Compact, easy-to-use and no complicated controls makes the Cuisinart FP-8SV an ideal pick for a fuss free kitchen setup. Loads of dishwasher safe accessories and a decent manual adds to the machine’s allure too, making it a firm winner in our eyes.
Say hello to your new best friend in the kitchen. The Cuisinart FP-8SV is a practical precision tool and yet versatile enough to always warrant a place on your kitchen countertop. From lunchtime appetizers, dinner soups and stews to early morning smoothies – you can do a lot with this food processor. It comes with blades, kneads and mixers plus the 8-cup work bowl is large enough for most of your daily needs. Granted, there are a few quirks here and there such as the 350-watt motor but overall it is an adept food processor.
Based on Cuisinart’s classic models, the design is not too edgy but still modern in its own right. It ships with reversible thin and thick slicing disc, a shredding disc and a chopping or mixing blade. Together you can stir fry, make salad, process veggies, puree soft food, chop nuts, slice tomatoes and onion. The possibilities are just endless. Total of two speed settings and a pulse option, it isn’t confusing to use either. Other notable highlights include the BPA-free container, dishwasher safe parts and ABS housing.
Compact, capable and rather easy to operate – we don’t expect anything different from Cuisinart. The FP-8SV is a food processor designed for a typical kitchen. Not for those really finicky about their gadgets and capabilities but for those who simply want a helping hand. If you love your early morning smoothies, hate preparing for it and would rather just have the food processor do all the work, you won’t be disappointed. Yes, it is underpowered thanks to a meagre 350-watt motor but none of that shows up when actually using it. The only times you realize the lack of power is when kneading dough because it takes longer than it should. Also making nut butter needs a tad bit of oil and takes longer than usual. But try doing anything else and the ruggedness of the motor will leave you impressed.
As for the design, this food processor comes in four different colors. The feed chute is fused into the lid, which isn’t easy to attach. It takes a little getting used and since the processor will not start unless all components are locked and latched, you might feel frustrated for the first few days. After a while, locking and latching becomes second nature. We only wish the feed chute was a tad bit larger. For now, almost every veggie or fruit we add has to be sliced up to four or more pieces. Another gripe we harbor against this specific model from Cuisinart is the dip in construction quality. Previously, Cuisinart made processors with heavier base and better plastics overall. Now, the quality isn’t that good. The base is much lighter (maybe because it has a350 watt motor but still…) and the plastics feel very cheap to us.
Accessories wise, the Cuisinart FP-8SV comes with everything you will ever need. A kneading head, reversible slicing disc, shredding disc – all made from stainless steel too. By the way, it does ship with a S-blade too so blending will not be an issue either. Chop, puree, mix, blend, knead, emulsify – do anything and everything with this processor. Our only qualm is that the lid does not lock tight to the container and this unfortunately, throws about flour all over the place. Nevertheless, the fact that making peanut butter is simple and needs hardly any oil does overcome its other quirks.
A suggestion if in case you get a FP-8SV, the buttons might be rubberized but they are bit difficult to push so pulsing is a better option. Unlike other food processors you have to manually depress the stop button to bring the blades to a complete halt, only during pulsing does it operate for as long as you have the pulse button pressed. Thankfully, the upside to this quirk is that you can knead without being present nearby. Just start the process and come back fifteen to twenty minutes later.
Since this processor ships with all possible accessories, you never again have to make additional purchases. No other brand offers all the accessories packaged along with a food processor.
Usually BPA-free work bowls are never dishwasher safe. But the Cuisinart 8-cup work bowl can be washed in a dishwasher but only in the top rack. All the accessories thankfully are dishwasher safe too.
Just four buttons make for a shorter learning curve. Adjusting to this model from your older processor should not be difficult nor time consuming.
Because of its petite size, you can actually keep the entire unit on your countertop and store it beneath your cabinet without dismantling the thing. Plus, it helps that the food processor is actually quite attractive in all its four colors.
Let’s not forget the 2-year warranty. Granted it is not lifetime or even 7 years long but for the price this food processor retails at, it is darn good.
The lid does not exactly produce a tight enough seal when locked into place. Unfortunately, this lets flour fly around until it settles down.
The fused feed chute on the lid makes it difficult adding veggies and other ingredients midway through processing as the opening isn’t large enough to take entire items. You have slice up your ingredients.
Trying to knead reveals the lower power output of the motor. Not that it struggles but it does take longer than other competing models and brands. Thankfully, it does not struggle when pureeing or making nut butter.
The base is too light for our liking and it does feel a bit plasticky too. We don’t like this about the processor but it is not something that detracts from the machine.
Package includes 2 stainless steel reversible discs, one thing another thick. Also comes with slicing, shredding and medium disc – everything you can possibly need in your lifetime.
The 8-cup container has markings on the inside for perfect measurement. It also happens to be dishwasher safe and BPA-free at the same time, which is quite an achievement.
Controls are rubberized, limited to just low, high and pulse options making it super easy to operate. There is an off button that stops all operations.
Is compact enough to keep fully assembled underneath a kitchen cabinet. Measures just 8 by 10 by 15 inches.
350-watt motor might read underpowered but it actually packs enough punch for an 8-cup work bowl.
Feed chute is designed to prevent splashing while still giving easy access to the inside even during operation. Not the most ideal but useful nonetheless.
Comes protected with a 2 year Cuisinart warranty for hassle-free service and repair.
The Cuisinart FP-8SV may not be the most powerful food processor on the market, neither the cheapest but it happens to be an adept do-it-all food processor that has a short learning curve. The moment you unpack the entire ensemble, you can get started. Since it ships with every piece of attachment possible, your possibilities are endless from the first day onwards.
Knead, chop, slice, dice, mix, puree, smoother – it really does not matter what you throw at this machine. Trust us, your kitchen will love a brand new food processor that can fit anywhere when not in use. Get the FP-8SV today and save time, money and effort.