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KitchenAid Diamond 5‑Speed Blender Review

The KitchenAid brand has an excep­tion­al rep­u­ta­tion and is for years syn­ony­mous for qual­i­ty and design. The KitchenAid KSB1575 Dia­mond 5‑Speed Blender is no excep­tion, how­ev­er, it is also avail­able in two oth­er less pop­u­lar mod­els to KSB1570 and KSB655. All three mod­els have an iden­ti­cal base unit design, motor, and oth­er parts but dif­fer by the design and selec­tion of jars and con­trol pan­el design. It is avail­able in 21 dif­fer­ent col­ors with the price rang­ing from $80 to $160 depend­ing on the pack­age, col­or, and retailer.

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Functionality and Versatility

Smooth­ie: The KitchenAid Dia­mond 5‑Speed Blender makes excel­lent smooth­ies from soft fruit and veg­eta­bles but out­puts a bit grainy drinks from hard ingre­di­ents like car­rots or leave some small green flecks when pro­cess­ing leafy food like kale, spinach, and oth­ers. It takes anoth­er 2–3 min­utes to blend them into the decent­ly smooth con­sis­ten­cy. So, it takes some effort to process qual­i­ty green smooth­ies using the KitchenAid machine.

This machine will well homog­e­nize nice­ly nuts or gin­ger root added to the smooth­ies. How­ev­er, it will not han­dle well straw­ber­ry or blue­ber­ry part­ly pro­cess­ing it and part­ly leav­ing them intact.

In addi­tion, it is not pow­er­ful enough to eas­i­ly deal with thick mix­ers when it becomes thick the machine tends to form air pock­ets, slow down the speed, and make whirring sounds. So, the user always has to add a suf­fi­cient amount of liq­uid to keep the mix­ture watery.

Juic­ing: No blender is designed to make a text­book juice by sep­a­rat­ing fiber and liq­uid. How­ev­er, if a blender makes a smooth smooth­ie then some­times it is called whole Juice. The KitchenAid is able to make “whole juice” with some efforts and needs to blend for 2–3 min­utes in total.

Frozen ingredients/desserts: This machine can turn ice cubes into snow. The Ice auto­mat­ic set­ting will do it per­fect­ly well by puls­ing con­tent for 30 sec­onds or the man­u­al­ly used pulse func­tion also might be used for this pur­pose. It is per­fect for snow cones or moon­shine slushies. How­ev­er, blend­ing frozen fruits in smooth­ies could be a bit chal­leng­ing for this blender, it needs a suf­fi­cient amount of liq­uids for this pur­pose oth­er­wise, it will stall due to air pock­ets form­ing and had to be stopped to stir up con­tent man­u­al­ly because it comes with­out any tam­pers or sim­i­lar tools.

So, this machine hard­ly will pre­pare ice cream or frozen yogurts eas­i­ly, how­ev­er, the user can try to per­form this task with extra efforts applied.

Soup/ hot ingre­di­ents: The KitchenAid Dia­mond 5‑Speed machine will pre­pare hot soup from scratch because it does not heat any liq­uids via fric­tion and it either does not have any heat­ing ele­ments. If you want to process already heat­ed food then the user man­u­al advice to cool the liq­uids before use if pos­si­ble or when blend­ing boil hot ingre­di­ents it requires to remove the cup from the insert in the mid­dle of the lid and cov­er it with the tow­el to reg­u­late the pres­sure the hot food may cre­ate inside of the con­tain­er. Although it is not straight­for­ward but seems clear that this machine is not real­ly designed for blend­ing hot liq­uids. Some con­sumers who used the machine for tasks like bul­let­proof cof­fee com­plain that the pitch­er seal­ing gas­ket wea­ried out soon after using it for hot liq­uids. How­ev­er, this machine is per­fect­ly capa­ble of puree­ing cooled down ingre­di­ents for soup.

Puree­ing: This KitchenAid Dia­mond 5‑Speed Blender can suc­cess­ful­ly puree cooked and raw veg­eta­bles with some liq­uids added. It is able to make deli­cious hum­mus with a decent amount of liq­uid, how­ev­er, it requires to scrap down the sides in between purée puls­ing, but it came out well blended.

