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KitchenAid K150 Blender Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Updated Dec 14, 2022 at 10:05 am
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8.7
Multi-Purpose
8.7
Smoothies (Single Serving)
8.3
Smoothies (Multiple Servings)
8.1
Ice Crushing
8.6
Soups
8.1
Professional Use

The KitchenAid K150 is a compact full-size blender. It has a simple design, with three different speed presets, and comes with one 48-ounce main pitcher. There's a 2-part lid for the jar, and both components are dishwasher-safe. It's also quiet for a full-size blender.

Our Verdict

8.7 Multi-Purpose

The KitchenAid K150 blender is excellent for multi-purpose use. It offers a versatile performance and can produce great results whether you're making hot soup, smoothies, nut butter, or crushing ice for cocktails. The jar's capacity is on the small side at 48 ounces and doesn't have many speed settings. The blades can be a bit tricky to clean by hand, but they, along with the jar and lid, are dishwasher-safe.

Pros
  • Dishwasher-safe.
  • Produces bar-quality ice quickly.
  • Great build quality.
Cons
  • Smoothly blends fibrous ingredients.
  • No personal jar.
  • Somewhat small capacity.
8.7 Smoothies (Single Serving)

The KitchenAid K150 blender is excellent for single-serve smoothies. When you're working with smaller batches, ingredients can splash up the sides of the jar, so you need to use a spatula to get the best results. It's a bit more work than some blenders, but can still make a fantastic single-serve smoothie, even if your recipe includes fibrous ingredients like kale. This blender is also quiet and well-built, and its jar and lid are dishwasher-safe.

Pros
  • Dishwasher-safe.
  • Great build quality.
Cons
  • Smoothly blends fibrous ingredients.
  • No personal jar.
8.3 Smoothies (Multiple Servings)

The KitchenAid K150 is great for making multiple servings of smoothies. You can use the 48-ounce main jar to make a very smooth blend with fibrous ingredients like kale. It can also crush ice for drinks like slushies. The jar and lid are dishwasher-safe. However, it's bit hard to reach under the non-removable blades when you're cleaning it by hand. If you plan to serve a crowd, it has a relatively small capacity for a full-size blender.

Pros
  • Dishwasher-safe.
  • Great build quality.
Cons
  • Somewhat small capacity.
8.1 Ice Crushing

The KitchenAid K150 blender is great for crushing ice. This well-built blender can make bar-quality ice quickly. However, the manufacturer says not to add more than half an ice cube tray's worth of ice cubes at once, so it has a smaller capacity for ice compared to many full-size blenders, including the KitchenAid K400.

Pros
  • Dishwasher-safe.
  • Produces bar-quality ice quickly.
  • Great build quality.
Cons
  • Somewhat small capacity.
8.6 Soups

The KitchenAid K150 blender is excellent for making soups. You can hot blend using this well-built blender, which is great if you love a smooth soup. It can make a smooth, grain-free blend with fibrous ingredients like kale or broccoli. The jar's 48-ounce capacity is on the small side for a full-size blender and can be somewhat hard to clean by hand. The jar and lid are dishwasher-safe, however.

Pros
  • Dishwasher-safe.
  • Great build quality.
Cons
  • Smoothly blends fibrous ingredients.
  • Somewhat small capacity.
8.1 Professional Use

The KitchenAid K150 is great for professional use. This well-built blender is well-suited for soups and smoothies. It can hot blend, meaning you can puree ingredients directly from the pot or pan. Unfortunately, it's not the quickest or easiest for thick mixtures like nut butter or hummus. It can make bar-quality crushed ice, but the manufacturer recommends adding at most six ice cubes at once, which is a bit limiting.

