Rated 5 out of 5 by Smoothie1 simples, easy to clean
I tried 3 other Kitchen Aide blender before I found this one. The Vortex style was very nice, just too tall for me. I'm short and having to reach eye level to add ingredients was not convenient.
Then I tried 2 others that did not have the pitcher that clicked onto the base. I returned both because the pitcher rattled so bad during processing that I had to
hold my hand on it the whole time or it moved itself around the counter. Finally I found the one I have now. The size is perfect and the pitcher clicks on and off the base gently enough with one hand that it makes preparing food easy.
Overall I am happy but almost gave up on a well-recommended Kitchen Aide due to the above mentioned comments. However, I do wish it had words in place of numbers on the speed buttons, like the other models do.
September 29, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Marlab This is a convenient and easy to use product
Very easy to handle, use and wash. I can blend soups too!
November 8, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by JayBeeDubya Great product for the price.
I am very pleased with this blender. I mostly use it for making fruit/veggie smoothies, bullet-proof coffee and frozen booze.
* The blender carafe is made out of a high quality plastic that is dishwasher safe.
* Multiple blend settings with some serious power on the higher end.
* Cost me around $50.
* Looks nice enough without being too "loud".
* Easy to clean, most times I don't even have to scrub it. Just blend water and a drop of soap, rinse and dry.
* Blends easily with no poking required.
* Vibrations can cause the blender to scoot around the counter.
* The plastic "teeth" that grip the carafe to the base seam to wear down quickly (haven't noticed any issues other that aesthetics).
* If the blender isn't held down when in use the plastic part that attaches to the underside of the carafe can grind a bit, causing a slightly unpleasant smell. Only happens on faster settings.
* The buttons aren't exactly intuitive, but they aren't confusing and only took me a few minutes to figure out.
November 21, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by JulieTucson Powerful, large capacity and easy to operate.
I love this blender for making smoothies with crushed ice; pureeing yams and pumpkins for seasonal beverages and pie fillings. It almost makes my food processor un-necessary. Love it and it may be the last one I ever buy! I have and use regularly several Kitchen Aid appliances including a 27-year old 5-quart mixer, a 5-year old hand mixer and a 10 year old toaster. Love the appliances!
November 21, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by Timalot Loosens and leaks
I bought this for daily use by two teenagers and it worked well for about 6 months. Then the nut at the base of the pitcher began loosening with each use making for a messy clean-up. I tried using removable thread locker, which solved the loosening problem, but not the leaks. It seems to be oozing out of the bushing during use. I would not buy this one had I known.
December 2, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Rjay Loves the features and ease of use.
This replaced a 12 year old Kitchen Aid blender that finally died. This one is better and is more functional. SO far another excellent KitchenAid product.
December 8, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by RocknRenee There's a lot of good things about this blender.
We use this blender strickly for protien shakes. My girlfriend and I both work out and afterwards, come home and energize our body with protien shakes. The two things we would love to see improved are; (1) a tighter fitting lid. Mayber one that could lock down, and (2) we notice that it moves all over the counter from the vibrations unless we're holding the ccontainer down with one hand. It would be great if we could push one of the speed selections and not think about the lid coming off or the blender vibrating off of our counter. For us, those are two places that we would like to challenge you to improve. Other then that, we use it every single day and we're quite happy with it.
December 21, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by dragoon1955 Great Blender... but that is all
Do not expect too much, but if does the job. I find that the small fill top likes to come out if you do not hold it down with a towel, but that could be because I have been pureeing soup a little above temp in it. Powerful enough. I have not done ice or anything too difficult.
January 12, 2014