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KitchenAid KHBBV53 vs Braun MultiQuick 5 Side-by-Side Comparison

Tina Pham
Tina Pham
Reviewer
Nguyen Ntk
Nguyen Ntk
Visual Specialist
Reviewed
Tested Using Methodology v1.0
Updated Jan 17, 2023
Tested Using Methodology v1.0
Updated Jan 27, 2023
Unboxing the KitchenAid Cordless Immersion BLender, from left to right: an user manual, a beaker and lid, the KitchenAid KHBBV53 with its motor body and blending wand, a charger, and a paper carton box.
Unboxing the The Braun MultiQuick-5 hand blender, from left to right: user manuals, plastic beaker, the Braun MultiQuick-5 with its motor body and blending shaft attached, whisk attachment, and a paper carton box.
Blenders type
immersion
immersion

Our Verdict

8.0
Overall Score
  • Performance (50%)
    7.9/10
  • Design (20%)
    8.4/10
  • Usability (30%)
    7.8/10
8.6
Overall Score
  • Performance (50%)
    8.8/10
  • Design (20%)
    8.1/10
  • Usability (30%)
    8.7/10

Both of these models are light-duty mid-range blenders, but with a battery-powered motor, the KitchenAid KHBBV53 is considerably less robust than its peer. Be aware that the battery is unable to keep up with excessive use; it can run dry while the blending is still in progress, leaving you with a humble mess to deal with. 

Blending with the Braun MultiQuick 5, on the other hand, is a much more pleasant experience. Sporting a 300-watt motor and a few handy blending accessories, it allows you to whip up a variety of whole-food combinations without breaking the bank. 

If you do purchase the Braun MultiQuick 5, we are sure you'll love it in almost every aspect.

Top of the Segment

KitchenAid Cordless Variable Speed Hand Blender Performance

Braun MultiQuick-5 Hand Blender Performance: More Than a Little Surprised
7.9
Performance Scores
  • Hot Soup Purée (35%)8.5/10
  • Frozen Fruit Smoothie (30%)9.0/10
  • Mayonnaise (15%)6.5/10
  • Almond Milk (15%)8.3/10
  • Whipped Egg-Whites (5%)0/10
8.8
Performance Scores
  • Hot Soup Purée (35%)8.5/10
  • Frozen Fruit Smoothie (30%)8.8/10
  • Mayonnaise (15%)8.3/10
  • Almond Milk (15%)9.3/10
  • Whipped Egg-Whites (5%)10/10
8.5

Hot Soup Purée

8.5
Scooping a spoon of pureéd soup prepared by the KitchenAid battery-powered immersion blender from the full batch in the plastic beaker.
Scooping a spoon of pureéd soup prepared by the KitchenAid battery-powered immersion blender from the full batch in the plastic beaker.
A batch of soup pureéd by the KitchenAid cordless various speed hand blender is checked for smoothness by being drained through a stainless steel mesh strainer.
KitchenAid KHBBV53 Hot Soup
  • Pureeing Time: 30 seconds
  • Result: Smooth
  • Suction: Slightly

This stylish hand blender worked quickly and made acceptable puree soup without a struggle. The sharp stainless steel blades allowed it to hot blend root veggies quite uniformly. Even fibrous ingredients like celery and onions ended up fully incorporated into the mixture. 

Although the KitchenAid KHBBV53 didn’t create a perfect puree, our soup looked good and was much silkier than that produced by its competitors, such as the Mueller Ultra Stick and the Hamilton Beach 2-speed.

