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KitchenAid Diamond blender 5KSB1585
Pros: lightweight, controlled, reliable
Cons: tall, no variated speed option
Star rating: 4/5
This retro-looking KitchenAid model is a sleek blender that would look the part on any kitchen countertop. It comes in a range of colours to suit all tastes, including black, silver, red and cream.
It also benefits from having a smaller base than some of the other blenders we tested, so it can sit on display without taking up too much space. That said, it is tall, so if it’s going to sit on or under a shelf, you’ll need to measure the size of your space first.
Its stainless-steel tri-blade makes light work of stirring, chopping, mixing and puréeing – and the smoothie we made was lump-free. It also takes on soups, sauces and baby food with ease, but it’s worth noting that as the wattage output is slightly lower than some others, it can take a bit longer to process ingredients.
This blender has lots of easy-to-use pre-set functions, from crushing ice – which is always welcome when making smoothies – to pulsing, whisking, chopping, mixing and puréeing.
That said, we do feel the model could have benefitted from a variated speed control, in addition to the included pre-set options – something which is available on a lot of other blenders we tested.
There’s also a handy hot foods pre-set option, which makes it easy to blend hot liquids such as soups and sauces. Its built-in ‘soft start’ feature means the motor starts slowly and in a controlled manner before building power, so you don’t have to worry about potentially dangerous spillage.
The blender’s stay-put lid and lock-in jar also fit snugly, preventing unwanted leakage, but the jar can still be easily removed with a simple twist. The lid has a handy loop on the back for quick removal.
The 1.75-litre diamond-shaped jug is dishwasher-friendly and BPA-free. It’s also pleasantly lightweight.
Additionally, the jug comes with a non-slip, easy-grip silicone handle for added comfort, and you can place it to the left or right when attaching to the blender, depending on whether you’re a left- or right-handed cook.
Number of speeds: four, plus a pulse function
Size: 41.9cm x 22.9cm x 21.6cm
Jug size: 1.75l
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