“ Brand: Argos / Type: Liquidiser „
When I started weaning my first baby, I was cooking home-made food for her. So I needed a blender and this was the one I choose. I didn't really know a lot about blenders and stuff and because im a cheapskate, I bought this one for £9.99 which is priced at £9.89 now.
Its a basic blender and very simple to use. It has a safely feature on it, which unless the lid and the jug is on the base properly, it will not start. To start the blender, you just turn the toggle. It has a pulse setting, a zero speed for when plugged in but not using it and two speed settings.
The blender is white with a see-through jug. The jug has a large 1.5 liquid capacity, it is made from plastic. It has a handle on it with a sprout, which is quite strong. It has three stainless steel blades inside the jug, which are a nightmare to clean around, I use to have to run it under water for ages to make sure bits of vegetables were removed.
I wouldn't say this blender was smart or nice looking, as it is quite cheap looking.
After reading various books on baby weaning, I knew the food had to be smooth, so my first dish for my little girl was mash and veg. I popped it all in together and set it on the highest speed, it started to blend and after a few minutes I thought it was done, so I scooped it all out and there was still large chunks on veg in it. I decided to retry and just blend boiled carrot, after adding a few spoons of water to the carrots I retried, once again the carrot was really lumpy, I managed to get a few spoonfuls from it which was blended and had to put the rest of it back it, blended and again just a few spoonfuls, this process lasted for around half an hour.
Ive tried blending meat, fish, vegetables and fruits and all had the same results. After lots of different attempts, I decided I would have to buy a more expensive one as this just wasn't blending well.
Since that I have been using this to make milkshakes, where I just add milk and melted ice cream and ive got to say these have come out so nice, occasionally you do get a bit on lumpy ice cream in the milkshake but apart from that, I find it works well for this.
Over the past year I have been trying to be a bit more healthy, so I thought it would be a great time to start making some simple smoothies and healthy milkshakes to get more fruit into my diet. I was on a look out for a a juicer or a smoothie maker at first, but due to some of the prices being a bit over my budget, and reaching a consensus that an ordinary blender should be able to make smoothies and milkshakes easily I therefore decided to look for a cheap but suitable blender.
== Price ==
I found the one I wanted while browsing though the Argos catalogue, it for me the thing that caught my eye was that the price fitted my tight budget and it looked simple enough, as I didn't want anything too fancy or complicated. The Argos Value Liquidiser is priced at £9.99, and that seems like a reasonable price to be for a simple blender. I have seen blenders and smoothie makers priced from around £25 plus, so to me £9.99 was more than reasonable.
== Design & Experience==
The blender is made from sturdy plastic and has a white finish which makes it look more expensive than it actually is. The Jug has a 1.5 capacity and is made from plastic material. All in all the Design and functions of the blender is pretty basic, it has a control knob which consists of a pulse setting and two speed options, and with these simple functions it allows for simple blending and liquidising.
The blender has a solid white base and a jug that consists of a handle and a removable lid. The plastic jug is transparent so its very easy to see what's blitzing away and allows me to judge whether more power is needed if the ingredients are not liquidising effectively.
The Argos Value Liquidiser has three metal blades located inside the blender, which I found managed to cut through fruit, vegetables, and other ingredients fairly easily, however I found that I would have to cut the fruit and vegetables up into finer slices before putting them into the blender other wise the blender would have trouble. The vegetables would also have to be boiled to ensure that the hard parts would not damage the blades.
Although the liquidiser would blend fruits and vegetables eventually, I found that had to pause a few times and unattach the jug to give it a bit of a shake so that the contents would move back towards the blades, as I found that a lot of the bits would get clogged up onto the sides of the jug. However although this can be a bit of pain to have to keep stopping to give a bit of shake, and I know a few people would get really annoyed with this, however I personally did not all that troubling.
Having to cut fruit up or boil vegetables before blending them wasn't a huge problem, and didn't really take much time in doing so. Of course if had bought a smoothie maker or a more expensive blender I might have saved a few minutes of my life, but I rather save a bit of cash to be honest!
