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Kenwood SB277 Smoothie Maker

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Brand: Kenwood / Blender Type: Work Top / Speeds: 2 Speed / Jar Size: 1.5 Litre / Pulse Feature: With Pulse Feature / Stainless Steel Blade / Comes with Stir Stick

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      02.08.2011 11:41
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      Designed for an impulse buyers

      I've owned this brand of smoothie maker for a couple of years. To be honest, its one of those kitchen appliances that gathers dust despite all your intentions to use it regularly! Its great for blitzing up fruit or cooked vegetables for a delicious homemade soup. I've also found that its powerful enough to blitz up things like oats and even nuts such as peacans and cashews even though this is not not actually marketed as a food processor. In addition to the blending function, there is a 'super charged' pulse function which really allows you to go to town on any remaining lumps! Aesthetically, its a nice piece to have to show off. In an ideal world it would be surrounded by a fruit bowl of colourful exotic fruits. In reality it sits in the cupboard under the cutlery draw, mainly for the following reasons: 1) It is quite large and, for something I do not use that often, I don't want it taking up space on my worktop 2) It is LOUD! The pulse function in particular is rather grating and I'm conscious that at the time of day when I need a quick smoothie i.e first thing in the morning, I'd wake up the rest of the house! 3) Its difficult to clean! Even with a dishwasher, some musty smell still manages to gather right at the bottom and it actually seems to take longer to clean the thing than it does to make a meal from it! So all in all, this has been more of an impulse buy which I will use occasionally but is not practical enough for my everyday needs.

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        28.04.2011 13:34
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        Great little gadget which is easy for anybody to assemble and use

        My mum bought me one of these smoothie makers for Christmas just gone after I had asked her for one with the intention of starting with a healthy diet in the new year and making nice fruit smoothies to fit in with said diet. Ok, so its now April and I have not managed to summon up the will power to stick to a healthy diet yet (all I want to do is sit around and eat in the cold winter!) but I have used the smoothie maker. It comes with a little recipe book which gives you some ideas on combinations etc and in here I found they talked about used ice. I love those ice blended drinks that you can buy in Starbucks and Cafe Nero etc in the summer so thought I would have a go at making one of those. I simply used chocolate milkshake (I know, I know) and ice cubes to make a yummy icy milkshake type drink. The machine is so easy to put together and use, you just pop the plastic bit onto the base, put your ingredients in (which can be whatever fruits, drinks, yoghurt etc you like), put the lid on which has the mixer attachment underneath and make sure you remember to put the plastic stopper in the lid to avoid making a mess. Then, simply plug it in and press one of the power buttons (has a choice of speeds) and hold it down, letting go when you have finished. That's all there is to it. Then place a glass underneath the dispenser and press the bit saying 'smoothie' back to pour a glass. So easy and simple, you can't go wrong!

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        26.01.2011 14:48
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        Very versatile. Can be used for soups and milkshakes too.

        I've had my kenwood smoothie maker for a few months and wouldn't be without it. I bought it to use during one of my health kicks that I go on every now and again, the intention being to drink nutritious healthy smoothies and cut back on the caffiene. I spotted this in Tesco for £49.99 and thought this was a bargain as I have previously seen them priced a lot higher than this else where. The smoothie maker consists of a sturdy but lightweight stand, a jug part and a lid. It has a good safety locking mechanism which means that it only switches on when the jug is properly locked in place. The instruction manual is very easy to follow with clear, easy to read instructions. It also comes complete witha recipe book giving good ideas for healthy and nutritious smoothies. It is also very quick to use, with different speeds and a pulse option for chunkier fruits or vegetables. All thats needed is to add a liquid: juice, milk or stock and away you go! I have experimented with all sorts of flavours and of course, using natural ingredients it is very healthy. I often make my family milkshakes using really fruit as an alternative to artificial ingredients. Soups are also very easy to make with the added benefit of knowing exactly what goes in them. These are also very quick and simple. The smoothie maker is also easy to wash up. Something which is very important to anyone who has spent ages trying to clean the bit undreneath the blade. It all comes to pieces and can be washed thoroughly in the sink so is very hygenic. I've never had any problems with my smoothie maker and for me has certainly been very good value for money. I would recommended it to people who want something thats easy to use and easy to maintain. This review may also appear on Ciao under the username of Supersweep.

