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Cuisinart Smart Stick vs Betty Crocker Hand Blender Side-by-Side Comparison

One blender is obviously better, the other rather dismal, but neither that great. If you must choose, Cuisinart is the obvious choice.

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Cuisinart Smart Stick vs Betty Crocker Hand Blender

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The Betty Crocker is not a wonder device that will please you in any major way. It’s acceptably average all round, but a dismal failure at frozen fruit smoothies. Both these blenders, however, are an equal match for the standard tasks of making hot soup purees, and both come out a little rough and sometimes lumpy. Neither of them comes with a whisk, but the Cuisinart Smart Stick is pretty good at making mayonnaise nonetheless, and especially almond milk.

The Cuisinart wins hands down with its expected high quality fabrication, while the Betty Crocker is a very cheaply made and unconvincing machine. The blending shaft in particular is weak and prone to break easily, while the buttons are stiff. Moreover, its low power draw and weak vortex force means lots of pausing to shake out debris between the blades. The Cuisinart Smart Stick, however, is not without its usability issues. The controls, especially safety lock, is not so seamless and intuitive to use, and the strong suction force also led to numerous spills. There is, however, enough good value and worth in the Cuisinart whereas the Betty Corcker can only sit pretty on your counter.

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful enough for a wide range of tasks
  • The ergonomically-designed handle makes the blender easier to maneuver  
  • The included 24-oz beaker allows for easy gripping and drip-free pouring
  • The release button is really helpful during assembly and disassembly  
  • The specially designed blade can be used to emulsify sauces
  • Adequate for light task
  • Simple design
  • The stainless steel blending shaft will damage non-stick coatings
  • Fairly complicated to use
  • The blade guard doesn’t prevent splashing very well
  • Flimsy construction 
  • Lackluster heavy blending performance 
  • Lack of user-friendly features

Key Specs

Dimensions HW
15.6 x 2.3 inches
H 14.5 x W 2.9 inches
Weight
1.3 lbs (0.6 kg)
2.0 oz (57 g)
Number of speeds
2
Yes
Pulse/Turbo option
No
Beaker
Min speed
11,670 RPM
Yes
Max speed
12,660 RPM

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$46.56
$17.55

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
7.4
5.1

Hot Soup Purée

7.0
7.0
Scooping a spoon of pureéd soup made by the  Cuisinart Smart Stick hand blender from a plastic beaker.
Scooping a spoon of pureéd soup made by the  Cuisinart Smart Stick hand blender from a plastic beaker.
Cuisinart CSB-175BKQVC Hot Soup Test
A batch of soup pureéd by the Cuisinart Smart Stick hand blender is checked for smoothness by being drained through a stainless steel mesh strainer.
Scooping a spoon of pureéd soup produced by the Betty Crocker from the plastic beaker to check its smoothness.
Scooping a spoon of pureéd soup produced by the Betty Crocker from the plastic beaker to check its smoothness.
A batch of soup pureéd by the Betty Crocker immersion blender is checked for smoothness by being drained through a stainless steel mesh strainer.
Pureeing Time
30 seconds
30 seconds
Result
Silky chunky
Slightly Chunky
Suction
Slightly
Slightly

Frozen Fruit Smoothie

7.5
2.0
A plastic beaker containing a batch of green smoothie whose parts are scooped with a stainless steel spoon is between the Cuisinart’s motor body and a smartphone displaying the total blending time (1 minute and 21 seconds).
A plastic beaker containing a batch of green smoothie whose parts are scooped with a stainless steel spoon is between the Cuisinart’s motor body and a smartphone displaying the total blending time (1 minute and 21 seconds).
Cuisinart CSB-175 Smart Stick Smoothie
After finishing blending, the green smoothie made by the Cuisinart Smart Stick was spread evenly throughout a white paper to check for solid chunks.
The result after using a Betty Crocker immersion blender for three minutes, with noticeable fruit chunks remaining in the mixture.
The result after using a Betty Crocker immersion blender for three minutes, with noticeable fruit chunks remaining in the mixture.
After finishing blending, the green smoothie made by the Betty Crocker immersion blender was spread evenly throughout a paper to check for smoothness.
Blending Time
1 min 20 secs
3 mins
Result
Slightly Coarse
Very Coarse
Suction
Slightly
Slightly

