Not everyone needs a huge food processor. In fact, most people only need a medium-sized one at best. If you’re just going to use it every now and then, or if you don’t make a lot of food when you cook, you’re in the right place. A 14-cup processor is amazing, but it’s also a lot of machine. I can use something of that size about 3 times a year. Beyond that, something smaller with a good motor and the right amount of control and options is exactly what I need.
There’s no question the Cuisinart 8-Cup Food Processor does what it’s supposed to do. It has the right size bowl for the amount of food needed for a typical family meal, it has power, it has the right amount of processing speed, and you can probably get everything you want with no problems. This exact same model also comes as an 11-Cup, but I will mainly focus on the smaller sized processor.
Mark It Up
If you are precise with your cooking, which I rarely am, one of the things you will like the most is the scoring on the work bowl. You can add ingredients, chop them up, and then check to see how much you have. When making a new recipe, I would totally use something like this. While I don’t measure things when I’m making the usual fare I whip up all the time, I can understand how this feature could be extremely helpful.
Wipe Down. Put Away.
The fact that this is easy to clean makes a really big difference for me. I don’t want a machine which takes a long time to clean or can’t be cleaned easily. My mother’s food processor has a nook that is so super annoying because everything gets caught there and it’s a real pain to get clean. It’s one of the reasons I decided to buy my own food processor rather than continuing to run down the street to borrow hers. I appreciate that she’ll lend it out, but the cleaning just makes me a little crazy.
Mushy Mushy Mush
I was really hoping this would be the answer for all the people who need processors that don’t cost an arm and a leg and don’t have a huge capacity. Sadly, the motor and tools on this thing do not do your food any favors. If your food has too much liquid in it, it just turns to mush, and you can’t reconstitute food after that. Once it’s broken down, it’s done, and you either deal with mush or you start over from scratch. Bummer.
Doesn’t Live Up To The Look
It looks like it’s made of durable, long lasting materials, but you’ll probably be lucky if you feel like you have anything more than not-so-durable plastic. This thing can lose its structure pretty quickly with a good jostling or even a little bit of use. Surprising for a Cuisinart, but there it is.
It’s A Possibility
Let me put it this way — if I could get this one on mega clearance, I wouldn’t think twice about buying it. It does some things really well, and it is a good size for day-to-day use. You can have trouble with any product, but the structural integrity issues as well as some questions about power make me pause a little before laying out the money this one requires.
That doesn’t mean it’s not the right food processor for you if there’s something about it you love, and there’s a lot about it that I’m pretty happy with. If your heart is set, don’t wait.