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Are you fed up with wimpy immersion blenders?
You know the ones I mean.
You get your bowls and utensils set up, lay out the ingredients ready to be processed, turn it on, and … blah. The gerbils have gone on strike.
Some can barely mash an overripe banana, and you end up spending more time clearing out food from under the blades than actually processing them – because the motor just doesn’t have the power to do the job properly.
If this is a common scene in your kitchen, we’ve got good news, and it comes (not surprisingly) from All-Clad.
The only model they make, the KZ750D, is a powerhouse! But it’s not just brawny – easy to control with a great selection of speed settings, it also handles delicate foods like a pro.
Sound like something you need? Then let’s jump in and find out what it’s capable of.
At A Glance
- Robust 600-watt, high performance motor.
- Extra-wide blending head for fast processing.
- Wide bell end blade cover allows the unit to stand upright on its own.
- Variable speed settings, plus a turbo setting.
… and Minuses
- The twist and lock attachment system isn’t as stable as ones that snap into place, and failures have been reported.
- The bell end blade cover is too big to fit into wide mouth mason jars.
Construction and Operation
The All-Clad immersion blender has a unique design and a big, brawny motor that delivers outstanding performance.
At 600 watts, it has more power than most competitors – but it’s equally adept at whipping delicate foods like cream or mayonnaise as it is at powering through tough, fibrous foods like celery or beans. And you can count on having all the power you need for blending large or small quantities.
And the 600 watts described is not overblown marketing (most competitors self-rate at 200 or 300 watts). When you pick this sucker up, you’ll notice the weight in the handle. Loads of copper wiring are wrapped together, forming a tough, beefy motor. And it tears through ingredients and foods with ease. They didn’t skimp on the motor construction with this beast.
Like the Braun Multiquick MQ777, the All-Clad features variable speed. However, unlike the Braun Multiquick series, which features a variable speed power/button trigger, the variable speed control on the All-Clad is in the form of a dial that sits on top of the handle. It provides infinite settings from low to high, giving ample speed options for processing and prepping a wide variety of foods.
Most other (lesser) immersion blenders use lower cost fixed speed solutions (i.e. high, medium, and low, or 1-5).
Located on the front of the handle are two soft-touch buttons. The bottom is the power/pulse button, and the top is a turbo mode that gives an extra burst of power when needed. Combined with the variable speeds, these features provide precise control for the exact amount of power you need.
The large stainless steel blending head is designed with vents and a scalloped rim to create an optimal flow of foods onto the blade for fast, efficient processing.
This design creates a vortex while blending that distributes ingredients beautifully for an even, consistent end product. And it also helps to minimize splatter, making it one of the tidiest models to operate and clean.
It also features an extra-long stainless steel wand that measures 9.25 inches – perfect for reaching deep into a large pitcher, soup pot, or mixing bowl to puree in place.
The wand is attached to the motor unit with a simple twist and lock system using a hard plastic coupling, and can be easily removed for cleaning.
Designed for ergonomic comfort, the rubberized, tapered handle is easy to hold and control, and transitions smoothly into the stainless steel motor housing.
But it’s not all roses and sunshine. One of the issues with this massive bell end blade assembly that some folks don’t care for is that it won’t fit down into a wide-mouth mason jar. So, if you hope to regularly use one of these for blending smoothies or beverages in your favorite glass jars, you may want to pick a smaller model.
There’s also a question as to whether the quality and construction of rest of the components in the device matches the strength of the motor.
There’s a higher number of folks in Amazon’s reviews than we’d like to see reporting failures. And there are two issues that give us pause. Reports of breakage of the locking mechanism between the shaft and the motor is one of the common issues reported. The other even more serious problem is reports of the blade and drive shaft assembly separating from the wand.
We didn’t experience any of this during our testing, but it’s something we’ll keep an eye out for as we continue to use this model in creating our recipes.
Care and Cleaning
The stainless steel wand is easily removed for cleaning, and is dishwasher safe.
The motor housing/handle should not be immersed in water. It can be wiped down with a soft, damp cloth.
Made in China, the All-Clad comes with a 2-year warranty to be free of manufacturing defects in materials and workmanship.
Dimensions and Specs
Taller than most models, the All-Clad has an overall length of 17.25 inches, an extra-long shaft of 9.25 inches, a 3-inch diameter, and it weighs 2.8 pounds.
It features a powerful 600-watt motor and 5-foot power cord with a polarized plug.
Compare and Contrast: Cuisinart CSB-175 vs. All-Clad KZ750D
Let’s compare it to another model with similar features, the Cuisinart CSB-175.
Both models are bare-bones in terms of included attachments, suitable for those who don’t want a lot of additional pieces. The All-Clad is a stand-alone model, and the Cuisinart comes with an acrylic beaker.
Both feature a speed adjustment dial on top of the handle. However, the Cuisinart has only two settings of Low and High compared to All-Clad’s variable settings, plus a turbo button for extra power that Cuisinart lacks.
The Cuisinart has a sturdy shaft-locking mechanism that clicks firmly in place, while the All-Clad twist and lock system can sometimes leave you guessing as to whether it’s securely positioned.
With 300 watts, the Cuisinart provides good power for daily use – but All-Clad’s 600 watts really kicks butt for heavy-duty use.
Cuisinart provides a 3-year warranty while the All-Clad comes with a 2-year warranty.
- Build Quality
- Included or Optional Accessories
The All-Clad is a high-quality, powerful immersion blender, and its lower score does not truly reflect its superior construction and value. The score is slightly lower than the mean due to there being no available accessories. There is a mini chopper and a whisk shown on All-Clad's website and on the websites of leading retailers, but they are shown as unavailable or out of stock (at the time of this writing) and All-Clad has not answered our inquiries as to production status. The build quality score is lower than average because reported failures of the locking mechanism, and the drive shaft and blade assembly. We may adjust this rating after continued testing of this model. That being said, if you need a hand blender with loads of power, an extra-long wand, and variable speeds, the All-Clad should be on your shopping list.
If it’s power you want, the All-Clad is a beautiful beast that easily tackles tough ingredients and processes large batches – but it has a light touch too, making it ideal for delicate foods as well. And with its extra-long wand, it’s perfect for pureeing large batches of soup right in the pot.
Suitable for those who don’t want a myriad of attachments, the KZ750D is a versatile tool that simply doesn’t quit. Built with high-quality components, it delivers smooth, splatter-free operation, and gives great value for the price point.
Any questions you’d like answered? Shoot us a line in the comments below. And if you’d like to check out some other popular models, be sure to read our complete guide to hand blenders.
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About Lorna Kring
Recently retired as a costume specialist in the TV and film industry, Lorna now enjoys blogging on contemporary lifestyle themes. A bit daft about the garden, she’s particularly obsessed with organic tomatoes and herbs, and delights in breaking bread with family and friends.