One minute assessment
The KitchenAid Artisan K400 blender sits in the course of KitchenAid’s blender vary. It’s out there in seven colours within the US (9 in Australia, twelve within the UK) and coordinates effectively with all different small kitchen home equipment out there from KitchenAid.
The bottom has a die-cast metallic building typical of KitchenAid home equipment and it feels very reassuring to have such a sturdy base when the blender is whizzing round at high pace, it additionally provides to the premium feel and appear of this equipment.
The KitchenAid Artisan K400 options three pre-set mixing packages: ice crush, icy drink, and smoothie, along with a pulse perform and a self-clean program. For handbook management, there are 5 variable speeds to select from and all packages and capabilities are managed utilizing one easy dial on the entrance of the blender.
This mannequin gained’t overwhelm you with additional cups and equipment, it simply comes with the usual blender jug and any extra equipment may be purchased individually. The K400 may not be for you in case you want one thing with a bigger mixing jug, otherwise you don’t wish to need to splash out for extra mixing cups on high of your buy.
Value and availability
- Checklist value: $249.99/ £299/ AU$499
The K400 is a mid-priced blender from KitchenAid and it comes with all of the options you’d count on in addition to that traditional KitchenAid fashion and nice shade choices. The model does supply a wide range of blenders so that you’ll have the ability to decide up a less expensive mannequin in case you want.
It’s out there from KitchenAid straight or by way of a variety of shops within the US, UK, and Australia.
- 5 variable speeds
- Three preset packages
- Three-part mixing system
KitchenAid is a model that has mixed a sexy design in vary of shade choices with sturdy sturdy elements that get the job performed, and this blender isn’t any totally different.
The die-cast metallic base is sturdy and weighs in at virtually 12 lb/ 5.4kg (6.6kg for the UK mannequin as a result of glass jug) which is heavy. When you don’t need it completely on the countertop, it’s not straightforward to maneuver round, however the high-end design and the vary of shade selections make it a fascinating equipment that you simply gained’t really feel the necessity to disguise away.
The dimensions is fairly common for a blender: 7.6 inches x 9 inches x 15.8 inches / 19.3cm x 22.9cm x 40.1cm (w x d x h). However what’s price noting is that, in contrast to many blenders, it doesn’t include plenty of equipment that you simply’ll need to discover a place to retailer, no matter whether or not or not you want them. There are optionally available equipment comparable to private mixing cups that may be bought individually, however this can clearly value extra on high of your preliminary buy.
The central dial controls the entire settings and packages with only one extra button to begin/cease. There are 5 variable speeds in addition to a pulse setting and three preset packages: ice crush, icy drink and smoothie. There are symbols to signify every of the preset packages, however they’re fairly small. There’s additionally a program that works to wash the blender jug utilizing fast pulses of energy and excessive speeds, all it is advisable do is add heat water and dish cleaning soap.
The blender encompasses a three-part mixing system that mixes the ribbed jug design with an uneven blade and Intelli-Velocity motor management which senses contents and maintains optimum pace and energy; these options all work in concord for environment friendly mixing.
The jug is plastic within the US and Australia, however clients within the UK get a glass model, the deal with can sit both to the left or proper aspect relying in your dominant hand and each jug varieties are fully dishwasher protected. A glass jug may be higher for avoiding stain build-up, nevertheless, it’s additionally going to be simpler to interrupt if it’s dropped.
- No leaking when crammed to most capability
- Crushed ice with ease
- Silky easy smoothies
This blender may be very easy to make use of and we examined it first by making an attempt out the preset smoothie program. It pulverized leafy spinach and fibrous pineapple into the remainder of the smoothie elements to create a really easy, properly aerated smoothie with completely no bits. Nothing was left trapped underneath the blades and since smoothie making is a preset program, it stops mechanically when it’s performed. The blender reached a noise degree of 84dB, which is common for this kind of equipment, and the jug has pouring lip which labored effectively with out dripping.
To check for leakage, we crammed the KitchenAid K400 to max capability with water and blended it at full pace. We’re happy to say there was no leaking in any respect.
The Ice Crush program tackled our ice cubes with ease, producing evenly crushed ice with a noise degree just like different checks at 84dB. The one space the place the blender didn’t carry out brilliantly was once we tried to mix hazelnuts. The nuts weren’t evenly sliced and the top outcome was a mix of chopped nuts, powder and a few bigger items – actually, if we’d carried on mixing, it might have all turned to powder. Nevertheless, not one of the blenders we examined had been nice at this activity. There was additionally some nut powder lodged underneath the blade space that needed to be eliminated with a spoon.
Lastly, we made a really spectacular mayonnaise, it was thick and shiny and completely emulsified. The blender coped effectively with small portions; it nonetheless managed to combine successfully even when there have been simply two egg yolks and 10ml of vinegar within the backside of the jug – one thing different fashions actually struggled with. The detachable central cap within the lid is an effective dimension for pouring into throughout mixing and there was little or no splashing or spitting out of the cap. We solely went in control degree 2 whereas making the mayo, which additionally meant it was quieter at 78dB.
After making mayo we used the cleansing program which was profitable at eradicating the worst of the greasy mayo residues, so minimal washing up was required, however the jug can be dishwasher protected.
Ought to I purchase the KitchenAid Artisan K400 Blender?
Purchase it if…
You desire a good performer
With spectacular efficiency throughout virtually all of our checks, this blender can have no downside coping together with your mixing calls for.
You desire a sturdy well-built blender
The die-cast metallic base is constructed to final – the burden coupled with the rubber toes means it gained’t vibrate its means throughout the countertop, even at full pace.
You desire a selection of colours
There are seven shade choices (9 in Australia and twelve within the UK) so it’s straightforward to coordinate together with your kitchen or present home equipment.
Don’t purchase it if…
You desire a notably giant jug capability
The principle mixing jug is 56oz (US), 1.4L (UK), 1.7L (AUS) which is an effective dimension, however there are blenders out there with bigger capability jugs.
You need a reasonable blender
This can be a mid-range blender and KitchenAid does supply a extra budget-friendly choice if that’s your precedence.
You need plenty of equipment and private mixing cups included within the value
This mannequin doesn’t include any extra attachments apart from the principle mixing jug, equipment like private mixing cups are in the stores individually.