Scooping a spoon of pureéd soup from the plastic beaker to check its smoothness.
Scooping a spoon of pureéd soup from the plastic beaker to check its smoothness.
Braun MultiQuick-5 Soup Hot Soup Purée
Draining the soup with a stainless steel mesh strainer to inspect solid chunks.
  • Pureeing Time: 30 seconds
  • Result: Smooth
  • Suction: No

The quality of blade’s material is impressively sturdy for the price, and that combined with a heavy-duty motor give the Braun MultiQuick-5 a great pureéing capability. As hard-to-blend as it was, our hearty soup wasn’t a challenge for this blender. In the span of 30 seconds, a two-serving pot of chunky soup became soft and creamy. For most people, this result might be fine enough, but draining it was still necessary to separate the remaining solids if you want the most silky, restaurant-quality soup.

9.0

Frozen Fruit Smoothie

8.8
A plastic beaker containing a batch of green smoothie whose parts are scooped with a spoon is standing between a timer displaying the total blending time (1 minute) and the KitcheAid’s motor body.
A plastic beaker containing a batch of green smoothie whose parts are scooped with a spoon is standing between a timer displaying the total blending time (1 minute) and the KitcheAid’s motor body.
After finishing blending, the green smoothie was spread evenly throughout a white paper to check for solid chunks.
The KitchenAid Cordless KHBBV53 Smoothie
  • Blending Time: 1 min
  • Result: Smooth
  • Suction: Yes

Featuring multiple speed settings, this KitchenAid KHBBV53 pulverized all the ingredients with ease, which was really surprising. 

The blending process also went as smoothly, though, at certain points, fruits got trapped under the blades, demanding us to stop the machine and dislodge the food. Plus, to achieve an even blend, we had to move the blending wand as constantly and consistently as we could. However, that didn’t make us feel frustrated, especially given that the result was exactly what we’d like — it looked silky and more than appetizing. If you buy this blender, we believe no smoothie recipe could overwhelm it.

Scooping a spoon of smoothie from the plastic beaker to check its texture after the Braun MultiQuick-5 Vario Hand Blender had completed the test in 59,99 seconds.
Scooping a spoon of smoothie from the plastic beaker to check its texture after the Braun MultiQuick-5 Vario Hand Blender had completed the test in 59,99 seconds.
Braun MultiQuick-5 Smoothie Test
After finishing blending, the green smoothie was spread evenly throughout a white paper on a gray table to check for solid chunks.
  • Blending Time: 1 min
  • Result: Smooth
  • Suction: No

The Braun’s 13,700 RPM motor did a fine job at this test. It even worked as fast as higher-priced models, namely the Vitamix 5-speed, Breville Control Grip, and the All-Clad, churning out a serving of icy smoothie in only one minute. 

Most importantly, of all the blenders we tested, this blender is the only one that blended without too much trouble. With the remaining blenders, some had a hard time blending through the frozen fruits, while others created tight suction that made it pretty difficult for us to lift the blending shaft. The texture and consistency of its smoothie was also better than most. It was nearly as silky as the Vitamix—our best value immersion blender, with just a couple tiny chunks of unprocessed mango.

6.5

Mayonnaise

8.3
The KitchenAid KHBBV53 Mayonnaise
Scooping a spoon of mayonnaise emulsified by the KitchenAid immersion blender from a white bowl to check its creaminess.
  • Emulsifying Time: 1 mins 54 secs
  • Result: Quite thin
  • Suction: No

As a battery-powered blender, the KitchenAid KHBBV53 didn’t work as quickly as its corded counterparts. In fact, it was about 50% slower than the fastest Cuisinart Smart Stick even though it sells for nearly double the price. 

On the bright side, the KitchenAid produced acceptable mayonnaise. Although the sauce didn’t look as creamy as we’d like, its smooth and fluffy texture would be enough for any salad.

A little bit of mayonnaise was sticking on the blender whisk attachment when it was removed from the full batch emulsified in a 24-oz plastic beaker.
A little bit of mayonnaise was sticking on the blender whisk attachment when it was removed from the full batch emulsified in a 24-oz plastic beaker.
Braun MultiQuick-5 Mayonnaise Test
  • Emulsifying Time: 1 mins 54 secs
  • Result: Smooth
  • Suction: No

The Braun’s manual instructs that its whisk attachment should only be used for whipping cream, beating egg whites, making sponge cakes, and ready-mix desserts. This is certainly an unusual specification, as whisks are commonly used for other purposes - such as making mayonnaise.

