KitchenAid 5-Speed Hand Blender Blender Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Jul 06, 2021 at 08:55 am
KitchenAid 5-Speed Hand Blender Picture
7.1
Multi-Purpose
6.9
Smoothies/Protein Shakes
6.3
Ice Crushing
7.0
Soups
6.4
Professional Use
Blender Type
Immersion Blender
Power
220 W

The KitchenAid 5-Speed Hand Blender is a corded immersion blender with a five-speed dial. It comes with a 33-ounce jar and lid, can hot blend, and it makes decent smoothies. It comes with three blade assemblies, each intended for different purposes, like crushing ice or frothing milk, as well as whisk and food processing attachments, although we don't currently test them. There's also a plastic case for storing the blender and all of its parts. It's sometimes hard to clean the bell-shaped blade assemblies by hand, but fortunately, the blades, jar, and lid are all top-rack dishwasher-safe.

Our Verdict

7.1 Multi-Purpose

The KitchenAid 5-Speed Hand Blender is decent for multi-purpose use. It can blend hot ingredients and make decent smoothies. It can also crush ice and make almond butter, although it's not ideal for those purposes. There are several blade assemblies and attachments included, advertised for different uses like chopping, whisking, and frothing, though we don't currently test them. Unfortunately, it doesn't feel very well-built. The blades are difficult to clean by hand when working with sticky ingredients, and the speed dial can be hard to use if your hands are wet or oily.

Pros
  • Dishwasher-safe.
  • Makes decent smoothies.
Cons
  • Plasticky build quality.
  • Blades can be difficult to clean by hand.
6.9 Smoothies/Protein Shakes

The KitchenAid 5-Speed Hand Blender is okay for making smoothies and protein shakes. It comes with a jar you can use for blending and takes roughly four minutes to make a decent smoothie, although it doesn't completely liquify kale. It's really easy to clean when you're working with liquid ingredients, and you can wash the blade assemblies, jar, and lid on the top rack of your dishwasher.

Pros
  • Makes okay crushed ice.
  • Makes decent smoothies.
Cons
  • Plasticky build quality.
  • Smoothies have a somewhat grainy texture.
6.3 Ice Crushing

The KitchenAid 5-Speed Hand Blender is mediocre for ice crushing. It doesn't take too long to make crushed ice with an okay texture, which is nice if you like to make frozen drinks or add it to smoothies. Unfortunately, it's not very well-built since it's mostly made of cheap-feeling plastic.

Pros
  • Makes okay crushed ice.
Cons
  • Plasticky build quality.
7.0 Soups

The KitchenAid 5-Speed Hand Blender is decent for making soups. You can use it to blend hot ingredients directly in a pot or pan, and it comes with a guard to protect your cookware from scratches. It can incorporate kale into a decent smoothie, and it's easy to clean when working with liquid ingredients. There's also a 33-ounce jar you can use for blending or storing what you make that comes with a two-part lid. Unfortunately, this blender doesn't have a very good build quality.

Pros
  • Hot blends.
Cons
  • Plasticky build quality.
6.4 Professional Use

The KitchenAid 5-Speed Hand Blender isn't bad for professional use. It's not very well-built, and it's difficult to clean by hand when working with sticky ingredients. On the plus side, it comes with a jar you can use for blending with a lid. It delivers a fairly versatile performance since it makes a decent smoothie, and you can use it to blend hot ingredients. It also makes passable, spreadable almond butter and crushed ice with an okay texture.

Pros
  • Hot blends.
  • Big 33-ounce jar.
Cons
  • Plasticky build quality.
  • Blades can be difficult to clean by hand.
  • 7.1 Multi-Purpose
  • 6.9 Smoothies/Protein Shakes
  • 6.3 Ice Crushing
  • 7.0 Soups
  • 6.4 Professional Use
  1. Updated Jul 06, 2021: Review published.
  2. Updated Jun 29, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
15.6" (39.6 cm)
Width 2.5" (6.4 cm)
Depth 3.5" (9.0 cm)
Weight
2.0 lbs (0.9 kg)
Shaft Length (Immersion Blenders)
7.9" (20.1 cm)

The KitchenAid 5-Speed Hand Blender is a compact immersion blender with a long blending shaft that you can use to blend directly in pots and pans. It should easily fit in most kitchen drawers when not in use, and the shaft is detachable for easier storage.