The liquidiser has decent 500 power watts which makes it more than powerful for simple home blending. Although there are two speeds on the blender dial, I tend to use the second spend the most as the first speed takes too long to work through the fruit or veg, if I am however blending yogurt, herbs, onions etc I would use the first speed or pulse.
I personally like the safety aspects of this blender, as it will refuse to turn on if the jug is loose or without the lid. This is a great added feature for a cheap valued item that limits accidents and provides a good added security, especially if there are kids around.
I found that the jug itself is very study thanks to its easy to grip handle, which allows transferring the contents into glasses that much easier. Also as it is plastic it is also very lightweight, and therefore it is very easy to lift off the base. A simple twist is all that is needed to deattach it from the base.
== Cleaning ==
I found it to be fairly easy to clean after use, as the jug is dishwasher safe I would usually pop it into the dishwasher. The blades are easy enough to wash, just of course need to be careful as they are sharp, so I would soak them beforehand.
After cleaning after each use it looks pretty much like new again, and I have had mine for nearly a year so that is quite impressive.
== Verdict ==
Overall I would say that this is a decent blender that will require a bit of effort to use, however if you do not mind having to stop in between blending to give your jug a shake then I would recommend this blender. It is a very simple blender, and if you are looking for one that would liquidise things in a flash and have many more speeds and features available then I would suggest investing in a more expensive blender. Despite some of its (in my opinion) minor flaws I am still happy with my purchase as it has and continues to make me my tasty smoothies and helps me have more fruit in my diet, so for that I would rate this 4/5.
I bought this product as I went through a phase of drinking protein shakes. I wasn't sure whether I would stick to making protein shakes all day (I didn't) but I wanted a budget blender that would do my needs. This blender can only be brought from Argos, but there are many other budget blenders out there on the market. I chose this one because of positive reviews and convenience (I only live down the road from an Argos.)
The packaging was pretty standard, the cardboard box kept all of the pieces of my blender together ready to assemble. The first thing that I noticed was how easy the blender was to put together, it was made up of less than five different pieces and I didn't even need the instructions. The overall quality of the product was cheap, but then again I wasn't expecting anything premium for the price that I paid for the blender. The lid to the blender I thought was a little cheap as was the little insert at the top, however it stayed in place and fit the purpose in which it was built.
The blender was incredibly easy to use, there were only three different settings that accompanied the "off" button:
- Speed 1
- Speed 2
As I was only making banana smoothies and protein shakes at the time - it was all I really expected from this budget blender. I will say though that the blades were unable to slice up my banana into smaller pieces so my shakes were often a little bit lumpy (which I didn't really mind.) The blender mixed all my ingredients well and overall I was very happy with the product.
Some other features that I have yet to mention are the "sucker" feet at the bottom which kept the blender in place and prevented it from moving around - it was a nice touch. Also, the product was easy to disassemble for cleaning uses which was very convenient.
- 400 watts
- 1.5 litre plastic jug
-stainless steel blades
I brought this blender as a few of the girls at work kept talking about different smoothies they had been making, and so I decided that I wanted to get in on the action and make a few myself. So not wanting to spend a fortune (I'm saving for a house deposit and wedding!) I spotted the Argos Value Range Jug Blender at £9.89, the next cheapest was a Cookworks one at £14.99. So off I went to Argos to pick up my Value Blender along with a trip to Sainsbury's for a few frozen fruits, banana's and natural yoghurt.
Upon opening I realised that this is a very basic blender but had everything I needed - a large enough jug, 2 speed settings and a pulse setting. It looked ok, just a white base with a plastic jug, nothing spectacular. I added my ingredients (yoghurt, banana and strawberries with a bit of honey) and put the jug onto the base, at first this took a while to click on properly, but you soon get the hang of it. I choose setting 1 and off it went, I blended for around 40 seconds then pulsed it twice. This seemed to make the smoothie have the right consistency, it was all blended well and no lumps, it was gorgeous! I also tried making a milkshake the following day using chocolate chip ice cream, banana and milk. I blended for the same amount of time but there was still quite a lot of chocolaty ice cream lumps in it so I shook the jug and blended for longer, it then got rid of the lumps and was delicious! My next task will be to make soup, but it's a bit too warm to make that at the moment.
