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Cuisinart Custom 14-Cup DFP-14BCNY Review

The Cuisinart Custom 14 (DFP-14BCN) is a powerful 14-cup food processor that achieves near-perfect results for a wide range of food. Its simple design and adjustable blades allow you to achieve varying levels of thickness or fineness when processing food.

Our Verdict

This food processor combines power with quality parts to easily cut, puree or mix a wide range of ingredients.

For

  • Its blades are adjustable to allow for varying levels of thickness when cutting food.

Against

  • The processor occasionally cuts a slice of food thinner than the selected thickness.
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The Cuisinart Custom 14-Cup food processor comes with a large feeding chute that can hold up to two onions.

The Cuisinart Custom 14-Cup food processor comes with a large feeding chute that can hold up to two onions.
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Processing food is easy with the Cuisinart Custom since you only have to push one button.

Processing food is easy with the Cuisinart Custom since you only have to push one button.
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This food processors comes with a high-capacity bowl, which can hold up to 14 cups of food or liquid.

This food processors comes with a high-capacity bowl, which can hold up to 14 cups of food or liquid.
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The single S-blade included with the food processor can handle soft fruits.

The single S-blade included with the food processor can handle soft fruits.
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You can adjust this Cuisinart food processor’s blade height for different foods.

You can adjust this Cuisinart food processor’s blade height for different foods.
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The Cuisinart Custom is somewhat heavy, which contributes to its stability.

The Cuisinart Custom is somewhat heavy, which contributes to its stability.
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You can achieve a fine cut on soft cheese and hard vegetables alike with the shredding disks.

You can achieve a fine cut on soft cheese and hard vegetables alike with the shredding disks.
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When fully assembled, the Cuisinart’s lid locks into place with the touch of a finger.

When fully assembled, the Cuisinart’s lid locks into place with the touch of a finger.
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This Cuisinart food processor comes in multiple colors, including white and brushed chrome.

This Cuisinart food processor comes in multiple colors, including white and brushed chrome.
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The blades on the Cuisinart Custom processor can adjust to cut foods in different thicknesses.

The blades on the Cuisinart Custom processor can adjust to cut foods in different thicknesses.
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The Cuisinart Custom 14-Cup food processor has a modern design that looks good in any kitchen.

The Cuisinart Custom 14-Cup food processor has a modern design that looks good in any kitchen.
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Thanks to its quality blades, the Cuisinart food processors easily chops soft and hard foods alike.

Thanks to its quality blades, the Cuisinart food processors easily chops soft and hard foods alike.
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With just a few pulses, this food processor can reduce mixed vegetable for soups or sides.

With just a few pulses, this food processor can reduce mixed vegetable for soups or sides.
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With the included kneading blade, the Cuisinart Custom 14-Cup becomes an integral part of the dough-making process.

With the included kneading blade, the Cuisinart Custom 14-Cup becomes an integral part of the dough-making process.
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This Cuisinart food processor comes with multiple accessories, including cookbooks with useful recipes.

This Cuisinart food processor comes with multiple accessories, including cookbooks with useful recipes.
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The Cuisinart Custom 14-Cup food processor creates highly uniform results with just a few pulses.

The Cuisinart Custom 14-Cup food processor creates highly uniform results with just a few pulses.
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The Custom comes with multiple blades and disks to create a variety of cuts.

The Custom comes with multiple blades and disks to create a variety of cuts.
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The Cuisinart Custom 14-Cup processor’s lid is easy to detach so you can add ingredients and pour out the results.

The Cuisinart Custom 14-Cup processor’s lid is easy to detach so you can add ingredients and pour out the results.
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This food processor excels at slicing vegetables for simple salads.

This food processor excels at slicing vegetables for simple salads.
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The Cuisinart Custom’s large 14-cup bowl is easy to detach for quick cleaning between uses.

The Cuisinart Custom’s large 14-cup bowl is easy to detach for quick cleaning between uses.

The Cuisinart Custom 14 (DFP-14BCN) is a powerful 14-cup food processor that achieves near-perfect results for a wide range of food. Its simple design and adjustable blades allow you to achieve varying levels of thickness or fineness when processing food. Although the device doesn’t have advanced features like variable speeds or touch panel controls, it outperforms many other appliances thanks to its simple and durable design. The single S-blade works for chopping food like fruit, cheese and dressings, and works with incredible uniformity.

