The KitchenAid Variable Speed Corded Hand Blender (KHBV53) is an immersion blender that comes in a variety of bright colors. It's the corded variant of the KitchenAid KHBBV53, and it has a trigger button that allows you to control the blending speed. You can use it to blend hot, cooked ingredients into soups and sauces, and it also makes good smoothies. While it can make crushed ice, it has a poor texture. It also struggles to process almonds into smooth, spreadable butter. It comes with a 24-ounce beaker you can blend directly inside, as well as a storage lid and a plastic pan guard.
The KitchenAid Variable Speed Hand Blender is okay for multi-purpose use. It makes a good smoothie, and you can use it for hot blending. It can crush ice, but it makes chunky, non-uniform almond butter. It can also be difficult to clean if you've been working with sticky ingredients.
The KitchenAid Variable Speed Hand Blender is alright for making smoothies and protein shakes. It makes a grainy but good smoothie with no chunks. If you like your drinks frozen, it can also process ice cubes into coarse crushed ice. However, it has a mediocre, plasticky build quality.
The KitchenAid Variable Speed Hand Blender is disappointing for crushing ice. It makes crushed ice with a poor texture, and during the process, ice tends to build up under its blades, which causes them to jam until you clean it off.
The KitchenAid Variable Speed Hand Blender is great for making soups. You can use it to blend hot ingredients. It can incorporate leafy greens like kale into a good smoothie, so it shouldn't have much issue with softer, cooked ingredients. Its build quality doesn't feel very premium, but it's usually very easy to clean.
The KitchenAid Variable Speed Hand Blender is adequate for professional use. It can crush ice and make a good smoothie but produces chunky, unevenly-blended almond butter. Cleaning it is fairly easy, and its jar and lid are dishwasher-safe. Unfortunately, it doesn't have the best build quality.
The KitchenAid Variable Speed Hand Blender has a long shaft that should easily reach the bottom of most pots and dutch ovens. The shaft can be removed to make it easier to store.
The KitchenAid KHBV53 has an okay build quality. The blade shaft is made of stainless steel with a plastic top. In contrast, the transmission is made of cheap-feeling plastic. The blade shaft can be easily clipped onto the transmission. The handle has a trigger-style button that increases the blending speed the harder you push. It's fairly small and compact, but it could become tiring to hold onto if you're doing a lot of blending. The beaker and lid are made of thin plastic.
The KitchenAid KHBV53 comes with a 24-ounce beaker. It has a thin rubber ring around its base that helps stop it from moving around while blending. It comes with a lid, so you can easily store whatever you make. The beaker and lid are top-rack dishwasher-safe.
This blender has two horizontal blades as well as two shorter ones in the middle of the blade assembly that point upwards. The stainless steel blending shaft should only be hand-washed using hot, soapy water.
The jar has a dishwasher-safe lid that seals with friction.
The power cord is fairly long, so it should be able to reach an outlet near your counter without much issue. Unfortunately, there's no stowaway compartment or way to store the cable when it's not in use.
The KitchenAid KHBV53 has a trigger switch that allows you to control the speed of the blender by how hard you push it. The harder you push, the faster it goes. You can also press the button in short bursts to simulate a pulse mode. At maximum speed, it's fairly quiet for an immersion blender.
This KitchenAid KHBV53 is sub-par for making almond butter. It makes a chunky, non-uniform butter with some pockets that are well-blended and some that are dry and chunky. The blades can send pieces of almonds flying up at the beginning of the process, so if you're blending in the beaker, you may want to use your hand to cover the top of it. After a few minutes of blending, nut butter tends to build up under the blades, which can cause the motor to stop running until you clean it out with a spoon or spatula. Take a look at the NutriBullet Immersion Blender if you want something that does a better job of processing almonds.
The KitchenAid Variable Speed Hand Blender makes a good smoothie. After a few minutes of blending, it produces a cold smoothie with no chunks of banana or big pieces of kale. However, it has a grainy and somewhat airy texture. You may want to hold the blender at an angle to help get all the ingredients processed.
The KitchenAid KHBV53 is disappointing for crushing ice. A lot of ice forms behind the blades as they process the cubes. It's not easy to remove with a spatula, so you may want to use hot water. However, unlike the cordless KitchenAid KHBBV53, this blender has two short blades that point upwards and seem to help grip the ice. Most of the cubes are crushed after roughly five minutes.
This blender doesn't have any programs or modes.
