The Cuisinart Smart Stick Plus CSB-78 is part of the blender
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, immersion blender
models like the Smart Stick Plus CSB-78 are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
How well the model blended frozen fruit and yogurt for smoothies,
How well the model pureed chicken bouillon and vegetables for soup.
Tests conducted under no-load conditions for consistency. Results have been rounded.
About This Brand
This mid-range-to-premium brand offers dual-purpose models that come with interchangeable parts, making the machine double as blender and food processor. Individual models include push-button and touch-pad controls and LED displays. Cuisinart is widely available in department, specialty, and appliance stores, and through online retailers. Prices range from $50 to $150.
Features & Specs - Cuisinart Smart Stick Plus CSB-78
Chopper Whether the model comes with a chopper attachment.
Whisk Whether the models comes with a whisk attachment.
Turbo Whether the model has turbo speed.
Beaker Whether the model comes with a beaker.
Claimed speeds Number of operating speeds claimed by manufacturer.
I've had this for about 4 years.<br /><br />I use it for pureeing soups (once in awhile) and making smoothies (daily). I think it is excellent for both of these purposes. I make a family-sized smoothie with frozen fruits (any variety), spinach, nuts, and minimal liquid (yogurt or water and some protein powder). If the frozen fruit is in big chunks, it can take a little while for this little machine to get through it (e.g., very large whole strawberries) but once it does the smoothie is very smooth. The attachment rinses clean quickly.<br /><br />The extra chopper and whisk are, to me, a waste of space. I have a 30-year old food processor by Kenmore that just keeps going, so the Cuisinart is strictly used for the immersion part. I am surprised to see the low rating it earned here.