For a long time I had a cheap stand-alone blender from my local Wilko’s. It did the job, but was a pain to clean and gathered dust better than a vacuum. Then it broke.
I went quite a while without a replacement, but the time came when I got fed up of very lumpy soups. I set out for John Lewis. I’d decided to go for a hand blender so it could be stored away rather than taking up surface space.
Based on my excellent experience with KitchenAid’s Artisan Mixer, I opted for their Almond Cream hand blender. As with the mixer, it’s more costly than other hand blenders, but you get what you pay for.
I haven’t been disappointed. The hand blender is very efficient and easy to assemble and dismantle. It also has a range of attachments to assist with a variety of needs.
As with all KitchenAid designs, the hand blender is sleek and stylish. It’s got that air of 1920s or 50s about it.
It is available in the UK in four colours. There’s the subtle Almond Cream pictured here. You can also get the understated and modern Stainless Steel design. For those of you wanting a bolder statement, look out for the Onyx Black or Empire Red versions.
I have to say here though that I do find just four colours a tad disappointing, coming from KitchenAid. I would’ve loved being able to pick a blender up in the same Pistachio tone as my mixer. The cream does complement it very well, that said.
The attachments fit together very firmly and I’ve never experienced any detachment or wobble during use – always a plus when high speeds and sharp edges are involved!
The blender comes packaged perfectly in its own plastic case with handle. This is solid, keeping everything safe when not in use, and it’s not too bulky so can be stored away easily. You just have to be willing to grab the case, unpack and then re-load again after every use. I’m already a bit bored with this routine!
At the end of the day, the unpack and re-pack issue is my issue – if I had space, I’d keep it all to hand in a drawer!
Maybe I’m not the best person to be writing a review of this product, given as I only really use two attachments: either the 8″ removable blending arm topped with the S-blade, or the food chopper.
The shorter arm is more than adequate for reaching the depths of pans-full of soup or the bottom of the KitchenAid jug that comes with the set. The S-blade is highly versatile. It purées vegetables and meat very quickly and easily, leaving very few lumps.
It will also make short work of crushing ice cubes or blending frozen fruits.
The jug is excellent for blending smoothies in and then either serving from or storing in. It’s got measurement marks down the side – always helpful!
The chopper attachment is great for making pastes and coatings for food. Just be careful not to overload it, as it then won’t chop things further away from the blades. It can only cope with smaller quantities. This means doing larger portions in smaller batches.
The set also contains a multi-purpose blade (ideal for mincing and chopping heavier foods like meat) and a frother/beater. As I mentioned above, I’ve never yet used these, but I might be tempted to whack on the frother for making some milkshakes as the weather warms up!
There’s also a whisk attachment. I could see myself using this if I didn’t have a hand whisk in the cupboard and my stand mixer with its own whisk attachment on the work surface.
The blender has 5 speeds. I stick with the third setting and it does what I need it to. I imagine the whisk attachment would benefit from the other speeds, for example when you need to beat to soft peaks as opposed to stiff.
A word of warning: These blades are relentless. Take care when using with your favourite pans. They do come with removable pan guards, but if you do forget to leave these on (as I once did!), your pan could get damaged.
I used an uncovered S-blade with my favourite green enamel Le Creuset casserole and now the inside is scratched and scraped… Sad times.
My main problem with this blender is the power button. To get the blades going, you hold down the rubber-coated button near the top. For some reason I struggle to manoeuvre the stick around a pan/bowl and hold this down consistently. Not a huge issue, but an issue nonetheless.
The KitchenAid Hand Blender isn’t as close to my heart as my Artisan Mixer, but then it never could be. It’s not as versatile nor do I use it as much.
But saying that, this set is still fantastically versatile in itself. If you make soups and smoothies often, then go for this piece of kit. If you want to throw out your wrist-wrecking hand whisk and go mechanical, buy yourself this utensil. Fed up of finely chopping herbs and garlic? Look no further than this set’s food chopper attachment.
The KitchenAid Hand Blender really does earn its place in the kitchen.
Overall rating: 7 out of 10
Have you got a different brand of hand blender? If so, I’d love to hear what you think of yours! Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments section below.