Regardless, we stuck to our plan and used the whisk to make mayonnaise. As it turned out, it performed about as well as its competitors’ blending shafts in terms of emulsifying time and texture. 

Most importantly, our mayonnaise was rich and very creamy. It was a great example of how this blender can be an alternative to a hand mixer to top off your favorite meals with inspired sauces.

8.3

Almond Milk

9.3
  • Grinding Time: 50 secs
  • Result: Coarse
  • Suction: No

The KitchenAid KHBBV53 is adequate for preparing non-dairy milk, but isn’t deserving of much praise. Of all the blenders we tested, this was the only one that created a foamy texture as a result of too much incorporated air. We removed the foam during the straining process so it didn’t impair the milk’s quality in the end. But it’s worth noting that the milk would have overflowed onto the countertop if we hadn’t paused periodically to stir it back into the jar with a long spoon. 

Moreover, this blender didn’t blend as evenly or as consistently as its mid-range counterparts, namely the Braun MultiQuick-5. Consequently, our milk didn’t get all the flavor out of the almonds. It was still an acceptable alternative to store-bought almond milk, but not ideal.

  • Grinding Time: 45 secs
  • Result: Fine
  • Suction: Tightly

In this test, the Braun MultiQuick -5 took just 47 seconds to produce one serving of almond milk. It grinded relatively evenly to dissolve the nuts’ sugars and proteins into the water. Thanks to that, even when our recipe is sugar free, we got a drink with a mildly sweet and creamy taste. Suffice to say, this blender will have you ditching store-bought plant-based milk without reluctance.

0.0

Whipped Egg-Whites

10
The blending wand of the KitchenAid KHBBV53 is immersed in a plastic beaker on a white table containing its failed beaten egg-white.
  • Beating Time: N/A
  • Result: N/A
  • Suction: N/A

The KitchenAid KHBBV53 was doomed to failure in this test since there was no way its blending wand could draw enough air into the egg-whites to form them properly. As a result, it left us with a cloudy cup of two separate layers: bubbly film and eggy water. Other blenders with whisking attachments, on the other hand, achieved stiff peaks quite easily.

Putting the 24-oz plastic beaker containing testing beaten egg-white upside down on the gray table.
Putting the 24-oz plastic beaker containing testing beaten egg-white upside down on the gray table.
Braun MultiQuick-5 Whipped Egg-Whites Test
Looking down at stiff peak egg whites in the 24-oz plastic beaker from above.
  • Beating Time: 1 mins 56 secs
  • Result: Stiff
  • Suction: No

Of all the blenders we tested, the Braun is among a few ones that passed this test, as it included whisk attachments ideal for beating egg whites. Using the ordinary blending wand, the remaining blenders couldn’t draw enough air into the egg-whites, which prevented the egg-protein from forming a stable foam. 

Compared to the rivals, our Braun MultiQuick-5 was 30 seconds faster at creating an airy, fluffy egg foam. Although there was barely any difference between their outcomes, the speedy whisking process of the Braun MultiQuick-5 did help it avoid overheating, which should make it more reliable.

The Way a Mind-Range Product Should

KitchenAid Cordless Hand Blender Design

Braun Handheld Blender Design: Fine for the Price
8.4
design Scores
  • Blending Shaft (30%)7.8/10
  • Build Quality (60%)8.5/10
  • Battery (5%)10/10
  • Beaker (5%)10/10
8.1
design Scores
  • Blending Shaft (30%)7.5/10
  • Build Quality (60%)8.0/10
  • Power Cord (5%)10/10
  • Beaker (5%)10/10

In the Box of the KitchenAid Cordless Various Speed Hand Blender

In the Box of the Braun Immersion Blender
The paper carton box, immersion blending wand, motor body, plastic beaker with lid, pan guard, charger, and owner’s manual of the KitchenAid battery blender being side by side.
  • Motor body 
  • Blending shaft 
  • 24-oz beaker with lid
  • Pan guard
  • Charger adapter
  • User manual

The KitchenAid KHBBV53 set includes 6 pieces as outlined above. If you’re looking for a more versatile blender, consider upgrading instead to the KitchenAid KHBBV83. That version works just as efficiently but comes with the whisk and chopper attachments to further enable your culinary creativity.

