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KitchenAid K150 Blender Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Sep 22, 2020 at 08:23 am
KitchenAid K150 Picture
8.0
Multi-Purpose
7.1
Smoothies/Protein Shakes
8.4
Ice Crushing
7.8
Soups
8.0
Professional Use
Blender Type
Full Size Blender
Power
650 W

The KitchenAid K150 is a full-sized blender designed for crushing ice. While it doesn't produce bar-quality ice in the ten seconds that the manufacturer advertises, it can still produce it quite quickly. It can also make smooth, spreadable nut butter but struggles to fully process fibrous food like kale. It doesn't have very many speeds either, and its extra features are quite limited. On the upside, this well-built blender is very easy to clean as you can put its jar, lid, and blade assemblies directly into the dishwasher for a quick clean.

Our Verdict

8.0 Multi-Purpose

The KitchenAid K150 blender is great for multi-purpose use. While it doesn't come with a personal jar for you to take smoothies with you on-the-go and has some difficulty fully processing fibrous food like kale, it does a great job of blending almonds into smooth, spreadable nut butter. You can also make bar-quality ice with it in about two minutes, and you can even hot blend, which is great if you like to make soup.

Pros
  • Dishwasher-safe.
  • Produces bar-quality ice quickly.
  • Great build quality.
Cons
  • Somewhat struggles to fully process fibrous food like kale.
  • No personal jar.
7.1 Smoothies/Protein Shakes

The KitchenAid K150 blender is decent for making smoothies and protein shakes. It can blend a smoothie in about two minutes but it struggles to fully process fibrous fruits and vegetables like kale. It has a great build quality though and it's easy to clean as the jar, blade assembly, and lid are all dishwasher-safe.

Pros
  • Dishwasher-safe.
  • Great build quality.
Cons
  • Somewhat struggles to fully process fibrous food like kale.
  • No personal jar.
8.4 Ice Crushing

The KitchenAid K150 blender is great for crushing ice. This well-built blender can make bar-quality ice in about two minutes, which is great if you like to make frozen drinks.

Pros
  • Dishwasher-safe.
  • Produces bar-quality ice quickly.
  • Great build quality.
Cons
7.8 Soups

The KitchenAid K150 blender is good for making soups. You can hot blend using this well-built blender, which is great if you love a smooth soup. However, it has a bit of a harder time fully processing fibrous fruits and vegetables like kale if raw. When you're done, you can even put the jar, lid, and blade assembly into the dishwasher for an easy clean.

Pros
  • Dishwasher-safe.
  • Great build quality.
Cons
  • Somewhat struggles to fully process fibrous food like kale.
8.0 Professional Use

The KitchenAid K150 is very good for professional use. This well-built blender can make smooth but sticky almond butter as well as bar-quality crushed ice. Its jar holds 48 ounces, which should leave plenty of room for whipping up food, and when you're done, you can put the jar, its lid, and blade assemblies in the dishwasher for a quick clean. However, it does struggle a bit more to process fibrous food.

Pros
  • Dishwasher-safe.
  • Produces bar-quality ice quickly.
  • Great build quality.
Cons
  • Somewhat struggles to fully process fibrous food like kale.
  • 8.0 Multi-Purpose
  • 7.1 Smoothies/Protein Shakes
  • 8.4 Ice Crushing
  • 7.8 Soups
  • 8.0 Professional Use
  1. Update 9/25/2020: Updated 'Other Jar' score from N/A to 0.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
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

The KitchenAid K150 blender is somewhat bulky, although it isn't as tall as the KitchenAid Diamond. That said, it's not very heavy, and it shouldn't take up too much space on your counter or in your cupboard. You can also take off its lid and jar to store separately if you don't have a lot of vertical space.

8.0
Design
Build Quality

The KitchenAid K150 blender has a great build quality. Although most of it is made from plastic, such as 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.

Design
Main Jar/Beaker
Material
BPA-Free Plastic
Jar Capacity
48.0 oz (1419.5 ml)
Beaker Capacity
N/A
Weight
1.3 lbs (0.6 kg)
Dishwasher Safe
Yes

The main jar holds 48 ounces, which is a bit smaller than the KitchenAid K400 or the KitchenAid Diamond. You can put the jar in your dishwasher's bottom rack. The lid and its center cap are also dishwasher-safe, but they need to go into the top rack.

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

The KitchenAid K150 blender doesn't come with any additional jars.

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

This blender has four sharp blades; two point downwards while two point upwards, which helps to create a vortex. While they can't be removed from the jar in order to clean them, they're dishwasher safe when put in the bottom rack.

