What every best Blenders has:
- A tight-fitting lid.
- A pour spout
- A stable base.
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 Consumer Reports it earns a Very Good rating for ice crushing, too.
Convenience mastered. Consumer Reports 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. Cuisinart offers a three-year warranty.