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      25.02.2014 09:38
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      It works but isn't as effective as some others

      I bought this hand blender because I needed to replace my old one that I had had for years and this was really cheap. Unfortunately I thought that it was a case of getting what you pay for and after using it for a few weeks I decided to plump for a slightly more expensive one because this wasn't as effective as I had hoped it was going to be. The blender was dirt cheap at Tesco as it cost under £5. For that price the blender works well but as someone who uses their hand blender several times a week I just wanted one that was a little bit more powerful. If you are only going to be using it occasionally or for really soft things such as blending soup then this will do the job fine for you. The blender is a really simple item to use as there are no complicated settings on it. You just plug it in the wall and then press the button to blend. The cable on this isn't very long so you do need to make sure that you are next to a plug socket when using it as it won't stretch very far. You also need to be really careful when using it for things like soup as it can cause liquid to splash up and scald you if you aren't careful. You can't take this apart to clean it but as long as you rinse the blade part well under a hot running tap it cleans ok without having bits of food stick to it and dry on. This vibrates really strongly and makes a total racket but it gets the job done. With soups it works well as long as the vegetables have been cooked for long enough and are really soft. The problem that I had with it was when I was using it for things that weren't so soft. It would blend them but it took a lot longer than I was used to. Had I paid a lot of money for this then I would have probably kept it and just put up with the extra effort and time involved with blending but because it was so cheap I didn't mind so much spending a little bit more and getting one with a sharper and more powerful blade. I have this in my cupboard as a spare blender. It isn't a bad hand blender but it doesn't compare to my other one and it takes a lot longer to completely blend food and make it smooth and even with soup it can still be a bit lumpy after a few minutes of blending whereas with the one that I have now it only takes a minute or so to have a completely smooth one with zero effort. If you are on a really tight budget then this is really amazing value for money but if you can afford it then I would recommend that you spend just a few pounds more and get a blender with a sharper blade as it will save a little bit of time and effort which is what you want when you have to cook every night.

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        05.02.2014 00:00
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        Nifty little tool to have around, especially in winter time.

        When the fancy takes me I do enjoy cooking up a storm in the kitchen and one of my favourite things to whizz up are good old fashioned hearty soups; perfect for warming your cockles on cold winter days. I'm one of those people that can't abide lumps of any shape or form in my food, this even extends to my beverages...woe betide anyone that makes the mistake of serving me orange juice with bits in. Due to this pickiness of mine it is essential that any soups I concoct have a silky smooth texture, for this I use my nifty little hand blender. I don't have the money to splash out on luxury kitchen appliances so when I came across this blender I knew that for less than a fiver it had to be worth a shot. The device itself isn't going to win culinary awards but for the role of simply mushing up vegetables it does the job just fine; out of all the gadgets I have this has to be the easiest by far to use. It is literally the act of holding in a button, nothing more and as soon as you let go, the blending action of the blade ceases. To clean, all you have to do is slightly submerge the product in warm soapy water, being careful to avoid going above the "max" line as you do so. One of my slight annoyances at the blender is the fact that to me, the cable it is attached to is fairly short which means that your socket needs to be reasonably close to whatever you are mushing. Also, over time I have noticed the white plastic base is becoming discoloured after being dunked in so many vegetable stocks and the like. The item is quite a chunky device but I can still manage to hold and operate it with ease, this however could be a factor to consider with older people or those with dexterity problems as they may struggle to lift and use it so easily. It only has one speed setting but to be honest, for me this makes no difference at all as all I use it for is soup and smoothie making. The blender is a basic kitchen tool that works well, it doesn't need additional fancy features and is definitely worth the just short of a fiver I paid. My soups are velvety smooth and everyone comments on this and how tasty they are. Tesco, you've done me proud!

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        01.12.2013 13:03
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        A good, reasonably priced hand blender

        I ended up purchasing this hand blender from Tesco a few months ago for around £6. Although I own a full size jug blender, I found it impossible to use to blend food for my daughter, who at the time was being weaned onto solids. The full size blender just couldn't blend the food smoothly enough unless I made a very large amount. For that reason, I opted for this hand blender so I could direct the blender onto more difficult areas of the food myself to achieve a smooth consistency. How to Use The blender is very basic, that was noticeable as soon as I removed it from the (also basic) box. The blender is curved in shape and plain white in colour with a grey on/off button to operate it. It is not sophisticated enough to have more than one setting for use - it is just a case of pressing the on/off button in and out to use. It's the sort of button that needs to be held in when it's in use, which I thought at first may be a bit of a pain to deal with, but in fact I've found it very easy to operate because as soon as I find the food is ready and I need to stop, I can do so immediately just by lifting my finger off the button. It's around 30cm tall and 7cm wide so it's a nice size and isn't too bulky. The blender is mains operated, so it does require you to be near a socket as the the wire is not very long really, although again I would prefer it this way as sometimes long wires in the kitchen can really get in the way trailing across the work surfaces, we have quite a few sockets within the kitchen area anyway and as it's so portable I can use it almost anywhere in there. There's one small blade at the bottom of the blender, which is exposed at the bottom - the blender doesn't come with any sort of cover to use over it when it's not in use. The plain white plastic making up the main part covers the sides of the blade. To use, it's just a case of holding this bottom part in the food vertically, or at a slight angle as I find is better. As the blade spins around at quite a speed, you really do need to make sure that the whole bottom part is submerged in the food - otherwise it has a tendency to splatter the food all over the place! Results I find that the blade is strong and quick enough to blend fairly well when it's placed in a small bowl of food. By no means is it as fast as the full sized jug blender, or as smooth, but it's perfect for small amounts that would be impossible for the jug one to blend otherwise. I have used it mostly for things like peas, carrots and potatoes (although those have been boiled to soften them first), strawberries and bananas and they've blended very well and into a smooth consistency. The banana probably took 1 minute to blend so that it was completely smoothed. Cleaning Cleaning afterwards is the only real downside I feel. It would be a far better design if the bottom detached somehow so that it was easy to clean around the blade and casing after use. Instead, as it's all one unit, I have to be very careful as it has a wire and plug at the top end which I obviously have to keep well away when cleaning. I've found it easier to half fill a cup with soapy water and pop the very bottom part of the blender in that - it seems to do the trick most of the time (provided the food isn't a stubborn type). Conclusion I would recommend this blender, although as I feel a detachable head would be better, I've rated it four stars rather than five. Perhaps that's slightly harsh given it's very reasonable price but I feel that would make it far easier to clean. I also think that the blender is reasonably priced partly as it does only have the one speed setting. I think this would be ideal for someone who doesn't need a blender for everyday cooking but needs one in the cupboard for every now and again to blend simple foods. Cheap, cheerful and handy to have in the cupboard. Thanks for reading :o)

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          28.10.2013 09:55
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          Cheap option

          I paid £5.99 for this simple hand blender from Tesco about a year ago and it has proven to be an absolute bargain given how useful it has proven to be. In terms of power it has a 150w motor and can handle a capacity of half a liter. It is a simple hand blender with only one speed setting and is really well designed. The handle is easy to grip with a curved tapered design and it is white in colour and made from plastic primarily. There are two silver blades within the round inner head. This makes it really easy to clean as the parts are easily removed to clean the blades and the head itself. The only real drawback with this product is the fact that the power cord is not very long so you do need to be relatively close to a plug socket when using this. You only need one hand to operate this as the power button is close to the natural point at which my fingers rest when gripping the device. In terms of its blending qualities as long as you recognise that a device like this will have its limitations then the performance is good, it is not overly loud when in operation. It copes comfortably when making milkshakes or soup. I have also used it on soft fruits as well to make a puree. It is nice and light so holding this is not an issue, it works effectively and given the price if I get another year of use out of it I will be impressed.

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          25.10.2013 15:32
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          Thanks for Reading :)

          I do love having some nice warm soup on a winters day, and although I do own a food processor I wanted to purchase something that was easy to use, small and required very little washing up! As I do find it a bit of a pain having to wash all the blades and bits and bobs that come with a larger blender or food processor. Therefore I decided it was time to buy a hand blender, but as I already had a larger blender I was on a look out for a quality but inexpensive one. THE PRICE = = = = = = The Tesco HB07 hand blender was located in the kitchen electrical section at my local Tesco supermarket, and to my surprise was only priced at £4. Having owned a few other Tesco range electrical items and been happy with there overall quality I decided it was definitely worth a try, being so cheap meant even if it wasn't great I wouldn't have lost much money anyway. Having a look on the Tesco website it seems as though they have stopped selling this HB07 model, however it can still be purchased from auction sites such as eBay for around £4-5. SPECIFICATIONS = = = = = = = = = * Powered by a reliable 150W motor * 0.5 litres capacity * Features single speed * Product Height 38.0 Cm, Width 7.0 Cm, Depth 7.0 Cm DESIGN = = = = = The Tesco Hand blender came enclosed in a medium sized cardboard box packaging along with an instruction manual. The packaging had the usual Tesco logo and colour scheme. The hand blender itself is very simple looking, it has a white glossy finish and a curvy plastic design. Although it looks simple, it still appears modern due to its curvy edges and I would definitely say it looks more expensive than just £4. It doesn't come with any additional attachments, instead it comes in its basic form of hand blender with two sharp silver metal blades attached to the inner head. The head is a small circular contraption made from plastic and securely holds the two metal blades. The handle grip is positioned at the top of the blender and has a nice curved shape to allow good grip, as well as a white power cord that extends from the upper half. Experience LENGTH OF POWER CORD ******************** The power cord is a relatively short in length, which can be an issue for some who have limited plug sockets in the kitchen. I however have a couple of spare sockets located around the kitchen so it doesn't bother me at all. Although the length is short it still provides enough length to enable me to comfortably use the blender without feeling like its tugging on the wire, and would estimate it being about an arms length in size. SPEED SETTING ********************* The power button is located on the front of the hand blender and is positioned close to the handle area. This therefore makes it very easy for me to grasp hold of the blender and switch the speed on and off. The power button basically allows the blender to be turned on and automatically use the one installed speed, there are no other settings to choose just the single speed. Pressing the button down allows the single speed to be activated during use and letting go of the button then stops the blades from turning, all very simple and produces a good pulse method. The Hand blender is not too noisy and sounds like a standard blender but due its single speed setting it is quieter that more powerful blenders. WHAT DOES IT BLEND... ******************** The blender has a 150 Watt power therefore the single speed setting is great for making soups, sauces, dips and milkshakes. It can also help puree soft fruits for purees etc which I have done a few times for my nephew during his weaning days. The two blades are very sharp so please take care while installing them and of course keep out of reach of children. The two sharp blades work really well for soft foods and making drinks etc, but not great for solids. However I use the food processor for solids, so that doesn't limit me. The plastic head is very sturdy and durable, and is more than capable of coping with the impact of the swirling blades. I haven't experienced the handle heating up during use, as i generally use it for short durations. I have used this numerous times making soups, sauces etc and have been very happy with the results, just ensure that the head touches the bottom of the container, press the button and off it goes. The handle makes the device easy to hold onto while using and haven't found my hand tiring even after long periods of use, which is probably also due to it being very lightweight. The blender does start to over heat if you use it for long durations, but thankfully I find it blends most of the things I put in very quickly. WASHING UP *************** This couldn't be easier, just detach the blades and use a sponge infused with fairy liquid and after a few scrubs its cleaned. The head is just as easy to clean as the blades, and require minimal effort to scrub clean. CONCLUSION = = = = = = = = Overall I cant fault this Tesco HB07 hand blender, as its easy to use, has sharp blades to blend most soft foods, has a decent power and best of all its cheap as chips. Therefore this gets a full 5/5 from me.

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            23.09.2013 02:58
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            Great!

