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James Martin/Wahl Mini-Chopper
James Martin Mini-Chopper
Member Name: jasmine6
James Martin Mini-Chopper
Advantages: looks nice and modern, easy to clean
Disadvantages: can't chop very much
This mini-chopper results from collaboration between TV chef James Martin and appliance manufacturer Wahl, and is one of 14 kitchen gadgets in the range.
Knowing this, I was somehow fooled into expecting a quality little product despite the low price (currently on sale at £16.98 on Amazon).
Sadly I was disappointed. All I was really after was something to make smoothies with, and a bit of help with chopping vegetables when making a proper dinner. In retrospect I wish I'd just got a proper blender, but I was taken in by the small size, neat appearance, low price and celebrity endorsement of the product. I thought it would sit nicely on the counter and not take up too much space - which, to be fair, it does.
However, I've found that the device is only mildly useful at preparing smoothies - it can deal with really soft stuff like bananas if they're already broken up a bit, but if I try to be more adventurous and use something tougher like apple, the blades just jam, or else knock the chunks of food around inside. Similarly, I've found that it really can't cope with any hard vegetables, and softer ones tend to be chopped very unevenly.
Although the product is very easy to take apart and clean, I'm still not sure it's worth the effort for the results it gives. Also, despite the small capacity of the jug (350ml), the base is fairly chunky in comparison, so overall the product is not as compact as I thought it would be.
The positives: Well, it is quite smart and modern looking, as well easy to use. There are 3 settings, which can be selected using a simple control dial on the base. (Unfortunately setting 1 doesn't really seem to do anything). As before, all the parts are detachable and easily cleaned and reassembled - the parts can also be put in a dishwasher. Additionally the machine is not too noisy, and has 3 little rubber feet, which keep it nice and secure on the work surface. Oh, and there's a little James Martin recipe booklet too, although you'll need to buy a proper blender to prepare the dishes!
Overall, not a particularly effective device, unless you stick to a few select ingredients all the time. Not sure whether to blame JM or Wahl for its failings - but it's worth mentioning I did have a USELESS curling tong from Wahl. Am yet to be convinced by this manufacturer.
Summary: not really worth it
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