The KitchenAid K400 is a powerful, versatile blender that chops down everything well.
- Stylish design in a range of colours
- Easy to clean
- SImple controls, but powerful options
- Hard to get good consistency when lightly chopping
- Fairly bulky
After surviving for a few years since our last blender broke, my wife finally decided to bite the bullet and buy a new blender, choosing one of the best blenders in Australia, the KitchenAid K400.
With its large, colourful base and high capacity plastic jug, the K400 can blend up pretty much anything to throw at it in just moments.
Since adding it to our kitchen, we’re making smoothies daily, and appreciate the ease of cleaning as well as its blending performance.
It’s quite large and bulky, and won’t really be ideal for smaller kitchens. But if you have the space, then the K400 is a great blender for everything from juices, to smoothies, soups, and cocktails.
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KitchenAid K400 blender review: Design
The K400 comes in a range of soft, striking colours, which helps it stand out from the rest of your dull kitchen appliances.
We opted for the Blue Velvet option, a muted baby blue that doesn’t contrast too much with the greys in our kitchen, and was on sale for over $100 off when we bought it.
But there are seven other colour options available, including Almond Cream, Empire Red, Pistachio, Dried Rose, plus more traditional silver and black options.
There’s not a lot to the base apart from the power cable out the back, the big control dial on the front, and the discrete start button next to the dial.
The blender unit itself is an all-in-one unit, so you can’t remove the blades for cleaning. The lid does come off, and has a removable section in the middle that’s the perfect size for the included tamper stick you’ll use to push done stuff that’s stuck to the sides of the jug.
The jug can blend up to 1.7 Litres of your favourite smoothie or cocktail, which is enough to blend up for the whole family.
It uses a ribbed jar design, which creates a powerful vortex, pulling ingredients into the asymmetric blade at the bottom.
5 Speed dial with 3 presets
The K400 boasts five blending speeds, as well as three dedicated preset blends: Ice crush, icy drink and smoothie.
There’s also a cleaning preset that lets you half fill the jug with water and a spot of dishwashing liquid to clean out the inside without having to handwash it all.
If you mostly use the blender for making smoothies, you probably won’t need anything apart from the smoothie setting, though you can also use the blender to blend nuts for nut milks like almond milk or cashew milk.
If you need to manually pulse, a simple twist of the dial to the left will do that.
KitchenAid K400 blender review: Performance
Using the K400 is simplicity itself. Pop your ingredients into the jug and close it up, pop it on the base, rotate the dial to your blend setting of choice and press the button.
If you’re using one of the presets, the K400 will turn itself off when it’s done blending. If you’re using one of the five blend speed options, it keeps going until you turn it off.
Smoothies are, well, smooth. Even thick greens like kale were completely broken down and easy to drink without gritty chunks of leaf to chew on.
The crushed ice setting breaks down your ice cubes to a snow-like texture, which I personally find to be a bit too crushed for my liking, but it’s pretty consistent in its texture.
Blending various nuts across the different manual speeds is quick and efficient, though it’s nigh on impossible to get the result to be a consistent chop.
You can pop it on speed 5, and it will turn your nuts to powder, but for roughly chopped nuts you’re going to have different sized pieces with more powdery parts too.
The K400 can also blend hot liquids for soups, and because of the larger jug size, means you can blend a meal for the whole family in a single session.
Ultimately, the K400 blends just about everything you throw at it effortlessly.
KitchenAid K400 blender review: Verdict
The KitchenAid K400 is a powerful, versatile blender that can chop down pretty much anything really well.
It’s perfect for smoothies, and can tear apart fibrous greens like kale so you barely notice you’re drinking it.
It does get a little loud during the blend process, and it’s quite bulky, making it best suited to larger kitchens. But if you have the space, the stylish colours and design make it a great option for anyone looking to blend regularly.
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The author purchased this product for review.