Pros: Die Cast base, easy maintenance, sealed buttons
Cons: Soft plastic containter, silly throw away spatula, thin manual
I've had this little toy for about half a year now. Since then, it's been used fairly extensively.
Here are the positives:
- The four cup bowl is the perfect size for me. Not too small, not too big. The bowl itself is nice and open, without too many nooks and crannies for debris to hide in. The safety mechanism isn't terribly onerous. It's just a matter of lining the lid up to slide a tab through an extension of the base.
- The base seems sturdy, and is absolutely beautiful. The die cast metal looks really nice for a $50 appliance. There's a cord reel on the bottom with a track to route the cord out the back. The two buttons are flush with the top of the machine, and sealed. So, again it should be easy to maintain. The motor has a lot of torque. When you turn it on, you feel it.
- The blade is kind of spiffy. It spins one way to grind, the other to chop. So, there is only one blade to deal with. Like all of the recent Cuisinart food processors, it's retained by the bowl when you take the bowl off of the base. It doesn't fall out when you pour from the cup.
On the neutral to slightly negative side:
- The included booklet is pretty thin. The eleven pages are filled with safety information, hints and tips, nine recipes and the eighteen month warranty.
- The included spatula is pretty much a joke. It's four or five inches long, and will likely be lost inside of a week.
- The holes in the lid for adding liquid seem kind of small. Pouring oil to make mayo or other emulsions is a lot slower than I'm used to.
- There's no continuous operation feature. Both switches only operate while they're pressed.
- Six months of use has begun fogging the bowl. I could probably buff it out with a little polish and get it clear again, but it's more effort than it's worth. The most abrasive food it sees is graham crackers for crumb crusts. To the machine's credit in the last six months it's probably processed twenty cups or so of crumbs.
- I'm far more apt to over process with this machine than my full sized food processor. This was true at the beginning, and six months of use really hasn't changed that at all. If there's something that I really want to remain coarse or irregular, I use the full sized machine instead.