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KitchenAid KSB560[MC]
 
Price range:
$179.99 - $247.03
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Summary: This KitchenAid blender was Good in overall performance, and has
  • Touchpad controls
  • plastic jar
  • 7 cup capacity and
  • 6 claimed speeds
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Type: Full Size Blender
About - KitchenAid KSB560[MC]

The KitchenAid KSB560[MC] is part of the blender test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, blender models like the KSB560[MC] are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.


Icy drinks (Smoothies):
Smoothness and thickness of non-alcholic pina coladas are determined using assorted size sieves. Blenders that do well for icy drinks also do well for smoothies.

Convenience:
Judgements on ease of cleaning and replacing blade; clarity of controls and jar markings; pouring ease; and jar balance, etc.

Puree:
How well the blender pureed soup.
About This Brand

One of the category's premium brands, whose products include die-cast metal bases. Most models are available in various colors. Products are sold through department stores, specialty stores, appliance stores, online retailers, and big-box retailers. Prices range from $60 to $270.

Features & Specs - KitchenAid KSB560[MC]
info Glass jar No
info Plastic jar Yes
info Stainless-steel jar No
info Removable blade No
info Controls Touchpad
info Pulse Yes
info Jar weight (lbs.) 3
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User Reviews - KitchenAid KSB560[MC]
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4.0
Love it mostly
7/17/2014
Pros
Easy To Clean
Powerful
Cons
Poor Pitcher
Best Uses
Comment:
We've owned this blender since 2009. We bought it at the KitchenAid online outlet for $60 or so, and have loved it overall. We got the black color instead of this silver one in the picture, but it's all the same functionality.<br /><br />I like the fact that the base is made of a sturdy chunk of metal rather than plastic. The motor is really powerful - we've never had problems with it overheating or being unable to blend stuff. The blender has a kind of soft-start feature, as well as pulse mode and ice crushing.<br /><br />The thing that sold us on this blender is the pitcher capacity. It says it can hold 7 cups, and it can really do more like 8 cups if you hold the lid on while starting the blender. That's something you can't find in most blenders in this price range. The pitcher is also made of thick polycarbonate plastic, so you won't have the pitcher breaking easily like the plastic pitchers with really cheap blenders do, and you don't have to worry about it breaking like glass pitchers can.<br /><br />We had problems with the pitcher leaking fairly early on. The plastic nut that holds the blade assembly in place tends to come undone. I tightened it up, and superglued it underneath so it wouldn't loosen again, and we've had no problems for the past five years. In the past month the pitcher started leaking again, but I figure that's a pretty reasonable lifetime, and replacement pitchers are around $30-40 on eBay. I do wish KitchenAid would make the pitcher better to begin with...
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
 
1.0
Bad Blender
7/1/2012
Pros
Easy To Clean
Powerful
Cons
Unstable
Best Uses
Comment:
We only used this blender 3 times a week to make shakes and the gear drive that spins the blade has already worn down and will no longer spin the blades. The part is permenately attached to the motor and can not be replaced. The blender is also very loud and vibrates so much that it will vibrate off the counter if you do not hold it.
How long have you owned it:
Three-to-six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
 
5.0
Great
6/21/2012
Pros
Easy To Clean
Good Pitcher
Powerful
Precise Control
Stable
Cons
Best Uses
Crushing Ice
Drinks
Comment:
Use blender for mixing smoothies and other drinks involving ice. Does a fantastic job, drinks come out as I would expect. Very happy with total design.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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