnipotent food processor should do. To start with, it makes superb bread crumbs, minces herbs to precision, makes fine salsa and minces or chops raw/cooked meat with ease. Some of the things it does decent but not exactly that well such as shredding cheese, carrot and the likes, which is fine but some of it gets stuck between the disc and lid. What it isn’t adept at though is slicing green onions when added in bulk. The entire ensemble gets dragged down too quickly for the discs to work its magic. The trick however is to add each onion one by one.

Cuisinart 11-Cup Food Processor DLC-2011CHB

Likewise, cleaning and maintaining this food processor can be a tricky task. See, it has lots of nooks and cracks that accumulate food particles and what not. It takes a little extra than comparable food processors to clean the complete package but it is well worth the effort considering all that it can achieve. Also, do remember that the base is heavy at around 12 pounds when empty and this can be tricky to move around so you better find a decent spot for it, one where it will sit for the rest of its useful life.

The motor is powerful enough and it does a decent job overall. While the dough button slows down the rotations, it does not produce that much of a difference. Thankfully though the motor does not heave under the pressure of making butter or kneading any kind of dough. Even pizza dough came out perfect albeit with the help of a tad more olive oil.

One key aspect where the Cuisinart DLC-2011CHB wins over many other models is with its slicing blade that offers six different thicknesses ranging from 1 to 6 mm. This lets you get precise with you cuts and slices. Not that 1mm is ever required considering that anything you attempt with this thickness will inevitably turn to mush – but the fact that the option is present, should you ever require it, definitely puts a smile on our faces.

We did feel that the bowl was of lower quality. It is not a polycarbonate bowl rather made from Lexan. While this makes the work bowl super lightweight and dishwasher friendly, it however does bend under force. We have to wait and see how long the bowl retains its structural integrity but from our research, it seems to have a similar lifespan to that of polycarbonate bowls. This bowl comes with a SealTight lid that properly locks into place reducing the chances of accidental spillage during operations. Now, at first cleaning the lid was a hassle thanks to its intricate SealTight design but with a little experimentation, we figured that a quick spray from the sink sprayer followed by a twirl in the top rack of the dishwasher was sufficient to completely clean.

Cuisinart DLC-2011CHB Specifications & Pros/Cons



Key Features

  • Easy To Operate – With just four buttons operating the DLC-2011CHB is a breeze. The discs and blades are easy to attach and the SealTight lid lock is intuitive by design.
  • Precise – Whether it is kneading or slicing, you get a lot of control over the precision and thickness of the final product. Options ranging from 1mm to 6mm for the cutting disc does give you plenty of choices.
  • Powerful  – Not only the motor but the entire design such as the heavy vibration free base and the wider design adds to its powerful image. Kneading pizza dough, making peanut butter nothing can really tax this food processor to the edge.
  • Long Warranty & Backup – 10 years on the motor, 3 on the complete package and Cuisinart’s amazing customer service should be reasons enough to get this today.
  • Tedious to maintain spick and span because of so many nooks and cracks. Best scenario is to run it under the sink sprayer and then leave in your dishwasher.
  • Does not do well when overloaded with ingredients to slice or dice. Best to add them one by one.
  • Dough button does not really do anything different other than slightly slow up the speed.
  • Buttons are a bit flimsy in nature considering the abuse they will take over time.
  • The recipe book could have been a bit more exhaustive – right now it caters well only to beginners.
  • Impressive Power – 625-watt motor powers the entire ensemble, which is more than sufficient to knead even the most resilient of dough mixes. Even making butter doesn’t tax the motor to its fullest.
  • Simplicity – The work bowl’s size, controls limited to only 4 touch buttons and easy to attach accessories all make it easy-to-use.
  • Dough Specific Mode – When kneading dough, the speed automatically adjusts thus ensuring consistency of final dough.
  • All Accessories Inclusive – Comes with everything you may ever need including a spatula, recipe booklet, discs, blades etc.
  • Large Feed Tube – The need to slice up larger fruits and vegetables is negated thanks to the wide mouth of the feed tube.
  • Heavy Duty Work Bowl – The work bowl is not just dishwasher safe but also shatterproof and can contain 11 cups at full capacity.
  • Long Warranty – Motor is protected under 10 years and everything else under 3 years limited type warranty.

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Our Final Conclusion For The Cuisinart DLC-2011CHB

Think you need help in the kitchen? Wish to save time and still get a lot more work done? Get yourself a Cuisinart DLC-2011CHB food processor today. Granted it does not come cheap but it can multi-task like a champ. Slicing, dicing, pureeing, cutting, kneading – it does everything with relevant ease. Best of all, this is a complete package, once you but it you never again have to purchase add-on accessories or items. It truly is among the top three food processors ever made.