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Cuisinart EvolutionX RHB-100 Blender Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Feb 22, 2021 at 07:39 am
Cuisinart EvolutionX RHB-100 Picture
5.6
Multi-Purpose
5.6
Smoothies (Single Serving)
6.5
Smoothies (Multiple Servings)
4.8
Ice Crushing
8.8
Soups
5.9
Professional Use
Blender Type
Immersion Blender
Power
N/A
Hot Blending
Yes

The Cuisinart EvolutionX RHB-100 is a battery-powered, one-speed immersion blender. It makes a great smoothie, and you can use it to turn hot, cooked ingredients into soups and purees. It comes with a 30-oz beaker that you can use for blending. There's also a whisk attachment intended for making homemade mayonnaise and whipped cream, but we don't test it currently. Unfortunately, it struggles to make smooth, spreadable almond butter and can't crush ice. It also has a sub-par build quality.

Our Verdict

5.6 Multi-Purpose

The Cuisinart EvolutionX RHB-100 is sub-par for multi-purpose use. It can hot blend and it makes great smoothies, but it's bad at making almond butter and can't crush ice. It also has a poor build quality. However, it's very easy to clean by hand.

Pros
  • Makes great smoothies.
Cons
  • Can't crush ice.
  • Struggles to make almond butter.
  • Not dishwasher-safe.
  • Sub-par build quality.
5.6 Smoothies (Single Serving)

The Cuisinart EvolutionX RHB-100 is decent for making smoothies. It can incorporate leafy greens like kale into a very good, well-blended smoothie. It's easy to clean if you've been working with liquid ingredients. Unfortunately, it can't crush ice, which is disappointing if you like to add it to your smoothies or shakes. It also has a poor, plasticky build quality.

Pros
  • Makes great smoothies.
  • Easy to clean by hand.
Cons
  • Can't crush ice.
  • Not dishwasher-safe.
  • Sub-par build quality.
6.5 Smoothies (Multiple Servings)

Pros
  • Makes great smoothies.
Cons
  • Not dishwasher-safe.
  • Sub-par build quality.
4.8 Ice Crushing

The Cuisinart EvolutionX RHB-100 is awful for ice crushing. It doesn't feel well-built and even after a few minutes of blending, its blades fail to break ice cubes down into crushed ice.

Pros
  • Makes great smoothies.
Cons
  • Can't crush ice.
  • Not dishwasher-safe.
  • Sub-par build quality.
8.8 Soups

The Cuisinart EvolutionX RHB-100 is great for making soups. You can use it for hot blending. It can process ingredients like kale into very good, somewhat grainy smoothies, and should have no issue blending cooked ingredients into soups and sauces. It's easy to wash by hand, but unfortunately, it has a poor build quality.

Pros
  • Makes great smoothies.
  • Can hot blend.
Cons
  • Not dishwasher-safe.
  • Sub-par build quality.
5.9 Professional Use

The Cuisinart EvolutionX RHB-100 is sub-par for professional use. It can't crush ice, makes poor almond butter, and has a poor build quality. It's battery-powered and may need to be recharged often if you use it frequently. However, it's great for smoothies and easy to clean. It also comes with a beaker with a fairly large capacity.

Pros
  • Makes great smoothies.
Cons
  • Can't crush ice.
  • Struggles to make almond butter.
  • Not dishwasher-safe.
  • Sub-par build quality.
  • 5.6 Multi-Purpose
  • 5.6 Smoothies (Single Serving)
  • 6.5 Smoothies (Multiple Servings)
  • 4.8 Ice Crushing
  • 8.8 Soups
  • 5.9 Professional Use
  1. Updated Sep 06, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.
  2. Updated Feb 22, 2021: Review published.
  3. Updated Feb 16, 2021: Early access published.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
16.2" (41.2 cm)
Width 2.4" (6.0 cm)
Depth 2.5" (6.3 cm)
Weight
1.3 lbs (0.6 kg)
Shaft Length (Immersion Blenders)
8.1" (20.7 cm)

The Cuisinart EvolutionX is an immersion blender with a long blade shaft. When not in use, it can be stored in a spacious drawer.