6.5
Design
Build Quality

The KitchenAid 5-Speed Hand Blender has an okay build quality. The blending arm is stainless steel, but the mechanism that connects it to the motor base is cheap-feeling plastic. The twist-on connection between the bell-shaped blade attachments and the blending shaft is also plastic, as well as the jar, lid, and blade guards. The handle is rubberized to help make it easier to grip, but unfortunately, the speed dial doesn't rotate very smoothly and may be hard to turn if you have wet or oily hands.

Design
Main Jar/Beaker
Material
BPA-Free Plastic
Jar Capacity
33.8 oz (999.6 ml)
Beaker Capacity
N/A
Weight
0.4 lbs (0.2 kg)
Dishwasher Safe
Yes

The KitchenAid 5-Speed Hand Blender comes with a jar with a capacity of just over 33 ounces (one liter). It has measuring marks in mL and cups, and there's an anti-slip ring under its base to help prevent it from sliding around on your counter. The jar and two-part lid are both top-rack dishwasher-safe.

Design
Additional Jar
Material
No Additional Jar
Capacity
N/A
Weight
N/A
Dishwasher Safe
No

The KitchenAid 5-Speed Hand Blender doesn't come with an additional jar. There's a bowl for the food processor attachment, but it's only intended for use with the chopper blade and isn't considered an additional jar.

Design
Blades
Blade Type
Sharp
Blade Count
4
Removable
Yes
Dishwasher Safe
Yes

The KitchenAid 5-Speed Hand Blender comes with three interchangeable blade assemblies. They all have blades fixed to a bell-shaped assembly that twists onto the bottom of the blending shaft. The multi-purpose blade assembly (pictured) has four sharp blades and is advertised for purposes like liquifying fruit and making gravy. There's also an 'S-blade', which is advertised for purposes like crushing ice and making frosting while the 'frother/beater blade' is intended for mixing batter or frothing milk. There's also a food processing attachment with its own blade assembly. However, we only tested the S-blade and the multi-purpose blade. You can clean all blade assemblies on the top rack of your dishwasher.

Design
Lid
2 Part Lid
Yes
Lid Closing Type
Friction

The KitchenAid 5-Speed Hand Blender's jar has a two-part lid that seals with friction. The plastic middle part can be used as a measuring cup and has markings at one and two ounces. It's also top-rack dishwasher-safe.

Design
Power Cord
Stow Away Compartment
No
Cord Length
5.2 ft (1.6 m)

The KitchenAid 5-Speed Hand Blender has a fairly long cord that should easily reach an outlet near your counter. There's no stowaway compartment for the cord, but you can use the built-in strap to wrap it up for easier storing.

Design
In The Box

  • KitchenAid 5-Speed Hand Blender motor body
  • Blending arm
  • Jar with two-part lid
  • Chopper bowl and blades
  • Gear box for chopper bowl (adapter)
  • Whisk attachment and adapter
  • Multi-purpose blade assembly
  • S-blade assembly
  • Frother/beater blade assembly
  • 3x bell blade guards
  • Pan guard
  • Storage case
  • Manual

Performance
Performance
Speed And Controls
Min Speed
5,800 RPM
Max Speed
10,500 RPM
Speed Dial
Yes
Pulse/Turbo Mode
Yes
Noise @ Max Speed
80.8 dB
On/Off Toggle
No

The KitchenAid 5-Speed Hand Blender has a power button and a speed dial with five settings on top of its handle. You have to hold down the power button continuously to blend, and it's possible to turn the dial to change the speed at the same time. You can also simulate a pulse mode by pressing and releasing the power button in short intervals. Unfortunately, at max speed, it's loud for an immersion blender.

