We wanted something that actually can blend frozen stuff. Nothing out there was cutting it (pun intended). At best, you could hand blend in between pulses to assist the blender. Back in the day, if you get a finger in there, it might get cut up some. In this blender it will get cut off and chopped into a billion tiny pieceswith this thing, hit the button and stand back because whatever is inside is going to be devastated by 600-watts pushing hardened steel blades. I filled it with ice to test it and it pulverized the ice in seconds. Yes, it is heavy – it’s a 600-watt motor in a steel casing.Also, the can is real glass, not some cheap plastic.
I have had this product now for a few weeks and used it several times to make smoothies, milkshakes, frozen margaritas and frozen daiquiris. I just couldn’t see spending the money on a vitamix for my purposes so i did the research to find the best reasonably priced blender. So far, i would have to say i think i found it. I am very pleased with this product so far and would highly recommend it. If i have any problems down the road, i will update this review.
Cuisinart SPB-600MR SmartPower Deluxe Die Cast Blender, Metallic Red
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- High-performance 600-watt motor with die-cast metal housing with stainless steel collar
- Sleek 4-speed electronic touchpad controls with blue indicators: high, low, pulse and Ice crush controls
- Standby mode; automatic 2-minute auto-stop feature
- 48-Ounce thermal shock-resistant borosilicate glass jar and a patented ultra-sharp stainless steel blade
- Tight-seal lid with 2-ounce measure pouring cap insert
This is the second cuisinart i’ve owned, the first one lasting many years with excellent service. This one is almost twice as powerful with 600 watts. The surprise bonus is that the glass container on the old and new one are the same, so i have a replacement if i break it. The cuisinart container is unique in that it is wide at the bottom, making it easier to rinse out and get the blades clean without washing it. The other advantage with cuisinart is that you can dissemble the jar from the blades and the holder it screws into, making it a breeze to clean thoroughly. Just pop the jar and the holder in the dishwasher, and clean the blades and gasket by hand (don’t want to put the blades in the dishwasher. The only reason i don’t give it 5 stars is that it’s loud. But, they’re all loud, even the $500 units. You’d think by now they can make them as quite as food processors.
I just couldn’t bite the bullet and buy a vitamix blender for $400 or $500 — that seemed insane to me. I checked reviews and know from experience that cuisinart products are typically really reliable, so finally settled on this blender, and it’s been great. I’ve mainly used it to make smoothies and mixed drinks and it works wonderfully for both. Once you get the hang of it, everything will pour out of the blender at the exact consistency you’re looking for. My only concerns: if you let the blender run for a while, it will give off a slight electric motor odor, like the motor is getting too hot. It’s never malfunctioned, though. Also, i believe the manual said that it’s optional to remove the bottom of the blender (the part that screws on and off) when you’re cleaning it, but take it from me — if you want it clean, you need to remove the bottom and wash each piece every time you use it.
I’ve been searching for quite awhile for a blender that can serve my neverending and occasionally complicated kitchen demands. This cuisinart smartpower blender fits the bill. It’s a gorgeous shiny red color, has a strong motor, and most importantly – it’s glass, which means that my dish washer can’t destroy it. I’ve been using it daily to make my breakfast smoothies – it easily powers through frozen fruit and ice cubes, and gives me a great blend with powders and solids as well (my breakfast smoothies usually consist of a fresh mango, some frozen fruit, a very generous handful of spinach, and vegan protein powder. The balance is water, and it makes me 2 20oz servings). I’ve also used it as a food processor since my black and decker met the fate of the overly hot dishwasher (top rack, even). I can mix a mean vegan tzatziki in a matter of seconds – to get larger chunks, all you have to do is put it on ‘pulse’ mode. For a smooth blend, i’ll mix my liquids first, then throw in my dill and mint and pulse it a few times and call it good. It also makes great tapenades via the pulse method. Salsa ends up with a very ‘restaurant’ blended quality, however.
Cuisinart SPB-600MR SmartPower Deluxe Die Cast Blender, Metallic Red : Very happy with this; thanks for thorough reviews. I wanted a firm fit of the base of the jar into the stand; and a glass pitcher. It works great, and is easy to deal with and sets firm in stand and on counter. I made ricotta pancakes and added blueberries; the rage in la restaurants and they were delicious. Just remember these pancakes don’t bubble when done, test by putting spatula under pancakes for doneness and cook on low. They get more perfectly cooked the more you make as always. Just buy it; there’s nothing better in this price range. The red color is a cheerful tone.
Sometimes it’s better to spend a little extra and buy a quality made product the first time round. Unfortunately, i often learn the hard way that you get what you pay for. Previous blenders have all failed due to the motor being unable to handle the load. I’ve also gone through blenders where the glass has broken. This one seems indestructible. It’s extremely well made and with its powerful motor, i’ve yet to come across anything that it can’t handle. I use it for making sauces, juices, chopping ice, you name it. After having put it through its paces for over a year, it still performs as well as the day i purchased it. This is definitely a 5 star product.
My boyfriend and i purchased this blender at the end of february because we have really gotten to be ‘foodies’ and our current blender was not doing it for us. We did much research and this was the best value for the amount of money we could spend. We payed about $70 for it so the price has risen a bit. It arrived very fast and it is a very nice looking blender. We have found that it does give off an ‘electric smell’ while you are blending things; doesn’t make what you’re blending smell but still something to consider. When you have the blender on, and you’ve already finished blending everything, it vibrates louder than it does when you’re blending things. It is also a pretty loud blender. But, it does what we need it to do. We like to make frozen smoothies so anything from frozen strawberries, blueberries, bananas, etc works well. So this is a blender that would take ice very well and any kind of frozen fruit.
