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We received this dualit package as a wedding present, and looks wise it is everything you could hope for- stylish, retro and cool! There is a powerful hand blender, a whisk, mixer, jug with lid and food processor(which I've never used!). On first impressions, everything worked brilliantly, but we used the hand blender to make smoothies in the morning, with a couple of icecubes or a bit of frozen fruit thrown in...and that's when the problems started. The hand blender blade fell out of the stick...and that was the end of that! We contacted customer service, and although the product was just over the 12 month guarantee, they replaced it free of charge. However, the second one was in no way more robust than the first, and even though we don't use if for anything frozen anymore, it still feels a bit wobbly. When it is used as a mixer or whisk the motor also quickly starts to feel hot. All in all I wouldn't recommend this product for longevity, but it may suit you if you plan on using it only occasionally.
I bought the Dualit Hand Blender Pack around a year ago to replace our previous cheap Tesco
version which had gone to the great blender heap in the sky. Although I would usually grudge
spending £50 on a blender we had £40 of John Lewis vouchers left so I only had to add a tenner
to buy this and I liked the idea of having the extra attachments.
The blender pack comes with a whisk,beater,blender and chopping bowl attachments and a small
500ml stainless steel beaker. The blender has a 500 watt motor and a choice of speeds allows you
to select between a minimum of 9000 rpm to a maximum of 16000 rpm and there's also a pulse
button which provides 17000 rpm for those times when you decide to blitz the soup before the
carrots are fully cooked!
The blender can be used for anything from soups to smoothies and seems to be capable of reducing
any fruit or veg to pureed mush in under a minute. The only downside of this is the beaker is too
small to be of much use and after accidentally redecorating the kitchen a couple of times I find it's
much easier and safer to use this in a large plastic jug. The blender attachment is also fantastic
for making dressings and sauces so there's no need for whisking your arms off trying to make
Hollandaise sauce without splitting or turning it into scrambled egg when you can just blitz it for
easy stress free perfect results every time.
The chopping bowl provides a lazy way to get fruit or veg ready for smoothies or soup without the
need to chop stuff up really small just chop it into rough chunks and let the chopper do the rest.
I've also found it useful for making pesto or for using left over bread to make breadcrumbs which
I prefer over the dayglow orange breadcrumbs you buy in supermarkets.
I promised myself when I bought this that it would be great for baking due to having the beater
and whisk attachments. Sadly in reality much as I love baking I can't stand the mess at the end
and there's a fantastic bakery at the end of our street so I don't really feel I can compete with it
for quality, ease or lack of mess when it comes to a quick cake fix! The beater attachment is great
for creamy lump free mashed potato though so it wasn't a complete waste of money and one day
I might even use it for baking a cake.The whisk attachment makes light work of whipping cream or
making meringues and is also fantastic for lump free sauces and custards. After using this I really
regret all the time I've spent with a hand whisk when this makes the job so much easier and gives
All of the attachments are good quality with stainless steel used for the blades and whisk and chrome plating on the beater attachment. The parts are easy to attach and remove from the main unit and all
of attachments apart from the motorised unit are dishwasher safe if you're lucky enough to own
one but are easy to wash in soapy water if you don't.
The main unit has decent length of cable and there's a speed control switch on the top of the unit
while the pulse and on/off switch are located on the main handle. The handle is soft touch and comfortable to hold and doesn't slip around when you are using it. My only slight complaint is I've occasionally touched the pulse or on switch when removing the blender from the jug or pot and
there's nothing worse than watching strawberry smoothie or tomato soup heading for your kitchen
walls at 17000 revs per minute. Although I should point out this is 100% down to user stupidity
and in no way a fault of the blender.
We own the chrome version of this and after a year of frequent use the chrome hasn't faded, pitted
or tarnished and the blender and attachments still work perfectly. I do feel it would be better if it
came with a stand or some way of storing all of the attachments together but apart from that I'm
really happy with this and would happily recommend it.
Prices seem to range from £49 at John Lewis and M&S to £75 from Tesco Direct so as always it
definitely pays to shop around. I would highly recommend John Lewis for anyone looking to buy
this as they give you a free 3 year guarantee on this compared to the standard 1 year guarantee
offered by most retailers.