A Sturdy Blender That Looks Great and Works Well
one minute review
The KitchenAid Artisan K400 Blender sits in the middle of KitchenAid’s blender range. It is available in seven colors in the US (nine in Australia, twelve in the UK) and coordinates well with all the other small kitchen appliances available from KitchenAid.
The base has a die-cast metal construction similar to that of KitchenAid appliances and while the blender is moving at high speed, having such a sturdy base is very reassuring, it also adds to the premium look and feel of this appliance is.
The KitchenAid Artisan K400 has three pre-set blending programs: Ice Crush, Icy Drinks and Smoothies, in addition to a pulse function and a self-clean program. For manual controls, there are five variable speeds to choose from and all programs and functions are controlled using a simple dial on the front of the blender.
This model won’t overwhelm you with extra cups and accessories, it only comes with the standard blender jug and any additional accessories can be purchased separately. The K400 may not be for you if you need something with a larger blending jug, or you don’t want to splurge for extra blending cups on top of your purchase.
price and availability
- List Price: $249.99 / £299 / AU$499
The K400 is a mid-price blender from KitchenAid and comes with all the features you’d expect as well as that classic KitchenAid style and great color options. The brand offers a wide range of blenders so you can choose a cheaper model if you want.
It is available directly from KitchenAid or through a wide range of retailers in the US, UK and Australia.
- five variable speed
- three preset programs
- three-part blending system
KitchenAid is one such brand that has combined an attractive design with sturdy sturdy parts that get the job done in a good range of color options, and this blender is no different.
The die-cast metal base is durable and weighs around 12 lb / 5.4kg (6.6kg for the UK model due to the glass jug) which is heavy. It’s not easy to move around if you don’t want it on the countertop permanently, but the range of high-end designs and color options make it a desirable tool that you won’t feel the need to hide.
The size for a blender is pretty average: 7.6 inches x 9 inches x 15.8 inches / 19.3 cm x 22.9 cm x 40.1 cm (wxdxh). But one thing to note is that, unlike many blowers, it doesn’t have a lot of stuff that you’ll need to find a place to store, whether you need them or not. There are optional accessories such as individual blending cups that can be purchased separately, but this will obviously cost more on top of your initial purchase.
The central dial controls all settings and programs with just one additional button for start/stop. There are five variable speeds as well as a pulse setting and three preset programs: Ice Crush, Icy Drink, and Smoothie. There are symbols to represent each preset program, but they are quite small. There is also a program that uses quick pulses of electricity and high speed to clean the blender jug, all you need to do is add hot water and dish soap.
The blender features a three-part blending system that combines a ribbed jug design with an asymmetric blade and Intelli-Speed motor control that grasps ingredients and maintains optimum speed and power; All these features work in harmony for efficient blending.
In the US and Australia the jug is plastic, but customers in the UK get a glass version, the handle can sit to the left or right depending on your dominant hand and both jug types are completely dishwasher safe. A glass jug may be better for avoiding stain build-up, however, it will also be easier to break if it is dropped.
- No leakage when filled to maximum capacity
- easily crushed ice
- silky smoothie
This blender is very easy to use and we tested it by trying out the preset smoothie programs. It grinded leafy spinach and fibrous pineapple into the rest of the smoothie ingredients to create a very smooth, well-evaporated smoothie with absolutely no crumbs. Nothing was trapped under the blade and because making smoothies is a preset program, it shuts down automatically when it’s done. The blender reached a noise level of 84dB, which is average for this type of device, and the jug has a nice pouring lip that works well without dripping.
To test the leak, we filled the KitchenAid K400 with water to maximum capacity and mixed it at full speed. We are happy to say that there was no leakage.
The Ice Crush program disposed of our ice cubes with ease, producing evenly crushed ice at 84dB with the same noise level as the other tests. The only area where Blender didn’t perform well was when we tried blending hazelnuts. The nuts weren’t cut evenly and the end result was a mixture of chopped nuts, powder, and a few big chunks – in fact, if we were to blend, it would all turn into a powder. However, none of the blends we tested were great at this task. There was also some nut powder under the blade area that had to be scooped out with a spoon.
In the end, we made a very impressive mayonnaise, it was thick and shiny and completely emulsified. The blender coped well with small amounts; It managed to blend effectively even when the bottom of the jug contained only two egg yolks and 10ml of vinegar—something the other models really struggled with. The removable central cap in the lid is a good size to put on while mixing and there was very little splashing or spitting from the cap. We only went up to Speed Level 2 when making the meow, which also meant it was quiet at 78dB.
After making the mayo we used the cleaning program that was successful in removing even the worst mayo residue, so minimal washing was required, but the jug is also dishwasher safe.
Should I Buy the KitchenAid Artisan K400 Blender?
Buy it if…
you want a good artist
With impressive performance in almost all of our tests, this blender will have no problem meeting your blending demands.
You want a sturdy well built blender
The die-cast metal base is built to last—the weight combined with the rubber feet means it won’t yank its way across the countertop, even at full speed.
you want to choose the colors
There are seven color options (nine in Australia and twelve in the UK) so it’s easy to coordinate with your kitchen or existing appliances.
Don’t buy it if…
You want a particularly large jug capacity
The main blending jug is 56oz (US), 1.4L (UK), 1.7L (AUS) which is a good size but there are blenders available with larger capacity jug.
you want a cheap blender
It’s a mid-range blender and KitchenAid offers a more budget-friendly option if that’s your priority.
You want to include lots of accessories and personalized blending cups in the price
This model does not come with any additional attachments other than the main blending jug, accessories such as individual blending cups are available for purchase separately.