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Kenwood SB100 Smoothie Junior
Member Name: mwah_xx
Kenwood SB100 Smoothie Junior
Date: 25/08/11, updated on 26/08/11 (61 review reads)
Advantages: Easy to use, get more fruit in you!
Disadvantages: Difficult to clean
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!
Summary: I wouldn't bother buying a separate utensil
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