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Cuisinart Prep Food Processor is undeniably attractive looking appliance that adds to the elegance of your kitchen because of its brushed stainless steel look. However, white colored machines are also available for the kitchen where no other color would look good. These processors can be stored easily because they weigh anywhere between 12 to 18 pounds, and are merely 7 inches x 9.5 inches x 13 inches in size.
Their compact size makes them perfect for both small and large kitchens. People with smaller families can opt for 7 or 9 cup Prep Plus food processors. For slightly larger families, there is the 11 cup option, as well. The 600 watts motor in this Cuisinart allows them to process both small as well as large quantities of food.
Models of Cuisinart Prep Plus Food Processor
The company has launched quite a few models under this product line. The list includes the DLC-2009CHB, DLC-2011N, Prep 11 plus, and DLC-4CHB. Cuisinart Prep Plus DLC-4CHB is actually a mini food processor which can be used for processing smaller quantities as is needed in regular cooking. It can become a good supplementary food processor to any larger one, effectively reducing the need to pull out, clean, wipe, and pack the larger and heavier machine after completing a much smaller task.
This small food machine is available for approximately $40 as of now. Slightly larger models of Prep Plus Food processor such as DLC-2009CBH are available for less than $150. The Cuisinart Prep 11 plus costs almost $180. Functionality of these food machine models varies accordingly, i.e., costlier products are useful for more functions, and also have more features.
General Features of Cuisinart Prep Food Processor:
a. Unbreakable Lexan Bowls
Lexan is a patented brand of polycarbonate that is difficult to break or shatter. Completely, people using this processor will not sustain any injuries due to splinters. This patented plastic is also heat proof, as well as cold resistant material. In addition, this plastic is BPA free.
b. Wide Mouth Feed Tube
Its feed tube has a mouth wide enough for feeding the whole fruit or whole vegetable, without cutting them into smaller sizes as is necessary in the case of food processors with narrow feed tubes.
c. Bowls have Wide Mouths
d. 2 speed touchpad controls
e. Automatic speed adjusting feature for baking products and dough
f. Large variety of blades such as slicing, shredding, chopping, mincing, and mixing. These come as discs.
g. One blade for mixing dough
h. A stem that holds the blades
i. A spatula for stirring the food if needed
j. Provision for cord storage
There are unique features included or added in higher end of the Cuisinart Prep Plus . For example, Cuisinart Prep 11 Plus has an induction motor of 612 watts. This motor generates alternate speeds because of which the mixing and grinding are of uniform consistency. This model also consists of more controls, i.e., on and off, apart from pulse and dough. In addition to these features Cuisinart Prep 11 plus has a unique and patented technology for dough control. This product is perfect for those who often have family get together, i.e., gatherings that are not very large yet not exactly small or medium sized. There is a steel dough blade in this design.
Unlike many food processors of the same category, cleaning bowls, blades, spatula, and stem of this processor is easy to operate because these can be removed and washed in dishwashers. The operation is quite smooth and quiet, without any jerks and vibrations. The real test for the efficacy of motor and the food processor’s design excellence is its performance while kneading different types of dough, and Cuisinart Prep Plus Food processor excel in this.
Cuisinart offers 10 year warranty for its motor and 3 years warranty for its parts is much longer than the warranties that come with several processors with similar specifications. The Touch-pad control panel is quite easy in operation, and robust machine gives consistent results. The blades are pretty efficient and long lasting, and there is availability of spare parts, and accessories so users can easily replace the damaged parts of Prep Plus.
Cons of Cuisinart Prep Food Processor
Locking of the bowl with the machine needs to be done carefully as, otherwise the bowl may break. Moreover, only one bowl is provided with each of these food processors. Therefore, people have to buy other bowls compatible with these machines for processing more or fewer quantities of food.
There are a few discontinued models as well, and these Cuisinart Prep Plus Food Processor are available for slightly lower price in the markets because these may be refurbished. The extended warranty associated with these food processors is not available on refurbished units.
Some users have experienced that assembling discs is a bit complicated, and these food processors have limited speed controls. One more downside is that the feed tubes can get discolored if washed in dishwashers.
The Cuisinart Prep Plus Food Processor is a reliable and efficient food processor with no noise complaints. If you are finding a low budget efficient food processor for your kitchen, then Prep Plus is the perfect and reliable, budget choice.