Cuisinart Smart Stick Cordless Hand Blender Blender Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Oct 05, 2021 at 09:42 am
Cuisinart Smart Stick Cordless Hand Blender Picture
4.5
Multi-Purpose
4.6
Smoothies/Protein Shakes
2.2
Ice Crushing
4.7
Soups
2.8
Professional Use
Blender Type
Immersion Blender
Power
136 W

The Cuisinart Smart Stick Cordless Hand Blender is a battery-powered immersion blender with decent build quality. It can hot blend but makes bad smoothies and tends to switch off unexpectedly when you try to process tougher ingredients like almonds or ice cubes. The included 32-ounce beaker also feels a bit cheap. However, it's very easy to clean by hand, and it also comes with a whisk attachment for making foods like whipped cream.

Our Verdict

4.5 Multi-Purpose

The Cuisinart Smart Stick Cordless Hand Blender is bad for multi-purpose use. You can use it for hot blending, but it doesn't do a good job of making smoothies. It also can't crush ice or make almond butter. Its maximum speed is relatively slow, and its 32-ounce beaker feels a bit flimsy. On the plus side, it's usually very easy to clean by hand, and its blending shaft is dishwasher-safe.

Pros
  • Easy to clean by hand.
Cons
  • Can't process almonds.
  • Can't crush ice.
  • Makes foamy, grainy smoothies.
4.6 Smoothies/Protein Shakes

The Cuisinart Smart Stick Cordless Hand Blender is bad for smoothies and shakes. It's decently well-built and easy to clean, but it makes unappetizing smoothies with unprocessed chunks of banana and kale in the mix. It also fails to crush ice, which is disappointing if you add ice to your smoothies.

Pros
  • Easy to clean by hand.
Cons
  • Can't crush ice.
  • Makes foamy, grainy smoothies.
2.2 Ice Crushing

The Cuisinart Smart Stick Cordless Hand Blender is awful at crushing ice. It fails to crush most of the cubes, and the small amount of ice that does get processed tends to get jammed behind the blades.

Pros
  • Decent build quality.
Cons
  • Can't crush ice.
  • Beaker feels flimsy.
4.7 Soups

The Cuisinart Smart Stick Cordless Hand Blender is poor for making soups. You can use it to process hot ingredients directly in a pot or pan, and it also comes with a beaker you can use for blending. However, it seems to struggle to process tough ingredients and can't fully incorporate ingredients like raw kale into smoothies.

Pros
  • Can be used for hot blending.
Cons
  • Makes foamy, grainy smoothies.
  • Beaker feels flimsy.
2.8 Professional Use

The Cuisinart Smart Stick Cordless Hand Blender is very bad for professional use. While it's decently well-built and comes with a 32-ounce jar, it makes badly blended smoothies and can't crush ice or process almonds into spreadable butter. When blending ingredients like almonds or ice, the battery seems to deplete more quickly, and the blender tends to switch off unexpectedly.

Pros
  • Decent build quality.
Cons
  • Can't process almonds.
  • Makes foamy, grainy smoothies.
  • 4.5 Multi-Purpose
  • 4.6 Smoothies/Protein Shakes
  • 2.2 Ice Crushing
  • 4.7 Soups
  • 2.8 Professional Use
  1. Updated Oct 05, 2021: Review published.
  2. Updated Sep 29, 2021: Early access published.

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Silver Smart Stick Cordless Hand Blender CSB-400CD
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Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
18.7" (47.5 cm)
Width 2.2" (5.6 cm)
Depth 2.2" (5.6 cm)
Weight
2.0 lbs (0.9 kg)
Shaft Length (Immersion Blenders)
8.7" (22.0 cm)

The Cuisinart Smart Stick Cordless' blending shaft should be long enough to reach the bottom of deep pots and dutch ovens. It's also removable for easier storage in a kitchen drawer.

7.0
Design
Build Quality

The Cuisinart Smart Stick Cordless has a decent build quality. The motor body is made of plastic and stainless steel, while the blending shaft itself is made of metal. However, the connection point between the two parts is plastic. The blending shaft simply clicks into place on the motor body without any need to twist it, unlike some other immersion blenders, like the NutriBullet Immersion Blender. Unfortunately, the beaker feels like it's made out of cheap plastic and is easily scratched when you use it for blending.

Design
Main Jar/Beaker
Material
BPA-Free Plastic
Jar Capacity
0.0 oz (0.0 ml)
Beaker Capacity
32 oz (946 ml)
Weight
0.4 lbs (0.2 kg)
Dishwasher Safe
No

The Cuisinart Smart Stick Cordless comes with a beaker with measuring marks in ounces and milliliters on its side. The last mark is at 32 ounces, but the beaker can hold an additional seven ounces (200 mL) if you fill it to the rim. Unfortunately, the manual doesn't indicate that it's dishwasher-safe.

