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Cuisinart launches Elite kitchen gadgets

New Cuisinart range is food processors and blender

Cuisinart mini processor

Cuisinart has launched the Elite Jug Blender, the Elite Food Processor, and Elite Mini Processor – solid-looking appliances made from die-cast metal. 

The Cuisinart Elite Mini Processor is designed to chop, puree and grind. It can be used for both hot and cold food.It looks like a mini chopper but unlike other mini choppers we’ve tested, such as the Magimix Le Micro 12445, it can grind coffee beans. This is an interesting feature that we’ll be trying out.

The Elite Mini Processor is made of die-cast metal, which is normally used on more expensive products. The Elite Mini Processor costs £60, which is cheaper than many other food processors we’ve tested.

We’ve previously tested the Cuisinart MP14NU food processor; to find out how well it did in our extensive independent lab tests read our full food processor review.

Cuisinart power blender

Cuisinart Elite Power Jug Blender

The Cuisinart Elite Power Jug Blender comes with several pre-programmed settings for smoothies, soups, purees, and crushing ice. Our researchers think this feature is something we’ll start to see on more models over the next year.

The Elite Power Jug Blender has two speeds, and a pulse setting. It’s possible to buy jug blenders with more speeds settings, but Which? test results show that additional speed settings don’t always mean a jug blender will work more effectively.

At £120 this is an expensive jug blender, and in the shops you’re likely to see it alongside other high-end models such as the Kitchenaid 5KSB52, or the Krups KB702744.

Which? has tested both the Krups and Kitchenaid blenders, read our full jug blender review to find out how well they did in our independent lab tests.

We’ll be trying out the Elite Power Jug Blender soon, and publishing our first impressions early in 2010, with full test results following soon afterwards.

We’ve got Best Buy jug blenders from as little as £40. If you’re looking for a jug blender this Christmas then read our full jug blender review.

Cuisinart food processor

Cuisinart Elite Food Processor

The most expensive product in the new Elite range from Cuisinart is the Elite Food Processor. It’s £280, which means it’s more expensive than similar products from premium brands, such as the KitchenAid Artisan 5KFPM770, and the Dualit 88610.

The Elite Food Processor comes with three bowl options with 3.8, 3 and 1 litre capacities. Our researchers thought it sounded like a versatile machine – the marketing literature claims that you can slice ingredients to a variety of different thicknesses from 1mm to 6mm.

We’ll be testing the Cuisinart Elite Food Processor later next year. If you want to buy a food processor that we’ve already tested read our full food processor review. 

Which? has tested a range of food processors with prices starting at just £30. If you’re looking for a premium model then read our review of the Dualit 88610 or the KitchenAid Artisan 5KFPM770.

Cuisinart Elite Stockists

The Elite Power Jug Blender, and the Elite Mini Food Processor will both be stocked in John Lewis shortly. To find a stockist for the Elite Food Processor contact Cuisinart.

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