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All KitchenAid blenders have a range of speed settings and preset programmes for the best control. Here is our blender speed guide to help you use the functions on your model:

Speeds and functions on the Blender K400 - Artisan

Setting Description Suggested items to blend
Pulse P Allows precise control of the duration and frequency of blending Salsa, crumb topping, chopped nuts, fruits or vegetables & more
Variable speeds 1 - 5 Manual speeds offer ultimate control of the blender Fruits, soups, sauces, doughs, vegetables, butters, nuts, dips, frozen desserts, purées
Ice Crush The blender runs at optimal speed to crush ice To crush and chop ice without adding any liquid ingredients
Icy Drink Gradually ramp up to full power to blend hard foods Ice, whole fruits or vegetables, or frozen fruits. Drinks like margaritas, daiquiris, and blended ice coffee drinks
Smoothie The Blender will operate at the high speed to make purées of items or ingredients Fruits, vegetables, ice cream and yoghurt into thick smoothie, blended drinks and milkshakes, etc
Clean Quick pulses of power and high speeds work to clean the blender jar Half of the Jar filled with warm water and 1-2 drops of dish soap

Accessories on the Blender K400

Accessory Speed Suggested items to blend
Blender jar All speeds, Pulse, Preset recipes Smoothies, icy drinks, shakes / malts, dips, spreads and more
Personal jar All speeds, Pulse, Preset recipes Individual smoothie, icy drinks, shakes / malts, and lower volume recipes
Small batch jar All speeds, Pulse, Preset recipes Small volume recipes - purees, sauces, baby food, dressings, marinades, pesto, and more
Citrus press Speed 1 Citrus juice, Grapefruit juice, and more

Speeds and functions on the Blender K150

Setting Description Suggested items to blend
Pulse Allows precise control of the duration and frequency of blending Salsa, crumb topping, chopped nuts, fruits or vegetables & more
Variable speeds 1 - 3 Manual speeds offer ultimate control of the blender Fruits, soups, sauces, doughs, vegetables, butters, nuts, dips, frozen desserts, purées
Ice Crush The blender runs at optimal speed to crush ice To crush and chop ice without adding any liquid ingredients

Accessories on the Blender K150

Accessory Speed Suggested items to blend
Blender jar Speed 1, 2, 3, and Pulse/Ice crush Smoothies, icy drinks, shakes / malts, dips, spreads and more
Personal jar Speed 1, 2, 3, and Pulse/Ice crush Individual smoothie, icy drinks, shakes / malts, and lower volume recipes
Small batch jar Speed 1, 2, 3, and Pulse/Ice crush Small volume recipes - purees, sauces, baby food, dressings, marinades, pesto, and more
Citrus press Speed 1 Citrus juice, Grapefruit juice, and more

Speeds and functions on the Blender Power Plus

Setting Description Suggested items to blend
Juice Several variations of speed to best capture whole fruits or vegetables to liquefy contents. Slower speeds at conclusion of cycle to settle ingredients and reduce froth Fruits, vegetables
Smoothies Gradually ramp up to full power to completely blend hard foods such as ice, whole fruits or vegetables, or frozen fruits Blended ice drinks, crushed ice, whole fruits and vegetables, frozen chopped fruit (defrost slightly until it can be probed with a knife tip, seeds
Soups* Heat your soup from room temperature ingredients. Gradually ramps up to high speed to allow for contents to fall into the blade for a complete blend. Slow speeds at the end allow contents to settle and reduce froth Soup vegetables, broth, sauces
Cleaning Quick pulses of power and high speeds work to clean the blender jar by filling 1/3 of the jar with water and a drop of dish soap Water, dish soap
Pulse Allows precise control of the duration and frequency of blending. Great for recipes that require a light touch. Alternatively, use Pulse during manual operation to add a boost of power momentarily Savoury crumb topping, sweet crumb topping, meat salad for sandwich filling Chopped fruits, chopped vegetables, ice crushing
Variable speeds Manual speeds offer ultimate control of the blender. Allows for fine-tuned chopping and blending needs to prepare any recipe Fruits, vegetables, nuts, dips, frozen desserts, soup, sauces, doughs, butters

Speeds and functions on the Blender Diamond

Item Speed
Blended ice drink Crush Ice, 5 Liquify
Cheesecake 5 Liquify
Chopped fruits Pulse, 2 Chop
Cream cheese-based spread 1 Stir
Cream soup 1 Stir
Crushed/chopped ice Crush Ice
Dip 1 Stir
Finely chopped fresh fruits Crush Ice
Finely chopped fresh vegetables Crush Ice
Fluffy gelatin for pie/desserts 5 Liquify
Fruit juice from frozen concentrate 1 Stir, 3 Mix
Fruit-based drink (thin) Crush Ice, 5 Liquify
Fruit-based sauce 1 Stir
Grated hard cheese 5 Liquify
Gravy 3 Mix
White sauce 1 Stir
Ice milk-based drink Crush Ice, 5 Liquify
Meat salad for sandwich filling Pulse, 2 Chop
Mousse 5 Liquify
Oatmeal 4 Puree
Pancake batter 3 Mix
Pureed fruit/veg/meat or Baby food 4 Puree
Savory crumb topping Pulse, 2 Chop
Salad dressing 3 Mix
Pesto 2 Chop
Sherbet-based drink 1 Stir, 5 Liquify
Smooth ricotta / cottage cheese 1 Stir, 3 Mix
Streusel topping 2 Chop
Sweet crumb topping Pulse, 2 Chop
Vegetable-based dish sauce 1 Stir
Waffle batter 3 Mix

Speeds and functions on the Blender High Performance - Artisan

Setting Description Suggested items to blend
Pulse Allows precise control of the duration and frequency of blending. Great for recipes that require a light touch. Savoury crumb topping, Sweet crumb topping, Meat salad for sandwich filling, Chopped fruits, Chopped vegetables, Ice crushing.
Variable speeds Manual speeds give you ultimate control of the blender. Allows fine-tuned chopping and blending to prepare any recipe. Fruits, Vegetables, Nuts, Dips Frozen dessert, Soups, Sauces, Doughs, Butters.
Speed 10 When speed 10 is selected, the blender will run continuously on high until the Start/Stop Toggle Switch is pressed, or after 6 minutes elapse. Soups, Purées, Smoothies, Frozen Drinks.

Speeds and functions on the Blender Power - Professional

Speed setting Description
Ice Gradually ramps up to full power to completely blend hard foods like ice, whole fruits or vegetables, or frozen fruits. This cycle is recommended for such drinks as margaritas, daiquiris, and blended ice coffee drinks.
Low speed When Low speed is selected, the blender will run continuously on low until the (Start/Stop) Toggle Switch is pressed, or after 6 minutes elapse.
Medium speed When Medium speed is selected, the blender will run continuously on medium until the (Start/Stop) toggle switch is pressed, or until 6 minutes elapse.
High speed When High speed is selected the blender will run continuously on high until the (Start/Stop) Toggle Switch is pressed, or after 6 minutes elapse.
Pulse Alternatively, use Pulse during manual operation to manually operate the blender at either High or Low speeds.
Variable times The timer function starts at a slow speed and ramps up to a high speed for optimal blending results.
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