Cuisinart is a name well known for the quality and elegant design of a number of various types of kitchen appliances. Moreover, it has a few Food Processor product lines from which the Cuisinart DFP-14CGRY 14-Cup is one of the most popular food processors. Although it comes with a limited number of attachments, it has been a bestselling food processor for the last few years.
Here we will review this gadget, so you will know if this is another kitchen appliance worth adding to your kitchen counter.
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The Cuisinart 14 Cup Custom Food Processor base unit has a modern, sleek square base design. Although the base is made up of plastic mostly and stainless steel on the outside surface, the construction quality is excellent. In addition, the heavy base with suction cups ensures the sturdiness of the unit on most surfaces so that it can handle even challenging tasks easily.
The base also houses a 720-watt powerful motor (nearly 1 HP), which is 120V, 60Hz, 6.0 Amp, with a standard two-prong North American plug. With this unit’s high-efficiency brushless direct-drive motor and induction construction, it will not make a sound when you run even the toughest processes like chopping through fibrous veggies or mincing meat.
The Cuisinart DFP-14CGRY 14 Cup Food Processor comes with a simple and elegant control panel with two large ON and OFF/PULSE buttons which are easy to use even when hands are wet and slippery. The ON button initiates a continuous speed that keeps the machine running until you turn it off by pressing PULSE/OFF. The Pulse function starts up the engine working in repetition mode by pressing the PULSE/OFF button on and off for few times (it will work as long as pressure is applied).
If you are unfamiliar with using Food Processor, such a simple control panel is preferable to start with. Although you better operate mostly with the Pulse function, it will allow you to feel better when processing the food, so you are unlikely to over-process your ingredients.
Working Bowl and Capacity Size
The Cuisinart 14-cups Food Processor features a large working bowl and Bowl Cover.
Work Bowl: It comes with a BPA-free polycarbonate 14 cups working bowl with a handle that measures 7 inches in diameter (10 inches at the widest, including the handle) and 6 inches high. The working bowl has a capacity of holding up to 14 cups of dry and approximately 2.5 cups of liquids ingredients; thus, it can process up to 2 ½ pounds of meat, poultry, or seafood, knead 2 ½ pounds of bread dough, mix 3 ½ pounds cookie batter and 4 pounds of cake batter.
Although it comes with only one large bowl, it processes smaller portions of dry ingredients without effort and processes the small batches as just as well as large. For example, it works very well with a couple of garlic cloves or a single onion. At the same time, it requires larger batches of the liquid to process them well, so it needs a minimum of 2–3 eggs to mix the omelet.
Unfortunately, the polycarbonate bowl will quickly become cloudy due to scratches and stains. But, Cuisinart sells separately high-quality scratch and temperature-resistant and almost unbreakable Tritan Eastman co-polyester containers, which should be considered if you will use your gadget often.
Bowl Cover: The cover is designed with an irremovable large feed chute, and when it is set on the bowl, the bowls with a cover measure 9.5 inches high.
The cover has two safety features; the first allows the machine to run only when the tamper goes to a certain level inside the feeder. The second safety feature prevents a user from removing the container from the base of the lid and is locked onto the container; the cover has a small rod that is pushed down into the bottom and triggers a button that allows the motor to run.
Feed Chute Size
The food processor has a large oval shape of 4.5 inches by 3 inches feed chute and a large pusher, which acts as a second small round-shaped of 2 inches diameter feed opening. The large feed chute (4.5” X 3”) is large enough to pass through the whole medium apple, onion, and potato for shredding, slicing, and chopping. So, you do not need to pre-cut large veggies and fruits before processing, which allows you to work quickly and efficiently. With less effort, a small feed tube (2” in diameter) is suitable for processing carrots, zucchini, cucumbers, and similar veggies.
In addition, the pusher for a small round-shaped feeder also has a hole in the bottom, which is designed for easy and less messy adding of liquids such as oil or flour and other powdery ingredients allowing an even and uninterrupted stream during n processing. So, the Cuisinart DFP-14CGRY Food Processor has a convenient 3‑in‑1 feeding system.
The feeder comes with a safety system and requires insetting the pusher in the feed tube and pressing slightly for the food ingredient to contact the blade to start processing.
