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Vitamix 12-Cup Attachment Review

A food processor especially great for pizza, that gets most jobs done at a reasonable price
Vitamix 12-Cup Attachment
Credit: Vitamix
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Price:   $200 List | $199.95 at Amazon
Pros:  Great for pizza dough, pureeing perfection, easy to clean, mostly even slicing, little to no leakage
Cons:  Not great for applesauce, average chopping and shredding
Manufacturer:   Vitamix
By Hayley Thomas ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Aug 30, 2021
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#2 of 10
  • Chopping - 20% 6
  • Mixing - 20% 6
  • Pureeing - 20% 8
  • Shredding - 15% 6
  • Slicing - 15% 8
  • Cleaning - 10% 7

Our Verdict

With its stellar dough mixing and general pureeing and slicing capabilities the Vitamix 12-Cup is perfect for pizza. Mix dough to perfection and toss it in the fridge while you puree up a fresh basil-garlic tomato sauce and slice up some veggies or cured meat. It does not inspire raving reviews across the board but this food processor attachment will get most jobs done with a little patience and a few extra pulses. It is easy to clean, easy to use, and priced fairly, so if you are looking for something consistent, look no further than the Vitamix 12-Cup.

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Pros Great for pizza dough, pureeing perfection, easy to clean, mostly even slicing, little to no leakageGreat at pureeing and slicingGreat for shredding, slicing, good at choppingGreat at pureeing, good at chopping, inexpensiveInexpensive, better than average at mixing
Cons Not great for applesauce, average chopping and shreddingNo adjustability of shredding or slicingLittle more difficult to cleanLeaky, not the best at mixing, loudShreds and slices poorly, loud
Bottom Line A food processor especially great for pizza, that gets most jobs done at a reasonable priceOne of the best food processors you can get on a budget without sacrificing too much performanceOffering 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 Vitamix 12-Cup Atta... Cuisinart Custom 14 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%)
8.0
7.0
7.0
5.0
4.0
Cleaning (10%)
7.0
6.0
5.0
5.0
5.0
Specs Vitamix 12-Cup Atta... Cuisinart Custom 14 Professional Hamilton Beach 10-Cup BLACK+DECKER 8-Cup
Model # VM0215 DFP-14BCNY BN600/BN601 70730 FP1600B
Bowl Size 12 cup 14 cup 9 cup 10 cup 8 cup
Dimensions W: 8.5"
H: 12.8" (no base)
H: 19.6" (on tested base)
D: 11.8""
W: 7.75"
H: 15"
D: 10.75"
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 8 pounds, 12 ounces. Varies, tested with Vitamix A2300 blender base 12 pounds, 6 ounces 4 pounds, 8 ounces 3 pounds, 1 ounce 3 pounds, 2 ounces
BPA Free Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Motor Varies, tested with Vitamix A2300 blender base 720 Watt 850 Watt 450 Watt 450 Watt
Speed Control Pulse/(On/Off), varies, tested with Vitamix A2300 blender base On/(Pulse/Off) Chop/Puree/Dough/Disc/Low/High/Pulse High/Low/Pulse/Off On/(Pulse/Off)
Cord Storage Underside cord wrap; varies, tested with Vitamix A2300 blender base None External Cord Wrap Internal Underside Cord Wrap
Feet Varies, tested with Vitamix A2300 blender base Smooth Rubber Suction Cups Suction Cups Suction Cups
Decibels at 3ft 80.5, varies, tested with Vitamix A2300 blender base 61.5 80 96 95
Mini Bowl Blade N/A Yes N/A N/A N/A
Accessory Storage Case Yes No No No No
Slicing Disc 2 discs large and small; Non adjustable Non adjustable Non adjustable Non adjustable Non adjustable
Shredding Disc 2 discs large and small; Non adjustable Medium 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


A slightly above average performing model at a fair price.
A slightly above average performing model at a fair price.
Credit: Laura Casner

The Vitamix 12-Cup Attachment offers stellar performance in our pureeing, slicing, and cleaning metrics. The attachment does not come with a base, so we tested it with a Vitamix A2300 blender base.

Chopping


While the Vitamix 12-cup leaves a little to be desired in the chopping realm, it holds up to most of its competitors. During our testing, we chopped a plethora of different foods, from watery onions to dry nuts. We paid special attention to the evenness and preciseness of the chop.


The pulse button starts a little slow when compared to some of the Vitamix's competitors. It also stops slowly when working with a large amount of something or with more dense foods. The first vegetable we attempted to chop was a juicy onion. The Vitamix performs very well here. It takes roughly four short pulses to completely chop the onion; however, the chop is more of a mince. The results are crisp and unmutilated, but the size of the pieces varies a bit from minced to bite-size.

The 12-Cup chops up onions without turning them into mush.
The 12-Cup chops up onions without turning them into mush.
Credit: Laura Casner

Next, we tried chopping up some carrots. This model offers a decent chop of harder veggies like this after three short pulses. After six pulses, the carrot is mostly chopped, and the size is mostly uniform, but not completely. The blades are sharp and precise, so you don't have to worry much about turning your carrots into mush and can continue pulsing if you'd prefer not to have any larger pieces.

