Sunday, January 23, 2011

Product Review: Cuisinart CSB-76BC SmartStick

I love hand blenders. It's like one of those tools that belong in every kitchen. Aside from cooking, they are excellent for making a quick smoothie. Yeah sure you can pull out your Magic Bullet, but with a hand blender you do a quick rinse and wha la! You're done!

So, let's take a look at one of Amazon's top sellers.

Cuisinart CSB-76BC SmartStick 200-Watt Immersion Hand Blender, Brushed Chrome

Out of 396 customer reviews, this one gets 4.5 stars. Of course it's a Cuisinart, a brand that's been one of the leaders in small kitchen appliances since the 70's, if it scored less I'd worry.

Here's the facts:

Product Features

* Immersion hand blender equipped with powerful 200-watt motor
* Blade provides smooth blending; protective guard helps prevent splattering
* Simple push-button controls and lightweight design for one-handed operation
* Dishwasher-safe stainless-steel blending shaft; 2-cup plastic beaker included
* Measures approximately 3 by 3 by 14-1/8 inches; 3-year limited warranty

Blends drinks, purees soup, mixes pancake and crepe batters in seconds!

A brief overview of the pro's and con's of this awesome tool:

I found something really rare in customer reviews. I'm used to when a customer gives a low rating, they follow it with a scathing review. Not so with the Smart Stick, even the customers who gave it a low rating had to admit that the product was really good. Some didn't like the small size head, but then admitted that if it were any larger it'd be hard to control. Others said theirs didn't last long.

Some were disappointed by the "brushed chrome" thinking that the Smart Stick was made of chrome, and admitted they didn't really read the print that says it's actually made of ABS plastic, and the colour itself is brushed chrome.

The other 200+ reviewers loved the ease of cleaning, that the base is detachable, smooth handling and smooth motor, and one guy got me laughing when he called it the "Audi V8 of the hand blender world."

If you're looking to replace your current hand blender or buy one for your first time, this little guy is a great investment for your kitchen - after all, you can't go wrong with a Cuisinart.

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