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When I saw this blender online I were sold on it straight away. The price was very reasonable considering the brand. I were also looking specifically for a blender of this nature. I didn't want just a basic hand blender with no accessories, nor did I want a fixed blender unit with no option to use the hand blender seperately either.
The Kenwood HB716 has a power capacity of 700W and the hand blender comes complete with a 0.75litre beaker, blender blade attachment, and a specially designed Kenwood Bigfoot pan which allows you to blend food directly in the pan. The beaker is ideal with its slip-free base and gives you the confidence in blending as the blender is fixed into the beaker to prevent splashes or accidents. Obviously there are times when you may wish to blend without the constraints of a fixed position blender, so you can also use the hand blneder on its own.
I were surprised at the price of around £35 as this is a Kenwood product which is a well-known brand name. The quality is decent and is clear to see due to the design of the hand blender and accessories. The hand blender feels good quality and isn't too light either, giving confidence in its ability to tackle tasks efficiently. Having just one normal speed and an added turbo setting the limitations are soon find - this is no top-of-the-range blender, though that shouldn't be expected for this pricetag. What we have here is a basic but robust hand blender with a few extras at an affordable price.
Using the hand blender is simple, not least due to having simple operational buttons and just the two speeds in total. I feel the blades are set quite high into the attachment, so you do need to have a reasonable amount of food to blend in the first place. This isn't a porblme though, as the hand blender is more than capable of tackling some of the tougher fruits such as apples. I usually use softer fruits for blending into juices, and I don't really push the blender to work hard.
The attachments can be interchanged using two small buttons, so cleaning is also simple due to the quick release system. I find that either a rinse under the tap or a soak in the suds does the trick for cleaning, and I have never had any problems with stubborn food. The surfaces to the blender blade shafts are not fussy either, so cleaning is simplified due to their simple design.
Overall it has to be said that the Kenwood HB716 is a decent quality hand blender with some useful acessories. The limited speed settings may be an issue to some people, but I don't find it a problem as I can easily manage on the normal speed most of the time. I havn't had any problems with operating this hand blender and certainly won't be looking to spend a lot of money in the future on such products, as this affordable model proves it can match some of the more expensive ones on the market.
I purchased this product when my baby was moving form milk to solid food. I quickly realised I cannot live without it. Not only it is excellent for baby food, but also for home-made dips, sauces and soups. The blender is very powerful, quickly blends into a smooth paste. I have never tried any others, but triblades definitely does the job for me. The blender comes with a small foot and a big foot. I use the smaller size for small pots and the big one directly to the saucepan. I found that the plastic foot can stain after blending carrots, however if I put a little bit of oil on the attachment it washes easily. I bought my blender a couple of years ago and so far I had no problems at all. It is light, very quick and easy to use. I am very happy with this product and highly recommend it to anyone.
Our blender died a pityful death when our baby was around 4 months old and weaning so it was essential we bought another one. A smaller hand blender was a necessity for us as we have a tiny kitchen with limited cupboard space so after some research and a special deal at the shop we walked away with this one.
~~ The blender ~~
The blender is 700W and has one speed and one turbo setting so it's pretty basic. It comes with a 0.75l beaker, the usual blending attachment and a special Kenwood Bigfoot pan attachment that means you can blend food in the pan rather than transferring it. Both attachments are advertised as splash free and the beaker as having a slip free base and easy to use lid.
~~ The performance ~~
I have to admit that the blender works far better than our old one did but saying that it was about 10 years old so hardly surprising! The usual speed setting works for most foods that we've tried though you do need to have plenty in the beaker or the blades won't reach it as they're set quite high. I tended to use the turbo setting for our first stage of weaning so everything was liquidised and there were no sneaky lumps getting through into her food. Overall performance? No complaints from me.
~~ What you need to know ~~
Kenwood claim both the normal attachment and the pan attachment are splash free but this isn't the case. The usual blending attachment is generally splash free but there have been a few occasions where food has come flying out and it did once result in a rather sore burn to my hand with a stray piece of flying apple. I still don't know how it happened as I was blending as I always do, but it happened again after that so not just a one off.
I've only ever used the pan blender a few times but this has been entirely splash free and is done before you know it.
The beaker fits a decent amount into it and comes with a slip free mat that doubles up as a lid. It works great when it's at the bottom and it does indeed stop the beaker from sliding, however, it isn't a very good lid! It's fine if you want to cover something up for a short period of time but I certainly wouldn't be moving the beaker about relying on the lid to stay on.
The attachments on the blender detach via two little buttons you just push in and thus cleaning couldn't be easier. They're dishwasher safe if you have one (I don't so can't comment further) or they're easy enough to just rinse under the tap and give a quick clean. There aren't any grooves in the top of the blender like I had in my previous one so nothing fiddly to take up time.
~~ Overall ~~
It's a fantastic little hand blender that takes up a very small space in your cupboard and does a fantastic job on the food. Cleaning is easy, blending is easy and if it was entirely splash free, as claimed, it would be fantastic!
The Kenwood HB716 Triblade Hand Blender Set has a unique Triblade concept that delivers powerful efficient and controllable blending at the touch of a button.The Kenwood HB716 Triblade Hand Blender Set has a three blade system. The system is allied to a unique foot design so that you can chop and blend efficiently.The Kenwood HB716 Triblade Hand Blender Set has a powerful 700W motor optimum performance for effortless blending. It has 1 speed plus turbo with easy 1-handed operation providing user control / The Blending attachment is made of durable Stainless Steel so it is long lasting. The Pan blending attachment has an innovative design and a 0.75L calibrated beaker with robust handle and convenient lid. It has a central top cord exit to deflect away from food. It has easy to clean dishwasher safe parts.