Cuisinart Blender Review – Our Best Picks for 2017

Cuisinart’s claim to fame was bringing the food processor to the US – so they really know how to chop things up. If you’re interested in a brand that’s been known for years for their products’ reliability and power, you’ll be glad to know that they have their very own range of blenders – ones that can perform in any way you want - and generally at an affordable price. Here's our top picks for our Cuisinart blender review:

**Click any of the links above to read customer reviews on Amazon or continue reading for our full comprehensive guide.

Why go for a Cuisinart?

Cuisinart is a brand that’s been known for years in the home appliances industry for providing products that perform well and reliably. They may not have the blender reputation of Vitamix or Blendtec, but Cuisinart blenders are still made for just about every kind of person – you’re sure to find one here that’s right for you.

What are the differences between the models?

These models are all very different. They vary in motor strength, in appearance, in container size and shape, in features, in the presence or absence of pre-programmed settings and variable speed control, in design elements, in ease of use, and in warranty. There is very little that connects these blenders – less than in other brands, it could be said. As a result, there’s a blender here for every need; whether you’re creating simple green smoothies every morning or making hummus every evening.

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That's right: creamy, fresh hummus exactly how you like it can be yours whenever you like.

What are your priorities?

This is the most important factor when it comes to deciding which of these blenders is best for you. Do you need a heavy-duty blender that can power through ice, seeds, and anything else? Do you want something that’s going to look cute as it sits in your dorm room? Do you need something with an in-built chop function to make homemade salsa for sports night? Whether you want high or low power, pre-programmed settings, useful features, or attractive design, each of these blenders has something for you.

The Hurricane Pro is an upgrade on Cuisinart’s Hurricane blender, with a stronger motor, a variable speed dial, and more pre-programmed settings. It has the best specs of any of the blenders on this list.

The motor is 3.5-peak horsepower, one of the strongest of any home blenders on the market, rivalling even the strongest Blendtec machines. This is an incredible achievement for Cuisinart, which is not typically thought of as highly competitive in the high-tier blender market. This model also comes with a variable speed dial that allows you to control the blades from 3000rpm to 25,000; five pre-programmed cycles, including smoothies, ice crush, and soup; an inbuilt cleaning cycle; an LCD display; a memory function that remembers any manual adjustments you make to inbuilt cycle lengths; and a 64-oz plastic container.

According to the manufacturer, this model comes with a warranty of only three years.

However, the motor warranty is a limited 10-years, so the risk might be considered low since that becomes the most crucial and worn part after constant use.

PROS

  • 3.5-peak horsepower (super-powerful)!
  • ​Pulse function
  • Variable speed dial
  • Five pre-programmed settings
  • Great build quality
  • Long motor warranty

CONS

  • Average look
  • Tall container

The Hurricane is one of Cuisinart’s most popular countertop blenders. It has a 2.25-peak horsepower motor that’s capable of blending almost anything and great build quality, which might explain why. It has a pulse function, two speed settings – low and high – and pre-programmed smoothie and ice crush cycles, each of which can be accessed with the push of a button.

It also has a double-housed plastic case to help reduce noise during blending, and an LCD screen so you can see exactly how long your blending cycle has to go. The plastic container is 60-oz, plenty big enough for most of your blending needs, and has a soft ergonomic handle. The warranty is three years, roughly the same length as in models of similar price.

Despite the sound-reducing case, this model is still quite loud according to user reports – but that isn’t unexpected considering the power of the motor. The container itself is quite a tall design, too tall to fit under the kitchen cabinet without taking the lid off, which could be a disadvantage if you live in a smaller space. In addition, the design of this blender is somewhat less attractive than many other models in my opinion, and this could determine whether or not you’re interested in it as a model.

PROS

  • 2.25-peak horsepower
  • ​Pulse function
  • Two pre-programmed settings
  • Double-housed case for noise reduction
  • Great build quality

CONS

  • Tall container
  • No variable speed dial
  • No inbuilt cleaning cycle

The Cuisinart SmartPower comes with a set of excellent pre-programmed settings, an improved design on other models, is manufactured with a choice of five nice color options (*colors vary by retailer) and great build quality. Whereas some other Cuisinart blenders are too tall to fit into smaller spaces, the SmartPower’s shorter container makes that easy – and its attractive design means that you’ll want it out, too.

