The Bottom Line
- One-piece pitcher makes cleaning easy
- Motor is powerful enough to easily crush ice
- Motor adjusts according to thickness of ingredients
- Polycarbonate pitcher is lightweight and shatterproof
- 56-ounce jar might seem too big for some
- Some users have reported leaks in the base
- 0.9 Horsepower motor
- Motor is designed to start slowly to prevent splattering, and adjusts to thickness of food to maintain consistent speed
- Modes include Stir, Chop, Mix, Puree, Liquify, Crush Ice and Pulse
- Die-cast metal base
- One-piece, dishwasher-safe polycarbonate pitcher
- 56-ounce capacity
- Available in numerous colors and finishes
- 1-year replacement warranty
Guide Review - KitchenAid 5-Speed Blender KSB-560
It's tempting when shopping for an appliance like a blender to opt for a less-expensive choice. How different could two blenders be, after all? The answer, when comparing KitchenAid's 5-speed blender to a less-pricey model, is: very different.
KitchenAid claims its blenders are the most powerful on the market, and that's not hard to believe. This blender has a 0.9 horsepower motor (about 670 watts) that purees foods quickly and evenly. The motor starts slowly, eliminating splatters, and adjusts to the resistance of the food, maintaining consistent speed without straining. This means that food is quickly pureed to the consistency you want, before the heat from the motor started heating up the food, a problem with some blenders.
But the true test of a good blender is its ice-crushing ability. This model pulverizes ice effortlessly, a task many inferior blenders have trouble with. Even back-to-back batches of margaritas didn't seem to tax the motor.
Although I typically prefer a glass jar, because they don't stain or retain odors, KitchenAid's polycarbonate jar is sturdy, scratch-resistant and stain-resistant, and its light weight makes it easy to handle, even when filled to capacity. And, at 56 ounces, the capacity is a doozy. Some might think the jar is a little big for their needs (that's 7 cups), but you'll probably be thankful of the size during your next party.
This blender is also loaded with smart features and design elements. The one-piece construction of the jar means you don't have to disassemble the base to clean it. And the lid doubles as a 2-ounce measure.
At around $100 to $120, the KitchenAid blender is not cheap. But it's a good choice for someone who wants a reliable, sturdy machine that won't disappoint during tough tasks.