5.5
Design
Build Quality

The Cuisinart EvolutionX has a poor build quality. The blades and blade guard are stainless steel, but the motor base and transmission are made of plastic, which doesn't feel very premium. Also, unfortunately, the metal rod that helps the shaft attach to the motor base feels wiggly.

There are battery status indicator lights and a micro-USB port on top of the handle. The charging port has a flimsy rubber cover that doesn't easily fit into place. The position of the power button on the front of the handle makes it a bit awkward to hold down while blending. If you want a better-built cordless hand blender, check out the Cuisinart Smart Stick Cordless Hand Blender.

10
Design
Jar Capacity
Main Jar Capacity
N/A
Additional Jar Capacity
N/A
Design
Jar/Beaker Materials
Jar/Beaker Material
BPA-Free Plastic
Dishwasher Safe
No
Design
Blades
Blade Type
Sharp
Blade Count
2
Removable
No
Dishwasher Safe
No

There are two sharp blades fixed to the bottom of the blending shaft. They can't be removed, and they aren't dishwasher-safe.

Design
Lid
Two-Part Lid
No Lid Included
Lid Closing Type
No Lid Included

This blender doesn't come with a lid for its beaker.

Design
Power Cord
Stow-Away Compartment
No
Cord Length
3.3 ft (1.0 m)

This is a battery-operated blender. It has a micro-USB to USB-A charging cable that's quite a bit shorter than the KitchenAid KHBBV53's. The charging cable plugs into the included AC power adaptor.

According to the manufacturer, the battery provides roughly 20 minutes of continuous runtime and takes up to two hours to completely recharge. However, we don't currently test this. You can't charge the blender and use it at the same time.

Design
In The Box

  • Motor base
  • Blending shaft
  • 30 oz beaker
  • Micro-USB to USB-A charging cable
  • AC power adaptor (charger)
  • Whisk attachment
  • Instruction and recipe booklet

Performance
5.6
Performance
Fibrous Ingredients (Small Batches)
Jar Used
Included Beaker
Fibrous Ingredients Processing
4.0
Fibrous Ingredients Texture
6.0

This blender makes great smoothies. It takes roughly two minutes to incorporate frozen banana chunks and leafy greens into a cold, uniformly-blended smoothie. There are grains of unprocessed kale left, but no leaves or big chunks.

5.6
Performance
Fibrous Ingredients (Full Capacity)
Jar Used Included Beaker
Fibrous Ingredients Processing
4.0
Fibrous Ingredients Texture
6.0
2.0
Performance
Crushed Ice
Crushed Ice Preparation
2.0
Crushed Ice Texture
2.0

The Cuisinart EvolutionX is awful for crushing ice. The blades don't blend the ice cubes, even if you hold the blender at an angle.

2.6
Performance
Nut Butter
Nut Butter Preparation
2.0
Nut Butter Texture
3.0

This blender is inadequate for making almond butter. When you first turn it on, the blades can send pieces of nuts flying. The blender doesn't jam, but you can feel its motor base heat up as it works. If you're blending continuously for long periods, you may notice its power decline as you deplete the battery life, which may be annoying if you want to make multiple batches of food. The almond butter is spreadable but not smooth, with plenty of unprocessed chunks.

6.2
Performance
Noise
Noise @ Max Speed
96.4 dB
Performance
Blade Speed
Min Speed
13,800 RPM
Max Speed
13,800 RPM
Speed Adjustment Based On Jar Type
No

The Cuisinart EvolutionX has one speed setting that's quite fast. There's a lock button that you need to tap and release before holding down the power button to blend. If you want to simulate a pulse mode, you can hold down the lock button and repeatedly press and release the power button.

Ease Of Use
Ease Of Use
Controls And Programs
On/Off Switch
No
Speed Presets
1
Speed Dial
No
Pulse/Turbo Mode
No
Programs
0
Blending Time Indicator
No
Programmable Timer
No

This blender doesn't have any programs or modes.

