Margarita mondays are a tradition for my boyfriend and me. When my old oster blender broke, i was excited to finally have an excuse to buy a new blender. The old one never crushed the ice well and it got overloaded so easily. Kitchenaid lives up to its name, i must say.It crushes ice very well as long asa there’s a little liquid, so our margaritas and frozen coffees always turn out nice and smooth. The top fits well, though as a habit, i hold the top on while i blend. Maybe once or twice when there was a lot in it did the top really budge. It’s very easy to clean and after a couple months of using it 3-4 times a week, i’m a happy camper.
Holy crap, this blender is noisy. I have worked in places with the commercial vita-mix blenders which are the bentley of blenders, but are crazy loud. The kitchen aid rivals any vita-mix in noise production. I actually thought maybe something was wrong with it, it makes the lights flicker in my house and sounds like it could explode. I bought it because cook’s illustrated recommended it, and it does blend well; i’ve made a giant batch of hummus that came out perfectly smooth. Fruit smoothies and other blended drinks (i’ve made margaritas) come out pretty good, i’ve only noticed one or two chunks of ice or frozen fruit in my drink. You are not going to get the perfectly smooth iciness that a vita-mix can produce, unless you break up your ice before you blend drinks in the kitchen aid, and even then it’s not exactly the same. Restaurants/bars/coffee shops use fresh ice machine ice that’s small, lightly frozen, and usually hollow cubes or flat chips which are stored in a bin that only insulates, rather than continues to freeze it, so ice blends easier and more uniformly than the super dense, rock hard chunks that most people have at home. Even the bags of ice you buy at the store are bigger chunks and are frozen harder than restaurant ice. So it helps to use smaller pieces of ice, and slightly defrosted frozen fruit for the best smoothies at home.
Our key aim in getting a new blender was making smoothies, and if possible, enough from one batch to serve a family of four. I don’t know the big deal about crushing ice, which many promos discuss, or why someone would add ice to a homemade smoothie. (perhaps i need to do more to embrace an inner jimmy buffet. ) we make a variety of smoothies that generally consist of some variation of frozen fruit (e. , bananas, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, etc), fruit juice, yogurt, and fresh fruit. I suppose crushing ice has some relationship to making such smoothies, but generally we wanted a blender that can handle a lot of frozen fruit without bogging down. Our last two blenders, both in the $40-60 range, have lasted about 2 years each and eventually starting overheating when put to the effort. We’d have to resort to small, double batches in order to get our smoothie fix. So far (3 months) our kitchenaid ksb580nk (at a little more than twice the cost of our previous purchases) has been amazing. Following the owners manual suggestions, it handles more quantity and higher ratio of frozen fruit, resulting in well-blended, thick smoothies. It does this tough job much quicker and much more efficiently than our other blenders. The only draw back is that it is very loud, but i wouldn’t say it is appreciably louder than our previous blenders. If you are primarily looking to make the kind of smoothies i indicate above, this is a great blender. You can get it more cheaply, if you aren’t wanting the brushed nickel finish we chose, in order to match existing counter appliances.
For the price – you can’t beat this thing. It’s loud – but it’s powerful. I thought the one-piece construction would be a pain in the a** but it’s very convenient. The lid makes a good seal and the polycarb pitcher is lightweight and easy to handle. Great for making baby foodpros:great finishing (brushed nickel finish)powerfuleasy to clean – seriously, just put it in the dishwasher. Cons:very loud – i added a dampening base to alleviate some of the sound it makes.
I have used the ksb580nk for a month for making protein or fruit smoothies, two to three times a day. It performs well, and is more enjoyable than previous blenders in my experience. Compared to my last blender, an oster ‘beehive’, it is more powerful, has a quieter motor, is easier to clean, and easier to remove the contents of the jar. The noise level is only very high for the first few seconds when blending ice, due to the ice cubes hitting the jar. The jar is well designed, capacious, and light weight. The lid seats and removes easily. As i had hoped, the convenience of having a one piece assembly, and not having to remove the blades for cleaning, is wonderful. Generally a stream of water from the faucet cleans the jar fine. I have no real negative remarks. The intelli-speed is not as useful as i had hoped.
I purchased this kitchen aid blender after trying for years to get a blender whose motor wouldn’t die after a few months. I purchased it based on its high review in cook’s illustrated, and it has lived up to its reputation. I wish i would have shelled out the extra $$ years earlier; i could’ve saved a lot in the long run.This blender has a motor that is powerful. I make two batches of protein smoothies almost every day, and this motor has not gotten tired yet, after 3 months. The trick with smoothies is getting the blender to crush the ice effectively. Once i got the hang of the ‘ice crush’ button, it has been easy going. I know some reviewers have qualms about the blender not coming apart to wash, but this has actually been so nice. I just pop it in the dish washer and it comes out squeaky clean.
