It's not always easy to find a blender which can perform well while not costing a substantial amount of money, however the Cusinart CBT-1000 appears to be a good choice for budget-minded blending enthusiasts. Though it may only perform as well as some of its competitors, the CBT-1000 comes in at an awkward price point of $200, which tends to be the middle-ground of blenders.
For people that really need a cheap way to make a smoothie, the CBT-100 is overkill since there are blenders available for $80 which will perform nearly as well in many scenarios. However, for people that need a blender with a bit of power behind it for vegetables and other hard food products, 1000 watts of power may actually be a good thing.
With the CBT-1000, the first downside that you will notice is the noise level. Compared to some of the other blenders that we have tried out such as ones from Blendtec, Cuisinart's blender is loud. Of course, at $200, there are always going to be downsides of which noise is a common one.
Even though it may be noisy, the blender's smoothie setting allows you to create a well mixed drink in just 30 seconds. When testing the consistency of the drinks produced by the blender, they tend to be what could be considered average and the consistency is only noticeably worse than what you would find with a Blendtec or Vitamix blender (which can cost twice as much as the CBT-1000.)
One of the best things about the Cuisinart CBT-1000 is the size of the jar which comes in at 64 oz. Depending on the size of your counter, this jar may be a little bit large and for us, it did not even fit beneath the upper level of cupboards in our testing area. However, when you are trying to blend vegetables or make a blended meal, a large jar is quite useful. Instead of glass, Cuisinart opted to go with plastic for the jar, and given its size, plastic was definitely the right decision.
If you are able to fit the CBT-1000 onto your counter without it getting in the way, the blender looks great and even the plastic jar has a great stylish design which is something which sets the blender apart from its cheaper competitors.
For the average consumer, the performance level seen with the CBT-1000 is only slightly better than some of Cusinart's cheaper blenders and unless you need the extra wattage for large meals or hard foods, it may not be worth the $200 price tag.
Price: $166.54 (Amazon), $199.99 (Cuisinart)