Kitchenaid 4 speed blender KSB465BW Polycarbonate Unbreakable Jar Blue Willow
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- Countertop blender with 4 speed settings, plus chop-ice and pulse modes
- Intelli-Speed electronic sensor adjusts the power to maintain a consistent speed
- Solid die-cast metal base with steel-reinforced coupler and 1-piece stainless-steel blade
- Seamless Clean Touch control pad; dishwasher-safe 48-ounce polycarbonate pitcher
- Measures approximately 8-3/4 by 5-4/5 by 14-2/5 inches; 1-year warranty
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KitchenAid KSB465 4-Speed blender with 48-ounce polycarbonate pitcher can crush ice at any speed. This Kitchenaid blender allows you to just blend and serve. Patented stainless steel blade chops vegetables, stirs, mixes, purees, and liquefies with its powerful motor. Once you've used a KitchenAid blender, you'll wonder how you ever got along without one. The Intelli-Speed controls and adjusts power to compensate for thicker mixtures. Features heavy, die-cast metal base which adds stability. The 48-ounce one-piece pitcher is made of commercial-grade polycarbonate. It is scratch, stain, and shatter-resistant and will last for years to come. Heat resistant unique pitcher (with graduated measurements on the side) allows you to blend hot or cold ingredients and the contours makes pouring easy. Clean touch control pad is easy to clean and light on your fingers. The KitchenAid 4-Speed Blender has a 1 year Hassel Free Warranty Policy.
Top Customer Reviews
And yes, of course we want to crush ice - who doesn't? I have enough engineering background to know that a 0.2 to 0.5 Hp motor is NOT going to crush ice. Finally, we found the KitchenAid models! Some were 0.9 Hp, which is more like it. The pitcher (I call it) was a larger diameter and a little squat - perfect design for better blending, not to mention storage.
We decided that two speeds just wasn't enough, 3 speeds would be borderline and we certainly didn't want anything ridiculous like 10 or 15 speeds. (That's what they do when the motor is underpowered to do the job.) We settled on the KitchenAid KSB465Wh 4-speed with 48 ounce jar and 0.9 Hp motor. The weight wasn't given but the appearance gave you the idea that the base was good and heavy - a prerequisite.
We've used it several times starting about a month ago - it's perfect. It's even better than the one that lasted 30 yrs. The pitcher is dishwasher safe, it has something they call "intelli-speed" which adjusts the horsepower as needed to deliver constant speed. This is something where most blenders fall short, you put something heavy in it and the motors just slows down. The base is good and heavy - hurray, no more tipping over. The ad doesn't mention this but you do NOT dissasemble the pitcher for cleaning! Another big plus.
By the way those $40 to $60 blenders don't work and don't last. This one is priced around $72 and you get what you pay for. A very solid unit with a decent motor and good features. And yes, it does a marvelous job grinding ice - a whole tray at a time. And, if you let it go for about 10 seconds you have ice "powder" - it's better than our ice shaver for snow cones.
Blending is far superior to our old blender. It digests even the tough stuff easily. We haven't yet really needed to use it but it has pulsed speeds for those really tough materials. I'd recommend THIS blender to anyone who doesn't need to grind nails.
The unit was sent to me has a loud grinding noise and the entire unit vibrated deppending on how you place the jar over the base.
Once was vibrating so badly it would "walk" across the counter. It happened on my first week, during a first test with water. I had to put the jar back in some different positions to stop the vibrating stuff.
During the first week I noticed the shaft seal started throwing black material and some grease that stayed around underneath the jar.
Seems that it won't be long before the entire shaft seal is gone.
I'm using this unit for not more than 3 weeks.
Then, once I left the unit operating by itself just for some seconds. When I came back seems the jar jump up, off the shaft seal, grinding the plastic parts from the base and jar.
So, the difficulty to seat the jar over the base is a main issue, don't feel it reliable. Then when it stars vibrating, it's practically impossible to operate it.
I called the factory and they will replace the full unit. I told the base have no problem, would be a jar replacement only, but they oriented to change the entire unit in a way to speed the solution, once the replacement jar itself would take to long to be available.
The attendant were very kind and willing to solve my problem. Point to KitchenAid.
I'll give another try, but I'm afraid it is a design problem.
I'll let you guys know.!!!
This morning I was using the blender to make one of my smoothies that is exactly like all the others I have made in the past. The unit was blending away and then all of sudden it made a horrible screeching noise and the pitcher hopped out of the base and the unit started spewing rubber and started smoking from the coupling on the base unit. I emptied the pitcher and the grinder at the bottom of the pitcher had discharged the seal into the pitcher and the grinder unit was cock-eyed. The coupling on the base had also been ground down so it is unusable.
I just got off the phone with KitchenAid and they gave the usual response - sorry, it's past the 1 year warranty, we can't do anything for you. Once again I am off to order replacement parts from repairclinic.com to repair this unit that I thought would have lasted more than 1.5 years.
[Update - 11/7/11} - After replacing both the carafe (aka pitcher) and the coupling (not easy at all - see the following YouTube Video I posted on doing this: [...]) I will humbly admit that it might have been operator error that caused the pitcher to jump off the base. I was not holding down the pitcher when it was blending and something may have gotten into the grinder that caused it to hop off the base. Lesson: hold down the pitcher while blending.