“ Manufacturer: Kenwood / Blender Type: Worktop / Wattage: 350 / Capacity: 1 Litre „
I got this smoothie maker two years ago for Christmas as a gift. As soon as I got it I was researching recipes of all sorts. This is a great way of getting your five- a- day fruits and veg. The blender itself is very powerful and leaves little or no lumps behind. This stir stick comes in useful when blending to make sure every bit of fruit gets blended. The capacity is more than enough for me, a 1 Litre jug for me and my wife. The tap is good as it reduces spillage and is convenient.
I would say its durable, 2 years and no problems. What could be better? I also got a 1 year warranty free with it just in case anything did happen to it.
I love waking up to a stawberry and kiwi smoothie with flaxseeds. I would highly recommend this product to anyone looking to improve their general health.
I was really excited when i purchased this blender as it was my first ever smoothie maker, and I had spent alot of time researching and looking into different blenders to see which one was best. When I finally decided on this one and brought it was i was so happy and couldnt wait to get using it. I decided the best way to see if id made the right decision in buying it would be to see what i could create, by experimenting with different fruits. The blender comes with a reciepe book to help with this which has reciepes for 14 different smoothie drinks and 6 alcoholic drinks all of which are really easy to create.
The first thing I noticed when using it was how powerful the blades were, no matter what fruit I put in it was able to cut it. However I would advise as with all blenders its best to cut the fruit into pieces before placing them in the blender otherwise your'll find lots of hard bits in your smoothie mixture. The blender is a 350w and has 2 different speeds a mix&smooth and a pulse action. I found it normally takes between 20 to 30 seconds for it to blend everything to my satisfaction.
The container itself is alot small than others as its only a 1litre container and most other smoothie makers are 1.5litres, but this does make it perfect for making smoothies for the kids. The container is transparent which really helped as it meant i was able to keep an eye on the fruit and mixture and was able to tell when it was done. The blender also has a stirring stick which is fab as it means half way thru blending the mixture i was able to, stop it and give everything a quick stir and then turn it back on which helped create the perfect smoothie (lump free).
The blender has a tap which you push down to release your mixture. The tap is really good although I would advise thats its best to leave the machine running whilst using the tap to pour your drink out otherwise the liquid can tend to settle thick on the bottom so youd end up waiting ages. Once finished with the blender its very easy to take apart and clean .. all the bits can be taken apart and cleaned seperatly which really helped .
The only negative thing i have to say about this blender is that it is quiet noisy slight problem.. but i supose thats to be expected with any blender and the noise can easily be overlooked considering how great it is.
overall i am very happy with my purchase and for the cost of £20 quid on ebay or amazon i would say its definitly a bargin :). I have used mine countless times and its still going strong.
I received the smoothie maker as a Christmas present a few years back, not sure how much it cost back then though looking round on the internet you can buy this between £18-£23.
The smoothie maker comes with a jug, complete with blades, that has a nozzle attached to allow you to pour your smoothies through directly into a glass. The jug sits directly on top of the actual mechanics of the smoothie maker, clips in easily and until its clipped on properly the power will not work, an added benefit for clumsy fingers!
The base has rubber feet, which stop the smoothie maker from sliding round the worktop, however I have recently moved and our new kitchen has wooden worksurfaces rather than granite/granite effect and we are finding that the rubber feet do not grip as well on this surface. As such I find that its better to place my hand on the top of the jug and hold down when I am blending, which in itself is a starange feeling as you can feel the whole thing "vibrating" to get away!
The smoothie maker is really easy to use, like childs play really! Chop up your fruit, throw it in the blender and switch it on. There is a "stir stick" include to push down any fruit that needs to be moved towards the blade. The blades are very sharp and even after continous use I have not found any wear and tear, they are still working optimally, I personally have had no problem with blending together any fruit, though the hardest I have tried is pineapple, this may not be the case if you were looking at crushing ice, though Kenwood do claim that this is possible.
The smoothie maker comes with some recipes for you to try, I personally found this to be really helpful never being sure what to put into a smoothie, all other recipes I have found on the internet, though to be honest my success with smoothies has been very hit and miss.
I find the noise to be pretty standard to all my kitchenware that has blades and chops things up! It is no worse than my food processor, but it is certainly not quieter. I think that there are quieter models around, but these come at a cost premium, so I put up with the noise! To me it sounds similar to a hoover, so it can be quite distracting especially if you have an open plan kitchen/living area like I used to - I was never able to use this when the telly was on as it drowns out all other sounds!
I find this a pain to clean, particularly the "nozzle" I find it very fiddly, and have taken to opening the nozzle, squirting the inside with washing up liquid and running hot water through the jug until the water runs clear. Following that I then have to clean the inside of the jug, again a pain and I feel a waste of time.
