Best KitchenAid Blenders

Updated July 2020
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Buying guide for best KitchenAid blenders

Last Updated July 2020

From making nutrient-packed smoothies and nut butters from scratch to mixing up cake batters and ice cream milkshakes, KitchenAid blenders truly work wonders. If you love to cook, you need a blender, and KitchenAid models are known for their durability, versatility, and overall exceptional performance. KitchenAid makes a wide range of blenders, however, so choosing the right one can be a challenge.

First of all, you'll need to decide whether you want a high-performance blender, a standard upright blender, or an immersion blender. Next, think about what kind of capacity you need, how important horsepower is to you, and what kind of control you prefer. Of course, you'll also need to decide which one of those classic KitchenAid colors you like best.

To learn more, check out our detailed guide, which can help you answer any questions you might have. Not sure which KitchenAid blender is best? Take a look at our top recommendations.

All KitchenAid blenders made after 2011 (so all that are available new now) are completely BPA-free.

Key considerations

Types of KitchenAid blenders

KitchenAid blenders generally fit into one of the following three categories:

  • High-performance blenders: High-performance KitchenAid blenders have powerful motors and are designed to blend basically anything edible. If you want to blend thick batters, make creamy nut butters (even without oil), or knead doughs, these are the models for you. The only real downside to KitchenAid's high-performance models is that they have a high price tag to match.
  • Standard upright blenders: Sure, they're not as powerful as high-performance models, but the majority of KitchenAid's standard upright blenders still pack an impressive punch. If you're more likely to make soups, smoothies, dips, and sauces than grind your own gluten-free flours or make almond butter, a standard upright blender will do the job well. It's worth noting, however, that not all models are equally effective, so you should compare a few different models.
  • Immersion blenders: Also known as stick blenders or hand blenders, immersion blenders are handheld models. They're generally cheaper than other KitchenAid blenders (though you can find some pricey professional-grade models) and can come with handy extras, such as choppers and whisks. They're also great for blending soups and sauces straight in the pan. The downside is they're the least powerful of all KitchenAid blenders.

Pure power

If you're looking for a blender that breezes through heavy tasks, like grinding beans or making nut butter, the KitchenAid High Performance Series Blender is the model for you. Its three-horsepower motor is hugely powerful. Thanks to its commercial-grade components, it's a rugged machine that won't be stopped — plus the 10-year parts guarantee will give you peace of mind.

Horsepower

If you check the product description of a KitchenAid blender, you'll often find the motor power listed in horsepower (HP). The majority of high-performance KitchenAid blenders run at about 3.5 HP, whereas standard upright blenders run at about 0.5 to 1 HP. It's worth noting that this is the peak horsepower — the standard HP while the motor is running continuously will be lower.

Capacity

Think about what kind of capacity you need for your blender. Do you generally make huge batches of soups or sauces, or are you more likely to make one or two portions of something? The volume of a KitchenAid blender's jug is generally listed in ounces and can range between 50 and 90 ounces. Immersion blenders don't have a jug, so you can choose to blend within as large or small a container as you like — you don't need to use the included blending cup unless you want to.

EXPERT TIP

KitchenAid stick blenders don't tend to list their HP. Instead, you can look at the wattage to gauge its power. Around 200 watts is generally sufficient for a stick blender, but more is better.


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Features

Color

KitchenAid products are known for coming in a range of colors, both subtle and bold, and KitchenAid blenders are no exception. The exact amount of color options vary — some models are only available in four or five different shades, whereas others let you pick between 15 hues or more. Pick a color to match your other KitchenAid appliances or simply choose the one you like best.

Controls

Different KitchenAid blenders have different types of controls. Some have buttons, some have dials, and some have touch pads. You might have a preference for which type of control you like best, but we haven't found issues with any of them. The majority of KitchenAid blenders have multiple speed settings, and a handful feature preset programs.