Note: Since this blender comes with a beaker (a container with a pouring spout) and not a jar (a container without a pouring spout), the result for 'Jar Capacity' would usually be 'N/A'. However, this results in blenders that come with beakers receiving a higher score for 'Soups' than ones that come with jars. Because this isn't intentional and to better reflect our experience with this blender, we've made an exception and recorded the jar capacity as '0'. We're looking into addressing this issue for other blenders as well and will update those reviews in the future if needed.

Design
Additional Jar
Material
No Additional Jar
Capacity
N/A
Weight
N/A
Dishwasher Safe
No
Design
Blades
Blade Type
Sharp
Blade Count
2
Removable
No
Dishwasher Safe
Yes

There are two sharp, non-removable blades. The blending shaft is dishwasher-safe, unlike the Cuisinart Smart Stick Two-Speed Hand Blender's.

Design
Lid
2 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
6.0 ft (1.8 m)

The Cuisinart Smart Stick Cordless comes with a charging cable with an A/C adapter and you can't use it when it's plugged in. The manual says it takes about 2.5 hours to fully charge and that a full battery lasts for about 20 minutes worth of blending. However, it also warns that the battery may be depleted more quickly depending on what you're blending.

To verify the battery life, we ran the blender continuously at maximum speed in a beaker full of water. We measured 14.5 minutes of blending before the battery died, but it seems to run out much more quickly when processing almonds. We also experienced an issue where we expected the blender to have a full charge, and it was only able to blend for a few minutes before requiring another charge, but this issue may be limited to our unit. In general, though, battery performance can vary with real-life use, so your experience may be different.

Design
In The Box

  • Cuisinart Smart Stick Cordless Hand Blender motor body
  • Blending shaft
  • 32-oz beaker
  • Whisk assembly
  • Whisk attachment
  • Charging cable and A/C adapter
  • Manuals

Performance
Performance
Speed And Controls
Min Speed
1,330 RPM
Max Speed
8,800 RPM
Speed Dial
Yes
Pulse/Turbo Mode
Yes
Noise @ Max Speed
62 dB
On/Off Toggle
No

The Cuisinart Smart Stick Cordless has a safety feature that requires you to press the power button and the unlock button at the same time to start blending, similar to the Cuisinart Smart Stick Two-Speed Hand Blender. There are also five speed settings that you can select with a switch near the power button. There's a strip of blue LED lights above it that light up one by one as you increase the speed and an LED battery indicator bar above that. On the other side, there's also a button that you need to push to detach the blending shaft from the base.

This blender's maximum speed is quite a bit slower than that of most other immersion blenders we've tested, including the KitchenAid KHBBV53 and Cuisinart EvolutionX RHB-100.

0
Performance
Almond Butter
Preparation Time
< 6 min
Texture
Failed To Process
Spreadability
Failed To Process
Unprocessed Almonds/Chunks
Failed To Process

The Cuisinart Smart Stick Cordless can't make almond butter. As soon as some of the nuts are broken down, it's not powerful enough to continue to blend the mixture. At that point, the blender constantly switches off, and the indicator light blinks red. Even after pausing for a minute to let the motor cool down and rest, it only runs for a few more seconds before switching off again.

4.5
Performance
Smoothie (Best Jar)
Jar Used
Main Jar
Preparation Time
< 4 min
Texture
Foamy and Grainy

The Cuisinart Smart Stick Cordless makes bad smoothies. It seems to struggle to incorporate ingredients like frozen banana and raw kale, even after a few minutes of blending. The result after about four minutes is an airy, grainy smoothie with chunks of unprocessed kale and banana. The blender doesn't warm up the ingredients, but the smoothie doesn't have a uniform texture or a very good taste.

0
Performance
Smoothie (Other Jar)
Jar Used
No Other Jar
Preparation Time
N/A
Texture
No Other Jar
0
Performance
Crushed Ice
Preparation Time
4 min
Ice Quality
Failed To Crush

The Cuisinart Smart Stick Cordless can't make crushed ice. It doesn't seem to have enough power to break down most of the cubes, and any ice that is crushed gets stuck under the bell-shaped blade guard and needs removing with warm water. Similar to how it performed during the almond butter test, the blender's indicator light kept turning red, and the blender turned off suddenly a few times during this process.

