Trying to replicate those delicious – yet expensive – store-bought drinks and smoothies? If so, a quality KitchenAid blender is a great choice for the job.
That said, with so many models are available, you may be wondering which option is the right fit for you.
Luckily, our team of smoothie lovers and blender experts have thoroughly tested all the best Kitchenaid blenders – all of which are covered below.
Kitchenaid Blender Top Picks and Quick Summary
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1. KitchenAid K400 Variable Speeds Blender – Editors Pick for Best KitchenAid Blender
Fitted with a pleasingly retro aesthetics, the KitchenAid K400 is a powerful blender who’s 1200 watt motor will tear through even the toughest ingredients.
However, style and good looks isn’t the only thing this blender offers, and along with a BPA-free, 56 oz pitcher, the model comes with three useful presets – Ice Crush, Icy Drinks, and Smoothie.
The blade features a unique, asymmetrical design that has all four blades bent at distinct angles. This helps pull the food into the blade, creating one of the most even blends of all models we tested.
The model also features a handy Smart Start feature that causes the motor to start slow, pulling the food into the blade before the 1.5 HP motor kicks into full gear. What’s more, the blender even comes with a self-clean setting, making it highly convenient.
Finally, the K400 blender comes with an impressive 5 year warranty, which trust us when we say, is excellent compared to what you’ll get with other countertop blenders.
2. KitchenAid KSB6060
Built for max performance, the KSB6060 is a heavy duty blender that’s fitted with a 3.0 HP motor and heavy-duty stainless steel blades. In fact, this blender is so strong, that when we tested it using a heavily-frozen banana, the model had no issues at all.
The model comes with 10 speed settings and a pulse button, and works well for crushing ice cubes or chopping through fibrous greens.
We were also impressed by the larger-than-average 60 oz blender pitcher, which comes complete with a plastic lid and stick tamper.
While the model doesn’t come with the fancy pre-sets you’ll find on other countertop blenders, the number of speed control gives you all the control you need.
However, the KSB60606 countertop blender is expensive, and although it comes with an impressive 5 year warranty, may be out of the some people’s price range. Still, it’s a very powerful blender that’s capable powering through even the toughest of tasks (nuts, roots, and hard vegetables included).
3. KitchenAid K150
If you found the last two models a bit on the expensive side, consider checking out the K150. Despite it’s reduced price tag, this blender is seriously powerful and can crush a half tray of ice in less than 10 seconds!
This counter top blender is simple, and along with a Pulse/Ice Crush setting, comes with three speed settings. However, the blender is outfitted with Intelli Speed Motor Control – a helpful feature that automatically adjusts the speed for an optimized blend.
However, at 0.9 HP, the motor is somewhat underpowered compared to some of the higher end models. Still, we found it worked surprisingly well, and upon testing, had no issues making nut butter out of even the toughest nuts.
For accessories, the K150 comes with a 48 oz. Blender Pitcher and plastic lids. If you need more options, the K150 is compatible with all KitchenAid 6 oz. small batches jars and 16 oz. personal blender jars.
4. KitchenAid Cordless Hand Blender
We’ve tested our fair share of immersion blenders and we can confidently say this is one of the best. Not only is it surprisingly strong for a hand blender, but it can blend up to 20 bowls of soup of just a 25 minute charge.
The blender is fitted with detachable blending arm, which makes it easy to store and clean. It also comes with a KitchenAid-exclusive removeable pan guard.
If you like the idea of using a hand blender, but don’t want to scuff up your expensive pots or pans, simply attach the guard to the end of the blending arm and your set.
While blending, you’ll have the choice of 7 speed settings and a safety trigger that must be held down while using. Although the safety switch is designed to prevent accidents, we found it took a bit getting used to and some may find it uncomfortable at first.
While testing, we were also impressed by how quiet the model is – making it a great alternative to loud countertop blenders.
5. KitchenAid Commercial Series Culinary Blender
KitchenAid’s strongest blender, this model comes with a powerful 3.5 HP motor and sturdy, die cast metal base.
Interestingly, the blender comes equipped with 11 speed settings and neat Pulse feature that can be run on both high and low. If you use the blender at full speed, be warned – it can be very noisy.
However, we see it as a small price to pay for the ability to make up to 60 oz of thick smoothies in one batch.
We were also pleased to see the blender is NSF certified for commercial use. In case you’re unaware, NSF certification means it meets the strict standards for public health safety.
There are a few drawbacks, however. For starters, it is quite expensive – but hey – you get what you pay for. Secondly, the model doesn’t come with a push stick. That said, the plastic lid does have come with a plastic cap, meaning you could purchase one separately.
Despite these minor drawbacks, this is easily the most powerful KitchenAid blender on the market and the best option for heavy duty blending.
