I absolutely love this little food processor. Its plenty big enough for food items i make for the 2 of us and wouldn’t be without the shredder attachment for making coleslaw. It easily stores in my cupboard and i would be lost without it. I highly recommend this little gem.
My mother has some trouble prepping food due to arthritis. I gave her the cuisinart dfp-3 handy prep 3 cup processor as a gift for mother’s day. She is able to process veggies for soups etc. I couldn’t be more pleased, and mom loves her handy size food processor.
Had a larger cuisinart food processor for 27 years and it worked great, until it finally broke. This smaller 3 cup version cannot compete with my 27 year old version. The blades ride up a little high and a lot of the food just sits at the bottom, just under the spinning blades, and does not get processed. I find i have to manually chop all that this food processor cannot reach, which defeats the purpose. Also, the materials especially the clear container, seem flimsier than my old one. Not sure if this is because it is a smaller, less sturdy version or if it is just not made as well as it use to be. That said, i can live with the decrease in material quality, but the fact that the blades ride high and leave a lot unprocessed is the reason for the lower rating.
I thought i made a mistake getting the small cuisinart food processor but i changed my mind when i started to use it. It’s actually perfect for food prep for two people. A bigger one would be a waste of space. I use the food processor for shredding, grating, slicing, and chopping. Makes meal prep a lot easier for me now that arthritis makes it difficult to hold knives safely. It doesn’t have a 4mm blade to cut vegetables though and i think cuisinart should make one for it. So if you want veggies to show in your homemade bean soup you have to cook the beans and the vegetables separately or the vegetables will disappear into the broth before the beans are done. I took a star away from my rating for not having the 4mm blade. However, don’t let that stop you from getting this helpful little jewel.
This ended up being too small to be worth taking out, assembling and hand washing. We’ve ended up using it once or twice, maybe, since we bought it. It’s very easy to hand chop a small amount of food. In the end, that’s what we do instead of the hassle of using this little processor. If i were to buy again, i would get a much larger processor. The processor works just fine, but has many pieces to assemble, wash and store.
I think i must have a cuisinart food processor fetish of some sort. I have six of them, spread out in 2 homes and a third one with wheels and an engine. I am partial to this 3-cup variety, useful and effective for so many things in the preparation of food in the home kitchen, when the job does not justify using one of its big brothers (or sisters, ladies). A batch of bread dough using 1 cup of flour makes two very nice hamburger buns in it, or a 14′ pizza, takes about 1 minute to make. Let the dough rise in a pamd plastic bag on the counter – no muss, no fuss – kneading not needed.
- Great processor, too bad its discontinued
- Great little machine!
This processor does everything i need it to. I like it’s smaller size and it’s plenty powerful. Once in awhile i need to process something in 2 batches, but my back appreciates not having to lift one of those bigger guys.
We have a larger kitchenaid food processor that is fine — no problems — it is just a bit large. I like to put in a can of tuna and ‘pulse’ it a few times. The cuisinart is great for that. I find myself using it more than the larger one. Really pleased with this product.
This cuisinart is a great little buy. It does pretty much all i want it to do (altho i miss the dough ‘blade’) in a small amount of room. We have a small kitchen and it fits quite nicely. It is so much lighter than the 11 cup one i had previously (duh), so i am comfortable using it more often. I was a little surprised at how much it spews when i use the chute. It almost needs a special container to catch it.
This food processor comes with lots of optional equipment and can be used for many different needs. It is also a good size when preparing for smaller volumes. It is easy to clean and put together too.
I bought this back in 2011, and it’s still going strong.
Features of Cuisinart DFP-3 Handy Prep 3-Cup Food Processor
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- Chute attachment for continuous slicing or shredding
- 3-cup work bowl with feed tube; stainless-steel chopping-mixing blade
- Comes with slicing disc (2 mm); medium shredding disc
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It works very well for chopping and dicing and i also use it to make smoothies with fruit and protein powder. It doesn’t fit a lot of stuff in it but it’s very small so it’s handy to put in a cabinet and doesn’t take up a lot of space in the dishwasher. I have a small apartment so i will not buy a larger size and just do two batches if neceessary. I’ve had this for a little over a year and use regularly.
