The KitchenAid KHB2351CU Immersion Hand Blender is a rival to the similarly-priced Cuisinart CSB-79, as it offers good value and strong performance, in addition to a solid set of accessories. So how does it stack up? And what are people saying about it? For these answers and our opinions about this stick blender package, please keep reading.
Specifications & Features
The KHB2351CU is not short on handy features and accessories. Although not specified, it appears to be powered by a 3-speed, 216 watt motor based on other similar models, and the body attaches to a stainless steel removable 3-inch blending arm that incorporates a fixed blade. The handle is made for comfort and control, suing a soft grip, non-slip material.
Like most, the blender comes with a whisk attachment that is great for handling things like cream, eggs, salad dressings, mayo, etc. It also comes with a 2/5-cup BPA-Free chopping/grinding attachment and 3 cup BPA-Free mixing beaker with lid. The grinder is designed for work on things like nuts, cheese, herbs, meat and other small jobs. Notably, these attachments are dishwasher safe for quick clean up. Also thrown in is a draw-string storage bag that’s machine washable.
Here is a quick demo from KitchenAid that shows some of the features of the KHB2351:
KitchenAid KHB2351CU Reviews & Ratings
This hand blender to date has received an average satisfaction rating of 4.4 out of 5.0 stars based on 59 reviews on amazon.com. This is an impressive track record for any kitchen tool – but what are people saying exactly?
“We subscribe to Cook’s Illustrated and they review and rate all types of kitchen and food products. This got their top rating for hand blenders and we understand why. It’s great and it has all the other stuff with it. My husband is loving it.”
“I love this immersion blender, and I especially love all of the attachments: it’s like having a variety of gadgets for different things in one small package!!“
As you can see, and as expected from a product with mostly 5-star reviews, people truly loved this hand blender. In terms of performance, virtually all of the reviewers indicated that this model handled typical jobs with ease, and that it cleaned up quickly and easily. Indeed, the relatively few negative comments were focused on apparently defective models, and complaints that some parts felt cheap or flimsy. Other reviewers stated that it was not as good as previous KitchenAid models it replaced. Nevertheless, these negative comments were few and far between, and the tone of the reviewers in general was one of glowing praise.
Price & Value
The KitchenAid KHB2351CU 3 Speed Hand Blender is aimed at providing a quality for a relative bargain compared to the higher echelon models – like the Bamix and commercial Waring models, for example. And on that note they’ve definitely succeeded. Indeed, for a sales price in the neighborhood of $60, it’s hard to go wrong with this hand blender. Of course, if durability and longevity are the main concerns, then you should probably aim a little higher and consider something a bit more robust – like the Frigidaire Professional, Breville or a similar option, since these come with better components.
Concluding Thoughts & Opinions
The KitchenAid KHB2351CU is definitely not the cheapest option out there, but for its price you get a lot of immersion blender! The accessories are solid, the blender has good power, and the parts that matter (blades, shaft, etc.) are made of high-quality components. Now, it is definitely not on the same plane as a Waring or Bamix, or the Breville BSB510XL, but it costs much less than these other options do, and is a great compromise for those who want better than average performance and quality, but don’t need a workhorse model with commercial-grade quality.