I’ve been using All-Clad immersion blender for couple of months now and for home use it’s exceptional in terms of power and functionality.
I’m a small household cook, who has to cut lots and lots of veggies, enjoy making home made fresh vegetable soups and vegetable cream soups – there’s a healing magic about them. I am also terrible at handling knives, so I use my immersion blender mostly for chopping onions, carrots and other veggies – any knife related veggie task, as well as pureeing soups and preparing spreads.
Today, we’ll see how well the All-Clad immersion blender blends, how easy or difficult it is to use it and wash it and lastly, what are its weak points.
How Well Does All-Clad Immersion Blender Blends
This is the most important question. How well does it blend does it puree soup in a smooth cream or just slowly, aimlessly spin and leaves your potatoes the way you cut them?
Power and a larger head with exposed blades is a recipe for success. All-Clad has all 3 of them. Exposed blades and a powerful motor creates a great vortex. Wide head enables ingredients to get to the blades easily and quick.
And that’s what All-Clad immersion blender is: powerful, efficient and quick.
It blends any vegetable soup in under a minute. It blends quick and doesn’t struggle. The blend is smooth and consistent. The ‘secret’ to successful blending is to have enough depth of liquid in the pot you are blending in. This way you can ramp up the speed and power without creating a splash.
I don’t do smoothies with it but I can imagine it would do well with softer fruit. There is a limit to what an immersion blender can blend, no matter the brand or model. All-Clad is one of the most powerful immersion blenders but if you want a silky smooth smoothie, Vitamix or Blendtec is your solution.
Researching other users experience it is the only immersion blender that blends soup to a restaurant standards. It blends beans, chickpeas and other nutty ingredients to a smooth consistency in 20 seconds. It crushes ice to mostly uniform particles in 15 seconds.
This is far better than any other immersion blender in this price range. Breville and Braun lack suction and already struggle with beans. KitchenAid blends well but needs much more time, pushing to overheat the motor. And the famed Bamix is just the worst, don’t even bother..doesn’t even whip the cream.
How is All-Clad Immersion Blender Built
It’s built well. It’s body, head and blades are stainless steel, which I really like for sanitation purposes. Seals and connections are plastic or silicone.
I was surprised to see how big it is — much bigger than the regular sized immersion blenders. All-Clad has a total length of 17.25 inches, the shaft is extra-long 9.25 inches, a 3-inch diameter, and it weighs 2.8 pounds. It also feels much sturdier than any stick blender I’ve tried.
Let’s divide it in 2 parts: upper, where the motor is and lower, shaft part.
The upper part is solid, surprisingly heavy and has the power to do, what you need it to do for you – mind you, there are still limits to what an immersion blender can do.
It’s designed not to let motor get close to liquid, which is a design flaw, in many of these blenders. If liquid gets into the motor, it fries out the motor and you end up with a completely useless piece of junk.
At the very top of the upper part you have variable speed dial, and two speed buttons we’ll talk about a bit later on.
Next, the lower part. The shaft is one piece so it doesn’t leak like KitchenAid models with different tip attachments. It also doesn’t suck up liquid over time like the Cuisinart models.
The shaft is long 9.25 inch that can reach deep into pots and pitchers. This is another precaution All-Clad made to keep the motor away from liquid – very, very important.
It is also true that the blending head is so big it requires a larger container than most immersion blender have. It is an extra cost but for a good cause. Better to have a blender that blends fantastically but needs an additional container than a blender that fits in any container and doesn’t blend.
I made some experimenting and the best jar for All-Clad immersion blender is a 6-inch diameter and an 8-inch or so depth. That’s my idea of the optimum container for processing for 1-2 people.
For the whole family, use a bigger 10-inch diameter stock pot. In both cases, you have limited space so you don’t splat around but still have space mo move ingredients around.
Now, when the upper and lower part come together make sure it CLICKS when twisting the shaft onto the motor. It’s not sensitive, so don’t be afraid to “force” it further so that it aligned with the lock icon. It will work even when it’s not truly locked in place, but safety first, it’s better to have it locked completely.
All-Clad immersion blender has a 2-year warranty.
Is All-Clad Immersion Blender Powerful Enough?
If any, it’s All-clad.
All-Clad immersion blender has a 600 Watt motor, which is more than most competitors. I’ve read the 500 Watt and up is a heavy-duty category, which is absolutely fine. From experience, most immersion blenders are too weak to do the work, so 600 Watt it is.
To control its power, All-Clad immersion blender has a variable speed dial sitting on the very top of the blender. It has a lot of power that can be dialed up or down. And at the front there are 2 buttons: the bottom one is for power/ pulse and the top one is a turbo button that gives it an extra power and roar.
Another thing that some people love others don’t. It has
no safety button or switch. This mean you can use it seamlessly to pulse and push your food around — with one hand.
Is it Easy To Clean All-Clad Immersion Blender?
Cleaning All-Clad immersion blender is easy. Detachable shaft is dishwasher safe and otherwise easy to rinse.
Just like with other immersion blender and motors in general, the upper part of the blender, motor housing should come in contact with water.
If you need to clean the motor housing, wipe it down with a cloth.
Issues All-Clad Immersion Blender Has
All-Clad has issues like any other immersion blender and there are more negative Amazon reviews that I’d like to see when buying a new toy.
Mostly, the bad reviews are of failures such as loosened up blades, cracks in the inside of the motor housing and detached disk at the bottom of a cup.
Another inconvenience is that the head is so wide it doesn’t fit in a wide-mouth mason jar. You can buy an addition stainless cup they advertise as an add-on item. But a 4 cup Pyrex glass pitcher works just as well. Just open a cubby and see what will fit. It’s the price to pay for having a great performance.
Also, it doesn’t come with any attachments. A whisk attachment is available separately.
But talking about issues immersion blenders have, we should mention overheating. And All-Clad is currently, the sturdiest, most heat-resistant immersion blender on the market. While other model fail to keep going, All-Clad is nowhere near overheating. That’s why I bought it.
This is probably the best immersion blender out there at the moment. I have tried far more expensive models, that couldn’t be anywhere close to the power and functionality of All-Clad immersion blender.
Don’t let price, be a determination of quality. All-Clad is well-established brand and often price is just associated with brand recognition. What’s important that this blender is build to last and it blends like no other competitor. Yes, it still comes with issues, but less than other models, specially when it comes to overheating. I’m happy with it, use it on a daily basis and highly recommend it.
I hope you found the information that is useful to you. If you have any questions, want to share your experience or just chat on this topic, write a comment below. I’d love to hear your point of view!
Till next time,