Pros
  • Dishwasher-safe.
  • Produces bar-quality ice quickly.
  • Great build quality.
Cons
  • Smoothly blends fibrous ingredients.
  • Somewhat small capacity.
  • 8.7 Multi-Purpose
  • 8.7 Smoothies (Single Serving)
  • 8.3 Smoothies (Multiple Servings)
  • 8.1 Ice Crushing
  • 8.6 Soups
  • 8.1 Professional Use
  1. Updated Dec 14, 2022: Revised text to match Test Bench 1.0 results.
  2. Updated Aug 11, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.
  3. Updated Sep 25, 2020: Updated 'Other Jar' score from N/A to 0.
  4. Updated Sep 22, 2020: Review published.
  5. Updated Sep 14, 2020: Early access published.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The KitchenAid K150 blender comes in several color variants: Passion Red, Dark Gray, Matte Black, Matte Velvet Blue, Onyx Black, White, and Contour Silver. Some models come with a pair of 16-ounce personal jars. As we haven't tested these personal jars, we don't know if they perform similarly to our unit.

Compared To Other Blenders

The KitchenAid K150 is a relatively small and light full-size blender, like the Oster Pro 1200. It has a somewhat small capacity but delivers a versatile overall performance, so it's a good choice if you need a multi-purpose blender in a small kitchen. It doesn't come with a personal jar like the Oster, and it's not as good at crushing ice as the Ninja Professional Blender 1000.

If you're looking for other options, check out the best blenders, the best blenders for smoothies, and the best budget blenders.

KitchenAid K400

The KitchenAid K400 is better than the KitchenAid K150. The K400 makes a smoother blend with fibrous ingredients like kale and more uniform crushed ice. It has a bigger capacity, a better build quality, and a few automatic blending programs. On the other hand, the K150 is quieter and more compact.

Ninja Professional Plus Blender with Auto-iQ

The KitchenAid K150 is better than the Ninja Professional Plus Blender with Auto-iQ. The KitchenAid K150 is significantly better for processing small and big batches of fibrous ingredients for silky smoothies and soups. It can hot blend, it's easier to clean by hand, and it's much quieter. On the other hand, the Ninja's jar is bigger and has the edge when it comes to crushing ice.

KitchenAid Diamond

The KitchenAid Diamond is better than the KitchenAid K150 for most purposes. It makes a silkier blend with fibrous ingredients like kale, and it's easier to use for tough tasks like making nut butter. Its main jar has a bigger capacity and it's easier to clean by hand.

Vitamix Explorian E310

The Vitamix Explorian E310 is better than the KitchenAid K150. The Vitamix makes a smoother blend with fibrous ingredients, is better for crushing ice, and is better suited for tough tasks like making nut butter. It has more speed settings and is easier to clean by hand. On the other hand, the KitchenAid blender is smaller and quieter.

Ninja Foodi Power ฮ’lender & Processor System

The KitchenAid K150 and the Ninja Foodi Power Blender & Processor System have different strengths. They perform similarly, but the KitchenAid blender can blend hot ingredients. It comes with a 2-part lid so you can add ingredients mid-blend, and offers a wider range of speed settings. On the other hand, the Ninja comes with more additional jars and accessories, including a personal jar for single-serves and a dough blade. It's also better suited for crushing ice.

Vitamix 5200

The Vitamix 5200 is a better overall full-size blender than the KitchenAid K150. The Vitamix feels better built and has a better overall performance. Its main jar has a bigger capacity and comes with a tamper. On the other hand, the KitchenAid is a lighter and more compact blender.

Oster Pro 1200

The KitchenAid K150 is better for most purposes than the Oster Pro 1200. They offer fairly similar performances, but the KitchenAid is much sturdier and quieter. However, the Oster comes with a 24-ounce personal jar with a to-go lid in addition to its main jar.

Ninja Foodi Cold & Hot Blender

The Ninja Foodi Cold & Hot Blender is a little better than the KitchenAid K150. The Ninja has a bigger capacity and better ice-crushing performance. It can heat room-temperature ingredients and offers more automatic blending programs. However, the KitchenAid K150 performs similarly overall. It has a smaller 48-ounce main jar, but it's dishwasher-safe and easier to clean by hand. It's also much quieter when it's running.

