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KitchenAid K150 Blender Review | 3 Speed Ice Crushing Blender

kitchenaid k150 blender with attachmentKitchenAid is well-known for man­u­fac­tur­ing qual­i­ty Stand Mix­ers and Food Proces­sors. How­ev­er, it also pro­duces basic, mid-range, and high-end blender mod­els. The KitchenAid K150 is a basic Blender that is avail­able in two mod­els, the KSB1325 and the KSB1332 with addi­tion­al per­son­al attachments.

Read our hon­est review to find out if this machine is a good option for some­one who wants to buy a sim­ple but qual­i­ty KitchenAid blender.

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Functionality and Versatility

Smooth­ie: This machine is pow­er­ful enough not only to process soft fruit and veg­etable but make rea­son­ably smooth smooth­ies from tough and leafy ingre­di­ents like kale, Swiss chard, and car­rots. It effi­cient­ly process­es nuts, chia seeds, hemp hearts, or straw­ber­ry and blue­ber­ry seeds with­out any crunchy residues left in a drink. It is also more than capa­ble of pro­duc­ing excel­lent milkshakes.

Juices: It is capa­ble of mak­ing real­ly smooth smooth­ies, aka “whole juice,” which includes fiber and liq­uid and does not sep­a­rate them as a clas­sic juice machine does. How­ev­er, you can buy sep­a­rate­ly cit­rus juice attach­ment com­pat­i­ble with this blender.

Frozen ingredients/desserts: It han­dles any frozen ingre­di­ents and whole ice cubes in drinks very well. It is also capa­ble of crush­ing ice with­out any liq­uid added to snow con­sis­ten­cy to pro­duce decent snow cones, frozen desserts, and ice cream. In addi­tion, this machine will make a vari­ety of bar-qual­i­ty frozen drinks like daiquiris, mar­gar­i­tas, Mud­slide, or Pina Coladas.

Nut milk: This gad­get has enough pow­er to pul­ver­ize nuts to pro­duce nut milk. The user should use the nut bag to remove the excess fiber from the processed liq­uid for the per­fect quality.

Puree­ing: The blender is capa­ble of puree­ing the major­i­ty of food, but pro­cess­ing any thick mix­er always requires some stir­ring. The blender comes with a tam­per, so users may use it to poke things around when needed.

Soup/ hot ingre­di­ents: This machine is not able to heat liq­uids via blade fric­tion; nei­ther has a heat­ing ele­ment, but it is per­fect­ly capa­ble of pro­cess­ing hot liq­uids. Both 48oz. and 16 oz. con­tain­ers can han­dle hot food, but the user man­u­al rec­om­mends using this pur­pose only a large pitch­er because it comes with a vent­ed lid and will release the steam and pressure.

Chopping/food prep: The blender is equipped with 3 speeds and a pulse func­tion that is more than enough for mak­ing sal­sa, sal­ad mix­es, pas­ta sauces, chop­ping coleslaw, whipped cream, or prepar­ing a vari­ety of deeps recipes.

Nut but­ter: This machine is not pow­er­ful enough to process a thick mix­ture like nut but­ter. How­ev­er, if the user adds some oil and stirs the mix­ture with a stop­ping blender a few times, this machine may pro­duce a crunchy ver­sion of nut butter.

Grinding/milling: The gad­get is not designed for grind­ing herbs, cof­fee beans, or bak­ing qual­i­ty flour; how­ev­er, you can try to mill some oats or small cubes of cheese with it.

Dough/batter: This machine is not designed to knead the dough but is capa­ble of mix­ing batter.

This machine is pow­er­ful enough to pro­duce a wide range of recipes. How­ev­er, the prac­ti­cal side is not so straight­for­ward, and a user will have to make some effort to learn the best ways to use this fair­ly ver­sa­tile machine. The most chal­leng­ing is to get used to very sen­si­tive pulse func­tions. How­ev­er, this machine does not spill or overflow.

Base Unit and Motor Power

This machine comes with a 650 Watts (5.4amps, 110–120 V) motor; although it has less wattage than most mid-range blenders on the mar­ket, it is quite a ver­sa­tile machine.

The base unit is big and heavy, even though it is made of plas­tic. The blender’s non-skid rub­ber feet make it less slip­py, so it does not trav­el dur­ing oper­a­tion. Over­all, the base unit looks well-con­struct­ed and solid.

More­over, this machine motor is of good qual­i­ty too. The dri­ve gears between the jar and the dri­ve sock­et are met­al that ensures the long dura­bil­i­ty of the machine.

Control Panel and Speed Settings 

Both the KSB1325 and the KSB1332 (with per­son­al blender attach­ment) mod­els of KitchenAid K150 Blender have the same con­trol pan­el thus, they are oper­at­ed in a sim­i­lar way.

