We Tried KitchenAid’s Cordless Appliances—Here’s What We Thought
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Our Test Kitchen put KitchenAid's new cordless hand mixer and hand blender to the test. Find out how they worked.
Raise your hand if your kitchen is short on outlets. I know you can’t see me, but my hand is sky high. Thanks to my kitchen island, I’m lucky to have plenty of counter space. There’s only one problem: it’s off the grid. That means when I want to use an electric appliance I need to make room on another countertop where space is at a premium.
If your kitchen is like mine, you could pay an electrician the big bucks to hardwire your island (it’s certainly crossed my mind), or you could check out the items in KitchenAid’s cordless appliance line. We gave two of them—the hand mixer and hand blender (aka immersion blender)—a test run in the Test Kitchen to find out if these handy-sounding gadgets live up to the hype.
What We Thought of KitchenAid’s Cordless Hand Mixer
I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the cordless mixer and start using it in my own kitchen and the Test Kitchen, too. Not having to be tethered to an outlet or mess with connecting to an extension cord was a very exciting prospect for us. The mixer comes with a set of beaters and a charger that works on all of KitchenAid’s cordless appliances. After using it to make everything from whipped cream to lemon meringue pie, here’s what our Test Kitchen team thought of the KitchenAid cordless mixer.
- Short charge time: A quick 10-minute boost will get you through a light task. In about two hours, you’ll be fully juiced, able to get through multiple mixing jobs over the course of time. There’s also a low-battery indicator light that helps you plan ahead! (More on the battery later.)
- Strong and sturdy: You might expect a battery-operated appliance that requires charging to be on the wimpy side. But that’s not the case here. In fact, even at the lower speeds (there are seven of them, by the way!), the mixer runs more powerfully than some of the plug-in versions. We also loved that the mixer stays put. There is no way this thing is tipping over, and the flat bottom and heavier weight helps with that. The stainless steel beaters are solid, too.
- Soft Start feature: This mixer offers a nice, gradual increase in speed that prevents a mess. At home, I have the world’s most ridiculously fast hand mixer—and I don’t really love it. Faster isn’t always better when it comes to hand mixers. (Picture a face full of flour!)
- Weight: For us, the weight of the mixer isn’t an issue. (It’s only slightly heavier than most of the others.) We realize that for some cooks who prefer a lightweight mixer, this may not be their top choice.
What We Thought of KitchenAid’s Cordless Hand Blender
If space or outlets are really at a premium in your kitchen, this small, easy-to-store type of blender is the way to go—plus KitchenAid has a good track record here. Its two-speed plug-in model ranked among our favorite hand blenders. The cordless offering is no exception. The set comes with a blender arm (the part that does the work), a blender jar and lid, a pan guard and a plug-in charger you can stash in the back of your cupboard most of the time. We blended up tomato soup, homemade hummus and more to form some pretty solid opinions on the KitchenAid cordless hand blender.
- Long battery life: The charge on this immersion blender seems to last forever. The KitchenAid site boasts that you can blend 25 bowls of soup before charging the battery. That’s a lot of soup! Our experience matches up—this lithium ion battery just keeps going.
- Two speeds: You can determine the blender’s speed by how hard you pull the trigger (partway for low and all the way for high). These dual speeds let you control how smooth you want your recipe to be. Want to leave it a little chunky? No problem. Just pulse by pulling the trigger repeatedly.
- Safety features: The folks at KitchenAid kept the safety of both home cooks and our pans in mind. For humans, there’s a safety switch on the handle of the blender. This needs to be pressed while you pull the trigger to start blending, which removes a lot of accident potential. For cookware, they’ve included a pan guard to keep nonstick pans from getting nicked.
- Easy to clean: When you’re done with your soup or sauce, just twist and pull to detach the blender arm; then pop it in the dishwasher. But watch your fingers—the stainless-steel blades are sharp.
- It takes coordination: This hand blender is so powerful, the first few times we used it we got a little kickback which resulted in a bit of a mess (squash soup flecks everywhere!). As long as you have a good grip on both the blender and the pot or bowl, you’ll be fine.
Are KitchenAid Cordless Appliances Worth the Price?
Yes. Cordless is king! At just under $100 each, these quality, well-made pieces perform well and are easy (and so convenient) to use. Plus, each one comes in seven colors so it’ll coordinate with your kitchen. Form and function? We’re all for that.