An interesting interface choice in this model is the decision to forego manual speed control entirely in favor of seven pre-programmed settings. This means that if you just want to turn the blender on and let it run, maybe change up the speed yourself, you’ll be unable to; you instead have to select one of the settings (pulse, stir, mix, puree, chop, liquefy, or ice crush) that best fits what you’d like the blender to do. This may be annoying if you like a lot of control over your blender, or if you’re planning on creating tricky things that need a lot of careful blending at certain speeds, like almond butter (which will need soaking for a lower power blender). If not, this system could do away with a function you didn’t ever really need anyway.

There are a few issues with this machine. It has a weak motor – 500W (or 0.7-peak horsepower), the lowest on this list – and some user reported issues with durability.  The warranty itself is only three years, but there's always a balancing act between affordability and durability.

That being said, if this blender is within your budget, it absolutely would be a fine choice. if you're not willing to pay out for a powerhouse.

Although we must say that a Nutribullet (although less versatile)​ would be another great and similar option to consider.

PROS

  • Pulse function
  • ​Attractive design
  • Shorter container
  • Seven pre-programmed settings
  • Five color options
  • Dishwasher-safe parts

CONS

  • 500W motor
  • No variable speed control
  • No noise-reducing technology
  • No inbuilt cleaning cycle

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The Classic Bar Blender is just that: a classic blender. With few frills, limited settings, and only one switch to operate, this blender is simple and stripped-back. It lacks many of the features of higher-tier blenders, and many of their more attractive design elements too. Designed as an affordable buy for someone who’s not going to use it for super hardcore blending tasks, the Classic Bar Blender delivers on that point.

It comes with a limited five-year motor warranty (see the manufacturer's site here), a 40-oz glass container, and a metal base. Both of those materials are unusual choices compared to other blenders, which tend to be made of plastic, and are this model’s saving grace – the glass means that it’s durable and dishwasher-safe, and the metal base gives it a more high-end feel and potentially greater durability than some plastics. There’s one switch that dictates whether the machine is off, or at low or high speed settings.

Unfortunately, this is the extent of the Classic Bar Blender’s charms. It features only a 750W motor (around 1-peak horsepower), substantially weaker than many competitors’ blenders, which seems unlikely to be equal to some of the harder blending tasks – crushing super thick ingredients for instance. It does not have a true pulse function, does not have variable speed, does not have any pre-programmed settings and is both loud and tall, so it’s not great for small spaces. In addition, the design is an acquired taste; whether you like it or not depends on your eye, but it’s not something I’d like to see standing in my kitchen.

However, the design can be considered more on the classic side (I just prefer modern higher-tech gadgets) so if that's the look you're going for - this could be your pick!​

PROS

  • Dishwasher-safe components
  • 5-year warranty
  • Glass container
  • Designed for simple-use

CONS

  • 750W motor
  • No pulse function
  • Tall container
  • No variable speed setting
  • No pre-programmed settings
  • No noise-reducing technology
  • No inbuilt cleaning cycle

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The Velocity is a simple, affordable pick from Cuisinart that has some great features and few reported problems.

It’s a simple, stripped-back blender that can be found in three different colors (*may vary by retailer)– including a baby pink – in an attractive design. If you’re into blenders that look cute, this is one; it beats many other blenders in appearance, and its smaller 48-oz container means it’ll fit under your kitchen cabinet too. It has a pulse function and one pre-programmed setting – ice crush – as well as low and high speed settings in push-button format.

This model does suffer from lack of strength, with only a 600W motor (roughly 0.8-peak horsepower), which is about the same as some immersion blenders. It doesn’t have true variable speed control, only those two aforementioned low and high speed settings, and doesn’t have any inbuilt noise-reducing technology, so it’s likely to be louder than it could be. However, given the weak engine, it’s probably going to be quieter than many other models on the market.

If you’re looking for a cute, pretty blender that can handle simple smoothies and other soft blends, the Velocity is probably great for you – if you want something that’s going to churn ice and other hard ingredients for years and years, it can’t come recommended.

PROS

  • ​Pulse function
  • Attractive design
  • Shorter container
  • One pre-programmed setting
  • Made in three color options (Availability may vary*)

CONS

  • 600W motor
  • No variable speed control
  • No noise-reducing technology
  • No inbuilt cleaning cycle

So which is the best blender?

It’s very clear that the top blender in the Cuisinart range is the Hurricane Pro. It’s the most powerful, the most effective, has the most helpful features and is reliable enough to get the job done. You also have have a limited warranty on the motor for quite a long time which may give you piece of mind.

The other choices are great if you need less power and just something simple to fit in with a certain design scheme. If you're blending soft blends on a semi-regular basis they are good picks. If you need power and the peace of mind of a long motor warranty - go with the Hurricane Pro.​

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