A Brief History of the Company
The name Cuisinart is synonymous with food processors because it is the food processor that made this company famous. The company was started by Carl and Shirley Sontheimer after visiting a housewares show in France back in 1971. At this show they saw food preparation machines and were certain that they could design a home version of these machines. In the beginning, their company imported high-end cookware from Europe to the United States. In 1972 Carl Sontheimer redesigned and engineered food processors for home use making numerous enhancements to the feed tubes and blades and also adding some safety features to the machines.
They continue to refine the design of their food processor for the next two years and in 1974 they had a food processor that was able to chop a pound of meat in less than one minute. Cuisinart food processors became very popular and by 1977 company sales totaled $50 million. The company has seen some ups and downs over the years with competitors entering the market but they still remain a popular brand with a reputation for making quality products.
The Cuisinart Product Line
In addition to the food processor that made the company famous Cuisinart manufactures a wide range of other kitchen products including blenders, bakeware, coffee makers, cookware, ice cream makers, hand mixers, microwave ovens, stand mixers, toaster ovens, waffle makers, and even water filtration systems.
There are a number of Cuisinart blenders on the market and the price ranges from about $60 to about $200.
What Are People Saying about Cuisinart Blenders
There are several Cuisinart blenders available and the reviews are very strong for some of their blenders but for others the reviews are more mixed and not as universally strong as they are for some other brands that offer mixers in the same price range like KitchenAid.
As an example, one model that received mixed reviews was the SPB 600. People that gave this model positive reviews said that they liked the wide base because you don’t have to worry about the blender tipping over. People also felt that the seal and blade assembly is easy to take apart and put back together which makes the blender easy to clean.
The people that gave this model negative reviews said that they find that this model does not handle frozen fruit very well. Some people feel that the motor is not strong enough to do a good job with frozen fruit but many people would like to use their blender to make smoothies and a blender that cannot handle frozen fruit isn’t very helpful for them. Some of the reviewers say that they feel the design of the pitcher is another drawback. Some people are saying that the pitcher is too broad and the blade doesn’t reach out far enough and some reviewers are saying that it jams because of this and they have to spend more time freeing the jam than actually blending.
The Cuisinart CBT-1000 was a model that had a higher percentage of positive reviews with an average user rating of 4.2 out of a possible 5 stars. However, it is one of their more expensive models at approximately $200. One of the less expensive models, the Cuisinart SmartPower Premiere that comes in at about $75 received mostly negative reviews online with an average user rating of 2.4 out of a possible 5 stars.
Our Conclusion about Cuisinart Blenders
In our research we found that there are some very good Cuisinart blenders on the market but on a whole KitchenAid blenders are receiving much better reviews for blenders in the same price range. Vitamix and Blendtec blenders are receiving the best reviews that we’ve seen online but these are very expensive, commercial grade machines. If you choose to go with a Cuisinart blender take some time to study user reviews to make sure you’re getting a quality product or take a look at some KitchenAid blenders instead.
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