KitchenAid K400 Blender review: sturdy but stylish

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In this KitchenAid K400 Blender I enactment the classical KitchenAid blender done its paces to spot however it performs crossed a scope of standardized tests. This blender is 1 of the astir fashionable models you tin buy, but is it 1 of the best blenders connected the market? While it's not perfect, it's besides not acold off. The KitchenAid K400 Blender has a sturdy plan that, it's instantly apparent, volition past the trial of time. It besides looks great, and volition beryllium beauteous adjacent to the best basal mixer connected the marketplace - the Artisan. 

I ever look guardant to uncovering retired astir the KitchenAid colour of the year, and this twelvemonth was nary exception. In my opinion, the 2022 shadiness 'Beetroot' mightiness beryllium 1 of the champion yet, with a heavy yet vibrant semi-matte decorativeness that makes a connection without being garish. 

Then, of course, is the KitchenAid K400 Blender - a long-time staple successful the KitchenAid lineup that's a favourite blender among those who attraction astir benignant arsenic good arsenic performance. I was keen to instrumentality the K400 for a spin, and the information that I got to effort the Beetroot shadiness was the cherry connected top. Here's however it performed. 

KitchenAid K400 Blender: specs

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Colors: black, white, red, beetroot, galore more...Type: family-sized blenderWeight: 12 poundsSize: 56 ozPrograms: Ice Crush, Icy Drinks, Smoothie, CleaningSpeed settings: 5Material: Metal base, solid pitcher, stainless alloy bladesDimensions: 9.02 x 7.59 x 15.8 inchesMotor: 1200 wattsGetting started with the KitchenAid K400 blender

The KitchenAid K400 comes successful a ample container that's securely packed successful with styrofoam packaging. It's a shame to spot non-recyclable packaging for immoderate appliance but fixed the weightiness of this merchandise and the solid pitcher, I bash deliberation it needs precise unafraid packaging. 

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The pitcher is made of glass, which means it is rather heavy. The full portion weighs 12 pounds, but the basal is besides precise hefty and it would beryllium a conflict to assistance it up and down from immoderate shelving. 

Users who would conflict to assistance their blender jug to determination oregon determination the blender astir should instrumentality a look astatine the KitchenAid K150 blender, which I person besides reviewed. The 150 is little almighty but a batch lighter, with a integrative pitcher. The champion happening is, it looks precise similar. 

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To assemble you simply request to spot the pitcher onto the base, and determination is nary request to twist it into place, which is simply a diagnostic I truly like. 

The integrative lid pushes into spot and determination is simply a flap that is designed to instrumentality retired implicit the grip to adhd immoderate leverage erstwhile lifting the lid distant from the pitcher. However, the lid took rather a spot of musculus to region from the blending jug, truthful it mightiness not beryllium the champion for radical who would conflict to propulsion it retired of place

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The motion of immoderate bully blender is its quality to marque a bully smoothie, truthful that was the archetypal happening I tested successful the KitchenAid K400. I adjacent filmed this successful the video above. 

My archetypal impressions were that this is simply a precise almighty blender, and I lone needed to crook the dial to the level 3 mounting to get a precise bully consistency to my smoothie.

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To crook the blender connected you request to property a fastener that sits connected the apical close broadside of the blender base. I recovered it easiest to twist the blender basal to the mounting I wanted earlier pressing this button, and you tin besides property the fastener again to crook the blender off.

When turning the dial I recovered that it was casual to twist it excessively far, truthful that it went past the maximum velocity mounting and towards pre-set smoothie modes. This automatically unopen the blender disconnected without immoderate unit to debar this, which was a small annoying. 

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I tried a 2nd smoothie with frozen banana, spinach, oats, coconut water, and frozen berries. This is simply a beardown situation to immoderate blender, arsenic it involves frozen effect skin, seeds, leafy greens, and oats which tin thin to spell rather grainy if not good blended. 

The blender worked precise good connected the pre-set smoothie mode. It finished aft conscionable nether a minute, which was seemingly agelong capable to incorporated each of the ingredients. 

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The instrumentality had nary occupation with frozen ingredients, but I did announcement a fewer tougher parts of oat that had nary been afloat blended down. 

While the pre-set is bully if you privation to blend hands-free, I don't deliberation I'd usage it each that often arsenic antithetic smoothies volition blend successful antithetic times and utilizing the manual dial volition springiness much power implicit the finished result. 

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Making crockery successful the KitchenAid K400

One of the large perks of solid blender pitchers is that they tin typically grip higher temperatures. I was keen to spot however the KitchenAid K400 would grip a blistery soup, truthful I roasted disconnected immoderate butternut squash, saccharine murphy and carrots and added them to the blender jug with banal and coconut milk, and a dollop of thai reddish curry paste. 

While butternut squash and saccharine murphy goes rather brushed aft it's been roasted, I near the skins connected to spot however good they would beryllium incorporated into the finished soup. I besides roasted immoderate ginger with my vegetables, which meant that the blended had to contend with rather a hard and fibrous constituent that was chopped astir into ample wedges. 

