“ Brand: Tesco / Power: 200W / Speeds: 2 / Colour: White / Stainless steel cutting blades „
When i fell pregnant 4 years ago one of the first things I decided was that I would be making our daughters meals rather than the jars of baby food, much cheaper! Due to our small kitchen we didn't want a large food processor cluttering up the worktops or cupboards so we decided to buy a hand blender, we went for the Tesco HB06 as it was the cheapest one we could find at the time, £4.99 when we purchased it however I have seen it on offer for £4 since then.
The blender comes in a long slim box and is within a plastic bag inside the box. The blender is in two parts, the top half with the electrics and motor inside and with the cord and plug attached, the bottom half with the blade which detaches for easy cleaning. Only the bottom half with the blade should ever be submerged into water. The blade is shielded by the outer plastic casing.
Assembly is very straightforward, you just put both pieces together and twist into place. Same goes for taking apart for cleaning, twist and they come apart.
To use the blender is simple, attach both pieces of the blender together then plug in, the cord on the plug is just under a meter so you aren't too restricted with it, submerge blade into food, there is a mark on the blender to show the maximum depth you can submerge it to, press the on switch and away you go!
The instructions advice you to submerge the blade into the food before pressing the on button to prevent splashes but I have found this is only necessary for things like soup, if you are blending more solid food like vegetables, as I was to begin with for my little girl, there aren't really any splashes to worry about.
It is a fabulous product for blending soups, however for the more solid food it took a bit more work as food seemed to get stuck in the blades now and again but it wasn't a major issue as it took seconds to clear the blockage and carry on. Since my daughter is way past the puréed foods stage my blender doesn't get used quite so often but I do still use it regularly for soups, sauces and even things like angel delight when I am being really lazy!
All in all this is a great blender and I would recommend it time and time again, I have had it just over 3 and a half years and have never had any problems with it, for just under £5 that has gotta be a huge bargain buy!
We bought this from tescos as our VERY old blending appliance was totally broken beyond repair. I didnt really know how much they were as i hadnt bought one before (the old one was given to me), but luckily i found that tescos were inexpensive on alot of small house hold appliances.
We bought this appliance for only around £4 which was really good for how much we use it (everyday).
Me and my partner mainly use it for things like milkshakes, soups, and chopping down vegetables into smaller pieces for things like curries and hot pots.
The positive for this product is that it is thin, compact, easy and light to handle, and any adult would be able to easitly operate it.
The only bad thing about this product that i could see being a problem is the fact that the blade on it is VERY sharp which is brilliant for the job it is meant to do, but as we have a small child we will have to be very careful in the future when she is old ebough to reach things as where we leave it.
You must therefore make sure it is out of reach of children of all ages really and should only be operated by an adult.
Even adults should be very careful because when you wash it after use, if it is still plugged in (our plug socket isnt very far away from out sink ), you may accidently switch oit on whilst cleaning the blade, so ALWAYS take the plug out to make sure this is prevented!
Other than the safety problem, it is a good buy a very good for the money i paid for it.
i would definately recomens this to a friend, (maybe not a clumsy one though).
Thankyou i hope you like your kitchen appliance
In light of this Handblender from Tesco owning the cost of only four pounds, I think it is a very, very recommendable purchase, as I have been very pleased with it for months now, and hey, four pounds, what is that?
This is a one speed blender, 150 w, and for my amateur use, that is more than sufficient and allows me to do the tasks I require from a handblender. This is a blender that can be used for many different things, such as making smoothies, sauces, baby food and so on... After use, I wash this blender by hand, which goes by quickly and easily. Seeing as this blender is very cheap, functions very solidly and easily and is easy to wash, this blender is a purchase I really recommend anyone, it`s very affordable, solid and all in all a good blender! On top of all of this, the blender doesn`t make too much noise when you use it, which also is a big plus!
Tesco has delivered some good products, some not so good, but this is definetely one of the better ones! I don`t hesitate in giving this Tesco Handblender five out of five stars!
I first bought this blender about 5 years ago when my son first went onto 'solid' foods. This was the cheapest by far at around £4, and as I was primarily buying it to save money on crazily priced baby food I saw no reason to pay up to 4x more for what is basically the same item.
The blender is a large, chunky hand held one; it is very similar to every other type of hand held blenders on the market. It has a long, sleek body that is easy to hold and doesn't slip out of your hand.
It comes in two parts and splits almost in half. The top half is the main unit with the motor inside and the two speed buttons, the lower half holds the actual blending part - a small rotating blade with a thick metal cover. The cover shields the top half of the blade as to reduce splash when blending, it also means that you are unlikely to get close enough to hurt yourself on the blades.
