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Cuisinart SmartPower Blender vs Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher Blender Side-by-Side Comparison

Our tests revealed that both blenders are overwhelmingly outmatched by challenging blending, but the Cuisinart SmartPower Blender appeared to handle power more effectively, especially when dealing with fibrous green.

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Cuisinart SmartPower Blender

Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher Blender

Cuisinart SmartPower Blender vs Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher Blender

Overall Verdict

Ranking by
OverallScore Performance60% Design20% Usability20% ScoreOverall 60%Performance 20%Design 20%Usability Cuisinart SmartPowe...Hamilton Beach Wave...4.83.76.07.12.81.04.76.5
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Both the Cuisinart SmartPower Blender and the Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher are capable of preparing protein shakes, with the Cuisinart yielding a slightly smoother texture, in contrast to the coarser consistency from the Hamilton Beach. However, their ability to handle more challenging ingredients such as frozen items, almonds, and ice is significantly underwhelming, with neither could produce satisfactory results. 

The Cuisinart's 500-watt motor somewhat effectively processes fibrous greens, but the outcome is barely adequate. This performance, though not impressive, is notably better than that of the Hamilton Beach. The latter struggles considerably with greens, frequently leaving noticeable, unblended chunks, and consistently failing to achieve a smooth blend.

Pros & Cons

  • Compact size, suitable for most kitchens.
  • Glass blending container can withstand high-heat blending tasks. 
  • Detachable blade assembly for thorough cleaning.
  • Good for preparing protein shakes.
  • Moderate nut and dried berry blending
  • Ease of clean
  • The lid is tricky to remove.
  • Stiff buttons reduce responsiveness. 
  • Blade assembly housing lacks firmness.
  • Inability to process greens and frozen ingredients
  • Subpar build quality 
  • Hard-to-remove lid 
  • Unintuitive control panel

Key Specs

Dimensions
H14.6 x L8.3 x W6.7 inches
H14.5 x L6 x W8 inches
Weight
6.7 lbs (3.0 kg)
6.6 lbs (3.0 kg)
Capacity
40 oz
40 oz
Motor Power
500 wattages
700 wattages
Various Speed Settings
Yes
Yes
Pulse Mode
Yes
Yes

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$70.55
$45.53

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
3.7
1.0

Smoothie

6.8
0.0
Cuisinart SmartPower Blender Smoothie Video
The Cuisinart SmartPower Blender motor base and its container stand on a table, accompanied by a glass filled with a green smoothie. Next to it, a white paper features three distinct smoothie samples while a smartphone showcases the blending time of 4 minutes.
A white paper displays three smoothie samples, showcasing the consistency of the Cuisinart SPB-7CH SmartPower smoothies blended for three minutes, 3 minute 30 seconds, and four minutes.
Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher Blender Green Smoothie Video
The Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher blender motor base and its container filled with apple, banana, and kale, stand on a table. Next to it, a smartphone showcases the blending time of 4 minutes.
Blending Time
4 mins
4 mins
Result
Smooth
Failed

Frozen Fruit Smoothie

0.0
0.0
Cuisinart SmartPower Blender Frozen Smoothie Video
The Cuisinart SmartPower motor base stands beside a glass bowl which contains a portion of the smoothie it produced. Next to it, a smartphone displays a blending time of 5 minutes.
A sample of frozen fruit smoothie created with the Cuisinart SPB-7CH SmartPower blender, spread on white paper.
Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher Blender Frozen Smoothie Video
The Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher motor base stands beside a glass bowl which contains a portion of the smoothie it produced. Next to it, a smartphone displays a blending time of 5 minutes.
A sample of frozen fruit smoothie created with the Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher blender, spread on white paper.
Blending Time
5 mins
5 mins
Result
Failed
Failed
Suction

Protein Shake

9.0
6.7
Cuisinart SmartPower Blender Protein Shake Video
The Cuisinart SPB-7CH SmartPower motor base stands beside the container. Next to it, a protein shake has been strained through a metal mesh strainer while a smartphone displays a blending time of 2 minutes.
A mesh strainer filters a protein shake made by the Cuisinart SPB-7CH SmartPower, retaining the unblended solids that fail to pass through.
Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher Blender Protein Shakes Video
The Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher motor base stands beside the container. Next to it, a protein shake has been strained through a metal mesh strainer while a smartphone displays a blending time of 4 minutes 30 seconds.
A mesh strainer filters a protein shake made by the Black+Decker Crush Master, retaining the unblended solids that fail to pass through.
Blending Time
2 mins
4 mins 30 seconds
Result
Smooth
Coarse

Almond Butter

0.0
0.0
Cuisinart SmartPower Blender Almond Butter Video
The Cuisinart SPB-7CH SmartPower is beside a white plate containing almond butter with a spatula and a smartphone revealing a blending time of 4 minutes.
A sample of almond butter created with the Cuisinart SPB-7CH SmartPower blender is beside a smartphone and the blender’s motor.
Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher Blender Almond Butter Video
The Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher is beside a white plate containing almond with a spatula and a smartphone revealing a blending time of 4 minutes.
A sample of ground almond created with the Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher  blender.
Blending Time
4 mins
4 mins
Result
coarse
Failed

