“This blender is a workhorse!”
With KitchenAid you just can’t go wrong . . .
KitchenAid has long been a manufacturer of kitchen appliances. They are typically known for their high quality and reasonable price and that proves to be the case with the KitchenAid KSB560MC 5-Speed Blender.
People who have purchased this blender call it a workhorse because it performs year after year. It’s reputation for performance has become so well known that it is one of Amazon.com’s best selling blenders.
I love the sleek look of this blender – it has clean lines and a matte finish that give this blender a real classy look. If you do not have the cabinet space you should have no qualms about keeping it on your kitchen counters because it’s a really nice design.
It is also one of their best customer rated blenders too earning an incredible 4 out of 5 stars with over 500 customer reviews!
Let’s Take a Good Look at the KitchenAid KSB560MC
How Many Colors Can I Choose From?
What Can This Blender Do?
This blender has a variety of different blending abilities including:
The above modes are typical on most blenders but what I like about this blender is that it also includes two additional buttons:
The pulse mode really comes in handy when you don’t want to run your blender for too long. It allows you to use your blender like a food processor and would be perfect for coarsely chopping things like nuts.
What I really like about this model is the crush ice feature. It’s the one button that you always want to see on a blender because it give you piece of mind that this blender will actually crush ice! Many report that this feature almost works too well saying that they no longer have little ice chunks in their smoothies anymore and that the texture is almost ‘too smooth’. This blender would be a winner with any one of our Minifer Girl smoothie recipes!
How Much Should You Pay for the KitchenAid 5-Speed KSB560MC?
The suggested list price is $189.99 but I have yet to see it anywhere near that price. You should expect to pay no more than $125.00 for this blender. Amazon typically has the best price for this blender and sells it for well under $125.00.
What is the Jar Like?
This model comes with a 56 ounce capacity polycarbonate jar so it won’t shatter into a million pieces if you accidentally drop it in your sink while cleaning it like the glass jars can. It is lightweight and scratch resistant. It also has a soft-grip handle which allows it to be carried easily and resist slipping and a drip free pour spout. It features measuring lines so that you can easily see how much you are putting into your container.
This model’s one piece construction was under scrutiny when it was first released. Many reported leaking from the bottom seal. However, in 2011 KitchenAid resolved this issue by re-designing the jar and since that time reports of leaking have gone significantly down.
You will love the one piece construction when you are ready to run it through the dish washer. No more worrying about taking the assembly apart and not putting it back together correctly. This is the major cause of a leaky blender so this feature gets an A+ in my book.
Another great feature is that this blender’s base has unique drain ports that allow the water to drain out of the base of your jar. No more opening the dishwasher and finding a base full of water you need to dump out. You can bet this helps to extend the life of the machine because you are keeping the metal working parts of the base drier.
This jar is heat and cold resistant and can withstand extremely cold or boiling temperatures without issue. So hot soup or milkshakes – you should have no problems with this great blender.
What Is the Machine’s Base Like?
The sturdy base is made from die-cast metal which is very solid and doesn’t feel cheap. The control panel is a flush electronic panel that allows you to easily switch between blending modes with the touch of a button. These flush buttons are great because they prevent liquids from entering the base and they are easily cleanable with the wipe of a sponge.
The only real negative report is that after many years of use the buttons can wear through but this is to be expected with heavy use.
How Powerful is the Motor?
It comes with a 0.9 horsepower (650+ watts) motor which is on the lower end of the power scale but users of this model report that motor really performs and that it is a workhorse. It would be a perfect family blender for those who would use it daily smoothies, soups, and milkshakes – much like an immersion blender. For those who are used to tougher blending like pureeing uncooked veggies – this is not the blender for you.
Tell Me About the Blades
The stainless steel blades are welded to the bottom which prevents food from getting stuck underneath them. Many report you have to be extra careful when hand washing your jar because these blades are sharp and they stay that way!
Is it Dishwasher Safe?
While this blender says that the entire jar is dishwasher safe, I would still suggest that you hand wash it whenever possible to extend the life of the seals.
Does it Come with a Warranty?
Yes. Kitchenaid provide a 1 year no hassle replacement warranty.
How is KitchenAid’s Customer Service?
From all accounts KitchenAid has a great customer service department that is reported to be friendly, knowledgeable and courteous. They are quick to assist you whether it is a question about the product or a problem.
The majority of folks seem pretty pleased. They especially liked the fact that you can get online and chat with one of their customer service representatives – that makes things easy for those who don’t want to call or send an e-mail. Through their online support you can register your product, get replacement parts and even seek out new KitchenAid products you might like to buy.
Phone Support : 1-800-541-6390
Available Monday-Friday from 8am to 8pm EST
Where Can You Buy the KitchenAid KSB560MC 5-Speed Blender On Sale?
Our favorite place to buy any small appliance is Amazon as because this is where I have gotten the best deals. While places like Sears.com sell this online for $159.00, Amazon has this priced at well under $125 . So Amazon is definitely my go to!