The package, motor body, blending shaft, plastic beaker, user manual, and whisk attachment of the Braun MultiQuick-5 Immersion Blender on a yellow table.
  • Motor body 
  • Blending shaft 
  • Whisk attachment
  • 20-oz beaker 
  • User manual

The Braun MultiQuick-5 set includes 4 pieces: a blender motor body, a blending wand, a whisk attachment, and a 20-ounce beaker. Given more accessories than most other brands do, we supposed Braun is attempting to go head-to-head with its rivals, not just in blending performance, but with the overall versatility.

Dimensions

The KitchenAid cordless hand blender standing on top of its blending shaft on a gray table, with the length of the blending shaft being noted to the side as 8 inches, and the total length of the unit as 17 inches.
  • Height:
    17.0" (43.2 cm)
  • Width:
    2.6" (6.6 cm)
  • Weight:
    2.0 oz (57 g)
  • Shaft Length:
    8.0" (20.3 cm)

The KitchenAid KHBBV53 is well-balanced with a satisfying, weighty feel. It’s really comfortable to hold and the long blending shaft can reach deep into large pots.

The Braun MQ505 standing on top of its blending shaft on a yellow table, with the length of the blending shaft being noted to the side as 6.7 inches, and the total length of the unit as 15 inches.
  • Height:
    15.0" (38.1 cm)
  • Width:
    2.2" (5.6 cm)
  • Weight:
    1.6 oz (45 g)
  • Shaft Length:
    6.7" (17.0 cm)

At 1.59 lbs, the Braun is nearly a pound lighter than the Vitamix 5-speed — we tested recently, which felt quite heavy in the hand by comparison. Compact and portable, it has a footprint of 15 by 2.2 inches, and it looks identical to the promotional images.

8.5

Build Quality

8.0
The blending wand and motor body of the KitchenAid cordless immersion blender lying flat on a gray table.
The blending wand and motor body of the KitchenAid cordless immersion blender lying flat on a gray table.
A black spot in the blade housing of the KitchenAid cordless stick blender being scaled up for clearer viewing.

The KitchenAid KHBBV53 is quite an expensive blender, so we’re happy to say its solid construction delivers on that price tag. As a mid-range blender, it doesn’t look as sleek as the premium ones (for example, the Vitamix 5-speed), but this doesn’t mean it’s less durable. Although it is mostly made of plastic, it seems to be high quality and the metal parts resist corrosion pretty well. So far, we haven't noticed any damage on the exterior, even though discoloration is fairly common among immersion blenders with plastic components.

The blending shaft, on the other hand, leaves a bit to be desired. Its blade guard is made of stainless steel but looks relatively flimsy and doesn’t have a good finish. It is flecked with countless black spots which can’t be wiped off. That certainly ruins the interior’s shine but doesn’t impair operation.

The motor body, blending shaft, and whisk attachment of the Braun MultiQuick-5 lie flat on a yellow table. The motor body, blending shaft, and whisk attachment of the Braun MultiQuick-5 lie flat on a yellow table.

The Braun MultiQuick-5 makes a strong visual impression out of the box. As a mid-range blender, it’s only about half the price of the premium ones. Despite that modest price point, it is made of quality materials and seems built to last.

It also feels good to hold regardless of hand size, thanks to its ergonomically-designed handle and BPA-free silicone coating that’s meant to ensure a slip-proof grip.