Mayonnaise

9.3
6.5
Scooping a spoon of mayonnaise from a full batch emulsified in a white bowl by the Cuisinart Smart Stick hand blender.
Scooping a spoon of mayonnaise from a full batch emulsified in a white bowl by the Cuisinart Smart Stick hand blender.
Cuisinart CSB-175BKQVC Smart Stick Mayonnaise
A hand pours a creamy mixture from a cup beside theBetty Crocker immersion blender; a digital timer reads 2:15, set against a backdrop of kitchen appliances.
A hand pours a creamy mixture from a cup beside theBetty Crocker immersion blender; a digital timer reads 2:15, set against a backdrop of kitchen appliances.
Scoping a spoon of mayonnaise from a white bowl.
Emulsifying Time
1 min 10 secs
2 min 15 secs
Result
Smooth
Smooth
Suction
Yes
Slightly

Almond Milk

9.0
7.0
A white plate of almond pulp and a bowl of milk produced by the Betty Crocker stick blender within 1 minute and 30 seconds.
Grinding Time
40 secs
1 min 30 secs
Result
Fine
Fine
Suction
Tightly
Slightly

Whipped Egg-Whites

0.0
0.0
The blending wand of the Cuisinart CSB-175 Smart Stick  is immersed in a plastic beaker on a white table containing its failed beaten egg-white with a smartphone next to it.
A digital timer shows 2:01 on a kitchen counter, with a beaker containing unsuccessfully beaten egg whites next to the Betty Crocker immersion blender.
Beating Time
N/A
Failed
Result
N/A
Failed
Suction
N/A
Failed

Design

Overall Design Scoring
8.5
5.5

In the Box

Owner’s manuals, blending wand, motor body, plastic beaker, paper carton box being side by side.
The Betty Crocker immersion blender lying on a table with its accessories include a beaker, user manual, and packaging box.

Dimensions

The Cuisinart Smart Stick 2-speed hand blender standing on top of its blending shaft on a gray table, with the length of the blending shaft being noted to the side as 8.4 inches, and the total length of the unit as 15.6 inches.
The Betty Crocker standing on a table, with the length of its blending shaft being noted to the side as 7.5 inches, and the total length of the unit as 14.5 inches.
Height
15.6" (39.6 cm)
14.5" (36.8 cm)
Width
2.3" (5.8 cm)
2.9" (7.4 cm)
Weight
1.6 lbs (0.7 kg)
1.4 lbs (0.6 kg)
Length
Shaft Length
8.4" (21.3 cm)
7.5" (19.1 cm)

Build Quality

8.5
5.5
The motor body and blending wand of the Cuisinart Smart Stick two-speed hand blender lying flat on a yellow table.
A Close-Up of the Motor Body and Blending Shaft of the Betty Crocker

Speed and Controls

A close-up of two speed controlling buttons and a speed dial on top of the Cuisinart’s motor body.
A Close-Up of the Betty Crocker’s Buttons
Activation
Press
Press-button
Min Speed
11,670 RPM
N/A
Max Speed
12,660 RPM
N/A
Presets
No
No
Noise Level
80 dB
N/A
Digital Display
No
No
Pulse Mode
No
No

Blending Shaft

8.0
4.0
A close-up of the Cuisinart CSB-175 Smart Stick Stainless Steel Blade
A Close-Up of the Betty Crocker’s Blending Shaft.
Material
Stainless steel
Stainless steel
Type
Sharp Blade
Sharp Blade
Guard Material
Metal
Plastic
Blade Count
2
2
Removable
No
Yes
Dishwasher Safe
No
Yes

Beaker

10
10
A 24-oz plastic beaker of the Cuisinart Smart stick standing on a yellow table.
A Close-Up of the Betty Crocker’s Beaker
Material
Plastic
Plastic
Capacity
24.0 fl oz (709.8 ml)
20 oz
Measurements
Yes
Yes
Weight
3.8 oz (108 g)
Height
6.5" (16.5 cm)
Dishwasher Safe
Yes
Yes
Tamper Included
No
No

Power Cord

10
10
The Cuisinart Smart Stick Immersion Blender on a gray table with its power cord rolled up next to it.
A Close-Up of the Betty Crocker’s Power Cord.
Cord Length
6.0 ft (1.8 m)
5.1 ft (1.6 m)
Type
2-prong plug
2-prong plug
Detachable
No
No

Extra Accessories

Material
N/A
N/A
Dishwasher Safe
N/A
N/A
Removable
N/A
N/A

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
7.8
5.9

Ease of Use

7.6
4.9

Handling

8.0
6.5
Someone uses two hands to control the Cuisinart Smart Stick immersion blender: one for holding the handle and pressing the controlling buttons at the same time, the other for rotating the speed dial.
Someone is holding the Betty Crocker immersion blender.

Blade Assembly

9.0
9.0

Cleanability

7.5
7.5