While the Cuisinart Precision Master looks like a high-performance kitchen appliance, it delivers relatively lackluster outcomes. Our evaluations pay close attention to how often the user has to get involved with a task to compensate for a machine's deficiencies. In nearly every test we ran in our review of stand mixers, we needed to use a spatula to mitigate the substantial gap between this model's bowl and attachment. By some estimations, constant user involvement defeats the reason for buying a mixer in the first place.Editor's Note: We updated this gear review on February 14th, 2022, to incorporate new sections that share whether or not this stand mixer is worthy of purchasing and others we suggest considering.
Cuisinart Precision Master SM-50 Review
Pros: Inexpensive, easy to clean, powerful motor
Cons: Large bowl/attachment gap, so-so mixing action
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Cuisinart Precision Master SM-50
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|Pros||Inexpensive, easy to clean, powerful motor||Powerful, affordable, easy to use||Easy to clean, one-handed operation, large bowl||Planetary mixing action, inexpensive||Inexpensive, compact, lightweight|
|Cons||Large bowl/attachment gap, so-so mixing action||Poor whipping action, requires bowl scraping||Broad bowl/attachment gap, fiddly splash guard||Limited power, dubious durability||Under powered, poor at mixing, hard to clean|
|Bottom Line||This inexpensive tilt-head mixer struggles to perform basic tasks without input from the user||Incredibly powerful and easy to use for the price||This economic mixer sacrifices little in the way of performance to keep the cost low||This is a light-duty machine for those that use mixers infrequently||Essentially this is a hand mixer mounted into a stand|
|Rating Categories||Cuisinart Precision...||KitchenAid Classic...||Aucma 6.5qt||Hamilton Beach 7-Speed||Dash Everyday Stand...|
|Ease of Use (30%)|
|Specs||Cuisinart Precision...||KitchenAid Classic...||Aucma 6.5qt||Hamilton Beach 7-Speed||Dash Everyday Stand...|
|Bowl Capacity||5.5 quart||4.5 quart||6.5 quart||4 quart||3 quart|
|Standard Attachments||Whisk, dough hook, and flat mixing paddle||Wire whip, dough hook, flat beater||Wire whip, flat beater, spiral dough hook||Whisk, flat beater, dough hook||Beaters and dough hooks|
|Mixing Action||Planetary||Planetary||Planetary||Planetary||Kneading and triplicate whip|
|Number of Speeds||6||10||7||7||6|
|Measured Dimensions (L x W x H)||14.25" x 8.75" x 14"||14.5" x 10.75" x 14.25"||15.2" x 9.4" x 12.4"||14.5" x 10.75" x 14.25"||10.5" x 7.5 x 10.25"|
|Measured Weight||18lbs. 2oz.||22lbs. 13oz.||13lbs. 6oz.||9lbs. 14oz.||4lbs. 1oz.|
|Warranty||limited 3-year||1-year||none||limited 5-year||limited 1-year|
Our Analysis and Test Results
From our analysis, the Cuisinart Precision Master does not live up to its name. This machine has all the standard mixer accouterments that suggest a quality, high-performance product. However, it lacks the precision that its name proclaims. Most notably, there is a large gap between the bowl and the mixing attachment. The result is ingredients being unmixed or smeared around the bowl. On the bright side, this kitchen appliance is priced to move.
There is not much about the Precision Master's performance to praise compared to others in our stand mixer review. It has a powerful 500-watt motor, includes standard attachments (dough hook, paddle mixer, whisk), and an accessory port. However, it should be noted there are few aftermarket options available.
As far as food outcomes are concerned, the flat beater can mix frosting to a relatively high standard if you give this machine enough time. The whisk attachment also produces decent results whipping both egg whites and cream. Additionally, we found this model to have an intuitive operation interface and a design that is easy to clean.
While we have several critiques of this machine (we'll get to those below), we will say that this machine offers a reasonable starting point for those new to stand mixers. At the very least, this machine will teach the user why it's worth spending a bit more money to get a standing mixer that doesn't need to be monitored and helped along the way. In the meantime, one will learn the skills required to make these machines work for the user and not the other way around.
There are many points of concern regarding the Cuisinart Precision Master's performance in our series of tests. However, with a few exceptions, these poor outcomes result from the substantial gap between the mixing attachment and the bowl. Despite boasting a planetary mixing action, a bowl/mixer gap of the Master's magnitude produces substantial consequences. Frequently, the ingredients are inadequately incorporated or incompletely worked. Thus, the user needs to aid the mixer, which is the opposite of what one wants from a machine that is supposed to complete the work.
To put this bowl/mixer gap in context, take our dough kneading evaluation as an example. The dough hook does not reach low enough into the bowl to engage the dough. As such, it does not work the dough in a coherent mass. Instead, the hook affects a division of the dough, requiring the user to manually reincorporate it before the rise.
Should You Buy the Cuisinart Precision Master SM-50?
The Cuisinart Precision Master certainly has a competitive price point. However, our testing revealed a machine with considerable design flaws that limit its performance. One concern is the abnormally wide gap between the bowl and the mixer attachment. This oversight requires the user to manually bridge the cam with a spatula or hand to ensure proper mixing and kneading. Therefore, we suggest looking to other models of better value in our review.
What Other Stand Mixers Should You Consider?
We think the KitchenAid Classic Plus KSM75WH is worth considering. It's a higher-performing machine, which increases the likelihood of meeting your needs, and it has a similar list price.
— Nick Miley and Michelle Powell
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