How much power does a blender need? Probably not much. KitchenAid doesn’t give a hoot about it, though, since their High Performance Series Blender packs a whopping three-horsepower motor that should allow it to turn anything in your kitchen into a slushy pile.
We know, peak horsepower is not the same as operating horsepower. For all intents and purposes, it likely levels out at a power output slightly lower than that. Still, for a home kitchen appliance, that’s one powerful motor, ensuring the darn thing can tackle the toughest ingredients (and whatever else you put in the blender) without breaking a sweat. Well, if blenders did sweat, that is.
The KitchenAid High Performance Series Blender comes with nine speed settings you can access via the dial on the front, so you can get maximum control on the kind of texture you want your blended food and drinks to have. Whether you’re making smoothies, soups, or dips, this thing should have the exact setting you need to get it just the way you like. A stainless steel blade handles all the cutting, slicing, and ripping-anything-you-put-inside-to-shreds duties, while a 60-ounce jar (90 ounce total volume) allows you to work on a good load of ingredients at a time.
A tamper allows you to push ingredients into the lower blending area to make sure all ingredients are processed even when making the thickest concoctions, all while doubling as a spatula for scraping ingredients off the side of the jar. To give the blender some weight to ensure it stays stable even when blending something nasty, it comes with a hefty die-cast metal base.
Aside from the powerful motor, there isn’t much in the KitchenAid High Performance Series Blender that sets it apart from other consumer-grade blenders in the market. Still, if you want power in your blender without the price tag of a commercial unit, this one should offer a performance approaching those of the latter.
The KitchenAid High Performance Series Blender is priced at $564.99.