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As expected, the blender had nary occupation getting started with this recipe. There was a batch of liquid successful the pitcher, truthful it was capable to make a creaseless vortex signifier astatine the apical of the jug (visible done a removable insert successful the lid) and each constituent was mixed successful thoroughly. 

I blended connected a mean manual mounting for a infinitesimal oregon truthful earlier tasting the crockery and deciding to adhd a small much banal and immoderate seasoning. I past blended astatine a higher velocity for astir 30 seconds earlier taking a look astatine my finished soup.

The crockery decidedly filled up the full blender pitcher and ended up serving 4 generous bowls of soup, oregon six smaller portions. If you program connected making larger servings I would urge utilizing 1 of the best immersion blenders to spell consecutive into your cooking cookware arsenic opposed to moving them done a blender successful aggregate batches. 

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The finished crockery was mostly precise smooth, with a fewer tiny pieces of fibre from the ginger and a flimsy inconsistency from wherever the tegument had been blended. 

It was not arsenic creaseless arsenic the crockery I made successful the Vitamix A3500 Ascent Series Smart Blender, which has a dedicated crockery setting, but it was inactive 1 of the champion soups I person made successful a multi-serve blender. 

Crushing crystal successful the KitchenAid K400 

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Crushing crystal is 1 of the presets that appears connected the power sheet of the KitchenAid K400, truthful I gave it a try. I added six crystal cubes and turned the dial to the crystal crush mounting earlier pressing the 'on' button. This fastener is rather tiny and truthful a small fiddly to press. 

My crystal instantly began blending, rather noisily, and I waited for the preset to decorativeness automatically. However, it did not halt until I pressed the button. This could beryllium bully for those who privation that added grade of control, but dissimilar your mean Ninja blender the mounting volition not crook itself off, which means it is simply a batch little hands-free. 

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The crystal was precise fine, much of a pulverization that coated the wrong of the blender pitcher, and the texture was wholly even. 

I scooped this into a solid acceptable to apical with immoderate blistery coffee. This mounting is besides an effectual mode to marque snowfall cones from home. It proved to maine that the KitchenAid K400 truly is simply a precise almighty blender, perfectly susceptible of pulverizing six crystal cubes successful nether 30 seconds. 

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Cleaning

The lid and the blending jug of the KitchenAid K400 tin spell successful the dishwasher, but cleaning by manus is besides precise easy. Simply adhd immoderate lukewarm h2o and crockery soap to the pitcher and past pulse for a fewer seconds. 

I did find that the solid developed watermarks erstwhile I near it to adust arsenic opposed to drying by hand, whereas the dishwasher near maine with a much sparkling cleanable look. 

How does it compare? 

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I person had the pleasance of investigating dozens of blenders, including immoderate of the best portable blenders and best immersion blenders. The KitchenAid K400 is decidedly 1 of the champion I've tested. With an RRP of $269/£249, it is not a inexpensive merchandise but the prime surely matches up with the price. The solid pitcher is designed to last, and you tin besides adhd a personal-size blending cupful and adjacent a citrus juicer to its scope of attachments erstwhile you store nonstop astatine the KitchenAid site. 

The main quality betwixt the KitchenAid K400 and the KitchenAid K150 is successful the plan materials. The K400 is precise sturdy, with a metallic basal and solid pitcher. The K150 has a integrative basal and pitcher, and has a batch little power. It inactive looks the part, and is $130 little expensive, but it would conflict to blend blistery ingredients. When investigating it I did find that I had to max retired connected powerfulness successful bid to execute the consistency I wanted, whereas I ne'er recovered the K400 lacking. 

The KitchenAid K400 is comparable successful size to the Zwilling Enfinigy 64-oz. Countertop Power Blender, which has an RRP of $299. Both person a 64-oz blending pitcher though the KitchenAid has a solid design, and the Zwilling is tritan. I had little hiccups with the Zwilling Enfinigy, which has a light-up dial sheet and 10 powerfulness mounting arsenic opposed to the 5 you get with the KitchenAid. However, if you similar the benignant and colour options of the K400, it is inactive a precise bully choice. 

Should you bargain the KitchenAid K400? 

Many of the apical blenders connected the marketplace volition outgo successful excess of $300, but the KitchenAid K400 hits a uncommon equilibrium betwixt genuine prime and a terms that feels due for the plan and specs. 

The basal and pitcher are some rather heavy, which is an indicator of the US-led plan quality, but could origin issues for users with difficulties successful moving dense parts oregon successful lifting things up and down from shelves. 

With 1200 watts it is acold from lacking successful power, and portion determination are a fewer areas that could usage immoderate finessing (namely the antithetic dial, which slips retired of spot easily, and the alternatively tiny on/off switch) it is an outstanding blender successful each the areas I tested for.

About this review, and the reviewer

Millie Fender is our Editor for each things tiny appliances at Homes & Gardens. She spends a batch of clip investigating everything from toasters to air fryers in her ain flat and recommending the precise champion ones to readers. 

All our reviews are tested from home, and this KitchenAid K400 reappraisal is nary exception. Millie enactment it to the trial for a fig of weeks to marque greeting smoothies and crockery for lunch. Although Millie was not capable to support the blender for semipermanent testing, we volition support this reappraisal updated with our thoughts connected however it compares to different models connected the market. 

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