I have used the Cuisinart FP-12 Elite food processer in my home for a couple of years now. I use it on a regular basis and rely on it to process, shred and blend my recipes. It has not let me down.
The FP-12 comes with two work bowls. The larger one is a 12-cup bowl that is labeled on the side of the canister for easy measuring. The smaller bowl, which nests inside the larger work bowl, is meant for a 3 cup capacity, which is clearly marked on the canister as well. They are each a good size and come in handy for larger or smaller jobs. The only complaint that I have about them is that after some use they start to cloud. It would be nice if a BPA-free, non-clouding canister would be developed.
The canisters lock into place and the unit will not operate without the bowls and lid being locked in correctly, a great safety feature. The feeding chute is ample but larger foods do need to be cut in order to feed them through.
I like the assortment of blades that the Cuisinart FP-12 comes equipped with. There is a stainless steel shredding blade that works very well for grating foods and cheeses (awesome for shredding potatoes for potato pancakes, carrots, etc). Also there is a stainless chopping/mixing blade as well as a dough hook. There are two stainless steel S-blades as well. I assume that there is one each for the work bowls. One I use for the larger bowl (it doesn’t fit in the smaller bowl) and the other I use in the smaller one.
The power settings on the unit are On, Off and Pulse. The Cuisinart FP-12 also comes with a plastic spatula, a “how-to” DVD, and a recipe/instruction booklet. The food processor measures 7 by 10-1/2 by 15-1/5 inches and sits nicely on my kitchen counter.
Since I do a lot of cooking from scratch, it is important that I have a reliable, powerful food processor to assist me in my food preparation. I have been quite satisfied with this model. It has worked well for me with regular use for a couple of years now and shows no signs of giving out soon. Often, products will be spent after the same amount of regular use. This unit is built to last, which is nice in this cost-conscious environment. The extra dollars that you may spend up front compared to some lesser units is worth the value in the long run. In most cases, you get what you pay for!