Excellent quality construction, simple and sleek design, solid metal parts rather than plastic. Graduated volume markings are easy to read, which is important to me. Controls are simple and easy to read. More speeds than this are not really necessary.
I wanted to set the review record straight on this blender, to the degree that i can. I bought it for one reason: to make smoothies. A mixed fruit and almond milk smoothie is lunch almost everyday. This blender’s job is to convert the mixture into a smooth shake, no lumps, and do it fast. In short, it does exactly that. This blender replaces another cuisinart, a blender/food processor i had. That also worked pretty well, but not as well as this one. For one thing, the older device didn’t always puree the banana. This blender turns a banana into mush in a hurry.
I purchased this product to replace my hamilton beach wave station blender. I was looking for something more heavy duty that functioned better. So far, the cuisinart spb-600 has met all of my expectations. The blender comes wtih 4 settings (high, low, ice crush, and pulse). It is easy to operate and clean. I love that the blender jar is thick glass and not plastic. There is a subtle pour grove on the glass jar that makes pouring easier. This grove is securly covered when the lid is fastened. It is a bit on the noisy side, but nothing that would require ear protection. I primarily use it for smoothies 5-7 days/week.
We have had this blender for several months and use it 5 days a week to make smoothies. Blends through ice no problem. The blender carafe thing is shorter and fatter than our previous one, so it takes up a bit more room in the dishwasher but that isn’t a huge deal. Keep in mind this looks more like silver than stainless to me. It sits out on our counter and looks nice– i hate things sitting out, but we use it so much that it doesn’t make sense to put it away and it doesn’t bother me to have this out. As far as usability and durability, this blender is great.
I received this blender only last week so i can not speak to the longevity of the product, but so far i love it. It is well made, easy to dis-assemble for cleaning, and blends my protein drinks perfectly. I use lots of frozen items in my drinks, and this blender has no problem handling the cold. I have been through many blenders in the past because i use them every day. This one doesn’t even break a sweat when i load it up. Not to mention, it is pretty. :update: april 5, 2013the red coating around the piece that you screw onto the bottom of the blender has been coming off for months now. It is not so pretty anymore. I do not put this piece in the dishwasher, but instead wash it with a soft sponge, so i can find nothing to blame it on but poor quality coating. In addition, the blender tends to unscrew itself when it is in the middle of blending.
Thoroughly and quickly blends. Blends well even when filled to the brim. My favorite part is the plastic gear that connects the blade to the base. It is so easy to fit the blender onto the base. Was very unhappy with a couple other models recommended by consumer reports, with a metal gear on the bottom that was hard to fit on, and sometime ground loudly.
Maybe could use a pouring spout that don’t drip.
I use this blender daily for drinks,and to puree soups. I toss in everything from leafy greens, dense fruits, vegetables, nuts, and ice. This blender has the power to pull it all down and pulverize it into perfect smoothness in a matter of moments. I researched many blenders, even purchasing and returning three (black & decker, oster, and kitchen aid) that did not meet my needs, before finding this one. It also has a thick, heavy duty glass jar, which was important to me. Bpa free or not, no plastics for my food.
I use a blender for making dips and salad dressings. Most of my base ingredients are cheeses which can and have burned up several blender motors. This unit is very powerful and there has not been a hint of a hot motor on any of my creations as yet. With it’s simple controls it is preventing me from destroying it. Who needs ten plus power selections like on most blenders. We all have smelled burning motor coils on products like this one. I have finally met my match and look forward to many more creative dip and dressing moments.
When our classic cuisinart cb-9 blender finally bit the dust after twelve years of heavy use (the touch-pads wore out) we looked around and settled on this blender as a replacement and it is a worthy successor. What i like about it:-strong jar. It’s heavy and scratch proof. This jar goes into the dishwasher with no problem. They can handle anything from mixing light drinks to grinding nuts. -simple to operate with only three speeds. Believe or not, those are all you will need. I’ve had blenders with 12+ speed buttons and they were ridiculous.
I bought this on a whim because it seemed like a better alternative to my nutribullet. I have a green drink every day and it (among other things – see my review of forbidden rice) has gotten me off high blood pressure pills for 2-years now and with a solid, very normal b/p of 70/120. The cuisinart was so much better than the nutribullet, i gave the nb to a good friend. You can make about 4-5 times the juice volume and cuisinart doesn’t put their brand on junk. This blender is built to last and easy to clean. I start with the ‘low’ button, then progress to the ‘ice crusher’ button.
My old (15-20+ year old) oster finally gave up after many years of faithful service. I have other cuisinart products in the kitchen and love the red color. This blender blasts through ice and frozen fruit for my morning protein shakes. It works great with no problems. Yes, there was a new appliance smell at first, but that is long gone and was never a problem for me. Very pleased with this purchase.
I bought one of these 3 years ago. I make a smoothie every morning and include ice cubes, so the blades and motor get a workout. After about 2 3/4 years the ice wasn’t getting chopped up as much so i thought about ordering a new one. Instead i ordered new blades from amazon for about $14. This is a really solid, heavy duty blender.
I’ll give this product a three star rating. It is fine for thin smoothies, but not powerful enough for me. I wanted it to make soft serve by crushing frozen sliced bananas, with almond milk added, but it takes a long time to do this. I thought it would do it easily since it is supposed to be able to crush ice. I’m sure it will work fine for making thin smoothies. Yet, i was disappointed in its lack of power and will probably purchase one that is more powerful.