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  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    'Must-Have' Kitchen Countertop Blender

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Ease of use, For blending, For smoothies
    Cons mentioned:
    Blades, Motor, Speed

    Was so used to my old blender with its pre-prorgammed push button controls and limited functions, I hardly ever used it. So, I was curious in selecting this KitchenAid K400 5 Speed Blender in exchange for an honest review. After three weeks of almost daily use this blender is an outstanding upgrade from my old blender. I never knew just what I could actually do with a blender until I had the opportunity to use and enjoy this baby. It is amazing. WooHoo! As I removed this blender from its box I was immediately impressed by its build and design. First of all it has a 'commercial' look and feel to it. The whole unit weighs approximately twelve pounds. The majority of that weight (11.2 pounds) is the base unit. * Base Unit – My unit is in Contour Silver. What I liked about this color is that it doesn't show any fingerprints. The rich silver color looks classy on my countertop too. I keep it on my countertop on a rollout caddy. When not in use I roll it back underneath my cabinets. On the bottom of the base unit is a raised, ridge gasket, approximately ¼ inch high surrounding the entire bottom of the base. Let me tell you that when I first loaded this pitcher with ice cubes to make crushed ice – this unit did not move a smidgen, walk, or, rock 'n roll like my old blender used to do. YooHoo! This is a solidly-built base for any blending applications. This K400 1.5 HP blender motor is rated at 1200 watts at 120V AC, 10 amps, and, will plug into any standard kitchen, 3-prong, grounding receptacle. The attached cord is 36 inches in length. What I think is super-unique is the Soft Start® Feature, which starts the motor at a slower speed. This slower speed of the blades pulls the food down into the whirling blades, then, immediately increases the motor speed to what I selected for my blending task. This K400 is powerful, and, has accomplished all the blending tasks I put it through. My Grand Kids love Iceys and Smoothies, so believe me this blender gets a workout. * Blender Dial & Controls - To the RIGHT of the dial there is a Start/Stop Button illuminated by an LED ring when the unit is turned ON. After 10 minutes of no activity the illuminated LED ring will turn OFF. The blender goes into a 'Sleep-Mode'. Touching the Start/Stop Button again turns the unit back ON. There are 11 set points on the rotary dial. It is designed to move from Left to Right. The first setting is 'P' for pulse blending. The dial is spring-loaded for Pulse. I have to keep my hand on the dial at 'P' for whatever time duration I choose. This allows me to manually control the blenders vortex blades to visually see when I want to stop the blending process. As soon as I remove my hand the dial automatically returns to the next setting 'O'. The next settings go to the RIGHT from '1 to 5'. These variable speed blending cycles time out at three minutes. It takes practice using these various speeds to find the ones appropriate for the items being blended. I have yet to go over number '3' for my blending tasks. Of course, I can stop the blender at any time If I so choose. After variable speed '5' turning the dial further to the RIGHT are the three pre-programmed recipe Icons, Ice Crush, Icy Drink, and Smoothie. Ice Crush is a 30 second cycle; Icy Drink is also 30 seconds; and Smoothie times out at 45 seconds. The last (11th dial setting) is Self Clean. Self Clean has a 13 second cycle, and is does the job thoroughly (see pics). * Blender Jar or Pitcher - The blender pitcher is made of a poly carbonate, BPA Free, plastic. It is lightweight and shatter resistant compared to glass. It has a capacity of 56 oz. On either side of the pitcher handle there are graduated marks indicating ounces on one side and milliliters on the other. The plastic pitcher handle has a rubberized hand grip for more convenient handling. The rubberized grip is also removable for cleaning if needed. Directly opposite the pitcher handle is the pour spout, which is sealed when the pitcher lid is placed on top. The plastic pitcher lid is gasketed so it seals when firmly placed in the pitcher top. In the center of the gasketed lid is a round removable cap for adding ingredients, or tamping contents down through this opening (Tamper is not furnished). The cap can be opened by turning it to the Left to unlock it, and to the Right to lock it. The pitcher has a groove in the front, which matches the base for correct seating into the base. The pitcher also has four distinct ribs on either side, which allows the blades to create a powerful vortex blending any tough ingredients I place in the pitcher to be blended. At the bottom of the pitcher are the four stainless steel blades, which have four different angles to power through the harder ingredients. Although I have only used the Self-Clean function of this blender the pitcher and cap can go into the dishwasher – top rack only. * User-Friendly Blender – There is a simple learning curve operating this blender. It is very intuitive. I felt very comfortable using it after the first few times. I kept my included Instructional Manual close, but didn't need to look anything up after the first week. * Summary – The KitchenAid K400 5 Speed Blender can do so much more then my old blender. I keep it on my countertop because we use it so much. Besides Iceys and Smoothies this blender makes great, fresh, vegetable soups for my wife and I (see pics). We love fresh veggies and this blender helps us to eat more healthier foods. It makes sumptuous salsa blends, dips, and sauces. I highly recommend this K400. It makes a great upgrade from an older model blender, wedding gift, anniversary, birthday, or just to a special family member or friend. Buy one, you won't be disappointed. For me it is a 'Must-Have' kitchen countertop blender.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Powerful blender

