This machine proved its worth in sturdiness and performance and outshone models costing up to three times as much.
Food processors are in near-constant use in our test kitchen. We decided to take another look at this workhorse at the end of 2015 to see if three models from Cuisinart and four from other manufacturers could beat our current average-priced favorite, the Cuisinart Custom 14 Food Processor. We also tested two high-end professional-style food processors to see if they offered extra features that made them worth two to three times as much as an ordinary machine. When the blades stopped spinning, we had our answer.
WINNER - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Cuisinart Custom 14 Food Processor
KEY: GOOD ★★★ FAIR ★★ POOR ★
Reviewed in Cook’s Illustrated January 2016
With a powerful, quiet motor; responsive pulsing action; sharp blades; and a simple, pared-down-to-basics design, our old favorite aced every test, surprising us time and again by outshining pricier, more feature-filled competitors. It was one of the few models that didn’t leak at its maximum stated liquid capacity. It’s also easy to clean and store, because it comes with just a chopping blade and two disks for shredding and slicing. Additional blade options are available à la carte.
Extra Large Feed Tube
Parts are dishwasher safe
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How We Tested Food Processors
We tested eight food processors, priced from $59.99 to $299.99, with capacities of 11 to 14 cups. We put all eight processors through 21 tests, measuring their performance on the following tasks, all while comparing construction and user-friendliness. We also put two professional-style food processors, priced from $426.93 to $699.95, through the same battery of tests.
Testers chopped onion, carrot, and celery into mirepoix; ground whole almonds; minced fresh parsley; and ground beef chunks and butter into hamburger. This category was weighted most highly in our ratings.
We sliced ripe plum tomatoes and russet potatoes, giving highest marks to models that cut crisply and neatly, rendering little to no juice, which would indicate that food was sliced, not crushed.
We shredded carrots and cheddar cheese, rating models highest if pieces were crisp and uniform with little to no unprocessed, trapped food.
We mixed pie dough and a double batch of heavy pizza dough, made mayonnaise (in small workbowls when available), and conducted a timed test using drops of blue and yellow food coloring in yogurt to show how efficiently machines made a uniformly green mixture.
We processed large cans of whole tomatoes in each machine until smooth; highly rated models made a velvety puree.
Ease of Use
We rated each machine throughout testing on its handling, intuitiveness of assembly and controls, shape of workbowl and lid, weight and stability, quality of construction, noise, and other factors relating to its design and ergonomics, including the convenience of any included accessory boxes or other extra features.
We filled each machine to its “maximum liquid fill” line and compared actual to stated capacity; we then ran the machine on high for 1 minute, checking for leaks.
The Cuisinart Custom 14 Food Processor Takes the Top Prize
With a plain, heavy base; just two simple, lever-style bars to operate; a responsive pulsing action that makes chopping efficient; sharp blades set close to the base and bottom of the workbowl that don’t miss a thing; and a pared-down design that is easy to clean, handle, and store, our old winner takes the top prize again.
The Product Includes:
- 1. Food Processor
- 2. Chopping Blade
- 3. Disk for Shredding
- 4. Disk for Slicing