Factors to Consider When Selecting the Best Kitchenaid Blenders
Always consider the blending capacity of a blender before buying it. If you plan on using it for personal use, or making smoothies, then a standard 48 oz. pitcher is likely sufficient.
However, if you plan on making large batch of smoothies, you may want to go for a 60 oz. pitcher blender. While you can always purchase
Motor power is another major factor. If you plan on crushing ice, making nut butters, or chopping up hardy root vegetables, you’ll want a motor in the 1.5 HP to 3.0 HP range.
If all you plan on making are simply smoothies, than most countertop blenders will be appropriate. However, motor strength isn’t based on HP along, and you should also look at wattage.
Typically, we recommend sticking to blenders that have a 1,000 watt motor and higher.
If you dish out a good chunk of change on a blender, you want to be covered. Because of this, always check what kind of warranty the make/model comes with.
Luckily, most KitchenAid models come with a 5 year warranty, which is one of the best in the business. However, some of the more economic models don’t so be sure to verify before purching.
As with any purchase, price should greatly into your ultimate decision. When thinking about price, we recommend picking a price range your comfortable paying before searching for the right model. This will help you refine your search and ensure you waste as little time as possible.
Settings, Pre-sets, & Features
While some blenders are simple and come with limited features, pre-sets, and speed settings, others come with plenty. That said, KitchenAid blenders are known for being simple, and more often then not, are fitted with just a few speed options and a pulse function.
If this simplicity works for you, great! However, if you’re after something a little better equipped, take a moment to check exactly what features and options the blender comes with.
Not all blenders come with personal sized blender pitchers or push sticks, so always check before buying exactly what accessories the model in question comes with.
Types of Kitchenaid Blenders
KitchenAid makes primarily countertop blenders, although their product catalog does include a few handheld blenders. Besides the different blender types, some KitchenAid blenders differ by how many speed settings or pre-set functions they have.
How to Use a Kitchenaid Blender
To use a KitchenAid blender, ensure the blending pitcher is securely fastened to the blender body. Add some water (if needed), and then add ingredients starting with the toughest and ending with the softest.
From there, put the lid on, plug the blender in, and turn it on to the lowest speed. If you need to increase the speed, do so gradually so as not to wear on the motor. To learn more about how to work a blender, refer to our How to Use a Blender article
Different Uses of a Blender
While making smoothies, shakes, and frozen drinks are the most common application of a blender, they can also be used for making nut butters, sauces, and even soups.
With the right blade attachments, blenders can also be used to whisk eggs, and in some cases, mix dough. To learn more about the different applications of a blender, refer to our detailed Blender Uses article.
FAQs for the Best KitchenAid Blenders
The best Kitchenaid blender is the K400. Sporting a 56 oz pitcher, a 1.5 HP motor, and a 3 useful pre-sets, the K400 is great for both smoothies and tough tasks like crushing ice cubes or making nut butters.
If you need something a bit stronger, the KitchenAid KSB6060 is another great option. This model sports a 3.0 HP engine, 10 speed settings, and a high power Pulse button.
Yes, you can put hot soups in the a KitchenAid blender. In fact, hot food typically blend better than cold foods. When blending hot foods, make sure the soup or sauce isn’t scalding hot. After all, the blender pitchers are made of plastic and could melt or warp.
Moreover, if you plan on making soups, you may want to consider purchasing a whisk attachment. This way, your food won’t blend unnecessarily.
Yes, KitchenAid is known as a premium brand of blenders and the price reflects this. While not quite as high-end as Ninja or Vitamix, they stand above other well-known brands like NutriBullet, GE, and Betty Crocker.
The most powerful KitchenAid blender is the KitchenAid Commercial Series Culinary Blender. This model features a super-powered 3.5 HP, 1800 watt motor, 11 speed settings, and a High/low Pulse finction.
However, this NSF-certified model is quite expensive. For a more wallet-friendly option, consider checking out the KSB 6060. For a much smaller price tag, you get a 3.0 HP motor, 10 speed settings, and a pulse function.
Yes, Ninja Blenders are generally considered better than KitchenAid blenders. However, the two brands focus on different aspects. While Ninja Blenders are designed to come with a wide variety of features and settings, KitchenAid blenders focus more on simplicity, ease-of-use, and robustness
Overall, the KitchenAid K400 comes out as our top model. Along with Smart Blend technology and a 5 year warranty, the model is equipped with 3 handy preset functions, 5 speed settings, and a self cleaning cycle.
Our second choice, the KitchenAid KSB6060, is a good option is you need extra power. The model is fitted with a heavy duty 3.0 HP motor and comes with 10 speed settings and a powerful pulse function.
Lastly, our third pick – the KitchenAid K150 – is an excellent budget option and perfect for those who want to sleek design and usability of a KitchenAid without spending too much. the K150 also comes with Intelli speed motor control, a pulse function, and a crush ice setting.
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