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Cuisinart CBT-1500 Hurricane 2.25 Peak HP Blender Review

Cuisinart CBT-1500 blender

Cuisi­nart is an inter­na­tion­al­ly rec­og­nized man­u­fac­tur­er that pro­duces an array of kitchen gad­gets. It has recent­ly released to the mar­ket a few pow­er­ful blenders. One of them is the Cuisi­nart CBT-1500 Hur­ri­cane 2.25 Peak machine. Here we will inves­ti­gate thor­ough­ly all the strong and weak sides of this machine to decide if this gad­get is worth to be added to the mod­ern countertop.

Look­ing for alter­na­tive options? Check our arti­cle  Best Blender under $200 – Cheap­er Alter­na­tive to Vita­mix 2020 Guide.

Functionality and Versatility

Smooth­ie: The Cuisi­nart CBT-1500 Hur­ri­cane 2.25 Peak machine blends almost per­fect smooth­ies from soft, hard, and fibrous ingre­di­ents (cel­ery, gin­ger, and oth­ers), so it is suit­able for mak­ing green smooth­ies with­out bits or chunks. How­ev­er, this blender is not able to oblit­er­ate straw­ber­ry, blue­ber­ry, and rasp­ber­ry seeds. The nuts and chia seeds in the drinks may also leave vis­i­ble flecks.

Juic­ing: Cuisi­nart CBT-1500 Hur­ri­cane machine is a clas­sic blender and thus will not make text­book juice that sep­a­rates liq­uid from fiber but it is quite a capa­ble blend­ing smooths smooth­ie aka “whole juice”.

Crush­ing Ice and Frozen Treats: This machine is designed to process ice eas­i­ly with and with­out liq­uid added. It crush­es up to 14 pure ice cubes in sec­onds into the snow-like con­sis­ten­cy. So it more than capa­ble of pro­duc­ing not only smooth­ies from frozen ingre­di­ents but also to make per­fect frozen desserts like frozen yogurts, sor­bets, and slushy drinks (daiquiri, mar­gari­ta, and others).

Soup/ hot ingre­di­ents: Despite the pow­er­ful 1500 watts motor, the Cuisi­nart CBT-1500 Hur­ri­cane 2.25 Peak machine is not able to heat liq­uids via fric­tions. How­ev­er, it is more than capa­ble of pro­cess­ing already cooked ingre­di­ents for soup. The user man­u­al clear­ly states that before plac­ing boil­ing ingre­di­ents into the blender they should be cooled for 5 min­utes. Thus, the machine is also not com­plete­ly safe for prepar­ing bul­let­proof cof­fees. 

Puree­ing: The Cuisi­nart CBT-1500 Hur­ri­cane 2.25 Peak machine will process qual­i­ty fruit and veg­gies puree or baby food from raw and cooked ingre­di­ents only with some liq­uid added. Thus, it is not suit­able for mak­ing mash pota­to but quite good at pro­cess­ing hum­mus and var­i­ous dips.

Chopping/food prep: The blender is equipped with Low Pulse and High Pulse func­tions, so it can pre­pare a vari­ety of food prep recipes like sal­ad dress­ings, may­on­naise, whip­ping cream. The pulse func­tion also per­fect for chop­ping nuts and grat­ing soft and hard cheese or breadcrumbs.

Nut milk: This gad­get is pow­er­ful enough to make nut milk, the cook­book includ­ed in the user man­u­al con­tains few nuts, rice, and oats milk recipes also.

Nut but­ter: This gad­get with some effort can make a bit crunchy but fair­ly accept­able nut but­ter. Since this machine does not come with a tam­per you would require stop­ping the machine dur­ing pro­cess­ing and man­u­al­ly mix the con­tent with a spat­u­la for dis­lodg­ing ingre­di­ents from the blade area and walls.

Grinding/milling: The Cuisi­nart CBT-1500 Hur­ri­cane 2.25 Peak blender is quite good at grind­ing cof­fee, herbs, chop­ping nuts, and milling soft grains. How­ev­er, it is not able to pro­duce bak­ing qual­i­ty flour.

Dough/batter:  It will not knead bread dough, but per­fect­ly able to mix pan­cake batter.

Despite the very pow­er­ful motor the same as Vita­mix, this machine is not able to per­form high-end blender jobs such as hot soups, bul­let­proof cof­fees, and bak­ing qual­i­ty flour from hard grains. How­ev­er, it is very good at mak­ing qual­i­ty smooth­ies, crush­ing ice for pro­duc­ing slushy drinks, and frozen desserts.