The blender is equipped with a sim­ple but func­tion­al con­trol pan­el with three (3) speeds, ON/OFF mode, and PULSE/CRUSHING ICE func­tions. All con­trol pan­el func­tions are reg­u­lat­ed with a sim­ple dial knob. The dial knob has a nice feel and is not flim­sy at all.

A user can select one of the three (3) speeds or Pulse/Crush Ice set­tings by turn­ing the dial knob from ON/OFF to desired speed or Pulse/Crush Ice icon. The user can change the speed at any time dur­ing the blender operation.

Use the PULSE/CRUSHING ICE func­tion by turn­ing the dial knob to the func­tion icon and keep­ing the dial pressed until the desired con­sis­ten­cy is reached. The pulse func­tion has a soft start start­ing with slow and grad­u­al­ly increas­ing to a faster speed. It does not cause any ingre­di­ents to splat­ter and oper­ate at an ide­al speed accord­ing to the ingre­di­ents you process, so you do not need to select the speed for this function.

Containers

This machine comes with 48 oz. large pitch­er (KSB1325 and KSB1332 mod­els) and two (2) 16 oz. /0.5L per­son­al blender attach­ments (sin­gle-serve) cups sin­gle-serve cup (KSB1332 mod­el ONLY). Both types of con­tain­ers are made from very good BPA-free qual­i­ty poly­car­bon­ate mate­r­i­al. The 48 oz. con­tain­er has a square shape that resem­bles the Blendtec con­tain­er shape.

The 48 oz. the con­tain­er has a per­ma­nent­ly inbuilt blade sys­tem, 2 parts rub­ber lid, a clear han­dle, and a nice­ly angled spout just suit­able for easy pour­ing. The lid must be tight­ly closed; oth­er­wise, it leaks and could be dif­fi­cult to remove after use.

The lid has a design very sim­i­lar to the Blendtec Blender with an excel­lent seal. It is 2 parts, includ­ing the rub­ber lid with the hole in the cen­ter and the cen­ter cap; the gap is designed for vent­ing when pro­cess­ing warm ingre­di­ents, using it with a tam­per, or for adding extra ingre­di­ents dur­ing the blend­ing process. The set also includes a cus­tom-made tam­per that is usu­al­ly used for help­ing to pre­vent air bub­bles while blend­ing thick ingredients.

16-oz. the sin­gle-serve cups come with a remov­able blade base and a trav­el lid for tak­ing a shake or smooth­ie on the go.

Blades

The blade for the large pitch­er is inte­grat­ed into a con­tain­er and not removable.

The sin­gle-serve blade assem­bly is screwed to the cup before blend­ing and unscrewed after clean­ing. Both blades are made from good qual­i­ty stain­less steel and dull by design, which is quite com­mon for a high-end blade sys­tem like Vita­mix, which the KitchenAid must be copied from them. The blade them­selves is 4‑tip stain­less steel.

The blades seem very well-made and durable.

Ease of Using and Cleaning

Assem­bling: This blender comes with the blade sys­tem inbuilt into the jar. So it is straight­for­ward to use. Just fill the con­tain­er with ingre­di­ents, pop it in the base unit, place the lid secure­ly, and it is ready to run. The large con­tain­er lid has a very con­ve­nient cap open­ing in the cen­ter that adds some extra ingre­di­ents dur­ing blend­ing with­out stop­ping the machine.

The sin­gle-serve attach­ment is also sim­ple to assem­ble and oper­ate. Fill the sin­gle-serve cup with ingre­di­ents, screw on the blade assem­bly, turn it upside down, place it aligned on the blender, turn the con­tain­er slight­ly clock­wise, and be ready to blend. When fin­ished blend­ing, just remove the blade and screw on the sip­py lid, and it could be tak­en out­side in the same con­tain­er with­out a need to clean it. In addi­tion, the per­son­al blender cup has a secure gas­ket seal, so it is entire­ly leakproof.

For­tu­nate­ly, this machine comes with a plunger that is an excel­lent addi­tion to this machine for blend­ing thick and tough ingredients.

Clean­ing: All the blender parts (apart from a base unit) are dish­wash­er safe, so cleanup is fast and easy. This machine also could be cleaned using the self-clean­ing process – add some hot water and dish soap in the con­tain­er and run for 30–40 sec­onds. Then rinse thor­ough­ly and dry with a cloth.

Special Features

Col­ors: KitchenAid K150 Blender comes in six (6) col­ors — Black Mat­te, Blue Vel­vet, Mat­te Char­coal Gray, Onyx Black, Pas­sion Red, and White.

Cer­ti­fied Refur­bished: This machine is also avail­able in cer­ti­fied refur­bished con­di­tion.

Use in coun­tries out­side of the USA/Canada: This mod­el only comes with a 101–120 volt­age sys­tem to use in the USA and Cana­da. The gad­get could be used via volt­age trans­former in regions with a 220–240 volt­age sys­tem, but the usage over the trans­former will void any war­ran­ty for the machine.