            ~*~*~ Tesco Value Hand Blender ~*~*~ ~ What it is? ~ This is a hand held blender stick from the Tesco Value range. I believe at the time of purchase it was around the £5 mark more or less. This is a basic hand blender and very easy to use. The blender comes in one whole piece unlike a different value price blender I have purchased in the past which came in two pieces and required minimal putting together! The only bad thing about this is that you are not able to take the blade part off for washing like I could my previous blender, never the less for such a low price it's not something I am bothered about. ~ Basic or multi-functional? ~ This is a pretty basic hand held blender, very basic. It has one speed only and isn't suitable for ice crushing and the like but it is still a useful item. As already mentioned the fact that you cannot remove the head for cleaning can be a pain for some people but I just swill it under the tap after use and it comes up clean, sometimes I will wash it in a bowl of warm soapy water by simply 'using' the blender in the bowl to give the blades a good wash and after owning this now for around two years it is still going strong. ~ Do I need a blender or is it just gonna sit in the cupboard unused? ~ I will be quite honest and say that that above ^^^ is a question I asked myself before re-purchasing this, but at the low price, to be frank, I couldn't resist. A blender isn't something I use on a daily basis so a cheap one will do me just fine, but I do use it on occasion. I sometimes make soup, but rarely. I sometimes make smoothies, again rarely. But I do like using the blender in the warmer weather to make frozen smoothie lollies and that is probably when I use it the most, however I use it when I am being lazy too! If I need to whip up some cream for strawberries for instance, I will get this out and give it a quick whiz in the cream as it effectively whips it up brilliantly. This requires me to swill it straight out under the tap but saves my arm and save getting out the big whisk. I am sure it said somewhere in the instructions not to use it for hot stuff but I have whizzed it around the pan of vegetables when making soup and it has been fine. It is really effective at breaking up the veggies providing they are soft enough. If my children want me to make them a milkshake with fruit and milk I will put a small amount of milk in a jug and a few berries then blend it up, the liquid allows me to keep the berries moving without everything clumping together, I then add the rest of the milk give it one more whiz and then add ice, it isn't capable of crushing ice so I always add that last so not to harm the blade. ~ Overall ~ For such a low price this hand blender has served me well, I probably would have preferred one with a removable head but again at the low price I really can't moan. It's a great blender and shows no sign of wear at all. Great! Thanks for reading :o) x

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              14.11.2012 20:28
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              super cheap and works like a dream!

              ~Tesco Value Handblender~ Tesco (instore and www.tesco.com/direct) offer several different handblenders including branded handblenders. The cheapest handblender available is the Tesco Value Handblender (model HB07). This handblender has a power output of 150W and is a basic handblender. This appliance is made of white plastic and measures 38 x 7 x 7cm (according to the Tesco website). This handblender has one speed setting. It isn't designed to crush ice or provide any form of turbo boost. This handblender doesn't have any fancy features ie a safety lock or eject button. It is recommended that you use this handblender in short bursts of one minute before resting for a few minutes. This avoids the appliance becoming overheated. Tesco state that this appliance is not safe to be used in a dishwasher (because it comes with an electrical cable) and should be washed by dipping the blade end in warm soapy water and drying thoroughly. It is important not to get the cable wet. The handblender is presented in a simple white box and is complete with a small user guide. ~Price~ This handblender is an absolutely bargain - just £4.39 (that gets you 4 Clubcard points too). It is currently part of the Clubcard Exchange where you can double up your vouchers and put them towards this and other electrical appliances. In reality, you could get a toaster and handblender for free if you have a £5.00 voucher. ~My Thoughts~ Since I started Slimming World, I have bought a few recommended small kitchen appliances. I now cook a lot of food from scratch now and find that some small appliances make the process of cooking a little easier. This handblender was actually recommended to me by my fiances brother. He brought me some homemade soup and it had a lovely consistency. Whenever I made soup, I left it chunky and it was more like a stew - a handblender was definitely needed to help me along! I was shocked at how cheap this actually was! Had I been buying without the recommendation of my brother in law, I may have been put off by the super cheap price. The box isn't exactly attractive but the user manual was clear. How hard can it be to use a handblender with one speed setting really? The handblender itself is a good size and seems to be made of solid plastic which is very durable. There are no attatchments. It isn't exactly stylish but as far as I'm concerned, it sits in the cupboard when not in use so as long as it works effectively, I'm not caring about how pretty it looks. It may seem a little large for many to use and I admit, it took a bit of getting used to but is very simple to use now I know how! ~Blend It Up!~ The cable for this handblender isn't exactly the longest so I do need to use it near an available plug socket. I found it a little awkward to grip the blender and press down the blending button whilst trying to keep the top of the cable out of my way but it seems a lot easier to do with regular use. There is a clear marking stating 'max' on this handblender - this is located around half way up the plastic casing and this indicates that liquid should not pass by this mark. The blade is located at the bottom of the blender and is surrounding by plastic. I keep this away from my young son as it is sharp as you would expect. My main use for this is to blend up my soups. It is recommended that you don't submerge the handblender into roasting hot liquids and I would say to stick with this as you may end up scalding yourself. The first time I used this I didn't read the instructions and dipped the handblender into the liquid but not very far - big mistake! Splashes everywhere! I have since learned to dip it in a big further until the holes at the side of the blade are covered. Those wanting a multi-function handblender will be disappointed. The one speed function is more than sufficient for my needs. The button is easy to press in and needs to be held in to work. Releasing the button will result in the motor stopping immediately. I have found this handblender to work really well and it is comfortable to use for short bursts of time. It is very noisy when in use and does require a good grip so possibly not for those who have problems with their hands. It is heavy but not overly so. I try not to use this when my son is home as he isn't keen on the loud noise - pets may feel the same so this is worth keeping in mind. This handblender does a brilliant job at blending up my soup. I make big batches of soup and allow it to cool down but not completely. I have blended the soup in the pot but prefer to transfer it it to a large bowl and go from there. I am able to blend up veg soup (carrots, potatoes, leek and onion) into a thick puree. Whilst blending, the vegetables can be seen being 'dragged' towards the blade and turned to a liquidy mush. I then just transfer the blended mixture into tubs ready for the freezer. It is a very simple process and takes around a minute to fully blend my soup which I find impressive. I haven't had any issues with the vegetables clogging up the blade. Whilst my intention was to use this for just blending up my soups, it does do a good job of blending any other soft ingredients. I have used it for blending up soft fruits such as banana and strawberries with fruit or natural yoghurt/fromage frais for healthy desserts. I would imagine it would be beneficial for blending up food for a baby too or sauces. The motor runs quickly allowing the blade to slice through the ingredients and turn them to a thick puree. When it comes to cleaning this handblender, I simply dip it in some hot soapy water and give it a shake around to remove any food residue. I have noticed that the plastic has become stained a little at the bottom from the stock of my soups but this doesn't effect the performance of the handblender in any way. I assume this would happen with any white plastic appliance over time. ~Conclusion~ For the price I paid for this handblender, I can't really fault it. Yes, it is very basic but it performs well when it comes to blending soft foods. It won't win any awards but is so easy to use and is well worth the money I paid for it. I can now enjoy bowls of proper soup rather than bowls of chunky veg in thin stock! My sister has also purchased this handblender and can thoroughly recommend it too. I use my blender 2-3times a week and it is showing no signs of giving up on me. It is very handy to have in the cupboard for when needed and would make a great addition to a student or family home. A bargain! Thanks for reading :)

