Reviews You Can Rely On

Cuisinart Precision Master SM-50 Review

This inexpensive tilt-head mixer struggles to perform basic tasks without input from the user
Cuisinart Precision Master SM-50
Credit: Amazon.com
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Price:   $250 List | $244.95 at Amazon
Pros:  Inexpensive, easy to clean, powerful motor
Cons:  Large bowl/attachment gap, so-so mixing action
Manufacturer:   Cuisinart
By Nick Miley and Michelle Powell  ⋅  Feb 14, 2022
Our Editors independently research, test, and rate the best products. We only make money if you purchase a product through our links, and we never accept free products from manufacturers. Learn more
59
OVERALL
SCORE


RANKED
#7 of 10
  • Mixing - 30% 4.0
  • Ease of Use - 30% 7.0
  • Whipping - 25% 6.0
  • Kneading - 15% 7.0

Our Verdict

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.

Compare to Similar Products

 
Awards  Best Buy Award Best Buy Award   
Price $250 List
$244.95 at Amazon
$330 List
$347.52 at Amazon
$150 List
$118.99 at Amazon
Check Price at Amazon$50 List
$39.88 at Amazon
Overall Score Sort Icon
59
73
63
46
40
Star Rating
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Pros Inexpensive, easy to clean, powerful motorPowerful, affordable, easy to useEasy to clean, one-handed operation, large bowlPlanetary mixing action, inexpensiveInexpensive, compact, lightweight
Cons Large bowl/attachment gap, so-so mixing actionPoor whipping action, requires bowl scrapingBroad bowl/attachment gap, fiddly splash guardLimited power, dubious durabilityUnder powered, poor at mixing, hard to clean
Bottom Line This inexpensive tilt-head mixer struggles to perform basic tasks without input from the userIncredibly powerful and easy to use for the priceThis economic mixer sacrifices little in the way of performance to keep the cost lowThis is a light-duty machine for those that use mixers infrequentlyEssentially 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...
Mixing (30%)
4.0
8.0
6.0
4.0
4.0
Ease of Use (30%)
7.0
8.0
6.0
4.0
4.0
Whipping (25%)
6.0
5.0
7.0
7.0
5.0
Kneading (15%)
7.0
8.0
6.0
3.0
2.0
Specs Cuisinart Precision... KitchenAid Classic... Aucma 6.5qt Hamilton Beach 7-Speed Dash Everyday Stand...
Head Type Tilt Tilt Tilt Tilt Tilt
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
Motor (watts) 500-watt 275-watt 660-watt 300-watt 250-watt
Mixing Action Planetary Planetary Planetary Planetary Kneading and triplicate whip
Number of Speeds 6 10 7 7 6
Attachment Port yes yes no no no
Timer no no no no no
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
Color Options 8 2 7 4 9

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.

Performance Comparison


Cuisinart Precision Master SM-50 stand mixer - tilt-head design and a medium capacity bowl. the cuisinart looks the...
Tilt-head design and a medium capacity bowl. The Cuisinart looks the part.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Likes


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.

Cuisinart Precision Master SM-50 stand mixer - standard flat beater attachment.
Standard flat beater attachment.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

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.

Dislikes


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.

Cuisinart Precision Master SM-50 stand mixer - this machine requires two hands to tilt the head.
This machine requires two hands to tilt the head.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

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
You Might Also Like

Ad-free. Influence-free. Powered by Testing.

GearLab is founded on the principle of honest, objective, reviews. Our experts test thousands of products each year using thoughtful test plans that bring out key performance differences between competing products. And, to assure complete independence, we buy all the products we test ourselves. No cherry-picked units sent by manufacturers. No sponsored content. No ads. Just real, honest, side-by-side testing and comparison.

Learn More