The thickness and shape of the cover also means that you can stand the blender upright. 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 has a 200W motor, which is not the greatest, but doesn't affect it use too much; you may just have to leave it on a couple of seconds longer than you would with a more powerful model.
When you begin chopping the food you should go quite gently and gradually use more pressure as if you don't the food will just clog up the blades. This can happen quite often anyway, depending
On the texture of the food you are blending, although it is really simple to just move the food out of the way with a knife and continue.
I find that as the blade is quite thick, it handles most foods with ease and doesn't take long to chop foods and blend ingredients together.
All in all, a great product; I was very glad that I hadn't paid £15 for one when this did one the job just as well.
Unfortunately this didn't last.
After around 6 months, the motor went. I took it back to Tesco and they immediately gave me a replacement.
The same thing happened with this one, although it did last slightly longer. It was at this point that I decided that I wanted a 'proper' blender set, with loads of fancy attachments; I then took it back for a refund and bought a completely different model. I do use blenders quite a lot though so if you are buying it for occasional use then it would probably last you a lot longer.
I was happy with the Tesco Value blender; it may not have lasted long, but at £4 ish it did well; and as Tesco are so good about accepting returns, you don't have to worry about wasting your money. If it does break you can always return it, but if it doesn't, you will have saved a lot of money by going for the cheaper model.
TheTesco Value HB06 hand blender is well worth the money at just under £5.00, This blender is hand held and has one speed, so very easy to use. The blender is white in colour, made of extremely durable plastic and is great because it is a one piece blender, so you don't have to have any trouble messing about with changing adaptions and end pieces. To clean the Tesco model you need to wash it under running water or scrub with a sponge with your washing liquid of choice. Easy to get underneath the blades and have not found that the plastic stains from food, like I found with another major supermarket's similar value product.
The motor is within the hand grip and there is a simple operating button that is comfortable and easily reached by any hands big or small. There is a safety guard at the bottom of the blender. At first I thought the safety guard was a little on the small side and thought all my food would fly everywhere, as it did not look big enough. It didn't , what it did do is blended my food perfect and with no food flying around the kitchen.
The manufacturer recommends that the blender be use for short bursts of 1 minute at a time, and the unit be switched off and removed when further ingredients are added, as to not cause any damage to the blender. I have used the blender a little longer than a minute for smoothies, to which I have had no problem from the motor burning out, but this is only a guide line though. The basic user guide that comes with your purchase is simple to read, with all written descriptions of all the functions, electrical information, cleaning and storage.
So the Tesco Value HB06 hand blender is very easy to use, very well made for the price, a little loud but definitely does the job, as much as any other blender that sell for 8 times the price. It is very well presented with basic logo and does not contain stupid amounts of packaging. What you see is what you get. I have always thought buy cheap buy twice, but this certainly is not the case for this blender.
As I have been getting adventurous in the kitchen lately I decided that needed to invest in a hand blender for making soup. As I was not prepared to pay a lot and have had a lot of success with other Value products from Tesco I decided that the hand blender in this range would be quite suitable for my needs.
~~PACKAGING AND DESIGN~~
The hand blender comes in a slim box which is blue and white in colour. It has the Tesco Value logo on the top and a picture of the blender on the front. The back of the box has the same design and the sides are plain blue.
Once opened the blender is easy to remove, it comes wrapped in a clear plastic bag with the plug at the bottom of the box under a piece of cardboard. The cable is tied together but it is very simple to untie.
The blender is a white colour and made from plastic. At the top is the cord and also the operation button. The body of the blender is reminiscing of an upside down wine bottle in shape. At the very bottom are the working. There is a cut out bottom which has 4 slits in the side and inside this cut out is the blade which does the blending. Also on the outside of the blender there is a small mark which indicates the maximum depth the blender can be submerged in water.
When I first plugged the blender in a was impressed with the length of the cable. It is toughly 1 meter long and for me this is good as we do not have too many plug sockets in our kitchen. The instructions which come with the blender state that the base of the blender should be submerged in the food or liquid before being switched on so this is what I did. I found the on button was very easy to press in and keep pressed for the amount of time I wanted the blender to be on.
The noise was not overly loud when the blender was switched on and I found it was quick and efficient to do its job.
