KitchenAid 5-Speed Blenders with Polycarbonate Jars (Silver Architect (Macys Color))
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- 5-speed blender offers 0.9 HP motor and Intelli-Speed electronic controls
- Die-cast metal base; steel-reinforced coupler; 1-piece stainless-steel blade
- Dishwasher-safe shatter-resistant 56-ounce pitcher; soft-grip handle
- Automatic "crush ice" button; cord storage for tidy countertops
- Measures 7-1/4 by 9 by 15-1/5 inches; 1-year hassle-free replacement warranty
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Color: Silver Architect (Macys Color)
Top Customer Reviews
I have been leery of buying any blender with the little plastic teeth couplers because of all the bad reviews here on Amazon. I also wanted to stay away from anything with only 450 watts.
I was in another store and saw this blender. It has a new design for where the blades couple with the motor. "Commercial quality couplers with 12 interlocking teeth....coated for quiet operation".
We have had it for a few days now and have made some pretty thick smoothies. So far, so good. No burning smell like the one that was immediately apparent with the Target blender. My youngest daughter complanied that her smoothie was "too smooth". I guess she got used to the chunks of ice that our past blenders have left.
Kitchenaid doesn't seem to advertise the actual power specs on their blenders. On the bottom of this one it says that it draws 6 amps. Which is about 720 watts or about 0.9 horsepower.
My only complaint so far is the soft start feature. The blade starts at a slower speed then quickly increases to the speed you chose. This process still throws everything up into the lid, which is what it should prevent. It works fine though as long as you have the lid on.Read more ›
3/24/12 update. Our blender is now five years old, is used every day, and has been problem free since they replaced the container in 2008.
The machine is sturdy and attractive. The metal housing appears quite durable and the hefty weight of the base makes for good stability. The jar is large holding more than 7 cups although there is better circulation and mixing with around 5 cups or less. At first I was a bit put off by the plastic jar (seemed cheap) but have come to appreciate its light weight. After a few drops I think it's much more durable than glass and I don't cringe when my wife wacks the edge of the jar with metal spoons. 5 speeds with pulse and ice crush buttons- I would be perfectly happy with 3 speeds. Crushes ice uniformly from chunky to snow-cone fine. Purees are smooth with no lumps. The blender was purchased to replace a still working Waring classic which did not crush ice well at all. The blades do not come off the jar for everyday cleaning, but this has not been a problem - I just run it with some soapy water or put it in the dishwasher. I've waited about 7 months to submit a review in order to give it a good test. Everything still runs well and looks good and I still consider this blender a very good buy.
After all this, I decided to stop fooling around and buy a Kitchenaid. This blender has all the power you need (way more power than any of the first 3 blenders I bought; both the smoothie blenders came with a stir stick, but such a thing isn't even necessary when you have the power of this Kitchenaid), and is a steal at $99, since we've had it for a year now and it's still as good as new. The motor is unstoppable, the blade is fantastic, it cleans easily, the jar is polycarbonate (i.e. unbreakable if you drop it), and there is a removable plastic piece in the lid in case you do want to use a stir stick.
I love this blender, and when it dies (which I hope/believe will be years from now, given how reliable my other Kitchenaid appliances are) I will be replacing it with the exact same make and model. It's everything a blender should be!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It may not be a blendtec or one of those other fancy $500 blenders but it does the job :)Published 2 days ago by Robert
Used this blender maybe 25 times since I bought it (May 2013), the blade seal to to the bottom of the pitcher has come loose, any liquid you pour in it just comes out the bottom,... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Kenn A. Hayes
The base unit is fine. It's the plastic, polycarbonate jar that a real issue; specifically, the blade assembly. I started having a problem soon after purchase from new. Read morePublished 1 month ago by G. Wiz
Motor quit after less than a year and I only use it once in the blue moon. Very disappointed since Kitchen Aid products are supposed to be so fabulous.Published 1 month ago by Lauren L. Skinner
Perfect for my mother who has arthritis, I found this on a list of blenders good for senior citizens. The jug is great, it's light and the grip is really good on it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by M. Jones
I bought this in early Oct and I'm throwing it in the garbage today after 2 months. I have never bought a "good blender" and I splurged and spent this on a reputable named... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer