Cuisinart FP-12DCN Elite Collection 2.0 12-Cup Food Processor Review

brand new cuisinart food processorThe Cuisinart FP-12DCN is a 12-cup food processor. It comes in 3 different colors: white, brushed chrome, and black. All of these colors look nice but the brushed chrome looks particularly classy. It comes with all of the accessories you need. There are food processors out there available at different price points – this one is kind of on the high side. You could definitely spend less money on a food processor.

But, this one has a very powerful motor. You can expect high-end performance and it is backed by an amazing warranty. Below, we took a closer look at this small kitchen appliance and reported our findings.

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1000-Watt Food Processing Performance King

The small Cuisinart FP-12DCN food processor will easily fit in your cabinet. With measurements of 13.2 x 18.8 x 11.5 inches and 19 pounds, it leaves a small footprint. It can easily tuck away in a corner or take up residence on your countertop. If you’ve read any of the other reviews here then you know that I have a preference for smaller appliances, and will typically recommend the smaller appliance when all else is equal.

bowls with chopped veggies This food processor is powerful. With 1000 watts, it can easily make quick work of chopping, slicing and mixing jobs. Before we bought our Vitamix 6300 (which replaces about 9 different appliances), we would use our food processor to shred cabbage and make salsa.

The Cuisinart FP-12DCN comes with 5 different blades that can handle a bunch of different jobs. There is an adjustable slicing disc which can slice in thicknesses ranging from 1-6mm, a fine and medium blade, a large and small chopping or mixing blades, and a blade for dough making.

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It has a 12-cup capacity which is large enough to handle most jobs that the home chef might embark on. It would definitely be the star player in your holiday meal prep. The 4-cup bowl is perfect for your smaller jobs. Both bowls have a pour spout for added convenience. You won’t have to worry about spilling your food all over the counter.

The touchpad control panel is very simple and easy to use. It has just 3 large buttons: on, off, and pulse. When the power is on you will see the blue LED lights illuminate the buttons.

Another benefit of this food processor is that the work bowl seal is tighter than on prior models. This allows you to keep working with out worrying about whether or not you’re going to make a mess.

Products that have great warranties should always get your attention. While most food processors have a 1-year warranty, the Cuisinart FP-12DCN has a 10-year warranty that covers the motor (the part that will get the most wear). The rest of the machine is covered by a 3-year limited warranty.

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  • 1000-watt motor
  • 5 different adjustable blades to tackle different cutting jobs
  • Measures 16-4/5 by 15-1/2 by 10-1/4 inches
  • 13.2 x 18.8 x 11.5 inches; 19 pounds
  • 10-year motor warranty

Cuisinart FP-12DCN Food Processor Compared to Other Food Processors

The KitchenAid KFP1322ER 13-cup food processor is comparable to the Cuisinart FP-12DCN. It has a very wide feed tube. It has 4 power buttons: off, low, high, and pulse. While the base material of the Cuisinart is die cast, the KitchenAid is made of polycarbonate plastic. The KitchenAid is smaller than the Cuisinart.

The stand out feature of the KitchenAid KFP1322ER is the externally adjustable exact slice system. This makes changing the slicing thickness much easier. You simply slide the lever left or right to adjust the blade.

Although, all of the features are fairly comparable, this KitchenAid model is not in the same league as the Cuisinart; what really separates the two for me is the warranty. The Cuisinart FP-12DCN has a 10-year warranty while the KitchenAid has a paltry 1-year warranty.

For me, compared to the Cuisinart, the KitchenAid is a non-factor. The difference between the two warranties is very substantial.

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The Cuisinart FP-12DCN seems to be a quality food processor. Although its price might be prohibitive to some customers, it could be worth it to you. And as the overused mantra goes, “you get what you pay for”. If you invest in quality you are often rewarded with a greater long-term value, and better performance. It has an amazing warranty (10 years). On top of that, Cuisinart is a brand that is known for making very good food processors.

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