The Cuisinart CSB-79 Smart Stick is another super affordable and popular model that comes with lots of features and accessories for your buck. However, what should you know about this model before buying – and what’s the consensus from actual users? Read on for these answers, and our own thoughts and opinions on this immersion blender.
Features & Specifications
This Smart Stick is a step up from the CSB-75 (and the 75’s predecessor, the CSB-76) we recently reviewed, which is at first evident by its more sophisticated brushed stainless steel casing. Nevertheless, like the CSB-75, it’s powered by a very capable 200-watt motor and comes with two speeds (high/low) and uses a comfortable, ergonomic grip.
This model comes also comes with a higher quality stainless steel blending attachment that is detachable. Among the included accessories are a handy whisk attachment; a chopper/grinder attachment; and a 16-oz blending beaker. Of course, you also receive the typical instruction manual and fairly decent recipe booklet. The whisk is designed primarily for things like whipping cream, toppings, light sauces, and other light uses/aeration. The chopper can deal with things like nuts, carrots, onions, cheese and other denser dry foods.
Maintenance is easy. The drive shaft, chopper, whisk attachment and beaker are all dishwasher safe. The rest of the parts can be simply wiped down. The blending beaker is dishwasher and microwave safe.
Here’s a video explaining how to use the SmartStick:
Cuisinart CSB-79 Smart Stick Reviews
The CSB-79 has earned a great track record with users, and currently holds an average approval rating of 4.3 out of 5.0 stars based on 73 reviews on amazon.com.
Users are generally very satisfied with this stick blender’s performance, particularly for typical light-duty blending. Notably, many users complimented the accessories, particularly the chopping attachment, which they found a step up from previous iterations. The following quote from an actual review sums up these reviews pretty well:
“I’m so glad I purchased this! Great for making small amounts of sauces, soups, drinks etc. The chopping blade made chopping things for dinner so much faster! Also made guac with it..came out super smooth and creamy in <2 minutes.”
However, there were a relatively small number of negative reviews, which focused mainly on the durability of the product. Specifically, some users complained of premature breakage of the blade, attachments, and an overall cheap feel – however, these were relatively few.
Price & Value
As we said with other Cuisinart models, the very attractive selling price point of the CSB-79 (currently hovering around $50) is very hard to beat, and delivers a lot of performance and value relative to many other hand blenders on the market. Further, for a bit more than the CSB-75, you get the nice brushed stainless steel and better attachments. Consequently, if you are in the market for a very affordable model that is still performs well, this is a great choice.
Concluding Thoughts & Opinions
Similar to the CSB-75 we reviewed, we really like the CSB-79 for its affordability and tremendous value. The CSB-79, however, is substantially nicer and more “grown up” than the CSB-75, in our opinion. It also uses better attachments and does not seemed plagued by the issues related to the plastic gearing in the CSB-75.
Nevertheless, we still consider the CSB-79 a relative light duty model, which is great for getting started with immersion blending, but may not be the best choice for those expecting years of use. In particular, if you anticipate doing lots of work with hard/dry/frozen ingredients, and/or lots of blending with heavy, dense liquids, this model may not be robust enough to handle the abuse, in our opinion. On the other hand, if you are focusing more on things like soups, sauces, dips, fresh veggies, whipping, and light mixes, drinks, smoothies, etc., we think your expectations will likely be met or exceeded.