The interface is very intuitive with only two buttons so we even could figure out how they worked before reading the user manual. As a handy add-on, this blender also features Easy-Click release buttons, which allow for effortless accessories removal.

7.8

Blending Shaft

7.5
A close-up of the KitchenAid’s blending assembly sporting 2 sharp prongs with a pan guard attached.
  • Material:
    Stainless steel
  • Type:
    Sharp Blade
  • Guard Material:
    Stainless steel (With plastic pan guard)
  • Blade Count:
    2
  • Removable:
    No
  • Dishwasher Safe:
    Yes

The KitchenAid KHBBV53 features two-pronged blades which can withstand consistent use pretty well but don’t look as impressive as the higher-priced counterparts, such as the Vitamix.

Blending with this blender is a pleasure since its blade housing helps limit the splattering. Although the guard is made of metal, it won’t leave scratches on your cookware’s interior if you attach the included plastic pan guard. In our initial soup test, we immersed our blender — with that pan guard attached — into a glass pot and noticed zero damage.

The blending assembly of the Braun MultiQuick-5 features 2 sharp prongs.
The Braun MultiQuick-5 Blending Wand (Cre: Nguyen Ntk/HealthyKitchen101)
  • Material:
    Stainless steel
  • Type:
    Sharp Blade
  • Guard Material:
    Stainless Steel
  • Blade Count:
    2
  • Removable:
    No
  • Dishwasher Safe:
    Yes

The 2-pronged blade that sits permanently at the bottom of the metal blending shaft is powered by a 300-watt motor. Made of standard stainless steel, it is sturdy and can withstand regular use without compromising on efficiency.

Speed and Controls of the KitchenAid Cordless Immersion Blender

Speed and Controls of the Braun MultiQuick 5
A close-up of the palm switch on the top back of the KitchenAid’s motor body.
A close-up of the palm switch on the top back of the KitchenAid’s motor body.
A close-up of the speed controller on the front of the KitchenAid’s motor body.
  • Control Type:
    Press
  • Min Speed:
    9,240 RPM
  • Max Speed:
    11,650 RPM
  • Presets:
    No
  • Noise Level:
    70 dB
  • Digital Display:
    Yes
  • Pulse Mode:
    No

This blender offers multiple speed options and its trigger switch is extremely responsive. In a departure from most, the speed is determined by the amount of pressure you apply to the trigger. Your blender will run at its highest speed if you press the controller all the way down.

There is also a palm switch on the blender’s backside which acts as a safety mechanism. To blend, you must hold that switch down along with the trigger switch. We personally appreciate that idea since it helps prevent the motor from being accidentally engaged and hurting someone.

Although the KitchenAid KHBBV53 doesn’t feature a separate switch for a pulse function, you can also get plenty of control over your chopping preparations by pressing the trigger in short bursts.

The Two Speed Settings of The Braun MultiQuick-5 Immersion Blender
The Braun MultiQuick-5 Speed Settings (Cre: Nguyen Ntk/HealthyKitchen101)
  • Control Type:
    Press
  • Min Speed:
    12,200 RPM
  • Max Speed:
    13,700 RPM
  • Presets:
    No
  • Noise Level:
    65 dB
  • Digital Display:
    No
  • Pulse Mode:
    Yes

The Braun MultiQuick-5 offers only two speed options: Low and Turbo. This means you have less fine control than with multi-speed blenders, but it’s easier to switch between modes.

To blend, just press and hold the appropriate speed button until the perfect texture is achieved. That said, both the buttons demand a relatively high pressing pressure to activate, which may be trickier for those with weaker hands or long nails.