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          09.12.2010 22:39
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          Novelty Not Neccesity

          My girlfriend decided about 18 months ago on another one of her diet fads that she wanted to start having Fruit Smoothies for Breakfast. She had been buying the bottled stuff from the Supermarket which was starting to add up and at about £60 for the Kenwood Smoothie Maker we thought we would soon make our money back. I also like Smoothies so thought it seemed a good idea to buy one. We have a lot of unused unit space in our kitchen so decided to keep it on display as the colour matched the rest of our kitchen appliances. If you are short on space do note that it is a fairly big unit. The base is silver the blender part is clear plastic with a black nozzle and the lid is black. The Smoothie Maker is very easy to assemble and we had it up and running in minutes. We had a fair few ideas of what Smoothies we liked but it come with an instruction book and list of some exotic Smoothies you can make a few of which we trialled. It is very simple to use slice your choice of fruits and add to the blender with a choice of fresh fruit juice or milk add Ice Cubes if you wish and blend away within minutes you have a lovely fresh Fruit Smoothie ready to pour through the nozzle. It all sounds good and don't get me wrong they Smoothies are very tasty and a lot healthier than you would buy off the shelf. Personally we found it a bit of a novelty at first but it does become a bit of a chore messing around with this every morning. The fruit needs to be chopped into smallish chunks which can be time consuming. The blender part obviously needs washing up after every use which is not nice to come home too after work. For us the Smoothie maker was a novelty that soon wore off and now only comes out occasionally on the weekend so has become more of a nice to have than a necessity. It does come in handy to blend vegetables for soup or make nice thick Ice Cream Milkshakes in the summer but I would imagine this could be done using any run of the mill of the blender. My advice would be before you buy this is to decide would I really use it. In my opinion it is a bit of a fancy blender with a poring nozzle on the front!

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            29.10.2010 14:25
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            Great product.

            At the beginning of the year I went on a healthy eating drive like most people after an indulgent family Christmas. It was not a diet just trying to eat more fruit and vegetables and less crisps and chocolates. Hence I asked for a smoothie maker from Santa and started using it once all the Christmas choccys had gone. PACKAGING AND PIECES On unpacking after washing all the parts I realised just how much space this item was going to take up in my kitchen. It is very tall and did not fit in the cupboard I was hoping to keep it in. So word of warning really think about where you will keep this if you brought one, note if its a lot of hassle to get in and out of your cupboards you will probably lose enthusiasm for it quickly, which is what happened to me after 3 months. USING AND RECIPES Included in the box was a simple instruction leaflet on the usual how to assemble/take apart/use information including a very handy diagram and 18 recipes. This is all great to get you started but I was pleasantly surprised to find a colour smoothie recipe booklet also included citing 27 different recipes most with a colour photo of the final product. The photos are great not only to see if they look appetising, something a lot of my own 'chuck it in' recipes don't look, but also shows how to serve them looking great to guests. I'm not going to start listing loads of recipes but just to give you an idea of how this is for the whole family you can have various recipes aimed directly at adults or children, as well as the normal healthy smoothies. Children's recipes include thick banana milkshake using 3 medium bananas, 500 ml semi skimmed milk and 6 scoops of vanilla ice cream. A great way to get them to have fruit without them feeling it's a chore. My favourite adult recipe is summer fruit crush, 300ml cranberry juice, 75ml cherry brandy and 200g frozen summer fruits. Both these recipes make 4 glasses. A tip I didn't pay attention to at first is to put liquid ingredients in first, then fruit/vegetables and finally ice or frozen ingredients. The reason this is important as I found out, the mixture gets stuck at the nozzle when dispensing and needs dislodging a couple of times before the mixture will flow easily into the glass. The black stirrer that slots into the lid is great for doing this and general stirring, I thought this was an excellent idea of Kenwood's. The 4 buttons on the side are for pulse, smooth, mix and off. The recipes tell you to press various buttons for different amounts of time. The pulse is a high speed option which controls the texture of the smoothie. The mix button does exactly what it states, mixes the ingredients together. The smooth button then allows the ingredients to blend together until smooth. I can hear a change in the speed / blade operation for each option but I am really not sure whether these different buttons are just a gimmick as after experimenting with them I haven't noticed any difference in the mixture after using certain buttons. There are smoothie makers that you can put the whole fruit/vegetable in the machine so no need to peel/skin. This unfortunatly isn't one of them but after looking at the price, between £100 - £300 I felt this was too much for a machine I wasn't sure how much use I would get out of it. However if money was no object I would go for one to save time. The only real downside I have to say is that only my shorter tumblers fit under the nozzle. For taller glasses I have to place blender at the edge the kitchen counter to dispense holding the glass. However the nozzle does occasional drip so I can't leave it there or it will drip onto my floor. In Kenwood's defence there is no way round this as the item is so tall already they can't increase the height any more. Once I have enjoyed my smoothies washing the pieces up isn't difficult. I find all the pieces undo easily and quick to clean. The nozzle needs the most amount of time as you need to run water through it a couple of times to ensure its clean. The cleaning has never put me off using it as some pieces of other kitchen appliances can take longer to clean than to use. I wash them all by hand which as I said I don't find a problem but just to warn you the pieces are not suitable for the dishwasher. Overall I am very impressed with the quality of the machine, ease of use, cleaning, and smoothie results. Although I go through phases of using it I would miss it if it broke and would replace with the same model again. The only reason it doesn't get 5 stars is because of the height of the item, occasional dripping nozzle and buttons not showing different liquid results. I have seen them available at approx £49.95 from Amazon and electrical department stores.

