“ Brand: Debenhams / Model: HMS2BS / Type: Hand blender with 3 optional attachments „
Oh dear, not the best start to a review, but to be honest, "better than nothing" are the three words that best reflect our experience of this blender!
Now, on the face of it, everything is there, the detachable whisk, chopper and blender as well as the clear measuring jug. It has a sleek, easy to clean design which also makes simple work of attaching and detaching the attachments and two easy press buttons to control the speed of blending. It's also easy to store, using the holder or in a cupboard. However, we have experienced a lot of niggles with this product which, considering the price, I'm not sure make it worth the money when there are other good names on the market for less, or similar money.
* We are on our second one. The first 'burned out' within days of minor use in blending soups and one attempt to use the chopper. It was this attempt to chop some chick peas (cooked and soft, not dried) which caused the burn out. Happily Debenhams exchanged it for another: we had bought it with our wedding vouchers and couldn't afford to pay cash for one elsewhere. I was convinced that we'd probably just been unlucky the first time, but this second one frequently smells of burning after just a few moments of blending or whisking, so I haven't even tried to use the chopper attachment this time around, which is a shame because I could really have use for it as I don't have a food processor.
* The buttons are very easy press but, because they are inset rather than being prone, they are actually too easy to press, particularly if you are holding the top with one hand whilst you plug in and switch on at the socket with the other - an accident waiting to happen if you're not careful!
* No matter how hard we try, the top part of the whisk attachment fills with water whenever you wash it up. Of course we don't put it in the dishwasher, we do wash carefully by hand, but you do have to be thorough with a whisk, especially as by the nature of its action it gets covered in blobs! We always have to drain and dry carefully before the next use as adding an attachment full of water to the electric end is probably not a brilliant idea!
* Similarly, it always feels a bit dodgy to be blending hot soup with it because of the burning smell and the way the top of the attachment takes in water so easily, we always take extra precautions when doing this (oven gloves that is, I don't think we're at the stage of putting wellies on first yet)!
Still, it is better than nothing, and it does blend a soup brilliantly in short bursts, but you could get a much cheaper blender that does that. If you have a whole £30 to spend, I would recommend trying something else or putting the cash towards a full food processor: I wouldn't buy this blender again!