After using the blender successfully it came to cleaning. I did this straight away so none of the food got dried on. I placed the base of the blender into hot water and used a normal cloth to clean the base and around the blades. This was simple and easy to do and did not require a lot of fiddly scrubbing. I also dried this straight away so the plug and top of the blender was away from any water. The whole of the blender must not be submerged in water as this is an electrical product and this can be very dangerous.
The blender only has one speed which is 150w and for me I found this to be quite powerful enough as I do not use it for a large amount of foods and only ever one pan of food at a time. It comes with the plug fitted with a 3 amp fuse so nothing needs to be done to it before use.
The model which we have and is the Tesco Value one is the HB07 one. It comes priced at £4.18 which I found to be an excellent price for something so useful and simple to use. As this is a Tesco Value product it is only available to buy at their stores.
The blender is easy to put away as it fits comfortably back into the box without any force needed to gat it back in correctly which means it is nice and easy to store away in the cupboard between uses.
Full instructions come inside the box with the blender but these just contain the basic instructions for use and some common sense warnings.
After successfully using this blender for over a month now I have to recommend it very highly. I would say it is not the best or the most powerful on the market but it does its job and comes at a super price. I would say this is ideal for soup making or preparing your own baby food and I just wish I would have had one back when my boys were babies as it would have saved me a fortune in buying baby food as I could have simply made my own.
This is definitely a 5 star product from the Value range.
I am a very cost conscious consumer and always on the lookout for a bargain and when looking for a bog standard occasional use handblender, this was no different.
For just under £5, Tesco offered a value version of their handblender which looked absolutely fine. On using it, it performed well and exactly how I needed it. I only ever used it to make soups and found it blended very well and I was always happy with the consistency.
You have probably realised now that as I have been writing in the past tense, I no longer have this item.
Although I realise that 'value' type items tend not to last as long as premium brands, this handblender ended up falling apart on me after not much use at all. The blade in the end part of the shaft just fell out and I tried to put it back in but then the unit just started overheating and smoking a bit. So into the bin it went. I was a fiver down and it has taught me not to scrimp on these sort of electricals again. I guess I got what I paid for!
I bought this hand blender after my other more expensive one stopped working on me. Its a relatively cheap blender costing around the £5 mark, but, after my recent experience with it, I'll stick to buying the well known brands in the future.
I bought it for the main purpose of making home made soup, and for this purpose, it performed the task well.It has a single speed function and a single edged blade attached to the rotating arm. It is made in a solid, sturdy construction, and can be bought made from white plastic or stainless steel. There was a bit of spray from it which, when dealing with boiling hot soup, is not a great thing to come into contact with.
The main gripe I have with this hand blender is the fact that while using it, it started to pour out smoke in the middle of a blend! Luckily the unit comes with a 12 month manufacturing warranty, so I took it back to Tesco and was given a replacement, I have used it again since but am fairly reluctant to do so, I realise that I just had a one-off defective product but I still use it with caution.
It is slightly difficult to wash because it is a sealed unit and cannot be placed under water due to the electrical components, so a hot soapy sponge seems to be the easiest way of cleaning.
Overall, a cheap product which serves the purpose, just be careful you don't have one that smokes.
The Tesco Value HB06 Hand Blender proves to us all that you dont have to spend a small fortune to have the latest kitch gadgets. We bought ours for under a fiver and it's just as good as any of the major brands. With stainless steel cutting blades this product is as smartly designed as it is effective. There really is no need to shell out £20 - £30 on a handheld blender what quite honestly they all do the same thing. Yes it is Tesco Value, but esco are renowned for theit Value range being of equal quality to their own standard brand, just easier on the pocket. It also has twin speed settings so you can have better control when blending. It is so easy to clean too making the job even easier. Ideal for blending soups and even baby food. A fantastic product at a pocket money price.
REVIEW OF TESCO HAND BLENDER
**Why I Bought it**
My trusty old Braun hand blender gave up the ghost recently and was resigned to the dustbin, so when I saw that Tesco had a similar model, I was tempted to replace it as I have been very pleased with other electrical items from the Tesco Value range .
I paid £4.39 for the blender at the Tesco Metro Store, Haugh Lane, Hexham, Northumberland.
This is a hand held electric blender, designed to be used for blending and mixing foods such as soups, eggs, baby food, sauces and drinks with ease. The blender will purée foods quickly and easily and unlike larger food processors or mixers, there are no fiddly components to assemble, wash up or lose in the kitchen cupboard!
The blender is presented in a tall cardboard box bearing the Tesco Value logo in red, blue and white, the product description, 'hand blender' and a picture of the blender itself. The box also features a product description in four languages other than English. These are Polish, Czech, Hungarian and Slovakian. The packaging is basic, plain and functional as one might expect from a Value range item.