8.5
Ease Of Use
Cleaning

The Cuisinart EvolutionX RHB-100 is very easy to clean. You can easily rinse liquid ingredients off the shaft with water. Even if you used it for something sticky like almond butter, clean-up is fairly easy. You can rinse it under hot water and use a sponge to remove any film from the blades. However, neither the beaker nor the blade shaft are dishwasher-safe.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Cuisinart EvolutionX RHB-100 is available in a few different colors: 'Black', 'Grey/Black', and 'Silver'. We tested the 'Silver' variant, but we expect the other color variants to perform similarly to our model. You can see the label for the unit we tested here. If your model is different or you come across another variant, please let us know so we can update our review.

Compared To Other Blenders

The Cuisinart EvolutionX RHB-100 is a battery-powered immersion blender with one fairly fast speed setting. It's better at incorporating kale into smoothies than most of the immersion blenders that we've tested. However, it can't crush ice and has a sub-par build quality. If you want to see more options, check out our lists of the best immersion blenders, the best personal blenders, and the best mini blenders.

All-Clad KZ750DGT

The All-Clad KZ750DGT is a better multi-purpose blender than the Cuisinart EvolutionX RHB-100. The All-Clad makes better almond butter and bar-quality crushed ice. It also has a dial that you can use to adjust the blending speed. On the other hand, the Cuisinart does a better job of processing leafy greens like kale and produces better smoothies. Some users may also prefer that it's cordless.

Braun MultiQuick 9

The Cuisinart EvolutionX RHB-100 is better for making soups than the Braun MultiQuick 9. The Cuisinart is battery-powered. It does a better job of processing fibrous greens like kale in smoothies and has a longer blending shaft. It also comes with a whisk attachment, although we don't test it currently. On the other hand, the Braun can crush ice, although it has a poor texture. It also has a much better build quality. 

KitchenAid KHBBV53

The Cuisinart EvolutionX RHB-100 is a better blender than the KitchenAid KHBBV53. The Cuisinart does a much better job of processing leafy greens like kale in smoothies. Its included beaker has a larger capacity, and it's easier to clean. On the other hand, the KitchenAid has a trigger button that allows you to adjust the blending speed.

Cuisinart Smart Stick Two-Speed Hand Blender

The Cuisinart Smart Stick Two-Speed Hand Blender is a more versatile immersion blender than the Cuisinart EvolutionX RHB-100. The Smart Stick Two-Speed Hand Blender makes better almond butter and can crush ice. On the other hand, the EvolutionX RHB-100 makes significantly better smoothies. It's also cordless, which some users may prefer.

Vitamix Immersion Blender

The Cuisinart EvolutionX RHB-100 is a better blender than the Vitamix Immersion Blender. The Cuisinart makes much better smoothies. It's also easier to clean and comes with a beaker you can use for blending. On the other hand, the Vitamix feels significantly better-built, and it's corded, which you may prefer if you don't want to worry about battery life.

Braun MultiQuick 7

The Braun MultiQuick 7 and the Cuisinart EvolutionX RHB-100 have different strengths, and you may prefer either one depending on your needs. The Cuisinart is battery-powered and does a much better job of incorporating leafy greens like kale into smoothies. On the other hand, the Braun has a much better build quality and more speed settings. It also comes with a lot of extra accessories, including a food processing attachment with several interchangeable blades, although we don’t test it currently.

Cuisinart Smart Stick Cordless Hand Blender

The Cuisinart EvolutionX RHB-100 is better than the Cuisinart Smart Stick Cordless Hand Blender. They're both battery-powered immersion blenders, but the EvolutionX makes significantly better smoothies. It also makes spreadable almond butter, though it's not ideal for that purpose, and it's much easier to clean by hand. However, the Smart Stick has a dishwasher-safe blending shaft, unlike the EvolutionX.

Bamix The Original

The Bamix The Original and the Cuisinart EvolutionX RHB-100 have different strengths, and you may prefer either one, depending on your needs. The Cuisinart is a battery-powered immersion blender. It does a much better job of incorporating raw leafy greens like kale into smoothies and comes with a beaker you can use for blending. The Bamix is a corded model with significantly better build quality. It can crush ice, although it's not ideal for that purpose. It also comes with whisk and beater blades, while the Cuisinart only comes with a whisk, although we don't currently test those attachments.

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