There’s no denying tools can make meal prep easier and faster. But do you really need a tool for every task, or are there some gadgets out there that can do it all? A hand blender particularly one with clever attachments can be a space saving marvel. I recently got the KitchenAid cordless hand blender kit, model KHBBV83DG to try out. I’ll tell you what you get, how well it works, what the parts are best for and if I can recommend it for you.
KitchenAid Cordlesss hand blender kit
A great, durable kitchen multi-tool that you’d love to have in your kitchen.
- Handled all kitchen tasks easily
- Great variety of attachments
- Can’t use while charging
- Pressure trigger not good for fine adjustments
KitchenAid Cordless immersion blender kit review
The KitchenAid Variable Speed Cordless Hand Blender comes with the immersion blender motor itself, plus a charging cord. There’s a chopper bowl attachment, a one-litre pitcher with a lid, a stainless steel immersion blender arm, with a detachable pan guard, plus a whisk.
I will say right out of the gate the handle feels solid and weighty; it’s not heavy but it feels durable. Similarly, the pitcher feels substantial and the other parts seem well made.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the Key Features.
Variable speeds using a trigger
The Hand Blender uses a variable speed trigger switch, which allows you to adjust the speed, with the firmness of your press. The switch has a secondary safety button and both must be squeezed to run the blender; It can feel a little awkward at first.
The variable speed is designed to allow you to blend up a smoothie and increase the speed when needed. You can also use a very low setting for situations where spilling or splashing might be a concern.
I will say the trigger takes some getting used to. It’s difficult to control the speed accurately and takes some practice.
The Hand Blender comes with both a whisk attachment and a blending arm. The blending arm is made for smoothies, soups, dips, and milkshakes. I used it on a variety of tasks including making dressings, which included pureeing olives, and I made shakes too.
The unit is powerful and works fast and left me with smooth purees and silky dressings.
Detachable pan guard
Some immersion blenders can be hard on the bottom of pots and pans, particularly non-sticks. The KitchenAid comes with a clip-on pan guard that attaches to the blending arm and prevents the blades and the base from coming into contact with the bottom of the pan or scratching it. It’s a great extra tool.
Chopper: mini food processor attachment
The 2.5 cup chopper attachment can be used to chop firmer foods like cheeses, nuts, celery, or carrots. The chopper works quickly, and the pieces fit together quickly and easily with no fussing. I used the chopper bowl to make a chestnut puree for a pie, and to my surprise, it created a paste quite easily.
The whisk attachment is for foods that benefit from air being introduced, like egg whites, whipped cream, mayonnaise, or vinaigrette.
I used it to make whip cream and meringue and it worked quickly and did a great job. It also handled deviled egg filling really conveniently and made it nice and smooth. The best part; just run it in a cup of warm soapy water for minimal-effort clean up!
Speaking of cleanup, The blending arm and pan guard are both dishwasher safe, as is the pitcher and chopper parts, though it’s recommended for the top rack only.
Battery life & charging
KitchenAid claims the Hand Blender is capable of blending 25 bowls of soup on a single charge (based on a 12-ounce bowl of Tomato Basil soup). I didn’t test it like that but in my couple of weeks trying it out, I did only need to charge it once, using it every few days.
It has a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and a battery indicator light that tells you when it’s time to recharge.
A full charge should take about two hours, and a quick 20-minute charge will allow you to blend a bowl of soup or smoothie. The unit is not usable while charging.
Overall review: KitchenAid Cordless immersion blender kit
Overall, I really like this unit. It’s powerful, it handled all my home cooking tasks easily. I also really like the variety and versatility of the attachments this one comes with.
Downsides? The pressure trigger is hard to manipulate in small increments; it’s too easy to squeeze it too hard and end up on full with spatter. You’ll probably get used to it over time but it’s not ideal. You also can’t use the device while it’s recharging, but the quick charge feature does help with that.
But even so, I think this is a great, durable kitchen multi-tool that you’d love to have in your kitchen. The KitchenAid cordless hand blender kit, model KH-BB-V83DG sells for about $149USD and you can get it from retailers like Amazon.
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