The KitchenAid Variable Speed Hand Blender is reasonably easy to clean. You can put the beaker and lid on the top rack of your dishwasher, but the blade shaft needs to be washed by hand. If you've been blending something liquidy like a smoothie, it's very easy to rinse clean with water. It's more difficult to deal with stickier messes, as you may need to use a sponge to remove debris from under the blades. You should be careful during this step because it's easy to cut yourself on the two smaller blades that stick upwards.
This blender doesn't have many extra features. It can blend hot ingredients, so you can use it to make soups or sauces. It also comes with a plastic pan guard that attaches to the bottom of the blade assembly and is intended to protect your pots and pans from being damaged by the blades.
The KitchenAid KHBV53 is available in a variety of colors: 'Onyx Black', 'Aqua Sky', 'Empire Red', 'Ice', 'Matte Black', 'Matte Charcoal Grey', 'Passion Red', 'Pistachio', 'White', 'Ink Blue'. We tested the 'Onyx Black' variant, but we expect the different color variants to perform similarly to our model. You can see the label for the unit we tested here. There's also a cordless variant, the KitchenAid KHBBV53, but it performs differently and we tested it separately.
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The KitchenAid KHBV53 is an immersion blender that comes with a plastic pan guard, a 24-ounce beaker, and a matching lid. It's fairly versatile and does a better job of processing leafy greens like kale in smoothies than many hand blenders we've tested, like the Bamix Mono M133. It has a similar design to the cordless KitchenAid KHBBV53, but has four blades instead of two and performs better for most uses. If you want other options, see our lists of the best immersion blenders, the best mini blenders, and the best personal blenders.
The NutriBullet Immersion Blender and the KitchenAid Variable Speed Corded Hand Blender have different strengths and which you may prefer depends on your preferences. Both models make good smoothies, but the NutriBullet is better for crushing ice and making almond butter. It also comes with a whisk attachment, although we don't currently test it. On the other hand, the KitchenAid comes with a jar you can use for blending, a storage lid, and a pan guard to protect pots and pans that have a non-stick coating.
The KitchenAid Variable Speed Corded Hand Blender is a better blender than the Braun MultiQuick 9. The KitchenAid does a better job of processing leafy greens like kale and makes a significantly better smoothie. It crushes ice faster and comes with a bigger jar and a matching lid. On the other hand, the Braun has a much better build quality, and its blades are dishwasher-safe, so it's easier to clean.
The All-Clad KZ750DGT is a better blender than the KitchenAid Variable Speed Corded Hand Blender for mixed-use. The All-Clad makes spreadable almond butter and does a better job of crushing ice. On the other hand, the KitchenAid feels more sturdy and does a better job of incorporating leafy greens like kale into smoothies.
The KitchenAid Variable Speed Corded Hand Blender is better for most purposes than the Cuisinart Smart Stick Cordless Hand Blender. The KitchenAid makes much better-blended smoothies and does a significantly better job crushing ice and making almond butter. On the other hand, you may prefer the Cuisinart's cordless design. It's also much easier to clean by hand, but it has worse overall performance.
The KitchenAid Variable Speed Corded Hand Blender is a better blender than the Vitamix Immersion Blender for most uses. The KitchenAid makes a much better smoothie and can crush ice. It also comes with a beaker and lid. On the other hand, the Vitamix has a better build quality and a longer blending shaft.
The KitchenAid Variable Speed Corded Hand Blender is better for soups than the KitchenAid 5-Speed Hand Blender. The Variable Speed Corded Hand Blender incorporates kale into smoothies better and has a higher maximum speed setting. However, the 5-Speed Hand Blender is more versatile. It's significantly better at making almond butter and crushed ice and comes with several blade assemblies and a much wider variety of accessories, including whisk and food processing attachments, although we don't test those currently.
The Bamix Mono M133 is a better blender than the KitchenAid Variable Speed Corded Hand Blender for mixed-use. The Bamix has a significantly better build quality and can produce bar-quality crushed ice. It also makes more spreadable almond butter, although it takes a longer time. Nevertheless, the KitchenAid makes a much better smoothie.
The KitchenAid Variable Speed Corded Hand Blender is better for making soups than the Braun MultiQuick 7. The KitchenAid does a better job of processing leafy greens like kale in smoothies and comes with a removable guard to protect your pots and pans from scratches. On the other hand, the Braun comes with a wide variety of extra accessories, including food processing and whisk attachments, although we don’t test those currently. It’s also much better-built and makes smoother, more spreadable almond butter.