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Ease of use, For smoothies, Power

    I am an extreme blender user, especially when it comes to making smoothies. This KitchenAid blender is super easy to use, doesn’t take up much space, and is super powerful. I like that it comes with the silver chrome-like metallic color, which matches my other appliances. The three pre-programmed recipe settings (Ice Crusher, Ice Drink, and smoothie) make the process of using the blender easy and quick. The fourth pre-programmed setting is the self-cleaning cycle that uses rapid pulses of power and high speeds to clean the blender jar; I use this every time before I wash the container. To use this, I fill the jar halfway with warm water with 1-2 drops of regular dish soap. The manual variable speed setting provides more control of the blender, and I mostly use this setting when I am making more than two servings of smoothie or non-drink purposes (such as mixing some cooking ingredients). The blender motor noise level is normal, and I can have a conversation while it is on. For all my smoothie drinks, I usually place a couple of mint leaves, and the blender does a great job to blend the flavor into my drinks. The blender crushes ice really fast and there is no issue with frozen food items, like fruits. The size of the jar is just right with a broader base and it is not too tall. I like this blender so much that I will be looking at purchasing its other accessories to make it a more versatile appliance. This is a U.S.A. designed and assembled product. The motor base is heavy-duty with a sturdy design and high-quality materials. When using at max power, the base does not move at all, which is due to the unit’s weighs about 11.5 lbs and the rubber bottom. The power cord has a thick diameter and is 34 inches (0.86 m) long. The side of the unit has two concave gripping slots for convenience whenever the unit needs to be moved. What makes this a great blender is how powerful it is, it is made with high-quality materials, and it is versatile (with accessories that are sold separately). I am satisfied using my new KitchenAid blender.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Excellent Blender

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    For blending, For smoothies
    Cons mentioned:
    Motor

    When it comes to small kitchen appliances, I don’t think there’s a whole lot to say. Does this blender do what it’s supposed to and does it do it well? Yes, absolutely! The 1200W motor has cut through everything I’ve thrown at it with ease, including ice and tougher veggies like carrots. The blade does a nice job of creating a vortex that evenly blends everything. It’s well built and I think it would fit into most kitchens esthetically. My one critique would have been to make the container housing out of glass instead of plastic, but not a huge deal. It’s still dishwasher safe and that’s all that matters to me. To address the smell of the motor some other reviewers have mentioned - I believe it’s due to the motor being new. After a few uses I haven’t noticed the same smell anymore. If you’re looking for a quality blender for cooking, smoothies, or whatever your heart desires, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed with your choice in this Kitchenaid.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    A blender that blends as good as it looks...

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    For blending, Power

    This is my review of the KitchenAid 5 Speed blender with the beautiful Contour Silver color (KSB4027CU). So my old $20 black Friday special no name blender is on its last leg with sticking buttons and leaking pitcher. It's about time to get that new blender but not any blender. I wanted to get us one that would not only be a great blender but also look good in the kitchen. So when this KitchenAid blender came available it was a no brainer. What I like: -Low settings are not loud at all -It blends fast and how you like it -The slow start up is an excellent feature -I really like the lighted start button (light around the button) -The pitcher is very light ( 1 lb 12.7 ounces with lid on) -handles everything I throw at it -Easy cleanup -base doesn't move around -the color is very beautiful and the finish looks like it will last What I could of liked better -the weight of the base might seem heavy to some -rubber pads on bottom of base -wish the pitcher was glass (but even Vitamix uses plastic) -a retractable cord -pitcher lid seal material could of been rubber rather than plastic (but haven't noticed any leaky seal) The motor on this thing is super strong. I try not to over fill with to many frozen fruit and ice but this motor had no problem blending everything I put into it even when I had very little liquid on start (sometimes you want a thick smoothie). I like starting at the lowest setting then increase the power to how smooth I want the drink I am making and you can adjust on the fly. I have the GE CAFE stainless steal kitchen and this blender fits in like it was made specifically for it. The instruction literature shows that this blender is part of a KitchenAid system. I will be looking to purchase some additional parts especially a second pitcher. This would make a great wedding or any gift.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Enjoying this blender!

