- Performance (60%)4.7
- Design (25%)7.7
- Usability (15%)9.3
- Performance (60%)6.1
- Design (25%)7.4
- Usability (15%)7.0
With the BLACK+DECKER FusionBlade demonstrating slightly better performance compared to the iCucina Portable Bullet, both offer affordable and efficient blending solutions.
In the protein shake test, the iCucina performed quite poorly and left a mass of partially blended food chunks. It also failed to produce a smooth mixture of fibrous greens. On the other hand, the BLACK+DECKER provided satisfactory blending performance, producing an impressive consistency when blending challenging ingredients such as frozen fruits and raw nuts. It also outperformed the iCucina in our third test, delivering a better texture when blending leafy vegetables.
However, due to their low power outputs, both blenders may have slower blending times and may require manual shaking for optimal results. Still, these tradeoffs are acceptable at this price point and do not significantly detract from the overall performance of the blenders.
In terms of design, both blenders feature standard plastic components, but the BLACK+DECKER's sporty design gives it a visually appealing aesthetic, whereas the iCucina's unpretentious design fails to draw attention to itself.
Pros & Cons
- It’s good for simple plant-based blends.
- Built quality is mediocre but fine for the price.
- Simple design allows for straightforward use, cleaning, and storage.
- It stands stably, rather than jumping around, while working.
- It offers consistent performance.
- There is an extra blending jar with twist-on travel lids included.
- The motor is more than sufficient for light-duty tasks.
- It has a fetching, well-finished, and simple design.
- The lack of versatility.
- Short power cord.
- It doesn’t allow for hands-free operation
- A better blade assembly could make blending more efficient.
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Tina Pham is a staff writer and reviewer, with five years of experience in the industry. As a passionate amateur home cook, she loves to discover practical cooking solutions, and has made it her mission to bring her findings to every kitchen. Her ultimate goal is making cooking more of a pleasure for all.
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Tuyet Pham is an award-winning Saigonese chef passionate about delicious and healthful foods. At HealthyKitchen101, she develops recipes and collaborates with our Research, Testing, and Review lab to evaluate the performance of cooking appliances. Her assessments add a strong authoritative voice to our product scoring process.