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              08.09.2010 23:06
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              This smoothie maker is really great value and incredibly easy to use. As someone who needs a little help getting their 5 portions of fruit and veg per day, this is a gadget that has made my life much easier. It really is as simple as opening the lid, adding fruit, milk, honey, ice-cream (or whatever else you can think of), closing the lid and then using the button to blitz the ingredients together into a delicious smoothie. It is relatively sleek and well designed and won't clutter up your kitchen, as it is relatively small. The smoothie dispensing tap works well and doesn't leak (unlike my parents smoothie maker), neither does it get all clogged up or blocked. At £39.99 it is reasonably priced and is certainly good value for money, in my opinion. The beauty of this machine is that it is quite flexible and capable, meaning that it will liquify pretty much anything you throw at it. As well as smoothies i have also made Gaspacho soup (tomato, onion and melon) and various sauces for pasta dishes using this machine. The jug doesn't stain easily, even if you are using quite vivid fruits like tomatoes. All in all this is a very useful product which is well worth 4 stars out of 5.

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              18.08.2010 12:33

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              Gives the kids their fruit intake in a fun way :)

              I bought this last year for a new and interesting way to get fruit into my diet, it really worked!! When I originally bought the item, it came in a huge box, much bigger than the smoothie maker actually is, but you needed to attach the tap etc. It also comes with a little book on smoothies, although generally we have just created our own with whatever fruit is about! I normally make them with milk. This is a good little machine, you do not have to chop the fruit into tiny pieces first like other smoothie makers, you can just chuck it in so to speak and the smoothie maker works its magic. It is fairly easy to clean - I always run water through it immediately as I don't want any fruit getting stuck in the tap - which I assume could happen if you left it for ages without washing. Tap works well, makes a good amount of smoothie and easy to clean.

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              03.08.2010 03:27

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              great piece of kit!

              i bought this product thinking it was going to be a worth while buy and my golly it was. it comes in a big box but when you open it you see why, its in bits and has little add ons like the tap on the front and then all the other bits like the blades are wrapped in plastic like you wouldnt believe. not recylabley friendly, lol. i have made some gorgeous smoothies with this beastily machine. one thing i would say is a major disadvantage to this product is how loud it is when you are making a smoothie on the higher setting. it terrifies my cat! its really good for crushing ice too! one of my favourite things about this blender aswell is that it is great for cocktails and has that tap on the front so you dont have to worry about clumps of ice! the blender is really easy to wash and comes apart quite easily. although the blade is quite difficult to get back in once you've taken it out. but there you have it.

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              29.06.2010 16:54

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              Very good all round product

              This is a product I use everyday and has never let me down. I use this mainly for making up protein milkshakes which made any other way come out really lumpy. With this smoothie maker they come out perfect everytime. For the purpose of making actual fruit smoothies it is great as they blades chop up everything really well and in no time at all. I think this product looks good and the blue neon light is a good touch. The modern look given to this product fits in nicely to most kitchens. There are two speeds available as well a simple push to go button. Cleaning is very easy as is taking the blades out the bottom for thorough cleaning. The only downside that I have noticed is the fact that it is quite noisy and would quickly get on your nerves. All in all, I am very happy with it and would recommend it if you love smoothies and milkshakes

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              08.05.2010 17:04
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              A godsend for me and saves me a small fortune in ready made smoothies!

              I was given this smoothie maker for Christmas- my mum's helpful gift as I had just had a baby and she knew I had always wanted a smoothie maker-she thought it was a nice gift I could use just for me with all the baby stuff I had been given! I have to say I was very pleased when I opened it to find it was this one. It is easy to assemble straight from the box and even came with a recipe book that has both normal and alcoholic smoothies in it although I am yet to try the alcoholic versions! I am always having smoothies and had never gotten round to getting a machine for myself, so tended to buy ready made ones on my way to work. The Kenwood smoothie maker was a lovely gift and is a great machine to use. It has a simple three choice system- slow, fast and pulse (to break up larger items!). You literally just chuck everything in and away you go. The best thing about this machine for me is being able to put ice in it- I love my drinks and things cold so the fact it breaks down the ice into the smoothie is a godsend for me. The jug is fairly big and holds quite a lot of liquid once the ingredients are smoothied up! I also prefer being able to make my own so easily as you know exactly what you have put in it so no hidden nasties lurking in there. The tap is helpful although depending on what ingredients you have used it is sometimes easier to pour the smoothie out of the top of the jug- I find this particularly if I put banana and peanut butter in it! I have saved myself a lot of money by using my smoothie maker. It hasn't had any problems, is very easy to use and easy to clean (although not dishwasher safe). My mum has had hers for a few years and it has never broken and mine is in use almost everyday. I love my smoothie maker and wish I had invested in one sooner!

