KitchenAid 5-Speed Blender with Polycarbonate Jar
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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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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
Perfect for my green shakes. Chops and blends kale like my blend tec does.
Sturdy and reliable. Would take a lot to burn out the motor. Read more
I first bought this blender back in 2010 and I haven't bought another blender since! Every time I go to buy a new blender, I seriously consider purchasing a more expensive one,... Read morePublished 10 days ago by leileik
Works great for awhile. then one day you will notice a bit of crud collecting on top of the base. This is the beginning of the end. Read morePublished 1 month ago by carbon-based life form
This blender has a very durable blender base motor. We use it daily and it has held up very well for about 3.5 years. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Asharri
I ordered this to be able to make smoothies and frozen drinks. It has a heavy metal base, which allows the motor to spin without making the blender wobble. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mitzi's_Amazon_Reviews
Love it, my second one! It actually does what it says it will do, all of the time. Great product!Published 1 month ago by Carol J Rathje
Bottom line: Major design flaw with the jar. Leaked after only a few uses and there is no fix. Don't waste your money! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Heather FM Gudejko