I bought this as a gift for my parents. The difference is that this model has a lot of plastic in it’s parts. The shredding disc is made up of plastic except for tiny part that does the shredding, while the 7 cup model the entire disc is made of metal. While shredding cheese the disc will stop if you push down too hard on the cheese when your feeding it into the processor. This works alright for certain things but the 7 cup model is so much better.
Be aware that this is only a 3 cup food processor. That was all i wanted and that is what i received. It is very easy to use and cleans up extremely easily. I’m sorry to report that having used this machine for about a year, it suddenly stopped working. I suspect the motor burned out i used it once or twice a month, not very heavily. I loved it when it worked but i’m disappointed that it broke so soon. I hope other don’t share my experience. In other words, i hope i’m a glitch.
Best food processor i have ever owned – not too big, not too small, but has capacity to slice and shred forever with the attachment disk and a bowl. I love the size – fits right on my counter and is very solid, so it doesn’t slide around. I use it almost every day and consider it the best purchase i have made in a long time of small kitchen appliances.
I have been using my cuisinart 8cup model(older version) for many years and i love it, however, i don’t feel using it when i chop or slice only one onion, and large machine is not good at handling small quantity food. So i bought mini prep chopper for these small jobs and liked it for chopping and mixing but it doesn’t slice or grate. Mini prep was small and light and it was not good at heavier jobs. Then i purchased this handy prep 3cup and it was perfect solution for my purposes. With little more investment, you can have same powerful motor as the larger models and you can have many accessories for chopping, grating and slicing. It has much heavier motor base than mini preps and because of its powerful motor, it sounds quiet. Here are what it does:chopping: choop onions, parmesan cheese and other vegetables with ease. Chop chocolate from small chunks (not from whole bar, though). Slicing/grating: dfp-3 comes with unlimited slicing/grating disc with chute attachment.
Conveniently sized food processor. Functions well and is easy to clean.
Chute attachment for continuous slicing or shredding
We’ve had a larger cuisinart food processer for many years. The bowl finally broke and my wife decided that rather than buy a new bowl that she would like a smaller unit. This one stays on the kitchen counter rather than having to be put in a cubbard when not in use like our old, larger unit. This one is plenty big enough for 2 to 4 people.
Reluctantly purchased one of these to start making homemade food for my daughter. I was nervous because it seemed too small to use for making batches of food but it’s worked so well thus far. I’ve made carrots, sweet potato, banana, apple and peaches and they all come out smooth and free of chunks. If you’re wondering about quantity, i can usually fill up about three oxo tot baby blocks freezer storage containers 2-ounce, set 6, clear, more if i fill it up completely. Outside of baby food, i’ve used it to make pie fillings and chop up ingredients for recipes. I’m definitely not the most domestically inclined person in the world but this thing is super easy to use. Can’t wait to make homemade salsa and pasta sauce in it. My only issue is that it is small for things beyond batches of baby food. , if you’re looking for a good book for baby food recipes, this one (the best homemade baby food on the planet: know what goes into every bite with more than 200 of the most deliciously nutritious homemade baby food. More than 60 purees your baby will love) is great.
Just the right size for small jobs. Wonderful, especially onions. I now, buy a brick of cheese and grate my own, making it less expensive and cheaper per oz. I had a small one once before, but they quit making them until now, with this one. All the other small ones, just chop. I like the grating and slicing feature too. Nice for carrots and celery, too. The name of this appliance is dependable too.
I just love this little cuisinart food processor. After 15 years or so, the wiringin the back went bad and i didn’t want to bother having it fixed – especially once we saw amazon’s price – the lowest i’ve ever seen. I think way back when we bought the first one it was more than what i paid now. We’re a small family and don’t need a really big machine – 3 cups is more than sufficient for my needs. It’s quite powerful and with the two additional blades and the chute attachment it’s everything i need. I also like that it’s small because it’s on the counter and takes up very little space. What would have been a great feature is a retractable cord or a storage area for the cord. Because i kept pushing the machine to the wall, the wiring bent and damaged the cord. Had i not done so, it still would be working now. So, i’ll keep that in mind from now on and not push it so close against the wall.
My husband has had to consume only liquids for the past month (and we still have 3 more weeks to go) because his jaw is wired shut after having surgery done. This food processor is such an incredible blessing. I’ve been able to process soups, smoothies, juices, etc. I actually look forward to using it everyday, multiple times a day. It is extremely powerful, effective, efficient, and fun to use. The set-up and clean-up couldn’t be easier. I will continue using this food processor daily even after my husband is off the liquid diet. It’s great for quickly making salsas, slicing up food bits, or making delicious milkshakes or smoothies. I can’t wait to gift this item to friends/family as well.
Good processor but i wish i bought a bigger one. One annoying thing is that the bowl and cover only fit on one way and you will keep forgetting which way that is.
3-cup work bowl with feed tube; stainless-steel chopping-mixing blade
This is my first ever food processor. Which is a big deal for me being 25. I don’t know anyone else my age that owns one. I originally wanted a gadget that can chop and slice things up for me easier than a mandoline (i’ve used a mandoline and don’t enjoy it so much maybe because i had a scrape accident. ) so i decided to look for a food processor. It doesn’t really chop or slice that well, lol. For chopping, you’d have to be careful or it’ll turn to mush (ok ok, so it is a food processor) and for slicing, i’m just disappointed that it’s only a 2mm and i can’t find a part anywhere for anything bigger. I’ve made a cheesecake crust (crushed together ginger snaps, nuts, etc), used it to froth up egg whites, sliced apples and cucumbers, cookie dough recipes, and a few other things (i know, those are such random stuff). Just examples of what i’ve done. I plan to make more mixed concoctions like hummus. So, though this machine hasn’t satisfied my chopping and slicing needs (now i can shop for more fun gadgets on amazon. ), it’s great for everything else.
Our mini chop broke and i looked for a replacement. There is little out there that is available in the 1 1/2 cup size that we wanted. We settled for the cuisinart dfp-3. Since it was a cuisinart, we were confident of it’s quality and we weren’t disappointed. (we have had cuisinart full size food processors for many years. )although this unit was bigger than we originally wanted, it turned out to be just fine, in fact we were pleased with the added volume. It works well, is well constructed and has a chute that can be used to eject the cut food directly into a bowl. My wife ended up liking it so much we turned around and ordered a second one for the cottage.
Does everything the big one does but in smaller quantities.
I used to have a big food processor but it took up too much space. I went with this one, it’s smallish, but powerful. It has the attachment to shred and slice while shooting it out of the container so there’s not a quantity issue when using it. I can throw and onion in there and it doesn’t turn it to much. I would recommend it to anyone and it’s easy to store.
If you look on cuisinart’s company website, this model is no longer being advertised. That is too bad, because this is a really great item. Nowadays, if you want a 3 cup processor, you can only get one that chops/grinds. This model can do chopping/grinding and slicing/shredding. It comes with a disk that slices/shreds veggies and cheese. There is also the opening at the top so you can drop the food into the processor without having to stop the machine, and take off the top. Of course, since it is a small model, you must cut up the veggies and cheese to fit the opening at the top, but this is not a burden. It has a small footprint on the counter or pantry, which is a must. This is great for couples, small families, or someone who cooks a lot and needs to chop things like garlic, herbs, cheese or make sauces.
I’ve heard so much about the cuisinart food processors. Living alone and working a lot of hours, it’s sometimes easier to grab something quick (aka unhealthy) than come home and chop up vegetables, etc. So, i decided to try this small one because it was inexpensive, compared to the other models. Plus, it had slicer and shredder blades. I made spanikopita in about 15 minutes, start to oven. The spinach was chopped so quickly. I sliced a bunch of peppers and onions in just a few minutes and froze them in small packages for easy weekday cooking. Mushrooms, lemons, zucchini, etc – poof, done. It’s powerfulmy only criticism is that i wish i could order more blades. The slicing disc cuts in pretty thin slices so i wish i could order a medium thickness blade. But, the thin cut veggies cook fast which fits with my goal of quick, healthy cooking so it’s fine.