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                08.04.2012 06:56
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                Great at what it is supposed to do

                Blending vegetables is a great way to make soup and sauces and is of course a great way of eating healthy and we all know how important that is. That is the reason why I  like to use this very handy, hand blender from the Tesco own brand value range and it cost less than five pounds. Unlike a standard blender this allows me to cook the vegetables in a pot, then I simply place the head of this device on to the vegetables while they are still inside the pot. I then simply press the button and blend them right there on the spot. I just lift the blender up and down slightly as I go and the vegetables blend beautifully right there and then with out the need of extra bowls or blender jugs. I can add a little stock or boiling water to the pot to blend the pulverised vegetables into a smooth soup. Or I could remove them in a chunky state add some chilly and herbs and I can then have myself some wonderful fresh salsa.  The fact that by using this device means I have far less washing up to do is a bonous. Not only is there less plates, bowls, spoons and the like, but there are also no small bits, blades and covers like there would be if I had used one of those unusually big food processors. This is a super clean and easy to use device that consists of a smooth, easy grip, all over White hand held unit with a covered blade at the top. There is only one button on this so there will be no confusion when it comes to using it. I just push down and hold down the button to turn it on and realise it to turn it off, you can't get much more simple than that.  One thing to remember is make sure the head of the blender is in contact with the food before you press the button or you run the risk of splash back. The fact that it is all smooth plastic makes any splashes that do come up on to the blender very easy to wipe off by simply using a damp cloth. And the top part that houses the blade can be rinsed under a hot tap or dipped (head only) into some shallow hot soapy water. This can be used to make whipped cream, beat eggs,  mix batter and for so many more uses. This is a very simple, easy to use, easy to clean handheld blender that actually works and works well, yes there are different models available that will do much more because of the endless list of attachments that either come with it or you can buy separately. But this is a simple design and I think for the small amount of money it cost, it does a fantastic job.

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                03.12.2011 14:53
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                Another quality and functional product from the Tesco Value range.

