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Cuisinart Custom 14 Review

One of the best food processors you can get on a budget without sacrificing too much performance
Cuisinart Custom 14
Credit: Cuisinart
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Price:   $250 List | $259.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Great at pureeing and slicing
Cons:  No adjustability of shredding or slicing
Manufacturer:   Cuisinart
By David Wise and Austin Palmer  ⋅  Aug 30, 2021
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66
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RANKED
#3 of 10
  • Chopping - 20% 6
  • Mixing - 20% 6
  • Pureeing - 20% 8
  • Shredding - 15% 6
  • Slicing - 15% 7
  • Cleaning - 10% 6

Our Verdict

Cuisinart has a long history of making food processors, becoming so ubiquitous that they have become a generic trademark. The Cuisinart Custom 14's aesthetic remains similar to the earlier models, and this is what comes to mind for many people when they think of food processors. This model scored very well and has a reasonable price.

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Pros Great at pureeing and slicingGreat for pizza dough, pureeing perfection, easy to clean, mostly even slicing, little to no leakageGreat for shredding, slicing, good at choppingGreat at pureeing, good at chopping, inexpensiveInexpensive, better than average at mixing
Cons No adjustability of shredding or slicingNot great for applesauce, average chopping and shreddingLittle more difficult to cleanLeaky, not the best at mixing, loudShreds and slices poorly, loud
Bottom Line One of the best food processors you can get on a budget without sacrificing too much performanceA food processor especially great for pizza, that gets most jobs done at a reasonable priceOffering all-around excellent performance given its price tag, this is one of our favorites to anyone shopping for a bargain buyFor those trying to save some dough, this inexpensive model will get the job done, especially when it comes to pureeing and choppingA small model that is the least expensive and lowest scoring of the group
Rating Categories Cuisinart Custom 14 Vitamix 12-Cup Atta... Ninja Professional Hamilton Beach 10-Cup Black+Decker 8-Cup
Chopping (20%)
6.0
6.0
6.0
7.0
5.0
Mixing (20%)
6.0
6.0
6.0
5.0
6.0
Pureeing (20%)
8.0
8.0
7.0
8.0
4.0
Shredding (15%)
6.0
6.0
7.0
6.0
3.0
Slicing (15%)
7.0
8.0
7.0
5.0
4.0
Cleaning (10%)
6.0
7.0
5.0
5.0
5.0
Specs Cuisinart Custom 14 Vitamix 12-Cup Atta... Ninja Professional Hamilton Beach 10-Cup Black+Decker 8-Cup
Model # DFP-14BCNY VM0215 BN600/BN601 70730 FP1600B
Bowl Size 14 cup 12 cup 9 cup 10 cup 8 cup
Dimensions W: 7.75"
H: 15"
D: 10.75"
W: 8.5"
H: 12.8" (no base)
H: 19.6" (on tested base)
D: 11.8""
W: 9.9"
H: 15.6"
D: 7.3"
W: 10.5"
H: 15.5"
D: 8.5"
W: 7.5"
H: 15.3"
D: 10.7"
Measured Weight of Base 12 pounds, 6 ounces 8 pounds, 12 ounces. Varies, tested with Vitamix A2300 blender base 4 pounds, 8 ounces 3 pounds, 1 ounce 3 pounds, 2 ounces
BPA Free Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Motor 720 Watt Varies, tested with Vitamix A2300 blender base 850 Watt 450 Watt 450 Watt
Speed Control On/(Pulse/Off) Pulse/(On/Off), varies, tested with Vitamix A2300 blender base Chop/Puree/Dough/Disc/Low/High/Pulse High/Low/Pulse/Off On/(Pulse/Off)
Cord Storage None Underside cord wrap; varies, tested with Vitamix A2300 blender base External Cord Wrap Internal Underside Cord Wrap
Feet Smooth Rubber Varies, tested with Vitamix A2300 blender base Suction Cups Suction Cups Suction Cups
Decibels at 3ft 61.5 80.5, varies, tested with Vitamix A2300 blender base 80 96 95
Mini Bowl Blade Yes N/A N/A N/A N/A
Accessory Storage Case No Yes No No No
Slicing Disc Non adjustable 2 discs large and small; Non adjustable Non adjustable Non adjustable Non adjustable
Shredding Disc Medium 2 discs large and small; Non adjustable Non adjustable Medium Medium
Dough Blade No No Yes No No
Whipping Attatchment No No No No No
Citrus Juicer No No No No No
Dicing Kit No No No No No
Build in Bowl Scraper No No No Yes No
French Fry Disc No No No No No
Julienne Disc No No No No No

Our Analysis and Test Results

Performance Comparison


The Cuisinart is an overall high performer with an excellent price.
The Cuisinart is an overall high performer with an excellent price.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Chopping


The Custom 14 did alright in our chopping test. We chopped almonds, carrots, and onions in each machine, looking for the most consistent, uniform chop with no aberrant large pieces. We also timed how long it took for the blade to stop spinning when the button was released, assessing the level of control you had over the food processor.


This model's blade stops spinning immediately, offering you precise control over how chopped your food is. This model did a good job at chopping almonds, tying for third place overall. The almonds weren't chopped as much as we would like, but they weren't pulverized into dust like other models. This model didn't do the greatest when chopping carrots, earning one of the lowest scores.

