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KitchenAid launches new line of hand blenders

CHICAGO -- KitchenAid announced that it is introducing a new collection of premium hand blenders at the 2011 Home and Housewares show. The line is scheduled to be available in the fall and will include 2-, 3- and 5-speed models carrying suggested manufacturer's suggested retail prices of $39.99, $59.99 and $99.99, respectively.

"These hand blenders will prove indispensable to both advanced and aspiring cooks," says Debbie O'Connor, senior manager of brand experience for KitchenAid. "They put an incredible amount of power and flexibility directly into the cook's hand, and conveniently allow the blender to be brought to the food instead of the other way around."

All models use variable speeds to accommodate a number of cooking, food preparation and other tasks, according to the company.  Other features include high quality, lightweight design, a "soft touch" handle design, a BPA-free blender jar and lid, and an 8-inch metal shaft.  All parts except the corded handle are dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.

The 5-speed model also includes removable and interchangeable bell blades with covers, a removable pan guard, and a storage container.  The interchangeable bells can perform a range of tasks from crushing, blending and chopping to whipping and frothing.  The frother beater blade, which can be use for frothing milk for cappuccino or children's milk drinks, adds another level of flexibility to this versatile kitchen tool.     

All models will be offered in Onyx Black and Contour Silver.