Chopping/food prep: May­on­naise, sal­ad dress­ings, may­on­naise, gua­camole, sauces, and sal­sa is what this blender does the best. It is capa­ble of emul­si­fy­ing var­i­ous dips how­ev­er the thick ones like hum­mus with some efforts and enough liq­uids added. It is also per­fect for veg­gies or nuts chop­ping. How­ev­er, it is not pow­er­ful enough for chop­ping meat or fish.

Nut milk: The KitchenAid Dia­mond 5‑Speed Blender will make decent nut milk, it eas­i­ly pul­ver­izes nut in liq­uids into homo­ge­neous consistency.

Nut but­ter: This machine will be able to make nut but­ter from the soaked for few hours or roast­ed nuts (although not per­fect­ly smooth) by stop­ping the machine a few times and mix­ing it with the spat­u­la. Be pre­pared to add some oils and liq­uids also when pro­cess­ing your nut butter.

Grinding/milling: The KitchenAid Dia­mond 5‑Speed Blender will grind the cof­fee, nuts, flax seeds, and grat­ed cheese. The machine will also mill the oats and oth­er soft grain but not suit­able for mak­ing bak­ing qual­i­ty flour from hard grains like wheat or rice.

Dough/batter: This machine is not designed to knead dough how­ev­er it is per­fect­ly capa­ble of mak­ing deli­cious crepes or cook­ies batter.

Although KitchenAid Dia­mond 5‑Speed is a sim­ple and not expen­sive blender there is a learn­ing curve to learn how to use it most effi­cient­ly. For exam­ple, to blend the decent green smooth­ies you have to pulse it, then apply chop speed and puree at the end, it involves few steps, so in few min­utes and few steps, you will be able to achieve a good result.

Speed Settings and Programs

The KitchenAid Dia­mond 5‑Speed Blender is equipped with 8 but­tons the pow­er — Pulse, Ice Crush pre-set pro­gram, and 5‑speed but­tons — 1) stir, (2) mix, (3) chop, (4) puree, and (5) liquefy.

To start blender oper­at­ing the user have to press the pow­er but­ton and then choose the speed, Ice Crush pre-set, or Pulse func­tions. If the user wants to use the pulse then after choos­ing the pulsed it also requires select­ing the exact pulse speed from 5 avail­able ((1) stir, (2) mix, (3) chop, (4) puree, and (5) liquefy).

The Crush Ice but­ton is pre-pro­grammed to pulse at dif­fer­ent speeds for 30 sec­onds. The con­trol pan­el design for KitchenAid KSB1575 Dimond, KSB1570E, and KSB655 mod­el dif­fers slight­ly only by the shape of but­tons and absolute­ly iden­ti­cal in functionality.

So, the blender’s choice of speed is quite good and allows the user to make a good array of nice recipes. All the but­tons are slight­ly raised pro­vid­ing a lit­tle tac­tile feed­back, so the user will nev­er won­der if the but­ton actu­al­ly was pushed or not. Over­all, the con­trol pan­el looks very sleek and solid.

Ease of Using and Cleaning

Oper­at­ing: The KitchenAid Dia­mond 5‑Speed machine is very easy to assem­ble and use. Since it has the blade inbuilt into the pitch­er it requires only put the pitch­er on the base and turn the pitch­er clock­wise until you hear the sound. Add ingre­di­ents, close the lid. And it is ready for running.

To dis­as­sem­ble the blender the user has to rotate the pitch­er coun­ter­clock­wise to unlock and remove it. Some peo­ple com­plain that it is hard to dis­as­sem­ble but it hap­pens not very often just with some units. It has a great, secure lock­ing mech­a­nism and a very easy pour with no drips.

Clean­ing: The user man­u­al indi­cates that the KitchenAid Dia­mond 5‑Speed Blender is dish­wash­er safe for easy clean­ing up. How­ev­er, many con­sumers pre­fer to fol­low the self-clean­ing pro­ce­dure that is quite com­mon for the blenders with an irre­mov­able blade sys­tem. Fill the jar with the halfway water, add few drops of soap and run it for 30–60 sec­onds. In order to keep the blender clean, it is advis­able to rinse it imme­di­ate­ly after use, so it will not build up accu­mu­la­tion. After the rinse it may, e cleaned in the dish­wash­er or with the self-clean­ing procedure.

