Ah, KitchenAid. The brand that inspires squeals of glee in every home chef around the globe. I can’t even begin to tell you about the joy that I feel when I pull out my mixer and plug it in and spin it to life. If you’ve had any experience with KitchenAid as a brand, you probably know they stand for quality and ease of use. Plug and play – that type of thing. The KitchenAid 5-Speed Diamond Blender is no exception!
Nothing super fancy here – but all around, a good looking blender design. Nice curved edges and a futuristic round base house the 8 buttons that make up the control panel. The included 60 oz BPA free jar (they call it a Diamond Pitcher) has the standard juice grooves we see in a lot of other models. The jar handle is smaller than others we’ve seen in this price range, but it works just fine in our testing. It’s more of a design thing than an ergonomic thing for sure.
One thing that sets the Diamond Blender apart is the color selection! True to KitchenAid style, you can choose from 15 colors to match any kitchen motif you might have come up with. I’m quite partial to aqua sky blue 🙂
The KitchenAid Diamond Blender is rated at 550 watts. As is often the case, it’s not entirely clear how much of that is output. I can say definitively that we haven’t had any issues in our testing with crushing, chopping, and mixing up ice drinks and recipes.
There are 5 individual speeds with context listed for each:
In addition to those, there is a configurable pulse mode (super cool). You can select the intensity (scale of 1-5), which comes in super handy.
There’s also a ‘Crush Ice’ button, which does exactly as you’d expect.
KitchenAid also proudly displays the Intelli-Speed Motor Control unit inside. They claim that the motor can intelligently sense food contents and resistance and will refine the power output to accommodate lighter or heartier blends. I couldn’t really tell when this was running or not, so I just took their word for it.
KitchenAid products are made tough. I’ve seen the mixers in particular handed down from generation to generation with no deterioration in function.
This blender is no exception; with its’ die cast metal base and shatter resistant, scratch and stain proof jar, it’s likely that you won’t be replacing it for a while. As always, I’m a bit skeptical about the stain proofing ability when paired up against tomato sauce. I didn’t get a chance to try it out in my test, but would love to hear from you if you have.
As always, I prefer to clean my jars with the sprayer on my sink. This one was easy to do. The lid comes apart in 2 pieces and the attached blade doesn’t have any crazy nooks or crannies that require hand washing. Do note that it’s all dishwasher safe, so you can simply toss it in there if you’d like a more hands off approach.
One thing to note that I saw mentioned in some other reviews – you do have to twist the jar onto the base firmly, which isn’t the case with some other blenders. Some people have mentioned making a pretty substantial mess otherwise!
No real extras to speak of for the base package, but there are a few variants available. You can choose between a 60 oz, 56 oz or a 56 oz + a 24 oz culinary jar. I just went with the base model. It was fine for my use, but if you’re doing dips or other smaller mixes the 24oz culinary jar might come in handy.
For roughly $100, this is a super solid buy. Especially if you’ve got other KitchenAid appliances in your kitchen or need to mix and match some funky colors. I really love the color line variants on this one. It’s also a rock solid piece, and it really does seem built to last. That’s basically value 101, so I’ll give this one high marks for that.
The Bottom Line
I can’t really say anything bad about the Diamond blender. I guess if I had to nitpick, I’d say I prefer bases that you simply set the jar on, and not have to screw or twist to get it going. Again though, I’m an edge case. I use my stuff so often that I’d end up with carpal tunnel for sure 🙂
In my opinion, if you’re looking for specific colors: shades of red, blue, green, orange, yellow… and not the standard black or silver that most blenders come in, this is the perfect option.