The blender is fairly hard to clean, the blades can't be removed but I think this is the same with all blenders so you have to give it a good blast with the hot tap and then try your best. The lid was easy enough to clean. The jug is also dishwasher safe.
For the price I paid, I think the blender was a good purchase and if you're on a budget then it's an ideal blender to make smoothies etc. Although I would only give it 4 stars for the fact you sometimes have to shake the jug for it to blend everything.
Buying my first house I was obviously very excited about buy things for my kitchen, just not as excited about the cost!
Argos have a great 'Value' range which at £11 was much cheaper than the rest which were around the £25 range. Comparing the settings, watts and jug capacity it seemed to match the rest of the market too.
It didnt look anything special, it was a plastic, see through jug with metal blades. The dial on the front had 2 different speed settings which I was excited to try out.
I decided to use it to make a salad dressing, in went in all my ingredients - all liquids and I was hoping and waiting for a great mixture to come out in a few seconds... and I was right.
Using the 'fast setting' I had blended all my ingredients into a tasty salad dressing. there was a small patch under the blades that hadnt mixed with the rest of my dressing but I just made sure I didnt pour that part out.
Overall I was very pleased with the way the blender worked. It looked fine, and at that price I cant complain!
Well done Argos..
When at home, we have this amazing blender called a vitamix, it cost £200, this blender obviously doesn't compare, but it cost £9.99 and as a uni student, I really can't afford to buy my own vitamix. It's cheap, not very powerful and in my experience you need to cook the veg before you toss it. Solid unblended bits sometimes get stuck where the blades can't reach them, so you have to turn it off and then shake it or prod it back into the middle.
Sometimes mine overheats when I use it for too long and and I have to turn it off, but this only happens when I am making batches of soup/sauce to be frozen and eaten later. It can't deal with big bits, is the ugly duckling of blenders, and has to have most things cooked and chopped before it so much as considers blending them, but you get what you pay for. If you just want to make soup out of cooked chopped veg, banana milkshake type things out of bananas and milk, or mix up cake batter it can do it for a very affordable price.
Also unlike the vitamix, it doesn't clean itself, and I really, really don't like washing up, not to mention it is fairly fiddly to clean.
When I decided it was time to wean my daughter i knew i needed to buy a new blender so, as I didn't have a lot of money at the time, I chose to get the cheapest blender availably locally. this was the cheapest one I could get at the time so I bought it as I knew that I wouldn't be able to go in to a shop to buy pre-made jars of baby food for my daughter due to the fact that she has allergies. when I got it home I washed and dried the item ready for use and started to prepare some vegetables and cooked them.
Whilst cooking vegetables until they were very soft i read the instructions which read "do not operate for more than 60 seconds at a time and leave 15 minutes before uses". when the vegetables where ready I put a few potatoes in with water. I then turned the blender on and turned around to turn the kettle on. No more than 20 seconds of the blender being on it started making a strange noise and smoke started to come from the base and by the time I got to the plug socket to turn it off it exploded. I count myself very lucky that it didn't start a fire in my house as i was home by my self with two children, one was asleep in bed and i wouldn't of been able to get both out if there was a fire.
I would NOT recommend this product to my worst enemy under any circumstances. Be very careful if you have this product!!
Probably one of the cheapest blenders money can buy at under £10 from Argos. A midrange blender is likely to cost you between £25 and £40, whereas top quality industrial use ones could set you back hundreds, even thousands! If all you want to do, like me, is make the occasional smoothie or sauce then spending anything more than the bare minimum is an unattractive concept.
It's design is very basic and wont be winning any aesthetics awards any time soon - but it is functional. it is large allowing you to make a litre and a half of mixture at once. The base has suction cups, allowing you to secure it to your surface - this is particularly useful as the blender can shake a fair bit when in use. So much so that without the suction cups it could fall over.
The white finish looks cheap and plasticky, but this is a very cheap blender. If you really feel it ruins the atmosphere of your kitchen, you can simply pack it away in the cupboard when it isn't in use.
The blender has multiple speed settings, and the highest has made short work of everything I've tried to blend. If you are energy conscious, you can use the lower settings, which will be fine for softer items such as fruit and vegetables.