*Cost and Where to buy*
As I mentioned I received this as a gift, and I believe that now more "snazzy", quieter and up to date models are available on the market. I have looked on the internet and it is no longer available on Amazon (!!!), the prices I have found and where to buy are W Hurst and Son (www.hurst-iw.co.uk/product.asp?P_ID=1149) for
£18.95 and a refurbished model for £14 from value for less (http://valueforless.com/?q=/node/393)
It is not too bulky to store, though my kitchen cupboards are not tall enough to store when the jug is on top of the base so they have to be stored next to each other taking up a little bit more room than I would like. I don't have enough work surface space to store on the worksurfaces, but I don't think this would look messy or out of place, and if I had the space then I would certainly store it on the side - again this may make me use it more often as I wouldn't have to pull it out of the back of my cupboard.
If I hadn't had this bought for me as a present I simply wouldn't have bothered buying my own, I would have just continued to use my food processor! And if I was to invest in one now, I would look at one of the dual food processer/smoothie maker from Kenwood as they are quieter, are duel purpose and would take up less space in my kitchen cupboard than having 2 different utensils!
I love the idea of fruit. I love all the sweet and tropical aromas that come with, the beautiful colours and the fact that it's so good for you. But unfortunately I don't like to eat it, neither do I like to eat vegetables. And after being a vegetarian since the age of five, (I'm twenty seven now!!) I knew I needed to get some goodness inside me that didn't come in the form of a vitamin tablet.
I decided to buy the Kenwood SB100 Smoothie Junior to help me get my five a day in a quick and relatively painless way. This product is a smaller version of the Kenwood Smoothie New York, and as I had no intention of drinking more than one glassful each day, I thought it would be a good place to start.
What is the purpose of a Smoothie Maker?
The purpose of a Smoothie Maker, for those who are unaware, is to take solid ingredients such as fruit, vegetables, yoghurt or ice cream and to blend them together to form one liquefied smooth drink.
Design and Price
My Smoothie Maker is white in colour on the bottom half although I believe you can also buy it in silver. The top half is transparent so you can see how much you've put in the container, watch it being made and then see when it's ready. The transparent part can hold up to one litre of juice so that's more than enough for me but might not be enough for the larger family.
It has a white lid which fits easily in place and stops the contents of the maker from ended up all over you and your ceiling. It has a grey button on the side which controls the machine and at the front you have a stop tap which pours the liquid out into your cup when lifting and stops the liquid coming out when pushed down.
I bought mine for around £20 and it is available from a variety of stores that sell electrical goods as well as many online websites. If you take the time to shop around, you should be able to get yourself a good deal.
How do you use it?
The product is so simple to use. I have ended up buying so many books on making smoothies so that I can continually make new and interesting ones, although the product does come with a mini recipe book of its own. My favourite one Smoothie to make is Pineapple, Mango, Orange, Apple and Kiwi fruit. I take my chosen fruit and chop the hard skin off the fruit. Then I chop the fruit into chunks and toss them into the machine.
I always add a little fruit juice because I don't like it to be too thick. After putting the lid back on, you push the button and the Stainless Steel blades start to turn and chop up the fruit. It has a stirring stick which you can use even when the machine is working for those sneaky bits of fruit that somehow avoid getting caught in the blades. Your drink will be ready in about thirty seconds and after putting your glass underneath the stop tap, you can pour it into your glass and drink it.
Most Smoothies on the market contain banana because it gives the drink a thick and good consistency and although I don't like bananas, I would advise using them. Also some fruit even when blended still have bits in the drink such as Strawberries. If you want your drink to be instantly chilled, the blender is also strong enough to chop up ice so you could throw in a few ice cubes too.
I didn't think anything would get me eating my five a day but this certainly has. It's fantastic because you can carefully measure out your five portions of fruit or vegetables and put them inside. This machine allows me to have my five a day before I've even got dressed instead of stressing every day, all day, that I'd only managed one apple or one orange.
Surprisingly for me, I actually like them too. It makes delicious drinks without any lumps. I've also started eating fruit that I had never tried before because it's sometimes hard to distinguish the flavours in the drink so I don't mind what I put in there. I imagine this would also be a great one to get fussy children eating fruit and I think my mother would have loved to have had one of these when I was small because I must have been a nightmare!
The machine can be a little noisy to use, especially if you've put hard ingredients in there like ice and I know the sound frightens my little niece. But I think it would be difficult to find a machine like this which worked quietly and it's over in half a minute.
It's simple to clean the machine as all the bits come apart and even the blades can be removed. It's also best to clean the machine immediately after use as when I've been in a rush and left it, the fruit dries and it takes so much longer to wash. To ensure that the tap is clean, I pour water into the transparent jug with the stop tap on. You'll be surprised how much fruit is still hiding inside the tap and will come pouring out.
