Shredding, puréeing? Check. Chopping, slicing, grating? Questionable. In professional tests, it does well with shredding and puréeing tasks, but its chopping, slicing and grating performance are only average. One owner at Macys.com describes "fantastic results" with a wide range of tasks, including slicing vegetables, shredding cheese, chopping walnuts and blending frozen fruit smoothies. A few reviews warn that the Cuisinart can't handle thick bread dough, although as one user points out, the instructions do warn against using the machine for any dough too stiff to mix by hand.
"Fiddly" feed tube. To get the machine to lock, owners say food must be precut into such small pieces -- meaning it's often quicker to do the whole job by hand. However, other owners find the Cuisinart easy to assemble and use. Most say cleanup is simple, as all parts are dishwasher-safe; those who have to wash it by hand, however, say the blades and feed tube are tricky to clean. Storage can also be a problem, especially for the razor-sharp blades. A storage case for these parts is available for purchase but is not included with the machine.
Motor warranty shorter than some. The top-rated Cuisinart Prep 11 Plus DLC-2011CHB (*Est. $200), for example, has a 10-year motor warranty and the rest of the machine is covered for three years. The warranty on this lower-priced model, by contrast, covers the entire machine for just three years. We didn't find many durability complaints about the Pro Custom 11, so the shorter warranty may not be a major issue, but those who had to replace parts warn they are expensive.
No noise complaints. According to professional tests, it is one of the quietest models available. Users agree, saying this food processor is nice and quiet.
With the Cuisinart Pro Custom 11 DLC-8S, you get reliable, quiet performance for a low price tag. Its performance isn't as consistently strong as the Cuisinart Prep 11 Plus DLC-2011CHB, and it does have quirks, but it's still a solid budget choice.
Review Credibility: Excellent ConsumerReports.org provides ratings on the Cuisinart Pro Custom 11 DLC-8S and 33 other food processors. 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.
Review: Food Processors and Choppers, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, January 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good The Cuisinart Pro Custom 11 DLC-8S earns a near-perfect overall rating of 4.8 stars out of 5 at this retail site. Owners praise its versatility, power and great value. In more than 160 reviews, we found only a few complaints about durability -- though those who did need replacement parts caution that they are pricey.
Review: Cuisinart DLC-8S Food Processor, 11-Cup Pro Custom, Contributors to Macys.com
Review Credibility: Good In roughly 30 reviews, the Cuisinart Pro Custom 11 DLC-8S earns an overall rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Owners praise its efficient performance at a wide variety of kitchen tasks, though a few describe the safety device on the feed tube as "cumbersome."
Review: White 11-c. Classic Series Pro Custom 11 Food Processor by Cuisinart, Contributors to Cooking.com
Review Credibility: Good We found roughly 65 reviews here for the Cuisinart Pro Custom 11 DLC-8S, with ratings averaging 92 points out of 100. Owners say this food processor is very versatile and easy to use. They also like the fact that the parts are dishwasher-safe, though owners who had to clean them by hand say it's a nuisance.
Review: Cuisinart Pro Custom 11-Cup Food Processor DLC-8S Reviews, Contributors to Viewpoints.com
Review Credibility: Good The Cuisinart Pro Custom 11 DLC-8S gets an overall rating of 4.5 stars out of 5 from 25-plus users at Epinions.com. Owners describe it as powerful, versatile and easy to use, though some find the feed tube "fiddly."
Review: Cuisinart Pro Custom DLC-8 Food Processor, Contributors to Epinions.com