                We like to make a few home made soups every now and then, and hence a blender is a valuable addition to that process. We'd previously bought a model from Tesco and had many years of service from it, until we dropped it one day and cracked the casing open. So, having already had a good experience with Tesco own brand products, we looked around there again a few months ago and came away with this Value HB07 Hand Blender model for only £4.59 (although I note today that it has been reduced to £4.13). What is it? Basically it is a handheld device, rather like a long upside down bottle, with an electric motor in one end spinning a small blade in the other which is shrouded for protection. The idea is that you push the spinning blade bit into a container of soft food in order to finely cut up and mash the food with the spinning blade until it turns into a sort of mash or goo. The beauty of this Tesco Value model is that it is a no nonsense device. Housed in a white plastic case, it has one button to switch on and off, and operates a 150W motor that spins the blade at one speed. Simplicity in itself. What's it like to use? Basically, very simple. The body is just wide enough to ensure that you can get a good grip on the device, but not so wide that you can't get your hand around it. Whilst we generally use it to mash up pre-cooked vegetables for soups etc, we've also used it for cake mixes, to make mashed potatoes or just to scramble eggs. In each case, it breezes through the chore with ease. Whilst you can't really put it into a dishwasher to clean, the wipe clean plastic surface is easy to clean, and you can get away rinsing the shroud and blade bit under a tap to clean away any grunge from that area, although we also have a dish brush with some washing up liquid which helps with the job. Any negative points? My kids did once try to mash up some apples and pears (something about making tasty ice cream apparently), at which point this hand blender did struggle because of the harder fruit causing the blades to slow down and stop. Eventually my kids just cut the fruit into smaller pieces by hand and then slowly mashed those up with the hand blender. Not too much of an issue for us because it wasn't something that we do on a regular basis, but something to be aware of if you intended to use the blender on harder fruit and vegetables. A further point to be aware of is that the switch is a push down one to operate, in that you need to push it down and hold it down to keep the motor running. We never really had an issue with it, but a friend of ours who has slight arthritis in her hands did struggle with it when she tried it out at our home. So again, something to be aware of. In summary, this is a basic one speed hand blender that does the job for only £4.13 (now). You can spend far more to get other blenders with numerous speeds, various attachments and go faster stripes, but for me why bother when this Tesco Value model does everything I need it to do, all at a very acceptable cost. Hence, a 5 star recommendation. Also on Ciao under Randal1.

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                  If you are looking to stick to soups this winter then this blender could be for you.

                  The last time I had seen a hand blender was probably when I were a child, many years ago. I got back into using them a couple of years ago and the Tesco Value HB07 Handblender is the latest model I have bought. The simplicity of the product means that I am not too keen to spend a great deal on them, as they are largely the same product with different prices. The Tesco Value Handblender cost me under £5 from one of their stores and is probably one of the most basic models available on the market today. This blender has lasted me a good few months now, though I have no intention of replacing it anytime soon, so I would imagine it lasting for a good while yet. The blender is very plain and simple, with the typical white finish. Powered by 150w it doesn't appear to have much grunt when turning it on, but for the tasks I require it is fit for purpose. I use it to blend soup ingredients, things like making butternut squash soup and also for breaking down tomatoes for the same purpose. I can use the blender with no fuss and when I first used it I found it very simple to set up and operate - the controls are so simple. As it is a basic model I find it very easy to use. If you intend to use it a lot then you might want to look for a more powerful blender to cut down the elbow grease involved, but I find it fine for day to day use. The problems begin when trying to blend tougher fruits/vegetables. Apples are a particular stumbling block, depending on the ripeness of course. Even peeling apples can sometimes be troublesome to break down, and for making fruit smoothies this model isn't particularly efficient or effective. The blender looks very basic and is very basic indeed. With very little to go wrong with the blender I find it a very simple to use product, but if you are looking to rely on it for a whole variety of smoothies and the like then you might want to look elsewhere. However, if you are looking to make wholesome soups for the winter months then this blender may well be the answer. With such a good value price it will make light work of turning chunks of veggies into a delicious broth in no time.

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                  13.11.2011 22:47
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                  Simple but functional, and good value for money.