10

Beaker

10
An included 700 ml plastic beaker of the KitchenAid cordless immersion blender standing on a gray table.
  • Material:
    Plastic
  • Capacity:
    24.0 fl oz (709.8 ml)
  • Measurements:
    Yes
  • Weight:
    0.2 oz (7 g)
  • Height:
    6.5" (16.5 cm)
  • Dishwasher Safe:
    Yes
  • Tamper Included:
    No

Our set included a single-serve jar which is BPA-free and top-rack dishwasher-safe. As a nice bonus, the jar features a thin rubber ring on the bottom to keep it stable while blending. It also includes a tight-seal black lid for fresher on-the-go drinks.

The hand is holding a 20-oz plastic beaker with a green plant background.
  • Material:
    Plastic
  • Capacity:
    NaN fl oz (NaN ml)
  • Measurements:
    Yes
  • Weight:
    0.2 oz (6 g)
  • Height:
    6.5" (16.5 cm)
  • Dishwasher Safe:
    Yes
  • Tamper Included:
    No

Included as an additional accessory, the beaker is free of harmful chemicals. On the side, there are measurements clearly marked in milliliters and ounces. Due to its small size, this add-on is not suitably used for making hot-liquid-based foods since splattering will possibly occur, causing severe scalding and burns. Instead, you can use it to quickly prepare small batches of soups, sauces, smoothies, and dressings. 

Regarding its durability, since we don’t have any chance to hands-on our beaker, it’s hard to tell at the moment. This accessory had been broken when we took it out of the box, resulting from the long shipping distance.

10

Battery

A close-up of the charging port and charger adapter pin of the KitchenAid stick blender.
A close-up of the charging port and charger adapter pin of the KitchenAid stick blender.
The KitchenAid cordless immersion blender lying flat on a gray table with the 6 ft. charger rolled next to it.
Someone holding the KitchenAid’s handle and pressing its power button so the battery status indicator on top is lighting.
  • Status Indicator:
    Yes
  • Full Charging Time:
    2 hours
  • Quick Charging Time:
    20 minutes
  • Charger Adapter:
    2-prong Plug,  100-240 V input
  • Charger Adapter Pin:
    round, 3.5 mm, 14 V output - 0.8A
  • Charger Length:
    6 ft

The lithium-ion battery can keep the power going long enough for approximately 25 medium bowls of soup if fully charged for 2 hours. The 0.5-amp charger ensures speedy recharging for the first 20 minutes (that takes it from 0% to 30%). With a quick charge, your blender will be set for a batch of purees or smoothies. Our real-world experience, though, suggests that the advertised charging performance can only be achieved at room temperature rather than in the cold of winter.

The light on the top indicates the battery status. It turns green when the blender is fully powered and reminds you to consider charging when it turns yellow or red. 

Not Included

Extra Accessories

Whisk Attachment
  • Material:
    N/A
  • Dishwasher Safe:
    N/A
  • Removable:
    N/A

This blender set doesn’t come with any extra blending attachment.

The whisk attachment of the Braun MultiQuick-5 lies flat on a yellow table.
  • Material:
    Stainless steel
  • Dishwasher Safe:
    Yes
  • Removable:
    Yes

The Braun MultiQuick-5 is among a few hand blenders on the market that are shipped with a whisk attachment. This special add-on means to promote greater versatility, saving you from buying a hand mixer for beating egg-whites and emulsifying sauces.

Issues with Head-Suction

KitchenAid Cordless Hand Blender Usability Review

Braun Hand Blender Usability: Not Perfect but Great Enough
7.8
usability Scores
  • Ease of Use (60%)7.9/10
  • Blade Assembly (10%)7.5/10
  • Handling (20%)7.5/10
  • Cleanability (10%)8.0/10
8.7
usability Scores
  • Ease of Use (60%)8.6/10
  • Blade Assembly (10%)9.5/10
  • Handling (20%)8.5/10
  • Cleanability (10%)9.0/10
7.9

Ease of Use

8.6

The KitchenAid KHBBV53 is intuitive to use but maneuvering it isn’t as easy. More often than not, we had a hard time with our blending motions since this machine created a bit too much suction. Every time it sucked tight to the blending container’s bottom, we would hardly stir or draw it up without causing a mess. 

