Efficiency aside, the Hamilton Beach’s compact footprint makes it suitable for those who have limited storage space and want to prepare small batches of puree at a time. Still, it is so poorly constructed that we couldn’t consider it a reliable blender. Our Hamilton actually broke right after it finished the final test.
Although the KitchenAid KHBBV53 isn’t as efficient as most corded blenders, it carves out a distinct identity in terms of overall construction. It looks trendy, appeals to us aesthetically, and feels very solid. And its straightforward design impressed us in ways none of the others did.
When we talk about ease of blending, we mean the immersion blender in question has practical controls, good cleanability, and a user-friendly design —one that allows you to operate your device with minimum distraction. That said, none of the Hamilton Beach 59765 features meet such criteria. In spite of its simple design, it doesn’t work as comfortably as we’d like.
Out of all the blenders we tested, this one’s simplicity makes it the easiest to use. However, it challenged our hand movements throughout the operations due to its bad suction control. It also has some significant drawbacks that caused most of our professional cooks to reject buying.
The Hamilton Beach is designed to be an affordable solution for heavy-duty tasks, but in practice, it ends up a flimsy stick of plastic with low efficiency and inconsistent performance, especially when it comes to processing solid ingredients. If you’re expecting its portability and cheapness to make it fun to use, then you might be surprised to learn its performance was at best dreary in almost all of our tests. For superior alternatives, we recommend considering the Braun MultiQuick-5, Vitamix 5-speed, or cordless Chefman blenders.
KitchenAid’s manufacturers advertise that their cordless stick blender can do just about anything, but our hands-on testing suggests otherwise. Although our KitchenAid KHBBV53 could easily power through frozen fruits to create an icy smoothie, it failed to properly whisk egg whites. On the upside, it is simple to use and is powerful enough for light-duty tasks like making hot soup, emulsifying sauce, and grinding soaked nuts.
Pros & Cons
- It can be used for pureeing cooked vegetables, fresh fruits, and baby food.
- Its easy-grip design allows for flexible control
- All the accessories are dishwasher safe
- It can quick-charge in only 20 minutes
- A beaker is included for greater convenience
- Ergonomically-designed handle provides secure grip
- Simple battery charging
- The included pan guard will prevent damage to non-stick cookware.
- It isn’t powerful enough for many blending tasks
- The two included attachments are almost useless
- It isn’t durable due to the poorly-constructed design
- Its performance is often inconsistent
- Not as efficient as other similar blenders
The KitchenAid KHBBV53 is a cordless immersion blender, featuring a battery-efficient motor and variable speed options. In terms of performance, it far outstrips the Hamilton Beach 59765, passing four out of the five tests with quite acceptable results.
We also particularly prefer the KitchenAid’s stylish design and solid build quality, though it would be considerably more attractive if our blender's blade guard isn’t naturally flaked with countless black spots. Nevertheless, we believe the KitchenAid KHBBV53 to still be worth an extra $60 over the Hamilton Beach 59765, especially if you want greater mobility and a more pleasant blending experience.
Behind the Comparison
Tina Pham is a staff writer and reviewer, with five years of experience in the industry. As a passionate amateur home cook, she loves to discover practical cooking solutions, and has made it her mission to bring her findings to every kitchen. Her ultimate goal is making cooking more of a pleasure for all.
Tuyet Pham is an award-winning Saigonese chef passionate about delicious and healthful foods. At HealthyKitchen101, she develops recipes and collaborates with our Research, Testing, and Review lab to evaluate the performance of cooking appliances. Her assessments add a strong authoritative voice to our product scoring process.
Lap is Head of the Research, Testing, and Review Team (RTR Team) at HealthyKitchen101.com, where he directs and supervises the testing of kitchen gadgets and appliances.