Oh KitchenAid Diamond Vortex 5-Speed Blender, we have already been through so much together. First the mystery box reveal where I immediately fell in love with your sky blue colour. Then I used you for the first time to make my Very Berry Smoothie. You actually impressed me with a green smoothie and I have already had a chance to do some recipe testing and made a pretty fabulous cantaloupe mango smoothie.
I have a KitchenAid blender very similar to this one and it has the same button features as the Diamond blender. Having the buttons raised like this without big gaps between them makes for super-easy cleaning. The pretty blue light that comes on with the blender surprised and delighted me. It follows which setting you are using and it was so refreshing to see a light that is not red. A silly detail but true.
These are the same buttons as the last KitchenAid blender I bought over a year ago. From left to right the speed and intensity increases which is very user-friendly. I love the pulse feature too. I am always worried about burning out the motor by just leaving the blender blending like crazy. This way you can use short bursts of power to help get everything pulverized.
Why Diamond Blender?
The “diamond” feature of the blender is the base. FYI, this blender is one piece. Unlike all other blenders, you do not have to screw off the bottom. It does not have a removable washer. As a result, you do not have to worry about the blender leaking which has happened with all the other blenders I have owned and I have owned a lot!
It does make for challenging hand-washing though but putting it through the dishwasher is now super-easy.
What about soups?
I did also use the blender to make my Roasted Butternut Squash Soup and had some tech issues. The blender overheated and there was a bit of a spark and then the blender would not work. I unplugged it, gave it a second and then it worked again and pureed the soup perfectly.
I probably should not have had the top covered so tightly with a tea towel. I think the hot air could not get through the little vent so this actually was a fail-safe for preventing the blender from, I don’t know, exploding scalding soup all over me? Or potentially over-heating perhaps?
My one big complaint about the blender is that the body of the blender is made of plastic. BPA-free plastic but… it is plastic. Now, for smoothie-making and pouring, it is so nice and light which is great. The problem? I do not like plastic. I felt comfortable with it at first because smoothies are cold and would not impact the plastic too much.
After making the butternut squash soup though, it still smells like onions. I will be soaking it with baking soda to remove the smell which did not transfer to the smoothies as far as I could tell but I do not like that the blender pitcher is an absorbent vessel. It makes me nervous. As a result, I will only use it for smoothies and use my other blender for soups.
The KitchenAid Diamond Blender is absolutely impressive. It really can make a smoothie in 20 seconds. The additional benefit of having crazy-fast smoothies is this will ensure the motor will have a longer and healthier lifespan.
The ice crushing feature is downright Herculean and can even break down frozen strawberries and large pieces of mango. I did get a strawberry stuck under the blades once but overall, it pulverizes everything. I never had large chunks of food in my smoothies. They were always very smooth and delicious. This blender has been a huge time saver for this smoothie fanatic.
I give the KitchenAid Diamond Vortex 5-Speed Blender four and a half out of five wooden spoons. The only reason it did not get a perfect rating is the plastic pitcher. This is one hell of a blender and made for the smoothie-lover like me.