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Ninja Foodi Power Mixer System Blender vs Cuisinart Smart Stick Side-by-Side Comparison

The Cuisinart CSB-175 is your go-to for quick blends, but the Ninja Foodi stands out with its powerful performance and multifunctional capabilities.

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Ninja Foodi Power Mixer System Blender vs Cuisinart Smart Stick

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The Ninja Foodi Power Mixer System and the Cuisinart CSB-175 Smart Stick present a distinct contrast in terms of performance and versatility. 

The Cuisinart CSB-175 is designed for simplicity, with a two-speed setting that allows for basic blending tasks. It’s quite effective for making soups, as it can blend hot ingredients directly in a pot or pan. It also impresses with its surprising efficiency in making mayonnaise, even without a whisk attachment. However, this Cuisinart is not an all-rounder, as it often faces challenges with frozen fruits and cannot whip egg whites. Meanwhile, the Ninja Foodi Power Mixer System is a versatile appliance, sporting a more powerful motor and coming with multiple attachments that make it suitable for a wider range of tasks beyond just blending.

Ultimately, the choice between the Cuisinart CSB-175 Smart Stick and the Ninja Foodi Power Mixer System comes down to your needs and preferences. The Cuisinart is a solid choice if you need a straightforward, no-frills blender for standard blending, while the Ninja Foodi is better suited for those seeking a high-performance blender that can tackle everything from dough to whipped cream.

Pros & Cons

  • High-quality construction with upscale feel 
  • A generous set of included accessories 
  • A lot of user-friendly features 
  • Excels at a wide range of tasks
  • 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
  • Larger-than-average blending wand’s head 
  • Rather heavy
  • The stainless steel blending shaft will damage non-stick coatings
  • Fairly complicated to use
  • The blade guard doesn’t prevent splashing very well

Key Specs

Dimension
H 16 x W2.9 inches
15.6 x 2.3 inches
Weight
2.3 lbs (1.0 kg)
1.3 lbs (0.6 kg)
Number of speeds
2
2
Pulse/Turbo option
Yes
No
Accessories
A beaker, beaters, and a whisk attachment
11,670 RPM
Dishwasher-safe wand
Yes
12,660 RPM

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$94.10
$46.56

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
8.4
7.4

Hot Soup Purée

10
7.0
Scooping a spoon of pureéd soup from a full batch in a plastic beaker made by the Ninja CI101 Foodi immersion blender in 30 seconds.
Scooping a spoon of pureéd soup from a full batch in a plastic beaker made by the Ninja CI101 Foodi immersion blender in 30 seconds.
A batch of soup pureéd by the Ninja CI101 Foodi immersion blender is checked for smoothness by being drained through a stainless steel mesh strainer.
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.
Pureeing Time
30 seconds
30 seconds
Result
Exceptionally Smooth
Silky chunky
Suction
No
Slightly

Frozen Fruit Smoothie

6.8
7.5
Scooping a spoon of frozen fruit smoothie from a full batch in a plastic beaker made by the Ninja CI101 Foodi immersion blender in 2 minutes 40 seconds.
Scooping a spoon of frozen fruit smoothie from a full batch in a plastic beaker made by the Ninja CI101 Foodi immersion blender in 2 minutes 40 seconds.
After finishing blending, the green smoothie made by the Ninja CI101 Foodi immersion blender was spread evenly throughout a white paper to check for solid chunks.
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.
Blending Time
2 mins 40 secs
1 min 20 secs
Result
Velvety
Slightly Coarse
Suction
No
Slightly

Mayonnaise

7.8
9.3
A bowl of mayonnaise made by the Braun MQ7035X blender in 1 minute 45 seconds.
A bowl of mayonnaise made by the Braun MQ7035X blender in 1 minute 45 seconds.
Scooping a spoon of mayonnaise made by the Braun MQ7035X immersion blender.
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
Emulsifying Time
1 min 45 secs
1 min 10 secs
Result
Smooth
Smooth
Suction
Yes
Yes