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    Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.

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    Pros mentioned:
    For smoothies, Power

    I bought this to use as a backup while my Vitamix was gone for repair - and I didn't want to miss my morning smoothie. I'd already returned a Ninja (that couldn't handle the greens that I put in my smoothie.. made it look like regurgitated food).. so I wasn't expecting much. Well.. this powerful, good looking, blender really surprised and impressed me. I use lettuces, kale, spinach, then add frozen fruits and almond milk.. and the greens need to not be chunky. I do run it through 1 and 1/2 smoothie cycles to get the consistency that I like.. first run is just a bit too lumpy, but so far, it handles the greens as well as my Vitamix. I think I'll be taking turns using the 2 blenders.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Sturdy, easy dial

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Ease of use

    When looking at blenders a couple of key features come to mind that equate to quality; function and build. This blender has both of those features. First, the functionality of this blender is on par with what I expect. it's omni function dial does everything that is needed, from this appliances standpoint. The dial is also very easy to understand and use, anyone will be able to use this without much studying needed. The second thing that makes me like this blender is the build. It is sturdy, plain and to the point. Its a tad on the heavier side, but not too heavy which gives me a sense of comfort that I am not using a cheap plastic unit. The color scheme is also very appealing to the eye. This blender is a must have if you are looking a quality unit at a decent price, it can easily compete with other players in the marketplace. All in all I highly recommend this small appliance due to its ease of use and its high quality build.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Heavy duty! That’s a great job at making smoothies

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

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    Pros mentioned:
    For smoothies

    That’s a great job at making smoothies and crushing ice.Very heavy base and looks and feels substantial .I got the white one and it looks great in my kitchen

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    One Awesome Machine !

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    Pros mentioned:
    Ease of use, For blending, Power
    Cons mentioned:
    Motor

    I stop myself from calling this a "blender". It's truly an awesome machine. Yes it acts like a blender, but it's so much more. It's a smoothie maker, a professional slushy drink mixer, and a blender all in one. Its beautifully made and its great to look at. The polymer jar is light, strong, and large (56 oz or 1650 ml). It sets easily and securely on the heavy motor base. It sets on the base in basically two directions for left and right handed users. When setting it on the base the jar shaft easily matches the motor shaft for effortless alignment. The lid for the jar fits easily and tightly on top, yet is easily removed when needed. The opening to add ingredients while blending is easily removed and fits securely with a simple twist. The motor base is heavy with its 1200 watt motor and simple dial control. The base is still easily moved using the nice side finger holes to securely lift the entire unit. The unit has the feel, construction, fit, finish, and nice touches like an Apple product. The simple dial control allows easy setting of the ice crusher setting, the icy drink setting, the smoothie setting, and the clean function setting as well as 5 other speed settings and a manual pulse setting. After the selection is made, you simply push the power button and the machine does the rest. Most of the settings have built in time allotments for the particular function. Once completed, the machine will shut itself off. Of particular note is the icy drink setting that starts slow, speeds up, slows down to allow the ice to drop, and then speeds back up for a faster smooth blend. It really works.! Both the drink setting and smoothie settings produce a well ground up smooth-as-silk mixture!. Much smoother and much more consistent results than a standard blender will produce. Yes, its a great machine. I would highly recommend it to anyone. Some reviewers have mentioned a motor smell, I noticed the same on the first use. After a few minutes of use, it was gone and did not return. With a manufacture 5 year warranty, I am not to worried there will be an issue. A Great Machine that you will not be sorry you spent the extra money on.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Awesome Blender

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

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    Bought this Blender for my Best Friend's Birthday, in April. We both love it. Because he needs to gain a lot of weight, I fix us Smoothies, almost daily. It is so easy to make them, & they are delicious! It is amazing how quiet & efficient the blades are in crushing the Ice. Because the Base is so heavy, the Blender really feels safe to use, every time. Even though it's not Glass, the the hard plastic, gives me confidence, the Pitcher will last for a while. Because we believed that the attachments came with Blender, we were disappointed when they did not.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Looks Good if Motor Doesn't Burn Out

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    For smoothies
    Cons mentioned:
    Blades, Frozen ingredients, Loud

