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~ Technical Info ~ 400 watt motor 1.5l jar Detachable blade and jar Dishwasher proof (except base) Multiple speed settings ~ Review ~ I paid £25 for this blender. As with all electrical items it is worth shopping around, especially online because you can often find deals or discounts. I bought this blender originally to make smoothies and milkshakes. I found the blade to be very sharp and would cut through any type of fruit I would put in it. The only problem I found was that quite often the fruit would get stuck under the blade and I needed to shake the blender around and tip it up slightly to make sure it was all blended in properly. This isn't too much of an issue and once I had done this everything was very nicely blended in. I have since gone on to use this for making soups and it has had no problems with any of the vegetables I have put in it. When I make soups I like mine very thick and it has had no problems chopping and blending the vegetables. This blender comes with 4 different speed settings. The lowest setting is useful for longer jobs and you can just drop items in through the small lid opening on the top. I like to use the fastest setting when I make soups and have a lot of vegetables in it. There is also a pulse setting so you can easily control what you are doing, especially useful if you don't want your food fully blended or chopped up. The jug will hold up to 1.5l. For what I use it for this is plenty of room. I can make milkshakes for up to 4 people or soups for about 3. The base is very sturdy and is sticky on the bottom which means it will not fall over even on the fastest of settings or if you give it a little bump. It is easy to clean as the jug and the blade are detachable and can also be put into a dishwasher. I think it is quite noisy, especially on the higher settings. This is a reasonable priced blender that will handle simple jobs and is easy to clean after.
Bought this good looking blender from Ebay, priced at around 30 pounds. Initially the attraction was the brushed steel finish, so it blends in quite well with the other kitchen appliances. Blenders have been around for ages and not really changed that much in functionality. This Philips model isn't much exception, it's pretty simple really. There's a 1.5litre capacity jug which holds the food you want to blend up. It's made from a very sturdy, apparently break resistant plastic. The 2 year warranty includes the jug as well as the base motor. You can put in pretty much anything you like which will mush up. Make drinks, smoothies, sauces, soups, baby food or anything you like really. It's got two speeds to choose from, I generally start with the slower speed first then move it up a notch to fine blend. As with most blenders, it's pretty noisy - there's not a lot you can do about that, the 400w motor is needed to smash up the food. All the bits are easy to dismantle and wash up after use, this includes being able to put them in the dishwasher too, so that's a bonus. In fact I'd say that the only problem with it, and it's a minor one is that the lid doesn't seem to stay on too well. It hasn't flown off mid blend, but I'd prefer that it felt a little more stable when I use it. Other than that, it's ok for a blender - nothing fancy.
Having had (and loved) my old blender, I was upset, but not surprised when 5 months ago it finally gave up the ghost after 4 years of hard work. I make a lot of soups- especially in the winter- as well as hummus, smoothies and sauces, for which the use of a blender is invaluable. My old blender was a Philips one too, so I knew that I it was a company that I could trust. When I found the Philips HR2000 I was very pleased with the price, if a little wary. I don't mind spending a little more on household items because often they will last longer. However, I decided that it was worth a shot, it did have a 2 year guarantee after all, which was more than most of the competition. Specifications ------------------ The bowl of the blender is made of plastic and is dishwasher safe which is handy for cleaning up after cooking. Also, it means it doesn't break if dropped, (trust me, I know from experience. I also learned at the same time that pesto is hard to get out of the kitchen curtains). The capacity of the blender is 1.5l, which isn't huge, but it's more than enough for most things that you'll want to be making. I find I can make enough soup in it to last about 4 lunches, so it's plenty for me. The blade is a 5-pointed star with serrated edges which is great for dealing with most things. Also it's detachable which makes cleaning it and the blender much easier and to a degree safer. I've wrecked countless tea-towels drying the blade on my old blender, having a detachable blade is a million times easier. N.B. once you remove the blade, you must ensure that it's reattached properly before use; otherwise the contents of your blender can leak into the blender base and cause havoc. The blade itself is dishwasher safe too. The blender has two speeds, plus a pulse button, which I only really use when I'm rinsing it. Admittedly, two speeds are less than some other blenders have, but in reality, the two speeds are more than enough for everything that I've ever made. My experience ------------------- Pros ------ When I came to use the Philips HR2000, I was very pleased with what I found. The blades in the blender are very sharp, and can whizz up a smoothie in no time. When dry, it's also pretty good at chopping up herbs and nuts, which are great for salads and garnishes. The blender is very sturdy whilst not being heavy, and is great for carrying out all manner of jobs, but it's still light enough that I can pack it away on top of my shelf when I'm done with it. The two speed settings are great for blending things of different consistencies, and more than sufficient for pretty much anything that you might choose to blitz up. I was also quite pleased with the fact that the blender is pretty quiet, unless I'm blending something that might be a little tougher to deal with than normal. The lid has a central bit which can be removed to add ingredients more easily, and during blending. This is great if you're making a recipe that requires things to be added in stages. Finally, most importantly the price. I bought this blender for just under £20, which is very reasonable for a blender. Cons ------ It does, however, have some problems functioning properly if you only put in a small amount of material to be blended, but this is an issue with a lot of blenders. The one thing that does disappoint me about this blender is that it has a bit of a problem dealing with ice cubes. It can be very noisy and doesn't crunch them up the same way that my old blender did. I can still use it for breaking up ice for drink, but frankly my Bailey's over ice doesn't look as good as it used to. If the blade isn't reattached properly after washing, the contents of the jug can leak from the base of the jug. When this happened to me, I fortunately realised before I switched it on, otherwise I'm sure I could have damaged the workings of the blender. My opinion -------------- All in all I am very pleased with this little blender. It does (almost) everything that I ask of it with minimal fuss. It's pretty quiet and looks good, plus the price is right up my street. I like the fact that it's so easy to clean, particularly the fact that the blade comes out so easily. I've used it probably every other day since I got it, and I haven't had any problems with it. I would definitely recommend to a friend.
I bought this blender as a direct replacement for a more expensive glass blender and it is my third blender now. I initially wasn't sure about this due to the acrylic jug but it has proved much better being that it's a lot lighter than my previous glass one, so easier to wash up. The jug has measurements on the side which are great when making smoothies for measuring liquids. It has a pouring spout but I find I have to open the lid if it's a thick smoothie anyway. There is the middle part of the lid which can be taken out if needed to add ingredients once already blending but I don't find a need for that as I tend to put everything in from the start. The lid also completely detaches easily for washing. The blender looks much better in reality, the jug has a nice sheen to it and the unit overall fits in well with my other brushed steel items. The unit is fairly firm, not overly noisy and the stainless steel blade works really well on whatever I've used it for. It is great for even blending small amounts of fruit such as pureed melon as well as shakes and smoothies with added fruits. The blade looks fairly sturdy for such a well priced item. I actually cannot find fault with this unit after 7 months of use and would happily recommend it above more expensive blenders I've owned!
Short name: Philips HR2000