There some variance in the size of the chopped carrots.
There some variance in the size of the chopped carrots.
Credit: Austin Palmer

The almonds rendered a different result. After six pulses, there is a lot of nut dust, and the almonds are chopped rather unevenly. However, it does a great job of ensuring that every nut is chopped and no whole nuts are left behind, which is an issue we experienced with many other food processors.

All the almost are chopped, but some more so than others.
All the almost are chopped, but some more so than others.
Credit: Austin Palmer

Mixing


During our mixing test, we tried making pizza dough, mayonnaise, and pie crust. When compared to other options in our test suite, its performance is average — it gets the job done.


For our first test, we tried mixing pizza dough. This is truly where the Vitamix 12-cup shines. It handles like an absolute champ. The general design of the blade and shaft allow for everything to be mixed to completion without any sticky bits hanging on the sides or top of the bowl, so much so that you barely even have to wash the top. The pie crust, like the pizza dough, mixes well and provides great elasticity.

Trying to make mayonnaise, on the other hand, was a different story. It feels as though the blades do not whip fast enough to fluff up the egg, although the lemon and egg do mix quite nicely.

This puppy mixes up pizza dough like a professional.
This puppy mixes up pizza dough like a professional.
Credit: Laura Casner

Pureeing


We whipped up some hummus, nut butter, tomato sauce, and applesauce during our pureeing testing. It works very well across the board, with the exception of applesauce. We also tested how leakproof each processor is through a water test. The rubber seal and tightly fitting lid of the Vitamix results in a completely leak-free appliance.


The Vitamix 12-Cup stops automatically after two and a half minutes, at which point your hummus will be practically done. It provides a nice, smooth consistency, just shy of what you might purchase in a grocery store.

Nut butter can be difficult for food processors to blend successfully, but this model knocked it out of the park. After roughly six minutes, the Vitamix 12-Cup produces a smooth and creamy butter, with almost no extra splatter on the walls and lid. You are also left with no chunks or unpureed pieces.

Smooth at butter... nut butter.
Smooth at butter... nut butter.
Credit: Austin Palmer

Tomato sauce is whipped up so quickly that you almost have no excuse for buying premade sauce. After 20 seconds, the garlic and tomato chunks are blended together as one. Unfortunately, we can't say the same for our applesauce test, which requires a lot more time to produce a smooth product.

We love how quickly we could whip up tomato sauce.
From whole tomatoes to this in seconds.
Better than store bought sauce.

Shredding


Much like the mixing and chopping, the Vitamix gets the job done but isn't anything to write home about. The two discs offer two shredding size options, both of which we happily shredded cheese, potatoes, and carrots with.


This model performs pretty well in the cheese potato department but leaves plenty of room for improvement. The shred is somewhat uniform but leaves some crumbly bits of cheese smooshed to the walls and lid, while the potatoes are left quite wet. On the other hand, carrots are easily chopped, mostly uniform, and left nice and crisp.

The 12-Cup shreds cheese pretty uniformly.
The potatoes came out a little wet.
The shredded carrots are crisp as can be.

Slicing


This is where the Vitamix 12-Cup starts to impress us. Similar to the shredding discs, it comes with a large and small slicing disc, both of which perform admirably. During this test, we slice up tomatoes, potatoes, and zucchinis.


All three of these veggies sliced with ease, but we were especially impressed with the tomato. As you can imagine, slicing delicate fruits or vegetables can turn into a sloppy mutilated mess. The Vitamix 12-Cup slices soft tomatoes in uniform and with not smoosh to speak of.

It can be hard to slide fruit as delicate as tomatoes.
It can be hard to slide fruit as delicate as tomatoes.
Credit: Austin Palmer

This model also slices potatoes and zucchinis well, but they both come out a little tapered. This isn't too big of a deal, but it is worth noting. We especially noticed tapering once we started using the plunger, as there is simply not as much control.

Sliced potatoes for the perfect cheesy potato bake.
The zucchini is little tapered but the slices are pretty consistent.

Cleaning


Generally speaking, the Vitamix 12-Cup is easy to clean. The whole thing, besides the base, is BPA Free & Dishwasher Safe.

The blade is very easy to get a grip on and clean without much fear of getting cut while adjusting your grip, and the bowl separates from everything else, so there are no hard-to-reach spots unless you have especially large hands. The plunger has a small opening which can be difficult to get into, so a bottle brush will make the whole process a lot easier.

Cleaning all these bits and pieces is especially easy when you throw...
Cleaning all these bits and pieces is especially easy when you throw them in the dish washer.
Credit: Laura Casner

Value


The Vitamix 12-Cup is a great value, plain and simple. While it doesn't blow us away with its performance across the board, it gets the job done with a few extra pulses. It performs in line with most high-performing options, except for those that cost nearly three times as much. If money is no object and you want the best of the best, you may want to check out some of our higher-performing options, but if you are not looking to spend your rent money on a kitchen appliance this month, the Vitamix 12-Cup is a great option.

Conclusion


If you like to make pizza from scratch, then the Vitamix 12-Cup is the right choice for you. While it struggles with mixing foods like mayonnaise, it mixes dough to perfection, purees like a boss, and slices well too. There are no categories where it truly fails, although it may require an additional pulse or two while chopping. Overall this food processor is a great option for anyone looking for a well-rounded appliance at a fair price.

Hayley Thomas