The best machines can give high-quality results — finely minced vegetables, and ready-to-go pizza dough — in seconds.
The Cuisinart particularly excelled because it came closest to actually kneading the pizza dough instead of dragging it around the top of the bowl. In the chop test, after a quick pause to scrape the inside of the pitcher, the Cuisinart gave even, fine, textured vegetables with only a few fast taps of the “pulse” button.
And when I put it through one last test to see how well it sliced a ripe tomato and shredded mozzarella, the Cuisinart demonstrated that its attachments weren’t just for show. I received thin slices of tomato and a very fine shredding of cheese within seconds.
I prefer how compact the Cuisinart is: All of its attachments fit inside the bowl easily, so its accessories don’t clutter up our countertop or get lost in the depths of a cupboard.
Easy to clean
If you don’t have a dishwasher, the Cuisinart’s bowl and lid are smooth, making cleanup as easy as scraping off the food — there are no hiding spots for scraps and bacteria.
Points to consider
The only problem to the Cuisinart is that it can be a little tricky to put together. If you put food in the bowl before it’s on the mashine, sometimes the blade won’t fit properly, and you’ll need to rotate it to get it in position. The lid also locks the bowl onto the base, and you won’t be able to remove the pitcher unless you take off the lid first.