***Why did I purchase it? and How much?***
I purchased the Cookworks hand blender a little over 2 years ago as my jug blender had died and I wanted something more compact that wouldn't take up too much space. I was admittedly a little sceptical about using a handheld blender and went to look at the blenders at Argos as they always have a good selection when it comes to kitchen electricals. Any way I didn't want to spend a crazy amount on a hand blender so settled on the Cookworks one which was reduced to £8 from £12.99 so couldn't complain too much if it died a death and I would be able to return it under Argos's 1 year electrical warranty for an exchange.
***What specs does it have and are they any good?***
Well the hand blender comes in at 400watt which is more than enough power for me as I'm only using it to blend cooked veggies into soup, pulses to make bean dips/spreads and soft fruits to make smoothies. I have not had any problems with lumpiness and have found it to be pretty effective provided there is enough liquid in which to blend but this is the case for all blenders. I wouldn't recommend this hand blender for things such as nuts/biscuits as they are not suitable and I tend to grind them using my mortar and pestle instead.
The hand blender only comes with 2 speeds which for some might not be enough but I only use one setting (high) and know that in my case any additional settings would be pointless and just increase the price. The blender basically comes with the electrical unit within the handle on top where the speeds/setting buttons are and then the blender arm twists on/off making it easy to clean and store. As for the power cable - It's too flamin short! It only measures a measly 1 metre which is a complete pita when you're trying to blend and stop the plug from being flung from the wall straight into your face. Also another irritant is that the screw off blending part is not dishwasher safe therefore you will have to wash it the ol' fashioned way.
(((***WORD OF WARNING - As with all hand blenders they have a max length of time in which they are able to run without the motor burning out and in the case of the Cookworks hand blender it is: 50 seconds in any 4 minute period***)))
***Would I recommend this product***
It's not without it's issues but to me they're pretty minor and I've found it long-lasting and most importantly it does the job. If you want a hand blender without all the frills of the other well known brands with screw on whisks, melon ballers, hairdryers, oyster mallets, MRI scanners and such then go for this one.
Today Im reviewing a hand held blender from the cookworks range. This blender is a great way to make soups, smooties and babyfood. It can also be useful when making cakes. It works at 400 watts and has 2 speed settings plus a pulsing one.
Priced at £12.99 it is avaliable at Argos and other supermarkets and electrical shops.MY EXPERIENCE
I first actually came across this from someone else,they used it to make mayonaise. Now I have a blender already so before this I didnt see the point in a hand held one, but for mayonaise its much better and actually since I bought one its much easier just to get this out that the whole big blender! So that is my reason for buying it and since then Iv had great fun experimenting with soups and smoothies.
The packaging is nothing special just a white box with writhing on and a picture of the product. If I saw just this on a shelf Im not sure I would of gone for this brand, But hey ho, Id already made my decision on this. I was told it was £12.99 but actually I got mine for £9.99 which I think is a great bargin.Now I have to say, the instructions are very well set out and easy to read, but using it is even easier. Just plug in the cord ( which is about 1m long ) and press what speed you want. It has 2 speed settings, but if you hold the highspeed button in it blitzes so you can acctually pulse.
When finished its easily cleaned, by removing the metal cutting arm and washed off, then popping the arm back in. The blender itself is made out of a stury metal and the arm is also very strong. The blades are sharp but I would imagine in time they will fade. At the time I bought it it didnt actually come with a seperate mixing beaker (which would of been helpful) but now it does come included.MY OPINION
It very quickly breaks down food and does its job, I think for the price its great. Its easy to use, easy to clean and its nice and sturdy. However I do personally think 1m is not enough on the power cable and that makes it restricted to move about, also the unit itself is very noisey and also for me it came with no beaker, which I could of actually done with. Im also not sure on the durability because although it is sturdy, I think the blades will wear down quickly
If given it 3/5 because I feel it has equal good to bad points. Its been fine for me, but nothing special and nothing to rave about. It does its job and is quiet basic, but for the price its a good buy. I wouldnt recomend it as I think for slightly more money you can get those little extra features this one is missing.Thanks for reading and rating. I hope thhis has been of some help!
Short name: Cookworks