Ninja Mega Kitchen System BL770

The Ninja Mega Kitchen System BL770 is a better full-size blender than the KitchenAid K150. The Ninja is sturdier and performs better for most uses, including making nut butter, crushing ice, and blending small batches of fibrous ingredients for single-serve smoothies and other recipes. On the other hand, the KitchenAid can hot blend and makes a smoother puree with bigger batches of ingredients like kale and broccoli, so it's a better choice for soups, sauces, and multiple servings of smoothies.

Ninja Professional Blender NJ601AMZ

The KitchenAid K150 is better than the Ninja Professional Blender NJ601AMZ. The KitchenAid has a better build quality and comes with a 2-part lid. It can hot blend and does a better job processing fibrous ingredients like kale. It's quieter and has more speed settings. The Ninja has a bigger capacity and can crush ice more uniformly and more quickly, but the KitchenAid is also great for crushing ice.

Ninja Professional Plus Kitchen System with Auto-iQ

The KitchenAid K150 and the Ninja Professional Plus Kitchen System with Auto-iQ have different strengths. The KitchenAid can hot blend and makes a smoother blend with fibrous ingredients, so it's better for pureed soups or multiple servings of smoothies. The Ninja comes with a pair of personal jars for making single-serve smoothies to-go. It also includes a food processing container, a chopping blade, and a dough blade, so you may prefer it if you want a blender that can help out with food processing chores.

Hamilton Beach Power Elite Multi-Function

The KitchenAid K150 is better than the Hamilton Beach Power Elite Multi-Function. The KitchenAid is better built and has better performance, especially for tough jobs like crushing ice cubes and making nut butter. It's much quieter when it's running as well.

Smeg BLF01

The KitchenAid K150 is better than the Smeg BLF01. The KitchenAid has a significantly better build quality and better performance for most purposes. It's also much quieter when it's running.

Vitamix 7500

The Vitamix 7500 is better than the KitchenAid K150. It has a better build quality, a larger capacity, and it's easier to clean by hand. It makes a smoother blend with big batches of fibrous ingredients, more snow-like crushed ice, and is easier to use for thicker recipes like nut butter. However, the KitchenAid is a smaller, lighter blender. It's quieter, and while it doesn't perform as well for most uses, it can make a smoother blend with small batches of fibrous ingredients, which is nice if you like to make single-serve smoothies with leafy greens or fruit.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Blender Type
Full Size Blender
Height
14.8" (37.6 cm)
Width 7.2" (18.2 cm)
Depth 9.1" (23.1 cm)
Weight
8.4 lbs (3.8 kg)
Shaft Length (Immersion Blenders)
N/A

Like the Oster Pro 1200, it's on the small side for a full-size blender. It's easy to store on your counter or in a cupboard.

8.0
Design
Build Quality

The KitchenAid K150 blender has great build quality. Although most of it is made from plastic, like the motor base transmission, it feels solid and better built than the KitchenAid Diamond. The jar's transmission gears are steel, while the control dial is metal. Overall, when blending, the jar feels very stable and sturdy. However, the handle doesn't feel very comfortable.

6.5
Design
Jar Capacity
Main Jar Capacity
48.0 oz (1,420 ml)
Additional Jar Capacity
N/A

The jar has a 48-ounce capacity, which is smaller than many full-size blenders, like the KitchenAid K400.

Design
Jar/Beaker Materials
Jar/Beaker Material
BPA-Free Plastic
Dishwasher Safe
Yes

The jar and lid are made of plastic. The jar and non-removable blades can go on the bottom rack of your dishwasher, while the lid and center cap are only top-rack dishwasher-safe.

Design
Blades
Blade Type
Sharp
Blade Count
4
Removable
No
Dishwasher Safe
Yes

The blade assembly has four sharp blades. While they can't be removed from the jar to clean them, they're dishwasher safe when put on the bottom rack.

