I just retired my last 14 cup Cuisinart food processor after 30+ years, and it was still working, the only problem was the bowl cracked and would leak liquids. I checked into replaceing but it would have been around $$ and the price was so good on this model I went ahead and ordered one. The only thing different is this one will process dough, my other didn't have that option. I would have liked to have the stainless steel but it was just too much more expensive for the same thing basically. I would never buy one any smaller, It takes this big of bowl to really make most receipes.
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? Yes
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. Excellent
- How accurate was the on site description of the product? Exact
I was so surprised when I used this for the first time - it has a very quiet yet powerful motor that really gets the job done quickly. It is a good size for large and small projects. I *love* the dough blade and the additional slicing & grating disks. It took me a minute to figure out how the disks attach but once I did it has been a piece of cake to use them. (The disks make slicing a breeze.) Another reviewer has noted that it is large, but I have found that if I store the components in a drawer or cabinet, the base itself does not take up a lot of room on the counter. I push it toward the back of the counter and it isn't in the way. Two small things that keep me from giving it a 5 star rating: the lock mechanism is a bit tricky if you are not used to it. It takes a bit of muscle to twist it open after processing, and there is a sequence to locking it that you have to follow before it will run. Also, because it is heavy, I recommend leaving the base in one location. I recently tried to pick it up and I dropped it on my finger (which is not something I recommend if you want to avoid pain). BUT, I love this machine, could not have done better. Anyone who loves to cook really should have one of these babies in their kitchen.
I am thrilled with this machine. My only gripe so far is the instruction booklet is pretty basic and I had the bowl on backwards at first, so the safety switch prevented the machine from running. I HAD to watch the DVD to see how to run it. So far I have used it to shred cabbage and carrots, slice onions, and make pizza dough. It handled all of these with flying colors. I like how the wide mouth tube works, I stuffed several wedges of cabbage in their and shredded it in the blink of an eye, which I have to admit is very fun. All of the bowl and blade pars are dishwasher safe, I have run it all through the dish washer and hand washed it, no issues with crevices that hold food or anything, seems to have all been well designed. This is a large and heavy machine meant for people that intend to use it often, so some people might not appreciate the space it will take on the counter or the effort to keep it in a cupboard, but after the wimpy small machine that I had before that I had to hang on to when I turned it on so that it wouldn't vibrate itself over, this is exactly the kind of machine for me.