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The Philips HR 1372 is possibly one of the best hand - held blenders around at the moment and I am delighted to be the first to review it.
You can purchase this from Amazon for £59.29, but I managed to find a very good deal on it approximately 10 months ago for which I paid just £35.00. Having a look around is a must!
I had never previously owned any type of hand blender before so I must admit, when it arrived, I was somewhat confused as to why the box was so large. I was so excited (like a child at Christmas) that after staring at it for a few moments in awe, I couldn't resist diving in to check it all out!
I have to say, it wasn't all packaging, this is really quite a good size to say the least! I'd seen my sister preparing some-thing or other with a hand blender on one occasion and I certainly can't remember it being as big as this one!
As you can see by the image, the colours and general style of it is all very sleek and modern, and if you have other black and/or stainless steel appliances in your kitchen it will fit in perfectly; in-fact it looks so smart, you will not want to put it away inside your cupboards - you may want to leave it out!
The main part (the handle) is in a black, anti-slip, rubbery type material - possibly silicone, which is a must for something like this, not only for safety reasons but comfort as-well. It has a brushed, stainless steel front with two buttons that vary in power; the buttons are also in the same anti slip material. It has a dark red trim around the bottom, which sets it off nicely - in-fact I think it makes the whole thing look rather posh and I'm not a great fan of red either. On the top you have 5 speed settings and this part kind of forms into a hook so I'm pretty certain you can hang this somewhere more convenient in your kitchen if needed - I've only just noticed this myself! The first button on the front is for your normal speed, which can then be altered by choosing one of the five settings on the top. The second button is for Turbo speed. The power is obviously one of the things that attracted me to this blender in the first place as it has a fantastic 700W motor - I really don't think I've seen any hand blenders on the high street with this amount of power. You get four attachments with it and this includes; a stainless steel whisk, an extra large chopper with a detachable blade - plus an extra serrated blade for which you can use to crush ice. There is a mini chopper with just the one blade and last but not least the main detachable shaft which is in stainless steel also. You are provided with a handy beaker/measuring jug with a lid as-well - you can use this to blend egg whites, soups and things like this in, and the fact that it's got a lid is quite handy as if you are preparing something before hand, you can then safety store it in the fridge. The main handle will attach to all of the things I mentioned above except for, of- course the beaker.
The shaft has a anti splashing blade guard which is great as you don't want to end up in a mess. With all of the various attachments that come with this, you can really do lots of different things, you can blend milk into cream in seconds, make normal food into healthy baby food, prepare cakes and so much more. The mini processors are great for bruschetta and dressings and can be used for chopping anything from herbs to ice and hard cheeses, If you're like me, you'll be wanting to use it for everything!
The results are great - in-fact Philips state that it gives you professional results, I really can't argue with that. Cakes turn out so light and fluffy, like they're supposed to as you manage to get so much more air into the mixture than if you were doing it by hand. The first thing I made on receiving this was a very basic packet of Angel delight, I used the whisk attachment for this, the end result was great, it took very little time and came out so light and creamy, it was wonderful! Although Angel delight isn't the most complex of things ( it was all I could think of at the time and I've experimented more since!) It's a good example with regards to the time you'll be saving.
The lead is quite generous and measures 1.3 metres in length. The voltage is 220 - 240 V V and the frequency is 50/60 Hz, just incase anybody may be interested in these exact specifications
To be honest, I really can't recommend this enough, I haven't had any problem with it in the 10 months that I've had it, and as for it being made by Philips, you know it's a brand that you can trust. I've really used it for far more things than I thought I would, I thought it would be one of those things which would end up collecting dust after the novelty had worn off, this really isn't the case.
It is very solid and the only thing I can think of which may put someone off, is that it's a little on the heavy side and you do have to continually keep your fingers pressed on the buttons as-well, but to be honest it's so powerful that you will not really be using it for very long periods of time for it to become a problem, most things are done in a few minutes or even seconds. With regards to keeping your fingers pressed down on the buttons, as I mentioned before, the buttons are anti slip and soft so this shouldn't cause any discomfort at all. It's not particularly quiet but all things like this will make noise to a certain extent. It's not to unpleasent!
Overall, it's a great appliance and I believe that it's a definite must have, or even more of a convenient replacement for those big, in the back of your cupboard type appliances which your to scared of using for the hassle of having to clean it afterwards (or is that just me!) It has so many uses and I highly recommend it.
Many thanks for reading this review and I hope it has been of some kind of help.
Short name: Philips HR1372