This little food processor is a replacement for one like it that i had for about thirty years. It is durable, easy to store, easy to clean, does everything i want it to and does it well. I hope to enjoy it for another thirty years.
Comes with slicing disc (2 mm); medium shredding disc
Let me start off by saying that i’ve never owned a food processor. A few weeks ago, i ordered the kitchen aid 3-cup mini-prep. It was a flimsy lightweight little machine. It only had one button–the pulse button–and it stuck so i ended up sending it back. Aside from the defect, i thought it was an okay machine at the time because i had nothing to compare it to. Fortunately, for me, when i sent it back, they were out so i couldn’t exchange it for the same one. I had to shop around all over again for a reasonably-priced, durable mini-processor. It cost $18 more but it was definitely worth itwhat a difference. This is one is super heavyweight and has all kinds of bells and whistles that the other one didn’t have.
The concept is good and it is well executed: a smaller, sturdy version of the time-saving larger food processor. Big food processors make sense because they save a tremendous amount of time doing boring and tiring routines of chopping and slicing for large quantity output. If you are just preparing for for yourself and your partner, the time saved may not be enough to make you get in the habit of using it. For just the two of us, hand slicing and chopping is fast enough and easier to clean up; plan a party however, and out it comes. And make no mistake: this little unit can do a big job easily. I suspect this unit will last 30 years or more.
It’s big enough for me (single man, living with a roommate in a small san francisco apartment), and easy to clean. If you’re wondering if this would eat a lot of counter space, it will. That’s why i put it back in the box all the time after using and cleaning. However, i think it’s worth it, if you’re looking for a simple and small food processor.
My first food processor and i am using it almost everyday. Pizza dough comes out perfect and slicing vegtables for quiche works very well (zucchini, summer squash). Making salads is quick and easy. The size is just right in taking up a small space on my counter and the price was terrific.
Cuisinart dfp-3 handy prep 3-cup food processormy old 7-cup braun food processor died and was no longer reparable. I was horrified at the huge size of most food processors now available but did’t want a mini-processor. I was a little unsure about getting a 3-cup food processor, but my fears have been allayed. It’s a real little work horse and has done everything i need. The side funnel attachment allows unlimited grating or slicing, so the 3-cup size only relates to chopping. Since herbs and nuts are a primary use i’ve had no problems. In short, i love the petite size and the decent capacity.
I used this only twice and was able to make cookie dough in seconds and mince food in seconds. It isn’t designed to do the job of the 7-cup. I read all the reviews and the ones that are disappointed with this product seem to be using it beyond its design – for very small 3-cup max jobs this is your tool. I read another review that said they love it as a beginner fp – i couldn’t agree moreit may not be worth the 50. 00 but when they sell it on special for like 35. 00 – then pick it up – that is what i did and i am happy with it. My intensions were to use the heck out of it and let my 9 yr old, who loves to cook, use it as a learning tool to become a better baker. And for that we are very pleased.
Ejector disc directs ingredients through chute attachment
I bought this in february and the motor just died on my while making peanut butter. Not overheated or anything, just plain died.
I have been using one of these for at least ten years. I did have to replace the post that the cutters fit onto but it works perfectly even though i put it through pretty hard tasks. I bought this to replace my mom’s and kept her old one for replacement parts. I have thought about ungrading to a full size food processor but then decide that this model does what i want 90% of the time and if my project is too much for one processing, i just do several fillings.
I’ve been using this food processor every day (sometimes multiple times per day) for the past 2+ years. It’s handled everything i need it to, including chopping onions, blending pie crusts, making smoothies, shredding carrots, and blending hummus. No loss of power or function with continuous use. The bowl and the lid have gone through the dishwasher countless times and have held up exceptionally well, although the lock on the lid has developed a crack and is close to breaking off. Replacement parts are easy to come by on amazon (i’ve purchased a few replacements for lost blades). Can’t imagine my life without it.
