KitchenAid Martha Stewart Blue Collection 5-Speed Blender
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148 of 158 found the following review helpful:
Crushes ice like mad Oct 10, 2013
I bought this blender about 3 weeks ago after considerable online research. I saw videos comparing brands like Vitamix, Blendtec, Oster, Ninja, and KitchenAid. When our second cheapie blender stopped working after about a year of very light duty and the desire to start making healthier smoothies and such, I wanted a high quality blender but not sure I was ready to drop $500-$700 on the top of the line blenders. The reviews seemed to say the cheaper KitchenAid KSB560 had trouble with leaking canisters. I don't want to fuss with returns.
This blender is awesome. It crushes ice in about 4 seconds and makes two smoothies in in less than 15 seconds. These protein shakes are mainly fruit and ice and not vegetables (which are tougher) but I don't suspect it would take much longer to turn the ingredients into a no-chunk, very smooth mixture. The only question is durability. I don't think the higher-end blenders could have done better. Really.
31 of 33 found the following review helpful:
Great blender Dec 10, 2013
This is the best blender I have owned. It makes great smoothies - no lumpy bits! It's also very easy to clean.
39 of 45 found the following review helpful:
Kinda disappointed Jul 23, 2014
This blender is very good at blending. The best blender I have owned. My old one was an Oster, a cheap $30 glass-container blender. This one blends much much better of course. It can make ice cubes into snow for a perfect snow cone. However, and that's a MAJOR however, this blender has one big flaw. The inside bolt in the jug rusts easily. By easily this is what I mean:
I bought one KitchenAid Diamond Vortex blender. Whenever I used it, I rinsed it very well thoroughly with water and made sure no water was inside before leaving to dry. I left in upright position, which never caused me any problems with my older Oster blender. One month later, the bolt had rusted because a tiny amount of water was always there around it and it wouldn't fall off by shaking. I don't believe a blender should require drying with a towel after each use.
I decided to give it another chance. Replaced the first one with another one. This time I thoroughly rinsed and then shaked it after use leaving it upside down to prevent any water from lingering down there. It has been 12 days since the use of the replacement. The bolt has rusted again. I really like this blender and given all the care I give to it and its high price, I cannot understand how can the inside of the jug be so poorly made with materials obviously not meant to withstand moisture. I wonder whether to return it again and buy another one. If it wasn't for this I would give it 5 stars. I really like the design of the buttons which if spilled on will not get any liquid inside the blender due to the one part rubber-like design on top. But the rusting... My cheap Oster blender did not rust in 5-7 years of use. Oh well, things are never perfect.
53 of 64 found the following review helpful:
Great motor, not-great rubber seal Jan 20, 2014
YES! We bought the KitchenAid Diamond KSB1575 in summer 2013. Per other reviews, it's terrific bang for the buck at crushing ice, chopping ingredients for food prep and processing fibrous fruits and vegetables into impeccable smoothies. It's easy to clean inside and out, without a bunch of over-designed crevices that force you to use a toothpick. The pitcher is definitely plastic -- not glass.
NO! Six months later, the pitcher began leaking at the bottom. The rubber gasket on the exterior underside that fits into the blade assembly is disintegrating. The blender has a one-year warranty, although KitchenAid customer service advised the needed replacement pitcher is on 1-2 weeks back order. We'll try coating the gasket with a sealant to hold it together until then (fingers crossed).
HUH: This seems to be a problem with many blenders, including pricier ones. Reviews for earlier KitchenAid models also complain about the rubber seal, so it's too bad their engineers haven't fixed it yet. We'd still buy this again, though. Hard to beat for cost and efficacy.
14 of 15 found the following review helpful:
Good while it lasted Jul 12, 2011
I bought this blender a few years ago. My children and I enjoy smoothies and I wanted a good blender that didn't cost $500.00. I guess the $120.00 was too much. In the blenders defense it gets used everyday, sometimes twice a day. We make smoothies of all types, some with ice some without. It did well with thick frozen fruits and with spinach and kale. This past weekend I made my morning smoothie and I noticed the motor was disengaging from the blade. I thought it was something I did, so I kept trying and it kept spinning and not working. Turns out where the blade attaches is broken somehow. I had been noticing some leaks coming from underneath where the blade is. I'm guessing it was manufactured improperly. Anyways, I'm buying a Vitamix. I gave the product 3 stars because it did the job well while it worked.
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