Speed Settings and Programs

cuisinart-hurricane-bt1500-control panel

Cuisi­nart CBT-1500 Hur­ri­cane blender equipped with an elec­tron­ic touch­pad con­trols pan­el that has six (6) func­tion­al but­tons, an LCD dis­play with a 3‑minute count Up/Down timer, and two (2) time selec­tion but­tons. The six func­tion­al but­tons include On/Off, Low and High speed, Pulse func­tions (Low and High speeds), and two Smooth­ies and Crush Ice pre-set programs.

The Up/Down timer begins count­ing Up every time the Low or High speed is acti­vat­ed and Down when the Smooth­ie and Ice Crush pre-set pro­grams are used. To select your own cycle length with Low or High speeds, the user after acti­vat­ing the machine with the On/Off but­ton has to select with an up or down arrow the desired length of cycle and press Low or High speed to start, the timer will start count­ing down, then the unit will turn off auto­mat­i­cal­ly at the end select­ed time cycle.

Although, the Cuisi­nart CBT-1500 Hur­ri­cane 2.25 Peak machine has the abil­i­ty to set your time counter it still has very lim­it­ed speed options (Low and High). The Low speed is not tru­ly low and starts fair­ly fast caus­ing the liq­uid to splash out. But the Pulse func­tion which oper­ates on both Low and High speeds slight­ly expands the con­trol pan­el func­tion­al­i­ty. So the user will chop veg­gies on low speed and hard­er ingre­di­ents such as cheese and nuts on high pulse speed. Nev­er­the­less, the Smooth pre-set blends very good qual­i­ty smooth­ies while Crush Ice is very effi­cient and pro­cess­ing ice to the snowy condition.

Besides, the man­u­fac­tur­er claims that the machine has an auto­mat­ic load sens­ing tech­nol­o­gy to auto­mat­i­cal­ly adjust blender speeds for even blend­ing, I have not noticed any evi­dence of this. It oper­ates at the same speed no mat­ter what ingre­di­ents you use.

Ease of Using and Cleaning

Oper­at­ing: The Cuisi­nart CBT-1500 Hur­ri­cane blender comes with a per­ma­nent­ly inbuilt blade assem­bly so it is very easy to get ready for run­ning. Posi­tion the blender con­tain­er on the jar pad, it firm­ly sits in place with­out any lock­ing mech­a­nism. Fill the jar with ingre­di­ents, fit the lid tight­ly on the top of the con­tain­er and it is ready to run. Now you can press the On/Off but­ton and choose speed or pre-set pro­gram to start blending.

The blender’s lid comes with a cap open­ing that is very con­ve­nient as it allows you to add extra ingre­di­ents dur­ing blend­ing with­out stop­ping the machine and remov­ing the lid. How­ev­er, the machine does not include a tam­per and may still require to stop it dur­ing pro­cess­ing to dis­lodge with spat­u­la food through the open­ing around the cut­ting assem­bly or help to cre­ate a prop­er vor­tex. The only prob­lem, the lid some­times could be dif­fi­cult to remove but if you lift an edge of the lid at the jar spout area upward then this task will become much easier.

Clean­ing: The per­ma­nent­ly inbuilt blade sys­tem makes all clean­ing quite easy. The Cuisi­nart CBT-1500 Hur­ri­cane 2.25 Peak blender jar and lid are safe to clean on the top rack of the dish­wash­er. Alter­na­tive­ly, you can clean them with hands or use the self-clean­ing pro­ce­dure — just fill the con­tain­er with hot water up to the clean max line (indi­cat­ed on the jar wall) and a lit­tle dish soap, run for 30–60 sec­onds depend­ing on the ingre­di­ents you used for blend­ing then rinse with run­ning water and dry with the cloth. You bet­ter clean the machine imme­di­ate­ly after use in order not to accu­mu­late build-ups.

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Base Unit and Motor Power

Cuisinart CBT-1500 motor

The Cuisi­nart CBT-1500 Hur­ri­cane blender comes with a pow­er­ful 2.25 HP peak input motor. The motor is well-built and strong with­out bog­ging down dur­ing the oper­a­tion. It also has an all-met­al cor­ro­sion-resis­tant blade to dri­ve cou­pling con­struc­tion which makes this machine long-lasting.

