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KitchenAid KHBBV53 Blender Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Oct 28, 2020 at 08:39 am
KitchenAid KHBBV53 Picture
5.2
Multi-Purpose
4.8
Smoothies/Protein Shakes
2.8
Ice Crushing
5.5
Soups
4.0
Professional Use
Blender Type
Immersion Blender
Power
N/A

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.

Our Verdict

5.2 Multi-Purpose

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.

Pros
  • Can hot blend.
Cons
  • Fails to crush ice.
  • Struggles to fully blend fibrous ingredients like kale.
  • Sub-par build quality.
  • Can't be used while charging.
4.8 Smoothies/Protein Shakes

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.

Pros
  • Decently easy to clean.
Cons
  • Fails to crush ice.
  • Struggles to fully blend fibrous ingredients like kale.
  • Sub-par build quality.
2.8 Ice Crushing

The KitchenAid KHBBV53 is terrible for ice crushing. Ice gets trapped under the blades, so it fails to crush ice cubes.

Pros
Cons
  • Fails to crush ice.
5.5 Soups

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.

Pros
  • Can hot blend.
Cons
  • Struggles to fully blend fibrous ingredients like kale.
  • Sub-par build quality.
4.0 Professional Use

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.

Pros
  • Can hot blend.
Cons
  • Fails to crush ice.
  • Struggles to fully blend fibrous ingredients like kale.
  • Sub-par build quality.
  • Can't be used while charging.
  • 5.2 Multi-Purpose
  • 4.8 Smoothies/Protein Shakes
  • 2.8 Ice Crushing
  • 5.5 Soups
  • 4.0 Professional Use

Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
16.9" (42.8 cm)
Width 2.6" (6.5 cm)
Depth 2.6" (6.5 cm)
Weight
2.0 lbs (0.9 kg)
Shaft Length (Immersion Blenders)
8.0" (20.2 cm)

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.

5.5
Design
Build Quality

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.

Design
Main Jar/Beaker
Material
BPA-Free Plastic
Jar Capacity
23.6 oz (697.9 ml)
Beaker Capacity
N/A
Weight
0.2 lbs (0.1 kg)
Dishwasher Safe
Yes

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.

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

This blender doesn't come with an additional jar.

Design
Blades
Blade Type
Sharp
Blade Count
2
Removable
No
Dishwasher Safe
No

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.

Design
Lid
2 Part Lid
No
Lid Closing Type
Friction

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.

Design
Power Cord
Stow Away Compartment
No
Cord Length
5.9 ft (1.8 m)

This blender is battery-operated. It comes with a long charging cable, which can't be used while you're blending.

Design
In The Box

  • Manual
  • Motor body
  • Blending arm with blade
  • Pan guard
  • Charger adapter
  • Blender jar
  • Lid for blender jar

Performance
Performance
Speed And Controls
Min Speed
9400 RPM
Max Speed
12400 RPM
Speed Dial
Yes
Pulse/Turbo Mode
Yes
Noise @ Max Speed
72.8 dB
On/Off Toggle
No

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.

5.0
Performance
Almond Butter
Preparation Time
< 7 min
Texture
Dry
Spreadability
Okay
Unprocessed Almonds/Chunks
Yes

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.

5.5
Performance
Smoothie (Best Jar)
Jar Used
Main Jar
Preparation Time
< 2 min
Texture
Foamy and Grainy

The KitchenAid KHBBV53 is middling for smoothies. It makes a thin, foamy smoothie. There are grains of unprocessed kale left in the mix.

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

This blender doesn't come with an additional jar.

0
Performance
Crushed Ice
Preparation Time
0 min
Ice Quality
Failed To Crush

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.

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

The KitchenAid KHBBV53 doesn't have any programs or modes.

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

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.

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

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.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

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.

If you come across another version of this blender, let us know in the discussions so we can update our review.

Compared To Other Blenders

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.

Braun MultiQuick 5

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 a better almond butter.

Bamix Mono M133

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.

Breville Control Grip

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.

Cuisinart Smart Stick Two-Speed Hand Blender

The Cuisinart Smart Stick Two-Speed Hand Blender is a better immersion blender than the KitchenAid KHBBV53. The Cuisinart can crush ice, unlike the KitchenAid, and it does a better job making almond butter. Also, the Cuisinart is easier to clean.

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