KitchenAid products are solid, functional and lovely to look at. My KitchenAid blender has been used to blend homemade soups, chop nuts (such as pine nuts, walnuts, almonds), make breadcrumbs and chop herbs. I’ve also used it for making smoothies and milkshakes.
For any recipe that calls for some chopping or blending I just throw the ingredients in and switch it on. It’s even sturdy enough to break up ice – its ice-crushing ability is amazing to watch! I was a little scared to use this setting at first as some inferior blenders can’t crush ice very well. But this blender had no trouble at all. I’ve even used it to break up frozen chocolate, and again I experienced no problems. Basically, this blender takes all the hassle out of chopping and blending by hand. You do need a small spatula to get all the food out of the glass container but it’s easy to do and the glass jar is big enough to get inside to scrape the food out.
It’s very sturdy and substantial with a quiet but powerful motor that sounds reassuringly reliable. The top that fits over the jar fits snugly so that no food can escape, even on the top speed setting Some people have remarked that it’s a little too heavy to lift in and out of cupboards and it’s possible that you just might have a problem with that. However I leave mine on my worktop as its really nice to look at – the red model goes nicely with my red, green and cream kitchen.
This blender is easy to wash after use but like all machines with chopping blades you have to be very careful and make sure you don’t accidentally swipe your hand across one of the blades! The machine can be dismantled down to its main parts so that you can clean in places where food might have lodged over time.
It is a little more expensive that some other makes and models but it’s proved very reliable and is still going strong after 6 years and it still looks like new.
Find it: KitchenAid Artisan 1.5 Litre Blender