Effective for most everyday tasks. Mariette Mifflin of About.com says it does a good job with a variety of tasks: making salsa and dressing, chopping veggies and grinding nuts and spices. She cautions that "a very short pulsing action" works best, as it's easy to over-process foods in this machine -- a concern echoed by users at Macys.com. Provided that you process chunks of uniform size, however, Mifflin says it achieves results comparable to a full-sized food processor (unlike its smaller sibling, the Mini-Prep Plus DLC-2A).
Has very simple controls. It has one button for chopping (using the sharp side of the blade to process soft foods) and one for grinding (processing hard foods with a duller edge). All parts are dishwasher-safe, making cleanup easy (though a couple Macys.com users say washing by hand can be a pain). Storage is also no problem; in fact, many owners find it most convenient to leave this compact machine out on the counter for daily use.
More problems than its smaller sibling. We read several reports of motor failures and cracked blade housings, which can be hazardous if the blade comes loose while the machine is running. The DLC-4CHB is covered under warranty, but it's only 18 months long, and models needing repairs must be shipped back to Cuisinart at the user's expense.
Reviewers are split. At Macys.com and Amazon.com, we found both praise for its quietness and complaints about its loudness (including one from a user who describes it as a "horrible screeching noise"). Most owners, however, had nothing to say about it one way or another, suggesting noise level isn't a point of contention.
The Cuisinart Mini-Prep Plus DLC-4CHB can handle bigger tasks than the smaller Cuisinart Mini-Prep Plus DLC-2A (*Est. $40), though it still doesn't offer as many functions as a full-sized food processor. Many owners say they actually prefer this model to a larger machine. It's easy to use and clean, but we saw some complaints about durability. If all you need is a chopper for small jobs, the top-rated DLC-4CHB is more reliable.
Review Credibility: Excellent The Cuisinart Mini-Prep Plus DLC-4CHB gets more than 220 reviews at Amazon.com earning an average 4 stars out of 5. Owners say it's easy to use and clean, but we saw some complaints about durability, including motor problems and cracked blade housings.
Review: Cuisinart DLC-4CHB Mini-Prep Plus 4-Cup Food Processor, Brushed Stainless Steel, Contributors to Amazon.com
Review Credibility: Very Good Mariette Mifflin, About.com's guide to housewares and appliances, tests the Cuisinart Mini-Prep Plus DLC-4CHB in her own kitchen. She finds it gives results "typical of most food processors," and the 4-cup size is very convenient. However, she cautions that it's easy to over-process, so short pulses work best. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: Cuisinart Food Processor Mini-Prep Plus DLC-4CHB Review, Mariette Mifflin, Nov. 22, 2009
Review Credibility: Good We found about 30 reviews for the Cuisinart Mini-Prep Plus DLC-4CHB at Macys.com, with an overall rating of 4.3 stars (out of 5). Most users say its size makes it ideal for daily use, and it's both effective and easy to clean. We saw some complaints that it turns everything to purée, however, as well as a couple of complaints about durability.
Review: Cuisinart DLC-4CHB Food Processor, Mini Prep Plus, Contributors to Macys.com