The blades are strong and sharp, and I haven't yet came across anything I couldn't adequately blend. That said, I use the blender mainly for making smoothies and sauces, so nothing too tough (like meat) has been tested by myself. However, I would judge that on the highest setting this blender could easily liquidise most foodstuffs.
My only real complaint would be the noise, this is an incredibly noisy appliance. When in use it can be heard in all rooms adjacent to the kitchen. However, it is never used for extended periods of time due to the speed at which is works - meaning this isn't a major problem.
All the parts that need cleaning are easy to hand wash, as well as being dishwasher friendly. All in all, this is a fantastic liquidiser, considering its cost. I would only advise you spend more money on a more expensive branded machine for two reasons; you will be regularly liquidising food that will be tough on the blades (eg cooked steak), or you desire a more attractive machine to complement your kitchen.
Last summer, in the middle of milkshake season, our blender packed up. Well, I say it packed up, but what I think happened was a too-large lump of Haagen-Dazs broke the blades (it's very tasty ice cream, but it comes out of the freezer ridiculously solid). It was time for a new blender. Despite the fact that it is a piece of kitchen equipment that we use a lot, for milkshakes in summer and soup in winter, it didn't occur to me that spending a bit more to get a higher quality model would be sensible. No, I decided to be thrifty and buy the Argos Value Liquidiser.
Currently priced at £9.99, which is what I paid last summer, the Argos Value Liquidiser is very basic, but appears to have all the functions you would need to straightforward blending. It has a single control dial, with two blending speeds and a pulse setting. The jug has a 1.5L capacity, and is plastic. The base of the blender is white, and although plain it is quite smart.
The jug itself has a good sturdy handle, and an easy pour spout. The quality of the blender when looking at it and filling it up really is very good for under a tenner - at first I was very pleased with my purchase. At least, until I switched it on.
It being a summer purchase, the first thing we used this for was milkshakes. We make chocolate milkshakes with ice cream, milk and maybe some chocolate if we have any. The ice cream varies, depending on what is on offer at the supermarket. Although I love Haagen-Dazs, I'm not keen on using it for milkshakes unless it has been on a half price offer, as it's so expensive. The first milkshake we attempted in the Argos Value Liquidiser was made with Morrisons own brand triple chocolate ice cream, and some of their vanilla, along with some milk. These ice creams aren't soft scoop, but they're also not as rock solid as Haagen-Dazs or Ben & Jerrys - I also tend to heat the milk slightly in the microwave as this helps soften the ice cream.
I've spoken about all this because it is relevant to understanding the performance of the blender. I wasn't using over-frozen ice cream, and I had heated the milk to help soften the ice cream. Yet the blender didn't blend it. After a 15 second blast, normally enough to liquidise most of the ice cream, I had a slightly chocolately milk filled with lumps of ice cream. So I tried again, and the result was only a bit better, with the ice cream in smaller pieces. I continued trying to blend it, but it didn't get any better.
After a while I started to realise why this was. It is something to do with the shape of the jug, and the position or size of the blades. When the blender is on, there is space around the side of the jug where solids build up and don't get pulled into the whirl of the blades to be chopped up.
I tried the blender to make soup as well, wondering if maybe the milkshake failure had something to do with the fact it was ice cream rather than more solid substances. But the result was the same - lots of partially chopped pieces of vegetables left around the side of the jug. I always chop vegetables very finely when making soup, so it wasn't like I was putting in half potatoes and expecting the blender to chop them. As it happened, the partially blended soup was quite nice, but that's not really the point - I was aiming for fully liquidised soup, and couldn't do that with the Argos Value Liquidiser.
As a side note, the blender is as easy to clean as any blender, which in my opinion isn't very easy - I always find it tricky to clean around the blades. The jug is dishwasher safe, which makes it easier, but it's fiddly to clean by hand. It does clean nicely though, and the blender still looks as-new - but that's maybe because I've given up on trying to use it.
I'm going to have to invest in a better blender. The Argos Value Blender is a great price, and looks very smart for such a low price, but it just doesn't do the job, and that is simply not good enough.
I bought this liquidiser a few weeks ago for £9.99.
It comes in 4 parts, the base unit with plug attachment, the plastic jug, the lid, and the little extra lid that blocks up the hole at the top.
