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KitchenAid 5‑Speed Hand Blender Review | KHB2561 and KHB2571 Models

kitchenaid 5-speed immersion blenderThe KitchenAid 5‑Speed is a mid-range immer­sion blender from the leg­endary KitchenAid brand. It comes in two mod­els — the KHB2561 and KHB2571 that are iden­ti­cal in tech­ni­cal para­me­ters, pow­er, speed set­ting, and design but dif­fer only by blend­ing shaft options. The KHB261 mod­els come with one blend­ing shaft, while the KHB2571 includes two blend­ing shafts in the set.

If you decide to buy one, you need to be keen to pick a suit­able mod­el. The fol­low­ing are some of the fac­tors that you need to con­sid­er when pur­chas­ing the KitchenAid hand blender.

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The KitchenAid 5‑Speed Hand Blender comes with a few attach­ments, while the Blend­ing Arm has three inter­change­able blades that are designed for dif­fer­ent tasks.

Blend­ing Arm with S‑blades (S‑blade, Mul­ti-Pur­pose, Frothier/Beater) – It is for puree­ing fresh fruits smooth­ies, soft pieces of frozen berries, blend­ing milk­shakes, mash­ing cooked veg­gies, soups, mix­ing sauces, and dress­ings; it can also crush small ice cubes, make baby food, you can also make with this attach­ment a per­fect bul­let­proof cof­fee. You can trans­fer this immer­sion blender into a full-size blender when using the build­ing arm and S‑blades with a 4‑cup blend­ing pitcher.

Blend­ing Arm with Mul­ti-Pur­pose — They are main­ly used for shred­ding meat, Cooked Meats, Beef Gravy, Liq­uidize Fruits, Minces, and Crushed Ice;

Blend­ing Arm with Frothier/Beater Blades - If you need to mix pan­cake, muf­fin, or cake bat­ter, this is the blade to fix. You can also use it froth milk lat­te, grapes, and cappuccino.

To froth milk, whisk egg white, or cream, you are to use the whisk attachment.

Whisker attach­ment — You are to use this attach­ment when­ev­er you need to whip egg white or emul­si­fy may­on­naise. You can also pre­pare hol­landaise sauce and mousse using this attachment.

Chop­per Acces­so­ry — This chops food like cooked meat, Gra­ham crack­er crumbs, nuts, beef gravy, Sal­sa, Parme­san Cheese, herbs, or veg­eta­bles. This can serve you well, espe­cial­ly when prepar­ing baby food.

Motor Body

The KitchenAid 5‑Speed Hand Blender motor body is made of stain­less steel, with a smooth tran­si­tion to the non-slip rub­ber part. The motor body also has the speed con­trol dial, pow­er but­ton, and 5ft long pow­er cord, which is long enough to allow you to maneuver.

Although the KitchenAid hand blender has only a 200 watts motor, this is pow­er­ful torque-wise, allow­ing smooth blend­ing even of thick mix­tures. The blender is also equipped with a ther­mal pro­tec­tion sys­tem that auto­mat­i­cal­ly stops the machine if it is overheated.

Speed Setting

The blender comes with a five vari­able speed dial locat­ed on the top of the body unit and a one-touch pow­er but­ton on the front of the body unit. To start the blend­ing, you select the desired speed, press the pow­er but­ton, con­tin­ue hold­ing it, and release it when fin­ish­ing your blend­ing. Although the mul­ti-speed set­ting pro­vides some flex­i­bil­i­ty over the blend­ing process, the bad side of it is that you have to use anoth­er hand to change the speed while you hold the pow­er but­ton. Besides, the speed dial is slip­pery and not easy to turn.

Attachment and Accessories

kitchenaid 5 speed immersion blender 1Blend­ing Arms has two remov­able blend­ing arms, also called the shafts, which are dipped in the blend­ing con­tain­ers while blend­ing. The KHB2571 mod­el comes with a long stick that is 13 inch­es for deep con­tain­ers and 8 inch­es for shal­low con­tain­ers. The KHB2561 mod­el includes only 8 inch­es blend­ing arm.

Three (3) Bell Blades — There are also three(S‑Blade, Mul­ti-Pur­pose, Beater/ froth­ier) inter­change­able bell blades assem­blies made from stain­less steel. The S‑blade bell is designed for blend­ing, crush­ing, and puree­ing tasks, Mul­ti-Pur­pose is for Shred­ding, while Frother/Beater is intend­ed for froth­ing and mixing.

Pan Guard and Bell Guard — Pan guards, are handy acces­sories; they pro­tect the cook­ware from being destroyed by the blades scratch­ing while in use. In addi­tion, the bell guards pro­tect the blades when stor­ing them after use.

Whisk Attach­ments – the attach­ment com­pris­es a whisk and whisk adapter designed for whisk­ing tasks.

Chop­per Attach­ment — Includes BPA-free chop­per bowl 2.5 cups/20 ounces, chop­per blades, and chop­per adapter. In addi­tion, the base of the chop­per bowl is equipped with a non-slip base that pre­vents unnec­es­sary move­ment while chopping.

Blend­ing Pitch­er — This is a four cups/1 liter BPA-Free blend­ing pitch­er that comes with the splash lid and is designed for blend­ing larg­er batch­es of baby food, smooth­ies, and oth­er tasks.

