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Cuisinart Smart Stick vs Elite Gourmet Immersion Blender Side-by-Side Comparison

Neither of these blenders, thanks to usability issues, are ideal, but at least one is better than the other.

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Cuisinart Smart Stick vs Elite Gourmet Immersion Blender

Overall Verdict

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If you like your hot soup purees completely smooth, the Elite Gourmet Immersion Blender may be the one for you, but its poor build quality makes the Cuisinart Smart Stick a much better proposition. Neither blender has a whisk for whipped egg whites, but the Cuisinart does include a beaker. The Cuisinart is competitively excellent at almond milk and mayonnaise, while maintaining a good average for hot soup puree and frozen fruit smoothies, although neither have the smoothest texture. The Elite Gourmet, at least, smooths the job over with quality hot soup purees.

While the Cuisinart has a quality to it you can expect from the brand, the Elite Gourmet is made mostly of low grade plastic and some parts, including the shaft and the blade, which appeared very flimsy. The low 150 W power draw of the Elite Gourmet could never muster up enough vortex force which resulted in much stopping and restarting. The Elite Gourmet also lacks a proper grip and is cumbersome to put together easily. That said, the Cuisinart Smart stick has its own usability issues such as difficult to use controls and powerful suction force that causes spills.

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
  • Budget-friendly price
  • Simple, straightforward design 
  • Emulsifying capability
  • The stainless steel blending shaft will damage non-stick coatings
  • Fairly complicated to use
  • The blade guard doesn’t prevent splashing very well
  • Subpar build quality
  • Insufficient motor power 
  • Inadequate splatter control 
  • Limited grip comfort

Key Specs

Dimensions HW
15.6 x 2.3 inches
H 13.4 x W 2.9 inches
Weight
1.3 lbs (0.6 kg)
0.9 lbs (0.4 kg)
Number of speeds
2
1
Pulse/Turbo option
No
No
Min speed
11,670 RPM
No
Max speed
12,660 RPM
No

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$46.56
$12.00

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
7.4
6.3

Hot Soup Purée

7.0
8.0
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 Elite Gourmet EHB-2425X from the plastic beaker to check its smoothness.
Scooping a spoon of pureéd soup produced by the Elite Gourmet EHB-2425X from the plastic beaker to check its smoothness.
A batch of soup pureéd by the Elite Gourmet EHB-2425X immersion blender is checked for smoothness by being drained through a stainless steel mesh strainer.
Pureeing Time
30 seconds
30 seconds
Result
Silky chunky
Smooth
Suction
Slightly
Slightly

Frozen Fruit Smoothie

7.5
3.5
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.
Scooping a spoon of smoothie from the plastic beaker to check its texture after the Elite Gourmet EHB-2425X Hand Blender had completed the test in 2:30 seconds.
Scooping a spoon of smoothie from the plastic beaker to check its texture after the Elite Gourmet EHB-2425X Hand Blender had completed the test in 2:30 seconds.
After finishing blending, the green smoothie made by the Elite Gourmet EHB-2425X immersion blender was spread evenly throughout a white paper to check for solid chunks.
Blending Time
1 min 20 secs
2 mins 30 secs
Result
Slightly Coarse
Leafy
Suction
Slightly
Slightly

Mayonnaise

9.3
9.0
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 the Elite Gourmet immersion blender; a digital timer reads 01:40, set against a backdrop of kitchen appliances.
A hand pours a creamy mixture from a cup beside the Elite Gourmet immersion blender; a digital timer reads 01:40, set against a backdrop of kitchen appliances.
Mayonnaise made by the Elite Gourmet EHB-2425X immersion blender.
Emulsifying Time
1 min 10 secs
1 min 40 secs
Result
Smooth
Smooth
Suction
Yes
Slightly

Almond Milk

9.0
7.5
A white plate of almond pulp and a bowl of milk produced by the Elite Gourmet EHB-2425Xstick blender within 1 minute and 20 seconds.
Grinding Time
40 secs
1 min 20 secs
Result
Fine
Fine
Suction
Tightly
Tightly

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 2:00 on a kitchen counter, with a beaker containing unsuccessfully beaten egg whites next to the Elite Gourmet immersion blender.
Beating Time
N/A
Failed
Result
N/A
Failed
Suction
N/A
Failed

Design

Overall Design Scoring
8.5
5.2

In the Box

Owner’s manuals, blending wand, motor body, plastic beaker, paper carton box being side by side.
The Elite Gourmet EHB-2425X immersion blender lying on a table with its paper carton box and a user’s manual.

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 Elite Gourmet EHB-2425X hand-held blender standing on top of its blending shaft on a table, with the length of the shaft being noted to the side as 6.8 inches, and the total length of the unit as 13.4 inches.
Height
15.6" (39.6 cm)
13.4" (34.0 cm)
Width
2.3" (5.8 cm)
2.4" (6.1 cm)
Weight
1.6 lbs (0.7 kg)
0.9 oz (26 g)
Length
Shaft Length
8.4" (21.3 cm)
6.8" (17.3 cm)

Build Quality

8.5
5.0
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 blending shaft and motor body of the Elite Gourmet EHB-2425X
A close-up of the blending shaft and motor body of the Elite Gourmet EHB-2425X
A close-up of the interior of the Elite Gourmet EHB-2425X’s motor body.

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 Elite Gourmet EHB-2425X Single-Button
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
5.5
A close-up of the Cuisinart CSB-175 Smart Stick Stainless Steel Blade
A Close-Up of the Elite Gourmet EHB-2425X Blade Assembly
Material
Stainless steel
Stainless steel
Type
Sharp Blade
Sharp Blade
Guard Material
Metal
Plastic
Blade Count
2
2
Removable
No
Yes
Dishwasher Safe
No
No

Beaker

10
0.0
A 24-oz plastic beaker of the Cuisinart Smart stick standing on a yellow table.
Material
Plastic
N/A
Capacity
24.0 fl oz (709.8 ml)
NaN fl oz (NaN ml)
Measurements
Yes
N/A
Weight
3.8 oz (108 g)
NaN oz (NaN g)
Height
6.5" (16.5 cm)
NaN" (NaN cm)
Dishwasher Safe
Yes
N/A
Tamper Included
No
N/A

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 Elite Gourmet EHB-2425X 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
6.4

Ease of Use

7.6
5.3

Handling

8.0
8.5
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 handling the Elite Gourmet EHB-2425X Immersion Blender

Blade Assembly

9.0
7.0

Cleanability

7.5
8.0