The Cuisinart Smart Stick Two-Speed Hand Blender (CSB-175) is an okay hand blender meant for general household use. It's a simple blender with only two speed settings and more suitable for making foods with softer ingredients like soups. It has enough power to handle tougher ingredients like frozen fruits or nuts, but it's difficult to maneuver, and the motor can overheat. Also, it can't finely process foods, which results in thick smoothies and crunchy nut butter. Cleaning is effortless; however, the beaker needs to be handled with care, as it's pretty flimsy.
The Cuisinart Smart Stick Hand Blender is okay for most uses. It has a motor that's powerful enough to handle difficult tasks like crushing ice, but it doesn't do as well when you want a fine texture. Smaller pieces are often left unprocessed, resulting in thick smoothies and crunchy nut butter. Unfortunately, the motor can sometimes overheat and the included plastic beaker is pretty flimsy. It's very easy to clean, though, and it's safe to use for hot blending.
The Cuisinart Smart Stick Hand Blender is mediocre for blending smoothies. Due to the nature of hand blenders, it's difficult to catch big chunks of frozen fruits. Furthermore, it can't process the smaller particles to a finer texture, resulting in a thick and grainy smoothie. The included plastic beaker, while large, breaks very easily. On the upside, the blender is very easy to clean.
The Cuisinart Smart Stick Hand Blender is mediocre for crushing ice. It's a bit difficult to maneuver, but it doesn't take that long to process a large quantity of ice once you get the hang of it, and the resulting ice is of okay quality. Unfortunately, it can only operate in short bursts, as the motor can overheat.
The Cuisinart Smart Stick Hand Blender is decent for blending soups. It's safe for mixing hot foods, and the blending shaft should be long enough for most pots, so you don't have to transfer the content to another container just to puree the soup. It should achieve a reasonably smooth texture as long as the ingredients are already soft from cooking. Cleaning is easy, as it only requires a quick blend in warm soapy water. Unfortunately, although the included beaker is large, it's made of cheap plastic and breaks pretty easily.
The Cuisinart Smart Stick Hand Blender is okay for professional use. It has enough power to handle more challenging tasks like crushing ice, but it isn't as good for making smooth nut butter or smoothies, as it can't finely process the ingredients. Even though it feels decently well-built, the motor can overheat and the plastic beaker can break easily.
The Cuisinart Smart Stick Hand Blender is a compact hand blender. The blending shaft is a bit on the shorter side compared to other hand blenders, but it should be long enough to reach the bottom of most pots and pitchers.
Build quality is sub-par. The body is made of decent quality plastic while the shaft and the blades are metal. It feels reasonably well-built overall and should be able to survive a tumble or two without any issues. Unfortunately, the motor overheated during our almond butter test and produced an unpleasant odor. This happened after roughly seven minutes of continuous blending using the 'High' speed setting. Also, the jar isn't shatter-proof; it broke easily just from tapping the sides with the blender.
The Cuisinart Smart Stick Hand Blender comes with a large measuring/mixing beaker. There's no lid, but on the bright side, it has a spout for easy pouring, and it's safe to clean it in a dishwasher if you put it on the top rack. It isn't shatter-proof and breaks rather easily, so it's recommended to handle with care.
There are no additional jars included.
The blades aren't removable or dishwasher safe.
The Cuisinart Smart Stick Hand Blender doesn't come with any lids.
The power cord is quite long and it comes with a small plastic tie to keep the cord from getting tangled when in storage.
This blender only has two speeds: low and high. The 'Lock' button is to prevent any accidental triggering of the blender, and the 'On' button needs to be held down when blending.
The Cuisinart Smart Stick Hand Blender is mediocre for making almond butter. Like most hand blenders, it requires a fairly good grip on the handle and a lot of maneuvering. It does get a lot easier once the big chunks have been broken down, but it isn't able to process the smaller bits. The result is a dry and crunchy almond butter that's hard to spread. Unfortunately, the blender overheated during our testing, and there was some smoke emanating from the blender. We use the 'High' setting for our test.
The Cuisinart Smart Stick Hand Blender is sub-par for making smoothies. It's difficult to catch all the chunks of frozen bananas and kale; however, once all the big pieces are processed, the rest is relatively quick and easy. That said, the result isn't that great. It's grainy due to the larger kale particles that are left unprocessed, and although there's some foam at the top, the rest of the smoothie is thick and unpleasant to drink. We use the 'High' setting for our test.
This blender doesn't come with an optional jar.
The Cuisinart Smart Stick Hand Blender is decent for crushing ice. Crushing ice with a hand blender can be a bit tricky, but once you get a handle on how to maneuver the blender, the result is quite good. Using the 'High' setting, it takes roughly a minute to process three cubes of ice. Smaller chunks can sometimes get caught in the blades and require warm water to free them up.
The Cuisinart Smart Stick Hand Blender doesn't have any programs or modes.
Cleaning the hand blender is easy. A quick blend of warm water with soap and a thorough rinse is enough to remove any remaining food particles off the shaft and the blades. Unfortunately, it isn't dishwasher safe.
Unfortunately, the Cuisinart Smart Stick Hand Blender doesn't come with any additional attachments or features. However, the manufacturer has specified that it's safe to use for blending hot food.
The Braun MultiQuick 7 is a better immersion blender for making soup than the Cuisinart Smart Stick Two-Speed Hand Blender. The Braun feels better built, its blade assemblies are dishwasher safe which makes it easier to clean, and it has trigger-sensitive speed controls so you can adjust its speed with only one hand. It also comes with several tools and attachments. However, the Cuisinart can crush ice and its smoothies have a better texture.