Design
Lid
2 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. The center cap can be removed to add food mid-blend and can also be used as a measuring cup 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
Performance
Speed And Controls
Min Speed
4000 RPM
Max Speed
11600 RPM
Speed Dial
Yes
Pulse/Turbo Mode
Yes
Noise @ Max Speed
93 dB
On/Off Toggle
No

The KitchenAid K150 blender has three fixed speeds, as well as a pulse/ice crush mode. Unfortunately, unlike the KitchenAid K400, there are no increments between the speed markings, so you cannot fine-tune the speed.

8.0
Performance
Almond Butter
Preparation Time
< 7 min
Texture
Sticky
Spreadability
Good
Unprocessed Almonds/Chunks
No

The KitchenAid K150 blender makes great almond butter. It takes several minutes using both the first and second speed settings, and you may need to stop blending to scrape the almonds from the jar's sides. However, the result is a sticky and smooth almond butter that's easily spreadable on toast.

6.5
Performance
Smoothie (Best Jar)
Jar Used
Main Jar
Preparation Time
< 2 min
Texture
Foamy and Grainy

This blender makes adequate smoothies. While it takes about two minutes to blend everything together, the resulting drink is a bit foamy. The kale isn't completely processed either, giving you a grainy texture. On the upside, the motor doesn't heat up the smoothie, so it stays cool.

0
Performance
Smoothie (Other Jar)
Jar Used
No Other Jar
Preparation Time
N/A
Texture
No Other Jar

Update 09/25/2020: We discovered that the 'Other Jar' score was listed as 'N/A' and updated it to 0.

The KitchenAid K150 only comes with one jar.

8.5
Performance
Crushed Ice
Preparation Time
2 min
Ice Quality
Bar Quality

The KitchenAid K150 blender is excellent at crushing ice. It's able to produce bar-quality ice when using its pulse/ice mode in about two minutes.

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

7.5
Ease Of Use
Cleaning
Smoothie Cleaning
Simple
Almond Butter Cleaning
Difficult

The KitchenAid K150 Blender is 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 such as 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.

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

The KitchenAid K150 Blender supports hot blending, which is great for soups, but it doesn't have any other extra features.

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 two additional 16-ounce personal jars. As we haven't tested these personal jars, we don't know if they perform similarly to our test unit.

Compared To Other Blenders

The KitchenAid K150 blender is a full-sized blender that looks and performs somewhat similarly to the KitchenAid K400. However, it has noticeably fewer speeds and makes grainier smoothies as it struggles to fully process fibrous fruits and vegetables. It performs best when making bar-quality ice in around two minutes.

KitchenAid K400

The KitchenAid K400 is a better full-size blender than the KitchenAid K150. The KitchenAid K400 is more powerful, and it has a larger jar. Its build quality is better, it offers more speed settings, and it even has a self-clean program. Its smoothie performance is better too. However, the K150 is a bit more barebones in features. It has a similarly great performance to the K400 when making crushed ice or almond butter, but it can take a couple of minutes longer. It's also a bit easier to clean.

Ninja Foodi Cold & Hot Blender

The Ninja Foodi Cold & Hot Blender is a better full-size blender than the KitchenAid K150. The Ninja is more powerful, it has a better build quality, and its glass jar holds more food. It comes with more presets, and it's able to produce better almond butter and smoothies. It's also easier to clean, it has a heating element for making soups, and it even comes with a tamper to help push food into the vortex.

NutriBullet Pro

The NutriBullet Pro is a better blender for making smoothies than the KitchenAid K150. The NutriBullet is a personal-sized blender that can make a better-blended smoothie and doesn't struggle to incorporate fibrous ingredients in the mix, unlike the KitchenAid. However, the full-size KitchenAid is a lot more versatile, as it can crush ice and hot blend ingredients. The KitchenAid is also better-built, and some users may prefer that it can be used to make larger batches.

KitchenAid Diamond

The KitchenAid Diamond and the KitchenAid K150 are similarly performing full-size blenders. The Diamond comes in a variety of colors, its jar is larger, and it produces almond butter with better consistency in less time. However, the K150 feels better-built and is easier to clean.

Vitamix 5200

The Vitamix 5200 is a better overall full-size blender than the KitchenAid K150. The Vitamix feels better built, has more speed settings, and it can make almond butter, smoothies, and crushed ice with a smoother consistency in less time. It's also easier to clean and it comes with a tamper to help push food into the vortex.

Ninja Mega Kitchen System BL770

The Ninja Mega Kitchen System BL770 is a better full-size blender than the KitchenAid K150. The Ninja is more powerful, its main jar can hold more food, and it comes with two additional jars that you can take with you on the go. It also produces better smoothies, almond butter, and crushed ice. It even adjusts its speed according to the jar size, and it comes with a food processing attachment.

Hamilton Beach Power Elite Multi-Function

The KitchenAid K150 is a significantly better full-size blender than the Hamilton Beach Power Elite Multi-Function. The KitchenAid can make almond butter as well as crushed ice. It also makes a better smoothie in less time, but it's still foamy and grainy. It also has a significantly better build quality.

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