                  WHY I BOUGHT THIS BLENDER * I make a lot of soup, so I need a blender in the house. We had a food processor but after 3 faithful years it began to send out sparks and funny burning smells, so I quickly went on the search for a new one. As I live near a big Tesco this was naturally the first place I went. * Tesco Value - ok so it cost a fiver, where can you go wrong? I wasn't expecting much life out of it but I thought for only £5, at least if it inevitably gives up I haven't wasted loads of money. * It's nice and smart, small enough to go in the drawer or cupboard, unlike some of the more expensive blenders. The other hand blenders looked exactly the same as this and didn't boast any extra tricks, so why bother paying extra? GOOD BITS * Very simple to use - plug it in, press a button, and it blends! No different speeds or pulses, just on or off. * Easy to clean,. * Doesn't splatter everywhere once you get the technique right. * Blends! NOT SO GOOD * This blender is in one piece, so you have to be careful not to submerge it when washing. Some dafty did and now we have to use a rubber glove to blend, or suffer mild electric shocks... * Although it is small enough for a drawer/cupboard, there is no tie for the cord, and it has difficulty standing up on its own, so not the tidiest of kitchen appliances. OVERALL This is a really good value for money, yes it electrocutes me now and then (this can be avoided by not submerging it!), but prior to this it has functioned perfectly for 13 months. Not bad for a fiver!

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                    09.09.2011 12:13
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                    A brilliant buy for a basic blender.

                    I have just had a new kitchen so I decided that this was the ideal time to branch out on my cooking! I was in two minds whether to buy a hand blender or a jug blender and decided to do some research before making my decision. After reading reviews and talking to friends and family, I found out quite quickly that the problem with a jug blender is two fold - Firstly, they are the very devil to clean after ever use and secondly, it is very difficult for some of them to blend the ingredients at the bottom of the jug. So a hand blender it was! My next stage was to review and ask around about blenders. Top of the list from friends and family was the Tesco Value HB07 Handblender. This rated far higher within my circle of friends than any of the more expensive models. I have been 'over the moon' with this blender, it has perfomed to an extremely high standard and for well under £5 is a complete bargain to boot! TECHNICAL INFORMATION This hand blender from the Tesco Value range offers you real value for money. It comes in white and has 1 speed setting. The blender has a power output of 150W and is a handy kitchen tool, ideal for any household requiring a basic function hand blender. Assembled Dimension Depth 6 Assembled Dimension Height 36 Assembled Dimension Units cm Assembled Dimension Width 6 Assembled Weight 0.590 Assembled Weight Units kg Balloon Whisk No Brand Tesco Capacity (Litres) 0 Chopper No Citrus Press No Colour White Combination No Crushes Ice No Dishwasher Safe No Eject Button No Liquidiser No Mixer No Number of Attachments 0 Number of Programmes 1 Power in Watts 150 Product Depth 7 cm Product Height 38 cm Product Weight Units kg Product Width 7 cm Pulse Control No Safety Lock No Speed Settings 1 Stirring Stick No Tap No Turbo Boost No Weight 0.900 MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE As you can see from the technical information listed above, this is a very basic blender with a one speed setting and no attachments or frills. I started with soups and sauces and this blender is totally perfect for both. You can use it in any container that your ingredients are in and it get into all the nooks and cranies so that all the ingredients are blended perfectly. I also use it all the time for my mashed potato - this is the perfect way for light and fluffy mashed potato every time! This blender is brilliant for precooked vegetables, fruit for smoothies, batter mixes, cake mixes and is brilliant for lovely scrambled eggs. I made borsch (beetroot soup) last week and it wizzed through the beetroot very quickly for a perfect result. Cleaning is quick and simple. Just run the blender head under the tap! No awkward jugs to wash out and a quck dry and you are finished. For anyone wanting lots of attachments and settings - steer clear of this blender - it is a perfect item for bog standard applications but it would not do the job at all for anyone wanting more. A word of warning to people out there who are considering this item but have difficulty with weight - this item is on the heavy side and may be uncomfortable to use for long periods of time. Also, to switch on the blender, the on button needs to pushed and then held down for the whole time you are blending. This may also cause difficulties if you are blending for a long period of time. Also, please also make sure that your plug sockets are quite near to the area that you are going to use to blend as the mains lead is quite short. Overall, I am extremely happy indeed with my blender and I would recommend it to anyone- a brilliant blender!!