Set Includes

  • The base unit with 650 Watts motor;
  • The 48 oz. pitch­er with an inbuilt blades sys­tem and to 2‑part vent­ed lid;
  • Two(2) X 16 oz. sin­gle-serve cups and trav­el lids (KSB1332 mod­el ONLY);
  • The blades assem­bly for the sin­gle-serve cup;
  • Cus­tom tamper;
  • User man­u­al;
  • Quick start guide;
  • War­ran­ty Reg­is­tra­tion Card.

Warranty and Customer Service

This machine comes with a mod­er­ate 1‑year lim­it­ed war­ran­ty. The KitchenAid K150 Blender is a well-made machine and most like­ly will prob­a­bly be longer than one year. KitchenAid cus­tomer ser­vice has a good rep­u­ta­tion and has no prob­lem replac­ing faulty parts or units.

Noise

This machine is qui­eter than most oth­er pow­er­ful blenders in a price range of around $100. It out­puts about 70–80 deci­bels that are accept­able for this type of home appli­ance. How­ev­er, a user can always place a rub­ber mat under­neath the base unit which will also reduce the loud­ness of the machine.

Optional Accessories and Attachments

There are extra attach­ments and acces­sories avail­able for KitchenAid K150 Blender, such as:

  • KitchenAid KSB2040BBB Blender Expan­sion Pack: This attach­ment includes 6 oz. con­tain­er and remov­able blade assem­bly. It is designed to process small batch­es for baby food, spreads, dress­ings, and sauces recipes.
  • Per­son­al Blender Jar KSB2030PJB Expan­sion Pack: This pack includes 16 oz. sin­gle-serve cup, remov­able blade assem­bly, and screw-on lid. It is intend­ed for mak­ing sin­gles serve smooth­ies and oth­er recipes.

While replace­ment parts may be bought through KitchenAid cus­tomer service.

Dimensions

KitchenAid K150 Blender is not a mas­sive machine and thus will not take up sig­nif­i­cant space on your coun­ter­top with a foot­print of 8.5 inch­es x 7.5 inch­es. It also has a mod­er­ate pro­file height of only 14.8 inch­es. So it will eas­i­ly fit under a stan­dard kitchen cab­i­net. The pro­file height of the blender with a sin­gle-serve attach­ment is about 14 inches.

It also has a thick cord 34 inch­es long with­out a plug and 36 inch­es with a plug. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, the blender does not have coil-wrapped cord stor­age under the base unit.

The blender weighs about 10lbs. and does not trav­el over the counter dur­ing the blend­ing process.

Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • KitchenAid K150 Blender is the mul­ti-pur­pose machine that out­puts excel­lent qual­i­ty blend­ing from a wide range of ingre­di­ents, includ­ing car­rots and gin­ger; that is able to pro­duce not only green smooth­ies from tough and leafy ingredients
  • This pow­er­ful blender crush­es ice eas­i­ly with and with­out added liquids;
  • All blender parts (exclud­ing motor base) are dish­wash­er safe;
  • The KSB1332 blender mod­el comes with a sin­gle-serve attach­ment that allows to make the drinks and take them out in the same cup;
  • It has a rea­son­able price for the machine with such func­tion­al­i­ty and versatility;
  • It is a rea­son­ably qui­et machine;
  • The machine is well-made and comes with a met­al dri­ve to blade coupling.

Cons:

  • This blender comes with only a 1‑year warranty;
  • The cord does not have reels to be stored under the unit base.

KitchenAid K150 Blender Consumer Reviews

The KitchenAid brand has a good rep­u­ta­tion among the con­sumers, no won­der that KitchenAid K150 is a very pop­u­lar blender. In addi­tion, it crush­es ice well.

Price

It has a rel­a­tive­ly high price for such a low wattage motor blender; how­ev­er, it is a good machine and does a wide range of func­tions well. So it is one of the best around $100 price range blenders.

KitchenAid KSB1332 K150 Blender, via Amazon

Summary

KitchenAid K150 Blender is a great blender. Although it is not a very pow­er­ful machine, it is more than capa­ble of per­form­ing a wide range of blend­ing tasks, from excel­lent qual­i­ty green smooth­ies and frozen desserts to pro­cess­ing hot liq­uids. This sleek machine is rel­a­tive­ly qui­et, equipped with 3 speeds, comes with 48 oz and sin­gle-serve con­tain­ers, and is sim­ple to assemble/disassemble and use.

In addi­tion, it is a sol­id and stur­dy blender that should pro­vide rel­a­tive­ly long and qual­i­ty service.

Will you con­sid­er oth­er alter­na­tives? Check our arti­cles Best Coun­ter­top Blenders Under $100 and Best Blender for Smooth­ies and More

 

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