Cuisinart CSB-79 Smart Stick Blender - Review

KitchenAid  3-Speed Hand Blender

The Good:
  • Low and high speed settings.
  • Continuous or pulse action blending.
  • Metal housing around blade should help with the longevity of the blender.
  • Whisk and chopper/grinder attachments.
  • Blending components are dishwasher safe for easy cleanup.

The Bad:
  • As with the majority of hand blenders holding the power button down in operation can be annoying.

The Bottom Line:
Another great hand blender from the Cuisinart Smart Stick range, the chopper/grinder and whisk attachment come in very useful and are not supplied with the base model.

The 200 watt motor is powerful enough for most blending jobs and will even do a pretty decent job of making smoothies from frozen fruit and ice.

Rated: 9.2 out of 10

Cuisinart CSB-79 Smart Stick Hand Blender Rating: 9.2 out of 10

Top 10 Hand Blenders

Choosing the best hand blender.

Hand blenders can be one of the most useful gadgets in the kitchen, taking up little room but speeding up food preparation immeasurably.

An immersion hand blender can be used to puree soups and sauces, blending can be performed directly in your mixing bowl which is very convenient. Some of the blenders come with extra attachments such as chopping blades, whisks and grinders.

Blending directly in a bowl or cup will instantly cut down on the clean-up time compared with a food processor. Most hand blenders have a detachable shaft and blade which can be removed and cleaned easily in a dishwasher.

Top 10 Hand Blenders


What to look for in a hand blender.

Power - is probaly the single most important element when choosing a hand blender. Hand blenders that have a high powered motor (above say 200 watts) and have multiple speed selectors should be able to handle most blending kitchen tasks.

If you are looking for a hand blender to primarily make thick smoothies or frozen drinks you may find that even the best hand blenders my struggle somewhat, in this case you may be better choosing a dedicated smoothie maker or using a food processor.

Cord or cordless - What you gain with the convenience of a cordless hand blender can be offset with the slight loss of power. Cordless blender's are often a little bulkier and heavier.

Design - Having a well designed and comfortable blender is very important when you are using a powerful hand tool for extended lengths of time.

If you have decided to purchase a corded hand blender the length of cord needs to be considered. This is often dependant on where the blender will be situated but a longer cord is often a plus.

Brands - Nearly all of the major kitchen manufacturers have a range of hand blenders, KitchenAid, Braun and Cuisinart produce highly regarded blenders.

KitchenAid KHB2351CU 3-Speed Hand Blender Review

KitchenAid  3-Speed Hand Blender

Rated: 9.0 out of 10

The Good:
  • The 3 speeds enable you to comfortably blend, chop and puree through a vast selection of ingredients. .
  • Included whisk attachment and mixing cup with lid are useful..
  • The long removable 8-inch blending arm makes it easier to use in deeper pots and bowls which helps with any splashing.
  • Quieter than many comparable blenders.

The Bad:
  • Liable to splatter when blending small quantities if you are not careful.
  • Continuously holding the power button can be a bit of a strain when blending for long periods.

The Bottom Line:
A very good immersion blender that comes with many useful attachments.
As with all hand benders it can still struggle with thicker ingredients and will take longer to blend than any food mixer.
The KitchenAid KHB2351CU is covered by the 1 year KitchenAid warranty but the quality of the product means that you shouldn't need to use it.

KitchenAid KHB2351CU 3-Speed Hand Blender Rating: 9.0 out of 10

Conair Cuisinart Smart Stick - Hand Blender Review

Conair Cuisinart Smart Stick

Rated: 9.2 out of 10

The Good:
  • 2 speed settings for controllable blending.
  • Plenty of power from the 200-watt motor.
  • Quick and easy cleaning.

The Bad:
  • Holding the power button down during lengthy blending sessions can become uncomfortable.
  • Plastic gearing may not be overly durable

The Bottom Line:
The Cuisinart Smart Stick Hand Blender has a powerful 2 speed motor making it quick and easy to blend a multitude of ingredients.
A stainless steel guard covers surround the blade and helps keep splashing to a minimum.
The shaft locks in securely but it is still easy to detach and clean. Available in 7 colors this is a great immersion hand blender that deserves its place in any kitchen.

Conair Cuisinart Smart Stick CSB-75BC Rating: 9.2 out of 10