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Cuisinart Smart Stick Two-Speed Hand Blender Blender Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Sep 08, 2020 at 08:37 am
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6.9
Multi-Purpose
6.0
Smoothies/Protein Shakes
6.4
Ice Crushing
7.4
Soups
6.7
Professional Use
Blender Type
Immersion Blender
Power
300 W

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.

Our Verdict

6.9 Multi-Purpose

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.

Pros
  • Easy to clean.
  • Safe for hot blending.
  • Produces decent quality crushed ice.
Cons
  • Can't produce a smooth texture.
  • Only two speed settings.
  • Sub-par build quality.
6.0 Smoothies/Protein Shakes

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.

Pros
  • Easy to clean.
  • Produces decent quality crushed ice.
Cons
  • Can't produce a smooth texture.
  • Only two speed settings.
  • Sub-par build quality.
6.4 Ice Crushing

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.

Pros
  • Produces decent quality crushed ice.
Cons
  • Only two speed settings.
  • Sub-par build quality.
7.4 Soups

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.

Pros
  • Easy to clean.
  • Safe for hot blending.
  • Relatively long blending shaft.
Cons
  • Can't produce a smooth texture.
  • Only two speed settings.
  • Sub-par build quality.
6.7 Professional Use

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.

Pros
  • Easy to clean.
  • Produces decent quality crushed ice.
Cons
  • Only two speed settings.
  • Sub-par build quality.
  • 6.9 Multi-Purpose
  • 6.0 Smoothies/Protein Shakes
  • 6.4 Ice Crushing
  • 7.4 Soups
  • 6.7 Professional Use

Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
15.6" (39.6 cm)
Width 2.3" (5.9 cm)
Depth 3.1" (8.0 cm)
Weight
1.6 lbs (0.7 kg)
Shaft Length (Immersion Blenders)
5.5" (14.0 cm)

The Cuisinart Smart Stick Variable Speed 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.

5.5
Design
Build Quality

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. If you want an immersion blender that feels significantly better built, check out the Braun MultiQuick 5, the Vitamix Immersion Blender, or the Breville Control Grip.

Design
Main Jar/Beaker
Material
BPA-Free Plastic
Jar Capacity
N/A
Beaker Capacity
24 oz (709 ml)
Weight
0.2 lbs (0.1 kg)
Dishwasher Safe
Yes

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.

Design
Additional Jar
Material
No Additional Jar
Capacity
N/A
Weight
N/A
Dishwasher Safe
No

There are no additional jars included.

Design
Blades
Blade Type
Sharp
Blade Count
2
Removable
No
Dishwasher Safe
No

The blades aren't removable or dishwasher safe.

Design
Lid
2 Part Lid
No Lid Included
Lid Closing Type
No Lid Included

The Cuisinart Smart Stick Hand Blender doesn't come with any lids.

Design
Power Cord
Stow Away Compartment
No
Cord Length
6.0 ft (1.8 m)

The power cord is quite long and it comes with a small plastic tie to keep the cord from getting tangled when in storage.

Design
In The Box

  • Motor body housing
  • Blending shaft
  • Measuring/mixing cup
  • User guide

Performance
Performance
Speed And Controls
Min Speed
10800 RPM
Max Speed
12000 RPM
Speed Dial
No
Pulse/Turbo Mode
No
Noise @ Max Speed
69 dB
On/Off Toggle
No

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.

6.0
Performance
Almond Butter
Preparation Time
< 8 min
Texture
Crunchy
Spreadability
Okay
Unprocessed Almonds/Chunks
Yes

The Cuisinart Smart Stick Variable Speed 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.

5.5
Performance
Smoothie (Best Jar)
Jar Used
Main Jar
Preparation Time
< 3 min
Texture
Foamy and Grainy

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. If you're looking for an immersion blender that can make a better smoothie, consider the GE Appliances Immersion 2-Speed.