Crushed Ice

0.0
0.0
Cuisinart SmartPower Blender Ice Video
The Cuisinart SPB-7CH SmartPower blender is beside a black tray containing its crushed ice.
The scale's screen shows 8.17 oz of uncrushed ice cubes remaining from the  Cuisinart SPB-7CH SmartPower blender.
Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher Blender Crushed Ice Video
The Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher blender is beside a black tray containing its crushed ice.
The scale's screen shows 9.48 oz of uncrushed ice cubes remaining from the Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher blender.
Ice Fineness
Coarse
Failed
Unblended Ice
68% of 12 oz
79% of 12 oz

Design

Overall Design Scoring
6.0
4.7

In the Box

A display of the Cuisinart SPB-7CH SmartPower blender and its packaging box on a table.
Unboxing the Cuisinart SPB-7CH SmartPower blender
A display of the Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher blender, along with the user manual and carton box, arranged on a table.
Unboxing the Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher Blender

Dimensions

Illustrated dimensions of the Cuisinart SPB-7CH SmartPower showing the height, length, and width in inches.
Illustrated dimensions of the Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher Blender blender showing the height, length, and width in inches.
Height
14.6" (37.1 cm)
14.5" (36.8 cm)
Width
6.7" (17.0 cm)
8.0" (20.3 cm)
Weight
6.7 lbs (3.0 kg)
6.6 lbs (3.0 kg)
Length
8.3" (21.1 cm)
6.0" (15.2 cm)
Shaft Length

Build Quality

6.0
5.0
A closeup of the Cuisinart SPB-7CH SmartPower blender’s motor base and container
The Cuisinart SPB-7CH SmartPower Motor Base and Container
A closeup of the Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher Blender blender’s motor base and container.
The Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher Blender Motor Base and Container

Blades

6.5
4.5
A close-up of the Cuisinart SPB-7CH SmartPower blade assembly
A close-up of the Cuisinart SPB-7CH SmartPower blade assembly
Cuisinart SmartPower Blender Blades 1
A close-up of the Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher blender’s blade assembly
The Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher Assembly
A close-up of the Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher blender’s blade assembly
A close-up of the Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher blender’s blade assembly
Material
Stainless Steel
Stainless Steel
Type
Cross
Stacked
Guard Material
Blade Count
4 sharp blades
4 sharp blades
Removable
Yes
Yes
Dishwasher Safe
Yes
Yes

Motor Base

A close-up of the Cuisinart SPB-7CH SmartPower motor base
Cuisinart SmartPower Blender Motor Base
A close-up of the Cuisinart SPB-7CH SmartPower motor base
A close-up of the Cuisinart SPB-7CH SmartPower motor base
A close-up of the Cuisinart SPB-7CH SmartPower motor base’s underside
A close-up of the Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher blender’s motor base
The Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher Motor Base
A close-up of the Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher blender’s motor base
A close-up of the underside of the Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher blender’s motor base
Rated Voltage
120 Volts
120 Volts
Rated Power
500 Wattages
700 Wattages
Working Time
N/A
N/A
Protection
No
No
Weight
3.0 pounds
3 pounds
Cord Length
3.8 feet
2.2 feet
Extra Feature

Blending Container

Illustrated dimensions of Cuisinart SmartPower Blender Blending Container showing the height, depth, and width across in inches
Illustrated dimensions of the Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher showing the height, depth, and width in inches
Material
Glass
Glass
Capacity
40 oz
40 oz
Weight
3.6 pound
3.5 pound
Dishwasher Safe
Yes
Yes
Measurement
Yes
Yes
Suitable For
Small to medium batches
Small to medium batches

Lid

A close-up of the Cuisinart SPB-7CH SmartPower two-part lid
A close-up of the Cuisinart SPB-7CH SmartPower two-part lid
A close-up of the Cuisinart SPB-7CH SmartPower two-part lid
A close-up of the Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher two-part lid
The Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher Two-Part Lid
Material
Plastic
Plastic
Closing Type
Friction
Friction
Features
Lid-plug
Slot

Control Panel

5.5
4.0
A close-up of the Cuisinart SPB-7CH SmartPower control panel
The Cuisinart SPB-7CH SmartPower Control Panel
A close-up of the Cuisinart SPB-7CH SmartPower control panel
The Cuisinart SPB-7CH SmartPower blender motor base on table, hand pressing digital tachometer attached to tripod, different blenders in background.
The Cuisinart SPB-7CH SmartPower blender motor base on table, hand pressing digital tachometer attached to tripod, different blenders in background.
A close-up of the Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher blender control panel
The Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher Blender Control Panel
A close-up of the Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher blender control panel
The Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher blender motor base on table, hand pressing digital tachometer attached to tripod, different blenders in background.
The Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher blender motor base on table, hand pressing digital tachometer attached to tripod, different blenders in background.
Activation
Press-button
Press-button
Min Speed
14,000 RPM
16,103 RPM
Max Speed
21,346 RPM
19,966 RPM
Presets
Yes
Yes
Digital Display
No
No
Built-in Timer
No
No
Pulse Mode
Yes
Yes

Extra Accessory

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

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
7.1
6.5

Ease of Blend

6.0
5.0

Noise Level

6.2
7.7
The Cuisinart SPB-7CH SmartPower blender motor base on table, hand pressing digital tachometer attached to tripod, different blenders in background.
The hamilton beach wave crusher blender blender is on a table, accompanied by a sound level meter displaying its recorded noise level. In the background, other blenders that we tested sit on a nearby shelf.
Max Level
104 dB
96.3 dB

Assembly

8.0
6.5

Cleanability

9.0
8.0

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