KitchenAid 3-Speed Hand Blender
The KitchenAid 3-Speed Hand Blender includes many impressive features as well as a couple of less-than-impressive features. Still, it has received rather positive consumer reviews and is an immersion blender which I am happy to recommend.
Along with the regular abilities and limitations of a hand-held immersion blender, this article will take a look at what makes this particular blender different from the rest. I will investigate its positive and its negative aspects, so that you may compare it with the information you have read about other immersion blenders as you work toward selecting the right blender for your needs. If you are interested in learning more about the regular abilities and limitations of hand-held immersion blenders, please feel free to visit the informational sections we have worked into this website.
Attachments and Extras
As you may or may not know, the wand (or handle) of an immersion blender is also its power source – it is where the motor is held. In addition to this piece, you will receive a blending attachment, a whisking attachment, a chopping bowl, a beaker, and a cloth bag.
Let’s discuss the blending attachment first and move forward from there. Like many other immersion blenders, the 3-Speed Hand Blender combines both liquid blending and slicing blades to simultaneously mix and break down liquids and solids.
The whisking attachment, like the blending attachment, is made completely of stainless steel and is dishwasher safe. This attachment is wonderfully helpful in creating meringues, whipped cream, and other delicious toppings.
The chopping bowl features a rod with two blades which extends from the bottom of the bowl to the top and sticks up out of the lid just far enough that the end of your blender’s wand can lock onto it. Once you’ve locked on to the blade rod, simply turn on any of the three speed settings and watch the contents of the chopping bowl break down into smaller and smaller pieces.
I want to go on record as saying that, although the beaker and the carrying bag make this set look larger and imply extra value, they really do not add much value at all. In fact, the beaker is simply a glorified measuring cup without a handle. Personally, I would rather work inside of an actual measuring cup since it is easier to move around. Secondly, although it is nice to have somewhere to store the entire ensemble together, the bag really isn’t necessary and probably will not be used by many consumers.
Making Your Life Easier
Of course, the purpose of any kitchen appliance, large or small, is to make your life easier. In fact, most appliance companies compete on the basis of whose products make your life the easiest. I mean, why would you purchase a product from Company X if Company Y sells a similar product which is even easier to use? KitchenAid decided to employ three main strategies to improve the design of this particular immersion blender, in an attempt to place it above the rest in terms of ease of use.
First, they included a 5-foot cord with this blender so that you may waltz around your kitchen without worrying about the locations of electrical outlets versus the locations of your desired food-prep station. Personally, I prefer cordless immersion blenders. I like to know that I will not get tangled up in a cord and that my children won’t trip over it as they inevitably run through the kitchen at warp speed. Also, I worry about using a corded immersion blender inside pots on a stove – I just do not trust my ability not to set the cord on fire. Nevertheless, for those who prefer the lighter weight of corded immersion blenders, it is quite nice to know that this particular one features an incredibly long cord.
A second convenience feature is the soft grip, no-slip handle. One thing I have struggled with in the past when it comes to immersion blenders is just how slippery they can get. Even if I keep them impeccably clean, I find that my hands quickly grow sweaty and I often lose grip of immersion blenders with plastic or stainless steel handles. Some sort of rubbery/silicone material has been worked into the wand handle of this KitchenAid Hand Blender to ensure that a strong grip is easy and comfortable no matter how slippery your hands may be.
The final, and perhaps best, convenience feature is that 8-inch blending arm. I’ve seen my share of immersion blenders and, let me tell you, many of them are 8-inches in total length – including the wand handle and the blending arm. A long blending arm such as this one, as well as a deep-reaching whisk, means that you can work more easily within deep bowls and pots when blending ingredients for things such as soup and chili.
No Easy Release
What is a human-made product if it does not contain some sort of flaw? The KitchenAid Hand Blender is no different. Despite all of the wonderful ways in which this blender rises above the rest in terms of convenience, there is one major way which it does not.
Whereas many other hand-held blenders allow you to simply and easily click attachments into place and release them with the push of a button, this KitchenAid blender requires you to push and twist them into place, then twist and pull to remove them.
Consumers have complained about this feature, stating that they have, on more than one occasion, believed the attachments were secured when, in fact, they were not. Apparently, such mistakes can create quite a large mess in the kitchen. Similarly, consumers have complained that trying to remove attachments with slick (often batter-covered) hands is next to impossible.
Although this blender features some rather impressive convenience factors as well as some interesting attachments, there isn’t much to place it so far above other blenders on the market that it should be so high-priced. Perhaps if it contained a 300 or 400-watt motor I could understand.
The blending attachment, whisking attachment and chopping bowl are all rather normal for immersions blenders which are $20 to $30 less expensive, as is the 200 to 250-watt motor. The beaker and the bag do not add much value, so they won’t be counted into this equation. So far, this blender is less desirable than the others on the basis of its price.
Its value increases when we factor in the long 5-foot cord and the long 8-inch attachments. However, it falls back down again when we consider that an easy-release button has not been built in for the attachments.
Overall, I must say that there is no reason I will not recommend this blender. However, I do believe that it will be possible to find a better, or at least an equivalent, immersion blender for a fraction of the price.