A versatile food processor that chops, slices, dices, and more. The Cuisinart Elemental 13 Cup Food Processor with Dicing or the Cuisinart Expert Prep Pro (as it’s known in the UK) is a food processor for serious cooks.
It has a lot to store, but that said, it can do a lot and if you’re going to use all the functions, it’s worth making room for. In our tests, it proved to be up to the task and easily sliced, diced, chopped, mixed, and chopped every food we tried.
ONE MINUTE REVIEW
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The Cuisinart Elemental 13 Cup Food Processor with Dicing as it is known in the US, is known as the Cuisinart Expert Prep Pro FP13 in the UK. This larger 13-cup / 3.3-liter food processor offers more functionality with a larger capacity than the Cuisinart Elemental 8 Cup FP8 / Cuisinart Easy Prep Pro FP8 (opens in new tab), (opens in new tab). It means that it is also high. Expensive and takes up a lot of space.
In addition to the large main bowl, it also comes with a smaller inner bowl and blade for when you need to mix small amounts of herbs or salsa. And the Shading and Slicing Discs, a handy case to keep bit dough with its blade. Also dicing equipment for fast cutting fruits and vegetables. UK buyers will find an extra surplice in the box, and while it’s not standard with the US, it’s an optional extra available.
It excelled in virtually all of our tests, chopping, mixing, shredding, and everything else we threw at it. Also, we were impressed with the dicing and spiralizing accessories. This food processor is best suited for enthusiastic home cooks who will make the most of all the functions it offers. But for those looking for an appliance for basic chopping, slicing, and slicing tasks, it might come with too many accessories cluttering up valuable kitchen storage space. will give.
CUISINART ELEMENTAL 13 CUP FOOD PROCESSOR WITH DICING: PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
The Cuisinart Elemental 13 Cup Food Processor with Dicing is known as the Cuisinart Expert Prep Pro FP13 in the UK. It is available in both countries as well as other appliance retailers directly from Cuisinart or Amazon.
The splicing kit comes bundled with the UK model. However, if you’re buying it in the US, the splicing kit won’t be included in the box, so you’ll have to buy it separately for $49.95. The upside though is that you don’t need it unless you really want it.
If you’re thinking of leaving it on your counter, the Cuisinart Elemental 13 Cup Food Processor with Dicing has a relatively compact footprint considering all the functions it’s capable of performing. The main food processor measures just 16.43 x 8.1 x 10.43 inches/ 41.7 x 20.6 x 26.5 cm (h x w x d). However, it is important to consider that there are many accessories in your closet that will require space.
The storage case is extremely useful for keeping all sharp blades and important accessories safely organized in one box. It has a reversible shredding disc, adjustable slicing disc, dough blade, large blade, small blade, spatula, and steam adapter. The lid also has a latch on the front to close it, but at 7.4 x 9.1 x 8.3 inches/ 18.7 x 23 x 21.2 cm (h x w x d) it’s loose.
The dicing kit offers a quick and easy way to cut all kinds of fruits and vegetables and even comes with its own storage case. Again, you’ll want to consider where you’ll be storing it since it measures 4.6 x 8.3 x 8.7 inches/ 11.7 x 21 x 22 cm (h x w x d).
The splicing kit that comes standard with the UK model offers both spaghetti and ribbon cut discs, but the storage solution for this kit isn’t as neat and you’ll need to add most of these extra parts individually. The matter will have to be stored. If you buy this optional extra kit in the US, it comes with a third angel hair disc.
There are only two speeds and a plus button, so it doesn’t take long to figure out the controls. Assembling the food processor bowl and lid is a bit tricky. The safety lid locking mechanism means that it all has to be assembled in a certain order and the work bowl cannot be removed from the base before the lid is opened. Once you get to grips with the layout of things, it’s actually pretty easy to slot together and everything snaps into position with a tight twist. Also, it is reassuring to have these safety features in place when using such sharp-bladed tools.
We did a lot of testing on this food processor, trying out virtually every function to get a true picture of whether it’s worth the money and, in short, good at what it does. First, we tried the slicing disc, and although the adjustable thicknesses are labeled 1-7, there are levels between the numbers, so it actually offers 20 thickness options. Needless to say, the cucumber was no match for this disc and it powered through half a cucumber in seconds, even making slices without waste.
