One minute review
Cuisinart is a global kitchen appliance and cookware brand, but is truly known for its food processors and deserves credit for introducing the food processor to America in 1973. The Cuisinart Easy Prep Pro FP8 is known as the Cuisinart Elemental 8 Cup FP8 in the US and is a smaller, more affordable version of the Cuisinart Expert Prep Pro FP13, which is nicknamed the Cuisinart Elemental 13 Cup FP13 in the US.
Unlike many food processors, this model comes with a selection of paired attachments which, combined with its small size, make it easy to store. That said, there are still plenty of accessories to make it a useful and versatile addition to your kitchen. As well as the main bowl and blade, you also get a smaller bowl with its own blade (UK model only), plus two discs offering two sizes of slicing and shredding.
The small bowl is ideal for chopping or mixing small amounts that might not be chopped effectively in the large bowl. The 1.9 liter / 8 cup main bowl is big enough for everyday tasks, but if you regularly prepare food for large gatherings, it will probably feel small.
With two speeds as well as a pulse button, it has all the control you need from a food processor this size. It’s easy to assemble and use, but in testing we’ve found that some foods take a bit longer to chop and blend than in a larger, more powerful model.
The shredding and slicing discs work well, but the shredded food was not always the same size and there was waste. Still, it’s suitable for general use and perfect for those with small kitchens who want a food processor that won’t take up too much space.
Cuisinart Easy Prep Pro FP8 Pricing and Availability
- List price: £125 / $99.95
The Cuisinart Easy Prep Pro FP8 is known as the Cuisinart Elemental 8 Cup FP8 in the US and costs £125/$99.95. It is available directly from the Cuisinart website as well as other retailers.
In the UK it’s available in Frosted Pearl or Silver, while in the US it’s available in Dark Grey, White and Stainless Steel.
As we mentioned earlier, this is a smaller, more affordable alternative to the Cuisinart Expert Prep Pro FP13, known as the Cuisinart Elemental 13 Cup FP13, which costs £250/$225. The FP8 comes with fewer attachments, a smaller bowl, and is less powerful, but that’s reflected in the lower price.
- small footprint
- Two speed settings
Oftentimes, compact food processors either lack the functionality of their larger counterparts or lack useful attachments. However, the Cuisinart Easy Prep Pro FP8 still includes what we consider to be the food processor’s most crucial accessories while maintaining a small size. It measures only 38.5 x 19 x 23.5cm / 15.19 x 7.6 x 9.58inch (hxwxd). It is also particularly light, when assembled with the main bowl and the blade, it weighs only 2.9 kg / 6.4 pounds.
It comes with a chopping and blending blade for the 1.9 liter / eight cup main bowl. The bowl clicks into place with a firm twist and the lid can then be locked in place. Clearly labeled buttons only give you two speeds to choose from as well as pulse, making it simple to use.
With two reversible discs for grating and slicing, it can produce medium and fine sliced or grated foods. None of the accessories are difficult to put together and it’s great that they are all dishwasher safe. The UK model also has a secondary 0.7 litre/three cup bowl that fits snugly inside the larger one and comes with its own blade. The smaller bowl has a rubber seal around the top to ensure nothing spills into the larger bowl when mixing, this saves having to wash both bowls when only using the smaller one.
For storage the smaller bowl and blade can be stored inside the main bowl (UK model only) but the larger blade and discs will need to be stored separately, for the US model only the discs will need to be stored separately. No case is provided to ensure they are stored safely, so this is something to consider when deciding how to store these sharp accessories.
- Easy to assemble
- Doesn’t always stay stable
- Some waste during shredding
There is very little need to consult the instruction manual when assembling and we were able to start using the food processor shortly after removing it from the box. First we sliced the cucumber which was effortless, a whole cucumber slides easily into the feed chute and the slices were evenly sized with no waste.
Shredding was another story, we had mixed results. Nicely shredded cheese with even medium sized shreds, there was a small piece – about 12% of the total – that got stuck on top of the disk and not shredded, but overall it was a success . The grated carrot was fairly even, but we noticed much finer shreds among the medium-sized pieces. Two carrot pieces were left on top of the record at the end.
We grated the chocolate using the fine disc and noticed a lot of vibration through the pusher when we inserted it. At the end, almost 20% remained ungrated and chocolate had also melted on the disc. Some of the chocolate had warmed up during shredding and clumped together in the bowl, leaving us a little disappointed with the result.
Chopping the onion was easy in the large bowl, resulting in fine, evenly chopped pieces. It also created an even crumb, after adding four quartered slices of bread to the bowl. It took 20 pulse button presses until we were happy with the result.
It’s powerful enough to grind 500g of beef into 18o dice without jamming. But unlike a larger model, we had to stop it and stir the bits around to make sure everything was evenly ground. Again, we used the pulse button for this and kept one hand on the lid to keep it from moving.
When mixing the cake batter to make a dozen cupcake cupcakes, it moves across the counter despite the low speed setting, so it’s best to keep one hand on the lid to hold it in place. We also had to stop it and scrape the sides twice to make sure all the ingredients were fully incorporated, but it did the job.
In the small bowl (UK model only) we ground hazelnuts using the high speed setting, which was slower than expected. Thereafter, the result was a little uneven with powder mixed with larger pieces.
In general, the food processor was quite loud with almost all tests registering 80 dB or more on our sound meter, the loudest being chopping beef and shredding cheese, both around 84 dB. This is the same noise level as a truck traveling down the road at 40 mph.
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First revision: January 2022