What’s the Best Kenwood Blender? (And Should You Get One?)

Kenwood is not best known for its blenders, but they are an established brand with a long history of great build quality and customer service. Their few entrants into the blending world are mainly immersion blenders, and many of them are very similar. We’ve compiled some of the best Kenwood's here (including their highly recommended counter-top blender), and chosen our top pick, so you can find exactly what’s right for you.

Should You Even a Kenwood?

Although Kenwood's blenders definitely have their place in a kitchen (especially if you want a hand blender), for counter-top models we think that Blendtec or Vitamix are the brand to get if they align with your budget and design scheme given their long warranties and top notch build quality.

That being said, if the Blend-X Pro counter-top unit makes more sense for your budget or theme of your kitchen (it is a beautiful blender), it is still an OK choice with a a decent warranty.

Finally, if you're interested in more budget friendly blenders be sure to check out our posts on Ninja Blenders, Cuisinart Blenders, and Kitchenaid Blenders.

What are the differences between these Kenwoods?

Only one of these models is a countertop machine; the others are immersion blenders, and as a result come with drastically different specs. Which style of blender you prefer comes down to what you plan on using it for. Immersion blenders are best for when you’re making large servings of things, like big batches of soup or smoothies, when you like portability in your machine, and when you have a smaller budget for your blender.

Countertop models are ideal for if you’re looking to do harder blender activities like crushing ice or grinding nuts, when you’re dealing with cold ingredients rather than hot ones, and when you like a longer warranty and general lifespan.

walnut butter kenwood

Walnut butter is ridiculously expensive - make your own with a Kenwood Blend-X instead.

When it comes to the differences between the three immersion blender models, things are a little more murky. Some have higher motor power than others; some are designed specifically for ice crushing, while others are not; some come with accessories like whisks and food processors, some don’t; one has a choice of two differently-sized heads, so you can use them in a wider range of spaces; some have dishwasher-safe parts for easier clean-up.

Whatever you’re interested in is best dictated by what you’re looking for in your blender, so evaluate this when making your choice.

If you're interested in an immersion blender specifically, we actually did a more comprehensive review of those here with different models.

The Blend-X Pro is the top blender in the Kenwood range. It’s the only countertop blender in this list, and as a result it’s got the most features – it has the most powerful engine, pre-programmed settings, the longest warranty, and variable speed control. Obviously, the fact that it’s a countertop blender means that it doesn’t have the portability of the following handheld blenders, and also that it can’t be used in the same ways.

However, when it comes to what you want a blender for – blending items – this is undoubtedly better at it than the handheld blenders; countertop models generally are. It’s because of this that the Blend-X Pro is the top of this list; its 1400W motor (this is listed on the manufacturer’s website here) is capable of crushing through almost anything, including something like this walnut butter recipe,  unlike most of the following blenders.

It also comes with six pre-programmed settings: drinks, soups, ice crush, fine chop, coarse chop, and rinse (found through Kenwood’s website here). These are equivalent to most of the pre-programmed settings on top blenders on the market, and makes using this machine much easier – instead of having to control the blender yourself and stand over it, watching it blend, you can push a button and walk away, sure that you’re going to end up with a great blend every time.

It comes with a five-year warranty, the longest by far on this list, and which can be seen to represent Kenwood’s attention to build quality on this model. Its inbuilt rinse setting makes it much easier to clean than other blenders, which have to be hand-washed or put through the dishwasher. The blades are removable to help with the cleaning process.

The container is made of glass, which is uncommon for most blenders, and holds 56-oz of liquid. It also comes with a tamper, to make blending even easier for thick blends.

PROS

  • 1400W
  • Good design
  • Variable speed dial
  • Six pre-programmed settings
  • Inbuilt cleaning cycle
  • Comes with tamper
  • Dishwasher-safe components
  • Five-year warranty

CONS

  • Tall container

This model and the following two are both handheld blenders, used directly in the ingredients that you wish to blend.

The first of the three Triblade models is the best of the three for a couple of reasons. It has the highest motor strength, at 700W, which can be confirmed on the manufacturer’s website here. As a result, it’s substantially better than the following 380W blenders at blending.

It also comes with two heads, which is innovative for any immersion blender. One of these heads is narrow, and can be used to blend in small spaces like cups or smaller containers; the other is large, for blending directly in large pans and pots. This is very helpful, because it eliminates the need to purchase an immersion blender directly related to what you want to do; instead of having to choose a small model for everyday use or a large model for batch soup blending, you can have both.

The TriBlade system, which is shared by the following two models, involves two components: three different stainless steel blades, and a uniquely-shaped foot design that disrupts the ingredients’ path to make chopping and blending easier and faster. These models also all have one speed option and ‘turbo boost’, which powers the blades faster. They are also all corded, which gives greater power than immersion models that are battery-powered.

However, the HB724 is not dishwasher-safe, and no information could be found on its warranty. It could be assumed that it will be the same as the similar HB7161C and most immersion blenders on the market at one year, but further information should be sought directly from the manufacturer.

PROS

  • Attractive design
  • 700W motor
  • Corded
  • Comes with two heads, mini chopper, masher, and beaker

CONS

  • Not dishwasher-safe
  • Unknown warranty

The second TriBlade, the HB718, is a fairly standard immersion blender. It’s only 380W, so it’s not as good as many others at blending activities. It has one speed and a turbo boost function, and is corded to make it more powerful than battery-powered models. It comes with three attachments: a beaker, a chopper, and a whisk. These components are dishwasher-safe.

Like the previous model, the HB718 has the TriBlade blending system. It’s got three blades and a unique foot design to make blending easier. Kenwood has made a special note of pointing out that this model can be used one-handed, as can the following model, with the buttons close enough to be used with one finger. This is massively advantageous, as it means that you can hold your blending container with one hand and use the blender with the other – making everything safer and easier.

As with the previous model, the warranty on this is unknown – however, it’s likely to be around one year.

PROS

  • Attractive design
  • Corded
  • Comes with beaker, chopper, and whisk attachments
  • Dishwasher-safe components

CONS

  • 380W
  • Unknown warranty

The final TriBlade model is the HB716IC. It has the same motor strength as the previous model, at 380W, which is a little below standard for immersion blenders. It also has only one speed and a turbo boost button, and is corded to make it stronger than battery-powered models. It has a SureGrip handle, which is designed to keep your hand from slipping when wet, and this is useful because this model is designed to be an ice-crushing device. If you want to learn how to make your own fruit slushies, this is the model for you. 

It comes with a stainless steel ice-crushing goblet, which is dishwasher-safe and supposed to make your blending activities easier. It has a one-year warranty and according to Kenwood also comes with one-finger control, so that you can keep the other hand free for holding your blending container.

PROS

  • Attractive design
  • Corded
  • Comes with ice-crushing goblet
  • Dishwasher-safe components

CONS

  • 380W
  • One-year warranty

So which is the best?

It’s difficult to compare countertop and immersion blenders, because they are both used for such drastically different purposes. However, when looking directly at ease of use for different blenders, it’s easy to see that the Blend-X Pro countertop model comes out on top. It has the most powerful motor, the choice of six pre-programmed settings to make using it much easier, and an easy clean-up regime. You can choose between a host of different speeds and its container is big enough to support a range of blends. When it comes to blending, it’s the best in the Kenwood range.

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