6.0
Performance
Almond Butter
Preparation Time
< 10 min
Texture
Dry
Spreadability
Ok
Unprocessed Almonds/Chunks
Yes

The KitchenAid 5-Speed Hand Blender makes passable almond butter using the 'S-blade'. The blades can send almonds flying at initial contact, so you may want to cover the jar with your hand to avoid a mess. It takes some time for the blender to incorporate the almonds into a butter-like mixture, but unlike the KitchenAid KHBBV53, the blades don't jam up and stop during the process. However, you have to stop the blender every so often to clean under the blades. After about 10 minutes, the result is dry but spreadable almond butter with some unprocessed chunks.

7.0
Performance
Smoothie (Best Jar)
Jar Used
Main Jar
Preparation Time
< 4 min
Texture
Foamy and Grainy

The KitchenAid 5-Speed Hand Blender makes a decent smoothie. We started using the third speed setting and then increased to maximum speed to incorporate the kale. Because of the bell-shaped blade assembly, you may need to hold the blender at an angle to ensure that the ingredients get pulled into the blades. The result looks grainy and has a somewhat airy texture, but it's uniformly processed and cold.

0
Performance
Smoothie (Other Jar)
Jar Used
No Other Jar
Preparation Time
N/A
Texture
No Other Jar
6.5
Performance
Crushed Ice
Preparation Time
4 min
Ice Quality
Okay

The KitchenAid 5-Speed Hand Blender is okay for crushed ice. Using the S-shaped blade assembly, it can process the ice cubes quite quickly. You may need to hold the blender at an angle to get everything processed. The manufacturer says you can also use the multi-purpose blade for crushing ice, but unfortunately, it fails to crush the ice.

Ease Of Use
Ease Of Use
Programs / Modes
Crushed Ice
No
Self-Clean Program
No
Single Serve
No
Timer
No

The KitchenAid 5-Speed Hand Blender doesn't have any programs or modes.

7.0
Ease Of Use
Cleaning
Smoothie Cleaning
Simple
Almond Butter Cleaning
Difficult

The KitchenAid 5-Speed Hand Blender is decently easy to clean. If you're working with liquidy ingredients like a smoothie, a quick rinse with water is all you need. Unfortunately, when you're working with sticky ingredients like almond butter, food tends to get caught in the rubber seal where the bell blade assembly connects to the blending shaft, which may require some scrubbing with a sponge to clean.

Ease Of Use
Extra Features
Hot Blending
Yes
Additional Jugs
No
Juicer Attachment
No
Food Processing Attachment
Yes
Heating Element
No
Noise Dome
No
Tamper
No
Vacuum Pump
No
Speed Adjustment Based On Jar Size
No

The KitchenAid 5-Speed Hand Blender has quite a few extra features. It can blend hot ingredients, so you can use it to make soup and sauces. There are three blade assemblies, including an 'S-blade' advertised for making soups and crushed ice, a 'frother/beater blade' for frothing milk or mixing batter, as well as the 'multi-purpose blade' intended for mincing and shredding foods like cooked meat. There are guards for each blade assembly so you can safely store them, and another blade guard you can use while blending to protect your pots and pans from scratches.

There's also a whisk attachment advertised for making foods like whipped cream and a chopper bowl and blade for food processing tasks like making breadcrumbs or salsa. To use these attachments, you need to detach the blending shaft from the motor body before connecting the whisk or chopper using the respective adapter. The blender comes with a storage case with room for all of its parts and accessories.

Currently, we don't test any of the accessories or blades, except for the S-blade and multi-purpose blade. All the attachments and blades are top-rack dishwasher-safe, except for the adapters for the whisk and chopper attachments, which should be hand-washed.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The KitchenAid 5-Speed Hand Blender KHB2561 is available in a few colors: 'Coco Silver', 'Onyx Black', and 'Contour Silver'. We tested the 'Contour Silver' variant, and you can see the label for the unit we tested here.

There's also a 'Brushed Stainless Steel' variant with an additional longer blending shaft. We haven't tested the blender using this 13" blending shaft and don't know how it may affect the blender's performance, but otherwise, we expect that model to perform similarly to our unit. If you come across another variant or your blender is different, please let us know in the discussions below, and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Blenders

The KitchenAid 5-Speed Hand Blender is a corded hand blender with a lot of extra accessories. Unlike most immersion blenders, it comes apart in two places. You can remove the blending shaft to use the food processing and whisk attachments while the bell-shaped blade assemblies twist on and off the bottom of the blending shaft. This blender makes decent smoothies and has a fairly versatile overall performance, similar to models like the NutriBullet Immersion Blender or the All-Clad KZ750DGT.

