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Cuisinart Elite Collection™ 14-Cup Food Processor Review

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Cuisinart Elite Collection™ 14-Cup Food Processor

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The Bottom Line

If you are tired of food processors that leak, you will love this model. It can also double as a blender.
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  • BladeLock™ system prevents leaking from bottom of the bowl while processing or pouring.
  • Three graduating work bowls nest inside each other.
  • Slicing blade adjusts to allow 6 different thicknesses.
  • Storage case for cutting and slicing blades.
  • Powerful 1000 watt motor.


  • Pricey.
  • Very heavy.
  • Bowl sealing gaskets can be difficult to separate bowls.
  • Small and medium bowls must be nested within the largest bowls to operate.
  • It is tall. May not fit some kitchen counter-top garages.


  • 14-cup, 11-cup, and 4-1/2-cup nesting bowls are shatter- and heat-resistant.
  • Retractable electrical cord stores in machine.
  • Reversible shredder disk cuts fine and medium thicknesses.
  • Small-mouth feeding tube nests within wide-mouth tube.
  • Includes dough blade for yeast doughs.
  • Top-rack dishwasher-safe for all removable parts.
  • Functions as a blender to make shakes, smoothies, and salad dressings.
  • On, Off, Pulse, and Dough operational buttons.
  • Recipe booklet and full DVD operational instructions included.

Guide Review - Cuisinart Elite Collection™ 14-Cup Food Processor Review

I was particularly intrigued about the leak-proof claims on this Cuisinart model, but it worked well for me. The BladeLock™ system effectively blocked liquids from leaking as did the SealTight™ gaskets on the lids. In fact, this model may actually be used as a blender to make shakes and smoothies. It works that well. This feature alone is probably enough to seal the deal for most in the market for a new food processor.

The machine has a powerful 1000-watt motor. I was surprised it wasn't louder when operating. The 3 working bowls nest inside each other, but the medium and small bowls may only be used when nested inside the large bowl. This may be a problem for some, but it worked fine for me. Some may find the SealTight™ gaskets on the lids to perhaps work too well. There are finger-grips on either side of the nesting bowls to facilitate separation, but I found I needed extraordinary pressure to break the seal, potentially an issue for those with arthritis. The seal also requires extra care when cleaning. The machine is also extremely heavy and unwieldy. You will probably want to find a permanent parking spot for it on your counter.

The slicing blade clicks to adjust slice thickness from 1 to 6 mm. This model came with a nifty locking storage container for the blades and extended stem. It's nice not to have those blades loose in a drawer or on a shelf ready to nick fingers or cut children. Another nice feature is the retractable electrical cord which stores inside the machine.

As opposed to other food processor models which may have you constantly trying to figure out how to get that lid on, this one's lid lines up with the bowls and snaps to close. This will take a bit of pressure until you break it in a bit. I suggest lining up the far side, then pressing down on the front to close it. The lid easily removes by dual push buttons on the front of the machine.

I recommend watching the accompanying instructional how-to DVD before beginning. The DVD also includes recipes demonstrated by Chef Kathy Casey to give you an idea for other uses of the food processor.

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 1 out of 5
Cuisinart does not really support their warranty, Member blang2

I just purchased this food processor for my wife. She used it a couple times and it stopped working. Specifically it does not turn off , only by plugging and unplugging it will it turn off. It even runs when the cover is off and the blades are fully exposed. When I contacted Cuisinart about this they wanted me to ship and pay shipping return (about $40) before they would even do anything. If the product was a year old or something I guess that might be alright, but this expensive small appliance was fresh out of the box. Not every manufacturer can be 100% on everything that leaves the factory, but how they handle obvious lemons is an important consideration. We got better customer service from Ge for our old $70 food processor.

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