“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Handheld / Speeds: 2 „
For many years I had a large Moulinex food processor with more attachments and bits & bobs than you could shake a stick at! It was a relatively expensive bit of kit (at around £100) and if I am perfectly honest, I only used a limited amount of it's features. About 3 years ago the motor burnt out and I went scouting for something to replace it with.
After working out what I actually used the food processor for, I ended up purchasing 2 new electric kitchen items for the combined princely sum of £25.00! I bought a Tesco HM105 Hand mixer (£10) and a Tesco HBS07 Hand Blender with attachments (£15). I have used the hand blender quite alot over the last 3 years and it is still going strong and works as well as the day I took it out of the box.
The blender kit contains a blender motor (the main body of the blender), wall bracket, blender wand, chopper (which consists of the bowl, lid and blade assembly), whisk and jug. It has a 300w motor and the net weight (according to the user guide) is 1.4kg. The various parts are all white and/or clear plastic construction with metal blades and whisk. The main part of the blender has a silver section near the power cable outlet and the buttons are black. As with most blenders you hold the button on continuously to activate it and the two buttons are marked with a 'I' and 'II' to indicate the 2 different speeds. All the attachments attach/detach by sloting them onto the main body of the blender and turning slightly clockwise/anti-clockwise to lock/unlock them.
I have predominantly used this blender for either pureeing food for my eldest daughter (not for my youngest as she has allergies and we have opted for Baby Led Weaning with her - so no mush!) or making soups. I use the tall jug and blender with wand for making baby food and it is very easy to do - I normally add enough ingredients until it fills no more than half the jug and just blend away! With soups I either use the blender direct into the saucepan - which is fine as I have stainless steel pans - or pour some into a large plastic jug and then blend.
I have only used the chopper a few times and it is also very easy - put the chooper components together and then attach it to the blender body. You also have to switch it off and detach the chopper from the blender body and remove the lid when adding ingredients. I would describe the whisk as adequate and is the only part of this set that is slightly dissapointing to me. It is fine for general whisking (like making batter or scrambled eggs for example) but I prefer to use my handmixer when making cakes and meringues as this doesn't really have enough oomph to it for me especially if it is something you want to get lots of air into.
I keep mine in a cupboard so can't really comment on the wall bracket except to say there are full instructions on how to use it in the user guide and it looks relatively easy to put it up.
Cleaning wise, there are also instructions in the user guide advising that you "wash the blender stem under running water, without the use of abrasive cleaner or detergents" and a warning to "not immerse the stem in water because over time the lubrication on the bearings will deteriorate". The main body of the blender should also (rather obviously) not be immersed in water and just wiped over with a damp cloth. The whisk, jug and chopper are all not dishwasher safe either, but easily come apart for cleaning with hot soapy water.
There are of course other safety instructions and advice regarding the sharpness of blades and not getting various body parts entangled in parts of the blender, using the blender in water and other what I consider to be rather common sense handling advice.
So in summary - my opinion of this little blender set is that it is excellent value for money. It is still going strong after 3 years and works really well. My only minor criticism is the whisk's power which really is only a niggle. Therefore I am more than happy to give the Tesco Hand Blender 5 stars and a thorough recommendation.
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We all fall victim of the dreaded 'impulse purchase' occassionally and for a change I were left pleasantly surprised with what i bought on this particular occassion. Whilst in Tesco's I suddenly decided I wanted to eat more healthily and I bought the Tesco homebranded handblender set. This Tesco blender comes complete with a chopper, whisk, wall rack and mixing cup. The blender has a 300W motor and has 2 speed settings, which are near the power button on the handle of the blender. The blender is white and has both grey and black detailing on the main body along with a silver finish to the blending tool itself. there is also an additional attachment by means of a whisk, which resembles a hand whisk and this isn't something I have come across in blenders in the past.
One letdown of the handblender is that it's features dont include a liquidiser or the ability to crush ice. On the plus side, this impulse buy didn't cost the earth at under £15, and as I have a Tesco Clubcard this handblender didn't whisk too many pennies from my pocket on this occassion! The set comes complete with a blender jug and chopper bowl, both of which are useful with the handblender, but I often use the handblender on its own and only sometimes bring out the jug and bowl occassionally. For less than £15 Tesco are offering a well sized set and the blender is sufficient in completing most tasks asked of it.
There are many handblender sets on the market that can do a whole variety more things than this Tesco model can, but for the price I have paid, I would say it is a great value handblender set and worthwhile as a Christmas gift or to help in the kitchen this Festive period.
