KitchenAid Blender KSB560 : When entertaining, keep the smoothies and iced drinks coming with this 0.9 horsepower blender that's built for back-to-back blending. The 56 oz. contoured pitcher slides ingredients into the blade for faster blending. Patented blade strikes at 4 planes for optimum performance. Commercial-grade polycarbonate pitcher is remarkably strong and lightweight and resists temperature extremes and scratches and stains. Push of a button crushes ice evenly and you can pulse at any speed. Puree hot soups, chop thick veggies, and mix smooth batters faster than ever with ultimate consistency and control. Hassle-free 1-year replacement warranty. 7"W X 8 1/2"D x 15 1/2"H. 12 lbs. Model: KSB560. Product Features High-powered 0.9 horsepower motor with 740 watts reaches speeds up to 13,000 rpm Patented stainless-steel blade tines operate on 4 different planes for speedy, thorough blending 5 speed touch-pad controls from stir to liquefy are easy to use Intelli-Speed® rapidly monitors speeds and adjusts power to accommodate thicker mixtures Soft Start™ feature reduces start-up and pulls food or ice into the blade before increasing to the selected speed 56 oz. polycarbonate jar is shatter- and scratch-resistant Pitcher contours guide ingredients for fast, thorough blending Blend-and-serve pitcher features a soft, non-slip grip for easy handling One-piece pitcher eliminates food traps and any need to disassemble Automatic ice crush option pulses at staggered intervals for optimum crushing efficiency Commercial-quality coupler with 12 interlocking teeth is steel-reinforced for added strength and durability Stay-put lid with removable 2 oz. ingredient cap Advance air flow design keeps blender cool during continual use Heavy, die-cast metal base with 4 non-slip feet ensures stable, quiet operation Base's lustrous finish is plated a minimum of 5 times for durability and corrosion-resistance Clean Touch™ control pad is smooth and seamless so it wipes clean in an instant Pitcher is bottom rack dishwasher-safe. Lid and ingredient cap are top rack dishwasher-safe Easy-store power cord wraps under base Includes instruction and recipe guide in English, French and Spanish Assembled in the USA
The first thing I noticed about this thing was the weight! This thing could cause some serious damage if dropped on...well...anything! It is made just as well and just as sturdy as my KitchenAid Artisan mixer (not to mention they match perfectly in Empire Red). One of the first things I tried was the Ice Crush feature. I filled it about halfway with ice, pushed the button, and three seconds later, my blender was full of snow. My wife and I stood there with our mouths hanging open! My old Oster blender just stirred ice around. We make frozen drinks all the time, and the consistency is SO smooth. We've also made marinades in it, and the results were outstanding. This thing has so much power, it barely takes any time at all to finish blending anything put in it. A word of caution: even though these blades look similar to other blender blades, they're not! Early on I used a rubber spatula to scrape it out after making a frozen drink, and the next thing I knew, the spatula was shredded! These babies are sharp! It's also simple to clean; just wipe it off! You cannot go wrong with this machine.