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I am getting a little bit more adventurous with my cooking and my hand blender just wasn't cutting it anymore. I am also completely rubbish at getting anywhere near my five a day with fruit and vegetables, and thought it would be quicker if I threw them in a blender and made a smoothie. And so I bought the Ready Steady Cook Smoothie Maker from Argos.
What does the product do?
The product promises to product your food perfectly every time using 5 different speeds. It claims that it will help you make the perfect smoothies, soups, sauces and milkshakes.
About the product
The body of the product is glass so you can see how your food inside is coming along. The rest of the product is made from Stainless Steel, as is the blades. The blades work using a double action which cuts both vertically and horizontally to make sure everything is cut up tiny and small. The body of the blender can hold 1.5 litres so there is plenty of room inside to make your lovely creations. It has the different speeds so you can choose the one which best suits your purpose and it also has an ice crushing function if you want to make a lovely cocktail. It has non slip feet so it's safe to use and you can clean the parts in the dishwasher. It also comes with a handy recipe book to give you some cooking ideas.
Appearance and Price
The product looks quite nice although it doesn't match my kitchen so I do hide it away in the cupboard when it's not in use. It has a glass body with ridges so you can clearly see what's going on inside. The rest of the product is black in colour and there is a red dial on the front which is extremely simple to use and understand. It has the number 0-4 on the front and then a turbo button which is the fast one. There is also the ice crusher labelled on the front. It has a handle and a spout for pouring your creations and a raised grip to remove the lid. It says Ready Steady Cook in white, red and green colours.
The price was one of the main selling points in my decision. The product originally cost £34.99 but I got it on sale for £13.99 which is less than half price. The product can be find at a variety of electrical shops and also from a range of online websites.
I knew this product wouldn't be completely perfect because of the much reduced price. The lid is easy to remove and as the mouth is so wide, you can easily put or pour the ingredients into the product. The lid is also easy to slot back in place. The buttons on the product are so self explanatory and simple that it is quite refreshing not to have to stand there trying to figure it out. The machine is quite noisy, especially on the turbo setting and you won't be able to hear anything but the blender. This only happens for a short time though. The blades still spin for a few seconds after you have turned off the machine so you need to be aware of this when removing your creation.
As the body of the jar is made of glass, it does make the product a little heavier than it needs to be and so I need to use two hands when pouring my soup or smoothie. The handle is easy to hold and I don't feel like it will slip or drop. The spout allows me to control where I am pouring the food. The finished product is completely smooth with no unexpected lumps or bumps so as for the blending, I can't fault it. The blades get the job done very quickly and I am happy with the results. The product is easy to clean and the parts have gone through the dishwasher undamaged. It can be a messy job but that's the nature of the food inside.
All in all, this product gets the job done quietly and the job done well. It is noisy and the jar is heavy to hold but as for the blending ability, I can't help it. I would have been a bit disappointed if I had paid full price but if you buy it for the sale price then I would happily recommend this one.
This blender is well made. It seems solid and apart from my own error reassembling it after cleaning it has been brilliant.
The glass jug is now a must for me when picking a blender. The weight gives it some stability and it means you can blend soups whilst the liquid is still fairly hot (but be careful....probably not recommended by the manufactures)
It has 2 different speed setting and a 'quick blast' setting. WHich is more than enough for most uses.
My only issues so far are:
1. There is an o-ring in the base which you remove when cleaning the blender. I put this back a little bit wrong and the blades broke it meaning that the liquid all seeped out from the bottom. It turns out that spares are practically impossible to get but I managed to get one the right size from ebay and have been careful assembling it since then.
2. You need to hold the lid down. It comes off fairly easily. This is especially true when using warm soup in the blender (air expands and the top pops off) but with proper use it works well.
With the above issues I have made it sound much worse than it is. It is a good blender, well made, works well, solid construction and I would and have recommended it to friends.
When Lauren was younger, I really struggled to get her to eat fruit and I was concerned she was not getting her 5 a day so I decided to try and make her some smoothies. After a bit of investigation against price and customer ratings, I spotted this one at Argos and decided to buy.
The product retails for around £34.99 (although at the time I think we paid just under £30) and is available from Argos, Amazon, Comet, Home Base etc. As I said, we purchased ours from Argos as I love the fact that you can check stock and reserve on line so as not to have a wasted journey.
The blender has a black base (I liked this as it fitted in nicely with the décor of my kitchen), clear glass jug which has a black lid and black handle on. Underneath the base, the blender has four little rubber feet making it non-slip and this seems to work as I have had no problems. I was also attracted to this blender as the jug is made from glass, it made it feel that bit more expensive and felt sturdier when blending. The jug holds up to 1.5 litres which I find is plenty for myself and Lauren to get a decent sized smoothie from. The jug also locks into place.
When fully assembled, the blender measures 36 x 23 x 29 cm. It has 5 speed setting which you can select by turning the red dial on the base of the blender, you can also select Pulse, Turbo or Ice. I have never used the turbo function as setting 3 seems to be adequate enough, neither have I used pulse, however I have used ice before, within a few seconds, ice cubes are broken down into 'crushed ice' and when it has been really hot adding this to a cold glass of lemonade always goes down really nicely.
Using the blender is really easy, I have mainly used mine for fruit smoothies, just chop your fruit into chunks, put into the jug, put the lid on and off you go. Within less than a minute, you have a nice healthy drink. There are loads of different variations you can make, I tended to work on initially the common fruits like apple, orange, pineapple but as Lauren started to 'like' these, I started to introduce strawberries, bananas and kiwis.
You can also use the blender for making things like soup or sauces and included with the blender, I also got a recipe book (although I have no idea where this is now) however if you search online, you can find loads of different ideas and recipes.
The blender is really easy to clean, the jug, lid and blades (the blades are designed to cut horizontally and vertically therefore sharp on both sides) are all dishwasher safe and I normally just clean the base with a damp cloth and this does a good enough job.
The only downside for me is it can be a little noisy, however I don't think this is an issue as most blenders are noisy.
We still have the blender now and still works perfectly well, 4 years after purchasing however having said that, it has now become one of those items in the cupboard that never really gets used but initially, was used several times a week for around 6 months.
Overall, I would recommend this blender, it is reasonably priced, looks quite nice and does a good job and better still, Lauren now loves fruit - therefore I would give 5 out of 5 stars.
Thanks for reading.