1 Store4 Reviews
Pros: Core functions work reliably and well
Cons: Hard to make the lid look clean, accessories can require cumbersome prepwork
My wife loves to cook. That being the case, it's a no-brainer that we needed a food processor. As fans of Cuisinart products, we decided to get the Cuisinart FP-12.
We don't use this machine for anything non-standard. It's good for mixing, shredding, chopping, etc.; everything that you would expect to use a food processor for.
The Cuisinart FP-12 comes with a 12-cup bowl as well as a nesting 4-cup bowl. We tend to use the main bowl most of the time, though the smaller one is good for small batches, and is a bit easier to run through the dishwasher because of its size. Each bowl comes with a separate chopping blade.
The package includes a dough blade (which only fits into the large bowl), designed to knead dough. We've never had cause to use this feature, since we generally use our KitchenAid mixer for working dough.
There are two adjustable slicing discs, one for shredding and one for chopping. They attach easily to the center of the bowl, and the foods to be processed can be fed through the feeding slot. The chopping disc can be adjusted for thickness, and the shredding blade can be reversed to control the fineness. We have used the chopping disc for beets and potatoes, and it works well, though a lot of prep work is required to make sure the food is small enough to fit into the feed slot.
Operation is a breeze with only three buttons: On, Off and Pulse. "On" turns the machine on, "Off" turns it off, and "Pulse" keeps it running only as long as you have your finger on that button.
Everything is dishwasher safe, though the plastic eventually gets a bit cloudy. That doesn't affect its operation. One major complaint is that there is a gasket inside the lid that gets a lot of food particles trapped in it, and can cause the lid to look dirty even if it's clean. I imagine one could get in there with a pipe cleaner and get a lot of those particles out, but who's got pipe cleaners anymore?
Aside from the issue with the appearance of the lid after continued use, the only other complaint is that sometimes using the accessories (chopping disc and shredding disc) requires more prepwork than I would prefer. Once you're ready to put things in the feed slot, the machine works admirably and quickly, but more than once I've had to go back to the chopping board to cut potatoes down to size to fit, and I've been left with the impression that it might have been quicker to chop them up manually.
The Bottom Line
Despite some quibbles about the cleaning and accessories, the core function of the Cuisinart FP-12 can't be beat, and the 12-cup bowl size is big enough to accommodate anything we do. I can't recommend it unreservedly, but it's a reliable workhorse in our kitchen.