- Bought this instead of the expensive vitamix or blendtec
- Works great. When it works Expensive replacement parts.
- Nice but flaws
Purchase blender 2/12/12 amazon prime. Replace jar 3/26 then whole unit 8/13, jar 9/12, another jar 11/16, whole unit 12/11. The blender is a great unit for blending when it works, jar is worthless plastic. But with warranty you get new units and restart of 1-year warranty each time at no $ cost. Looks like can keep going forever with replacements at this rate. Just buy another low cost blender with glass and metal drive as backup, while you wait for replacements. I use 6 days a week blending one full jar of fruit smoothie. One thing seems to help the jar last fews weeks more, use pulse mode to break up chunks 1st and add ice slowly. Thank you kitchenaid, but a design change would make good business sense.
We purchased this blender to replace an old inexpensive blender that finally burned out. This unit does a nice job with frozen drinks which is what we mainly use it for. The chop ice feature makes short work of creating nice smooth drinks. I finish the drinks with a few seconds of high speed. The jug pours with less dripping than the unit it replaced. The blender is very easy to clean which is a big improvement over it’s predecessor as well. I cannot talk to longevity yet but the blender has plenty of power and does not seem to struggle at all so i expect it will last. I would buy this unit again. Update: after about a year there was a burning smell every time we used it but it still kept on working. Then a couple of months ago the blade broke in half.
If this keeps up, only kitchenaid will have a place in our very large kitchen. Replaced a cuisinart that went south(hecho in china, don’t you know) this is a most solid appliance. . Almost too strong, butwe are learning to tame it. As yet we have found not a single job it hasn’t handled with ease. We have had thewhole genre over the years and this is the first one that is close to one of our commercial blenders in restaurants. Plus, one can buy several for the price of one vitamix.
I am pleased with the blender however i am concerned about the hard plastic drive shaft. I have blown out three blenders this year making morning smoothies. The motor on this one seems heavy duty but the hard plastic shaft troubles me since i am now seeing shavings of it left behind when i remove the pitcher. I am not sure how long it will last but i do have the warranty to fall back on. Its too bad they don’t make some thing without all these plastic parts.
I was not the least dissappointed. My diet/fibre mixes require ice. I love the way it pulses the ice. Ive never seen that option before. I really like the fact that the blades don’t come out. It cleas up easily and takes up little space on my counter. I never put it away like i did with my previous blender. My only dislike (minor) is that it is very noisy, but because it does such a good job i have learned to overlook the noisiness. Great product that i highly endorse and recommend.
Features of KitchenAid KSB580NK Custom Metallic 5-Speed Blender, Brushed Nickel
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- 5-speed blender with 0.9 horsepower motor and Intelli-Speed electronic motor control
- Clean Touch control panel; Stir, Chop, Mix, Puree, and Liquefy options; Pulse mode; Crush Ice setting
- 56-ounce shatter-resistant blend-and-serve polycarbonate pitcher includes stay-put lid with ingredient cup
- Patented one-piece stainless-steel blade; dishwasher-safe pitcher; metal and polycarbonate base
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I purchased this blender on kitchenaid’s reputation of quality. While it did a good job i expect my appliances to last more then a couple years, especially when they come with a hefty price tag as this. I should add i purchased this based on a cooks illustrated magazine rating of ‘highly recommended’ at the time. When this one died i went back to cooks illustrated and they have now moved this blender to ‘not recommended’ and sited all the customer problems with it. Kitchenaid typically makes great products, unfortunately when something goes wrong their customer service is horrible.
This blender does all the things a blender should do and is rather attractive as well. I did have one problem once, but it was probably my fault. I was blending a sauce for a julia child recipe when the top blew off the blender. As a result, a volcanic jet of sauce hit our kitchen ceiling faster than i could yell, ‘oh no’.I suspect, however, i did not make sure the top was firmly in place.
I searched for a great replacement blender for our waring professional. The glass broke on it, and the motor just didn’t work as well as it did. I was considering a blendtec or one of the more expensive blenders. That was until i saw the popular mechanics review of them on youtube: [. the kitchen-aid in that review clearly won to me. I even tried the same test they did and got the same results. This thing is just incredible. Nice large container, powerful motor and we use liquefy for our smoothies and they come out perfect. I can’t recommend this blender enough. And i’ve had no issues like some other are reporting w/ the black rotation piece. So far things have been great, we use it 2x a day and have for a few weeks now. ]
Great blender that pulverizes frozen fruit in seconds. My wife and i make smoothies all the time and have been using this blender for a couple years now. The pitcher leaks slightly while it’s operating. Not a lot, just enough to be annoying. If kitchenaid fixes that problem i’ll give them 5 stars. Update: the blender itself still works like a boss, but the bearings in the pitcher finally gave up the ghost. It’s time to replace the pitcher, but i’m honestly a bit torn as to whether i should just get a new pitcher, or replace the whole dang thing. I’ve been using it for years, and it has worked great, but the pitcher issue was a constant pain. Even though it worked well, there are probably better blenders out there.
