Pros: powerful, nice looking, came with two work bowls and pizza pan and pizza cutter
Cons: Food pusher tube contraption is a little fiddly
Let me start by saying I have ALWAYS wanted a Cuisinart. Always. I consider myself a serious, but frugal cook. I am short on space so if I put an appliance in my kitchen, it has to be a serious, multipurpose deal. I have my kitchenaid stand mixer, which I love, but when I use the veggie shredder/slicer, I get foodspitout all over the place.
When I set up the new appliance on my counter, I was not happy with the seemingly complicated food pusher. It is several moving parts - not simple at all. I am not sure it's going to be easy to clean that part, although the rest sure is easy to clean. Actually, I was so mad I was ready to return the whole thing and forget about it. But after looking at what else was available - I felt like Cuisinart was still the best bet.
Then I actually WATCHED the dvd that came with it. I saw a chef using his Cuisinart and how he handled the food pusher. After watching 8 or so recipes being made, I decided to give the thing a try. And after I made peace with the food pusher, I love the machine.
Since then I have made scones, salsa, pesto, made coleslaw, pureed roasted chicken with broth for sandwich spread, pureed storebought salsa to sneak it in my kids' food. Yum. It cuts my cleanup time measurably. And get this - ran out of mayo - made the most beautiful mayo WITH NO PRESERVATIVES or guar gum or nuthin'. Just egg and oil and lemon juice. Bing! I'll never buy mayo again. (I get my eggs from a trusted farm source and am not concerned about salmonella from them. I am more apt to get it from my big name grocery.)