4.4 Reviewed by SusanRating:
The Cuisinart DLC-10S Pro Classic Food Processor is not a true “workhorse”, but it definitely goes into the medium duty category. It’s a considerable step up from your basic food choppers, and it offers some nice features without the giant price tag of the high end machines.
This model is a 7-cup food processor that includes attachments for chopping, slicing, shredding, mixing, and kneading. It has an extra wide feed chute and also comes with a flat cover for processing without the feed tube.
Interestingly, a few people complain that this model is overkill on safety features. That, and other concerns are covered below, along with all the good points as well.
Table of Contents
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- 7-Cup Work Bowl Capacity
- Extra Large Feed Chute with Large and Small Pushers
- 2 Blades: Chopping/Mixing S Blade and Dough Blade
- 2 Stainless Steel Discs: Slicing (4mm thickness) and Shredding/Grating
- 600 Watt Motor
- 1 Speed plus Plus Control
- BPA free and Dishwasher Safe Parts (bowl, lid, blades)
- 5 Year Limited Warranty on motor, Limited 3 Year Warranty on unit
The “Bad” News
Let’s start with what this model won’t do.
The work bowl is too large to work well for very small tasks. If you want to mince a few pods of garlic or chop just enough herbs for a single recipe, you’ll need a small food chopper instead (or a plain ole knife and cutting board!).
This is true of any food processor because the blade throws foods outward, away from it. Some other models come with an additional, smaller bowl for such tasks, but the Cuisinart DLC-10S is designed for the 7-cup work bowl only.
In addition to that, the manufacturer provides the following statements about limitations of this model:
- Never slice hard cheese (mozzarella) or hard cheese (Parmesan). This can damage either the slicing disc or the unit itself.
Note – these cheese may be processed using the chopping or shredding blade instead.
- Chopping certain items such as ice or making spice blends can scratch or cloud the work bowl.
Those are the main points you need to know, but before you begin processing you should read the manual for specifics and complete instructions.(Back to Top)
The Good News
When pitted against comparably priced models, the Cuisinart DLC-10S does a very good job on lots of different foods. It works well for:
- chopping vegetables, nuts, chocolate, meats, fish, poultry
- making hummus, pesto, guacamole, salsa, relishes
- kneading bread dough and making pastry and pizza crust
- mixing cookie dough and batter for cakes or quick breads
- pureeing fruits and vegetables for making soups or baby food
- shredding veggies, cheeses, fruits
- slicing vegetables, fruits, processed meats, some chilled raw meats
Be aware that there are limitations to several of the above items. For one, slicing can be problematic because the disc that comes with the unit cuts 4mm slices. That is extremely thin. You may be very happy with it in slicing foods like carrots, celery, and zucchini. You probably won’t be so pleased with the results you get when slicing tomatoes or other foods with high water content. These foods will process better with the 8mm slicing disc, but that does not come with the unit and must be purchased separately.
There are also some caveats to add about cheeses. Softer cheeses need to be chilled before processing, while some harder cheeses need to be at room temperature. The type of cheese may also determine whether you can use the slicing or shredding disc or only the chopping blade. For example, some cheeses that cannot be sliced are Mozzarella, Brie, Parmesan, and Romano.
For better results, most meat, poultry and seafood must be very cold but not frozen. Remember that there is a difference between chopping and grinding. If you chop raw beef, don’t expect to produce the same texture as the ground beef you’re accustomed to buying in the store.
You’ll be most pleased with this model using it for everyday chopping tasks and the more common food processor uses. It does a good job on nut butters and hummus, which are so popular these days. They’re also much healthier when made from scratch because you can avoid chemicals and other additives. Besides that, if you’ve noticed the sodium level in store bought salsa, it’s stunning!
The only issue to note about chopping is that the motor runs very fast. If you aren’t careful, you’ll turn what was supposed to be salad into soup before you know it. The high speed can also make it harder to get uniform results at first. It will help to start by processing smaller amounts at a time, but count on a slight learning curve until you get used to it.
The 7-cup work bowl is a good size for individuals or couples, but of course that depends on the user. If you like to double recipes to freeze one for later, the capacity could be a little too small for you. Be sure to note the maximum capacity for liquids below.
About that “overkill” mentioned above, the safety features built in to this unit make assembly somewhat complicated (or at least some people think so). The motor will not run if the bowl and lid assembly are not locked securly in place. This is to protect you from those incredibly sharp blades and discs. Directions are in the user manual, and most find that once you get the hang of it, this isn’t a problem. In fact, if you have young kids around, this feature is a definite plus.(Back to Top)
Size & Capacity
This model measures approximately 7.00″ x 11.25″ x 14.50″ and weighs about 16 pounds. The base unit has rubber “feet” on the bottom, but they are not suction cups.
For storage, you’ll need a little extra space for the discs because they cannot be stored inside the work bowl.
