Cuisinart DFP-14BCN 14-Cup Food Processor Review

cs-product-header
Cuisinart DFP-14BCN Review
Bottom Line

The generous 14-cup capacity of the Cuisinart DFP-14BCN food processor makes is a good choice for a cook who wants a sturdy, reliable food processor for a wide range of tasks. It performs equally well in chopping larger ingredients for foods like slaws, as it does whipping small amounts of cream. It's bare bones, and ease of use is not the greatest, but users say that once you get the hang of it, assembling, disassembling and cleaning are a breeze. This model is also occasionally referred to as the Cuisinart Custom 14-cup and the Cuisinart Classic 14-cup.

ProsHandles most tasks well, especially dough, Dishwasher safe parts, Quiet, Long warrantyConsMay be hard to clean, Poor reviews for customer service

Breaking it down

Performance

A solid performer across the board. In professional tests, the Cuisinart DFP-14BCN excels at virtually every task set for it. This food processor gets particularly high marks for its performance in making piecrust and pizza dough, two particularly tough jobs. The DFP-14BCN also gets top marks for chopping vegetables, shredding, puréeing and its even grinding of seeds and bread for crumbs. It did mangle tomatoes in one test, but, to be fair, cleanly slicing tomatoes is a challenge for any food processor. Owners largely agree with the experts' opinions, and say the Cuisinart 14-cup food processor can handle any job they need it to do. This food processor includes one blade and a slicing disc and shredding disc.

Ease of use

A small footprint for its capacity. Unlike some large food processors, the Cuisinart DFP-14BCN doesn't include a lot of additional accessories like a smaller mixing bowl, or extra blades or paddles. However, this simple, basic design gives the DFP-14BCN a smaller footprint that users like when counter space is at a premium. Also, in spite of its large bowl, expert testers say it can handle small quantities efficiently due to its well-placed blades. And, as TheSweetHome.com points out, you can purchase additional accessories as you need them. The one consistent complaint we saw from owners regarding this food processor is that it can be hard to clean the various components, although many users say it gets more intuitive with time -- and is easier with a small brush. All of the detachable parts of this unit are dishwasher safe. The feed tube, although wide, is not quite wide enough to accommodate anything too bulky; larger items will require pre-cutting before they'll fit.

Durability/noise

A solidly built machine. This is where the Cuisinart DFP-14BCN shines. Often described as "solid," "stable," and "a workhorse," this Cuisinart has been around for many years and gets very few complaints regarding either slowing down or breaking down. Many reviewers rave about the stainless steel blades and discs that hold up well even after years of frequent use. If the Cuisinart DFP-14BCN does break, the motor is covered under warranty for five years and the other parts for three. However, some users warn that trying to get service from Cuisinart is a frustrating experience and Cuisinart in general has a poor reputation for customer service -- although, it seems they're more helpful if you have an issue with using the machine, less so if it's about repair or breakage issues. Professional testers say the Cuisinart Custom 14 DFP-14BCN is very quiet, and we found no complaints about its loudness.

Our Sources

1. ConsumerReports.org

Cuisinart DFP-14BCN food processor, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated

ConsumerReports.org provides ratings on the Cuisinart DFP-14BCN and several dozen other food processors and choppers. Each one is evaluated on noise level and five essential tasks: chopping, slicing, shredding, puréeing and grating. The site also features a few user reviews.

2. TheSweetHome.com

The Best Food Processor, Christine Cyr Clisset, June 15, 2015

The Cuisinart DFP-14BCN is the top pick in this thorough test of the best food processors. Christine Cyr Clisset says the Cuisinart is "easier to use and clean than models with more settings or multiple bowls." She also notes that it's a solidly built unit.

3. Cook's Illustrated

Food Processors, Editors of Cook's Illustrated, Update: January 2013

The Cuisinart DFP-14BCN is one of nine food processors tested by Cook's Illustrated magazine. Each model is rated on its ability to chop, grate, slice vegetables, grind dry ingredients, make pizza dough, whip up mayonnaise and cut butter into flour for piecrust.

4. KitchenAudition.com

Cuisinart 14-Cup Custom Food Processor (DFP-14), Editors of KitchenAudition.com, Not Dated

After an extremely detailed test, the Cuisinart Custom 14 DFP-14BCN emerges as a Recommended pick. It chops, purées and makes dough beautifully, and editors say its reasonable price makes it a great value, even though it doesn't include extras like mini bowls and blade storage.

5. Amazon.com

Cuisinart DFP-14BCN 14-Cup Food Processor, Brushed Stainless Steel , Contributors to Amazon.com, As of November 2015

The Cuisinart DFP-14BCN food processor receives an overall rating of 4.4 stars out of 5 in more than 1,010 owner reviews at Amazon.com. Owners love its performance, capacity and quietness, but a few say it's not easy to clean its crevices. We also saw some frustration with Cuisinart's customer service.

6. ChefsCatalog.com

Cuisinart Custom 14-Cup Food Processor, Contributors to ChefsCatalog.com, As of November 2015

In more than 90 reviews, the Cuisinart Custom 14 DFP-14BCN earns a near-perfect rating of 4.9 stars out of 5. Owners find it powerful, versatile, quiet and easy to use. The most common complaint is that it's hard to clean.