The KitchenAid 5-Speed Professional Blender vs the Cuisinart SmartPower Premier Blender

Blenders are one of those small kitchen appliances that we all add to our home as we get older and realize that a fashionable kitchen is as important as our clothing. The KitchenAid 5-Speed Professional Blender and the Cuisinart SmartPower Premier Blender are the modern evolution of the original blender. The blender was invented in 1921 by a man named Stephen Poplawski and the world has been mixing frozen drinks and milk shakes ever since. The thought of comparing blenders would probably not cross the minds of anyone under 30 or who has not planned a wedding and registered for gifts. For those of you out there who know how much easier a blender can make your life here is a comparison of the KitchenAid 5-Speed Professional Blender and the Cuisinart SmartPower Premier Blender.

When buying a quality blender like the KitchenAid 5-Speed Professional Blender and the Cuisinart SmartPower Premier Blender there are a few qualities I consider very important: ice grinding capabilities, ease of operation, and how it looks resting on my stylish kitchen counter.

Battle of the Ice Grinders:

Ok, in this battle the KitchenAid 5-Speed Professional Blender beats the Cuisinart SmartPower Premier Blender hands down. The KitchenAid blender has a mixing sensor that automatically adjusts blending speed to ensure you get a smooth daiquiri every time. Now, that is a far cry from the cheap blender I had in college that ended up in a smoking mess after working its way through one two many frozen concoction for my friends and me. Thank goodness it was full of ice, or I may have caught the house on fire! The powerful motor in the KitchenAid 5-Speed Professional Blender was specifically built to blend ice for as long as you could dish it out. A unique blade design makes ice chop like butter. All silliness aside though, if you like to make a lot of smoothies for breakfast or milkshakes for dessert for your family this is definitely a great blender. The Cuisinart SmartPower Premier Blender did a good job chopping and blending ice, far better than my first blender, but the obvious winner is definitley the KitchenAid 5-Speed Professional Blender.

Ease of Operation Challenge:

Both the KitchenAid 5-Speed Professional Blender and the Cuisinart SmartPower Premier Blenders are relatively easy to operate, but the Cuisinart SmartPower Premier Blender is slightly easier to use due to the lesser number of operations it performs. Less operations equals fewer buttons and fewer buttons means fewer choices making you life more difficult. I have to say though, does anyone really read those buttons and chose grind when they are grinding ice? What about liquefy, wouldn’t that work just as well. Personally I like to go round robin on the buttons and mix them up! I do like that the Cuisinart SmartPower Premier Blender has a built in count up timer that lets you know how long you have been blending. It also allows you to pulse on both the high and low setting. One of the best features of the Cuisinart SmartPower Premier Blender is the one-ounce measuring cap that fits into the lid. This is a great feature if you like to mix margarita or daiquiri in this blender. So, the Cuisinart SmartPower Premier Blender does win the ease of operation challenge, but only due to a smaller number of buttons and less blending options.

One notable difference between the KitchenAid 5-Speed Professional Blender and the Cuisinart SmartPower Premier Blender is how much the blenders actually hold. The Cuisinart SmartPower Premier Blender holds 50 ounces while the KitchenAid 5-Speed Professional Blender holds only 40 ounces.

Kitchen Counter Challenge:

Ok, so which looks better? While that may be in the eye of the beholder, here is my opinion. The KitchenAid 5-Speed Professional Blender is hands down the winner for me. KitchenAid makes great looking appliances that always get compliments any time I have a party. Most people hang out in the kitchen and I always get quite a few, “That is a nice looking blender.” The carafe is stainless steel and not glass like most blenders (including the Cuisinart SmartPower Premier Blender). If you want a more professional and unusual looking blender you have to buy the KitchenAid Blender.

Overall I have to say the winner of the battle of the blenders between the KitchenAid 5-Speed Professional Blender and the Cuisinart SmartPower Premier Blender is definitely the former. The KitchenAid 5-Speed Professional Blender looks great, blends well, and is definitely built to last for a long time.

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