A blender is a fairly basic tool. It has a motor, it has blades, you turn it on, it blends. There’s not much that smart technology or new electronics can add to this – but KitchenAid is giving it a try with one of the best blenders on market, the KSB5010CA Torrent, equipped with a magnetic drive.
What’s a magnetic drive? Don’t worry, it’s more useful than it sounds: The term simply describes a magnetic locking system on the base of the blender. The pitcher can lock into this base and stay there via the magnetic lock, so you don’t have to worry about the whole thing jostling around too much or flying open when you’re trying to get those frozen margaritas just right. It’s a welcome little feature.
As for the other specs, the Torrent comes with a “diamond” blending system which is marketing speak for a powerful motor and one-piece pitcher that can blend tougher ingredients together without overstraining or shaking all around. A feeding funnel in the top of the blender allows you to add more ingredients as you are blending, in case you want to wait until just the right time or make sure some ingredients are a little more prominent that others in the mix.
Of course, there are also a few settings for creating different blending effects. You can switch between Juice, Soups/Sauces, Milkshakes, and Ice Drinks/Smoothies to make your project easier. For more hands-on chefs, you can also directly adjust the speed and pulse as you see fit.
So, from its powerful motor to the magnetic locks, the Torrent has a lot going for it – but what’s the price look like? It looks like a bit over $300, which is quite pricey for a blender. Still, if you are really into cooking or do catering on the side, we can see this purchase being justified.