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KitchenAid KHBBV53 Blender Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Oct 28, 2020 at 08:39 am
KitchenAid KHBBV53 Picture
6.6
Multi-Purpose
6.7
Smoothies (Single Serving)
5.3
Smoothies (Multiple Servings)
2.6
Ice Crushing
7.0
Soups
5.7
Professional Use
Blender Type
Immersion Blender
Power
N/A
Hot Blending
Yes

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

6.6 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.
6.7 Smoothies (Single Serving)

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.
5.3 Smoothies (Multiple Servings)
2.6 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.
7.0 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.
5.7 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.
  • 6.6 Multi-Purpose
  • 6.7 Smoothies (Single Serving)
  • 5.3 Smoothies (Multiple Servings)
  • 2.6 Ice Crushing
  • 7.0 Soups
  • 5.7 Professional Use
  1. Updated Sep 09, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.
  2. Updated Oct 28, 2020: Review published.
  3. Updated Oct 23, 2020: Early access published.

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. If you're looking for a cordless immersion blender with a better build quality, you may prefer the Cuisinart Smart Stick Cordless Hand Blender.

2.9
Design
Jar Capacity
Main Jar Capacity
23.6 oz (698 ml)
Additional Jar Capacity
N/A
Design
Jar/Beaker Materials
Jar/Beaker Material
BPA-Free Plastic
Dishwasher Safe
Yes
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
Two-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. If you don't want to worry about battery life, the KitchenAid Variable Speed Corded Hand Blender is similarly designed.

Design
In The Box

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

Performance
7.0
Performance
Fibrous Ingredients (Small Batches)
Jar Used
Included Beaker
Fibrous Ingredients Processing
5.0
Fibrous Ingredients Texture
7.5

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.

6.6
Performance
Fibrous Ingredients (Full Capacity)
Jar Used Included Beaker
Fibrous Ingredients Processing
5.0
Fibrous Ingredients Texture
7.0

This blender doesn't come with an additional jar.

2.0
Performance
Crushed Ice
Crushed Ice Preparation
2.0
Crushed Ice Texture
2.0

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.

6.2
Performance
Nut Butter
Nut Butter Preparation
5.0
Nut Butter Texture
7.0

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.

8.5
Performance
Noise
Noise @ Max Speed
84.8 dB
Performance
Blade Speed
Min Speed
9,400 RPM
Max Speed
12,400 RPM
Speed Adjustment Based On Jar Type
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.

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

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

8.5
Ease Of Use
Cleaning

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.

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 7

The Braun MultiQuick 7 is better for making soups than the KitchenAid KHBBV53. The Braun has a significantly better build quality, makes smoother, more spreadable almond butter, and it's easier to clean when you're working with sticky ingredients. It also comes with more extra accessories, including whisk and food processing attachments, although we don't test those currently. On the other hand, the KitchenAid is battery-powered and comes with a removable guard to protect your pots and pans from scratches. 

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 better almond butter.

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.

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 Cordless Hand Blender

The KitchenAid KHBBV53 is a slightly better battery-powered blender than the Cuisinart Smart Stick Cordless Hand Blender. The KitchenAid comes with a lid for its jar and a removable blade guard to protect your non-stick pans from scratches. It's also better at making smoothies and almond butter, although neither model is ideal for those purposes. On the other hand, the Cuisinart is has a significantly better build quality and is easier to clean by hand.

Cuisinart EvolutionX RHB-100

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.

KitchenAid Variable Speed Corded Hand Blender

The KitchenAid Variable Speed Corded Hand Blender is a better blender than the KitchenAid KHBBV53. The Variable Speed Corded Hand Blender is better-built, makes a much better smoothie, and can crush ice. On the other hand, the KHBBV53 is battery-powered.

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.

KitchenAid 5-Speed Hand Blender

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.

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