Cuisinart Custom 14 Cup Food Processor
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 to see if three models from Cuisinart and four from other manufacturers could beat our current average-priced favorite, the Cuisinart Custom 14 Cup 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.
Cuisinart Custom 14 Cup Food Processor
WINNER - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Our previous favorite still excelled with power; precision; and a compact, streamlined design that takes up less space than most food processors, despite having one of the largest capacities, all at a moderate price. Its smooth, simple bowl and blade design are easy to handle, monitor during use, and clean. Its unusual feed tube placement allows for increased bowl visibility. It comes with just three blades for chopping, shredding, and slicing that can all be stored inside the bowl, with no accessories box to deal with. However, since we last tested it, the chopping blade was redesigned and leaves slightly bigger gaps between it and the bottom and side of the bowl, so it couldn’t effectively incorporate egg yolks into single-batch mayonnaise. We didn’t discover any other adverse effects from these slightly bigger gaps, which were still narrower than those of lower-ranked models. It did chop mirepoix uniformly and was one of only two models to give us perfectly green-colored yogurt in our dye test. Although it lacks a mini bowl for very small jobs, a double batch of mayonnaise worked well.
We maintain strict objectivity in all testing.*
EASE OF USE ★★★
KEY: GOOD ★★★ FAIR ★★ POOR ★
Accessories: Chopping S-blade, slicing disk, shredding disk, spatula
Bowl Capacity: 14 cups
Liquid Capacity: 3 cups
Item Number: ATKCFP
Item Weight: 18 pounds
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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.
- Large capacity to process large quantities of food at once
- Powerful motor that doesn’t struggle when processing heavy, difficult foods
- Heavy base that anchors machine on counter
- Clear plastic bowl that allows user to monitor progress
- Simple control buttons
* OBJECTIVITY FIRST, LAST, AND ALWAYS.
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