Updated 19 Jun 2018

Cuisinart

Elemental 8 Cup Food Processor FP-8A

Snapshot: The Cuisinart Elemental 8 Cup Food Processor FP-8A food processor has two speeds, but no storage for attachments. How does it rate?

Elemental 8 Cup Food Processor FP-8A
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$359

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Test results

Overall score
81
Performance
?/10
Ease of use
?/10

Good points

  • Excellent at slicing carrots, grating cheese, kneading pastry (with the processor blade) and emulsifying mayonnaise.
  • Very good at chopping breadcrumbs.
  • Sealed controls are easy to use.
  • Reversible blades.
  • Two speeds.
  • Comes with three blade attachments.
  • Comprehensive instructions with recipes.

But

  • No storage for attachments.
  • Some blades are accessible by hand through the chute.
  • Vibrates on bench and jolts with a heavy load.
  • Bowl shaft isn’t sealed so overfilling can lead to spills.

How we test

Overall score includes:

Performance (60%): Based on how well the food processors performed across a range of processing tasks: slicing carrots, chopping breadcrumbs, grating cheese, kneading pastry and emulsifying mayonnaise. If a processor has a blender attachment, we puree soup. If it has a mini-processor we make pesto and curry paste. These additional tests don’t contribute to our overall score.

Ease of use (40%): We also looked at how easy it was to use the controls, read the labels, lock and release the bowls and attachments, and clean and store the unit.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$359
Style
Medium

Specifications

Power (watts)
350
Weight (kg)
3.0
Maximum bowl capacity (L)
1.2
H x W x D (cm)
39 x 19 x 24

Features

Double feed-chute
No
Dishwasher safe
Yes - top shelf only
Blender attachment
No
Dough blade
No
Slicing blade - fine
Yes
Slicing blade - coarse
Yes
Parmesan blade
No
Whisk
No
Mini processor
No
Citrus press
No
Centrifugal juicer
No
Reversible blades
Yes

More Info

Notes
Attachments are dishwasher safe (top shelf only).