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The kenwood food blender comes in 4 parts.
The base, that contains the 600W motor, is silver and weighs 1kg and 275g (2lb 83/4oz) with attached plug. It has a grey knob just over 1 1/2" across, turning the knob anti-clockwise and hold it there gives a pulse setting, you can choose how puréed/crushed you want your food to be. Whilst clockwise turning has two settings, a gentle blender, the next setting is a high speed blender. On the top there is a 'hollow' section with a small cross key, you insert the actual blade/top on it for it to move/rotor. On the underside of the base there are four grey suction feet to keep the blender on the worktop as its working.
The blade part of the blender can be inserted onto the motor base with ease, it can be used for both the 1600ml jug or the 16fl oz beaker. There are four blades, two is turned slightly upwards and the other two downwards. A black rubber circula trim ensures secure fit on both jug and beaker. Both of which is made of sturdy hard plastic which are also clear, this helps with aiding you to see if the liquid or nuts are smooth as you like or coarse. The jug has a grey lid with clear sturdy plastic top in the middle, you can remove this while the blender is moving to add more liquids. The beaker has no lids, the only opening is the one where it will be closed via the blade part. However, it does have a lid for easy storage if you are a blending a small amount of food for later use, which is a boon.
I am happy and love my blender, it's quite easy to knock up a smoothie or crushed ice drink, it blends soups beautifully. It has had a lot of uses over 3 years now and is still in an excellent condition. The beaker is a useful tool to blend small meals for weaning babies, or if you want to purée just a small amount (home made apple sauce, mint sauce), the nuts can be problematic, it tends to get stuck on the blades, I knock it loose on the worktop. The blade part has to be screwed anti-clockwise to seal/close, clockwise to open, it can be confusing! The jug/beaker closes clockwise into the base, opens while turning anti-clockwise.
Highly recommended, can't wait for autumnal soups to start, just so that I can use the blender!
The Kenwood BL453 Silver 1.6L Blender is a handy blender that combines family sized design with high performance / It has a 1.6L capacity jug and features a powerful 600W motor with 2 speed settings and a pulse function to enable you to mix up a milkshake or blend soup in seconds / The Kenwood BL453 Silver 1.6L Blender has dishwasher safe parts too making it as easy to clean as it is to use / 1.6 Litre Calibrated Family ized Goblet2 Speeds Plus Pulse for Flexible User ControlPowerful 600W MotorDishwasher Safe PartsRemovable Filler Cap Perfect for the Addition of Ingredients Mid-BlendRubber Feet for StabilityQuiet OperationInnovative Cord StorageEasy Clean Design / Short name: Kenwood BL453