The Cuisinart DFP-14CGRY 14 Cup Food Processor comes with a limited set of attachments; nonetheless, all blades are good quality and sharp, and all the plastic assembly parts are also very dense and hefty they do an outstanding job for most tasks.
The attachment set includes:
- Stainless Steel Chopping/Mixing or S‑Blades that is designed to do the chopping, mixing, pureeing, grinding, or kneading tasks;
- Stainless Steel Standard Slicing Disc (4mm) for slicing veggies, fruits, and cheese;
- Medium Stainless Steel Shredding Disc for grating and shredding job;
- Detachable Disc Stem, which connects Slicing and Shredding Discs to the bottom of the container;
- Spatula for helping to scrape off ingredients from the working bowl walls;
The set does not include a Dough Blade or a variety of different size Slicing or Shredding discs. However, the S‑Blade could perform all kneading tasks. Yet, Cuisinart offers to buy a few additional attachments separately if you wish.
Chopping: The food processor S‑blade is designed for chopping uniformly most firm and soft raw and cooked fruits and veggies, including onion, cabbage, tomatoes, potatoes, and cucumber. You just have to ensure not to overload the container with large pieces of food. It can also chop soft and hard cheese, nuts, and herbs. This machine efficiently chops even small batches of ingredients such as herbs or 2–3 cloves of garlic. You are advised to use the Pulse function for any chopping task.
Grinding Meat: The Cuisinart food processor with S‑blade can quickly chop raw and cooked meat and fish for various recipes, including meatballs, lasagne, baby food, or burgers. You can achieve the coarse to almost pureed consistency with raw meat, depending on how long you pulse it. You can also freeze raw meat before chopping it, and then you can get almost per se hamburger grind meat.
Nut Butter: Like most food processors, the Cuisinart can easily turn the nuts into a fine nut butter paste, but it comes out not as silky smooth as my Vitamix.
Pureeing: You can puree using S‑blade any raw or cooked veggies for soup and deeps and fruits for pies and jams with this food processor without any effort. For this purpose, you use the Pulse function or continuous speed. It is also excellent for pureeing any baby food recipes giving you the perfect silky smooth puree.
Mixing: Cuisinart is excellent at mixing or pureeing all kinds of deeps, salsas, and sauces such as hummus, pesto, and even mayonnaise in large and small capacities. During processing, it may require occasional scraping help and not accumulate any build-up under the blade. Moreover, the same S‑blades can make perfect beaten egg whites and whipped cream.
Slicing: The device slicing disk handles slicing tasks effortlessly; it slices a whole potato, carrots, tomatoes, bell pepper, cabbage, zucchini, and other firm and soft veggies and fruits in seconds, creating nice and even pieces and food without torn edges. Sometimes, the device gets left with unprocessed pieces on the disc.
This food processor is also excellent at slicing semi-hard cheese such as cheddar, Gouda, Edam, and others in chilled condition. It can also slice a chilled or semi-freeze (depending on the hardness of the food) piece of sausages, salami, meat, and poultry well.
Shredding: This food processor’s 4 mm Shredding Disc also gives great results for shredding and grating veggies, fruits, cheese, and meat. It can evenly shred hard vegetables like zucchini and potatoes or soft slice cabbage for coleslaw (however, an optional 2 mm shredding disc is better suited for coleslaw making).
Grating Cheese: Cuisinart 4mm Shredding Disc is also designed to grate well soft, semi-hard, and hard cheese types; however, the soft cheese is better shredded if chilled or frozen before shredding.
Kneading Dough: The food processor set does not include dough hooks; however, its S‑blade can knead all types of dough, from bread or pizza dough to biscuit and scone dough. The S‑blade is also excellent at cutting butter into flour for cookie dough; not all stand mixers perform this task as well as this food processor S‑blades.
I would not recommend processing ice or grinding spices in this device because the container may get cloudy and scratched.
Assembling, Disassembling, and Cleaning
Assembly: Although the Cuisinart DFP-14CGRY 14 Cup Food Processor has a few locking systems, it is straightforward to assemble. Set the work bowl on the base unit with the handle slightly off the center and turn it to lock.
Next, place the S‑blade (it does not have a snapping lock) and put the cover with the feed chute setting it slightly left off the center, then turn the cover to lock. To assemble Slicing or Shredding Discs, line the disc stem with arrows on the discs, press slightly, and turn to lock into the place. Slide the stem with disc into the work pole to connect and secure the cover with the feed chute the same way as for the S‑blade. The machine will not run until you fit the pusher into the feeding chute.