The base enclo­sure is made of heavy-duty plas­tic with a remov­able rub­ber pad around the dri­ve sock­et to secure­ly fit the con­tain­er with the help of four guards.

Besides, the Cuisi­nart CBT-1500 Hur­ri­cane 2.25 Peak machine is equipped with an auto­mat­ic shut­down sys­tem to pro­tect the motor against over­heat­ing. So if the motor shuts down, unplug the blender and allow to rest it for about 15 min­utes, then the machine will be ready to be used again.

Containers

The Cuisi­nart CBT-1500 Hur­ri­cane 2.25 Peak machine comes with a pre­mi­um qual­i­ty of 60 oz. BPA-free Tri­tan copoly­ester con­tain­er. The jar has very clear Amer­i­can and Eng­lish mea­sur­ing marks on the wall, the max line for blend­ing ingre­di­ents, and for the clean­ing procedure.

The jar has a com­fy soft-grip han­dle and a very con­ve­nient spout that will not splash any liq­uid dur­ing pour­ing. It is also equipped with two parts lid that has a cap open­ing for releas­ing heat when hot ingre­di­ents are blended.

Blades

The Cuisi­nart CBT-1500 Hur­ri­cane 2.25 Peak machine is equipped with non-remov­able 4‑prong blades. The blades and assem­bly are made from heavy-duty com­mer­cial qual­i­ty cor­ro­sion-resis­tant stain­less steel con­struc­tion. The retain­er nut is also all-met­al thus very good qual­i­ty and long-last­ing. Per­ma­nent­ly inbuilt blades pre­vent any chance of liq­uid leaking.

Special Features

Col­ors: The Cuisi­nart CBT-1500 Hur­ri­cane 2.25 Peak machine avail­able in gun­metal col­or with black trim only.

Cer­ti­fied Refur­bished: This mod­el is not avail­able in cer­ti­fied refur­bished con­di­tion yet.

Use in coun­tries out­side of USA/Canada: Cuisi­nart CBT-1500 Hur­ri­cane cur­rent­ly comes only with the 110–120 volt­age sys­tem and could be used in the USA, Cana­da, and oth­er regions with appro­pri­ate volt­age (South Amer­i­ca, Sau­di Ara­bia, Japan, and oth­ers). The machine could be oper­at­ed via out­let adapter in coun­tries 220–240 volt­age system.

Noise

The Cuisi­nart CBT-1500 Hur­ri­cane 2.25 Peak blender is very loud even though the machine base unit has dou­ble hous­ing. It out­puts over 95 deci­bels when blend­ing stan­dard veg­gies and fruit ingredients.

The typ­i­cal advice for the con­sumers to reduce noise vol­ume from the blender is to place the rub­ber mat under­neath of the base unit that will absorb vibra­tions and.

Warranty and Customer Service

The Cuisi­nart CBT-1500 Hur­ri­cane machine comes with 3‑year Lim­it­ed War­ran­ty. That is quite mod­est for the well-made machine from rep­utable man­u­fac­tur­ers. More­over, the lim­it­ed means that the con­sumer may be charged an extra fee for the ship­ping cost or replace­ment parts on some occasions.

Besides, the Cuisi­nart Cus­tomer is a well-known man­u­fac­tur­er with a good rep­u­ta­tion, thus no doubts will serve the con­sumers appropriately.

Optional Accessories and Attachments

The Cuisi­nart CBT-1500 Hur­ri­cane 2.25 Peak blender does not come with extra attach­ments, nei­ther it is com­pat­i­ble with any extra Cuisi­nart acces­sories. How­ev­er, the replace­ment parts are avail­able from the man­u­fac­tur­er’s web­site.

Set Includes

  • 25HP at peak base unit;
  • 60 oz. Tri­tan copoly­ester jar;
  • Rub­ber lid with filler cap;
  • User man­u­al with 29 recipes.

Dimensions

The Cuisi­nart CBT-1500 Hur­ri­cane 2.25 Peak machine has quite a large 7.75 inch­es x 11.50 inch­es foot­print. The height of this blender is 17.25 inch­es with the pitch­er on the top of the base unit and lid on the place and 16.25 inch­es with­out the lid. It must fit under the stan­dard 18 inch­es kitchen cab­i­net and thus could be stored on the countertop.

The unit is quite heavy and with 12.5 lbs it does not bounce over the counter dur­ing processing.

Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • The Cuisi­nart CBT-1500 Hur­ri­cane 2.25 Peak machine is a very pow­er­ful blender that able to make good qual­i­ty smooth­ies includ­ing the green ones;
  • This machine crush­es ice well and pro­duces not only qual­i­ty frozen desserts but also makes qual­i­ty frozen drinks and slushes;
  • The machine is well built and with all-met­al cou­pling, good qual­i­ty blade and con­tain­er it must have a rea­son­able lifespan;

Cons:

  • The Cuisi­nart CBT-1500 Hur­ri­cane 2.25 Peak machine has very lim­it­ed con­trol pan­el func­tions with only two speeds;
  • It is quite a loud blender;
  • Has quite a short war­ran­ty of 3–years for a rep­utable brand.

Cuisinart CBT-1500 Hurricane 2.25 Peak Blender Consumer Reviews

The Cuisi­nart CBT-1500 Hur­ri­cane machine is a quite new prod­uct on the mar­ket but had won a good rep­u­ta­tion with a con­sumer with an aver­age 4.3 rat­ings on Ama­zon and also a high rat­ing with oth­er retailers.

Cuisinart CBT-1500 Hurricane 2.25 Peak Blender Price

The Cuisi­nart CBT-1500 Hur­ri­cane 2.25 Peak machine price varies in the range of $120 — $150 with dif­fer­ent retail­ers. How­ev­er, Ama­zon often has a spe­cial offer when a con­sumer can grab it for around $150. Although, the blender seems to be a lit­tle over­priced the $120 price is quite rea­son­able for a rep­utable brand and well-built machine.

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Summary

The Cuisi­nart CBT-1500 Hur­ri­cane Blender is a well-made and fair­ly ver­sa­tile machine that out­puts excel­lent smooth­ies and crush ice eas­i­ly. It has a met­al cou­pling gear, strong motor, and promise to last for many years. There­fore, Cuisi­nart CBT-1500 Hur­ri­cane Blender is a good option for those who would like to have a qual­i­ty blender from a rep­utable brand on their countertop.

Alter­na­tive­ly, check our arti­cle Best Blender under $200 – Cheap­er Alter­na­tive to Vita­mix 2020 Guide.

 

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5 Comments

  1. Ron Huggins

    Appar­ent­ly the blade con­fig­u­ra­tion is such that it tends to not engage prop­er­ly with­out tamp­ing or adding more prod­uct than you desire. Mak­ing Hol­landaise sauce with only 4 egg yolks does­n’t work prop­er­ly because when you add the hot but­ter it will cook the egg and ruins the sauce because it isn’t beat­ing the mix­ture. This necce­sates adding anoth­er 4 because it cre­ates a cav­i­ty. I fre­quent­ly get the same effect in mak­ing Smooth­ies as well as var­i­ous oth­er uses.. I have to force the ingre­di­ents down to start the process. My pre­vi­ous Cuisi­nart nev­er had any such prob­lems and unfor­tu­nate­ly the unit suf­fered the fail­ure of a plas­tic part and I could­n’t get it replaced. What hap­pens if I care­ful­ly bend two of the blades up higher??

    • lucy

      Hi Ron,

      You always can try at your own risk. I would not do it because the angle and posi­tion it is bent were cal­cu­lat­ed and test­ed by man­u­fac­tures engi­neers and there is no guar­an­tee you bend it the right way to archive desired result, more like­ly you make the per­for­mance worse. I would dis­cuss this issue with cus­tomer ser­vice and ask them if their engi­neers can help you with this endeavor.

    • Ken

      Hey Ron, as an air­craft mechan­ic, I would advice using cau­tion, a mod­i­fi­ca­tion to the blades may cause an imbal­ance and result­ing vibra­tions may dam­age the blade bear­ings and shaft seal, result­ing in leak­ing fluid.
      You may end up hav­ing to replace the 60 oz con­tain­er assembly.

  2. Sharon Beck

    I recent­ly bought a Hur­ri­cane blender. For some rea­son when I press the Pulse but­ton, it does not pulse. Why is that?

    • lucy

      Sharon,

      Con­tact Cuisi­nart cus­tomer ser­vice direct­ly and they must repair or exchange the unit if it is still under the war­ran­ty and you pur­chased it fro the autho­rized retail­er. The Ama­zon, actu­al­ly, is an autho­rized Cuisi­nart retailer.

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