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I've had my new KitchenAid blender for around a year now, I purchased it to replace a previous KitchenAid blender which was about 8 years old. To be honest there was actually nothing at all wrong with my old blender; I just wanted a different colour. My previous KitchenAid blender (and the matching stand mixer) were both in a dark grey colour in a matt finish, which I'd grown bored of long ago. I actually sold both of them on ebay and I got back virtually what I paid for them, they were both in perfect condition even though they were both 8 years old, but it just goes to show you that they do hold their value well if you look after them and then want to sell them in the future.
I paid £165.00 for my new KitchenAid blender, and if I remember correctly I paid £150.00 8 years ago for my first one, so they haven't increased in price much at all. I have the almond cream KitchenAid blender this time to match my new almond cream KitchenAid stand mixer and food processor. I do have other cream kitchen appliances as well; I have cream Dualit products, and a cream Nespresso machine. All of the different brands versions of cream are slightly different, but I do think that they all complement each other perfectly and that they all work well together in my kitchen. The KitchenAid blender does come in around a dozen different colourways, and it comes with a full 3 year manufacturer's warranty.
The blender is a really iconic, sleek, retro design and it looks really classy out on your worktop. It has a sturdy metal base, which is actually quite heavy, but I don't mind this as I think that it makes the blender seem more secure and robust, and also ensures that it's really stable and won't tip over when in use. It also means that it's built to last. The base stores any excess cord underneath so that it's neat and tidy if you have the blender positioned next to a plug socket and you don't want any excess cord on show. The base has little rubber feet so that it's non slip on your work surface. The base has all of the function buttons on a touch control pad which is integrated into the base so that there are no edges that bits of food or liquid can get caught or trapped underneath. The base also has a stainless steel KitchenAid Artisan logo embossed on the front. The base is easy to keep clean; I just need to wipe the base and panel over with a damp cloth to clean it.
The jug portion of the blender consists of 5 parts; the 'plastic' base of the jug which contains the sharp stainless steel blades, a rubber insert ring to secure the glass jug onto the 'plastic' base, the glass jug itself, the lid, and the measuring cup insert on the lid. Only the glass jug is dishwasher safe, however I do always put the rubber ring, the lid, and the measuring cup in the dishwasher all the time, and they are perfectly fine - I do however only put them on a 35degree wash, I do put the glass jug in on a higher 65degree wash occasionally as well. Another easy way to clean the blender which I sometimes do is to add a squirt of washing up liquid and a small amount of warm water to the jug and then blend, any of the blending settings will clean the jug and parts this way. I do normally just put the parts in the dishwasher, but I use the washing up liquid and warm water way if I need to use the blender again for something different and haven't got time to wait for the dishwasher, it does actually get the blender perfectly clean, I just pour the soapy water out and then rinse it out with hot water.
The glass jug holds 1.5 litres, and is clearly marked on both sides with cups and fl.oz. Because both sides of the glass jug have the quantities marked then you can position the blender jug for either a right handed or left handed user. The blended liquid pours really easily out of the jug, and the jug has a non drip spout. The jug is made from substantial thick glass, and is very durable (touch wood) I've not broken or damaged either of my jugs in around 9 years of use from 2 blenders. The lid attaches securely and stays put, and the little measuring cup easily twists out so that you can add further ingredients without taking off the lid, or whilst blending. The little measuring cup is handy for measuring small amounts of liquid to add to the blender. The jug part of the blender is really quite lightweight, even when it's full it's not that heavy or cumbersome to hold and pour. The blender has a safety feature built in, and it won't actually start unless the jug has been properly assembled, and then properly attached to the base.
The blender is easy to use, you just press the on/off switch and then choose the pictogram blending setting that you require; mixing, chopping, whipping, blending hot liquids, cocktails/smoothies or crushing ice. The blender starts off slowly and then the pace increases to your desired setting, this ensures that everything is blended and combined evenly. Just press the on/off switch to stop blending. You can also 'pulse' blend the ingredients, rather than constant blending. The stainless steel blades are really sharp, and the blender really does make quick, light work of absolutely anything that you put in there. It is always perfectly consistently blended, with no lumps whatsoever, and nothing ever gets stuck in the blades. It's especially good and exceptionally quick at crushing ice for cocktails.
My only slight gripe with the blender is that I think it can be quite noisy when in use, I'm sure that it's noisier than my previous KitchenAid blender. I can't do a side by side comparison, so I'm not entirely sure, but if I was to bet I'd definitely say that it was. It's not really really noisy, but it's not especially quiet either!
When you buy your KitchenAid blender then it's definitely worth filling in and sending the warranty card back, as this gets you free of charge a lovely little KitchenAid hard backed book containing lots of recipes to try using your blender.
I've been really impressed with my second KitchenAid blender, it works really well, it matches my KitchenAid stand mixer and food processor perfectly, and it also complements my other cream kitchen appliances perfectly. I guess that it is expensive, but I can't actually fault it, and I've had no problems with it whatsoever. It looks very classy, and the build quality is excellent. Going off how long I had my previous KitchenAid blender, 8 years, and it was actually still as good as new, then I certainly can't complain about the either the quality or the value for money.