Product Review: KitchenAid Pro Line Cordless Hand Blender
The KitchenAid Pro Line Cordless Hand Blender scored high before I even used it. Sure, it looks great. Sure, it’s convenient. Sure, it’s KitchenAid.
But, when I opened the box to take it out and my wife discovered that the attachments come in a handy suitcase with a clear plastic, snap-closed lid, she said, “Oooo,” before we even used it. In her parlance that means, “Job well done, KitchenAid.” There’s nothing that bothers her more than pieces and parts of kitchen gadgets strewn all over the cupboards. Especially when I am usually the strew-er.
Don’t get me wrong, I was excited, too. But the “Oooo” test was a great early indication—and the hand blender lived up to our expectations.
Handily chopped salad ingredients
I immediately found a use for the blender, since it does so many things. For dinner that night, we were having a salad (with shredded roast chicken) and I hate hand chopping the veggies for a salad–it makes my hands ache. So I plated the greens and the chicken and then went looking for accoutrements to add texture, taste, and color. You can see how nicely the chopper works.
First up, was half of a fresh yellow pepper. Using the chopper attachment (sort of a mini food processor), I quartered the half pepper and placed the pieces in the chopper. The blender’s on/off switch can be used as a pulse button, so I set it on Speed 3 (of five speeds) and pulsed three times. Perfect!
Next, rather than grating carrots for the salad, I decided to give the chopper another go. So I rinsed it out, cut a carrot into about 1-1/4 inch sized pieces, and went back to Speed 3 and three pulses. Nada. All it did was move the carrot pieces around and scrape off a little flesh.
But, carrots are significantly harder than peppers, so I bumped the speed up to five, doubled the number of pulses to 6, and success! Nicely chopped carrots for our salad. In retrospect, it would have worked better to just process (hold the button down) rather than pulse the carrots. I would just have to watch the size of the carrot pieces it was creating and stop at the right time.
Then I threw some raspberries on the salad for a little sweetness—no processing required.
Looking at the salad, something was missing. Ah, pecans! After rinsing out the chopper again—I’m loving this chopper—I threw a handful of whole, frozen pecans in, processed on Speed 3 for a few seconds, and they came out just about perfect. Sprinkling them over the salad, I thought, “and this is just the chopper. I can’t wait to try a couple other things.”
Freedom of movement
Did I mention the hand blender is cordless? Because it is. It has a 12V rechargeable Lithium-ion battery and the accompanying charger stand. But it is every bit as powerful as a corded hand mixer—and much more flexible in how and where it can be used—even outside!
The instructions said to allow three hours for the initial charge and I did—though the light showing a full charge came on after a shorter amount of time. While we were eating our salads, my wife and I discussed all the ways a tool like this would make life easier in the kitchen. I mean, it won’t replace a stand mixer, but think about fixing Thanksgiving dinner.
- On the stovetop to make gravy or mashed potatoes.
- On the kitchen table to chop up items for the salad.
- On the counter to whip some cream for the pumpkin pie or meringue for the chocolate pie.
- To crush some ice for the margarita that keeps you smiling through it all.
Heck, if necessary and your kitchen is small, you could even send someone into another room to do some food preparation tasks and not have to worry about a place to plug in the blender. This could be handy for many valid reasons—and I think you know what I’m saying.
What’s in the box
The hand blender has two extender arms—one 8-inch and the other 13-inch, which makes stirring a deep pot of sauce easy—and five mixing attachments (three bell blades, a whisk, and the chopper). And if that’s not enough, there’s also a 1-liter blending pitcher—oh, and that “Oooo”-eliciting storage case. Plus, the battery and the battery charger.
More KitchenAid Pro Line team members
KitchenAid’s Pro Line of products includes more than the cordless hand blender, of course. There’s also a toaster and an electric kettle, as well as a stand mixer, a waffle maker, and an enameled cast-iron dutch oven and grill pan in 4-quart and 6-quart sizes.
This toaster automatically senses bread in the slot, lowers it to toast, and raises it when done—no need to manually lower your bread. This heavyweight, die-cast aluminum toaster is superior in performance and functionality—and looks stunning. It is available in 2- or 4-slot versions.
Enjoy these features:
- An “a little longer” button, that allows extra browning, without starting at the beginning of the cycle or changing settings.
- Shade of toasting is determined by a sliding lever, numbered 1 to 7. An LED timer light indicates toasting progress.
- Automatic keep warm function begins 45 seconds after the toasting cycle is complete, if you haven’t removed the toast. This function lowers your toast for 3 minutes, ensuring the perfect serving temperature.
- Extra-wide and long slots and self-centering racks allow for thick-sliced artisan breads or English muffins.
- Bagel function efficiently toasts the inside of a cut bagel, without over-browning the outer crust.
- The frozen function defrosts frozen bread, waffles, or pastries, before beginning the toasting cycle.
This electric kettle combines superb functionality with exquisite design. In just minutes, this kettle boils the precise temperature of water you prefer for teas, instant soup, oatmeal, a French press coffeemaker, and more. Choose an exact temperatures from 122-212 F (50 to 100 C) and then the easy-to-read temperature gauge shows when that precise temperature is reached—even when the kettle is removed from the base.
The sleek dome design of this electric kettle keeps the heat in while staying cool to the touch. You’ll enjoy the soft-grip ergonomic handle and angled spout for controlled pouring. Plus, there’s a water level window so you always know how much water is available.