Summary: I researched and researched and researched AND researched some more and finally settled on this beauty...but wish I wouldn't have. I wish I would've went smaller and less expensive. It's really heavy (I am in no way weak or diminutive) and bulky and takes up a ton of space. A storage case for the blades would've been nice, instead they are lounging around on the bottom of my cabinet.
Summary: This is so bad. I have had it 1½ years or so, and now have to hold the lid down physically for it to operate at all. Have used it very little because 1) it is not intuitive to operate, 2) the bowls are markedly slanted and take up half a shelf in the dishwasher, and 3) the seal to the lid can NOT be cleaned manually, and MUST be put in the dishwasher to get enough water through the seals to get even a part of the food out.
Summary: This is a great food processor, don't get me wrong. The high-powered engine is a true workhorse, capable of grinding, chopping and pulverizing most anything. I use it regularly for pie and pastry dough - the included plastic blade processes my pie crust into a ready-to-chill disc every time. Cheese grating...veggie chopping...compiling sauces, salsas, hummus or most anything else in that area...awesome.
Excerpt: I purchased this unit because I use a similar unit at work for making various items. I use the 14 cup model at work, but purchased the 12 cup unit for myself. It works just as well, and is a real time saver when preparing dishes that require various chopped & sliced items.The 14 cup model comes with an accessory caddy that keeps everything together nicely.
Pros: Capacity, Even Mixing, Heavy Duty, Works Quietly
Summary: Heavy, powerful, doesn't leak, and hard to clean. This thing is so powerful that it will dim the lights in your kitchen. I've had mine for just under three years and I've not found a task it is not up to doing. It's heavy, really heavy. I've had food processors that danced across the counter unless you wrapped your arms around them. The FP-12DC won't budge under the heaviest load.
Summary: Before you buy this food processor...or really any food processor...ask yourself this question: do I really want a food processor? Do I have too much counterspace, and need something marginally useful to take up a good portion of it? Do I enjoy cleaning complex and exceptionally sharp kitchen equipment? Do I have a gigantic dishwasher that is only ever half-filled, so there is always room for these enormous bowls and other necessary parts?
Summary: I have owned a 7 cup Cuisinart for many years and was very happy with it. I needed a larger one so I bought this one. All three buttons had to be pushed with a lot of force to get them to work. The pulse button had to be pushed with such force that it hurt my fingers each time. It seemed cheaply made and designed, not at all like my old one. I put it right back in the box and returned it and bought a different brand. Cuisinart has really gone down hill in my opinion.
Excerpt: I love this food processor. It's incredibly powerful and quiet. Have used for vegan pies, veggie burgers and nut butters so far. Love the 2 bowl sizes too. No complaints except that I was the small pusher could be locked in place in addition to the big one. Would also be nice if it had a flat top that's easier to clean for when your not using the pusher, but this feature seems rare among food processors.