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KitchenAid KHBBV53 vs Vitamix 5-Speed Side-by-Side Comparison

KitchenAid KHBBV53 vs. Vitamix 5-Speed: Our comparison shows how the higher-priced blender outperforms its peer in every aspect.

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KitchenAid Cordless

Vitamix Immersion Blender

KitchenAid KHBBV53 vs Vitamix 5-Speed

Overall Verdict

8.0
Overall Score
8.6
Overall Score
  • Performance (50%)7.9
  • Design (20%)8.4
  • Usability (30%)7.8
  • Performance (50%)8.6
  • Design (20%)9.1
  • Usability (30%)8.2

Many brands, including the KitchenAid, claim their immersion blenders can create the full range of textures, but the Vitamix is among the few that can genuinely inspire your culinary creativity. Whether the task at hand is preparing hot soup, creating icy blends, or emulsifying sauces, this high-end blender is not only up to the job, but also does it with style.

As evidence of such, in our pumpkin soup test, it churned out a purée that no other blenders’ smoothness could compare with. In addition, its outstanding 650-watt motor was more than enough to power through the solid ingredients, making our frozen fruit smoothie recipe as easy as one-two-three.

The KitchenAid KHBBV53, in contrast, only performs moderately even with light-duty tasks. At around under $100, it may save you a few bucks over the fancy Vitamix but definitely won’t meet your expectations in the long run.

Pros & Cons

  • 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.
  • A great tool for recipes that involve fibrous or frozen food
  • 4-pronged heavy-duty blade promotes speedy blends and consistent results
  • Intuitive interface makes it easy to switch between speed settings
  • Ergonomically-designed handle offers a secure grip
  • Blade Guard prevents scratching 
  • Stainless steel body ensures optimal durability
  • Its performance is often inconsistent
  • Not as efficient as other similar blenders
  • Expensive
  • Relatively heavy
  • There aren’t any extra accessories included

Key Specs

Dimensions
H17 x W2.6 inches
17.5 x 3 inches
Weight
2.0 lbs (0.9 kg)
3.2 lbs (1.5 kg)
Number of speeds
Variable
5
Pulse/Turbo option
No
No
Min speed
9,240 RPM
8,600 RPM
Max speed
11,650 RPM
15,700 RPM

Where to Buy?

Price at publication
$89.66
$146.87

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
7.9
8.6

Puree Soup

8.5
9.5
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
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.
Vitamix Immersion Blender Soup Purée Video
Draining the pureéd soup with a stainless steel mesh strainer to inspect solid chunks.
Pureeing Time
30 seconds
30 seconds
Result
Smooth
Exceptionally smooth
Suction
Slightly
No

Frozen Smoothie

9.0
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
Scooping a spoon of smoothie from the plastic beaker to check its texture after the Vitamix immersion blender had completed the test in 1 minute and 5 seconds.
Scooping a spoon of smoothie from the plastic beaker to check its texture after the Vitamix immersion blender had completed the test in 1 minute and 5 seconds.
Vitamix Immersion Blender Smoothie Video
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
1 min 5 secs
Result
Smooth
Smooth
Suction
Yes
No

Mayonnaise

6.5
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.
Scooping a spoon of mayonnaise emulsified by the Vitamix immersion blender from a white bowl to check its creaminess.
Scooping a spoon of mayonnaise emulsified by the Vitamix immersion blender from a white bowl to check its creaminess.
Vitamix Immersion Blender Mayonnaise
Emulsifying Time
1 mins 54 secs
1 mins 40 secs
Result
Quite thin
Quite Thick
Suction
No
No

Almond Milk

8.3
9.3
A bunch of almond shells gets clogged in the Vitamix immersion blending wand which is resting on a beaker full of almond milk.
A bunch of almond shells gets clogged in the Vitamix immersion blending wand which is resting on a beaker full of almond milk.
Vitamix Immersion Blender Almond Milk Test
Grinding Time
50 secs
40 secs
Result
Coarse
Fine
Suction
No
Slightly