This is one of the best food processors in terms of simple performance, due to its versatility and consistent results. The single blade, cutting disk and dough kneader proved fully capable of achieving near-perfect uniformities in our testing. The slicing blade is adjustable, so you can get varying thicknesses on processed food. For example, this functionality allowed us to achieve both paper-thin and thick slices of potatoes and mushrooms alike. The only issues we found with uniformity were that the occasional slice of mushroom or potato was slightly thinner than the rest of the processed results.

Although it takes more pulses to fully grate parmesan than with some other models we tested, the processor yields near-perfect results without leaving large chunks of food behind or mashing processed food at the bottom of the bowl. In some cases, a large chunk of food can get wedged between the blade and lid, though these occurrences were rare in our experience. When kneading pie dough in our tests, this model perfectly integrated all of the ingredients together without leaving any wet spots or unincorporated elements. It performed most ideally when a recipe called for more than 3.5 cups of flour, and although it doesn’t have a speed setting specifically for dough, the included kneading blade is a helpful accessory and can save you the added cost of purchasing another appliance for kneading.

In addition to kneading, this food processor is also designed to puree foods like a blender. It performed admirably when we tested it for making salad dressing with cauliflower, though it ultimately depends on what types of food you wish to liquefy. It won’t crush ice for smoothies or achieve smooth liquid textures with the same efficiency as a blender, but it works quite well for textured purees like salsas, dressings and pasta sauces.

In cleaning this top-rated food processor, we found it took a little more than 12 minutes to fully prepare it for future uses. The appliance contains a lot of individual parts, such as the rubber seal along the top of the bowl, but the design allows you to reach every crevice of the device as you clean. After cleaning, it may take some practice to remember how everything comes together. However, because you can take apart all of the individual elements to remove food particles from the device as a whole, you can be sure there aren't any hidden pieces of food when you're done.

Be aware that the lid of the food processor locks in place by means of a button rather than a twist seal. In some instances, the lid seal can prove imperfect and allow food chunks to escape from the bowl. In our experience with the food processor, it was easy to avoid by making sure to hold the lid down firmly while pushing the lock button. Even though the lid locking functionality requires some practice to master, this does nothing to diminish the processor’s overall ease of use.

The bowl’s capacity is advertised as 14 cups, but this depends more on the type of food being processed. For cheeses, it utilizes the full bowl, but it can only handle up to 3 pounds of bread dough or 3 cups of chopped or pureed vegetables. Processed meat is a bit more difficult to chop in bulk, so the bowl load shouldn’t exceed 2 pounds, whereas with cake batters you can use more of the bowl, up to 4 pounds.

The single speed setting – pulse – makes this appliance simple to use. This way you can achieve the most desirable results or the most ideal uniformity without worrying about differing speeds yielding drastically different end products. The unit itself is rather heavy, but this makes it stable when processing loads that use the entire bowl. The blades sit quite close to the bottom of the bowl, which adds to its processing efficiency, particularly when incorporating dough or sauce ingredients.

The Cuisinart Custom 14 comes with an incredibly large feeding chute – one of the largest of all the appliances we tested. In some cases, it can accommodate a full potato. In our testing, the feeding tube worked well with large quantities of food or items large in size. The pusher assembly consists of two parts, with a small and removable clear pusher and a central feed tube, which means you can continuously feed ingredients while processing.

This food processor’s manufacturer, Cuisinart, offers warranties on the individual pieces as well as the motor itself. The motor is protected by a five-year warranty. While this is not as long as several other products we reviewed, it is still a sufficient in duration to allow for product flaws to be discovered and addressed. The entire unit is also covered by a three-year warranty, which covers all individual parts such as the bowl, blades and wiring.

Throughout our tests of processing foods of varying toughness, we found the Cuisinart Custom 14 to be the best food processor from a performance standpoint. It consistently produced highly-uniform results, whether it was shredded cheese or diced potatoes. A common issue among many other appliances is a final large chunk of food that the processor just can’t seem to reduce. This device rarely had the same issue due to the design of the cutting bowl, blade and disks. Its performance, combined with a simple design and ease of cleaning, makes this one of the most ideal machines for processing foods.