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Initial post: 18 Jan 2010, 16:49:50 GMT
Thinking of buying a Kitchen Aid blender and just wondered what they were like and were they worth the money.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jan 2010, 03:05:30 GMT
C Weems says:
No. If you need a serious blender get a Blendtec (preferably) or Vitamix. They have real horsepower so that they can blend thick mixtures with a minimum of liquid. Both are offered during roadshows at Costco at the lowest prices and with 2 year warranties. I have both and prefer the Blendtec (and so does Starbucks for what its worth).

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jan 2010, 10:08:56 GMT
MrsBookworm says:
I've had a Kitchenaid blender for 6 months and would definately recommend it. I'd been through two cheaper blenders in no time and would say that the Kitchenaids are well worth the extra money.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jan 2010, 14:56:16 GMT
Delia says:
I've been using Kitchenaid blenders for the last three years for my business (award-winning micro-producer of mustards, sauces, chutneys, dressings, oils & vinegars). I've found them brilliant and use for everything from grinding spices, coffee to liquidising soups and sauces etc etc. I then bought the Kitchenaid food processor and am likewise delighted with this.

I did see a demo for a very expensive blender (about £500 supposedly used by Starbucks etc etc ) which said it would do everything. I murdered my first kitchenaid blender trying to chop dried dates - a very bad idea. I asked salesman for a special demo on dates, which he was certain would work and, guess what? The super expensive supossed super blender couldn't manage it either, so no better than my kitchenaid.

My replacement kitchenaid blender is still going strong despite regular and intensive use. The cost of the kitchenaid is higher than a cheap blender, but they are a false economy - you can have one of these that will last longer than two of the others will cost and you'll be doing the environment a favour!

So, in summary, I would recommend them. Although I do not prepare smoothies regularly, I can see no reason why they would not work equally as good for them.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jan 2010, 14:59:36 GMT
Delia says:
I've been using Kitchenaid blenders for the last three years for my business (award-winning micro-producer of mustards, sauces, chutneys, dressings, oils & vinegars). I've found them brilliant and use for everything from grinding spices, coffee to liquidising soups and sauces etc etc. I then bought the Kitchenaid food processor and am likewise delighted with this.

I did see a demo for a very expensive blender (about £500 supposedly used by Starbucks etc etc ) which said it would do everything. I murdered my first kitchenaid blender trying to chop dried dates - a very bad idea. I asked salesman for a special demo on dates, which he was certain would work and, guess what? The super expensive supossed super blender couldn't manage it either, so no better than my kitchenaid.

My replacement kitchenaid blender is still going strong despite regular and intensive use. The cost of the kitchenaid is higher than a cheap blender, but they are a false economy - you can have one of these that will last longer than two of the others will cost and you'll be doing the environment a favour!

So, in summary, I would recommend them. Although I do not prepare smoothies regularly, I can see no reason why they would not work equally as good for them.

Posted on 24 Jan 2010, 12:55:14 GMT
I would say that the KitchenAid is well worth the money. Blendtek and Vitamix are commercial blenders and are 3 time the price of the KitchenAid.

Posted on 25 Jan 2010, 15:21:33 GMT
D. Giles says:
I work for John Lewis and would say that the Kitchenaid is by far the best product on the market at the moment. If you need any help let me know!

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jan 2010, 19:13:04 GMT
Jane Gould says:
yes. works well, simple to use and looks amazing in a nice retro way. also v easy to clean. pancake batter to soups and pesto. i use mine all the time. capacity vg as well. would recommend to anyone.
one hint - when blending large amts of soup, take the small plastic stopper out and cover hole with your hand or a tea towel held firmly. avoids Bridget Jones-style explosions - still not sure how she managed that...

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jan 2010, 16:04:26 GMT
Last edited by the author on 27 Jan 2010, 16:05:17 GMT
my daughter bought me one for xmas a couple of years ago and I find it to be excellent. Like any Kitchen Aid product it is well built and sturdy. Easy to clean and does the job well.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jan 2010, 17:07:22 GMT
I know how she did it - she didn't put the stopper in properly - I've done it with Borscht (Beetroot Soup) and now have a fuschia pink kitchen ceiling!
Susan from Cheadle

Posted on 27 Jan 2010, 20:46:18 GMT
Meg Anderson says:
Great machine (Kitchen Aid) had mine for years and it's never let me down, highly recommend it.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Jan 2010, 12:46:16 GMT
MJ Bratley says:
There good. Feel good made good. and do a bloody good job. I love mine.

Posted on 28 Jan 2010, 22:28:06 GMT
Charles Tate says:
I have one and don't really use it....... What I really wanted for Xmas was the Kitchen Aid food processor (which arrived this Xmas and is excellent - after another 2 year wait)

I find that my Bamix stick blender can do all that the blender can, with less washing up. Whizzing soups in the pan is a lot easier than sticking them in the blender in batches.

