PROS / The preparation and cleanup are easy and take little time.
CONS / Recipes other than smoothies do not work especially well with its blending power.
VERDICT / The KitchenAid 5-Speed is well equipped for certain foods and conditions, but it's not very versatile.
The KitchenAid 5-Speed Diamond Blender features Intelli-Speed motor control and a sturdy design. This blender has a large 60-ounce pitcher that allows you to blend large quantities at once, and the motor base comes in a variety of colors, so you are sure to find an option that matches the color scheme of your kitchen. This electric blender can stir, chop, mix, puree and liquidate your food. It also has five pulse settings and the ability to crush ice.
This kitchen blender also features Intelli-Speed motor control. This technology senses the mixture of food in your blender and automatically chooses an appropriate speed to ensure that it has the right amount of power to complete the food-processing tasks. Additionally, this kitchen appliance includes a steel-reinforced coupler that provides the right amount of power from the blender's motor to its blades. These features help ensure that you receive a consistent mixture when your blender's task is complete.
The design of the KitchenAid 5-Speed is similar to most of the smoothie blenders you'll find. It features a 60-ounce pitcher that is shatterproof and scratchproof. The pitcher is also stain-resistant and large enough to hold a large quantity of food at once. Also, the control panel can easily be wiped clean, so you can remove spills quickly. You can place the included pitcher in the dishwasher for fast and easy cleanup, helping make this one of the best for cleanup ease in our blender reviews.
The KitchenAid 5-Speed is easy to use and offers a wide assortment of options for processing your food. However, we found that while it works well with smoothies, it does not work as well when blending other food, such as nuts or soup ingredients.
Even though we are impressed with the smoothie results from the KitchenAid 5-Speed Diamond Blender, there are stronger choices for blending a wider variety of food. However, it offers a quick way to make tasty breakfast smoothies, and cleanup afterward is a cinch with flat controls and dishwasher-safe elements. And if you are looking for the best blender under $200, this is definitely a contender.