All in all, this is a fuss free machine that's easy to use and easy to clean. It does exactly what you expect it to do and makes eating your five a day simple to achieve. It can make a delicious breakfast or be served as a snack. It's certainly improved my diet and it's a great way to make eating healthy foods more fun.
The thing I love about the Kenwood SB100 Smoothie Junior is how easy it is to use. Depending on how creative you are feeling you can use it to mix up a whole range of smoothies (and even soups or milkshakes).
Despite their being slightly cheaper models available, I went for a Kenwood because it is a name I would associate with quality. I have to say that I have not been disappointed with this product, it has been reliable and durable, despite the fact that I have really put it through its paces (I use it nearly every day). I have had it for around 9 months and have never had any problems with it - it still works like it was brand new. I paid around £22.00 for this product and think that it was well worth the money.
This smoothie maker has quite a sleek design and so looks good in your kitchen (or at least it does in mine!).
The machine has two blend settings; 'Blend' and 'Pulse'. The 'Blend' button needs to be pushed once to turn it on and once to turn it off and it will keep going for as long as you leave it (don't do it for too long or you may burn the motor out over time). The 'Pulse' button gives a quick blast of power that stops as soon as you take your finger off the button.
This machine can easily cope with all types of fruit and veg, even the tougher varieties (just make sure you remove any stones or pits). You can also add ice without damaging the machine.
All in all it is a great little gadget that makes getting your 5-a-day that little bit easier!
The Kenwood Smoothie Junior is the ideal smoothie maker for making smoothies, it works great, looks great and is extremely easy to use. I received mine as a Christmas present a few years ago, it's made me lots of yummy smoothies over that time and it's still going strong.
The smoothie maker can effectively blend fruit, vegetables and even ice. I've never had to replace the blades, but it is possible. When blending harder fruit you have to cut it up first, but that's the same with every smoothie maker and not a problem. I've even blended apples with the skin on before and it's been fine and not caused any wear on the blades.
The goblet/jug has a capacity of 1 litre. I assume this is the part that makes it a 'junior', as other smoothie makers tend to be 1.5 litres. The most amount of smoothies I've made at a time is just two (one for me and a friend), and there was lots of space still in the jug, so I imagine you could probably get up to 4 smoothies out of it at a time, maybe more but like I said I've not tried it.
The smoothie maker has a 'unique dispensing tap' (just press it down to use) which is a really handy feature as you don't have to pick up the jug and pour it into your glass, risking spilling your smoothie all over the worktop. I quite enjoy watching my smoothie come out of the tap, for some reason, so as well as being extremely handy, it's also a fun feature for kids or those who are easily amused!
The smoothie maker comes with a stir stick, and up until now I didn't understand the point of this and have not bothered/needed to use it, but I just logged onto Kenwood's website and it tells me that the stir stick is to "push the ingredients against the flow of the blending, assisting to achieve the best results". As I have never used this, I would say it's not necessary. When I blend my smoothies (without the stick) all of the ingredients go towards the blades anyway (the jug is shaped in a way that ensures this).
On the side of the smoothie maker are two buttons - these are what you press to get the smoothie maker to work, to get the blades spinning. One of the buttons requires you to press the button in, and then the blades will start to work. Once you're satisfied, you can turn the switch off. Alternatively the other button, the 'pulse button', requires you to press and hold it in, and once you're done you simply stop applying pressure to the button and the blades will stop. This button is ideal for short bursts of blending, for example when using ice, but I hold it on for however long I want. I alternate between the two buttons, though I'm not sure why and I think each button works well enough that it only need have one, but I suppose the more options the better..? I think they each have different speeds (the pulse button, I imagine, is faster) but I don't tend to really notice this.
I've read that the smoothie maker has 350W speed, which is apparently "powerful" but I'm a bit clueless with these things. For those who are like me and don't understand this kind of jargon, I'll just say that the speed and the efficiency of the smoothie maker is excellent, I couldn't point out anything negative about the product, I've had it for a few years and am still extremely pleased with it. If it were to break now, I would probably replace it again with the exact same model.
The parts are safe to use in a dishwasher. I find them a nuisance to wash in the sink, but again that's the same with every smoothie maker, and I hate washing up anyway so I was never going to be thrilled about that aspect of it.
The base has non-slip feet, so it is safe to use, and all parts are made of plastic. I think it looks really nice and doesn't take too much space up on my worktop. Mine is white but I think it also comes in silver.
The product comes with a set of instructions, but if they're missing or you lose them they can also be downloaded from the Kenwood website. It's very simple to use though, and you can most probably figure it out without even looking at the instructions (perhaps you should in case there's safety advice, though?). It also comes with a recipe booklet, which I have no memory of ever having, but the product description on amazon says it comes with one, so there you go.
You can buy it on amazon for £25.