I have used this blender for about a year and a half now. You have to be patient with it if you want to do anything more than blend already fairly liquid ingredients. Specifically, for ice i find it struggled and sometimes seized completely. If your needs for a blender are more for cooking such as liquifying soups, this is a great blender. If you’re thinking more of using it for milkshakes and ice based smoothies, i would not recommend this particular model.
I give it 5 star not because it works better than vitamix/blendtec but because it works great for the price. I bought this blender because i wasn’t sure if this kitchen appliance had staying power. I have dozens of kitchen appliances that just sits pretty on my counter and was afraid this may turn into one of those and not willing to shell out $400 for the fancy blenders. After a year of use, i am proud to say this one is not one of them.I found it impossible to get enough servings of fruits and veggies into my family’s diet and this blender solved that problem. I use it about 3-4 times a week to make green smoothies for my family. Having a good blender in your home can literally change your life/health. For those who want vitamix/blendtec consistency to your green smoothies, blend the greens (ie spinach or kale) first then add your fruit and finish the blend. Regarding leakage, as several reviewers have noted, there is minimal amount that collects at the base but never a pouring leak, just some collection of whatever i’m blending. This never bothered me or affected my smoothies or soups.
5-speed blender with 0.9 horsepower motor and Intelli-Speed electronic motor control
Kitchenaid ksb580nk 5 speed blender is the best blender i have owned. It makes the best frozen drinks and smoothies. I use the ‘crushed ice’ mode first and then ‘pulse’ on high to finish the drink. The really nifty ‘crushed ice’ mode is really an auto-pulse mode, alternating ‘on’ for awhile, then ‘off’ and then back ‘on’. And the light weight, plastic pitcher is very easy to clean. In the bottom rack of the dishwasher. . No taking apart the blade assembly first. In the past two years, i burnt out my last oster and braun blenders. My kitchenaid blender joins my kitchenaid mixer on my kitchen counter top and looks great. Never before have i left a blender on the counter.
I have put off buying a new blender for 4 years. I have been waiting for the ‘perfect’ blender, and i’ve considered those fancy, $400, make soup blenders. In the meantime, i had been using a series of cruddy, outdated, clearance, on-sale blenders, so i’ve seen every problem you could ever face with a blender. The reviews for this blender were not magnificent. I read about the noise, about the gasket that leaks. Until my blender died, and i needed to buy something, and fast. Background, i make a lot of blended things.
This is my second review for this item. It was a gift and i though that, since i have a similar blender, it would work fine. It didn’t, which i only found out days before the warranty ran out. I’m giving it three stars because kitchenaid was absolutely awesome in their customer service. They are currently sending a replacement for the upper (pitcher) part of the blender (which appears to fit incorrectly over the lower section). Their policy is to replace the entire product for any reason within one year of purchase. This is several months later – but i want to add that the replacement part works perfectly and the owner is 5 star happy with her blender now.
Who knew ice could be so loud. But this blender will actually make snowyes now you can make your own snowconeswe don’t but it’s nice to know it can do it. My wife and i had a mini snowball fight in july, how cool is thatwe bought this to make smoothies and we use fruit that we buy locally andfreeze ourselves. If you grind up just the fruit is will make it into a frozen powder. Frozen strawberries are really tough to blend usually, but not with this blendersure we’ve only had it a week but it cleans up super easy, just rinse then 1/3 ofthe jar filled with water and 4 drops of detergent. Then rinse and reblend water. No foam and you’re good to go. Lots of reviews say this is loud, and it is. The ice sounds like gravel in there. But out comes snow from the ice after 20 secondsthick stuff like yogurt tends to create a vaccuum where it will stop blending.
I have put this blender to moderate use for the four years i’ve owned it. Having prepared everything from smoothies to soup to bread crumbs and more, i’m in a great position to give you a good idea of the abilities and shortfalls of this blender. First, the positive:*it is a real mule when it comes to breaking down ice. We made the smoothest smoothies and finest grained blender ice drinks in it. *it has a fairly large capacity for a blender carafe. Now, the negative:*the blender carafe has a tendency to leak. *my blender popped up out of its seating while pulsing some ice last week and stripped the couplers on both the carafe and the base. The cost to fix this will be about 3/4 of the original price of the blender. $50ish for the carafe (because you can’t simply replace the coupler/gear assembly.
