The Cuisinart CSB-75 Smart Stick (a new, improved version of the CSB-76) is a very popular, affordable immersion blender that comes in kaleidoscopic colors to brighten virtually any kitchen. However, does this stick blender actually perform as good as it looks? For that, and other key information about this hand blender, please keep reading.
Cuisinart CSB-75 Specifications
The CSB-75 Smart Stick comes in 5 color skins and is equipped with an impressive 200-watt motor. This capable power plant is controlled with two speed settings (hi/low). It’s easy to hold and use, thanks to a lightweight (2.2 lb.) design and good ergonomics along the grip surface. Another perk – its detachable blending shaft and the included mixing beaker are both dishwasher-safe, so cleaning up is hassle-free. The mixing blade (an all-purpose type) is composed of stainless steel and partially enshrouded by a stainless steel housing designed to reduce splashing. This blade is great for blending/mixing a variety of foodstuffs and handling typical hand-blender jobs.
Included with each blender unit is a 2-cup mixing beaker, which, in addition to being dishwasher safe, is also microwave safe.
Here is a video from Cuisinart on the earlier (outdated) version of the SmartStick (the CSB-76):
Cuisinart CSB-75 Reviews & Ratings
This is clearly one of – if not the most popular – immersion blenders on the market today. To date, it has earned an outstanding average satisfaction rating of 4.6 out of 5.0 stars on amazon.com based on a whopping total of 288 user reviews. Obviously, people are in love with this little stick blender, but what exactly do they like so much – and what don’t they like so much, if anything?
In a nutshell, the vast majority of the reviewers applauded this blender for good power, low noise operation, and easy clean up. They also consistently reported being impressed by its modest price. The following is a good example of the tone of the reviews overall:
“the Cuisnart CSB-75BC, really does ‘meet or beat’ what I thought a blender should be capable of doing, especially considering the cost….didn’t do well with cube ice but then I didn’t expect it to.”
So what didn’t people like about it? The most common and significant complaint is with the item’s durability. Specifically, that the gearing that attaches the drive shaft to the motor body is composed of plastic and strips after heavy use, essentially rending it useless. The reports of this gear “stripping” were relatively few to be sure; however, this is a definite issue since most of the reviews were from the last six months or so. As a result, the longevity of this gear mechanism is something that should be considered. More time will help identify how big of a problem it actually is.
In addition, many users indicated that the unit grew very hot; did not handle grinding ice well; and the colors of the actual units received were a bit different that those represented (more pastel-ish). One user recommended getting a solid color rather than the lackluster stainless steel “finish.”
Price and Value
Let’s face it – although it’s more expensive than the $20 novelty hand blenders, at a current sale price of just under $40, it’s the very aggressive price point of this model, along with its otherwise good feature set, which drives its popularity. In other words, for a $40 stick blender, it’s fantastic…so long as you don’t push it too hard.
Concluding Thoughts & Opinions
There’s no questioning that the Cuisinart CSB-75 Smart Stick delivers about as much performance and power as one can ask for in a $40 immersion blender. And if you are just flirting with the idea of using an immersion blender or intend to use it for “light” duty purposes – i.e., avoiding very dense, frozen foods – then you will likely be enamored by this little hand blender, like the vast majority of happy users.
However, if you want to make lots of frozen smoothies and/or anticipate using your stick blender routinely, we don’t recommend this model. In particular, the plastic drive shaft coupling gear is simply not robust enough to hold up to long term abuse, in our opinion. And if you end up having to replace this model in the future, you will likely spend considerably more than you would have in the long run – if you had simply spent a bit more and purchased a more rugged model to begin with, such as the Cuisinart CSB-79 or Breville BSB510XL.