Additionally, it took us a bit of practice to be proficient at using the speed controller. To hit the maximum speed, we simply press the switch all the way down, but things are complicated when you want a mid-range speed.  

Not only that, but we also felt quite apprehensive trying to figure out how to speed up or slow down on our own. The user manual doesn’t provide any instructions for that. It even doesn’t explain that the speed trigger switch is pressure sensitive.

The Braun MultiQuick-5 may not be any better than certain other models in terms of efficiency and durability, but it could be the easiest to use if its buttons are improved to give a greater sense of control. 

It didn’t take long for us to figure out how the blender worked due to its straightforward construction. Speeding up also wasn’t as complicated as we experienced with the Cuisinart Smart and Muller Ultra-Stick. 

The only drawback is that both the buttons demand a relatively high pressing pressure to activate, which may be trickier for those with weaker hands or long nails. 

Regarding our own using experience, this blender didn’t create suction or cause splattering throughout the soup-making procedure, even at the highest speed setting. As such, it enabled us to start low and smoothly increase the speed as we went instead of being distracted by the spatters. 

However, it somehow suctioned tightly to the vessel’s bottom, causing excessive splatter when we struggled to move it around for an even milk blend. Furthermore, since this blender couldn’t sustain a good vortex, the liquid overflowed violently when we increased it to a higher speed. If you’re going to use this blender to make nut milk, we would recommend a taller beaker than the one it comes with.

We also very appreciate the blender’s blade housing. It’s specially designed to prevent fruits clinging to the blade backsides. Thanks to that, we didn’t have to use a food scraper when making smoothies.

7.5

Blade Assembly

9.5

We set up our blender by aligning the blending wand to the motor body until they locked in place. To disassemble, we turned the attachment counterclockwise and then pulled it out from the body. That sounds as easy as one-two-three, but since this blender doesn’t include a release button like most others, removal demands more pulling force, which may be trickier to do if your hands are oily.

The Braun MultiQuick 5 has accessory ejection buttons on the motor body — a handy function that even higher-priced models lack. These buttons are very clicky with great sensitivity; as soon as you press them, your blender shaft or whisk attachment will effortlessly push itself out from the motor body. 

It’s very easy to attach the accessories as well, as long as your hands are dry. Simply align the main body with the attachment until they click together.

7.5

Handling

8.5
Someone holding the KitchenAid KHBBV53 Handle and pressing the speed controller at the same time.

This blender is comfortable to hold thanks to the ergonomically-designed handle, but the slick, polished finish will be slippery when it’s oily or wet. This can make your grip unstable, especially if your hands fatigue quickly.

A close-up of the non-slip handle of the  Braun stick blender.

We especially like the silicone layer coating the main body, which offers a comfortable grip, reducing hand tension and slippage. So far, we haven’t haven’t found much to complain about with this design.

8.0

Cleanability

9.0

The blending wand is dishwasher-safe, so cleaning will not be a challenging task. However, if you clean it manually, getting the blades’ backsides to sparkle again is almost impossible without a bottle-cleaning brush.

Following each test, we used a soapy sponge to scrub away the food tailings and most of the residue rinsed off easily. However, we couldn’t simply wipe away all sticky remnants (like mayonnaise) that clung stubbornly in the back of the blades. Instead, we had to use a straw-cleaning brush to get into those hard-to-reach spaces.

Although all the removable accessories are dishwasher-safe, we cleaned them manually to prevent discoloration caused by abrasive dishwasher detergents. 

By just holding the blending wand under the running tap, both the soup and smoothie remnants were quickly removed, though we still wiped down the blending wand with dish soap to avoid cross-contamination. Thankfully, it wasn’t so difficult to scrub the backs of the blades. 

Cleaning the whisk attachment was nearly as simple. We had little difficulty wedging soapy sponges between the loops to wipe off the residue.