Design
Lid
Two-Part Lid
Yes
Lid Closing Type
Friction

The jar's lid is made from plastic. It has rubber-like grooves on the bottom of its lip to create a friction seal. You can remove the center cap to add food mid-blend, and you can also use it as a measuring cup for up to 45ml or 1.5 ounces. You can put this lid and its center cap into your dishwasher's top rack for an easy clean.

Design
Power Cord
Stow-Away Compartment
No
Cord Length
3.0 ft (0.9 m)

The power cord is long enough to reach an outlet on your kitchen counter. However, it may not be long enough if your outlets are near the floor. There isn't a compartment to store the cable when not in use, either.

Design
In The Box

  • 48 oz jar
  • 2 part lid
  • Motor base
  • Instruction manual

Performance
9.2
Performance
Fibrous Ingredients (Small Batches)
Jar Used
Main Jar
Fibrous Ingredients Processing
8.0
Fibrous Ingredients Texture
9.5

It's incredible for small batches of fibrous ingredients. If you're making something like a single-serve smoothie with kale, ingredients can splash up the sides of the jar, so you need to use a spatula to push everything down toward the blades. It doesn't take very long and makes an extremely smooth blend.

9.1
Performance
Fibrous Ingredients (Full Capacity)
Jar Used Main Jar
Fibrous Ingredients Processing
9.5
Fibrous Ingredients Texture
9.0

It's also fantastic at processing fibrous ingredients at full capacity. If you're making a big batch of smoothies or broccoli soup, it doesn't take too long to process the ingredients and makes a very smooth puree. The result is a little grainier than when you're working with a smaller batch.

8.9
Performance
Crushed Ice
Crushed Ice Preparation
8.5
Crushed Ice Texture
9.0

This blender is excellent for crushing ice. The manufacturer recommends blending a maximum of around six ice cubes at once, so its ice capacity is smaller than most full-size blenders we've tested, including the KitchenAid K400. Still, it's easy to use to make bar-quality crushed ice to add to drinks.

8.3
Performance
Nut Butter
Nut Butter Preparation
6.5
Nut Butter Texture
9.5

The KitchenAid K150 blender is great for making nut butter. It's not the easiest or fastest process since you have to stop the blender often and use a spatula to scrape the sides of the jar. It's best to use the two slower speed presets since the fastest setting tends to fling the ingredients to the sides of the jar and away from the blades. Still, it's a reasonably easy process, and the result is very smooth and spreadable nut butter.

7.9
Performance
Noise
Noise @ Max Speed
88.6 dB

This small blender is quieter than many full-size blenders we've tested, like the NutriBullet Blender Combo or NutriBullet Rx.

Performance
Blade Speed
Min Speed
4,000 RPM
Max Speed
11,600 RPM
Power
650 W
Speed Adjustment Based On Jar Type
No

You can choose from three speed presets with the speed dial. Unfortunately, unlike the KitchenAid K400, there are no increments between the speed markings, so you cannot fine-tune the speed.

Ease Of Use
Ease Of Use
Controls And Programs
On/Off Switch
No
Speed Presets
3
Speed Dial
Yes
Hot Blending
Yes
Pulse/Turbo Mode
Yes
Programs
0
Blending Time Indicator
No
Programmable Timer
No

This blender only has a crushed ice setting. While its third speed can also be used as a cleaning cycle, we don't consider it a self-cleaning program as it's not a dedicated setting or mode. Check out the Calphalon ActiveSense if you want a blender that offers more preset programs for different types of recipes.

7.0
Ease Of Use
Cleaning

It's easy to clean. A quick rinse gets out most non-sticky food like smoothie residue and can be cleaned with a quick 60-second blend of hot water and soap. However, if you're cleaning more sticky foods like almond butter, you need a soft dish sponge to get under some parts of the lid or the jar walls. The jar can also be a little hard to clean as it has non-removable upward-pointed blades. If you want a blender that's easier to clean, check out the Ninja Foodi Cold & Hot Blender.

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