Product Type: Tesco blenders
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Tesco HB07 Handblender
Member Name: angelboouk
Tesco HB07 Handblender
Date: 14/11/12, updated on 14/11/12 (119 review reads)
Advantages: super cheap, blends soft foods
Disadvantages: one speed, not multi function (but what do you expect!)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thanks for reading :)
Summary: super cheap and works like a dream!