The mediocre chopped carrots produced by the Custom.
The mediocre chopped carrots produced by the Custom.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

The size wasn't the most uniform, and the mix got a little over-chopped while trying to reduce the larger chunks to an appropriate size. This model's performance did recover slightly when it came to chopping onions.

Only a handful of larger chunks snuck past the blade when chopping...
Only a handful of larger chunks snuck past the blade when chopping onions with the Custom.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

This food processor did about average, performing similarly to the Cuisinart Elite. The mixture was primarily uniform, though there were a handful of larger chunks thrown in.

This model lacked a dough blade, so we used its chopping blade for...
This model lacked a dough blade, so we used its chopping blade for all of our mixing tests.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Mixing


Our mixing metric consisted of making pizza dough, pie crust dough, and mayonnaise from scratch in each machine and comparing the results. The Cuisinart performed about the same as chopping.


It did a great job making pizza dough, tying for the top-quality product with some of our high performers. This model was by far the fastest at mixing the dough, with no signs of a struggle from the motor. This model lacked a dough blade, but there were no apparent negative effects. Performance decreased slightly when we mixed pie crust dough in this machine. It would shoot flour out while mixing, failing to incorporate it and making dough that was a little less consistent than the KitchenAid models. It failed to make our mayonnaise recipe, with the blades failing to mix the lemon juice and the egg. This model could potentially work if you doubled the recipe.

Pureeing


The Cuisinart Custom displayed its pureeing prowess in this metric — one of the highest scores overall. We compared the quality of the nut butter, applesauce, tomato sauce, and hummus produced by each machine and determined how much water leaked out of the machines when they were filled to their maximum fill line and turned on.


This model an excellent hummus. However, both the tomato sauce and the applesauce were the perfect consistency after the prescribed amount of pureeing time, earning this model the top score in both of those tests. It took about 19 minutes to grind nut butter to satisfaction, though it did require a spatula scrape at the very start of the test to keep it happy. This need for human intervention did drop its score slightly.

Credit: Jenna Ammerman

This model didn't leak at all, taking about three and a quarter cups of water to reach the marked line. The water was about a half-inch below the seam when filled to this point.

The shredding blade installed on the Custom.
The shredding blade installed on the Custom.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Shredding


The Custom does an above-average job at shredding. We looked at how this model shredded potatoes, carrots, and cheese and if the shredding blade had any adjustable settings on it.


This model did a fantastic job at shredding carrots, earning the second-highest score of the entire group. The shreds were crisp and dry, though not quite on the same level as the Breville.

These shredded carrots were just narrowly beat out by the Breville's...
These shredded carrots were just narrowly beat out by the Breville's for the top score.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

This model did about average when it came to shredding potatoes . However, it did leave two large slices of potatoes un-shredded above the blade.

The shredded potatoes were more acceptable than extraordinary.
The shredded potatoes were more acceptable than extraordinary.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

This food processor did a little worse when we shredded cheese with it, making strands that were a little on the weaker side. It also only comes with a medium shredding disc.

The included slicing blade on the Cuisinart Custom.
The included slicing blade on the Cuisinart Custom.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Slicing


The Cuisinart did better at slicing than shredding, tying for the runner-up position. We sliced tomatoes, potatoes, and zucchini, looking for consistent, uniform slices without any noticeable taper. We also compared the ability to adjust the blade to alter the slice thickness.


This model came with a 4mm slicing disc, though others can be purchased separately. This model had the largest feed tube and easily fit even the largest of our test tomatoes. The slices were fantastic, with no noticeable taper or mangling of the tomato.

The slices were great, but not quite top-quality.
The slices were great, but not quite top-quality.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

This food processor also did the best at slicing potatoes, producing as close to perfect slices as you could expect. The zucchini slices were about average due to the fact that there were some botched cuts and slices of varying thickness.

The components of the Cuisinart Custom, set out to dry.
The components of the Cuisinart Custom, set out to dry.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Cleaning


The final metric, cleaning, is where we assessed how much of a pain it was to clean these products after using them. The Cuisinart Custom wasn't too bad, as it didn't cause much frustration when it was time for dishes.


The bowl, lid, blades, and discs are all dishwasher safe, though it is recommended that they are washed on the top shelf only. The blade was a little on the short side, making it a little difficult to clean around where it attaches to the shaft. The bowl is simple to clean, with no extra plastic details that would catch food. The lid had a few problem areas, but nothing that was too bad.

The included accessories with the Custom.
The included accessories with the Custom.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Value


This model is a great value — enough to earn it an award. It was the second-highest score overall and had a price that isn't terrible on the wallet.

The Cuisinart Custom all set up with its chopping blade.
The Cuisinart Custom all set up with its chopping blade.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Conclusion


This model is a great bet if you want the best possible food processor you can get while still saving some cash. Overall, it has a high score, with no serious shortcomings or pitfalls. This is a great model for most kitchens, especially if you are shopping on a budget. If the price is too high, you may want to consider other value options.

The Cuisinart Custom is one of the best value options out there.
The Cuisinart Custom is one of the best value options out there.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

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