KitchenAid Hand Blender Review + Peach Melba Shake Recipe

Kitchenaid Review + Peach Melba Greek Yogurt Shake
If I had to make a list of the small appliances I use most in my kitchen, my hand blender would be at the very top. I love hand blenders so much that when our traditional blender broke, I didn’t even bother searching for a replacement–between the hand blender and our food processor, the regular blender spent most of its time gathering dust in a cabinet. Hand blenders (also called immersion blenders) are less bulky than traditional blenders and clean-up is much easier with them too–what’s not to love?

Well, with my previous hand blender, there was a lot not to love. I went through three of them in about two years–they kept breaking on me! Coincidentally, after my last one broke, KitchenAid offered to send me one of their 5-speed hand blenders to review. I was ready to find another brand of hand blenders to buy anyway and since I’ve been so happy with KitchenAid appliances in the past, I was excited to give KitchenAid’s hand blender a try.

Kitchenaid Hand Blender Case
The first thing I noticed about the KitchenAid hand blender was how solid it was in comparison to my previous one. You know how sometimes you can hold something in your hands and feel that it’s well-built and sturdy? That’s how the KitchenAid hand blender feels–it feels like a quality product. It comes in a nice carrying case with an array of attachments. Oh yes, attachments! Because the KitchenAid Hand Blender isn’t just for blending. Check out what it can do:

Kitchenaid Hand Blender Attachments
There’s an attachment for just about anything, making this hand blender much more versatile than a traditional countertop unit. In addition to the traditional smoothies, soups, and crushed ice, you can use the KitchenAid Hand Blender to make gravy and mince (Multi-Purpose Blade), make lattes, frappes and pancake batter (Frother), emulsify dressings and beat egg whites (Whisk), and make salsas, pestos, and crumbs (Chopper).

My last hand blender had a chopping attachment, but it rarely worked and when it did, it smashed more than chopped, so I stopped attempting to use it. When I was making a small batch of pesto last week (with my abundance of purple basil!), I was about to ask my husband to take the food processor out of the cabinet for me when I realized–hey, I can try the chopper attachment for the KitchenAid Hand Blender! It worked beautifully, finely chopping the basil leaves, cheese, and pine nuts for perfect pesto.

Pesto in Kitchenaid Hand Blender Chopper
Still, what I use the most is the blender attachment. The blending pitcher is ideal for smoothies, milkshakes, and batter; for soups and other bigger jobs, you can simply put the hand blender directly in the pot or bowl. Yes, that’s right, no more waiting for soup to cool, putting a few cups at a time in your blender, pureeing, returning to the pot and reheating. With a hand blender, you puree the soup right in the pot. Best idea ever!

Raspberries in Blending Pitcher
With peaches and raspberries in season, I decided to make a Peach Melba Shake using vanilla frozen Greek yogurt and the KitchenAid Hand Blender. I used the blending pitcher and S-Blade blending attachment to puree the raspberries and blend together the peaches, frozen yogurt, and milk. In about 5 minutes, I had creamy, peachy milkshakes ready to drink–and much less to clean up than if I used a regular blender!

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Peach Melba Shake

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 big shake or 2 smaller ones

Peach Melba Shake

Using juice instead of milk gives this Peach Melba Shake a more peachy flavor. So good!

Ingredients

  • 3 oz. raspberries
  • 2 tsp. granulated sugar
  • 1 large peach, chopped
  • 1 1/2 c. vanilla frozen Greek yogurt (or ice cream)
  • 1/4 c. peach juice or nectar

Instructions

  1. Combine raspberries and sugar in blending pitcher and use S-Blade attachment to puree. Pour into small bowl. (If you don't like raspberry seeds, you can pour the puree through a fine mesh sieve.) Rinse and dry blending pitcher and attachment.
  2. Place peach, frozen yogurt, and juice in blending pitcher. Blend until peaches are pureed and shake is smooth, about 30 seconds.
  3. Pour 1/3 of shake mixture in glass(es). Spoon half of raspberry puree on top of shake and continue to fill glasses, alternating between puree and shake. Garnish with peach slices or raspberries, if desired.
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Disclaimer: I received a hand blender from KitchenAid to facilitate this review, but all opinions are my own.

Kiersten Frase

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Kiersten is the founder and editor of Oh My Veggies. She loves cooking, trashy reality shows, and Hello Kitty. Kiersten also blogs about blogging at kierstenfrase.com.   Read more from Kiersten →

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Comments

    • Kiersten Frase says

      Do it! Cleaning up is so much easier with the immersion blender and I’ve never had an occasion where I thought, “Gee, I wish I had a regular blender right now.”

  1. says

    I just bought my sister that Hand Blender set from Kitchen Aid for her wedding shower :) To be honest, I wanted to keep it for myself. I have a Kitchen Aid hand blender, but not with all of the fancy attachments. The frother looks like so much fun! I could whip up so many yummy drinks! :)

    Love the combination of peach and raspberries. Must try this out soon! :)

      • says

        So, funny story! After you posted this, my boyfriend came home with this same KitchenAid Hand Blender set for me as a surprise belated birthday gift! *haha* Score!!! I’ve only used the blend attachment so far, but I already really like it! :) Looking forward to trying the frother soon. It’s nice that you can easily chop things in the small chopper. Will make pesto making much easier!

        • Kiersten Frase says

          Woo hoo! Isn’t it the greatest? I think I’ve been using mine everyday, especially the chopper. It’s perfect for making just enough pesto for one meal!

    • Kiersten Frase says

      Thank you! KitchenAid appliances are definitely my favorite–they seem to really hold up over time and as you know, we food bloggers need reliable kitchen tools. :D

    • Kiersten Frase says

      I wonder if we had the same immersion blender. They made me pay $30 each time to replace it under the warranty and after the 3rd time, I decided it wasn’t worth it anymore. The KitchenAid one is MUCH more solid than my last one.

  2. says

    I’m experimenting w/ smoothies for breakfast and I so want me one of these. I’m going to put on my list of items to get. I’d love to have this instead of my large blender taking up much counter space. Also when tax season starts and I got back to working in the office I can take this with me since we have a kitchen area.

  3. Rajani Patil says

    Quick morning breakfast preparation, easy lunch and dinners, fast delectable desserts. I love this product and I hope I win.

  4. says

    Wow, what a delicious looking shake! I have to say, I cannot wait for local peaches. I also have to say that I LOVE my immersion blender(and all the other tools with it). It’s one of my most used kitchen tools :)

    • Kiersten Frase says

      Peaches have been in season for a while here–when you go to the farmers market, it’s all you can smell! I’m trying to use them as much as I can while they’re so perfect and delicious. :)

  5. says

    This looks amazing. I love peach shakes and smoothies- so satisfying! I need to get a hand mixer. I skip making so many things because I don’t feel like dragging out my big standing mixer. I’ve thought about getting one oh, 100 times or so. :) It’s time to just get one!

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