KitchenAid Artisan blender 'more powerful'Jug blender is bigger, with new-style blade
02 March 2010
KitchenAid has launched an Artisan blender which is claimed to be bigger and more powerful than its predecessor.
Which? has tested 29 jug blenders including models from Dualit, Kenwood, Philips and Jamie Oliver by Tefal. If you need to do more than just blending, there are also reviews of 31 food processors, mini choppers and kitchen machines in our food processors review.
The range of 12 colourful blenders features a 'powerful' new motor which the company says rotates up to 400 times a second to help make smoothies, soups, purees and chopping vegetables 'effortlessly'.
The blender also has a new blade design and a new ergonomically-designed glass jug, with an increased capacity of 1.5 litres (from one litre in the previous model).
To see how well the original blender in the Artisan range performed in our expert lab test, visit our review of the KitchenAid 5KSB52 Ultra Power.
Which? kitchen appliance expert Lisa Galliers said: 'The new blender looks great and the new features sound promising, however, a larger jug capacity - especially a jug made from glass - will mean it's heavier to hold. The control panel has changed lay-out slightly, too, which could affect how easy it is to use.'
The KitchenAid range
The new blender comes in 12 different colours and will be available from John Lewis and House of Fraser, costing £149 (£199 for brushed nickel).
The jug blender joins a range of Artisan products already available including a toaster, espresso machine, food processor and the iconic stand mixer.
We've tested the KitchenAid Artisan 5KES100 espresso machine, the KitchenAid Artisan 5KFPM770 food processor and the KitchenAid Artisan KSM150 mixer. To see whether they were awarded Best Buys, visit our food processors reviews and coffee machines reviews.
We're testing the new jug blender now and results will be published online in June.