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                      29.08.2011 18:47
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                      Ideal for the price...perfect in fact

                      You can pay a lot for a hand-held blender, such as the £100 one from germany, the one that lasted 2 years and then broke down, the one that this Tesco Value model was bought to replace. It costs under a fiver and has one simple function...blending, It doesn't sing or dance for that matter like it's predecessor claimed to do. FUNCTIONALITY, I have had this blender for about 5 months now and I use it a lot (at least 4 times a week) for soups, smoothies, sauces, nuts...the list goes on. I admit it could be more powerful but it does the job effectively, whether it's a creamy soup or smooth smoothie you desire the outcome is the same as I got from the German...makes me resent paying 20 times more! I mentioned its simplicity...you plug it into the wall, put it into whatever you want blending and hold down its one button, there is no messing around with different speeds and attachments, which I like. DAY-TO-DAY, the end of this blender is fixed so I find it a little awkward to clean as when it gets really caked on stuff, which it often does, all over it I worry about running it under the tap..for obvious electricity + water reasons, but for me it's a problem i'm willing to overcome for the price. There is also no stand or case included and no mechanism for tidying the power cable so storage is a little difficult, but if you're like me and your kitchen is a mish-mash of pans, utensils and random gadgets then one more wont make a whole lot of difference. Another minor downside I will outline is that it is a little heavy, so after a while using it your arm starts to ache a little, at least mine does. RELIABILITY & VALUE FOR MONEY, Like I said i've had this blender for 5 months and to date I have had no issues with it. Upon purchase I would have never expected it to last this long. I have noticed no deterioration in functionality, very impressive for the price, I mean you spend a fiver on your lunch! IN SUMMARY, to summarise, finally....This is brilliant for the price. It does exactly what it says on the blue and white tin, well box. It could be easier to store, and if you like having a variety of speeds and attachments perhaps this isn't the one for you but if you want a cheap, simple and reliable hand blender then this is a winner.

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                      05.08.2011 16:00
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                      A reliable model that works and is very cheap

                      I saw this hand blender in Tesco and on an impulse I bought it, since it was much cheaper than I would have expected. At only £4.18 it is very affordable and much cheaper than most of the other hand blenders on the market. Like most Tesco value appliances it is very simple in design and not incredibly attractive. It is white plastic with a grey rubber power button. If you are looking for an advanced blender with a variety of settings, then this is not the appliance for you since it only has one setting. However, for someone like myself it is a good device to have in the kitchen. Being a student who likes to try lots of different things and experiment with food I've got quite a lot of use out of this, making smoothies and the occasional soup and it hasn't let me down yet. It blends most ingredient very effectively. With soft foods like tomatoes, strawberries and bananas, if you cut them up a bit first, they will be fully blended in a matter of seconds. This blender does have more trouble with harder ingredient such as apples - the one time I tried to blend these it didn't really work that well as there were quite a few small chunks left. It is extremely easy to use - you just need to take it out of the box, plug it in and then push the on button and it is ready to go. For sheer simplicity, efficiency and price it is an excellent model. The only things that let it down are the fact that it is not incredibly powerful - it will do the job but there many other more expensive blenders that will do it better - and that there is only one setting. It is also not a hugely attractive appliance, but since I just keep it in the cupboard when it's not being used this doesn't really matter to me. I've found it to be very reliable, as it always goes on and off without fail and generally does its job well. If you're looking for a simple blender with no fuss and that is affordable, then this is the one for you. If you're more advanced in the kitchen than I am, which you probably are, you might want to fork out a bit more and invest in a more expensive one.

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                        23.07.2011 01:52

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                        A great small kitchen tool for a small price.

                        As someone that's not a huge fan of the texture of fruit, I really wanted to get a blender to get my five a day, which I know is a common reason for buying a blender. However looking at the £50 minimum spend when looking at blenders, it seemed a ridiculous price to pay when you can get a handblender. Finding this cheap one in tesco I picked it up expecting a slow blade and a messy kitchen surface. However it works really well, properly blending fruit into each other and creating great smoothies and juices. Yes, you do have to stand there and do it yourself, but you get the exact result you want that way, instead of sticking it in a jug and waiting for the results. The design is very sleek and simple, which makes it easy to clean, and it is small enough to be stored away when out of use. For a lot of people, a blender is not something that is in constant use, so to have something that can be so easily hidden away until it is needed is a real bonus. I only originally bought a hand blender for the price, and otherwise would have gone for a proper blender, however my choice paid off and I think I will stick to hand blenders in the future. This particular model works brilliantly and is definitely worth the money.

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                      Short name: Tesco HB07