Reviewers are split. One professional test finds it very good for both chopping and puréeing, but another review says it's mediocre at both (though good for grating). Users also disagree about performance. Some say it chops veggies more evenly than a full-sized food processor, while others complain that it leaves big chunks floating in thin slurry. One user review at Amazon.com suggests that dissatisfied users may be processing food too long and says 10- to 15-second pulses work best. However, all users seem to agree that getting good results with this machine requires a fair amount of pre-chopping, which requires more time and effort.
Two-button controls - that is all. The button marked "Hi" applies the blunt side of the single chopping blade at high speed, while the "Lo" side applies the sharper edge. However, as mentioned above, it takes some time to learn how long to process for best results. Both professional reviewers and owners say cleanup is easy, especially since all removable parts are dishwasher-safe. This machine's petite size and weight also make it convenient to store.
Complaints are common. Although a few users say their choppers have provided years of loyal service, complaints from disgruntled owners are far more common. The most widespread problem is cracks in the plastic housing that holds the blade -- a problem that multiple users say caused the blades to break off in mid-spin and come slicing through the plastic bowl. Although the chopper comes with an 18-month warranty, users say that customer service is unresponsive and replacement parts often add up to nearly the same price as a new machine.
No louder than the Mini-Prep Plus. However, it gets more complaints from users about noise level than the pricier model. While the DLC-2A received mixed comments about its sound level, owners of the DLC-1 pretty much agree that it's loud.
In theory, the Cuisinart Mini-Prep DLC-1 can do the same tasks as the Mini-Prep Plus DLC-2A (*Est. $40), our top-rated mini food chopper, and for about $10 less. However, its performance is less consistent, and reports of its durability and noise level are worse. Although many owners are satisfied with this basic chopper, we'd still consider the DLC-2A a better value.
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Review Credibility: Excellent ConsumerReports.org provides ratings on the Cuisinart Mini-Prep DLC-1 and 12 other food choppers. Editors rate the models' ability to chop, purée and grate, as well as their noise level, before picking the best buys. The site also features a few user reviews.
Review: Food Processors and Choppers, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, January 2012
2. Which? magazine
Review Credibility: Excellent Editors at this British consumer testing magazine compare the Cuisinart Mini-Prep DLC-1 to 60 other food processors and food choppers. Each machine runs through a battery of tests, from chopping parsley to kneading bread dough, and is also rated on ease of assembly and cleaning, build quality and loudness.
Review: Food Processor Reviews, Editors of Which? magazine
Review Credibility: Very Good The Cuisinart Mini-Prep DLC-1 receives an overall rating of 3.5 stars out of 5 from more than 250 users. Owners are divided over this machine's performance: Some say it chops evenly, while others complain that it leaves lumps floating in mush. We also saw many complaints about durability.
Review: Cuisinart DLC-1 Mini-Prep Processors, Contributors to Amazon.com
Review Credibility: Good About 50 owners at Epinions.com give the Cuisinart Mini-Prep DLC-1 an overall rating of 4 stars out of 5. Most users say it's powerful, compact and easy to use, but several complain that it's too small to be useful and turns everything to purée.
Review: Cuisinart Mini-Prep DLC-1 Food Processor, Contributors to Epinions.com
Review Credibility: Good The Cuisinart Mini-Prep DLC-1 receives 4 stars out of 5, on average, from over 30 users at this retail site. Owners say it is ideal for small jobs: efficient, compact and easy to clean. However, we saw some complaints that it doesn't dice evenly and requires too much pre-chopping.
Review: Brushed Stainless 21-oz. Classic Series Mini-Prep Processor Chef's Chopper by Cuisinart, Contributors to Cooking.com