Almond Milk

8.0
9.0
The Ninja CI101 Foodi immersion blender beside its bowl of almond milk and the corresponding almond pulp produced in 1 minute 01 second.
Grinding Time
1 min 01 secs
40 secs
Result
Fine
Fine
Suction
No
Tightly

Whipped Egg-Whites

10
0.0
The Ninja CI101 Foodi immersion blender stands next to a glass of whipped egg whites forming stiff peaks, with a digital timer showing "1:46" in the foreground.
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.
Beating Time
1 min and 45 secs
N/A
Result
Stiff
N/A
Suction
No
N/A

Design

Overall Design Scoring
9.6
8.5

In the Box

The Ninja Foodi Power Mixer System displayed with its box, various attachments including a whisk, beater, and a blending cup, and instructional materials laid out on a gray countertop.
Owner’s manuals, blending wand, motor body, plastic beaker, paper carton box being side by side.

Dimensions

The Ninja Foodi Power Mixer System standing on a table, with the length of its blending shaft being noted to the side as 9.5 inches, and the total length of the unit as 16 inches.
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.
Height
16.0" (40.6 cm)
15.6" (39.6 cm)
Width
2.9" (7.4 cm)
2.3" (5.8 cm)
Weight
2.3 lbs (1.0 kg)
1.6 lbs (0.7 kg)
Length
Shaft Length
9.5" (24.1 cm)
8.4" (21.3 cm)

Build Quality

9.5
8.5
A close-up of the blending shaft and motor housing of the Ninja CI101 Foodi Power Mixer System.
The motor body and blending wand of the Cuisinart Smart Stick two-speed hand blender lying flat on a yellow table.

Speed and Controls

A Close-Up of the Controlling Buttons of the Ninja CI101 Foodi Power Mixer System.
A Close-Up of the Controlling Buttons of the Ninja CI101 Foodi Power Mixer System.
A Close-Up of the Controlling Buttons of the Ninja CI101 Foodi Power Mixer System.
A close-up of two speed controlling buttons and a speed dial on top of the Cuisinart’s motor body.
Activation
Press-button
Press
Min Speed
N/A
11,670 RPM
Max Speed
N/A
12,660 RPM
Presets
No
No
Noise Level
N/A
80 dB
Digital Display
No
No
Pulse Mode
Yes
No

Blending Shaft

9.5
8.0
A close-up of the blades of the Ninja CI101 Foodi Power Mixer System.
A close-up of the Cuisinart CSB-175 Smart Stick Stainless Steel Blade
Material
 Stainless steel
Stainless steel
Type
Sharp Blade
Sharp Blade
Guard Material
Stainless steel
Metal
Blade Count
4
2
Removable
Yes
No
Dishwasher Safe
Yes
No

Beaker

10
10
A close-up of the beaker of the Ninja CI101 Foodi Power Mixer System.
A 24-oz plastic beaker of the Cuisinart Smart stick standing on a yellow table.
Material
Plastic
Plastic
Capacity
24 oz
24.0 fl oz (709.8 ml)
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
A close-up of the power cord of the Ninja CI101 Foodi Power Mixer System.
The Cuisinart Smart Stick Immersion Blender on a gray table with its power cord rolled up next to it.
Cord Length
5.1 ft (1.6 m)
6.0 ft (1.8 m)
Type
2-prong plug
2-prong plug
Detachable
No
No

Extra Accessories

Someone is attaching the whisk attachment to the motor housing of the Ninja CI101 Foodi Power Mixer System Power Cord.
Material
Stainless steel
N/A
Dishwasher Safe
Yes
N/A
Removable
Yes
N/A

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
8.4
7.8

Ease of Use

8.1
7.6

Handling

9.0
8.0
 Someone is holding the Ninja Foodi Mixer.
 Someone is holding the Ninja Foodi Mixer.
Someone is holding the Ninja Foodi Immersion Blender.
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.

Blade Assembly

9.5
9.0

Cleanability

8.0
7.5