The total capacity of the work bowl is 7 cups. Its main limitation is with liquids and semi-liquids. The thinner your liquid, the less you can use. If you overfill it, you’ll experience leakage or overflow. Manufacturer’s recommendations are:
- Thin Liquids:
Maximum bowl capacity = 2.75 cups
- Thicker liquids:
Maximum bowl capacity = 5 cups
Broths and soups are thin liquids. Thicker liquids include mixtures such as cake or pancake batters.
What’s Included(Back to Top)
- 7-Cup Work Bowl
- Lid Assembly with Extra Large Feed Chute
- 2 Feed Chute Pushers (small and large)
- Compact Flat Bowl Cover (without feed chute)
- Chopping/Mixing S Blade
- Dough Blade
- Stainless Steel Shredding Disc
- Stainless Steel Slicing Disc (4mm thickness)
- Illustrated Instruction/Recipe Book
- How-To Video
Cuisinart provides a rather nice 56 page, illustrated owner’s manual. You’ll find good information and tips on how to process various foods and get the best results, including pictures showing how to pack the feed chute with foods of different shapes and sizes. It also includes a section of recipes.
You can view the instruction booklet online here: Cuisinart DLC-10S Owner’s Manual. The beginning will show you a detailed view of the parts and the directions for proper assembly.
There are three specialty discs available for this model: Julienne, Fine Grating, and 6mm Thick Slicing Discs. They are available in a complete set of 3, which is the best value. Also, each of these discs can be purchased individually. If you don’t buy the set, the cost per blade will be higher, but it’s a better value if you only want one.
There are two styles of accessory boxes available, one for storing discs only, and another for storing both blades and discs. This might seem like an unnecessary luxury, but the discs cannot be stored inside the work bowl. Since these cutting edges are extremely sharp, you may not want them stacked loose in an cabinet or drawer.(Back to Top)
The vast majority of consumers are very pleased with this model. It’s well built, runs quietly, easy to clean, and lives up to realistic expectations. Some of the favorite uses mentioned include processing almond butter, coleslaw, dips, salsa, hashbrowns, carrot salad, and chicken burgers. More unique uses include everything from homemade laundry detergent to dog food.
The unit includes enough blades to do everything most people want, without having to spend extra for additional discs. Both the owners manual and the instructional video are very helpful, especially for first time users.
The unit’s weight is both a plus and a minus. It’s heavy enough to remain stable on the counter during use, even on tough jobs like kneading dough. But then, that weight also makes it harder to move in and out of cabinets for storage.
A few reviewers noted that the base unit does get rather hot after running non-stop for about 10 minutes. To me this would indicate the need to give it a rest before proceeding. It’s also one reason I wouldn’t classify this model as a workhorse. Gardeners who spend hours processing food at harvest time will want to consider other models. This one is designed more for the “average” user.
Most of the complaints I found aren’t worth mentioning because they were related to improper use, such as having the bowl overflow from using too much liquid. Some others complain that it’s very easy to pulverize instead of chop because the motor runs so fast and has only one speed. Clearly, it’s best to start with only the pulse function and do a little experimenting.
Overall, owners are very pleased, with over 86% (updated 11/11/15) of online reviewers giving it either a 4 or 5 star rating. It’s interesting to note that quite a large number of those people who gave it only 4 stars had nothing negative to say about it. Go figure.(Back to Top)
- Sturdy, relatively quite, easy to clean
- Works well for chopping, mixing and grating
- Works fairly well for slicing many foods
- Powerful enough to handle heavy jobs such as bread dough
- Good value for the price
- Not suitable for very small jobs
- Somewhat tricky to assemble
- Can be difficult to chop foods evenly
- Easy to overprocess foods
- Includes only one size slicing disc, very thin
- Not for power users, may overheat after extended use
Cuisinart DLC-10S Pro Classic 7-Cup Food Processor Review: Summary
One problem with eating healthier is in the time involved in cutting, chopping and cooking fresh. Any appliance that can save you time is a huge help. You’ll be less tempted to just grab something faster but far less healthy!
This is a medium capacity food processor that includes enough blades and discs to handle most common tasks, and it does a good job on a nice variety of foods. It’s reasonably priced, relatively quiet, and easy to clean. For first time users, Cuisinart includes both a manual and a DVD that provide a wealth of tips and information to help you get the best results possible. Even experienced user might discover a new trick or too.
Not sure if this is the best choice for you? To consider other options you may want to check out our comparison charts:
- Other medium capacity models: Food Processor Comparison Chart – Medium Capacity
- Go bigger: Food Processor Comparison Chart – Large Capacity
- Go smaller: Food Processor Comparison Chart – Small Capacity (electric food choppers)
For your convenience, all three charts are on the same page so you can scroll up or down to view models of all sizes.