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Cuisinart Blender Review : SmartPower Duet Blender & Food Processor

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cuisinart blender smartpower duet, grey and black
cuisinart blender smartpower duet, grey and black

This Cuisinart Blender has two variants—the Cuisinart 7-Speed SmartPower Blender, and the Cuisinart SmartPower Duet Blender and Food Processor.

The first one is cheaper but it doesn’t include any accessories. The second product, which we’ll be focusing on in this review, has a complementary food processor attachment.

Getting the latter would be a more favorable option, considering that you won’t be able to upgrade later with the 7-Speed variant.

Now, let’s discuss the Cuisinart SmartPower Duet Blender real quick.

Its ultimate selling point is its price. It’s one of the most affordable countertop blenders in the market that already includes a food processing kit.

One concern about it though, is power. The 500-watt motor pales in comparison to the competition. Even the best personal blenders have a more powerful motor than this one.

But if you’re only looking for an entry-level blending machine, it’s good enough for its price.

PROS

  • Affordable
  • Great at crushing ice
  • Can process hot items
  • 48-ounce glass jar
  • Comes with food processor attachment
  • 7-speed (including pulse)
  • Stainless steel blades
  • Cord storage compartment
  • Dishwasher safe
  • BPA-free
  • 3-year warranty

CONS

  • Weak motor (500 watts)
  • You have to assemble and disassemble the blades before and after use

Cuisinart SmartPower Duet Features

What can you make with Cuisinart Blender?

I’m quite concerned about the 500-watt motor of this Cuisinart Blender, but it does quite work well for crushing ice. In short, it’s good enough for making smoothies and shakes and performing basic food processing tasks.

Here’s a more extensive list of what this blender is capable of.


a glass of green smoothie
Smoothies
crushed ice
Crushed Ice
baby food
Baby Food
salad dressing
Salad Dressing
salsa sauce
Sauces & Dips
Strawberry Cocktail
Cocktail

When processing frozen fruits, just make sure it’s cut into smaller chunks, preferably half an inch. It can take on ice without any issues, but it’s going to be harder when dealing with fibrous produce.

Here are a few things that it can’t do:

Hot Soups—In can process hot items, but you need a separate pot to heat your soup ingredients. When doing so, take the lid cap off to prevent pressure build-up.

If you need a blender that cooks soup up on its own, you might want to check the Ninja Cold and Hot Blender.

Make Flour—Blending dry ingredients with this blender is also not possible. It lacks the raw processing power needed to grind whole grains. That is something unique to high-powered blending machines like Vitamix blenders.

Nut Butters—It can grind nuts into smaller bits, but it’s not ideal for making nut butters. The Cuisinart SmartPower Blender is not designed for processing thick blends.

Frozen Desserts—The same goes for frozen desserts. Its thick consistency is going to be hard on the motor. However, you can blend smaller chunks of frozen fruits as part of a smoothie recipe.

Is it easy to use?

Cuisinart Smart Power Duet Blender and Food Processor control panel

In terms of usability, Cuisinart SmartPower Duet Blender gained a score of 3/5. It has a lot of room for improvement, IMHO.

Here’s why:

The buttons will make you think. Numbering would have been much better than stir, chop, mix, and puree. To give you a clear idea, stir has the lowest revolutions per minute (RPM), and puree has the highest. The puree mode, by the way, is meant for processing smoothies and shakes.

Other than that, the other buttons are pretty much self-explanatory. The food processor button is obviously intended for the food processor attachment. And, the ice crush button is designed for grinding ice cubes.

Another thing about this Cuisinart Blender is the container itself. Initially, I thought that the blade assembly is attached to the glass pitcher. It turned out to be the opposite.

Most of the leading countertop blenders have a fixed blade system. It’s easier to deal with and easier to wash.

Speaking of cleanup, thankfully, all the removable parts are dishwasher safe.

See it in action

Here’s a quick demo of the Cuisinart SmartPower Duet.

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Cuisinart Blenders are one of the most affordable blending machines in the market. This particular model features a 500-watt motor, with seven speed levels for blending precision. It includes 48 oz. (1.4 L) glass jar and a 3-cup (710 ml) food processor kit. Cuisinart offers a 3-year product guarantee for the SmartPower Duet blender.

Technical Specifications

TypeCountertop Blender
Brand/SeriesCuisinart SmartPower Series
Price$
Ratings4.2 out of 5
Speed7 speed levels with pulse
Wattage500 Watts
BladesStainless steel blades
Container48 oz. (1.4 L) glass jar
3 cups (710 ml) food processor attachment
Dishwasher SafeYes
BPA FreeYes
Colors/Model Nos.Brushed Chrome (BFP-703BC)
Chrome (SPB-7CH)
Cord length3 ft (91 cm)
ApplicationHome & Personal Use
Warranty3 Years
Related ProductsCuisinart Velocity Ultra Trio, Dash Blender, Oster Blender, Oster Versa Blender, Hamilton Beach Smoothie Blender, Breville Fresh and Furious, Breville Blender

Is Cuisinart Blender worth it?

The Cuisinart SmartPower Duet Blender and Food Processor is an entry-level countertop blending machine. It’s not as powerful as leading products in its class, but it can perform most of the basic tasks. If you’re looking for a bargain on your next smoothie maker, then I would highly recommend this Cuisinart Blender.

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