I’ll be the first to admit that I really like Cuisinart’s kitchen gadgets. Every Cuisinart device that I’ve laid my hands on has oozed quality, worked great, and offered a little extra something that sets them apart from the pack. So today I’m pretty excited to be taking a look at the Cuisinart Mini Food Processor, which promises to be just the kind of handy little time saver that I like!
The Cuisinart Mini is a little bigger than other mini choppers on the market, but with a 600ml bowl, it’s not a full blown food processor. Anyone who cooks a lot knows how much extra time preparation can add to the process, and these mini choppers can really help to save time. They’re also great for people who struggle to chop, perhaps due to arthritis or some other condition. What the Cuisinart DLC1SSRU is intended for, then, is small chopping tasks, creating purees, and whipping up dips and baby food. It can be used as a grinder too.
Cuisinart appliances do tend to look the part, and this little machine is no different. Its attractive design and brushed stainless steel finish means it’ll look great in any kitchen, and it’s nice and robust too.
The great thing about Cuisinart is that they put their money where their mouth is when it comes to product quality, providing a 5 years warranty with every device! You won’t find that anywhere else, and it makes their gadgets a pretty safe investment.
Let’s talk about the little creative touches that separate this out from the pack.
First off, the motor that drives the processor is reversible (with a couple of buttons on the front allowing you to control this). This is a great idea for getting to any big lumps left behind and making sure they’re chopped down to size.
Next on the list is the blade itself, which has a clever and unique design. It’s what they call a “dual” blade. One side is sharp and curved for chopping and pureeing, and the other side is flat and blunt which works great for grinding. This gives the machine a bit of versatility which other mini food processors don’t have.
Finally, the lid has two small pouring holes that you can use to drizzle oil through. Great for mayonnaise.
Everything is dishwasher safe, however this kind of device is also very easy to clean off under the tap too.
We found that most food processors were cheapest at amazon.co.uk, including the Cuisinart Mini which is currently available for 30% off.
Cuisinart Mini Food Processor Features and Specifications
- 600ml bowl – perfect for chopping, pureeing, grinding and whipping up dips and baby food
- Attractive and robust design – brushed stainless steel finish
- Reversable 200w motor – no bits escape chopping!
- Versatile dual blade – sharp and curved on one side for chopping, flat and blunt on the other side for grinding
- Drizzle holes for adding oil
- 5 year warranty
Cusinart Mini Customer Reviews and Satisfaction
Around 85% off customers were happy with the Cusinart Mini Food Processor, with 77% giving the machine top marks of 4 or 5 stars.
As we suspected, people loved the sleek looks of this little machine. Most people seemed to want to leave it out in the kitchen full time, and its modern looks made it right at home on most people’s kitchen worktops. Customers remarked that it looks just as good in real life as it does in the pictures, and takes up very little room in the kitchen. Its well made too, feeling sturdy and strong to the touch.
One of the great things about the machine, that a lot of people mentioned, is that Cuisinart have engineered it so that the blade sits very close to the bottom of the bowl. This means that there is no way ingredients can get below the blade and remain unchopped. If you see any big bits in the bowl, simply stop the processor so that they drop to the bottom and then restart.
It’s a powerful motor for a small device, and people said that it does a really good job of chopping. If you hate chopping onions, this machine will do them in seconds! People had whipped up a variety of different things: hummus, guacamole, mayonnaise, compote and pesto were some of the things mentioned. People had even used it to puree steak for a special diet!
The negative comments were, in all honesty, a little unjust. They had all come from people who had managed to push the machine too hard, and found that the motor stopped working. I’m not going to count these negative remarks against the device; had these people read the instructions they would have seen quite clearly that the machine is to be used in short bursts, never for more than one minute at a time.
The Cuisinart Mini is a great little mini chopper! Time and again it’s been described as a “gem” by the people who use it; it chops efficiently, doesn’t leave anything uncut, looks great and is well made. It’s not the cheapest mini-chopper around (compare prices above), but it’s the best!