==Tesco hand Blender Set==
I have had this hand blender from Tesco's for a good while now as we purchased it with the need for blending up Jack's food when he was weaning off milk and on to solids (mush). It was slightly higher than the basic hand blender but because it came with a few different accessories it seemed like a wise choice to spend a little bit more.
It was around £15 for the entire set which includes the main body of the hand blender, a whisk, a blender jug, a wall mount and a chopper type bowl. It seemed ideal as we had previously bought a single hand blender and I always seemed to be making far too much mess when blending anything down as I didn't have the right type of bowls for doing the blending in!
The blender itself has been pretty good and has a nice 300 watt motor which seems to give enough power to get the job done. It was especially good at mushing up all of Jacks soft cooked vegetables. I have to be honest and say that this is probably the time when we used it the most and it has only been used infrequently in the past couple of years for those special meals that involve blending (my cream cheese and spinach stuffed chicken breast for example).
The blender arm is easily removed from the main body of the product by a simple twist and then you are able to put on the whisk or clip it into the chopper bowl. It seems rather safe and I have never had an problems when using it.
There are two speed options to choose from when using the blender and these are both handy especially as the lower setting is good for getting the final lumps out of the food. These are a rubbery type button which is easy to press on and off. The blade on the blender does a good job at getting the food mushed down and still remains sharp now (so care must be taken when washing it up).
Both the jug and the chopper have come in handy too and are easy to use but not so easy to clean (especially the chopper as the blade again is very sharp). I have to say that as yet I have not used the whisk or the wall mount as I don't want to have the item hanging up in the kitchen and I haven't needed to use the whisk!
The plastic material of the jug and chopper still looks in really good condition and there doesn't appear to be much sign of deterioration in them. As too the main blender body which looks as good as the day it was purchased.
I think for the price and the fact that it seems to be a pretty well made piece of kitchen equipment I would highly recommend it and give it a top score of a 5 out of 5 star rating.
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.
Tesco HBS07 Hand blender Set £14.97.
Available in store or online at... http://direct.tesco.com/q/R.203-4542.aspx
For anyone who read my review of the hugely disappointing Breville blender set, this is the model I replaced it with.
The Tesco HBS07 Hand blender Set is a three in one blender. You will receive:
Mini chopper with removable blade
Tall measuring jug
Wall fixings for main attachment (you can also store it with the whisk or blender attached to save space)
The 300W motor comes with two speed settings; both speeds can be used with all attachments.
The mini chopper is easily put together. You put the blade in and screw the lid on, the whole unit is then fitted to the main attachment. I use this a lot and find that everything attaches (and detaches) easily, all units feel secure when in use and there is no worry of anything coming apart, or spinning off around the room (as happened with the whisk on my previous blender set!).
The chopper blade is chunky, strong and thick. It is encased by a chunky plastic spine which is large enough to grab hold of when moving and washing the blade. It is sharp enough to chop easily, but not so sharp as to worry you. My mum had a food processor and the blade was like a razor, she cut herself no end of times; Tesco seems to have the balance just right with this one though.
The blender blade is a lot smaller, and a bit thicker. It is covered by metal, as to reduce splash when blending, it also means that you are very unlikely to get close enough to hurt yourself on the blades. Unfortunately, it also makes cleaning the blade a lot more difficult, although this is a problem on all blenders so I can't complain too much.
The blender comes with a large slim clear plastic measuring jug. I prefer to use this instead of my existing jugs as it is very tall, so it keeps the ingredients in the jug; this is especially important when making things like milkshakes and smoothies as it is very easy to get splashed, especially if you have little helpers in the kitchen, as I do.
The balloon whisk is made of strong metal but is very flexible, and works well on either speed setting. The flexibility of the strands also makes it very easy to clean.
Speaking of cleaning, this set is not dishwasher compatible. This is not an issue for me as I don't own one, although it's something you may want to consider if you do. I do find all sections easy to clean, they don't seem to have those awkward corners that you just can't reach, as some models do.
I have not used the wall attachments although they are pretty straightforward; they come with instructions, wall plugs, and screws. It looks like a five minute job, if you know how!
All in all, I am very happy with this blender set. I paid twice this price for a Breville set which was identical, yet it was flimsy, insecure, and broke within two months.
No, it's not the fastest or fanciest model on the market, but all items work really well, so I consider it a bargain!
Five stars from me!
Short name: Tesco HBS07