Product Review: KitchenAid Diamond Vortex 5-Speed Blender
For a busy chef, a great blender makes all the difference. Whether I’m planning a party or just feeding myself for the day, I’m always in a rush! What would I do without being able to make a smoothie before running out the door in the morning? Having a reliable and powerful blender, like the KitchenAid Diamond Vortex 5-Speed Blender, is a necessity. It helps keep me on time and healthy.
From the time I brought this blender home, I haven’t moved it from the counter top. It has quickly become essential because of its efficiency. Whenever I’m behind schedule, whether it is getting to work, running errands, or making it to my kids’ soccer game on time, it only takes me five minutes to toss an assortment of fruit and veggies into the blender and produce a delicious smoothie that satisfies my hunger—and prevents me from defaulting to a drive-thru and ruining my health regimen.
Using the Vortex
Not only is my Vortex extremely efficient, but it’s easy to use. The different settings function exactly as you expect them to, creating a variety of textures and consistencies to suit the needs of whatever you’re preparing.
The first thing I made, of course, was a fruit smoothie. After adding strawberries, bananas, blueberries, and yogurt, I put the lid on and set it to puree. After a minute or two, I turned it off and poured out my smoothie.
The first couple times I used the blender, the pitcher was a little difficult to remove, but the rubber feet on the base helped hold it in place while I twisted with both hands. After a couple uses, though, I have no problem removing the pitcher.
Unlike my previous blender, the KitchenAid Vortex has an exceptionally smooth pour. I didn’t lose a single drop of my smoothie. The fruit was evenly pureed, making the smoothie easy to drink through a straw—but not so thin that it was watery.
After experiencing the blender’s effectiveness with my go-to blender use—fruit smoothies—I decided to step it up a notch and test it with an ingredient that wasn’t as soft: the ice for margaritas!
In addition to the five blending settings—stir, chop, mix, puree, and liquefy—there is also an option to crush ice cubes. The ice-crushing function created the perfect icy slush for this frozen drink. I even threw in a few fresh strawberries that blended up wonderfully. My girlfriends raved.
Finally, I decided to put my blender to the real test. I had read that KitchenAid blenders can handle the heavy work of chopping and pureeing vegetables, so I decided to try making a green smoothie. I have wanted to sample this diet, but have been leery of how a blender would perform. I did some rough chopping before adding the ingredients and then tossed them in to see how the blender would fare.
While my KitchenAid took a little longer with the veggies and kale than it did with the fruit, it certainly got the job done! For this experiment I used the pulse function of the blender, which progresses on its own through the five settings. The pulse action evenly broke down all the ingredients, leaving veggies like celery and kale just as smoothly blended as the banana I included.
Regardless of what I made, cleaning up after using the Vortex was a breeze. The blender’s signature action prevents excessive splattering, so there is no mess on my counter tops from smoothie drips when I remove the lid. The pitcher and lid are both dishwasher safe, or you can fill the pitcher half way with water, add a drop of soap, pulse a few times, pour it out, rinse, and be done. Just be extremely careful of the blade because it is quite sharp.
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Your turn: What is the first thing you would make in a new KitchenAid Vortex Blender?