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Blending with the Cuisinart PowerEdge 1000 Watt BlenderWas Cuisinart's most powerful blender able to edge out the competition?
Hey, CNET. I'm Ryan Chris, and I'm here with the Cuisinart Power Edge 1000-watt Blender. Now, this is the most expensive and powerful blender that Cuisinart offers. And the reason for that, is right in the name, the 1000-watts that it offers, is more than any other blender they've got, it's a very nice number. It can give you a lot of powerful results. In addition to the high wattage, you're getting this nice, sturdy die-cast metal base. You're getting the preset buttons, here. You're getting this backlit LCD screen, it counts up as you blend. I like that feature quite a bit. And overall, it's a fine blender. It does the job, it blends, and that's great. However, this is not the only blender that we tested, and sad to say, it's not the best blender that we tested. We tested the Breville Hemisphere Control Blender, which is also $199, along with the Ninja Ultima, which is also $199. Same price for an all three of those. This one was the least satisfying from the results. Let's take a look at this almond butter test that we did. We filled each blender with almonds, and then we ground it up into flour. And almost all the blenders could handle this first step to get the flour, except the Cuisinart. You see a lot of chunky almonds, we got a whole almonds. You've got almonds cut to quarters here, it is-- it didn't blend as well as we've liked. And even after you mixed it up, and shook things up, we couldn't get that fine consistency that we wanted from almond flour. The next step, riding the flour into almond butter. The Cuisinart couldn't handle it at all. It couldn't get to release the oils, and make that nice buttery smooth texture. The Ninja could, the high-end Blendtec, and Vitamix models could. But the Cuisinart could not. So those 1000-watts didn't do the job when it came to butter. One point of note, the $40 Hamilton Beach Smoothie Smart Blender, outperform the Cuisinart. Despite being a (fist) of the cost when it came to nut butter. It didn't make the nut butter, but it did almond flour, that was very satisfying, and smooth in consistency, way better than the Cuisinart to be honest. That's it. You'll still be able to make a lot of great things in this blender. We made pesto, we made whip cream, we made all sorts of things in our tests. And it was able to do the job, and it makes good smoothies too. So, all the staples of blending, you'll be able to accomplish with this blender. However, because it didn't perform quite as well as you would have liked, and there are other models with the same price, it did remarkably better. I say, check those out instead. And if you want a Cuisinart blender, maybe they'll spring for this one, and go from one of the less expensive models. For CNET, I'm Ryan Chris.=