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KitchenAid Blade Review

A standard blade model that may be a bit more expensive than many are hoping
KitchenAid Blade
Credit: KitchenAid
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Price:   $30 List | $39.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Cheaper than a burr model, very little spillage
Cons:  More expensive than many other blade models, inconsistent grinds
Manufacturer:   KitchenAid
By Max Mutter and Michelle Powell  ⋅  Oct 9, 2019
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  • Grind Consistency - 35% 3
  • Cleanliness - 25% 6
  • User Friendliness - 25% 6
  • Noise - 15% 5

Our Verdict

Seeing as blade grinders are so much less consistent than burr grinders, they have to be impressively inexpensive in order to justify their existence. While the KitchenAid Blade is cheap, it's not quite as cheap as some other blade models that are on the market. Unfortunately, in our experience it also doesn't endear itself to its user enough in any specific capacity to justify that small extra cost. Therefore, if you're in the market for a blade grinder, we think there are better options out there.

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Pros Cheaper than a burr model, very little spillageGreat grind consistency, intuitive interface, relatively clean and quietGood grind consistency, relatively inexpensiveRelatively clean and easy to use, quieter than most blade modelsInexpensive, relatively quiet for a blade model
Cons More expensive than many other blade models, inconsistent grindsNot ideal for French press, expensiveSomewhat loud, can make a messProduces inconsistent grindsInconsistent grinds, messy, hard to clean
Bottom Line A standard blade model that may be a bit more expensive than many are hopingTop-notch performance in every category except for French pressExcellent performance and one of the best values on the marketOne of the better blade models on the market, but definitely don't expect it to produce consistent grindsAll the disadvantages of a blade model without many redeeming qualities
Rating Categories KitchenAid Blade the Smart Grinder Pro Bodum Bistro Mr. Coffee 12 Cup E... Mueller HyperGrind...
Grind Consistency (35%)
3.0
8.0
7.0
4.0
4.0
Cleanliness (25%)
6.0
8.0
5.0
6.0
4.0
User Friendliness (25%)
6.0
9.0
6.0
6.0
5.0
Noise (15%)
5.0
8.0
4.0
6.0
6.0
Specs KitchenAid Blade the Smart Grinder Pro Bodum Bistro Mr. Coffee 12 Cup E... Mueller HyperGrind...
Grinding Mechanism blade conical burr conical burr blade blade
Burr/Blade Material stainless steel stainless steel stainless steel stainless steel stainless steel
Dosing Mechanism manual timer timer timer manual
Dimensions 7.1" x 4.1" x 3.7" 12.5" x 8.5" x 16.3" 7.6" x 7.1" x 12.5" 5" x 5" x 9" 7.8" x 4.5" x 4.3"
Weight 2.6 lbs 6.4 lbs 3.22 lbs 1.7 lbs 1.45 lbs
Cup Material metal plastic glass plastic, metal plastic
Warranty One Year Full One Year Limited Two Year Limited One Year Limited Two Year Limited

Our Analysis and Test Results

The KitchenAid Blade is a fairly standard blade grinder that costs a bit more than most comparable models and doesn't stand out in any particular category.

Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Likes


The major thing we like about the KitchenAid Blade is its price. It is much less expensive than even the most reasonably priced burr grinders on the market. However, this model does tend to sell for a tad more than most other blade grinders, so price alone isn't a reason to go with this machine.

We also found that the Blade's grind cup is easily removable, and small enough that you can conveniently pour your grinds into your brewer without spillage.

The grind cup is easily removable and provides a consistent...
The grind cup is easily removable and provides a consistent, predictable pour.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Dislikes


Like all blade models out there, the KitchenAid Blade both fails to produce a consistent grind size, and tends to create different grind size profiles (i.e. the amounts of grinds within different size ranges) each time you grind. This results in a slightly different extraction everytime you make your coffee. This problem arises with every blade grinder, so if you want more consistency you will have to pay more for a burr.

Fine grounds can clump up and be hard to clean.
Fine grounds can clump up and be hard to clean.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

The biggest pain we encountered when using this machine was cleaning out the grind cup and the blades themselves. The machine tends to create a lot of fines (coffee dust) that stick to the blades and cup that must be removed with a cloth or brush. This problem gets even worse if you're using particularly oily coffee, as the oil can combine with the fines to create a hard to clean sludge.

The Blade creates a lot of fines, and leaves a lot of large chunks...
The Blade creates a lot of fines, and leaves a lot of large chunks as well.
Credit: Michelle Powell

Value


In the world of blade grinders, the KitchenAidBlade's cost is slightly above average, but not outrageously so. Most blade grinders are quite similar to one another, and we have seen lower-priced models perform similarly or slightly better than the KitchenAid Blade. Therefore, while we don't think you'd be overpaying if you went with this model, you can save a bit of money without making any performance sacrifices with some of the other models on the market.

Conclusion


The KitchenAid Blade performs about as well as one would expect a blade grinder to at a slightly above average cost. This makes it a slightly less enticing option for those in the market for a blade grinder.

Max Mutter and Michelle Powell