Kitchenaid products have a typically solid reputation as a top quality brand, but i was a little disappointed with this blender. I had read others reviews warning about the leaky jar, and at first no leaks, but over the last 2 years has become progressively leaky around the blade bearing. Ironically one of the features that drew me to this model was the sealed controls that do make it easy to clean – just didn’t know it was going to be such a self-inflicted mess.Another downside is the noise level this thing makes. It’s not deafening, but expect to wake light sleepers up when whipping up an early morning protein shake. On the other hand the 56 oz. Carafe is large and easy to clean, the motor has plenty of torque to crush ice and blend frozen fruits to nearly a pulp free consistency. One more thing that irritated me are the large rubber feet that make it impossible to slide on a counter top – i solved this by using some self-adhesive felt furniture pads on the rubber pads – also helped to decouple the motor noise from the counter top. This thing is heavy enough to stay put while running – but still don’t leave it unattended as it will ‘walk’ some depending on the speed and what you are blending.
We wanted a blender that blended, made smoothies and when the crush ice button was used to crush ice, we was not left with half a blender full of whole cubes. The base of the jug is wide so everything gets sucked down into the blades. The design of the base motor and the jug just make one handed, putting it together so simple. There are cheaper blenders on the market that should not called blenders. Its powerful, and quiet and a great investment as this is our 4th try at buying and trying, save some time. Unless you want to spend 400 + $ stick right here and put this in your wishlist or cart, this was the cheapest supplier, maybe its the color, there are other colors avl at higher cost if blues not for you, happy blending.
We have had the blender for just over a year, and it started leaking. Since the warranty is only for one year, i thought i would be out of luck. Much to my surprise i’m getting a replacement pitcher for the blender after a five minute phone call to kitchenaid. (google ‘kitchenaid support’ for the number). It would have been four minutes from start to finish if i hadn’t taken the time to express my gratitude. She asked for my serial number and if ‘i happened to remember where i bought it’. There were no questions asked about my purchase date. I’m really glad that we can keep using this blender because it’s awesome compared to others i’ve used in the past. I love the all-in-one design of the pitcher, which makes cleanup easy. It’s far more powerful than our last blender, and the design makes blending more efficient.
Key specs for KitchenAid 5-Speed Blender with Polycarbonate Jar:
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- Made in USA
- Polished metal (nickel)
- Very powerful
- if you have stainless steel kitchen this will be the one that looks great with it
Comments from buyers
“Perfeck a dream machine
, Amazing value for a blender tough enough to blend kale!
, Very solid performance, but needs a few refinements
I first bought this blender back in 2010 and i haven’t bought another blender since. Every time i go to buy a new blender, i seriously consider purchasing a more expensive one, like vitamix or blendtec. Yet, when i look at reviews and performance tests, the kitchenaid 5-speed blender performs just as well as the blenders 2 – 3 times its price. I’ve had my latest kitchenaid blender for over 3 years now and i use it every day to blend green smoothies. It handles blending kale with ease, unlike most blenders in its price range. Maybe one day i’ll give vitamix a try, but for now i’m very content with my kitchenaid 5-speed.