We bought this after our old cheapie blender, literally caught on fire trying to whip up an herbal life smoothie. We had been using herbal life for less than a week when the old one tanked on us. I got on amazon and after hours of reading reviews from the low to high end products, i kept coming back to this blender. I am a huge kitchenaid fan and have many of their other products. I read a few reviews on this model that stated they had some troubles, but also noticed that kitchenaid had fixed those issues and sent them either replacement pieces or replaced the whole blender. In either case they were satisfied after the fact, so i went ahead with my purchase, knowing that if there was a problem amazon would make it right, as they always have in the past. We have had it for over a year now, and use it all the time for everything from smoothies to margaritas. It is still going strong and we have not experienced a single issue. Once again kitchenaid has proven its worth to me.
Clean Touch control panel; Stir, Chop, Mix, Puree, and Liquefy options; Pulse mode; Crush Ice setting
Before having this kitchenaid blender, we had a breville. It did a great job blending, no complains there. But opening for cleaning was always a challenge. And later, if not very tightly closed, it licked a lot. And then back to square one, since if we closed it very well to avoid licking, then it was almost impossible to open it again. Specially for my wife, with not a lot of strength in her hands. Enough of the breville, we decided to try another brand. For the kitchenaid, all the contrary. Not only as good as the breville when mixing, including frozen fruit and ice for the smoothies, but also super easy to clean.
I am very happy with this purchase. My blender broke making margaritas. This blender is so much more powerful. I had a top of the line kitchen aid before. This blender far surpasses it. It can blend larger amounts. And, the blender bowl doesn’t weigh a ton when it is full, because the bowl is a heavy duty plastic. I thought that i might not like the plastic.
This is our second exact same one that we reordered. My husband makes shake for us every morning. The first one lasted for 5 years of daily use. So good we reordered this same one which is perfect and theonly size that fits on cabinet and slides under the overhead cabinets.
I have had this blender for 15 months. It looks great on my countertop and cleans easily. It does crush ice, but not as well as the blender on my bosch universal. It is great for large amount blending, like blending soups, which come out perfectly smooth. The jar is very broad at the bottom so if you want to make a small thing, like a single, 1 – 2 cup drink, it doesn’t work too well. This is especially true of powdered drinks – no matter how you put in the ingredients or how you start, a good portion of the powder will be all over the lid and upper part of the jar. My blade broke in half yesterday.
I purchased the kitchen aid blender, as a replacement for my old blender. I make a lot of smoothies, and the old blender just was not cutting it. The kitchen aid blender, like all kitchen aid products, is top notch (i always look at kitchen aid for appliances, since i’ve always had good experience with them). The blender container itself is nearly twice as large (56 oz) as that of my old blender. Dont make the mistake i did the first time, and try it without the lid – that was quite the mess (i could get away with blending without the lid on my old blender, if i started on low). Even on low speed (stir), this blender will take whatever you throw at it. The smoothies i make have a lot of oatmeal, protein powder, yogurt, and fresh and frozen fruit. It’s no problem for this blender.I have also made frozen drinks with this blender, and it chops ice and makes frozen drinks like nobody’s business. The motor on this thing is amazing, as the blades start at a lower speed, and then quickly adjust to the speed you selected. Stir, chop, mix, puree, or liquefy (i have yet to even have to use the puree or liquefy mode). I have yet to have this machine bog down in any way, while blending anything. The blender pitcher itself is one single polycarbonite unit and the blades do not detach – they are part of the pitcher itself (you can get a glass or stainless steel pitcher, as a different option, but cost more). Some people have complained of leaky pitchers, but i have not experienced this.
I have had it over 5 months. I make a protein smoothie with frozen fruit (no ice) every day. My previous blender took about 90 seconds to blend my smoothie, and there were still chunks of frozen fruit that never got chopped no matter how long it blended. With this blender, my smoothie is ready in under 30 seconds. This saves me a minute a day, or 6 hours a year, or a full day every 4 years. And what can be better than more free time . I will also add that i hand wash the blender jar, and it has not shown any sign of leaking. I waited 2 months for it to be shipped to me, but the price was under $100, so very worth it. The base is very heavy, and easy to clean.
My biggest problem with blenders has been that the seal between the container and the motor mount is never really sealed. You blend fruits, peaches, or tomatoes, and you always get liquid leaking from the container over the base. With the kitchen aid ksb580nk no more messy leaks, clean-up is a breeze. The container and the housing that fits over the motor mount is a continuously molded piece. The motor is especially strong and when you ‘puree’ tomatoes, the blender really purees them. The shape of the container’s top also allows for easy pouring without the dribble over the lip and down the side of the container.