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              18.02.2010 11:41
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              Good riddance to bad rubbish!

              I was given this smoothie maker as a gift around seven months ago, and it is currently sat in my wheelie bin, and has been the biggest disappointment to me. I have smoothies for my brakfast every day, so wanted something easy to use (I did find it to be easy - there is a slow, fast and pulse button, very simple to use); easy to clean (not really, as none of the parts are dishwasher safe, so had to swill out the jug, then dismantle all the pieces, then wash then - it was a pain) and easy to store (well this depends on the individual - it is quite large but then it looks nice on the worktop so it doesn't really matter). Around 5 months ago (ie smoothie maker was 2 months old) the tap broke - I rang Kenwood, and good for them, they sent me a new one free of chareg. Great. Or so I thought. Two months later, the smoothie maker started to leak - the smoothie would leak from the tap and from the base (which are all supposed to fit together perfectly) - only little leaks but not what I would expect. Anyway to add insult to injury, two weeks ago the tap broke AGAIN!!! So I rang Kenwood and they said as I have had the smoothie maker since July, the only way they would provide a replacement tap is if I found the receipt - bear in mind it was a gift so I didn't have it. They said without the receipt there was nothing they could do to help (even though they said there is a code on the bottom of the smoothie maker which tells them when it was made). It would have cost more money to have it mended than to buy a new one, so in the bin it went!

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              26.08.2009 21:42
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              Great fun, easy to use and a step on the road to healthy living

              This a really great product and already I am devouring more fruit and yoghurt in a day than I would normally have consumed in a week. (The only way I get 5 a day) That said this smoother maker churns on a high or low speed setting depending on how thick or fine you like your fruity poison. (That not floating your boat add a little shot of something for a cocktail!) It also crushes ice which is a must on those hot summer's days and visitors have been impressed with being given a deliciously cool and tasty banana and strawberry surprise within minutes of their arrival. (I already know of two of my relations who have now bought one). It is very easy to use and easy to clean but most of all it is fun!!! The cheeky little red dispensing tap and wrap around blue neon light give it a great party feel and it is an attractrive gadget to add to any kitchen.

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                02.07.2009 16:57
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                Great for the price.

                Due to a hot summer's day a few years ago, I had the craving for all sorts of smoothies. Decided to purchase the Kenwood Smothie Maker as it was a great price and I was convinced that I would have the motivation to make a healthy. delicious smoothie everyday. Although at first I was sceptical at how smooth and tasty my smoothies would become. I first tried a mix of strawberries, apples and rasperberries with a small amount of ice, it was just as refreshing as I had hoped and I wasn't swallowing whole mouthfuls of fruit due to the pulse setting which blends the contents extremely well. A booklet is supplied and directs you to different types of smoothies you can try for yourself, which is helpful if you havent got a clue what to mix. One thing that no one thinks about when purchasing any sort of smoothie maker is the ease of cleaning...you're not going to have a problem with this one, any sort of mixture washes out everytime in hot water. The disadvantages are that the smoothie maker is it is very loud and can shake the surface it is sitting on. When weighed up with what is produced, it is all worthwhile.

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                  02.03.2009 18:20
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                  Brilliant smootie maker

                  This is a great way to make the perfect smooties for those hot summer days, nothing better than to be sitting in you r back garden under the sun shine with a book and a nice cold smootie of you choice of flavour to top it all off. The kenwood smootie club can serve up to 6 serving, has a blue illuminus collar, it has a ice crushing function, dispensing tap and stir stick with a spactular, inside the maker is two steerling silver blades which help chop down the ice and fruit and any thing else you choice to put in the maker, it is really easy to clean just place it in soak for about 5 mins then rinse out with hot water and wipe clean or you can put it in the dishwasher,it is also easy storage. It costs around £40.00 but it is defanatly worth every penny you spend on it. i really like this kitchen appliance as it is small and slender and can fit in to my kitchen cupboard with easy, you can put any ingrediants in to it to create your smootie, even if you add ice cubes it crushes them down in to tiny pieces, its quick and easy to use all you have to do it press a button and hey presto you smootie is all mixed together and ready for you to drink and enjoy. I would recommend this to people who have a family or who are in to their fitness as the whole family can enjoy smooties its a great way of getting the childrens five a day in to their bodies without them having to eat loads of fruit through the day, and people who like and enjoy their fitness then they can make their smooties that are good for them without spending loads of money in the shops buying them.

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                  Short name: Kenwood SB277