Product Type: Argos blenders
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A very good basic blender
Argos Hand Blender
Member Name: tina_teaspoon
Argos Hand Blender
Advantages: Great value for money, easy to assembe, easy to clean
Disadvantages: Button can be hard to press for any length of time if you have long nails or thin fingers!
My boyfriend proudly presented me with this blender as an off the cuff present last summer- and they say romance is dead! I have looked on the Argos website, and it is currently available for a tiny £4.59, which really surprised me as having used it many times now, I would have priced it at around £10-£15, so I think the boy did good on this occasion!
First of all, the blender comes in just two parts, and it is very easy to assemble (which I was delighted to find as I am not the most technical of people!). The first part is the handle, this has a cord leading to a plug, which is how it connects to the mains. The handle itself is quite chunky and easy to hold still, and it has a large blue button, which turns the blender on- there are no variable speeds for this model, it is simply on or off. The second part is the blending shaft, and this attaches easily to the handle- simply hold the handle still and twist the blending shaft anti-clockwise, and (once you're twisting the right way!) the two parts quickly and easily fit together. There is a single blade at the bottom of the blending shaft, and as you can see from the photograph, the bottom of the shaft is shaped like teeth to allow the food to be drawn into the blade, be blended, and then disperse to allow lumpier food to be drawn into the blade for blending. In addition there are four curved rectangular air holes around the top of the base, which allows both air and food to circulate and helps to prevent blockages.
Both sections are white, which is fine with me as I keep it out of sight in a cupboard as we have a small kitchen with very little worktop space to keep utensils on display. However, it isn't an object of great beauty, so if you are looking for a blender that is aesthetically pleasing and will act as a beautiful ornament in your kitchen when not in use, this is not for you.
To use the blender, you simply place the assembled blending stick into your food and press the blue button. I would advise you to transfer the food into a deep jug or dish, as if you try to blend food in a shallow pan, I found the food splattered absolutely everywhere, including all over my face, hair, clothes and glasses much to my partners amusement! Admittedly it must have look very funny but I was not best pleased as I had to clean myself up and then clean the kitchen (there was sauce spattered all over the floor, walls, worktop, sink, fridge, tiles, cupboard doors and even a couple of spots on the ceiling!) before I could return to trying to make dinner.
Once you have transferred your food into a jug, then you simply press the blue button and move the blending stick slowly around the jug to make sure you get rid of all of the lumps. It is possible to achieve a completely smooth sauce if you wish by blending for longer and moving the blender throughly around the food, or alternatively if you like a few chunks then simply don't blend for as long. The blender is 220 watts, which I found to be powerful enough. I would be scared of food going flying again if there was a faster setting!
I found the food chunks clogged up the blender just a couple of times, which was easily remedied by removing the blending stick from the food, and either the chunks would drop out by themselves, or if not then I gently persuaded them out with a spoon.
My main criticism of this blender is that you have to press the blue button quite firmly in order for the blender to turn on. The button itself is about 6cm high by 2cm wide, but you need to press hardest at the bottom of the button as it is only the bottom portion of the button that moves inwards. I found this wasn't very user friendly for anyone who has long nails and doesn't want them snapped off. I also found my thumb started to ache after around 30 seconds of use. However I should say that my boyfriend found it a breeze to use and didn't experience any thumb ache or find the button hard to continually press. Perhaps having larger thumbs with short nails is an advantage!
I have used the blender to create delicious vegetable soup and gorgeous pasta sauce on numerous occasions. Even when I have used exactly the same ingredients to make a pasta sauce as I usually would, giving it a blend makes the sauce taste so much better! I think the tinned tomatoes taste a bit better blended rather than having big chunks of them, but that is just our own personal preference. I can imagine it is a fabulous tool to have if you have picky children who don't want to eat their veggies, as by blending them up into a pulp the children will never know they are there!
The blender is ever so easy to clean, which is music to my ears! The blending shaft can go in the dishwasher if you have one, but I found if you give it a wash under the tap before the food dries then it will be clean in seconds.
In summary I would definitely recommend this blender. At under a fiver I think it represents fantastic value for money. It is easy to assemble and easy to clean, which for me personally is very important, and it blends the food really well and helps to create a really tasty meal. My only criticism is the button is not so easy to firmly press for the length of time it takes to blend the food, so I have deducted one star for that. However this may be just me for having skinny thumbs and long nails! If you are considering purchasing a blender and want an all-singing, all-dancing one with oodles of features that will look beautiful in the kitchen then this is not for you. However if you want something cheap and cheerful that gets the job done then I would definitely recommend you give this a try.
Summary: A very good basic blender.
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