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I have to do some heavy duty blending quite often in the course of my cooking, and a good blender is something I cannot live without. After complaining often about my Cookworks blender and the difficulty in finding something to grind spice, my mother decided to get me a Moulinex blender. My mother has always used Moulinex, it was a constant presence in the kitchen. She says nothing else ever works for her like Moulinex!
I think the constituents of a Moulinex package varies quite often, even though the basic model is the same. In the package she got me, which was a special offer, there were two jars ( lucky me - I dont have to worry about blenders for a while), and the grinder and grater attachments in addition to the motor unit.
Currently this blender is available on Amazon for £41 and various other websites for a similar price. I dont know why, but I haven't seen Moulinex products in most high street electricals.
The motor unit is rectangular, quite lightweight and smaller than my previous Cookworks one. It is covered in white smooth plastic and has a grey coloured base of a different kind of plastic. It looks and feels like it is of good quality. It has four little legs with a small rubbery fitting beneath and stands firmly in position when placed on the worktop. There is a red knob in front, with zero(off), one and two speed settings and a pulse function. The cord is of adequate length, you dont necessarily have to be in the vicinity of a socket. There is also a locking mechanism, and the blender will not function unless the attachment is locked in place. The motor unit is very easy to clean, simply wipe with a wet cloth.
The power of the motor unit is 500 watts.
The jar attachment is made of plastic and has 1.5 litre capacity. There are volume markings on the sides in ounces and litres. It is of a squarish design, which makes cleaning really easy. I like the design of the handle, there is enough space between the jar and the handle to hold comfortably. Being made of plastic it is very light, which was a welcome change from my previous glass jar. The best part about the jar is that the blades are removable which means you can clean the blades and the jar really well. The plastic bit around the blades can be removed as well. In spite of this there seems to be stuff accumulating beneath the transparent part of the jar, where it is attached to the white bottom part and this area is inaccessible. I wash the jar in the dishwasher occasionally, and it seems to be alright. The jar has to be twisted into locked position on the motor unit. There is no one fixed position, you can place it in four positions.
The lid of the jar is something I haven't seen before. It has two components, a white part on top and a grey part underneath that fits into the white part. The grey part has a small protrusion upwards that fits into a small gap on the white part,and can be placed in three positions. The lid also has a tail-like extension which sits perfectly on the jar handle when twisted into place on the jar. You can the secure the lid further by sliding the grey bit into 'locked' position or leave it in 'closed' position. You can pour from the jar without opening the lid by sliding it into the 'holes' position.
The lid is designed to be very secure, but the downside is that you have to place it in that one single position. I usually dont bother, I just leave it half way somewhere.
There is an opening in the middle of the lid. Although the packaging showed a mixing stick I just got a plastic bit to fit in the gap. I think the plastic is of good quality, because my husband accidentally switched the blender on with this bit inside ( he hadn't seen it apparently!) and apart from a couple of grazes at the edge it is intact.
I use the blender almost daily to blend rice, smoothies, batter etc and it seems to be holding quite well. It is recommended that you dont use it for more than a minute at a stretch, and I have noticed that the motor unit seems to warm up a bit if you do that. I am happy with the quality of blending, and I find two speeds adequate. I wouldn't know what to do with five speeds.
I am really happy that it comes with a grinder attachment. I grew up with this, and I am happy to have it in my kitchen too. The plastic bottom bit has the blade attached and transparent lid goes on top. The inside is lined with metal. The capacity is 150 ml, which is quite small, but as I use it to grind whole spices it works perfectly for me. I also use it for making paste out of things like ginger, garlic and onion and it works very well for this purpose as well. It will leak if you exceed capacity when grinding wet stuff, but I dont think that is the machine's fault. I haven't used it for coffee grinding, so I dont know how it will fare with that.
Since the blades are attached to the bottom, you have to be careful while cleaning not to get the blade on your fingers.
The grater attachment is of similar design, but with different blades designed for grating. This attachment remained in storage as I could not figure out what to use it for until recently when I have started to use it for pureeing my baby's food. I thought I'd try this out before going and getting another gadget to clutter the kitchen. It seems to be working well with soft boiled things with a bit of water in them. I did try using it for dry spices, but the grinder is much better for that purpose.
The motor unit and all the attachments are small, compact and lightweight and I store them in my overhead cabinets. The noise level is about average and acceptable.
Overall, I am very happy with this product and I would recommend it to those who want a light weight and compact blender with a grinder attachment.
Functional quality: good
Design: Can be improved a bit more
Materials : good
Cleaning and storage: very easy
Short name: Moulinex LM2020