Grandma used the heavy-duty one for years and the chutney was impeccable, but no matter how sturdy a good ol’ model is, you won’t want to pull it out in front of your guests.
KitchenAid, the nifty 5-speed American blender, is in town, and it is priced miles above the competition, starting at Rs 11,900, compared with the usual Rs 3,000-5,000 range. The pitchers come in 56 oz (around 1.5 litres) serve-worthy, scratch-and-shatter proof polycarbonate. Which means you can blend large quantities at a go. Also, no haldi-style stains yellowing the body so you could serve a round directly from it.
A crush ice button allows you to come up with a granita or a gimlet (they claim it can crush a whole tray of ice within seconds), but the problem with that is that you have to always want completely pulverized ice, no midway mashing here. The inner side of the handle enables a non-slip grip.
The patented Soft Start technology pulls ingredients towards the blade rather than away from it, creating an inward whirl, and minimizing splash. The contours of the pitcher are designed to cause movement within the ingredients as they spin. And this is not one of those blenders where you have to clutch on to the lid for dear life, even with hot foods.
It comes with a 0.9 horsepower motor. So it’s not a lightweight, merely pretty thing. One of the best features of KitchenAid blenders is that the motor adjusts the machinations to the thickness of the ingredients.
Sure, it’s what you go for when you need a jazzy, metallic colour and a crush, blend and serve body for your open kitchen. But what justifies the price tag?
And here’s the thing, while its motor and one-piece jar is an amazing strength in the otherwise lightweight American market, in India, mixies have traditionally been geared towards catering to grandma and her chutneys and multiple jars. So the average Indian mixie, from Glen and Bajaj to Havells, Philips and the sturdy old Sumeet, all offer you 750 watts or 1 horsepower, and all are available online on Flipkart or Amazon in the Rs 2,700-5,000 range.
Compared with Blendtec, said to be the best blender you could buy in the world, with built-in blend cycles that speed up and slow down automatically till puree perfection, you’d be starting with a $384.95 price tag and that’s without import duties. In the US, KitchenAid retails at $129-199. So if you’re into a pretty blender, and an intelligent one at that, the Indian price is still not wildly beyond the cost of asking someone to lug it over when they travel.
KitchenAid blenders are available at CCDS Bakers Warehouse (011-46323679, 40537256). KitchenAid blender prices start at Rs 11,900. Available in Empire Red, Espresso, Crystal Blue, Majestic Yellow, Onyx Black and Silver Metallic. For details, visit http://www.nowletslearn.com