KitchenAid K400 Countertop Blender With Presets
Last updated date: October 26, 2020
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Users of this countertop blender can select between the following three pre-set recipe buttons: ice crush, icy drinks and smoothie. Once the proper recipe button is chosen, you can turn the dial to one of the five speed settings. The blender is oversized and can make 7 cups of your favorite recipe at once. In our analysis of 67 expert reviews, the KitchenAid KitchenAid K400 Countertop Blender With Presets placed 6th when we looked at the top 16 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.
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From The Manufacturer
This blender is great for delicious creations with Preset Recipe Programs: Ice Crush, Icy Drinks, and Smoothie. Or, control the taste and texture to fit your personal preference with the 5-speed variable speed dial. The Soft Start Feature starts the motor at a slower speed to pull food into the blade then quickly increases to the selected speed setting to avoid splatter. It also features Intelli-Speed Motor Control, which senses contents and maintains the optimal speed to power through all ingredients. The unique asymmetric blade that blends at four distinct angles to pull contents into the blade. Working with the 1.5 Peak HP motor, the blade creates a powerful blending vortex to power through the toughest ingredients. Use 3 Preset Recipe Programs: Ice Crush, Icy Drinks, and Smoothie. Or, control the taste and texture to fit your personal preference with the 5-speed variable speed dial. The motor starts at a slower speed to pull food into the blade, then quickly increases to the selected speed setting to avoid splatter.
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An Overview On Countertop Blenders
From shakes to smoothies and beyond, a blender can become one of your most prized appliances. If you’re determined to get healthier, a blender can become an essential tool, helping you make nutrient-rich smoothies. But it’s also great for blending margaritas for your summer pool parties or making shakes for the kids.
There’s no shortage of criteria to consider when you’re shopping for your next blender. Durability is important, but you also want to make sure it can handle every challenge you send its way. If you plan to make frozen drinks, for instance, you’ll need a blender that can easily crush ice into small bits. But a blender with a motor strong enough to tackle those tasks comes with a few downsides as well.
One issue is noise. Some blenders are quieter than others, but the ones that get high marks for tackling every challenge are often the loudest. You’ll also pay a premium for the blenders that can handle a wide range of recipes. But there are blenders that are less expensive and also capable of making the drinks and shakes you’ll enjoy most often.
When you aren’t making tasty concoctions, you’ll need to store your blender. If you have a gigantic kitchen, you may have counter space to store it in a corner somewhere. But most homeowners want to tuck it away. It’s important to pay close attention to size and weight to make sure it will be easy to slip under the counter when it’s not in use.
Of course, even as you’re considering all of those things, you’ll probably still be concerned about your budget. Some blenders may seem to have a hefty price tag but once you read everything it will do, you’ll decide it’s well worth it. It can help to be honest from the start about the types of recipes you’ll make with your blender. By cutting out luxuries like mixing cake batter, you may be able to save money.
DWYM Fun Fact
It all started with the Waring blender. In 1936, musician and bandleader Fred Waring came up with a brilliant idea for a new kitchen appliance. Looking for a way to prepare the healthy meals and snacks he needed for his ulcer, he met an entrepreneur named Frederick Osius, who happened to be looking for a use for a motor he’d invented. Eager to create a device to help Waring, the inventor went home and worked on his blender until it hit the market in 1937. The original Waring blender sold for $29.75, with Fred Waring as its promoter. There was an earlier type of blender that was much more expensive and far less popular called an Osterizer, and it sold in Wisconsin starting in the ’20s.
The Countertop Blender Buying Guide
- It’s hard to beat the Vitamix line of blenders, assuming you’re willing to pay for a professional-grade blender. The Vitamix 5200 Blender can expertly handle any task you send its way, whether you’re blending sorbets, ice cream, or frozen drinks.
- Some Vitamix models have five pre-programmed settings. They also have a pulse mode, while other blender models do not.
- The secret to powerful blending is in the motor. The Vitamix 5200 has a 2 horsepower motor. Although the Blendtec Total Classic Original Blender, 10-Speed’s motor isn’t quite as strong, it can hold its own against other blenders that are much more expensive. Keep in mind that some 5-speed blenders have a sufficient motor to handle smoothies and basic chopping, but they can burn out if you work them too hard.
- Another consideration when choosing a blender is recipe availability. The Vitamix blenders come with a few recipes, but you can also find blender recipes specific to that brand online. Although you can always pull up general recipes that work with any blender, it’s nice to have some that are customized to the appliance you own.
- If you want to store your blender under the counter when not in use, the Blendtec Total Classic Original Blender, 10-Speed are likely the best options. Both have low-profile pitchers that make it easy to slide into shorter shelves.
- Clean-up time is an important consideration as well. The Vitamix blenders aren’t dishwasher safe, so plan on handwashing after every use. The Blendtec Total Classic Original Blender, 10-Speed actually has a self-cleaning feature, which is quite handy.
- You don’t want to wake the entire house up just to make a breakfast smoothie. Look for a countertop blender that is known for being less noisy.