“ Brand: Philips / Blender Type: Handheld / Speeds: 2 Speed / Jar Size: 33.81 oz. / Pulse Feature: Without Pulse Feature / Height: 420 cm / Width: 130 cm / Depth: 240 cm „
After the birth of my son I wanted to get myself a blender that was able to not only blend meal products as he got older and started on solids but useful for ourselves for general blending needs. I didnt however want to spend the earth on one for the sake of it.
I looked around the usual home accessory shops and was shocked at some of the prices they were asking. I decided to check online and managed to find this product at amazon.com for I believe was £24.99. I was happy to pay that for a basic blender and decided to go for it.
It came delivered on time and packaged really well. The blender itself comes out the box with not only the default blender attachment but a very useful whisk attachment and an great chopper pot as I call it which is basically a container with a lid that you put attach the device to and that drives the blades inside the container to do your blending or chopping. It also comes with a beaker.
Philips have been around a long time so I was confident of getting a good product build and this was no exception. Despite its low price it is a sturdy and solid unit and does not feel cheap at all.
The device itself is a 600 watt powered white blender with blue speed buttons. One is the normal speed button and the other is what they call a turbo button for that little bit extra power if your blending something tough. One thing to note is that either button requires you to keep it depressed for operation, it's not a switch on / off type. The beaker holds 1 litre of product so its quite a good size as well.
In use i've never had an issue so far. I've blended many farleys rusks for bottles down to a very fine dust powder and numerous healthy lunches. I've blended whole bananas with hard ice creme to make smoothies and its tackles it really easily.
Another great thing I noticed is that I hate cleaning up and with the spash guards and the fact that it is so simple to wash I don't mind rinsing it through after use. To my knowledge the unit itself is obviosuly not dishwasher safe with it being an electrical unit but the beaker and the accessories I'm sure are safe but i'm not 100% on that as I don't have a dishwasher.
I havent seen any deterioration in the blades or product after a year of use so far , so overall I can only describe it as a top product that is totally fit for purpose.
I was given this handheld blender as a Christmas present last year. It comes with a number of accessories, meaning it has a number of different uses, rather than just blending. The accessories include a whisk attachment and a chopper feature. Also included is a 1L beaker for storing your shakes and smoothies.
One of the things I really hate when cooking is chopping up onions, and find it really difficult when a recipe requires things to be "finely chopped". This problem is totally resolved with the Philips HR1364 blender, as you need to just quarter an onion, stick it in the "chopper", attach the blender on top and hit the on button. There are two options - the normal speed, or a turbo boost button, which can be used for tougher ingredients, or just quicker results. This is definitely my favourite and most used accessory.
The whisk can be used to thicken up cream or whisk up egg whites, and can be used by hand, or simply slotted on to the electric hand blender - very easy to do.
A quick search of the Philips HR1364 online shows this product to be approx £27-30 which is not a bad price for this quality of product. It is powerful, and feels quite sturdy in your hands, and Philips is a very reliable name for electricals.
The Philips HR1364 makes soup and smoothie making so, so easy. The only thing that could perhaps be better is the capacity in the chopper bowl, as you can only cut up small amounts of an ingredient at a time.
There are just some times when you do not want to use a big blender and have to clean all the pieces. Enter your guardian angel on a white steed Phillip.
It is a long thin hand held processor, the longest part being the blending equipment which you can very easily detach and clean without having to clean the electric part.
My particular version came with all the added beakers but no whisk, much to my disappointment when making merangues as I desperately needed an electric whizzer to do the dirty work and the mixing part only made my mixture frothy instead of firm and peaky.
This processor comes with 2 speeds but this is enough to do the trick for blending even the slightest al dente of vegetables. I do not even use the beakers sometimes and just use this in bigger mixing bowls as it still great to use, you just have to a do a bit of jigging and swirling around with the mixture so it becomes evenly mixed. Anything to avoid using an annoying-to-clean fully flung blender.
Even if you do not have a supped up food processor- this is the best replacement. Great for students with not that much space for your cooking equipment at uni. Make your cakes until your heart is content with this. A very good buy.
I got one of these few years ago in Harvey Norman for a reasonable price (around £25), however my set didn't include the whisk as per picture. I was using it quite often for usual home cooking and was happy with it for quite some time, however it did come across a few disadvantages at the later stage.
It came boxed with all the information you may need and a leaflet with instructions for use and maintenance. Only basic, bu sufficient. The hand blender itself is quite robust white plastic with rubber light violet buttons (simple on/off button and a Turbo button). The cord is long enough to use in the kitchen without hassle, not too long though.
Usual hand blender is white plastic and attaches very easily to the blender itself. It can be removed by pressing two buttons to the side, which is done quite easily. The attachment itself, however, is not that sturdy and it can break easily (didn't happen to me yet, but it gives that feeling, and the other attachment did actually break). Also, it's quite hard to wash, but that's probably common to all hand blenders.
