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KitchenAid 5 Speed Blender Review
A Strong Engine and Many Colors To Choose From

The KitchenAid 5 speed blender is very well-designed, sturdy, powerful, and colorful. It is a quality blender that we highly recommend for everyone's kitchen.

GoBlendIt Editor's Rating: 4.5 out of 5.0

4.5 stars

GoBlendit Editor's Review

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Overall, the KitchenAid 5 speed blender is one of the best on the market. It is strong, with a .9 horsepower engine; easy to use, featuring an electronic control panel with 5 speeds; and sturdy, the base is solid and the pitcher is made of a polycarbonate material that won't break if you drop it. There are numerous glowing reviews about this KitchenAid blender and it seems to get the blending job done on even the hardest tasks, like blending ice and peanut butter.

We also like that it comes in a 15 colors, from blue to pink, so you are sure to find a match for your kitchen décor. The price is also fair for a kitchen blender; priced under $150.

We highly recommend the Kitchen Aid 5 speed blender.

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The Good

  • Easy to clean - the pitcher is dishwasher safe and the front control panel can be cleaned by just wiping it down with a cloth.
  • Good pitcher - strong, sturdy and made of a polycarbonate material that makes breaking or cracking difficult.
  • Powerful - the engine is .9 hp or 671 watts
  • Precise control - 5 speed settings and 2 pulse settings give you enough control for any mixture
  • Stable - rubber feet and a solid base mean this blender won't go jumping around the countertop.
  • Well built - seems to be long-lasting and well designed
  • High quality - you get a good machine for the price
  • Design - lots of colors to choose from to match your kitchen.

The Bad

  • Noisy - a powerful engine at the highest speed is not going to be quiet.

Models

The KitchenAid 5 speed blender currently comes in the following model numbers:

Model
Average Consumer Rating
Number of Reviews
KSB 580CR, KSB560OB, KSB560PK
4.0
220+

These KitchenAid 5 speed blender models are basically the same, they just come in different colors. The KSB 580 comes in chrome and brushed nickel, the KSB 560OB comes in blue willow, empire red, gloss cinnamon, metallic chrome,, onyx black, silver metallic, tangerine, white, buttercup, pear, almond cream, and yellow pepper (you're sure to find a color here to match your kitchen décor), and the KSB 560PK comes in pink.


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Features

The Kitchen Aid 5 speed blender offers a nearly 1 horsepower engine (.9hp or 671 watts), making it one of the most powerful blenders on the market. Is has an electronic control panel and 5 speeds to choose from including stir, chop, mix, puree and liquefy. There is also a pulse mode and a crush ice mode. The panel is flat so that it is very easy to clean, just wipe it down. The Intelli-Speed electronic sensor will automatically adjust the speed of the blender so that it will maintain consistency even with thicker mixes.

The base is made of die-cast metal and has a patented stainless steel blade design that is set up on four levels to help ensure smooth, fast, and complete blending. The base is designed so that airflow helps to keep it cool. It is also very stable for such a powerful blender, with four rubber soles on the bottom to prevent slipping. The polycarbonate pitcher is dishwasher safe, shatter resistant and has a capacity of 56 oz. You can use easily move it around with its ergonomically easy grip handle and it has a pour spout that helps cut down on drips. The lid comes with a 2 ounce ingredient cup that pops out so that you can add additional items into the blender while it's running. The cord also retracts into the base to make for easy storage.


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For more information on any of these features, check out our Blender Reviews Buyer's Guide, which provides detailed information on what to look for when buying a blender.


GoBlendIt Consumer Reviews Summary

Summary of the most helpful positive reviews:
There are many comments about how powerful this blender is and how smoothly it blends smoothies - no chunks of ice. People also like the storage feature, where the cord goes under the blender. The blender also is said to be well made, durable and long-lasting. One reviewer liked to make thick smoothies with peanut butter (an ingredient that can cause problems with many blenders) and the KitchenAid 5 speed blender seemed to handle it well over a time period of about a year, which was when the review was posted. There were also some comments about the carafe/pitcher being leak proof with the new design. (Apparently KitchenAid redesigned the pitcher in 2008 after some leaking problems.) Many people like the flat panel control because it is so easy to clean. They also feel that the pitcher is strong - even after dropping it didn't break like a typical glass pitcher would.

Summary of the most helpful negative reviews:
Most of the negative comments talked about the pitcher leaking from the bottom; however all of these were before 2008, when KitchenAid redesigned the pitcher. The new pitcher seems to work like a charm. Owners also commented that the blender was loud on its highest setting.









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