I bought this for my brother who recently started cooking. He was on the fence about this purchase, not really sure if he needed it. Turned out that he was very happy with his decision to get it because it just makes it so much easier and faster to cook. He uses it to chop onions and tomatoes mainly.
Love the price and the size of the unit. I just feel cuisinart brought the quality a little too low for the price. I would have preferred to pay another $25 for better quality. Pros:-size, price, comes with chute(which i have not tried yet)cons:-uneven chopping of veggies. This is the biggest problem. Worked best by chopping veggies separate. Also need to stop and mix the veggies or the bottom ones are pulverized and top ones not going to bottom. -limitation of 1 cup at a time.
Only issue (and its probably my fault) is that the plastic warped slightly when put in the dishwasher so now when i make salsa the liquid leaks sometimes. This is for small jobs though. If youre cooking for more than 2 people you should probably size up.
I have been looking for something like this for doing small jobs so when i seen this on amazon i thought this would be perfect. It will take up a small amount of space plus i will be able to do a lot of things with this and to use to prepare for meals. I am glad i found this on amazon. I had a small 1 1/ 2 size from black and decker that you cannot find anymore with the shredder and chopper that i used quite a bit so this size will be the closes to that one. It sure cuts down on time to do things.
My cuisinart dfp-3 handy prep 3-cup food processor arrived in only 5 days, (standard/free) thanks to amazon’s superior shipping service. I’m single, but enjoy having guests over for dinner, and decided that the 3 cup processor would work for me. I took my time and read the instructions cover-to-cover prior to actually using it for the first time, and i feel certain that is the key to avoiding many of the mishaps (such as over processing) that other reviewers complained of. This machine is such a joy to use that i found myself at the local farmers market today, just to buy veggies to use in it. (i’m even trying some for the first time ever, which leads me to believe that it’s a healthy influence on my eating habits. Additionally, i was surprised as to how quiet and easy to clean it is. I’m certain that i will use this machine for years to come. Cuisinart is one of those companies that stands out amongst the others with product quality, design, and warranties -i’m a firm believer in the old adage ‘you get what you pay for’ and this is a perfect example.
I just grated up 3 blocks of cheese today with my fantastic new food processor. Awesome :)since i live on my own, this is the perfect size for my needs. I love that it comes with slicing and grating attachments, as well as a continuous feed chute. Pre-grated cheese actually has some carbs in it, and since i’m on a low-carb diet, i prefer to shred my own cheese and this machine makes that incredibly simple. I plan on making mayonnaise next, and the feed pusher thingy even has a small hole in the bottom so you can fill it up with oil and have it drizzle into your yolk mixture in a thin, steady stream. All the parts are easily washable by hand. Also, i love that this machine is actually relatively quiet – especially compared to my blender. :pthis makes an awesome first food processor since it blends the functionality of more expensive models with the handy size and more wallet-friendly price of entry-level models.
I have owned 3 of the biggest cuisinart processors over the last 35 years, and 2 of the mini-preps. This is the handiest by far. The big ones don’t work well for small jobs and the mini-preps are almost useless. This little jewel handles small jobs beautifully. It will emulsify salad dressings like nothing else and grate or shred small quantities of cheese perfectly. I also love it for mincing/pureeing fresh garlic, rosemary, and other ingredients for a fast, fresh dry rub. Another plus: it takes up very little space on the counter or in the dishwasher. When my family lived at home, i loved the large ones. Now this small one fits my lifestyle.
I bought a little pro, which is the same as dfp-3, for my mother in law in 1987 and i inherited it in 1992. It is a very good and high quality machine. I have given it heavy use using the chute to grate apples for canning sauce. Over the years at least a ton of apples have gone through the chute, 240 this year alone. I have replaced it because of a little oil leakage and feared it was dying and not wanting to be without it. The dfp-3, being exactly the same, is as good as the old and i was delighted it was still available. This is the only food processor i have and find it all that is needed for two people.