“ Brand: Russell Hobbs / Work Top Blender / 2 Speed / 50.72 oz. / with Pulse Feature „
In the past I have purchased several Russell Hobbs products, including one of their much admired kettles, and despite some peoples accusations that the addition of a well-known brand name adds value but not product quality I believe doesn't apply here. As for the blenders this particular company produce, I have only tried and tested one, the 'Russell Hobbs 3903' model which I see as an all-round excellent house hold appliance for the kitchen. I have used this machine on lots of food produce, from fresh fruits to eggs and bread, and so far it has performed excellently in all areas.
First off I'd like to discuss the 3903's material quality. It is made from an easily wipe-able/cleanable coated aluminium substance making up the base of the device, including the surround of the controlling gauge. it feels high quality under touch, and works well with the hard plastic casing of the removable jug (...complete with lid made from flexible rubber, and a long, grip-able handle). Housing the motor and revolving parts which act to 'blend' any ingredients found within the jug, the metal reacts well to violent shaking movements. it is heavy enough to stop the machine moving across a table-top, but often hands have to be engaged and pushed down on the products lid to deter otherwise inevitable spillage. The nob which controls the device is made from a similar plastic to the jug and is twisted easily across the settings.
The settings you can chose to operate the device are as follows: Pulse, 1, 2, 3, 4. Having five different levels of speed, power and technique allows for the blending of a wide range of ingredients and I think this system works really well. After using the machine regularly for a few weeks you become accustomed with the controls and understand which ones work best with which produce. Having numeric values to depict the strength of the blender means this product is suited a wider audience range increasing its sale-ability.
The jug also contains a lip which allows blended ingredients to be directed into a glass or bowl easily on completion. Within its 1.5 litre capacity and flexible rubber lid, the jug can be completely removed from the housing and transported therefore with ease to its destination. The weight of the device without its motorised base (which has 550 watts of power) is vastly reduced as well, and the jug doesn't look out of place on a dining room table during dinner time.
Cleaning the product after use is something of a difficulty with some blenders. And it has to be said that even with this one it can be quite tricky. However I feel the developers have minimalised the time and effort involved in sterilising the product after use by adopting smooth, flowing curves and only a few cracks and crevices where dirt can muster. Also, having the jug detachable means it can be placed in a sink or dishwasher without any electronic parts becoming endangered, allowing for better cleaning capabilities.
Overall I feel the designers have considered all relevant consumer opinion on improving this model from the last few. It has evolved into a buy-able product at a reasonable/moderate price, most can afford. The aesthetics of the product are appealing to all, and therefore this product would fit excellently perched on a kitchen worktop permanently, instead of being cramped in a cupboard for the duration of its carrier. A 9/10 product with only a few things still left to change for the better!
Short name: Russell Hobbs 3903