Cuisinart Food Processor, Interchangeable Blades

Electric Red Prep 11 Plus DLC-2011

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Cuisinart Prep 11 Plus Food Processor With a powerful 600-watt motor and interchangeable processing disc blades, the Cuisinart Prep 11 is backed up by company claims that parts are virtually unbreakable and even tough jobs like mixing and kneading bread dough are within its range. The eleven-cup capacity of the blender pitcher implies the machine will do that much work, and there's where the trouble comes in. Maximum practical capacity is about half that much, and some leakage during use is even considered normal.

Running the machine under heavy loads is tempting but very tough on the assembly, and it isn't uncommon for the virtually unbreakable parts to begin breaking after a few months of what would seem like reasonable use. The three-year warranty will replace most of the problem pieces, but only after damaged parts are returned to the company, so service is an unhappy and lengthy process for many.

The machine does have many good features, with two sizes of feed tubes and a convenient way to add just the right amount of oil to mayonnaise that's still in process. The motor, warranted for ten years, automatically gears down under heavy load and generally has not been the source of the processor's problems. High expectations are normal when you work with a machine this powerful and this large, but with the Prep 11, those high hopes can often lead to trouble.

Here's a mini 4-cup version that works like a charm.

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