“ Brand: Dualit / Blender Type: Handheld / Speeds: Variable Speed / Pulse Feature: With Pulse Feature „
I splashed out last year when I was about to start weaning my boy and bought myself the Dualit handblender plus accessories. Previously I had a cheap plastic handblender which used to drive me crackers as when I tried to make soup, the casing used to warp in the heat, so I was determined that with the amount of use the blender was going to have, I was going to buy a quality piece of kit.
Like other Dualit products, the look of the product shouts quality. It has a lovely shiny heavy metal casing, which withstands even the hottest veggies and soups to whizz up.
The blender has a standard speed of between 9000rpm and 16,000 rpm (depending on how hard you push the button) and a pulse button for extra power up to 17,000 rpm. If like me, these figures don't mean anything, take it from me that it is very quick, and whizzes up veggies a real treat. As my boy has moved on from purees now, my blender's primary use is for soups and for smoothies - banana, blueberry and milk is my boy's favourite and is made in approx 20 seconds by my lovely blender.
When I purchased the blender I bought it with the accessories pack shown in the Dooyoo picture above - ie with the balloon whisk, blending beaters, chrome beaker and mini food processor - great for chopping up nuts or making breadcrumbs. As I have always managed without a full sized mixer or processor in the past, this has opened a whole new culinary world to me, and I can honestly say that I use it pretty much everyday.
The blender is easy to take apart and super quick and easy to clean (dishwasher safe!) - a priority for me, as I can never be bothered to use kitchen appliances that are supposed to make your life easy, but you end up spending forever cleaning them.
I spent around £65 for my blender last year, though I notice it seems to have increased by £10 to £75 in John Lewis now. This may seem a lot for a blender, but I have no doubt that it will be in pretty much daily use for years to come and I have confidence in the brand that it won't let me down.
I love to cook and one household appliance I would be lost without is my Dualit hand blender. Dualit is a brand I trust and as I already have the kettle toaster and large food processor, I bought my hand blender on-line without seeing it in real life first. My items are actually in cream not the chrome shown in dooyoo's picture but it is the same in all other respects.
The handle is about nine or ten inches long and much heavier and larger than I had expected from the pictures. In fact I cannot even close my hand around it, but the curved ergonomic design nevertheless makes it comfortable to hold, the material it is in has a soft touch feel to it which helps to ensure that it can be gripped firmly and doesn't slip in use.
The speed setting range from a minimum 9,000 rpm to a maximum 16,000rpm and this is controlled by a dial on the top of the handle, it would be almost impossible to adjust this mid-blend, you would need to set and adjust it in-between spurts, unless you have very large hands I suppose. On the front of the handle there are two conveniently placed buttons to switch the blender on and to switch the Turbo blend on if extra oomph is required. I find a low speed setting more than adequate and rarely need the turbo as this blender is already a powerful 500 watts. Perhaps because I use a low speed, I am not unduly troubled by the noise of this blender, although of course there is no getting away from some noise. I am also fortunate to have conveniently placed plug sockets, the power cord is about 2 metres long and this is more than enough for me.
I find the blender blade attachment great for soup-making, I tend to blend in the pan I have used for cooking and can make short work of large vegetables such as potatoes, cauliflower or broccoli. As I am blending hot foods, I am grateful that I can get away with a low speed setting as I would be concerned about splashing hot liquids if I had need to turn this up.
Other attachments include the balloon whisk and the dual beaters and I use these regularly too for whisking eggs and dessert making mainly. I find all the attachments snap easily into place and off again. These two attachments are completely detachable from the main working parts of the blender and so can be popped into the dishwasher for easy cleaning. The rest of the blender, I clean by wiping over with a damp cloth, but as the blender is not prone to splashes to be honest it never really requires much.
The accessory I find particularly useful is the blending beaker, it is so much easier to use this than get out a huge food processor, which I can now reserve for when I need to process larger quantities of food. The blending beaker is ideal for making items like pesto, sauces or chopping small quantities of most food stuffs, I have found even tricky items like nuts are coarsely chopped in seconds. Again, the beaker and the blades are dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.
I ordered my blender directly from Dualit's own website as at the time it was the only place that had the cream model in stock. Prices start at around £60 from various high street retailers.
Short name: Dualit 88815