Chewing is overrated. Why waste all that time and energy moving your mouth and gnashing your teeth when you can just sit back and let your supper slide straight down your throat? That’s why we’ve decided to throw out our forks and knives and pick up a brand new blender.
We decided to take a look at the KitchenAid 5-Speed Diamond Blender. It’s right in our price range and had positive customer reviews. We wanted to make sure it really was the best blender for our buck, so we took a look at two other similarly priced and rated blenders: the Breville Hemisphere® Control, and the Ninja Professional Blender. Here’s how they stacked up:
KitchenAid® 5-Speed Diamond Blender
The KitchenAid Diamond Blender has a strong vortex and a solid blade that blends well without getting jammed or needing periodic pauses to push ingredients down. The secret is the blender’s Soft Start feature. The blades start spinning slowly to pull down the food before speeding up to blend.
As the name applies, the 5-Speed Diamond Blender can stir, chop, mix, puree, and liquify. There’s a pulse button for each setting and a very effective crush ice setting as well. The Diamond Blender can even turn tough foods like kale, nuts, and berries into a surprisingly smooth consistency.
Though it has a large 60 oz pitcher, the Diamond Blender has a slick and compact design that feels retro but looks modern. It comes in 14 colors from majestic yellow to cobalt blue to contour silver.
Though effective, it doesn’t quite have the power and finesse of a high-end blender. Unlocking the pitcher from the blender’s base can be difficult and frustrating until you get the hang of it.
Breville Hemisphere® Control
The blender’s Permanent Hemisphere® Bowl and Blade System has a set of blades to draw down food from the top of the pitcher and another set sweeping the bottom of the pitcher. Like the KitchenAid Diamond Blender, the Hemisphere has five speeds and a pulse control.
The 48 oz. plastic pitcher is rounded at the bottom. This both eliminates food traps and makes the piece easy to clean by hand.
The timed smoothie preset button is a cool differentiating feature. Just press the button, sit back, and watch the smoothie make itself. With a sturdy metal base, the blender will keep secure and steady on your kitchen counter.
While the blender works great, it may take some time to figure out how to handle certain foods. For instance: Frozen fruit will give the blender trouble unless you use the crush ice preset first.
At just under $200, the Breville Hemisphere® Control is the most expensive model we looked at, but doesn’t outperform the lower cost options.
Ninja® Professional Blender
The Professional Blender has a huge 72 oz. pitcher, but also comes with two single serve blending cups. You can just pop the cup on the blender, make a smoothie or some juice, and take the whole thing with you out the door. Clean up is easy since all parts are dishwasher safe.
The base has suction cups to keep the blender from moving around from it’s prescribed place on the counter or ceiling.
The blade is super sharp and hard to handle while cleaning. There are also only three blend speeds. More doesn’t always mean better, but the Ninja doesn’t blend as smoothly and consistently as the other two reviewed blenders.
While the Breville Hemisphere is comparable in quality and the Ninja is a little cheaper, The KitchenAid® 5-Speed Diamond Blender excels against the competition. It operates like a much pricier blender and looks good while doing it.
Take a look at our breakdown below and continue to see which blender works best for you.