The Good The KitchenAid 5-Speed Diamond Blender, the second least expensive in this test group, was a consistent, reliable performer in all of our tests.
The Bad Because it doesn't have the high level of power of other blenders, it may take longer to process certain foods, depending on their consistency.
The Bottom Line If you're looking for a blender that can multitask and do more than just make smoothies, but don't want to shell out a lot of money, the KitchenAid 5-Speed Diamond Blender is a great option.
The KitchenAid 5-Speed is a diamond in the rough
The KitchenAid 5-Speed Diamond Blender is a reasonably-priced blender, especially when you consider all of the things it's capable of. With a generous, 60-ounce pitcher and elegant, vintage-looking design, the $149 KitchenAid offers high-quality performance with a wallet-friendly sticker-price. For all of its modest pricing and design, the KitchenAid would be a welcome addition to any small appliance lineup.
We reviewed seven blenders in what I've been calling the CNET Blender Bonanza. Some models cost upwards of $400 and feature higher-powered motors. I'd be lying if I told you that I began testing this product with high expectations. That's not a reflection on the KitchenAid brand. I have a KitchenAid stand mixer and love it. This lack of high expectations results from the fact that I have come to view the blender as little more than a smoothie machine and occasional frozen drink maker.
These are reasonable expectations, as frozen beverages comprise a primary category of a blender's repertoire, be they milkshakes, smoothies, or margaritas. I was worried, however, when we began to discuss our testing protocol for putting the blenders through their paces. Certainly, I expected the Vitamix (which costs more than my monthly student loan payment) to handle any food we threw at it. But the sweet looking KitchenAid? It seemed unfair to torture it with a block of cheese.
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