Product Type: Kenwood blenders
Newest Review: ... cleaning is simplified due to their simple design. Overall it has to be said that the Kenwood HB716 is a decent quality hand blender wi... more
Member Name: danny691
Advantages: Easy to clean and operate, quick results and no mess.
Disadvantages: Only two speeds.
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.
Summary: Little to fault, a lot of product for little cash.