Whipped Egg Whites

0.0
0.0
The blending wand of the KitchenAid KHBBV53 is immersed in a plastic beaker on a white table containing its failed beaten egg-white.
The Vitamix blending wand is immersed in a plastic beaker containing failed beaten egg-white with a smartphone displaying the total beating time ( 2 minutes and 17 seconds) next to it.
Beating Time
N/A
N/A
Result
N/A
N/A
Suction
N/A
N/A

Design

Overall Design Scoring
8.4
9.1

In The Box

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.
The Vitamix Hand Blender is shipped with a carton box, an immersion blending wand, a motor body, and owner’s manuals.

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.
The Vitamix stainless steel immersion blender stands on top of its blending shaft on a gray table, with the length of the blending shaft being noted to the side as 9.2 inches, and the total length of the unit as 17.5 inches.
Height
17.0" (43.2 cm)
17.5" (44.5 cm)
Width
2.6" (6.6 cm)
3.0" (7.6 cm)
Weight
2.0 lbs (0.9 kg)
3.2 lbs (1.4 kg)
Shaft Length
8.0" (20.3 cm)
9.2" (23.4 cm)

Build Quality

8.5
9.5
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.
Vitamix Immersion Blender Review: The motor body and blending wand of the Vitamix lie flat on a gray table.

Blades

7.8
9.5
A close-up of the KitchenAid’s blending assembly sporting 2 sharp prongs with a pan guard attached.
The blade assembly of the Vitamix immersion blender features 4 sharp stainless steel prongs.
Stainless Steel Blade Housing with Plastic Guard (Cre: Nguyen Ntk/HealthyKitchen101)
The blade assembly of the Vitamix immersion blender features 4 sharp stainless steel prongs.
A close-up of the sharp stainless steel blade of the Vitamix immersion blender.
Material
Stainless steel
Stainless Steel
Type
Sharp Blade
Sharp Blade
Guard Material
Stainless steel (With plastic pan guard)
BPA-free plastic
Blade Count
2
4
Removable
No
No
Dishwasher Safe
Yes
No

Speed And Controls

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.
A close-up of the Power button and Variable Speed Control button of the Vitamix immersion blender.
Vitamix Immersion Blender Speed and Controls
A close-up of the Power button and Variable Speed Control button of the Vitamix immersion blender.
Five speed indicator lights on top of the Vitamix’s motor body.
Activation
Press
Press
Min Speed
9,240 RPM
8,600 RPM
Max Speed
11,650 RPM
15,700 RPM
Presets
No
No
Noise Level
70 dB
85 dB
Digital Display
Yes
Yes
Pulse Mode
No
No

Accessories

Material
N/A
N/A
Dishwasher Safe
N/A
N/A
Removable
N/A
N/A

Main Jar

10
0.0
An included 700 ml plastic beaker of the KitchenAid cordless immersion blender standing on a gray table.
Material
Plastic
N/A
Capacity
24.0 fl oz (709.8 ml)
NaN fl oz (NaN ml)
Measurements
Yes
N/A
Weight
3.7 oz (105 g)
NaN oz (NaN g)
Height
6.5" (16.5 cm)
NaN" (NaN cm)
Dishwasher Safe
Yes
N/A

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
7.8
8.2

Blade Assembly

7.5
8.0

Handling

7.5
8.5
Someone holding the KitchenAid KHBBV53 Handle and pressing the speed controller at the same time.
The handle of the Vitamix stick blender being held at an angle with 4 speed bars is lighting up.
The handle of the Vitamix stick blender being held at an angle with 4 speed bars is lighting up.
The handle of the Vitamix stick blender being held at an angle with 4 speed bars is lighting up.
Someone is holding the Vitamix immersion blender with a top-down perspective.
A close-up of the Vitamix’s handle being held from a front view.

Cleanability

8.0
7.0

Easeof Use

7.9
8.4

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