The blender is white in colour, made of sturdy plastic and comes with one speed, a fitted 3 pin plug and electrical cable. It is a one piece blender, unlike models from more expensive ranges where the blending attachment detaches for cleaning. To clean the Tesco model you need to wash it under running water or scrub with a brush dipped in a detergent and water solution. The unit must not be submerged in water.
The motor unit is housed within the hand grip part of the blender at the top of the product. The grey operating button is easily reached with your index finger or thumb, it needs to be depressed at all times during operation. The cutter is situated at the bottom of the unit, safely inside a guard to avoid users accidentally touching the very sharp blades. The blender works by spinning the blades at high speed, so cutting through foods.
The unit is designed to work by placing into the food to be processed, a handy marker half way up the blender indicates the maximum depth the blender will work at. It should not be used with a container standing on a heat source or with very hot liquids. The manufacturer recommends that the blender be used for short bursts of 1 minute at a time and the unit be switched off and removed when further ingredients are added to your mixing bowl or cooking vessel to avoid damage to the blender and food splashes.
The blender comes with a basic user guide, printed on folded A4 sized shiny paper in English. The user guide is simply written and describes the functions of the machine, electrical information, cleaning and storage instructions, plus a 12 month warranty.
The blender is made for Tesco Stores in China. The appliance bears the CE mark of conformity.
Voltage rating 220-240v, 50 Hz
Power consumption 150W
Duty cycle 1 min.
Net Weight 0.56 Kg
**Tesco Contact Details**
Tesco Stores Ltd
**My Thoughts and Conclusion**
A basic, user friendly product with no frills at a modest price.
The blender does what it says on the box, blends food quickly and efficiently.
The blender is not as easy to clean as my previous model as it does not dismantle for washing up.
Only one speed for blending.
Once again the Tesco Value range has come up trumps, a hand blender for under £5! I would recommend this product to other consumers looking for a basic hand blender.
Thank you for reading.
©brittle1906 February 2009
Updated November 2012. This Hand blender is still going strong after 3 years use....what a bargain!
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This is my second hand blender in just over 3 years. This may sound like a bad thing but in actual fact it is not as i have used this blender everyday and sometimes two to three times a day. So to the review.
How good does this blender mix?
Well i have used this blender to mix oats, nuts, seeds, fruit and all other solid objects of food...in fact when mixing a liquid this blender can be too powerful and cause the liquid to go everything..so use a large jug for blending. The upside of this in comparision to an expensive blender is it is much easier to clean...it takes a minute tops to rinse it off and store away.
The two speed allows for harder objects ala nuts, seeds to blend easily. The blades are sharp and rigid and can take a beating. The only problem i have found with this blender is it can get quite hot if using it for a length of time.
But for under £5 and it comes with a garuentee too, i would say it is very practical and definately money well spent.
This is an amazing kitchen gadget for just £3.89. I wanted a handblender to use when I make soups.
It gives a lovely smooth texture to cauliflower and potatoe ,or other kinds of homemade soup.
The Tesco Value model is simple and cheap so it suited my purpose perfetly.
It comes in a simple cardboard box with no packaging and has a flex and plug already attached. The colour is white.
The end screws off to enable easy setup and cleaning which is the most important part of the design of any kitchen implement.
This blender doesn't have any other attachments but at the price you wouldn't expect it to.
It does have a 200 watt motor which is enough for most uses and two rubber press buttons that give you dual speed blending via the blades.
I find that when I use it in hot soup it is best to keep it on the low speed or it tends to spray liquid everywhere. This however, is what handblenders do. It isn't a fault of this particular brand.
I must admit that I find this a bit awkward to hold as it's quite wide around the circumference compared with other (more expensive) models.
It is also difficult to change speeds or switch off unless you use both hands, one to steady the appliance and the other to press the button.
I have used mine for making omelettes, smoothies and salad dressings. It will also cope with bits of ice in drink. I used mine to make a smoothie using frozen fruit. That will probably blunt the blades over time, though.
It is so easy to set up and even easier to clean up afterwards. You simply unscrew the end and throw it into the dishwasher.
A great bargain if you haven't got one.
UPDATE: I went to wash this the other day and lots of brown rusty water started to drip out of it. The moisture had collected underneath the rubber seal thing that holds the blender blade. I felt sick! How many times had minute drops of rusty water got into my food? Yuk!
I'm going to buy a better quality, stainless steel rust proof blender.
