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DeLonghi DFP250 Review

Editor's Note: This review has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it no longer ranks as a top 10 product. The original review is below, but check out our current top 10 about Food Processors here.

Our Verdict

Although the food processor is smaller than other units, it still proves quite powerful and efficient at cutting up a variety of food.

For

  • Its sharp blades quickly and evenly cut food with ease.

Against

  • The warranty period for individual parts and motor replacement is only one year.
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DeLonghi DFP250 image: This food processor is sturdy and can fit up to 9 cups of food or liquids.

DeLonghi DFP250 image: This food processor is sturdy and can fit up to 9 cups of food or liquids.
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DeLonghi DFP250 image: This food processor consists of relatively few pieces, which means it's quite easy to clean.

DeLonghi DFP250 image: This food processor consists of relatively few pieces, which means it's quite easy to clean.
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DeLonghi DFP250 image: This is a compact food processor that you can easily store it between uses.

DeLonghi DFP250 image: This is a compact food processor that you can easily store it between uses.
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DeLonghi DFP250 image: The included blender attachment is well-suited for making soups and dressings.

DeLonghi DFP250 image: The included blender attachment is well-suited for making soups and dressings.
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DeLonghi DFP250 image: This food processor allows you to easily chop food and then blend it for healthy smoothies.

DeLonghi DFP250 image: This food processor allows you to easily chop food and then blend it for healthy smoothies.
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DeLonghi DFP250 image: This food processor comes with a blender attachment, enabling you to create beverages with perfect smoothness.

DeLonghi DFP250 image: This food processor comes with a blender attachment, enabling you to create beverages with perfect smoothness.
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DeLonghi DFP250 image: The single S-blade and kneading blade can handle the most common processing activities.

Editor's Note: This review has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it no longer ranks as a top 10 product. The original review is below, but check out our current top 10 about Food Processors here.

The DeLonghi DFP250 is a small yet highly-efficient food processor that doubles as a blender. Despite its small bowl and low-wattage motor, it surpasses the performance of many other units due to its high-quality cutting blades and disks. It quickly reduces hard vegetables like potatoes to thin and even slices, and it even easily shreds cheese without mushing the end product together. 

This blender food processor offers a significant amount of control in a modestly-sized unit. Its bowl only accommodates up to 9 cups of food, but this does little to detract from its overall efficiency at cutting food. Our first test pitted the device against almonds, and its chopping function performed admirably. It successfully reduced the almonds down to a small grind in about two dozen pulses, which was considerably fewer than many other models.

In our other tests, the DeLonghi DFP250 performed with great efficiency. With the slicing disk attachment, it turned full potatoes into consistent slices ideal for potato chips, or even potatoes au gratin. Likewise, we used the slicing attachment on mushrooms, and they came out with perfect uniformity and with little of the mushroom reduced to a mashed state. The shredding attachment proved equally efficient, and quickly shredded cheeses without leaving large chunks behind.
 

In comparison to other small food processors that are more simple in design, this device has something of a learning curve. Truthfully, the individual pieces such as the bowl, blades and drive shaft are somewhat finicky. In our tests we found that they require a bit of work to attach them, but once that is complete, the device is quite easy to use overall. It is controlled with a single rotating dial on the front of the body, allowing you to turn the unit off, activate the pulse or utilize blending speeds.

Whereas other processors consist of numerous pieces that make cleaning a lengthy and difficult process, this device proved just the opposite. Further, despite the various nooks and crannies typical to processors, this device was incredibly easy to clean. It took us an average of eight and a half minutes to clean the device after each use, which was nearly two minutes faster than any other model we tested.

Design

This is one of the best food processors due to its versatility as both a blender and food processor. It comes with a simple 9-cup bowl for food processing, as well as a 40-ounce blender attachment. The motor is rated for 400 watts, which is a fraction of other top processors. However, the motor is designed with a patented dual-drive system that allows it to adjust to different speeds based on the hardness of food being processed.

The unit comes with two disks and two blades. The blades consist of the standard S-blade and dough kneader, and the two disks facilitate thick and fine slicing and shredding. This ensures you can do the most common tasks like chopping onions, slicing potatoes and shredding cheese. These attachments are constructed of a high-quality stainless steel and typically result in fully-processed food without the usual issue of large food chunks left behind.

The DeLonghi DFP250 is covered by a simple one-year warranty for both the motor and individual parts, which is among the shortest we found for top-rated food processors. However, contacting the manufacturer is an easy process. The best method of contact is phone, as it allows for more prompt assistance with issues, whereas email can take upward of three business days for a turnaround. To receive warranty coverage for your product, you’ll need to register with the manufacturer’s website first, which typically entails providing the model and serial number for the device, as well as your contact information.

When you compare the DeLonghi DFP250 to other processor specifications, this device doesn’t look like it measures up. It possesses a humble motor and a small bowl that belie its effective performance. It achieves some of the most consistent results with cutting food, and it is among the easiest of devices to use. It leaves behind few chunks of food and achieves the best results in a fraction of the time of other food processors we tested.