The Bottom Line
- 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.
- 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
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.