Assembling/Dissembling, Using, and Cleaning

Assembling/disassembling a Blend­ing Arm: You need to twist the bell blades to the blend­ing arm until it pro­duces a ‘click’ sound. Then join the motor body to the blend­ing arm, turn­ing it again until a ‘click’ sound. Next, adjust the speed con­trol dial to speed one. Final­ly, put the hand blender into the blend­ing cup. After­ward, acti­vate it by press­ing and hold­ing the pow­er but­ton and start blending.

Whisk Attach­ment: It is assem­bled by join­ing the whisk gear­box to the whisk attach­ment. Then con­nect the gear­box to the motor body by twist­ing them until you hear a ‘click’ sound. Now, set your hand blender at speed and start your blend­ing by press­ing the pow­er but­ton and releas­ing it when you finish.

Chop­per Attach­ment: Sim­ply put the chop­per blade into a chop­per bowl, then twist the motor body to the chop­per adapter. Select the speed one with the dial and acti­vate the blend­ing process by press­ing and hold­ing the On/Off button.

Clean­ing: You can clean the blend­ing arm, whisk, blend­ing pitch­er, and chop­ping bowl man­u­al­ly with soap and run­ning warm water or on the top rack of the dish­wash­er. Do not wash the motor body and gear­box­es what­so­ev­er; instead, wipe it with moist clean kitchen clothe.


The KitchenAid 5‑Speed Hand Blender has an extend­ed war­ran­ty of one year. This war­ran­ty takes effect from the date of pur­chase. There is also free trans­port, hand blender replace­ment, and repair.

Country of Production

The KitchenAid 5‑Speed Hand Blender KHB2561 and KHB2571 are man­u­fac­tured in China.

Set Includes

  • Motor Body with Pow­er Cord;
  • 8 and 13 inch­es stain­less steel Blend­ing Shafts (the KHB2561 mod­el only);
  • Two (2) 8 and 13 inch­es stain­less steel Blend­ing Shafts (the KHB2571 mod­el only);
  • Three (3) Bell Blades (S‑blade, Mul­ti-Pur­pose, Frothier/Beater);
  • Pan Guard and Bell Guard;
  • Whisk Attach­ment;
  • Chop­per Attachment;
  • Blend­ing Pitch­er with Lid;
  • Stor­age Container;
  • User Man­u­al.

Pros and Cons


  • It comes with many attach­ments to expand the func­tion­al­i­ty of the blender;
  • It has an excel­lent torque even though it has an aver­age wattage;
  • Has a two-length arm for the dif­fer­ent deep­ness of pots (the KHB2571 mod­el only);
  • Has three (3) inter­change­able blades;
  • Man­u­fac­tured by a rep­utable com­pa­ny that has very good cus­tomer support;


  • Non-intu­itive speed control;
  • Not easy to assem­ble chop­ping attachment;
  • Only 1‑year warranty;
  • Man­u­fac­tured in China.


The KitchenAid 5‑Speed Hand Blender KHB2561 and KHB2571 mod­els are both usu­al­ly priced under $200. How­ev­er, the KHB2561 comes with one 8 inch­es blend­ing arm and has a low­er price than the KHB2571 one, which comes with two (2) 13 inch­es and 8‑inches blend­ing arms.



Review­ers like the sim­plic­i­ty of assembling/dissembling the KitchenAid 5‑Speed Hand Blender and the idea of it hav­ing two shafts (the KHB2571 mod­el only) that enable to blend of food both in shal­low and deep cook­ware. In addi­tion, a great num­ber of peo­ple are sat­is­fied with the excel­lent cus­tomer ser­vice and the smart pack­ag­ing of the blender’s attach­ment. Cus­tomers also agree that the hand blender is stur­dy and easy to clean.


In a nut­shell, the KitchenAid 5‑Speed Hand Blender is a very good hand blender that has all the attach­ments that you may require, includ­ing the three dif­fer­ent blend­ing bells for a vari­ety of tasks, a high-qual­i­ty whisk, the  KHB2571 mod­el has two-shaft of dif­fer­ent sizes (13 inch­es and 8 inch­es). More­over, the blender has five vari­able speed dials to allow you to choose the pace at which you wish to blend. Also, it comes with three pan pro­tec­tors that match with each bell, pre­vent­ing the scratch­ing of your cook­ware. Besides, each bell has a snap-on that pro­tects them from dam­age when they are not in use. Final­ly, there is an excel­lent plas­tic case for safe stor­age where every­thing is held except the chop­ping con­tain­er and the mix­ing chop­per. The only draw­back of these modes is the loca­tion of the speed dial, which makes it dif­fi­cult to oper­ate the blenders with one hand touch.

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    • lucy

      Dear Louise,

      You can try a few dif­fer­ent options to find an 8‑inch shaft for the KitchenAid 5‑Speed Hand Blender Mod­el KHM2561:
      First, try the KitchenAid web­site; here is the parts and acces­sories sec­tion.
      You can also con­tact KitchenAid cus­tomer ser­vice; they are very help­ful and will assist you in resolv­ing this problem.

      You can also check with a local appli­ance repair shop. Some local appli­ance repair shops may be able to order a replace­ment shaft for you, or they may have one in stock that is com­pat­i­ble with your KitchenAid Mod­el KHM2561 hand blender.

      If you pur­chased your KitchenAid hand blender from an autho­rized deal­er, you may check with them if they can order a replace­ment shaft for you.

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