The knives are sharp enough and stay as such for long time, even though I have used the blender for hot food. I tend to use it mostly on soups, sausec, batters etc. so I can't really say how it would perform on tougher foods. What I hate the most about this attachment, is that it's hollow from inside and therefore dirt can get in very easily and cannot be cleaned properly.
The second attachment, the "bowl with chopping knives" (sorry, no imagination, have no idea how else to call it) has much more use to me - I use it for chopping vegetables (love it when it comes to chopping the onion) etc. It's made of clear plastic so you can see the contents, knives are removable and the whole thing can be cleaned quite easily. The plastic is, again, not very strong - the white cover to which you attach the blender broke after falling on kitchen floor...what I do like is the rubber grip on the bottom of the bowl, that prevents it from sliding on kitchen worktop.
As I mentioned at the beginning, my set didn't include the whisk, but I did get the container, which I find very handy. It's made of pretty much the same plastic as chopping bowl, but for a container it's much more appropriate - I can say the container is handy, sturdy, and can hold 500ml. It also has a lid which is very handy to store liquids in the fridge.
Overall rating - 3 stars, nothing more but basic, average blender. Ok for occasional home use, but has a ot of bugs. Even tough it's still working I will be getting another one, due to broked lid and the fact I don't even want to think what may be inside the hand blender attachment where I can't reach...
I already own a Kenwood food processor, but it is quite bulky and not really worth getting out when I want to chop or blend small amounts of food. For this reason, just before Christmas, I decided to buy a hand held blender. I wanted something with a powerful motor that would not only be able to blend soups and sauces, but would be able to whisk and chop as well. Before making any purchase I always spend time reading reviews and was impressed with the positive reviews for both the Gordon Ramsay 3 in 1 cooks blender and also the Philips HR 1364 model. Unfortunately the Gordon Ramsay model was out of stock in my local Argos and too expensive from Amazon, so I opted for the Philips model.
What you get for your money
This is a hand held blender and comes with a wire whisk attachment in addition to a small chopper attachment and 1 litre beaker complete with lid. The main unit has a powerful 600 watt motor and a decent 1.3 metre length cord. The main unit has a double action blade meaning that it cuts both horizontally and vertically.
The blender has two speeds; one regular and one turbo. I have to admit that I rarely use the turbo speed as I find the regular speed adequate for most tasks. The blender has a soft, easy grip handle. The unit is white with blue detail and looks quite smart as far as I'm concerned.
What can it do?
The main blender is perfect for blender home made soups and is used on a regular basis for this purpose in our kitchen. It is really easy to use and takes seconds to blend any soup into a perfectly smooth consistency. It is so much easier being able to blend large quantities at the same time, rather that having to pour small at a time when using my larger food processor. The blender is also excellent for pureeing baby food and does the task in seconds. I have also found it very useful for mashing Swede and celeriac. I actually prefer to mash potato using a masher as I think it gives a better consistency. If you have reluctant vegetable eaters, you could try blender vegetables into a puree to serve with pasta. It is also very easy to make an individual smoothie using the litre jug. My oldest son loves to make his own and has experimented with lots of different fruit combinations! My local supermarket often has reduced vegetables including fresh tomatoes. These can be used for making a healthy tomato based sauce to serve with pasta. Once I have cooked all the vegetables, I use the blender to make a sauce and then freeze in small batches.
The whisk attachment is perfect for whisking egg whites when making meringues is much quicker that any hand held mixer! The whisk is also good for whipping cream and pancake batter. It is very easy to use and certainly will make your arm ache less that trying to achieve these tasks my hand!
The chopper attachment is really useful for chopping small quantities of food such as fresh herbs, nuts, onions and cheese. I love cooking with fresh herbs and this attachment chops them finely and quickly. I also like to make my own pesto (so much nicer than any shop bought version) All you need are a few pine nuts, some olive oil and a handful of fresh basil leaves.
This is probably one of the most useful and most used kitchen gadgets that I own; and I do own a lot! It is really easy to use and creates minimal mess. The blender has a blade guard so splashes are prevented. This is really good news, especially when my son is experimenting with new flavours of smoothie! The grinder attachment is great for chopping small amounts and saves me from having to set up my large food processor. It has non slip rubber feet to ensure it stays put whilst it is in operation.
Philips also make a blender without a whisk attachment (model no 1363) but I would say that the whisk attachment is well worthy having and paying a little extra for. It is so much quicker at whisking egg whites and cream than any other machine I have used.
The plastic beaker has a Tupperware type lid that makes it ideal to store small quantities of food in the fridge. It also has a spout making to easy to pour accurately. I often use it for sauces or freshly chopped herbs. The one down side of the beaker is that as it's made of plastic it tends to stain and it is almost impossible to remove stains and a glass jug would have been much better.
The blender is really easy to clean and all the main attachments are dish washer safe. The main unit can be simply wiped down with a cloth after user. The blender is small enough to fit into a drawer or cupboard, so won't take up space on your work top. It is really easy to set up, so doesn't put me off using it.
