For KitchenAid fans, the KHB2561 5-Speed Hand Blender has a lot going for it: great power, 5-speeds, quality components and accessories, and three interchangeable blades that really unlock the potential of this stick blender. What’s not to like? For much more information about this model and what the consensus of users feels about it. Please keep reading.
Features & Specifications
The KHB2561 is a 5-speed immersion blender that uses a longer, 8-inch blade shaft that provides good depth for larger cookware. As far as power, KitchenAid has not reported wattage, but it appears they are using a 216 watt motor in this model. Like most blender sets, this one also comes with a whisking attachment, a chopper/grinder bowl (2.5 cup capacity) and a 1-liter mixing beaker. However, in addition to all that, they’ve thrown in three interchangeable stainless steel blades, including an S-blade for shredding, blending and pureeing; a beater blade for handling things like batters, whipping cream and frothy substances; and a multipurpose blade, tasked with heavier work with dense foodstuffs or for chopping/mincing/grinding meat, veggies, nuts, etc..
Like the 3-speed version, this stick blender has a comfort-grip and all of the plastic attachments are BPA-free and dishwasher safe.
Here’s a quick video showing some of the features of the KHB2561:
KitchenAid KHB2561 Reviews & Ratings
Yes, this immersion looks great on paper, but how has it been received by users? So far, this model has earned a very impressive approval rating of 4.3 out of 5.0 stars on amazon.com based on a lengthy track record of 106 reviews. With stats like these, it’s pretty obvious what people think about this hand blender, but what are they saying?
The vast majority for reviewers simply glowed about this blender. In particular, they praised its power, versatility and ease of use. Many reviewers compared it to prior, more expensive models they’ve had and said it performed significantly better than those did, making smoother smoothies and handling tougher jobs with relative ease. Others commented that they had purchased it as gifts for friends and loved ones, who also gave it high marks. Here are a couple actual excerpts from the reviews that typify the tone overall:
“I’ve been using this blender every day now for the past nine months, and appreciate it more each time I use it. It does a great job, is quiet and very easy to clean compared to table-top blenders, and stores easily in a drawer….”
“We opted for the more expensive Kitchen Aid blender with attachments and containers – so far it very adequately replaces my 45 year old blender, and newer little food processor, so I can get rid of at least two space-takers.“
Indeed the relatively few negative comments were generally limited to complaints about apparently defective models, the flimsiness of certain parts, and issues with price – grievances that are common to virtually every model with sufficient reviews.
Price and Value
This is a fairly pricey KitchenAid model, as far as they go; however, we – and the vast majority of users – believe that its selling price (hovering around $100) is a good deal given the value and performance it delivers. In fact, when you consider just the additional blade set and higher-quality components it uses relative to some of the cheaper KitchenAid and Cuisinart models, its price starts to look fairly modest. As such, we’d call it a good deal.
Concluding Thoughts & Opinions
The KitchenAid KHB2561 5-Speed Hand Blender is an all-around smart choice in its price class due to the quality of the blender unit and great flexibility provided by the extra attachments. Now, if you don’t want or need additional blades – and you are not a KitchenAid fan – you can always go with the three speed model. Alternatively, you can opt for a couple other models in this price range that we like, such as the Frigidaire Professional and the Breville BSB510XL. Nevertheless, for sheer bang for your buck and blending options – the KHB2561 5-Speed holds its own.