Base Unit and Motor Power

The inte­ri­or build qual­i­ty of the KitchenAid Dia­mond 5‑Speed Blender seems great and heavy duty because it comes with a heavy die-cast base that looks stur­dy and sol­id. How­ev­er, it is equipped with quite a low pow­er motor of only 0.9HP (671 watts) what is typ­i­cal for cheap­er blenders under $50. Nev­er­the­less, the KitchenAid 5‑speed blender def­i­nite­ly will out­per­form the func­tion­al­i­ty of the $50 machine and com­petes with the machines that cost under $100 and equipped with pow­er up to 1100 watts. Thus the motor has a good design although the pow­er is rather low for this price range.

But the KitchenAid Dia­mond 5‑Speed Blender motor con­struc­tion still has one draw­back. The gear that affixed to the bot­tom of the pitch­er is made of plas­tic. The plas­tic gear is locat­ed at the place of high-speed spin­ning thus exposed to high loads and may dis­in­te­grate quick­ly what con­sid­er­ably reduces the dura­bil­i­ty of the machine. 

Containers

All KitchenAid mod­els come with the same qual­i­ty BPA–free plas­tic con­tain­ers that are designed to han­dle liq­uids heat­ed up to 180 F. The jars are heavy duty and seem quite durable there are no reports of crack­ing and break­ing of it even when it acci­den­tal­ly was dropped.

How­ev­er dif­fer­ent mod­els of this machine equipped with dif­fer­ent capac­i­ty and shape containers:

  • KSB1575 Dia­mond comes with 60 oz. soft grip and dia­mond-shaped container;
  • KSB1570 has a sim­ple round­ed shape and 56 oz. capacity;
  • KSB655 has also sim­ple round­ed 56 oz. con­tain­er and addi­tion­al 24-oz. culi­nary jar for grind­ing and milling the small­er amount of ingredients.

Blades

The KitchenAid Dia­mond 5‑Speed machine comes with the blade per­ma­nent­ly inbuilt into a machine that repli­cates the design of heavy-duty com­mer­cial type blenders like Vita­mix or Blendtec. The blades are very sharp, made of stain­less steel, and seem to be a good qual­i­ty. How­ev­er, some con­sumers report that they may become dull with­in 1 year if use.

Special Features

Col­ors: KitchenAid KSB1575 Dia­mond is avail­able in 21 col­ors –black, white, cap­puc­ci­no, pur­ple, and few shad­ows of metal­lic, red, pink, blue, yel­low, green.

The KSB1570 with the 56 oz. pitch­er is avail­able in 4 col­ors – black, red, white, and silver.

The KSB655 mod­el that comes with 56 oz. Pitch­er and culi­nary jar avail­able only in two col­ors – red and black.

The dif­fer­ent col­or units are also sold at dif­fer­ent prices.

Cer­ti­fied Refur­bished: All three mod­els are avail­able in cer­ti­fied refur­bished con­di­tion. The price for refur­bished units some­times twice cheap­er as for orig­i­nal units.

Use in coun­tries out­side of USA/Canada: The units sold in the USA and Cana­da come with a 110–120 volt­age sys­tem only. This machine is also avail­able in many coun­tries around the world and it is bet­ter to buy it local­ly oth­er­wise, the volt­age trans­former will be need­ed to oper­ate in coun­tries with a 220–240 volt­age system.

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Noise

The KitchenAid Dia­mond 5‑Speed Blenderi­Blender is the qui­etest one, espe­cial­ly con­sid­er­ing its low pow­er. The usu­al advice to reduce the noise out­put is to place rub­ber place­ment under­neath the base unit.

Warranty and Customer Service

warranty

All three mod­els usu­al­ly come with only a 1‑year lim­it­ed war­ran­ty which usu­al­ly reflects the dura­bil­i­ty of the unit. The KitchenAid cus­tomer ser­vice is usu­al­ly quite help­ful and replaces faulty items with­out a problem.