    I acquired this Kitchen Aid blender model KSB4027CU because our Vitamix began to choke on smoothies with a lot of frozen fruit—the blades would simply stop turning. This Kitchen Aid blender looked sturdy enough for the job, and when it arrived I was very impressed by the weight of the base, indicating a very powerful motor. The jar is plastic and seemed sturdy enough for that material, although I prefer glass. The blender has an interesting design. The control dial can be turned clockwise to five positions, numbered 1-5, for five manual speeds. They are programmed to run for three minutes. Beyond those positions are four additional settings, marked by little pictures: ice crush, icy drink, smoothie, and clean, programmed to run for 30, 30, 45, and 13 seconds, respectively. I wonder how they decided that 13 seconds was optimal for cleaning. My major intended use for this blender is for smoothies, so I tried that setting first. This only frozen ingredients I included were some frozen leafy greens, and the blender did a beautiful job effortlessly churning up a frothy smoothie. The real test, though, was the kind of smoothie my son likes to make, with a huge amount of frozen berries. Given the amount of frozen material for this test, it seemed that we should probably grind at the ice crush or icy drink setting first before using the smoothie setting. We tried icy drink because the manual lists as suggested items to blend at this setting "ice, whole fruits or vegetables, or frozen fruits." During the blending, the blender was extremely loud and we began smelling a smoky odor. That setting did the job all right, but it was worrisome that the motor seemed to labor so much the very first time we used it. So, it remains to be seen whether this blender follows the same fate as our Vitamix. The clean setting works well, by the way, pulsing for the 13 seconds it takes to clean the jar. I like the concept of a variable-speed blender plus several preprogrammed settings. The one setting that sometimes startles me is the pulse setting, which is one notch counterclockwise from the off position. More than once when I was done blending I tried to turn off the blender by spinning the control dial all the way counterclockwise, which went to the pulse setting. It reminded me of a family car we use to have with the Reverse setting right next to the Drive setting for the automatic transmission, and more than once I accidentally overshot the Drive position from a lower gear, momentarily moving into reverse with the car moving. Fortunately, overshooting to the Pulse setting on the blender is not dangerous like our car's gear shifting, just a little surprising.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Wonderful blender

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    Owned for 2 months when reviewed.

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    Great price for the quality and power of this device. I was going to get a Vitamix, but always stop myself because of the cost. This is a solid piece of machinery and performs well. I’m glad I didn’t spend the extra dollars for a Vitamix, it’s unnecessary.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Just what the shake doctor ordered

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    Was consistently having issues making these new flavored shakes that are all the rage in nutrition clubs popping up everywhere. This blender definitely solved my problems. It's very reminiscent of the professional blenders you see in those shops and seems to work just as well. I was always surprised seeing the square containers but for whatever reason it works much better than my previous circular container. I throw in my dry ingredients for a quick mix and then just straight ice and the results are stellar. Highly recommended!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Good Quality!

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    Great blender! I use it everyday, and it's amazing! Smoothies come out great! and it's very easy to use. I was a bit worried when I first used it, because it did smell like burn but it doesn't anymore.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Excellent replacement

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

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    I had a kitchenaid, glass/round unit. Went through the rubber thingy on the base unit b/c the blade mechanism would eventually lock up. They don't make them anymore, so I went with this replacment. Very impressed! Ice turns to snow, excellent for hummus. Mixes very fast due to the four sided container.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Built like a beast

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

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    Bought this blender for my daughter she mixes a lot of nutritional drinks.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    good blender!!!

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

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    I am really happy with this Kitchen Aid blender.I still have my Kitchen Aid mixer bought in 1976. It still works super well. The new blender is good for making smoothies and other healthy drinks. This is important to me because now that i am growing older, my health has become more of an issue.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 3 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great blender but still smells bad a month later

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

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    I've owned numerous blenders (3 of them Kitchen Aid), and this one is the most powerful thus far. It makes a wonderful smoothie in record time, like 15 seconds. However. From day one it has emitted a nasty, electrical, burning smell even after only 10 seconds of use. I read extensively online about this, and apparently most new blenders have lubricant in the motor that creates this smell at first. OK, but it's been through about 15 uses already, and the smell persists. So it's worrisome. Also, the icons around the knob are very difficult to read. They should be backlit but are not. For the price, I would have expected better design and an insert warning about the smell if it is truly nothing to worry about.

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    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Mean machine

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    The title says it all. This blender makes quick work out of anything I throw at it. I have made mixed drinks with lots of ice and also blended ingredients for some homemade soups. It crushes ice with ease. Makes my old blender look like garbage. When I mixed ingredients for my soup, it came out with a perfect texture. Not watery or to clumpy. I love this thing. Hands down the best blender I have ever owned.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Efficient

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

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    I love kitchen aid product because of the durability. I needed to replace my old kitchen aid blender and I was not disappointed.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great blender but plastic???

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    Owned for 3 months when reviewed.

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    It's a great blender, but for the price, why is the blender jar plastic? It makes the thing feel so cheap. Whenever I use it I think "I paid hundreds of dollars and got this cheap plastic thing?" Come on KitchenAid!

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    I would recommend this to a friend
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