KitchenAid Variable Speed Corded Hand Blender Blender Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Feb 17, 2021 at 08:51 am
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6.9
Multi-Purpose
6.9
Smoothies/Protein Shakes
5.1
Ice Crushing
8.2
Soups
6.7
Professional Use
Blender Type
Immersion Blender
Power
180 W

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.

Our Verdict

6.9 Multi-Purpose

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.

Pros
  • Makes good smoothies.
  • Can hot blend.
  • Comes with a beaker and storage lid.
Cons
  • Plasticky build quality.
  • Makes chunky almond butter.
  • Difficult to clean after making almond butter.
6.9 Smoothies/Protein Shakes

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.

Pros
  • Makes good smoothies.
  • Comes with a beaker and storage lid.
Cons
  • Plasticky build quality.
  • Makes chunky almond butter.
5.1 Ice Crushing

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.

Pros
  • Comes with a beaker and storage lid.
Cons
  • Plasticky build quality.
  • Ice can build up and jam blades.
8.2 Soups

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.

Pros
  • Makes good smoothies.
  • Can hot blend.
  • Comes with a beaker and storage lid.
Cons
  • Plasticky build quality.
6.7 Professional Use

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.

Pros
  • Makes good smoothies.
  • Can hot blend.
  • Comes with a beaker and storage lid.
  • Beaker and lid are dishwasher-safe.
Cons
  • Plasticky build quality.
  • Makes chunky almond butter.
  • Ice can build up and jam blades.
  • Difficult to clean after making almond butter.
  • 6.9 Multi-Purpose
  • 6.9 Smoothies/Protein Shakes
  • 5.1 Ice Crushing
  • 8.2 Soups
  • 6.7 Professional Use

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
16.2" (41.2 cm)
Width 2.4" (6.0 cm)
Depth 3.9" (10.0 cm)
Weight
1.8 lbs (0.8 kg)
Shaft Length (Immersion Blenders)
7.9" (20.1 cm)

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.

6.5
Design
Build Quality

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.

Design
Main Jar/Beaker
Material
BPA-Free Plastic
Jar Capacity
N/A
Beaker Capacity
24 oz (709 ml)
Weight
0.2 lbs (0.1 kg)
Dishwasher Safe
Yes

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.

Design
Additional Jar
Material
No Additional Jar
Capacity
N/A
Weight
N/A
Dishwasher Safe
No
Design
Blades
Blade Type
Sharp
Blade Count
4
Removable
No
Dishwasher Safe
No

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.

Design
Lid
2 Part Lid
No
Lid Closing Type
Friction

The jar has a dishwasher-safe lid that seals with friction.

Design
Power Cord
Stow Away Compartment
No
Cord Length
5.2 ft (1.6 m)

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.

Design
In The Box

  • Manual
  • Motor body with integrated power cable
  • Blending shaft
  • Beaker with lid
  • Plastic pan guard attachment for blending shaft

Performance
Performance
Speed And Controls
Min Speed
6400 RPM
Max Speed
11200 RPM
Speed Dial
Yes
Pulse/Turbo Mode
Yes
Noise @ Max Speed
67 dB
On/Off Toggle
No

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.

5.5
Performance
Almond Butter
Preparation Time
< 8 min
Texture
Dry
Spreadability
Bad
Unprocessed Almonds/Chunks
Yes

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.

7.5
Performance
Smoothie (Best Jar)
Jar Used
Main Jar
Preparation Time
< 3 min
Texture
Grainy

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.

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Performance
Smoothie (Other Jar)
Jar Used
No Other Jar
Preparation Time
N/A
Texture
No Other Jar
5.0
Performance
Crushed Ice
Preparation Time
5 min
Ice Quality
Poor

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.

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

This blender doesn't have any programs or modes.

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

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.

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 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.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

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.

If your model is different or you come across another variant, please let us know in the discussions so we can update our review.

Compared To Other Blenders

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 single-serve blenders.

Vitamix Immersion Blender

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.

Braun MultiQuick 9

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.

NutriBullet Immersion Blender

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.

All-Clad KZ750DGT

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.

KitchenAid KHBBV53

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 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.

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