The KitchenAid web­site may show the 5 years lim­it­ed war­ran­ty but the price for the unit is much high­er than oth­er retail­ers’ offers, so the war­ran­ty is usu­al­ly also reflect­ed in the price. Nev­er­the­less, it is pos­si­ble to buy the extra extend­ed war­ran­ty for kitchen appli­ances with Ama­zon and oth­er retailers.

Optional Accessories and Attachments

The KitchenAid does not offer any extra acces­sories for any of the mod­els. It is only pos­si­ble to buy a replace­ment con­tain­er with inbuilt blades from the man­u­fac­tur­er or from online retailers.

Set Includes

  • Unit base with 0.9HP pow­er motor;
  • 60 oz. jar for KSB1575 mod­el, 56 jars for KSB1570 mod­el, and 56 oz. and 24 oz. con­tain­ers for the KSB655 model;
  • Lid with mea­sur­ing cup;
  • Use and Care Instructions.

Dimensions

This machine has a com­pact foot­print of only 7 x 9 inch­es, how­ev­er, it is quite tall with the total height includ­ing the lid and cup it mea­sures near­ly 18 inch­es and will not fit under the stan­dard kitchen cabinet.

The machine weighs around 9.4 pounds with a ship­ping weight of 12 pounds. It is also equipped with 44 inch­es pow­er cord. The cord does not have any stor­age under­neath the base unit.

Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • The KitchenAid Dia­mond 5‑Speed Blender has a sleek and fair­ly ver­sa­tile machine.
  • This machine makes decent qual­i­ty drinks includ­ing the green smoothies.
  • Although the motor has only 0.9HP it quite pow­er­ful to per­form many func­tions which sim­i­lar wattage machines usu­al­ly can­not do, so it can save some mon­ey on ener­gy consumption.

Cons:

  • The KitchenAid Dia­mond 5‑Speed machine comes with a part­ly plas­tic blade to motor cou­pling what tends to wears out the system.
  • Although this machine looks sol­id and stur­dy it is not very durable and has few issues which influ­ence its lifespan.
  • It has only a 1‑year lim­it­ed war­ran­ty which is rather small for the rep­utable brand.

KitchenAid 5‑Speed Blender Consumer Reviews

The KitchenAid brand has a very good rep­u­ta­tion among the cus­tomer and this blender is no exclu­sion. It is very pop­u­lar and has a num­ber of very pos­i­tive reviews.

Ama­zon rat­ing — 4.3

KitchenAid KSB1575 Diamond 5‑Speed Blender Price

The KitchenAid blender price varies great­ly between dif­fer­ent retail­ers. The man­u­fac­tur­er’s site sell­ing it at around $160. Some online retail­ers offer very attrac­tive prices for this unit and Ama­zon often offers the best bar­gain (depend­ing on unit color).

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Summary

In gen­er­al, the KitchenAid KSB1575 Dia­mond KSB1575/KSB1570/KSB655 5‑Speed Blender is quite a good machine if you can grab it for under $100. It has some issues with dri­ve cou­pling, the blade gas­ket, and thus dura­bil­i­ty but it quite a ver­sa­tile machine with very pow­er­ful for such a low ener­gy con­sump­tion motor.

Would you like to con­sid­er a more pow­er­ful KitchenAid blender?  Read our “KitchenAid KSB4027 K400 Coun­ter­top Blender Review” arti­cle.

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2 Comments

    • lucy

      Hi Sher­ryl,
      The KitchenAid Dimond blender has an irre­mov­able blade assem­bly. So you sup­pose to clean the jar with­out remov­ing the blades. You can do it on the top rack of the dish­wash­er, self-clean­ing way (fill half full with warm water, and add 1 or 2 drops of dish­wash­ing liq­uid, put the lid on the pitch­er, press the speed 1 set­ting, and run the Blender for 5 to 10 sec­onds, remove the pitch­er and rinse with warm water). If you have trou­ble with clear­ing the food remains under the blades, use the kitchen brush.
      I hope it helps/

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