0
Performance
Smoothie (Other Jar)
Jar Used
No Other Jar
Preparation Time
N/A
Texture
No Other Jar

This blender doesn't come with an optional jar.

7.0
Performance
Crushed Ice
Preparation Time
4.5 min
Ice Quality
Okay

The Cuisinart Smart Stick Variable Speed 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. If you want an immersion blender that does a better job at crushing ice, check out the Bamix Mono M133. If you want a hand blender that's better for crushing ice, check out the All-Clad KZ750DGT.

Ease Of Use
Ease Of Use
Programs / Modes
Crushed Ice
No
Self-Clean Program
No
Single Serve
No
Timer
No

The Cuisinart Smart Stick Variable Speed Hand Blender doesn't have any programs or modes.

8.5
Ease Of Use
Cleaning
Smoothie Cleaning
Simple
Almond Butter Cleaning
Simple

Cleaning the hand blender is easy, especially compared to other hand blenders like the KitchenAid KHBBV53. 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.

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

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.

Compared To Other Blenders

The Cuisinart Smart Stick Two-Speed Hand Blender is a simple immersion blender with two speed settings. It can hot blend, and it's easy to hand-wash. However, it isn't very durable or well-built, and it struggles to make smooth, spreadable almond butter and a silky, well-blended smoothie.

Braun MultiQuick 7

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.

Braun MultiQuick 5

The Cuisinart Smart Stick Two-Speed Hand Blender is a more versatile immersion blender than the Braun MultiQuick 5. Unlike the Braun, the Cuisinart can crush ice, and it also makes a more spreadable almond butter. That said, the Braun is much better-built, which some users may prefer.

Breville Control Grip

The Cuisinart Smart Stick Two-Speed Hand Blender is a more versatile immersion blender than the Breville Control Grip. The Cuisinart makes a better almond butter, and it can crush ice, unlike the Breville. However, the Breville is better-built, and it comes with more attachments, including a whisk and a food processor.

Vitamix 5200

The Vitamix 5200 is significantly better than the Cuisinart Smart Stick Two-Speed Hand Blender. The Vitamix has a more powerful motor that can handle tougher ingredients like ice, and it can process smaller particles to create a smoother texture. However, the Cuisinart is a better choice if you just want a hand blender that you can use in your pots for soup, instead of having to transfer the content to another jar.

KitchenAid KHBBV53

The Cuisinart Smart Stick Two-Speed Hand Blender is a better immersion blender than the KitchenAid KHBBV53. The Cuisinart can crush ice, unlike the KitchenAid, and it does a better job making almond butter. Also, the Cuisinart is easier to clean.

GE Appliances Immersion 2-Speed

The GE Appliances Immersion 2-Speed is better for soups than the Cuisinart Smart Stick Two-Speed Hand Blender. It's able to make a better-textured smoothie and shouldn't have too much of a problem tackling stewed foods in your pot. However, the Cuisinart can make satisfactory ice as well as easier-to-spread almond butter. It also comes with a jar that you can directly blend in.

Bamix Mono M133

The Bamix Mono M133 is a better immersion blender than the Cuisinart Smart Stick Two-Speed Hand Blender. The Bamix is much better-built and more durable. It can also make better, bar-quality crushed ice. That said, the Cuisinart can make almond butter slightly quicker.

All-Clad KZ750DGT

The All-Clad KZ750DGT is a more versatile immersion blender than the Cuisinart Smart Stick Two-Speed Hand Blender. Both blenders struggle to make smooth, spreadable almond butter, but the All-Clad has a better performance. It's also better for crushing ice, and it's easier to clean. That said, the Cuisinart comes with a small jar, which some users may prefer.

Vitamix Immersion Blender

The Cuisinart Smart Stick Two-Speed Hand Blender is a better blender than the Vitamix Immersion Blender. Unlike the Vitamix, the Cuisinart comes with a beaker and can crush ice. The Cuisinart also makes a better almond butter, and it's easier to clean. However, the Vitamix is better-built.

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