I was in search of a new blender with more options for me. This one caught my attention based on the price and the functions available to me. Our family is becoming big smoothie drinkers so the options that allow that were a big seller as well. This blender not only met my expectations but surpassed them. I LOVE all the options available to me. The noise level was as to be expected depending on what we were blending. Easy to put together based on which mixing cup you were using. Easy to clean as well. Not to mention it looks just as good as other high end models. It offers so much more that what we originally purchased it for and we are so happy that we did.
I'm so pleased with this purchase. I was looking at the Ninja, which is a bit more expensive, when I saw an infomercial about the KitchenAid Diamond blender. It has vortex blade action, which means that it pulls your ingredients down from the top. That means I don't have to be bothered with going through th top of the blender while it's in use, in an effort to help the blender BLEND! And, as an added bonus, I happened to get mine with one of Overstock's bonus coupons! It subtracted a sizable amount from the already low price! Parenthetically, the coupon's are work it, guys! This blender takes ice cubes from my ice maker, and turns them into snow! So, there is no problem with blending frozen fruit. It's just a great buy, and a great blender. I'm so glad I went with KitchenAid and not that $200 Ninja!
Hey, it feels less than mighty because it is a plastic model, but the lack of heft has some benefits: can break the clear plastic blender, and it works in a snap! Lots of choices in end product: smoothie, ice crusher, mix, liquify, all in a jiffy. Very easy to clean, breaks down and fits into dishwasher. It also comes with a handy spout so that you can just put a cup under the nozzle and out slides your strawberry banana orange smoothie as thick as you want it, and you can even put the top blender (like a pitcher) straight into the fridge with its snug plastic top keeping it virtually drip free. Don't be disappointed in the light, less than hardcore blender build. It's inexpensive so complain not. And it works like a charm. PS: don't forget to break down all the parts and the rubber ring before you put in the dishwasher. The dishwasher gets into all the crevices, and voila, your next drink is fresh and yummy!
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