I first bought a hand blender when I was weaning my daughter around 12 years ago and the original blender gave me many years of useful service before finally dying. Although I enjoyed having a hand blender, it was not an item which got a lot of use so when shopping for a replacement I didn't want to spend a fortune. I finally settled on the Tesco Value Hand blender which retails for the ridiculously low price of £3.99 from selected Tesco stores from the Tesco Direct catalogue.
The blender is very basic but you can't really expect anything else for such a low price. It consists of two parts, the main body which has two rubber switches allowing you to choose between the two speed settings and the part with the blades which is detachable for easy washing. The whole thing is made out of white plastic except for the cutting blades which are stainless steel.
The blender is extremely simple to use, simply attach the bottom of the blender to the top and stick it into the foodstuff you wish to blend and press the button to start the motor. The main body of the blender is fairly chunky but still reasonably comfortable for somebody with average sized hands to hold, you do need to keep the button depressed the whole time the unit is in use but this is not a problem. The blender is fitted with a 200w motor which is strong enough to cope with the tasks I have wanted it to perform, it is fairly noisy in use but not so noisy that it should put you off purchasing it. When you have finished using the blender it is easy to detach the part with the blade and wash it in either the sink or dishwasher.
My main use for the hand blender is to make milkshakes and smoothies. My favourite is banana milkshake, I use the blender to froth the milk and then add chunks of bananas and a little sugar for a fabulous treat creamy tasting yet healthy treat. I was really impressed when I bought frozen fruit packs for making smoothies that the blender coped with the frozen cubes of fruit mixed with fruit juice just as effectively as a more expensive machine would and quickly turned the fruit into pulp.
I know you are not meant to use plastic stick blenders in boiling liquids but I have used my Tesco Value Hand blender without incident to blend soups and leftover tomato sauce to spread on pizza bases.
Most hand blenders come supplied with a plastic beaker to use when blending small quantities of food as the high sides contain the inevitable splatter which comes from blending things together. I still have the old beaker from my old blender and use this but I'm sure you could pick a suitable high sided container up inexpensively if you did not have anything suitable.
The blender has a 200w motor and is easy to hold and operate. It is fairly quiet to use and feels robust. Its stainless steel blades seem to work as well as they did when I first bought it.
I have owned my Tesco Value Hand blender for over a year now, like I said earlier it is not an item I use everyday, it probably sees the light of day once a week on average and it still performs as well as the day I bought it and the blades show no signs of dulling or rusting. I will upgrade one day to a fancier hand blender with more attachments but for now I am happy with my Tesco Value one, it may be basic but it performs well and is a bargain buy.
The first time I looked after my baby grandaughter I was a little stuck for preparing her a meal as I do not like giving her the jars my daughter (her mom) sent over. I have a wonderful food processor but it unfortunately would not blend the small amounts I needed so I ended up having to make a whole load of baby food which eventually got wasted.
When I saw that Tesco sell a Handblender as part of their Value range and that it would only cost £3.79 I decided to buy one to try it and if it was no good then I have not wasted a lot of money.
I think it absolutely worth the money though and I would probably have paid a little more. The only thing the blender is not suitable for is using it with hot liquids but that is alright for me because I use my food processor to make soups and sauces so the only things I can see my handblender being used for are baby foods and smoothies.
This handblender has 2 speeds which are basically fast and a little bit slower so it's ideal for anything really. The slower speed is perfect for making my smoothies because it doesn't bash the fruit about to much while it is pureeing them. I find I do not make so much mess with the slow speed because the blender does splash quite a lot compared to my previous handblender. It is easy to stop this by using a bowl or jug with deep sides and remembering to stop the blender before you lift it out.
For my grandaughters food I use the faster speed because I made her a casserole and needed to blend the meat properly. She is 12 months old but is not a good eater so she still needs her food to be blended down quite well and this blender makes light work of it. I blended potato, carrot, sweetcorn, pork and a slice of onion and it kept a lovely smell and I was able to blend it to the perfect consistency for her by just taking out the blender every couple of seconds and checking the texture of her casserole.
The blender is very easy to clean and being white it is simple to see just how much of a clean it needs. I found that rinsing the blending mechanism under warm water and giving the hand grip a wipe with a cloth is all it needs. The blender is nice and light to hold and it is comfortable for me to hold with one hand while I use my other hand to hold the bowl.
All in all I think this is a very good handblender for the money. It comes with basic and easy to understand instructions but I think they could have been a little bit more comprehensive for people who have never used one of these before.
Short name: Tesco HB06