KitchenAid KHB2561CU 5-Speeds Blender Reviews
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KitchenAid KHB2561CU 5-Speeds Blender

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Feb 14, 2013 (Updated Feb 14, 2013)
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Pros:Easy to use. Lots of attachments. Versatile. Pan guard. Storage case.

Cons:Tipsy.

The Bottom Line: Whip, mix, stir, chop, froth, love. Buy it - you will find a use for it.


The KitchenAid KHB2561CU 5-Speed Handheld Blender is a godsend for anyone who likes to cook at any level, but especially if you like to get experimental and fancy sometimes. I bought this as part of my wedding registry. It replaced an earlier model of a similar KitchenAid hand blender.

This blender comes with an attachment case that is compartmented to help with organization. It has a chopper attachment cannister with top and blade (probably holds two cups) - this is the attachment I use most frequently as I HATE mincing and chopping with a knife. Also included is a four cup mini-blender pitcher with lid - great for smoothies and drinks. Also included is an attachable whisk, a general purpose blade, a frother blade and an S blade. There is a plastic pan protector that will fit over any of the bell blades and a splatter preventer that fits the same way. All of the attachments are useful, easy to attach and easy to clean. I haven't left any in the box, but I probably use the whisk the least. 

I use this product to make smoothies, process food, mince, chop, whip, etc. It is easier to clean than a full blender and does a great job with smaller to medium quantities. My hand mixer broke down (it was old) and this has done a great job of filling that gap. This might be the most used item in my chicken on Thanksgiving morning. It can make your potatoes and gravy smooth and then turn right around and chop nuts and whip cream for dessert.

I love that this is easy and convenient to use. The variety of attachments, blender container, and blades adds incredible versatility. It is powerful enough to handle the ice in the smoothies. It comes in a handy case that fits everything and includes a pan guard. You can use it with the pan guard to smooth out broths and gravy without risking a scratch to your cookware.

The attachments are easy to clean but not all of them are dishwasher safe, so be careful. The case is convenient for the different blades, the motor and the shaft, but doesn’t hold the chopper container or the blender. I had a hard time finding a place to fit it all in my small kitchen.  It is NOT stable to stand on its own. I have knocked more containers over trying to stand it up while I worked on something else than I care to admit to.  My only real complaint is that they changed where the attachments are fixed to the motor. I know that this increased the versatility of the number of things it could be attached to, but it feels less well attached to me.

I have sworn by hand blenders for ages and this is the mother of all hand blenders. If you have the money it's worth buying, but if you can't a less fancy KitchenAid will still serve well for many of these same purposes. If I had to choose between this and a standard blender, I would choose this in a heart beat.  


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