“ Brand: Kenwood / Blender Type: Handheld / Speeds: 5 Speed / Jar Size: 33.81 oz. / Pulse Feature: With Pulse Feature „
We just bought this yesterday and i'm so impressed with it i have to write a review of it now.
What is it?
It is essentially a hand mixer/blender with a bunch of acessories. It has a 'food processer' with fitmets for grating, slicing or generally dicing food. The bowl is a very generous size compared with other products on the market, i estimate it to be about 15-20cm in diameter, 1ltr capacity. Most other similar products i considered had a considerably smaller 'food processor' fitmet.
The other fitmets are a 'frother', 'whisk' and 'hand blender'.
All fit together neatly on the plastic base, another nice touch to keep all the parts together and looks smart too.
I'm someone who likes 'solid' things, i'm not a fan of 'plasticy' feeling things that you think could break easily. This definately does not dissapoint. I was incredibly impressed with how well built this feels, even the fitmets feel and look excellent qulaity.
The main element has two buttons on it which you push in to attach each of the fitments, you feel a definate, firm lock when the fitmet is in place
This has apparantly won a design award, whist i was initially sceptical about having all the fitments out alongside the main mixer but when its all out on the worktop together it does look good. It has a retro yet modern look about it and i've seen it in a variety of colours, i have the cream one but it also comes in silver and red.
Other than the various fitmets mentioned earlier the main blender element itself has 5 variable speed settings which make it good for a vareity of different tasks. It also has nice little touches like a plastic cap for the hand blender fitment so the blades are not exposed when not in use.
I paid £80 for this in John Lewis, and compared to the other models on the market at a similar price from Dualit and Bosch this seemed like the best deal.
From what i can tell so far it depends on the fitment you are using. The frother and whisk have a reasonablly quiet noise, similar to ones in the past. The food processor is a little louder, primarily because i was using it on a higher setting. As you would expect, the higher/faster the setting the more noise you get.
The wisk element does exactly what you'd expect it to...whipped up some cream pretty quickly. The frother again did a great job of frothing up some milk for a hot cholcolate (although word of warning...use the frother on a low setting!). The food processor deals with carrots and cheese etc pretty well, the food in the bowl was grated well. You are left with a few bits in the top above the blade.
Note that this is not dishwasher safe. The instructions expressly state that no part of this should be put in the dishwasher, bit of a shame.
If you use a food processor alot i wouldn't suggest this as a replacement but if you're looking for a hand blender/whisk with multiple functions then i think this is great. PErsonally i would still want to have a proper food processor as well but this is great for smaller tasks.
Short name: Kenwood HB795