Every now and then, a product comes along that looks like the gold standard. It doesn’t have to be the best or most powerful product on the market and, in fact, it doesn’t actually have anything to do with ability or power. It’s just the look of it that catches my eye.
When I was growing up my mother had a food processor with a motor that I would swear got more miles on it than any car I’ve ever owned. That has always looked like the quintessential food processor to me, and I have trouble imagining buying one that doesn’t look exactly like it. Despite that, I’m trying to make sure I get the best machine for my money and not just the one that looks most like what I expected. I know there are priorities, even if I sometimes have to remind myself.
The Cuisinart DFP-14BCN 14 Cup Food Processor looks exactly like what I expected, and it has some pretty good power.
ALL THE CUPS
If you want to process a huge amount of food all at once, you’re in the right place. It will be hard to find a good processor with more capacity than this one. With a bowl that can manage 14 cups, you can make enough food for everyone short of a small army. I’m trying to think of a time I’ve cooked anything that needed enough space for 14 cups of anything, and I’ve got nothing. I have a really big family, too, so when I cook, I have to cook in bulk.
Funnel It In En Masse
When you have a bowl large enough for that much stuff, you need a larger access point to add ingredients as you go. The feeding tube on standard size food processors won’t help a lot here, but the feeding tube on the DFP-14BCN rivals the size of the water slide at your favorite amusement park. If you’re cooking in bulk, you can bulk it up in bulk, too.
So Much Power
You’ll notice many of the food processors on our list come in at 350 or 450 Watts. Some may come in a little higher, but not much. With 750 watts, this one pretty much guarantees you will be able to work through anything, including the dough for your favorite breads or pastries. Power is where it’s at if you want to process thick stuff or get your knead on. The motor on this guy will not disappoint as long as you take care of it.
There is a lot of power in this bad boy. If you’re going to use it, it’s entirely worth the $180, but if you’re not sure you’re going to need all that power, you might want to put your money into something less expensive. It’s not that it isn’t worth the money, but the money might not be worth it for you if you don’t need that much power and size.
Old Fashioned Longevity
My mother still has the food processor she had when I was a kid. It’s a Cuisinart, and looks a heck of a lot like this one. It is, at the very least, a workhorse, and there is no sign of it slowing down. It has been well-used, well-cleaned, put away, taken out, jostled, packed, moved and more, all within its expansive and busy lifetime. I have faith that her processor could very well outlive us all, and it works harder than I do on a daily basis.
Today’s machines don’t have the same staying power as the unit my mother has and loves so much, but it should still stick around for quite a while. They aren’t made the way they used to be, and this is something that that goes for a lot of appliances, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a fair amount of love out of it.
Safe But Not So Sound
Food processors can be dangerous. You need to make sure you take every precaution to ensure no parts of your hands are still in the bowl when you start mixing. This unit has a number of safety features built in with the goal of keeping such issues to a minimum, but it will take some practice to get familiar with the attachments and how to safely manipulate them.
Lucky Number 14
I’m not sure if 14 is actually anyone’s lucky number, but this machine has a lot going for it that I’m really impressed with. It’s not perfect, but it’s pretty close, especially if you need a food processor capable of working with a large volume of food. If you don’t need that much power and volume, you should probably keep looking for smaller processors. If, however, you want to make a lot of food in a powerful machine that will do all the work for you, you are in the right place.