Cuisinart products are a great marriage of quality and value and the Cuisinart CSB-100 Smart Stick variable hand blender is no exception.
The Cuisinart Smart Stick variable speed hand blender comes in stainless steel and is a beast of a machine at 700 watts of power! This makes it the most powerful immersion blender we have reviewed so far!
Since the Cuisinart company has several different Immersion Blenders out there, read on to see if this one has all of the features you are looking for.
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The Cuisinart CSB-100 Smart Stick variable speed hand blender is a nice looking kitchen tool. It has a stainless steel and hard plastic body with hard plastic accents. The attachments attach and detach with a simple press of a button.
The blending head is 3” wide and has a bell shape to increase effectiveness and reduce splatter. At 3”, it is too wide to fit into a wide mouth mason jar so take that into account if you are intending to quickly blend and store in canning jars.
This Immersion Blender has a lock/unlock button on top of the unit which must be depressed before starting to pulse. You have to depress the unlock button and the blend button simultaneously to start blending and then you can let go of the top button. This was a common complaint from users who stated that this made one handed operation difficult as it was awkward to press the two buttons at the same time initially.
If you let go of the blend button, you then have to press the unlock button and the blend button simultaneously again. This is a safety feature you may appreciate if you have little ones nearby but it is nice to know that this unit doesn’t have a simple pulse setting.
Some users have played around with the idea of duct taping the top button down. We are all about “life hacks” here at immersion masters so there is your immersion blender hack of the day!
The variable speed is also up here on the top of the knob. There are not any preset speeds but rather a seamless transition from low to high. This is just like the All-Clad Immersion Blender we reviewed previously.
As we mentioned previously, this Immersion Blender has 700 watts of power! This is seriously a beast of a machine!Consumers have stated it is actually quite a bit on the heavy side. We can see how it would be difficult to make such a powerful motor light but take this into consideration if you have arthritic hands or feel uncomfortable holding heavy objects for a minute or so.
Although the grip is ergonomic, the weight of the immersion blender can cause some hand strain. While this one packs a punch, it is not for the occasional single smoothie but rather better suited for heavier jobs such as blending soups or making a big portion of mashed potatoes for the whole family.
Keep all of this in mind when you are choosing which immersion blender you want in your kitchen.
If you are looking for a powerful immersion blender with plenty of accessories, you have found the one! All of these attachments are dishwasher safe. For those of you who are wondering, unfortunately Cuisinart does not list them as BPA free.
The Cuisinart CSB-100 Smart Stick comes with a 2-cup food processor, a whisk, a 4-cup beaker and a unique attachment called a potato masher.The blade on the food processor has 2 sides, sharp and blunt and can be installed blunt side up for simple blending and items such as nuts
You can assemble with the blade sharp side up for harder ingredients such as chocolate, cheeses and meats.The manual has a handy guide that tells you the suggested blade orientation.
A word about food processors that come with Immersion Blenders is that they usually will not replace your big time food processor. At 700 watts this one may be close enough to do the job. At 2-cups it is still pretty small but if you just want to chop up some veggies to put in your omelet, this is definitely easier to leave out on your counter for frequent use.
The whisk attachment is handy for whipping up eggs or incorporating air to items to affect their texture as in baking or sauces. If you’ve been wanting to try out a homemade hollandaise, this would be a great tool to have. Some users have stated that the whisk is sort of hindered by the high power of this machine.
Although there are variable speeds, the low speed is still too high for a light whisk. If your ingredients need a gentle stir with the whisk, you may be better off skipping this and whisking by hand.
The 4-cup beaker with handle is a great addition to this immersion blender. It performs as expected and is great for whipping up smoothies or a vinaigrette that you can serve right in the beaker.
The potato masher is a very unique attachment that we have not seen on any other immersion blender. Other than the fact that the potato masher is made of a hard plastic rather than stainless steel, it is just like a blending head but has holes on top for the potatoes to go up through the holes when processing then go over the blending head and back down into the bowl to create a smooth consistency.
Just put your cooked potatoes in a bowl cut into cubes, add milk and butter as well as salt and pepper and mash in the bowl. This is sure to be a game changer at Thanksgiving dinner! Why stop at mashed white potatoes? You can also try mashed sweet potatoes, cauliflower or butternut squash.
The Cuisinart CSB-100 smart stick variable speed hand blender offers a lot for the price. Cuisinart is a brand we know we can trust and the accessories that come with this immersion blender perform very well with the exception of the possibly overachieving whisk.
We really liked the variable speed controls on this immersion blender and feel this will give you much versatility in the kitchen to go from gentle blending to heavy pureeing.
We were not totally sold on the ease of use of the lock/unlock button but this seems to be a matter of personal preference and we encourage you to try it out to see if it will work for you.
Cuisinart provides a 3 year warranty on this immersion blender in case of any issues and you can buy a separate 4 year warranty for an additional fee through Squaretrade.
The Bottom Line
If you are in the market for a variable speed immersion blender in a higher price range and want to have a great collection of accessories, the Cuisinart CSB-100 smart stick is the one to get.
The potato masher alone sets this immersion blender apart from the rest. The OXO On variable speed immersion blender as well as the All- Clad immersion blender are others in this higher price range but do not come with any accessories, not even a beaker!
The Cuisinart smart stick will give you much versatility in the kitchen and allow you to try out a few different cooking techniques.