Owners love the versatility of the Cuisinart SmartPower CPB-300. It's a powerful performer that includes a large, 32 ounce blender cup for standard blending tasks and four, 16-ounce to-go cups that reviewers appreciate because you can make a smoothie right in the cup, put the lid on, and go -- and family members can customize theirs. The smaller, 8-ounce chopping cup chops herbs and grates cheese, making it an all-in-one kitchen appliance.
Small blender makes great smoothies and more. Most "personal" blenders give you a large pitcher and/or one, single-serve cup -- but the Cuisinart SmartPower CPB-300 blender gives you more. You can choose to blend in one of four 16-ounce travel cups, a 32-ounce jar or an 8-ounce chopping bowl. Despite its small motor (350 watts, about half the power of most full-size blenders), owners say the Cuisinart performs well in a variety of tasks, particularly praising its ability to blend frozen fruit and larger chunks of fresh fruit for smoothies. In testing at ConsumerReports.org it earns a Very Good for ice crushing, too.
Convenience mastered. One professional testing organization gives the Cuisinart SmartPower CPB-300 blender an Excellent rating for convenience (ease of use and cleaning), and owners agree. The blade assembly screws onto the top of the travel cup, and then off after it's blended. All parts are dishwasher safe, and with several cups included, there's less cleanup than with a standard blender, buyers say. Many commuters like that they can make four shakes before they have to run the dishwasher. If you're a two-smoothie household (or more), owners say the Cuisinart makes it easy to blend different shakes for everybody. The travel cups have lids, but with open holes at the top for drinking. Some owners wish the lids sealed shut, but others point out that the design is perfect for a straw.
A blender for the long haul. The Cuisinart SmartPower CPB-300 has been around for years and, while we spotted a few durability complaints, we saw even more comments about how well this blender holds up over time. The blending containers are made from the same super-tough BPA-free material (Eastman Tritan co-polyester) as containers on blenders costing two or three times as much. This version of the CPB-300 is black, it also comes in white as the Cuisinart CPB-300W (Est. $60) and pink as the Cuisinart CPB-300PK (Est. $70). Cuisinart offers a three-year warranty.
Editors of ConsumerReports.org test and rate more than 75 blenders, including the Cuisinart SmartPower CPB-300, however, they include it in the full-size blender category, rather than individual blender category. It's tested for its performance in blending yogurt, pureeing soups and crushing ice for smoothies; as well as convenience, noise and durability.
The Cuisinart CPB-300 is among five single-serve blenders Valentina Palladino reviews for Wired.com. She notes that it's powerful, but a bit loud and takes some practice to get the right consistency in drinks. She likes the size option of the included cups/accessories, but the fact that the travel lids don't close is inconvenient.
The Cuisinart Smart Power CPB-300 is tested by the Good Housekeeping Research Institute and given an overall rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Overall, it performs very well and they note that it's easy to use and clean. However, it's not good at making margaritas, they say, and tomato sauce left stains in the jar. This is an older review, but the design of this blender has not changed since it was published.
In nearly 1,760 reviews, the Cuisinart SmartPower CPB-300 earns an overall rating of 4 stars out of 5. Some owners give it a low grade with complaints that the motor burned up, but most love it, saying that if you follow the directions carefully it makes great smoothies and milkshakes, and is particularly efficient at blending frozen fruit. This link is for the black version, but includes reviews for the blender in white and pink.
The Cuisinart SmartPower CPB-300 at earns an overall rating of 4.3 stars out of 5 in more than 45 reviews. Owners say it's great for smoothies -- especially if you want to take them to-go -- and they love its versatility; saying it's a great value.