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Brand: Philips / Blender Type: Work Top / Speeds: 2 Speed / Jar Size: 50.72 oz. / Pulse Feature: With Pulse Feature

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      15.11.2011 04:27
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      A good yet old blender

      I have reviewed the bullet handheld system before and that is what I replaced this blender with.
      This is made by Philips a very good name and yes this was a decent enough blender. I used this mostly for blending vegetables for soup. It did this well enough but if you don't put in enough water or stock it jams and starts to spit. Then if you add too much stock the whole thing comes flying out the top and if your using hot vegetables or stock this can be dangerous, and one hell of a hassle to clean up.


      There is a little recipe book included with the blender to give you ideas and tips. The strength of the blades are really good for a blender of it's price. It was only around £20 a few years ago. I use it to crush ice for party's and summer snow cones for the kids. It crushes it with no effort. If it does sound like it's stopping when there is still some ice left to crush, just give it a light rock back and forth and that usually does the job. There are two settings low and strong of course strong is needed when crushing ice. It is very noisy when doing this, but is still noisy when doing less forceful work such as blending smoothies.


      The jug is made of see thorough plastic, unlike the more sturdy glass jug models and can hold up to two pints.
      The base is white with grey rubber feet to hold it securely in place. The control dial is right in the centre and is easy and simple to use. The jug and lid are dishwasher safe but the bottom bit with all the electrics in it is NOT.

      I prefer my new bullet blender but my mother who inherited this from me seems to love it

      This is an old model I'm not sure if it's still available to buy at Argos.

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      11.04.2011 20:00
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      If I had my time again I would have spent that little bit more money on a better blender

      I had had this Philips HR1720 blender for just over two years before it gave up the ghost, we purchased this from new and paid about twenty five pounds. The chief reasons for buying a blender were for soup, breadcrumbs, smoothies and ice, which I wouldn't expect to take too much of a toll on any blending machine.


      This Philips HR1720 is a work top blender composed of two parts, the base is where the motor and power control is and the top is made up of a the jug and blade parts. The jug is 1.5L and a decent size for the purposes that I needed this for. This is made up of thick, durable plastic approximately 0.3cm thick. Having put it through its paces I have to say that it never showed any signs of cracks or shattering which is a good factor about this blending machine, until the final ending that is. The lid to the jug is removable and a white plastic with a removable stopper that doubles as a measuring implement. The stopper area means that you can add ingredients into the blender as it is going without removing the lid, avoiding mess.


      The blade is located in the bottom of the jug, this is not easily detachable and thus cleaning the jug and blade can be quite tricky, I would prefer a removable blade to ensure no little bits of food or juice are left at the bottom of the jug. This means there is also no additional blade options or choppers that you can use. For me this was not a problem but if I were to be doing more with the blender it would put me off buying this. The blades are made of stainless steel and again withstood the test of time, they are slightly ridged and four single blades. I did find that on occasions the blades became clogged up and I would have to open up the lid and move everything about, which is frustrating and quite dangerous if you did not turn the blender off whilst you were doing it.


      The base of the blender is quite heavy and has four rubber stops which grip your work surface and stop the machine moving or slipping when in use. A downside to this product is that it only has two speed settings which limits you to how long it things take to blend. However it has got a pulse option which is pretty good and useful. The electric blender is 350W which makes these pulsar options and speed settings very powerful and fast. I think it could do with a slower option to be honest. Because the machine is so powerful unfortunately with this goes noise too, it is very loud and not at all discreet. If I used this on a more regular basis it would be very irritating but once a week or so is bearable.


      The end of this blender happened a few weeks ago when the bottom of the two year strong jug area fell off! I believe the blade use just made it very weak and it was totally ruined. I was quite surprised that this had happened but them I though of all the times I had knocked and shoot the blender about to unblock the blades and perhaps this attributed to its abrupt lifespan.

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        11.09.2008 09:44
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        Highly recommended for making great smoothies

        Philips Worktop Blender - HR1720

        Having developed a serious addiction to smoothies, I've been spending ridiculous amounts of money on shop bought versions. I've attempted making them at home with my old hand blender, but it couldn't quite cut the mustard, or rather, the ice.

        No, I needed something that could crush ice, as well as being robust, easy to use and with a jug large enough to hold smoothies for a family of five. It must also be dishwasher proof and not fiddly to use.

        After researching for a few days, the Philips HR1720/50 seemed to fit the bill. In tests it's proved to be one of the most efficient at blending. I believe there is a more recent model available now, but these can still be purchased online from Philips or Amazon.

        I bought mine from Argos at a very reasonable £20. Learning how to use it was quite straightforward. It has 2 speeds as well as a pulse setting which is useful for partial blending.

        I started off by throwing in some fruit and yogurt and it worked a treat. It's a bit noisy, which is to be expected, but not deafening. The real test for me was how it would fare when I added some ice. I tested this by dropping ice cubes into the hole at the top, while the blender was whizzing round all my smoothie ingredients. When the ice hits the blades, make no mistake, it's noisy. Loud enough to stop my kids in their tracks and stare in awe or fear until it stops. But those blades do their job and I've nothing to complain about there.

        In addition to making wonderful smoothies and milkshakes, it's great for making purees or soups, and can be used for mixing batter or sauces.

        The only slight problem I've undergone with my blender is when I've put a few dry ingredients and they become clogged. Basically, you need to put some liquid in with the mixture to get it moving again. Alternatively, I've just turned it off and pushed the ingredients around a bit and turned it on again.

        I bought this jug in December 2007 and I use it at least four times a week. I'm pleased to say, it's still working perfectly and I've had no problems.

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        The blender comes with a clear plastic jug which holds up to 1,250ml or 2 pints. The lid is grey and slots securely on to the main jug. In the centre of the lid is a handy pop out measuring cup. When you take the measuring cup out, you're left with a hole that's useful for adding extra ingredients while the machine is running.

        At the bottom of the jug is the blade unit which consists of 4 jagged edged blades that rotate at high speed when operating. This part of the jug can't be put in a dishwasher but the rest of it, including the lid, is all dishwasher safe.

        The base unit is grey with the control knob on the front. It's quite sturdy and has little rubber feet to stop any slippage. The power cord can be wrapped around the base unit when it's not in use.
        The blender comes with an instruction guide as well as a booklet containing various recipes to try out in your new blender.

        I'd confidently recommend this Philips HR1720/50 to anyone considering buying a new blender. It does what it says at a great price.

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      Short name: Philips HR1720