It is well made and bomb proof(ish). I managed to shred the rubber drive thingy on the base trying to shred scheddar that was too soft. Replacements are available on ebay at a reasonable cost.

You need to know that not all of the bits can go in the diswasher - another issue.
So - buy the processor and a decent stick blender.

Posted on 29 Jan 2010, 06:16:47 GMT
I´ve been a chef for nearly 20 years and I have a kitchen aid at home, I´ve had it for the last 7 years and it works great, if you want a mixer also look at a Thermomix, they´re great and you can prepare hot and cold food items, even sorbets, they´re expensive but if you are serious about cooking, then they are worth it.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Jan 2010, 06:52:25 GMT
Interestingly enough, I have been thinking about a Thermomix. As you say, they are rather pricey, but I use a lot of Spanish recipes, many of which are designed for making in a Thermomix (The Spanish seem to love them!). They do demonstrations in various parts of the country and am waiting until there is one in my area. See: http://www.ukthermomix.com/ontour.php for the current list.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Jan 2010, 20:28:20 GMT
Jimobe says:
The Mercedes Benz of blenders. Rock solid build and easy to clean. Blends easily and effortlessly. I would not have anything else.

Posted on 1 Feb 2010, 12:20:11 GMT
We are on our second Kitchen Aid blender now. It is a good blender. It is heavy, which is either good or bad depending on your perspective. They used to be easy to disassemble for cleaning, but they've made the knives bigger now so you can no longer get them out of the jug. It is actually quite a pest to clean now. We had a £20 Phillips blender before - it did pretty much the same as the Kitchen Aids, but looks worse. There is a rubber clutch between the base and the jug. It is not very durable, and breaks over time if you use the blender for things like blending frozen fruit and berries into smoothies.

Posted on 1 Feb 2010, 13:32:21 GMT
Pawan says:
I've had a kitchen aid blender (and mixer) for 9 years, and they are great machines; sturdy and well built. The blender is not a food processor however - I ruined the coupling between the motor and the jug by trying to also use it for this (but was able to replace the coupler unit for around seven pounds - a much better option than the motor burning out). I would really recommend it - if you are using it at least once a week, then it is definitely a false economy buying a cheap blender, which won't last. I leave mine on the kitchen worktop - too heavy to be getting out and putting it away all the time - so it is worth thinking where you will use/store it.

Posted on 4 Feb 2010, 18:05:28 GMT
DE says:
I have a Braun multi stick blender and have just wrecked the small processor bowl and its blade attachment (did this grinding spices) I also use this a lot to blend small amounts of liquids and suaces etc. On attempting to buy spares I found out that Braun is exiting the UK market as of about now Feb 2010 (blenders only) and therefore spare parts are going to hard to come by.

So the question is can anyone recommend an alternative which will do both the spice grinding and small liquid blending or alternative, seperate tools which will do these jobs.

Many thanks in advance.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Feb 2010, 21:23:40 GMT
Last edited by the author on 4 Feb 2010, 21:24:50 GMT
As far as stick blenders are concerned, I would recommend a Bamix (traditional Swiss quality). As for spice grinders, I use a good old fashioned volcanic rock pestle and mortar from ProCook http://www.procook.co.uk/shop/KitchenAccessories/Pestle&Mortars/d33/sd257?gclid=CN6J_dPO2Z8CFcJd4wodDzS5Gw
It weighs a ton but does the job

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Feb 2010, 08:00:40 GMT
Hello..my son bought me a vitamix..........and all I can say is.............how did I ever live without it?

Posted on 5 Feb 2010, 21:59:00 GMT
I would recommend the Krups stick blender - it is amazing and far less trouble to use than my Magimix - all the parts are dishwasher safe and the attachments are very easy to fit.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Feb 2010, 20:33:22 GMT
Charles Tate says:
I use a cheap coffee mill to grind down fresh spices. I also have a huge pestle and mortar, for when I fancy a bit of therapy.....

Posted on 7 Feb 2010, 07:28:43 GMT
Jacks says:
As a fan of the kitchenaid mixer I was going to purchase the blender to match, however, after reading so many bad reviews and considering the price decided not to buy. With the Vitamix out of my budget I decided to do some research.. So instead I bought the Kenwood Kmix, a great sturdy product with a much more powerful motor and cheaper too. I make a lot of green smoothies that tend to make other blenders curl up and die, but this storms through with ease.. Really can't fault it..

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Feb 2010, 11:14:51 GMT
Lot of money but without doubt worth evey penny we use it evey day for soups etc, had it for 3+ years and still work and look as good a new.
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