The KitchenAid KHBBV53 is an immersion blender that can hot blend ingredients to make soups, sauces, and other foods. It's cordless, so you'll need to charge it up before you use it. Unfortunately, it doesn't have a very premium look or feel, and it can overheat or run out of battery while struggling to process tougher ingredients like nuts. You may need to use a brush to clean under the blades, but on the upside, its beaker and lid are dishwasher-safe for an easy clean.
The KitchenAid KHBBV53 is disappointing for multi-purpose use. This immersion blender can hot blend ingredients to make soups, sauces, and purees. However, it fails to crush ice, and it struggles to make almond butter and well-blended smoothies. It isn't very well-built, and you can't wash the blades in the dishwasher.
The KitchenAid KHBBV53 is poor for smoothies and protein shakes. It makes a foamy, grainy smoothie, as it struggles to fully blend tougher ingredients like kale. It fails to crush ice on its own, too. Fortunately, when you're done blending, you can easily rinse off liquid messes like smoothies for a quick clean.
The KitchenAid KHBBV53 is terrible for ice crushing. Ice gets trapped under the blades, so it fails to crush ice cubes.
The KitchenAid KHBBV53 is middling for soups. While it can hot blend ingredients, it struggles to fully incorporate fibrous ingredients like kale, resulting in a grainy blend. Also, it doesn't have a very premium build, so it doesn't feel very durable.
The KitchenAid KHBBV53 is poor for professional use. This blender doesn't feel very durable, and it may run out of battery while you're blending, which is inconvenient. It fails to crush ice and it struggles to make almond butter or a well-blended smoothie. On the upside, it can hot blend ingredients to make soups and purees.
The KitchenAid KHBBV53 is an immersion blender with a long shaft that's suitable for blending ingredients in large pots and dutch ovens. When it's not in use, you can store it in a kitchen drawer, and the shaft is detachable for easier storage.
The KitchenAid KHBBV53 has a sub-par build quality. The motor body is made of plastic, while the blending shaft is made of stainless steel. The two pieces connect using shaft clips on the motor body, which doesn't feel very premium. It also has a plastic motor base transmission and we noticed a black, oily residue around this part after our testing process.
There's also an LED light on top of the blender that indicates the battery level. It takes two hours to fully charge this blender, which the manufacturer says is enough battery to blend 25 bowls of soup. Also, the manufacturer claims that a 20-minute quick charge should give you enough power to blend one smoothie or soup. However, we don't currently test a blender's battery life and your real-life results may vary.
This blender comes with a 24-ounce jar that's ideal for making single serves. There's a thin rubber ring on the bottom of the jar that helps it stay in place while you blend. You can even wash it in the top rack of your dishwasher for an easy clean-up.
This blender doesn't come with an additional jar.
Two sharp blades are fixed to the bottom of the blending arm. They can't be removed, and they should only be hand washed according to the manual.
The jar has a simple lid that seals on with friction. Like the jar, it can be washed in the top rack of your dishwasher.
This blender is battery-operated. It comes with a long charging cable, which can't be used while you're blending. If you don't want to worry about battery life, the KitchenAid Variable Speed Corded Hand Blender is similarly designed.
The KitchenAid KHBBV53 has a pressure-sensitive speed trigger, so the harder you press, the faster its blades spin. You can also simulate a pulse mode by pressing the trigger in short bursts.
This blender is disappointing for almond butter. It makes a dry butter that's a little crunchy due to the unprocessed chunks left in the mix. It struggles to process the almonds, and it may get warm or run out of battery before the butter is fully processed.
The KitchenAid KHBBV53 is middling for smoothies. It makes a thin, foamy smoothie. There are grains of unprocessed kale left in the mix. The Cuisinart EvolutionX RHB-100 is a cordless immersion blender that blends a more uniform smoothie.
This blender doesn't come with an additional jar.
The KitchenAid KHBBV53 is terrible for crushing ice. Ice gets trapped underneath the blades, and even when you clean the blades with water, it fails to crush the ice cubes.
The KitchenAid KHBBV53 doesn't have any programs or modes.
The KitchenAid KHBBV53 is decently easy to clean. You can rinse off liquid messes like smoothies using water from your faucet. However, it can be tough to clean up after stickier messes like almond butter, as debris can get stuck underneath the blades. You may need to use a brush to get into these tough-to-reach spaces. The jar and its lid are top-rack dishwasher-safe, but you can only handwash the blades and the shaft.
This blender has a few extra features. It can hot blend ingredients, so you can use it to make soups and sauces. There's also a plastic guard attachment that you can use to help protect your non-stick pans while blending.
The KitchenAid KHBBV53 comes in seven different colors: 'Black Matte', 'Matte Charcoal Grey', 'Empire Red', 'Onyx Black', 'Passion Red', 'Blue Velvet', and 'White'. We tested the 'Empire Red' variant, and you can see the label for the model we tested here. We expect the other color variants to perform similarly.
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The KitchenAid KHBBV53 is a cordless hand blender that comes with a beaker and a plastic guard to help protect non-stick pans when you're blending. It's battery-operated, but you can't use it while it's charging. It may also run out of battery while you try to blend tougher ingredients like nuts, which is disappointing. If you're looking for more blenders, see our recommendations for the best blenders, the best blenders for smoothies, and the best blenders under $100.
The Braun MultiQuick 5 is a better immersion blender than the KitchenAid KHBBV53. The Braun is better-built, and it comes with a whisk attachment, unlike the KitchenAid. It's also easier to clean by hand, and its components are dishwasher-safe, unlike the KitchenAid. However, the KitchenAid makes better almond butter.
The Bamix Mono M133 is a better, more versatile immersion blender than the KitchenAid KHBBV53. The Bamix is better-built, and it feels more premium and durable. Also, it can crush ice, unlike the KitchenAid. However, both blenders struggle to make well-blended smoothies and spreadable almond butter.
The Breville Control Grip is a better immersion blender than the KitchenAid KHBBV53. The Breville is better-built, and it comes with lots more attachments compared to the KitchenAid. The Breville also makes a better-blended smoothie, it's easier to clean, and its shaft and blades are dishwasher-safe. However, both blenders fail to crush ice.
The Cuisinart EvolutionX RHB-100 is a better blender than the KitchenAid KHBBV53. The Cuisinart does a much better job of processing leafy greens like kale in smoothies. Its included beaker has a larger capacity, and it's easier to clean. On the other hand, the KitchenAid has a trigger button that allows you to adjust the blending speed.