Cuisinart Elite Collection 2.0 14-Cup Review
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|Bottom Line||Offers average performance for an upscale price, but is excellent for slicing||Chops up the competition in every metric, but at a high price||Exceeds expectations across the board, but you'll pay for the performance||Best overall performing model for the price||It won't slice down the competition but will chop up its price tag|
|Rating Categories||Cuisinart Elite Col...||Breville Sous Chef...||Magimix Compact 320...||Cuisinart Custom 14||Hamilton Beach 10-Cup|
|Specs||Cuisinart Elite Col...||Breville Sous Chef...||Magimix Compact 320...||Cuisinart Custom 14||Hamilton Beach 10-Cup|
|Bowl Size||14 cup and 4.5 cup mini bowl||16 cup and 2.5 cup mini bowl||12 cup||14 cup||10 cup|
|Measured Weight of Base||14 pounds, 9 ounces||15 pounds, 8 ounces||1 pound 12 ounces||12 pounds, 6 ounces||3 pounds, 1 ounce|
|Motor||1300 Watt||1200 Watt||650 Watt||720 Watt||450 Watt|
|Feet||Textured Rubber||Smooth Rubber (Non-Skid)||Textured Rubber||Smooth Rubber||Suction Cups|
|Decibels at 3ft||61.5||67.5||77||61.5||96|
|Mini Bowl Blade||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||N/A|
|Accessory Storage Case||Yes||Yes||No||No||No|
|Slicing Disc||Adjustable to 8mm||Adjustable to 8mm||2mm and 4mm discs||Non adjustable||Non adjustable|
|Shredding Disc||Fine and Medium||Fine and Medium||2mm and 4mm discs||Medium||Medium|
|Built-in Bowl Scraper||No||No||No||No||Yes|
|French Fry Disc||No||Yes||No||No||No|
Our Analysis and Test Results
A dislike of chopping onions may be the primary reason that you are even considering getting one of these products in the first place. Even if you don't mind shedding a few tears during food preparation, any good food processor should handle chopping things with ease. The Cuisinart Elite earned an average score for its performance at chopping onions, carrots, almonds, and for the level of control offered by the "Pulse" button. The majority of two quartered onions were finely chopped with six pulses, except for the three very large chunks that remained un-chopped.
The Elite did worse at chopping carrots, actually tying for the lowest score of the group. It struggled to chop them all, leaving a bunch of large chunks and correctly chopped carrots or over-processing a large portion of the batch to eliminate the residual larger pieces. It did substantially better at chopping almonds, producing a third-tier quality product. The almonds were chopped, but it took a little longer than other models, and the Elite produced a lot more pulverized almond dust than we would have liked. However, this model offered some of the most precise control, with the blade stopping immediately upon the release of the "Pulse" button.
The Elite did equivalently well at mixing. We evaluated and ranked the pie crust dough, mayonnaise, and pizza dough produced by each appliance. It did an acceptable job at mixing pizza dough, though it required some intervention with a spatula to knock the ball down to keep mixing. The ball of dough kept dragging on the lid and staying too wet rather than adequately mixing, requiring some intervention. It did a little better with pie crust dough, though there was some side sticking while mixing. The dough had some dry spots in it when rolled out, evidence of insufficient mixing. We could not successfully make mayonnaise in this model, but it would mix the lemon and egg in our one cup recipe.
The Elite scored also scored average in the pureeing metric. We compared the hummus, nut butter, tomato sauce, and applesauce created in each machine, using a panel of tasters to determine the scores. The hummus made by this machine was very smooth and was rated high by our panel. It did average at grinding nut butter, though it initially took some babysitting, producing a satisfactory finished product in around 16 minutes.
The tomato sauce was above-average quality, while the applesauce produced a product that was chunky; a large chunk of apple was lect un-pureed. This model didn't do the best in our leak test, with water slowly dripping out around the seal.
The maximum fill line was at close to 10 cups of water in the bowl, which may have been a little ambitious.
The performance dropped when it came to shredding. We compared the shredded cheese, carrots, and potatoes created by each food processor and compared and contrasted the level of shredding adjustability provided by each machine.
The Elite has both a fine and medium shredding option. It didn't do the best at shredding cheese, tying for the lowest score with a few other models.
This model did average at shredding potatoes, with around 80% of the shredded potato being high quality and the rest being small and stringy. The Elite even further improved when it came to shredding carrots, with the actual shreds being very nice, with only a small part being a mutilated mush.
It also neglected to shred a handful of pieces, dropping its score slightly.
This model would fit a two pound block of cheese in the chute without trimming. However, a relatively large chunk of cheese managed to squeeze through the shredding disc without being shredded, and the shredded cheese produced had plenty of crumbles, reducing the quality.
This is the single metric where the Elite truly shined. We tested each machine by slicing tomatoes, zucchini, and potatoes, and the Elite did a great job at shredding all three. We also really liked how the disc on this model was easily adjustable for slicing thickness, with millimeter increments marked out. The sliced potatoes were about as perfect as we could hope for, with only a minuscule bit of taper on some slices. The sliced tomatoes were also fantastic, and the chute was large enough to fit even the largest tomato we tested with, even though it was a bit tight.
The zucchini slices were also impeccable, though the large chute made skinnier objects prone to fall over. Regardless, the slices were very consistent and had almost zero taper.
The bowl, lid, blades, and discs are all dishwasher safe, though the manufacturer recommends using the top shelf only. The blade was of medium length and easy to wash manually. The lid and bowl both were simple to clean, with no annoying plastic details for food to become snared in.
Should You Buy the Cuisinart Elite Collection 2.0?
While this model excelled at slicing, it failed to impress in other tests in our best food processors review. While it might be a good option if you only want to slice things, the price tag seems quite high for a slicing-only machine. There are certainly other options that perform better and cost less.
What Other Food Processors Should You Consider?
For the performance, this model is rather pricy. The Custom 14 was our favorite Cuisinart model, and it scores higher and costs less. The Hamilton Beach 10-Cup is super affordable and scores very high in our rankings, making for an excellent value buy. The Breville Sous Chef 16 Pro takes the cake for overall performance, earning high marks across the board and the title of our favorite food processor. If you can afford it and want the best, the Breville is the model we'd recommend.