Heating function

Blenders with a heating function can cook soups and sauces, as well as blending them, so there's no need to find your saucepan or turn on the stove. Only one KitchenAid blender currently on the market has a heating function.

Jug shape

KitchenAid blenders can either have classic round jugs, square jugs, or diamond-shaped jugs. It might not seem like this would make a difference to performance, but square and diamond jugs are better at creating a vortex to draw the ingredients toward the blades for smoother results.

Some KitchenAid blenders have a self-cleaning cycle to quickly and easily clean the blending jug.

KitchenAid blender prices

The cost of a KitchenAid blender can vary from less than $50 to over $500, depending on which model you opt for.

KitchenAid immersion blenders range from $35 for basic models to as much as $350 for high-powered professional models with a wide range of attachments. Mid-range options generally cost between $100 and $150.

Standard upright KitchenAid blenders are generally priced between $100 and $200, depending on the HP and overall performance.

High-performance KitchenAid blenders cost from around $300 for home-quality models to almost $600 for commercial-grade options.

DID YOU KNOW?

The Soft Start® feature on upright KitchenAid blenders starts the motor at a lower speed to pull all the ingredients into the center of the jug, where they can be blended more effectively.

Tips

  • Check whether any accessories are included with your KitchenAid blender. Upright KitchenAid blenders tend to include tampers. Hand blenders may have a wider range of accessories, including whisks, mini choppers, and storage bags.
  • Consider the overall size of your chosen KitchenAid blender. Check that you have enough room for it, whether you'll store it in a cabinet or leave it out on the counter.
  • Think about how often you'll use your KitchenAid blender. You might fall in love with a high-performance model but a blender that costs more than $300 is overkill if you only use it to blend the occasional smoothie or batch of soup.
  • Decide whether you want a model that can chop as well as blend. Although blenders generally puree and liquify, some KitchenAid blenders have slower speed settings that let them chop and mix, too.

Easy control

While the KitchenAid 2-Speed Hand Blender can't compete with its upright counterparts in terms of sheer power, it offers excellent control, so you can blend foods just the way you like them. Since you're blending by hand, it's easier to stop at a chunky texture if you don't want your dish to be completely smooth. We also love the affordable price tag and huge range of color choices.

Other products we considered

If you're looking for a top-of-the-line model, consider the KitchenAid Commercial Countertop Bar Blender. Although it's designed to stand up to the rigors of commercial use, there's no reason why you can't use it at home — particularly if you like to make a lot of drinks, nut butters, or other dishes that require an extra powerful motor.

Another high-powered, but slightly more affordable, choice is the KitchenAid Pro Line Series Thermal Control Jar Blender. With its 3.5 peak HP motor, there are few tasks this blender can't carry out, plus it can heat soup in just five minutes.

If you'd prefer an immersion blender or are just looking for something at a lower price point, we love the KitchenAid 3-Speed Hand Blender. In addition to a handy blending beaker, it also includes a whisk attachment and a mini-chopper attachment.

KitchenAid blenders with Intelli-Speed® Motor Control are able to sense the contents and use the optimum speed and power to blend them effectively.

FAQ

Q. What can I make with my KitchenAid blender?
A.
You can make a wide range of foods in your KitchenAid blender, including soups, smoothies, milkshakes, and dips. That said, some foods and drinks, such as nut butter and frozen drinks, are much easier to make with a high-performance KitchenAid blender.

Q. Why choose a KitchenAid blender over other brands?
A.
KitchenAid is a well-known and highly regarded brand, so you can rest assured you're choosing a quality product when you buy a KitchenAid blender. What's more, KitchenAid blenders generally have excellent warranties should anything go wrong. Some buyers simply love the look of KitchenAid blenders and the range of colors they're available in.

Q. Do KitchenAid blenders have dishwasher-safe parts?
A.
Although it varies between models, the majority of KitchenAid blenders have dishwasher-safe jugs, blades, and accessories to make cleanup easier.

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