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This blender was cheap, and at the time I bought it, being but a poor student, that was my only concern. However, it has turned out to be an excellent blender! I use it nearly every day, it is great for making smoothies, soups, sorbets etc. It is easy to pour from (although the first few times I used it, I made the easy mistake of not taking off the bottom part of the jug and letting the contents spill everywhere, so be careful!), and it is very easy to clean - an excellent attribute in a blender!
I must confess that I have cheated on this blender - I also own a hand blender, purely for making large quantities of soup, as it makes things easier not having to take the soup out of the pot. But for everything else, particularly smoothies, I adore this blender. I have owned it a year and I use it all the time, and it doesn't show any signs of giving up any time soon - great value for money!
It looks good, and is easy to store as it separates into two equal-ish halves. Very sturdy blender and doesn't get knocked over easily.
For a cheap blender I was initially concerned that it wouldn't be very good, however I was very pleasantly surprised!
The jug blender is 1.5l capacity which is perfect for soups, smoothies and all manner of blendable goods! It has a pulse function which is useful when you don't want your food to turn to liquid, and there are two speeds available for larger items/harder food.
The blender is easy to use, and very secure. It won't turn on unless the jug is fitted properly with the lid secured, so there's no risk of re-decorating your kitchen with your morning smoothie accidentally! The blades are sharp enough to cut even raw potatoes, however it doesn't have ice crushing facilities, as the jug is only plastic and this may cause it to crack.
The blender is easy to wash as it comes apart easily, and compact enough that it can stand on the work surface without getting in the way!
My daughters both love milk shakes and fruit drinks but trying to get them to eat a piece of fruit is near impossible so when i spotted this blender for just £15.23p at asda i thought i would give it a go as if it wasnt any good i hadnt wasted a fortune on it.
I was very surprised with how easy this blender is to use, the base attaches to the jug very easily and the power wont start if the jug isnt attached properly so no risk of the jug flying off across the kitchen, it has two speed settings on the front and a pulse mode to make things even smoother.
The jug is 1.5 litres which is an ideal size for what we need and is made of plastic, the blades are stainless steel so are brilliant for blending fruit and according to the box they are supposed to be tough enough to mix ice but i havent had any need to try this. The jug unattaches from the base easily enough and the blades unscrew for ease of cleaning but you do need to make sure they are screwed back in tightly before you use it or you will have leaks.
The blender has a 500watt motor making easy blending of all the fruits we have tryed, the spout on the jug makes it very easy to pour the milkshakes into a glass without spilling it everywhere.
With this we also got a spice and herb mill with its own blades to chop garnish for foods but i havent had any use for this yet.
With the amount of fruit this has allowed me to get into my daughters it is worth its weight in gold so for the price we payed i am very happy with my purchase.
Recently I decided it was time to replace my blender. The old one was looking pretty sad with a cracked jug and I figured it was only a matter of time before there was a messy accident! As it happened it was the new one that gave me this experience, but more about that later!
I do enjoy my smoothies so the blender stands permanently on the kitchen work surface and gets used on a regular basis, so it isn't one of those gadgets that get relegated to the back of the cupboard!
We had still got some Debenhams vouchers left from a wedding present received three years ago (we don't shop at Debenhams very often!) so we took a look there and found a Kenwood BL440 which was a blender with a grinder attachment and was just £20.
This was ideal for me - I didn't want to pay a fortune for a 'smoothie maker' when this would do the job just as well and I got a grinder as a bonus!
The blender has a generous one and a half litre jug with twin speeds and a pulse feature so that you can give you control over the amount of time the blender is operating - for making pates etc. where the correct texture is important.
The grinder is a small basic unit with stainless steel blades ideal for grinding coffee or chopping nuts. I haven't actually used the grinder on this particular model yet but have used them on other models in the past and have found them quick and efficient.
The blender is white with an 'ergonomically designed handle' which is basically a handle that is easy to grip so that you can twist the blender to lock it on the base or remove it from the same. The acrylic blender jug is transparent (obviously), with a pouring spout and is calibrated down both sides for left or right handed use. The blades in the blender are stainless steel and very sharp so be careful when you are cleaning them! The lid has a removable centre piece so that extra liquids can be added during the blending process.
To use the blender you just have to put the jug onto the 500 watt base power unit and twist it until it locks. You then place the items you want to blend into the jug and put the lid on again twisting it until it locks into place.
The safety system means that the blender will only operate when the jug is twisted and locked into the base unit.
On the front of the base unit there is a dial to twist to the right once for the slower speed and again for the faster speed. Above this there is a further control which you just press down for a burst of extra blending. When using this control the blades only spin whilst the control is depressed so you have more control over the blending process.
Once the blending process is complete the jug is twisted back off the base unit and the mixture can them be poured into a glass.
To clean the jug unit the whole thing comes to pieces to give the lid, the jug, the sealing ring and the blade unit. These can then be thoroughly cleaned in water with ordinary washing up liquid and then dried and put back together ready for the next smoothie!
This dismantling process is where a problem can occur if you are not very careful. My first attempt at using the blender ended with me wearing my smoothie!
I used the blender as instructed and made a pint of banana and mango smoothie. I gripped the handle and twisted to remove the jug from the base unit except that the thing separated at the point where the blade unit joined the jug and thus the contents flooded out of the blender all over me, the work surface and the floor! I am now very careful to hold the bottom of the blade unit as I twist the jug from the base so that the unit separates in the correct place!
Apart from that false start the blender has been an excellent addition to the kitchen. In fact as I have been writing this review I took a break and made a breakfast smoothie from skimmed milk, two bananas, a tablespoon of blackberries and an Oatibix biscuit - yummy! Other favourites to add to my usual base of milk and bananas include mango, raspberries and strawberries.
I would definitely recommend this piece of kit!
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A versatile blender with stainless steel blades and mill attachment, ideal for coffee or herbs / It has one-touch control and the 1.5L calibrated jug has a pouring spout, ergonomic handle and safety lock lid / The base dismantles for easy cleaning and the jug has a removable filler cap with oil drip feed for mayonnaise etc / Short name: Kenwood BL440