I bought my blender from Amazon and can't remember exactly how much I paid but think it was around £30. I have checked on the Amazon site and see that this blender is now on sale for £35.67. It can also be purchased from the Philips web site for £29.99 although you will have to pay postage.
The blender seems to be well made and fells comfortable in my hand. However the plastic shaft that holds the attachments looks a bit flimsy and I can imagine that this will fail in time. Overall I can highly recommend this blender and think it is well worth the money!
I usually use my large food processor for blending jobs, but it is a great deal of hassle trying to store such a large appliance in suchj limited cupboard space. This was bought as a gift for Christmas so at first I was not aware of the price of the product, but as with most gifts, I looked it up on the web to decide on value for money and how much my relatives care about me!! After using the blender several times I decided that it was great value for money. The bottom half of the blender (with the blades) removes completely and therefore is extremely easily cleaned - not something you find with food processors and smoothie makers. The strength of the blender is phenomenal - I use it frequently to create smooties with frozen fruit. This is something that I really did not think that a hand-held blender would be capable of doing. It is ideal for creating breadcrumbs easily, blending soup into smoother mixtures, cake mix, and any other sort of processing jobs. It is strong, reliable, easily cleaned and most importantly fits extremely nicely into my limited cupboard space! It also comes with several useful tools that fit perfrectly onto the blender, which make storage of products quick and painless - and limits washing up!
While I adore my big Braun food processor, there are times when it just isn't the right tool for the job. Using the big bowl to grind up a soup, grate a small amount of cheese or finely chop some spices or nuts isn't always practical. Moreover, the large food processor doesn't do things like whipping up cream or egg whites. I don't have the strength to do this by hand, and my cheap electric beater is only adequate in that department. That's why I bought the Philips HR1364.
I originally wanted to buy the Braun blender stick, but when the saleslady told me this Philips model was half the price of the Braun, had the exact same 600W of power and included all the same attachments, I figured I couldn't go terribly wrong. And while the Philips has two speeds vs. the five speed model by Braun, my previous model had only one speed, so I figured two would be good enough. Both models come with a mixing beaker, a wire whip and a small grinder attachment, so I certainly got everything I was looking for, and its attractive blue and white design even matched my kitchen.
Of the three attachments, I'm finding the grinder to be the most useful. For instance, I took a small onion, red bell pepper and garlic, cut them into small pieces and ground them up to top some fish I was baking, and it came out fantastic. I even used this to supplement tomato paste by grinding up some overly ripe tomatoes. This makes pesto in a snap and who wouldn't appreciate not scraping up your hands to grate cheese by using this? The wire whisk also whips up egg whites better than anything I have ever used, and my mousse cake was marvelous and fell less when it cooled than it ever has. I also like how simply the pieces click together for assembly, and to take it apart you only need to press the two buttons on the sides of the base.
Regarding the main blender this is extremely useful when you need to puree soup, smooth sauces or whip cream. I also found it makes mashing potatoes fun, and it beautifully blends oil and brown sugar for my carrot cake. With the latter, I got a totally smooth consistency and even colour throughout, with no darker parts at the bottom of the beaker, which I used to get when I did this by hand. Speaking of that beaker, this one holds more than a full liter and has measurements on the side as well. It has a spout for easy pouring and even a plastic lid so you can save unused mixes in the fridge. This is wonderful for things like making salad dressings ahead of time.
This model has two buttons - one for the regular speed and another for the turbo. The buttons require some strength to press, but not too much, and it feels only slightly heavy but mostly comfortable in your hand, with a soft plastic grip area. The only thing I would have changed would be that they toggled on and off rather than having to hold them down all the time you use it. Still, it is unfussy to use and I'm assuming safer because the on switch doesn't toggle. Most importantly, that 600w of power speeds through crushing nuts and pulverizing fruits and vegetables like lightening. I don't think I have held the buttons down for more than a couple of minutes, with the exception of whipping the egg whites, which took me more like 5-7 minutes to get stiff enough. Still, that's less than half the time my hand beater would have taken.
Cleaning this is painless, with only the base and the connector for the whip being not dishwasher safe, and a damp cloth does the job on those. Even without a dishwasher, as long as you're careful when cleaning those very sharp blades, everything washes up effortlessly. Storing this is straightforward since there's a hole in the handle of the base I use for hanging this on a hook. It also isn't all that large and fits in a drawer along with the whisk and blender attachments. The beaker is a bit bulky, but taller and thinner than most large measuring cups, and you'll not want to leave the grinder blade in a drawer. I always put mine back into the base with the top on and place it together in a cupboard as soon as it is cleaned, for safety's sake.
In short, the Philips HR1364 is very comfortable and convenient to use, clean and store. It has more than enough power, very sharp blades and great attachments which do a plethora of jobs really well, and almost effortlessly. While it might not replace your food processor or large mixer, it beautifully fills in when these are too big for the job at hand. This deserves no less than five stars and a high recommendation from me.
Thanks for reading!
Davida Chazan © November 2008
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