Ease Of Use
Ease Of Use
Programs / Modes
Crushed Ice
No
Self-Clean Program
No
Single Serve
No
Timer
No
8.0
Ease Of Use
Cleaning
Smoothie Cleaning
Simple
Almond Butter Cleaning
Simple

The Cuisinart Smart Stick Cordless is very easy to clean. After making something liquidy like a smoothie, you can rinse the blending shaft with warm water and wipe the blade guard quickly with a sponge. If you're working with sticky ingredients like almond butter, the process is also easy. After scraping any extra food from under the blades with a utensil like a butter knife, you can take care of most of the mess by running the blender in the beaker with warm water and soap for about 10 seconds. Then you need to quickly wipe the blade guard and blending shaft with a sponge. Alternately, the blending shaft is also dishwasher-safe.

Ease Of Use
Extra Features
Hot Blending
Yes
Additional Jugs
No
Juicer Attachment
No
Food Processing Attachment
No
Heating Element
No
Noise Dome
No
Tamper
No
Vacuum Pump
No
Speed Adjustment Based On Jar Size
No

You can use the Cuisinart Smart Stick Cordless for hot blending, like all immersion blenders. It also comes with a whisk attachment and assembly that attaches to the motor base in a similar way to the blending shaft. It's intended for making things like homemade mayonnaise or whipping cream.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

There's only one variant of the Cuisinart Smart Stick Cordless Hand Blender (CSB-400CD), which comes in 'Silver'. You can see the label for the model we tested here. If you come across another variant, let us know in the discussions, and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Blenders

The Cuisinart Smart Stick Cordless Hand Blender is a battery-powered immersion blender. While it has a much better build quality than some other cordless models we've tested, including the KitchenAid KHBBV53 and the Cuisinart EvolutionX RHB-100, it doesn't perform as well. It has five speed settings, but the fastest setting is relatively slow, and unlike the Cuisinart Smart Stick Two-Speed Hand Blender, it can't crush ice or make almond butter.

If you're looking for other options, take a look at our recommendations for the best immersion blenders, the best mini blenders, and the best blenders for smoothies.

KitchenAid KHBBV53

The KitchenAid KHBBV53 is a slightly better battery-powered blender than the Cuisinart Smart Stick Cordless Hand Blender. The KitchenAid comes with a lid for its jar and a removable blade guard to protect your non-stick pans from scratches. It's also better at making smoothies and almond butter, although neither model is ideal for those purposes. On the other hand, the Cuisinart is has a significantly better build quality and is easier to clean by hand.

KitchenAid Variable Speed Corded Hand Blender

The KitchenAid Variable Speed Corded Hand Blender is better for most purposes than the Cuisinart Smart Stick Cordless Hand Blender. The KitchenAid makes much better-blended smoothies and does a significantly better job crushing ice and making almond butter. On the other hand, you may prefer the Cuisinart's cordless design. It's also much easier to clean by hand, but it has worse overall performance.

Braun MultiQuick 7

The Braun MultiQuick 7 is better than the Cuisinart Smart Stick Cordless Hand Blender. The Braun has a significantly better build quality and makes much better almond butter and smoothies. It's also significantly easier to clean by hand and comes with a food processing attachment as well as a lid for its jar. On the other hand, some may prefer the Cuisinart's cordless design. Its blades are also dishwasher-safe.

Braun MultiQuick 9

The Braun MultiQuick 9 is better than the Cuisinart Smart Stick Cordless Hand Blender. The Braun has a much better build quality and is significantly better at making almond butter and smoothies. It's also much easier to clean by hand. The Cuisinart is cordless, which some may prefer, but it performs much worse overall.

All-Clad KZ750DGT

The All-Clad KZ750DGT is better than the Cuisinart Smart Stick Cordless Hand Blender. The All-Clad can make almond butter and crushed ice. It also makes significantly better-blended smoothies and is much easier to clean by hand. However, the Cuisinart has a significantly better build quality and a cordless design, which some may prefer.

Braun MultiQuick 5

The Braun MultiQuick 5 is better than the Cuisinart Smart Stick Cordless Hand Blender. The Braun has a significantly better build quality and makes better-blended smoothies. It's also much easier to clean by hand. Some may prefer the Cuisinart's cordless design, but it has worse overall performance.

Cuisinart Smart Stick Two-Speed Hand Blender

The Cuisinart Smart Stick Two-Speed Hand Blender is better than the Cuisinart Smart Stick Cordless Hand Blender. The Two-Speed is corded and has significantly better performance since it can crush ice, make passable almond butter, and produces better-blended smoothies. It's also much easier to clean by hand. However, the Cordless Hand Blender has a much better build quality. You may prefer its battery-powered design, and it also comes with a whisk attachment for foods like whipped cream or homemade mayonnaise.

Cuisinart EvolutionX RHB-100

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.

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