The whole unit is very basic, as would be expected with the price.
The base unit has suckers underneath so that it sticks to your work surface, which is handy when leaving the device running without holding it, as the vibrations would cause it to move quite a lot.
It works perfectly well, but is very noisy, but this is not something I find a problem.
It works well blending chunky liquids such as tinned tomatoes etc, and will grind up an onion and a few bits of vegetables etc, but it does struggle to blend anything heavier and larger than that. I tried to blend mince and stock etc to make meat balls, but with it being a liquidiser and not a food processor, it only blended the bottom couple of inches and the rest of the mixture further up the jug remained whole.
So, if you're looking for something that will blend simple smoothies, soups, sauces etc, then this will work just fine, but if you're wanting to blend larger things in more volume, go for a food processor instead.
This is very much an entry level liquidiser and at a mere £9.99 who can argue. It is clunky, bulky and utterly void of any ergonomic grace. It's design and build is sturdy but basic. It has a blocky white plastic base ornamented about 8 inches in height with only an over sized and rudimentary operational dial that is used to control the machine. The container itself around twice the height again and is a clear plastic narrow inverted bell jar at the bottom of which is house the blade made of four triangular blades forming a star shape. The handle has little in the way of curvature for comfort and is made of the same ugly plastic as the rest of the container.
It pieces together very simply. Other than putting the two halves together, no further assembly is required. The blades come already installed but this is also very much to this machines detriment when it comes to cleaning. Given that the container itself is quite tall and narrow it makes cleaning very difficult both because the blades can't be removed and cleaned independently, but also because they are difficult reach without using a long brush or having small hands.
In terms of functionality, this model has 2 speeds and a pulse option. The pulse could be better as it requires turning the dial to pulse mode meaning you lose control if you want to give it a quick blitz. My preference would always be a button to pulse as it allows for more control but then again, at £9.99 beggars can't be choosers. As for it's actual blending ability, given the blades themselves are quite small and judging by their serration not the best, it takes a long time to thoroughly liquidize. After a long time blending you'll more often than not still find lumps, even when liquidizing soft fruits such as strawberries.
This model is also very loud when working so bear this in mind when using it. We can hear it throughout the house when it's in action so best not used late at night/ early in the morning as no doubt neighbours can hear it too. I know from experience that particularly cats hate it!
In all, given the outstanding value, it's hard to knock this too much. It is what it is and expectations need to be managed when paying this little for an item. Of course it could be far superior but then no doubt would command a much higher price tag. For light, infrequent use it's a worthwhile purchase. If you intend for more frequent, serious use then I would suggest looking elsewhere.
Another cheap appliance that has been a lifesaver for college is a blender, purchased for £9.99 a few weeks ago at argos.
My first impression was the wear and tear on the product, anything purchased from the argos value range always seems to look a bit rough and ready, It's not something that would bother me but I would stay well clear of it if you are a perfectionist. The white colour however is something that always seems to bother me by looking so cheap and tacky, luckily it's hidden away in my cupboard most of the time. It's very simple to put together and was up and running in five minutes.
The size is fairly small, but the whole thing is quite heavy, can be annoying to lug upstairs and back down sometimes. It does a fair amount of smoothie though!
I find it very easy to take apart and clean, the removable blade does help and I can clean it in less than three minutes or take it apart and stick it in the dishwasher.
The noise is the worst thing, I'm not sure if you can get some kind of silent blender but this one seems to have become my whole families alarm clock.
This product is just a minimalistic blender but is perfect for the price I paid.
When I moved into my new flat I had a number of items I needed to purchase. One of those items was a blender. From the blender I just wanted something that was cheap, reliable and essentially blend.
I nipped down to Argos to see what that had to offer. This is when I came across the "Argos Range Liquidiser". What attracted me was its price of just £10.99 and having bought items from the Argos Range before I knew it would not be too shabby. The next step up of blenders was to £20 - £25 which I thought was a little excessive.
The blender is 500 watts with three blades inside and makes light work of soft fruit or veg (for harder vegetables I would advise boiling them first to soften). It has a capacity of the blender 1.5 litres which is more than enough for me and my girlfriend and I would imagine it would be big enough for a small family.