When it comes to cutting, we used a small piece of the reversible disc for the chocolate. Unlike other food processors we’ve reviewed, very little chocolate melts into the disc during shading. The majority of the chopped chocolate was smooth and fine, but a few chunks went through, so we had to scoop them out. The lid also contained some chocolate, making up 17% of the total.
We swapped out the disc rounds for cheese and carrots to make coarser slices, which was easier for the tool. Both were sliced evenly and quickly, leaving none of the carrots unsliced and leaving only a small amount of cheese (about 6%) in the lid, which you can use in cooking.
The large chopping blade is powerful, we sliced onion into six wedges and it only took six presses of the plus button to turn it into even, finely chopped pieces. The arduous task of grinding ground beef was no match, taking just 15 seconds on the low-speed setting to shred all the meat into a finely ground beef texture. Similarly, the cake ingredients were quickly mixed into an even, smooth batter within a minute.
We used a small bowl and blade to chop the nuts, it was a bit slower than the larger blade and required 20 pulses to turn the whole hazelnut into a finely chopped texture. And although the nuts were a little rough with some fine powder mixed in, it was a good result compared to many other food processors.
When cutting potatoes, they had to be cut in half to fit into the feed tube. Unlike slicing, the size of the dice is not variable and the slices come out to about 0.4 inch/1 cm cubes, but it is fast and efficient. He cut through an entire potato in about 10 seconds. Some of the potatoes got stuck in the blade after cutting the second potato, but given the speed and convenience, we were happy to open it to remove a bit of the potato before continuing.
Spiralizing was just as quick and easy, we made cucumber ribbons and carrot spaghetti. There was some waste, but there always is when spiralizing food. It’s worth noting that the pusher needs to be in a position to start the spiralizer, so you have to cut the food to size accordingly, for example, you can’t have a whole cucumber sticking out the top.
The dough blade is effective at mixing the bread dough and we mixed the ingredients with five pulses, followed by 30 seconds on high speed, however, it could not continue and knead the dough. If you leave it too long and keep mixing it after the dough is formed, it shakes violently and has to be put down. Usually, the strong suction on the feet isn’t strong enough to hold it on the counter in this case, so we’d suggest kneading by hand.
Our noise meter peaked at 86dB in several tests, but because this food processor is so fast, the noise doesn’t last long, making it tolerable.
Cleaning any food processor is a daunting task, and this one is no different. Thankfully all parts are dishwasher safe which definitely makes life easier. It’s worth noting that if you wash it in the dishwasher, water droplets may get stuck on parts of the handle and lid, but it dries eventually. If you need some more tips on how to clean a food processor, our step-by-step guide will help.
Pros and Cons of Cuisinart Elemental 13 Cup Food Processor
- +Excellent performance across the board
- +Dishwasher friendly parts
- +Large capacity
- –No whisk accessory
- –Bulky to store
- –Only two speeds
BUY IT IF
You want a competent food processor.
This well-built device ran smoothly through virtually every task we threw at it. Its sharp blades are perfect for slicing, slicing, dicing, and mixing at home, and they will make their place in your kitchen.
You regularly feed a crowd.
The 13-cup/3.3-liter capacity will be enough for most people’s needs, whether you’re feeding a large family or making a salad to take to a friend’s barbecue, the mixing bowl has plenty of room.
You want multifunctional devices.
Unlike some more compact or cheaper food processors, this one can do practically everything. Use it to slice, dice, slice, chop, and mix. Also, it includes a spiralizer (UK model only), although it lacks the whisk accessory.
Don’t BUY IT IF
You have less space.
While this isn’t a huge piece of equipment, once you add the accessory storage case, dicing kit storage case, and spiralizing accessory (if you have them) your cupboards have a lot to cram into.
You only need the basic functions.
If you really only want a food processor for the odd bit of chopping and shredding, there’s really no need to get this all-singing-all-dancing model. Consider instead its more basic sibling, the Cuisinart Elemental 8 Cup FP8 / Cuisinart Easy Prep Pro FP8
You are on a budget.
While it’s competitively priced compared to other large-capacity food processors, if you’re on a budget, it’s still plenty of money to spend. Again, you may want to consider its cheaper sibling as mentioned above.