If you want to see other options, check out our lists of the best immersion blenders, the best mini blenders, and the best blenders.

Bamix Mono M133

The Bamix Mono M133 is better for soups than the KitchenAid 5-Speed Hand Blender. The Bamix has a much better build quality, and its maximum speed setting is faster. It's also much easier to clean by hand and make crushed ice with a better texture. On the other hand, the KitchenAid makes better-blended smoothies and comes with more accessories, including a food processing attachment, although we don't test it currently. The blending shaft is also detachable, unlike the Bamix's, which some may prefer.

Braun MultiQuick 7

The KitchenAid 5-Speed Hand Blender is better for most purposes than the Braun MultiQuick 7. Both models come with a food processor attachment and extra blades advertised for different purposes, but the KitchenAid does a better job of incorporating kale into smoothies. It can also crush ice and comes with a case for storing all of its parts. Nevertheless, the Braun has a much better build quality, and it's easier to clean when you're working with sticky ingredients.

Braun MultiQuick 9

The KitchenAid 5-Speed Hand Blender is better for making soups than the Braun MultiQuick 9. The KitchenAid does a better job of incorporating kale into smoothies, and its jar comes with a two-part lid. It also makes crushed ice with a better texture and comes with many accessories, including a food processing attachment, although we don't currently test it. On the other hand, the Braun has a much better build quality and is easier to clean when working with sticky ingredients.

KitchenAid Variable Speed Corded Hand Blender

The KitchenAid Variable Speed Corded Hand Blender is better for soups than the KitchenAid 5-Speed Hand Blender. The Variable Speed Corded Hand Blender incorporates kale into smoothies better and has a higher maximum speed setting. However, the 5-Speed Hand Blender is more versatile. It's significantly better at making almond butter and crushed ice and comes with several blade assemblies and a much wider variety of accessories, including whisk and food processing attachments, although we don't test those currently.

KitchenAid KHBBV53

The KitchenAid 5-Speed Hand Blender is better for most purposes than the KitchenAid KHBBV53. The 5-Speed Hand Blender has a significantly better build quality and does a much better job of incorporating kale into smoothies. It can also crush ice, makes more spreadable almond butter, and comes with more accessories, including whisk and food processing attachments; we don't currently test them. It comes with a bigger jar, and most of its parts are top-rack dishwasher-safe. The KHBBV53 is battery-powered, which some may prefer, and also comes in more colors.

KitchenAid K400

The KitchenAid K400 and the KitchenAid 5-Speed Hand Blender have different strengths, and you may prefer either one depending on your needs. Both models can blend hot ingredients, but the K400 is a full-size blender that makes much smoother, more spreadable almond butter and crushed ice with a better texture. It also takes less time to make a smoothie. On the other hand, the 5-Speed Hand Blender is an immersion blender that you can use to blend hot ingredients directly in a pot or pan. It also comes with a variety of extra blades and accessories, including food processing and whisk attachments, although we don't test those currently. 

NutriBullet Immersion Blender

The NutriBullet Immersion Blender is better for soups than the KitchenAid 5-Speed Hand Blender. The NutriBullet has a significantly better build quality and does a much better job of incorporating kale into a well-blended smoothie. It's much easier to clean and has a faster maximum speed setting. On the other hand, the KitchenAid comes with more accessories. There's a 33-oz jar you can use for blending with a matching two-part lid. Also included are a pan guard, blade guards, and whisk and food processing attachments, although we don't test them currently. It also comes with a case to store all the parts.

All-Clad KZ750DGT

The KitchenAid 5-Speed Hand Blender is better for making soups than the All-Clad KZ750DGT. The KitchenAid has a significantly better build quality, comes with a jar you can use for blending, and does a better job of incorporating kale into smoothies. It also comes with many accessories, including whisk and food processor attachments, although we don't test them currently. On the other hand, the All-Clad is easier to clean when you're working with sticky ingredients and makes crushed ice with a better texture.

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