The blender is made of hard plastic with a white base, lid and handle. The jug itself is clear allowing you to see the contents inside. On the base is a control for the power. The control has two speeds. I personally do everything on spend two as if I want to blend something I might as well do it as quickly as possible.
A good feature the blender has is a safety interlock. The blender will not turn on unless the jug is properly secured to the base with the lid sealed down. This makes the blender safe and avoids any messy accidents.
On the lid is an oval is a see through circular opening. You can push this to open a gap to the blender. This allows you to add all sorts to your mix such as herbs or salt.
My only problem is the blender is that sometimes it will not blend everything in the jug. The rotating blade can push stuff to the top without cutting them. To prevents unwanted lumps I give the jug a shake halfway through the blend.
I have now had the blender for over a year and it still runs as well as when I first bought it. I highly recommend it as a cheap, reliable blender.
I needed a blender to make banana milkshakes and ice-cream milkshakes and this was probably the cheapest I could find. Overall, as a occasional user, I am happy with it.
Body is white and in hard plastic, feel sturdy enough. Has the rubbery pads so no messy spills :) It will take some space in your kitchen, but on the good size you can make up to 1.5 litres of shakes/mixtures. It has 2 speeds and a pulse function. Although I bought it for milkshakes, you can use it for many things, but as a lazy person, I find all blenders too hard to clean after a more sticky mixture. The thing you have to be careful about is that you the quantity you are trying to make is either too little it will just not reach high enough for the blades, and if it's too watery/runny it will kind of just be thrown around. To make up for this, just tilt and move the blender while working, so to make the ingredients reach the blade. A bit crazy, but it works.
Would definitely recommend it if you don't want to spend too much on a blender.
A couple of weeks ago I bought this Liquidizer. I call it a blender. I bought it because I had been to this Milkshake place the day before called Eskimoo is Lincoln and the milks shakes are so nice that me and my boyfriend wanted to make our own. We had watched the people make them at Eskimoo and thought we would give it a try.
So we went to Argos and bought the cheapest one they had, it was £10.99. To say it was the cheapest one the stats looked pretty good. All the ones that were around £20 didn't have as high wattage. The other ones were about 400 watts and this cheap one was 500. So I thought that sounds good. Also the capacity of the jug is 1.5 litres, most of the other ones were the same. So we decided to buy this one. It was a see through jug and the base and lid was white. It was made of plastic and had a dial on the front with 2 speed settings. It has three stainless steel blades.
We got it home, plugged it in and tried it out straight away. We had bought some vanilla ice cream, cravendale full fat milk, bubblegum millions (sweets) and some bits and bobs like ice cream scoop and straws. The milk shake we had at Eskimoo was bubblegum milkshake so we wanted to have exactly the same. We put about 5 big scoops of ice cream in, a handful of millions and a small measure of milk. Then we turned it on. It has two speeds. We put it on speed 2. We waited about 3 minutes then tried it. It was so tasty. It was just like Eskimoo apart from it was not as thick.
We knew the blender wouldn't be as good as the one they have in Eskimoo because obviously there using theirs all the time and need a really good one. But I think the blender is good enough and I'm pleased with it for the price.
It has a 'safety interlock' so that it wont go on unless the jug is on it properly and the lid is on properly. I think that's good because otherwise it could be dangerous. I think its quite easy to clean. You have to dry it straight away after though because otherwise it dries with loads of watermarks and looks messy.
One of the things I noticed with it was that sometimes it doesnt get to everything bit in the jug. Like with ice cream you sometimes get large lumps. Half way through I turn it off and take the jug off, then shake it around a bit and then turn it back on. Yoou dont always have to do this but sometimes.
When your using it, its really good because most of whats in it stays towards the bottom of the jug so when you take the lid off its not all dripping everywhere from the lid. In the lid there is a see through oval like shape. You push one side of it and it opens. Im not sure what this is for, maybe its to add stiff to it as its in use. Along with the two speed settings there is another setting. You hold it and it goes on for as long as you hold it.
I recommend this because it was really cheap and still does a great job. Also it doesn't look really bad. Now that we have a blender we can use it for all types of things.