Outperforms nearly all other choppers. It does a very good job with chopping and grating, but gets only moderately good results for puréeing. Some owners, however, say the Mini-Prep's real problem is that it tends to turn everything into purée if you're not careful. To avoid this problem, users suggest processing foods in short pulses. Pre-cutting foods into small, uniform pieces also helps, although it can be a hassle and time consuming. Users do warn that it's unreasonable to expect this tiny machine to do the work of a full-sized food processor, but most say it's ideal for small jobs.
Very simple button controls. The machine has a single blade, which the "chop" button turns in one direction and the "grind" button in the other. There is a bit of a learning curve when it comes to processing foods evenly, but most users say it didn't take long to get the hang of it. Thanks to dishwasher-safe parts, most owners also find this chopper quite easy to clean, although a few users disagree. However, all users do agree that storage is no problem, as this compact model can fit anywhere. One problem a few owners report is that this small machine tends to "jump around" on the counter when in use and may need to be held down.
A few durability complaints after warranty expired. We read a few accounts of motor failures and a couple of broken blades -- including one that broke while the motor was running and sliced clean through the plastic bowl. Most of these failures occurred after the machine's 18-month warranty had expired. Broken blades can be replaced, but at an estimated $15 plus shipping, the replacement will amount to nearly half the cost of the whole machine. However, the number of durability complaints was not that high considering the total volume of reviews.
Louder than most full-sized Cuisinarts. Professional testers rate its noise level as moderate, while larger Cuisinarts are deemed quiet. Some users at Amazon.com find the machine too noisy, but others describe it as quiet, so it seems to be a question of hearing sensitivity.
The Cuisinart Mini-Prep Plus DLC-2A is no substitute for a full-sized food processor. However, it is suitable for small jobs and after conquering the learning curve, it is both effective and easy to use. Despite the occasional problems with durability, we think this little chopper is a top choice.
Review Credibility: Excellent ConsumerReports.org provides ratings on the Cuisinart Mini-Prep Plus DLC-2A and 12 other food choppers. Editors rate the models' ability to chop, purée and grate, as well as their noise levels, before picking the best buys. The site also features a few user reviews.
Review: Food Processors and Choppers, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, January 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good Very good With over 350 owner reviews posted, the Cuisinart Mini-Prep Plus DLC-2A averages 4 out of 5 stars. Although three out of four reviewers give it a very high rating, it does get around 40 1-star reviews. The most common complaints are that the unit leaked, broke or just turned everything into mush.
Review: Cuisinart DLC-2 Mini Prep Plus Food Processors, Contributors to Amazon.com
Review Credibility: Very Good The Cuisinart Mini-Prep Plus DLC-2A gets a 4.5-star overall rating (out of 5) from nearly 50 users at this retail site. Owners appreciate its compact size, efficient processing and easy cleanup. However, some are frustrated that it tends to purée everything and can only handle small batches.
Review: White 3-c. Mini-Prep Plus Processor by Cuisinart, Contributors to Cooking.com
Review Credibility: Very Good Nearly 60 customers at Macys.com give the Cuisinart Mini-Prep Plus DLC-2A a collective rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Most users say it's ideal for small jobs and especially good for fine chopping and puréeing. Only three users give it a low rating, saying it doesn't chop well and is hard to clean.
Review: Cuisinart DLC-2A Food Processor, Mini Prep Plus, Contributors to Macys.com
Review Credibility: Good Mariette Mifflin, About.com's guide to housewares and appliances, offers a brief write-up of the Cuisinart Mini-Prep Plus DLC-2A. She discusses the machine's features but doesn't appear to have conducted any hands-on testing, and she doesn't give it a star rating as she does for other products on the site. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: Cuisinart DLC-2A Mini Prep Plus Food Processor, Mariette Mifflin, Not dated
6. Bon Appetit
Review Credibility: Good Although there's no comparison testing mentioned, editors of the Bon Appétit Cookbook name the Cuisinart Mini-Prep Plus DLC-2A as their favorite mini chopper.
Review: In the Kitchen Tools: Food Processor, Editors of the Bon Appétit Cookbook, April 2008