Updated 2 Feb 2018

Cuisinart

Elite 4-cup Mini Food Processor CH-4DCA

Snapshot: The Cuisinart Elite 4-cup Mini Food Processor CH-4DCA has 1 speed and a 1L bowl capacity. How does it rate?

Elite 4-cup Mini Food Processor CH-4DCA
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$200

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Test results

Overall score
71
Performance
?/10
Ease of use
?/10
Breadcrumbs
?/10
Curry paste
?/10
Pesto
?/10

Good points

  • Very good at chopping breadcrumbs and making pesto.
  • Good at making curry paste.
  • OK at emulsifying mayonnaise.
  • 2 small openings in lid for adding extra liquids during processing (although liquid drips through very slowly).
  • Comprehensive instructions with guides and recipes.
  • 2 labelled controls for chopping and grinding.
  • Some attachments dishwasher-safe.
  • Comes with spatula.

But

  • 1 speed.
  • No grading on processing bowl.
  • Continuous pressing of buttons can be annoying.
  • Very noisy on high speed.

How we test

Overall score is based on:

Performance (60%)
We assess how well mini food processors perform 3 tasks: chopping breadcrumbs, making curry paste and making pesto. If a processor has openings in the lid (small chutes) for adding extra liquids during processing, we test how well it emulsifies mayonnaise. This doesn’t contribute to the performance score.

Ease of use (40%)
For ease of use we check how easy it is to use the controls, read the instructions, lock and release the bowls and attachments, and clean and store the unit.

We also test how noisy each processor is when we process breadcrumbs. Measurements are taken an arm’s length from the bench and for models with more than one setting we use the highest one. This doesn't contribute to the overall score.

Price is from a January 2018 survey.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$200

More test results (/10)

Mayonnaise
6.0

Specifications

Power (watts)
250
Weight (kg)
1.5
Maximum bowl capacity (L)
1.0
H x W x D (cm)
24 x 14 x 20
Maximum operating time (sec)
60
Noise level (dBA)
81

Features

Dishwasher safe
Yes - some exceptions check instructions
Number of speeds
1
Blade attachments
1
Feed chute for liquids
Pulse
Whisk
×
Cord storage

More Info

Notes
Can’t be used for grating, kneading or slicing.
Availability
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