If you’re considering buying a new blender, there are two versions of the KitchenAid Bar Blender to choose from. One is the KitchenAid “Chef’s” Bar Blender, which is for anyone who wants a good blender for regular personal use. The other is the KitchenAid “Professional’s” Bar Blender, which is made for more professional settings and serious home cooks.
These blenders were both made to be powerful and last a long time. The KitchenAid brand is well known for having kitchen appliances that surpass similar models. The base and motor of these blenders is all made of metal in order to be strong and last as long as possible.
Both types of blenders have the capability to crush, blend and mix just about anything. Their superior ability to crush ice is one of the most common points consumers make about them.
The blending containers on both the Chef’s and Professional’s KitchenAid Bar Blender can hold up to 48 ounces of liquid. While they aren’t oversized, they are capable of holding ample quantity to get the job done.
The stainless steel pitcher on the Professional Kitchen Aid Bar Blender is considered by many to be a better option than plastic or glass. Glass is considered to be a hazard because it is heavy, and if it slips from someone’s hand it could shatter.
Plastic is a concern for some people because the smell or taste of foods can leach into the plastic, then back into other foods. Stainless steel is more resilient and more durable than glass, but just as sanitary so many people like this option.
The jars on both versions of the Bar Blender are made to be easy to clean as well and many people compliment this attribute.
Another popular feature of both versions of the KitchenAid Bar Blender is that they have very few controls. While some people may wonder why this is a good thing, it makes using the blender much simpler. With the Professional model there is just a switch that goes from the off position to either “pulse” or “on.” The Chef’s model offers some extra speed settings, but the functions are basically the same.
While the stainless steel pitcher is well-loved by some people, others may find it annoying. You can’t see the contents while you’re blending, and this means that until you learn more about the blender, you may end up with the wrong consistency to your recipe. If this is an issue, the Chef’s version of the Kitchen Aid Bar Blender comes with a clear polycarbonate jar.
The lack of speed-setting buttons can also be seen as a disadvantage by some. They feel it gives them less control over the blending process.
Something else people have noted is the weight of the blenders. For their size, they are quite heavy. This is a trademark of KitchenAid blenders in general. Since they are made of all metal, they are very heavy. Some folks have said that this makes them use it less often just because they don’t want to pull it out just to put it away a few minutes later.
Consumers really seem to like the KitchenAid Bar Blender. Poor reviews of either are rare, and some of the poor reviews even point out the great customer service and warranty offered on the motor and appliance. If you are in the market for a new blender, odds are that you won’t be disappointed with a KitchenAid.