Cleaning: The machine’s removable parts are dishwasher safe for easy cleaning. However, hand-cleaning is the best practice for most small kitchen appliances. It is also preferable to wash it immediately after use every single time, preventing food from drying in the bowl.
Although this food processor is nicely designed, and the container and cover have no nasty nooks and crannies, the food can get stuck in the other parts. The Slicing and Shredding disks have deep grooves that could accumulate unwanted buildups, so they must be cleaned immediately with running water. The pushers also have holes where food can be stuck, which you can remove with a bottle brush and running water.
The main thing to remember is that the blade is very sharp and should be handled with great care.
This food processor comes with a 5‑year Full Warranty for the Motor and 3‑year Limited Warranty on the entire unit. It is much more likely that the bowl will crack or the lid will wear out its latch. It must be mentioned that there is little chance the motor will break; the bowl will likely crack, or the cover will wear out its latch.
The Cuisinart customer service is not the best in the industry; however, it is getting better and tends to solve the customer’s problems.
Extra Accessories and Replacement
All replacement parts, such as the processing bowl (standard and Tritan co-polyester), S‑blades, and both discs, cover with feed chute and food pushers, are available at a reasonable price from the Cuisinart website or other retailers.
Besides, there are some extra accessors also available to buy separately, including:
- Storage container for discs;
- Dough Blade;
- Fine Grater Disc;
- 6x6 French Fry-Cut Disc;
- 2 mm Thin Slicing Disc
- 6mm Thick Slicing Disc
- 8mm Extra-Thick Slicing Disc.
Cuisinart DFP-14CGRY 14-Cup Food Processor has a reasonably compact footprint for such a large capacity and powerful device compared to its competitors; it measures 11.00 x 7.90 inches. In addition, the profile of 14.80 inches allows it easily fit under any kitchen cabinet.
However, this food processor is heavy and weighs 17.30lb; you will need some strength to move it around. Yet, it will not move over the counter during the operation.
- Base unit with 720 Watts motor;
- 14 Cup BPA Free Work Bowl;
- Work Bowl Cover with Extra Large Feed Tube and Small Feed Tube;
- Chopping/Mixing S‑Blade;
- Standard Slicing Disc (4mm);
- Medium Stainless Steel Shredding Disc
- Detachable Disc Stem for using with slicing and shredding discs;
- Instruction/Recipe Book.
Cuisinart DFP-14CGRY 14-Cup is probably the quietest Food Processor available on the market with such a powerful 720-watt motor. This device has a direct-drive brushless (without gearbox) motor and releases around 62–66dBA depending on your ingredients.
Pros and Cons
- It holds a large capacity for food;
- Process equally well large and small batches of ingredients;
- Has two large and small feed tubes for easy ingredients feeding;
- Few additional attachments are available to buy separately for this processor;
- It has a stylish look so that you can place it on the counter
- The motor is powerful and quiet;
- Shows top-quality performance for most food processor tasks;
- Well-built and sturdy;
- The processor is easy to clean, and all the attachments are dishwasher safe;
- Priced very reasonably;
- The assembling is a little bit tricky for some people;
- It comes with a limited set of attachments, only one size shedding, and slicing discs;
- The dough blade does not come with the package.
Consumers who have previously bought the Cuisinart DFP-14CGRY 14 Cup Food Processor rate this product very highly, and the majority award it the stellar reviews. No wonder it offers excellent functionality and is available at a reasonable price.
The Cuisinart 14 Cup Food Processor is an excellent option for every home cook who does a lot of mixing, shredding, and slicing for medium to large families. Although the appliance does not include many different attachments in a set, it shows top-quality performance for most typical food processing tasks.
Nonetheless, it is equipped with a powerful motor and a large 14-cup work bowl with a handle. The work bowl cover of the processor has an extra-large feed tube and an additional small feed tube and pusher to quickly add all types of ingredients into the bowl. The gadget is nicely designed, very easy to assemble, and clean. There is an instructional manual and recipes for different dishes that you can make with the help of a processor. In addition, it is one of the quietest food processors on the market, and it is available at an affordable price for such a powerful, large capacity, and functional device.