Cuisinart DFP-14BCNY Review: Best Food Processor Under $200

When you’re in the market for a quality food processor but want to stay under $200, there’ s no reason to look beyond the Cuisinart 14-cup food processor.

This bestselling applicance is beloved by pros and home cooks alike, and it offers a range of useful features as well as a large capacity that can handle most basic food prep needs.

We reviewed the DFP-14BCNY to learn about the biggest selling points and any potential drawbacks. Read on to find out why we love this food processor.

Features

Here’s what you need to know about the practical stuff: This food processor comes with the serrated s-blade and two discs (for shredding and slicing). It also has a large feeding tube plus two sizes of pushers so you can insert foods or drizzle in oils or other liquids as needed.

Here’s an overview of the specs:

    • 14 Cup Work Bowl
    • 720-watt motor
    • Lid with Extra Large Feed Tube
    • Large Pusher &Sleeve Assembly
    • Small Feed Tube and Pusher
    • Stainless Steel Standard Slicing Disc & Medium Shredding Disc
    • Stainless Steel Chopping/Mixing (S) Blade
    • Detachable Disc Stem
    • Spatula
    • Recipe Book
    • 5-year Motor Warranty
    • Limited 3-year Warranty on Entire Unit
    • BPA-Free
    • Dishwasher Safe Parts

While the footprint is fairly small thanks to the base, overall it is a fairly big device, which is typical of food processors. It measures 16.6 x 12.6 x 9.3 inches and weighs in at 18 pounds.

Using the Food Processor

One notable aspect of the Cuisinart 14-cup food processor is the fact that it’s so easy to use. Some less expensive units are complicated to put together and use, but the Cuisinart offers a smart design that makes getting started super easy.

In addition to easy snaps and connections for the parts and pieces, there are just two buttons: One turns it on for full speed cutting, the other is to turn it off or to pulse. Pulsing is recommended when you first get started so you can learn how the processor works.

This ease of use means it’s excellent for everyday cooking, and can be used for multiple steps in any meal prep. There are also plenty of accessories and attachments that are readily available, including french fry cutters and different disc sizes.

Cleanup

Everything (save for the base) is dishwasher safe on the Cuisinart 14-cup food processor, so cleanup is a breeze. However, many experts recommend hand washing the blade and discs to prevent dulling. Additionally, some consumers have experienced issues with keeping the device clean in some of the crevices.

The Good

Overall, this is an excellent food processor given the price point. It has professional-level quality and functionality and it is sized well for most home cooks’ needs.

With the motor speed, design, and attachments, it’s highly versatile, so most who buy this find that they use it regularly and for a range of tasks. It’s not a small appliance that works for preparing one meal only. Instead, it works great for chopping veggies and slicing cheese and preparing guacamole or other accompaniments.

It’s easy to use and it’s dishwasher safe. The warranty helps ensure you’ll get your money’s worth from the Cuisinart.

The Bad

There’s not too much to say here, but there are some reports from consumers that you might want to know about.

First, though we say it’s easy to use, it still can be tricky to put together — this is a feature of food processors in general. For safety and functionality reasons, each part has to be properly assembled in order to work. While you will eventually figure out the best way to assemble, some newcomers to the food processor find this to be frustrating.

And finally, because of the design, some customers have found that food or dust can get into the crevices of the base, making it hard to clean. Being diligent about cleaning immediately after use can help mitigate this problem.

Bottom Line

As we’ve said, this is one of our favorite food processors, and it’s our top pick for anyone looking to spend around/under $200. It’s worth the upgrade from less expensive models if you can afford it, and it’s a versatile device that will get a lot of use in the kitchen.

 

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