Wednesday, June 2, 2010
I had a chance to do a little shopping at CSN Stores last month. They sent me a gift certificate and I spent some time (actually like a week) trying to decide what I wanted to review! It was a hard choice, because CSN has ove 200 stores to choose from. LOTS of fun stuff!
I finally decided on some fun kitchen toys that I have been wanting for a while. The first one was a Cuisinart Smart Stick Hand Blender:
I wanted it for a few different reasons, one of them was because I have been using my blender to make this broccoli soup recipe, when what I really needed was a stick blender. Of course, it is summer time, so I haven't used it for soup. But I have used it to chop up veggies for Salsa, nuts for ice cream sundaes, and to make smoothies. I actually like my blender for Smoothies better, but the kids think the stick blender is more fun! I still cannot wait to use it for the soup!
My second purchase was a Cuisinart Automatic Frozen Yogurt/Ice Cream/Sorbet maker:
We have already used it twice. Once to make Alton Browns Vanilla Ice Cream and once to make a Banana Ice Cream concoction of my own (that we LOVE!!)
Both products are great. They are easy to operate, easy to clean, fun to look at! But I was not surprised that they were wonderful. They were Cuisnart! I love Cuisinart!
So now I want to tell you a little about my experience with CSN. I mentioned that it took me a long time to figure out what I wanted to order. That had everything to do with all of the great choices and nothing to do with their site. It is organized in many different ways that allow you to browse for products or find just what you are looking for.
They offer the typical product descriptions and reviews that you would find on any online store, but they also give the product a rating based on construction quality and one on frequency of damage during shipping. Really helpful information when you are ordering online.
The only issue I had was in actually placing my order. I tried to order the items before I set up an account. The site kept redirecting me and I never got through the check out. (This could be a problem with Safari. I have found a lot of sites, including many Blogger templates, that act up when I am using Safari). When I registered on the site first, the check out was SUPER easy and quick.
My items came together and were shipped UPS. They were packaged well, there was no damage, and they came quickly.
I couldn't be happier with my new toys and can't wait to share recipes with you guys using my new kitchen gadgets.
One more thing you should know about CSN:
Go and check out their current contest, Green and Clean, where you can easily enter to win a new bathroom with $10,000 worth of Green products. You can enter to win HERE and when you do you will get a coupon code for 10% off your next CSN purchase.