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KitchenAid 5-Speed Blender Review

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Orange Spinach Green Drink

A little while back I saw a video that compared a KitchenAid 5-Speed Blender to a Vitamix, Blendtec, and a few other blenders. I was amazed at how well the KitchenAid performed in comparison to the other blenders but I was skeptical.

And that is where it all started. I just had to get my hands on a KitchenAid blender and put it through it’s paces. I needed to see if it would work for people wanting to incorporate more raw foods into their diets, but just didn’t want to put down the $450.00 (or more) for one of the other high-speed blenders.

To sweeten the deal, I decided to run a contest and give away the blender just to let you all know how much I appreciate your support of Rawmazing!

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This is the blender I bought. And a wonderful woman named Shannon won the contest. We had over 1115 entries!

Over the weekend I put the blender through it’s paces and here is what I found. Read to the end to see how I rate the blender.

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First, I made these smoothies (top picture). It handled the frozen strawberries and peaches beautifully. We even threw in a whole orange (minus peel) and there was no trace of any fibers when the drink was done. I was pretty excited. For a frozen, blended smoothie, I would give it an A.

Next, I made the spinach orange smoothie above. I wanted to see how the blender did with a green drink. When you add greens, a lot of blenders start to fall down. But, the KitchenAid did a great job. We really packed the container with greens and did have to stop it 2 times to redistribute the contents (the Vitamix plunger is wonderful for this), but as soon as it caught, it blended beautifully. It did take a little longer to get the consistency that I like. Another A.

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KitchenAid raw “Mayo”

Next came the raw mayo test. As you can see, this is where the Vitamix starts to pull away from the KitchenAid. Even with a lot, and I mean a lot of scraping down, I just couldn’t get the same results that I get with the Vitamix (see below).

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VItamix raw “Mayo”

You can see there was a pretty big difference. On to the almond butter.

I can make a decent almond butter in a few minutes in the Vitamix. Normally I use my food processor because I like the final product better. You can see how to do that here: Almond Butter.

Try as I might, I ended up with a beautiful almond flour, but never a butter.

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Almond Flour (not butter)

Conclusion:

If you are looking for a much less expensive blender for your smoothies and green drinks, this blender does an excellent job.  For the heavier, more gourmet foods, it came up a little short. You can purchase the blender here: KitchenAid 5-Speed Blender

Recipes:

Ginger Peach Strawberry Smoothie

Raw Vegan “Mayo”

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14 Comments

  1. R wrote on June 28, 2013

    Late to the party. But I’ve been researching to death. Can’t afford vitamin or blendtec. Was deciding between this and a Breville for $200 & sev others. Prob gonna get the kitchenaid but worried bout that froz pumpkin problem as I will be using froz fruit & and also want to use it to crush ice.
    Thanks. Also which model?

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  2. Rebecca H. wrote on March 19, 2013

    I have this blender and just started doing green smoothies this month and it’s handled them beautifully. I’ve given it kale, spinach, frozen fruit, carrots, celery and ginger without any issue. I start it on low to get it going and work it up to the highest speed, let it go for about 20 seconds and it’s done. Denise, it is pretty noisy, but it’s quick, like I said you only need to run it about 20 seconds. I’m glad I bought this instead of the more expensive ones. Last year, I stupidly gave it a rock solid frozen pumpkin puree and it did not like that and the blade broke. I easily replaced the container for about 25 bucks. So unless you give it something big and rock hard like that you’ll be fine.

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  3. Denise wrote on March 8, 2013

    Just how quiet is the Kitchen Aid? I really find the noise of most difficult to deal with’

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