“ Manufacturer: Argos / Type: Hand „
I hold my hands up to not being much of a cook. I know how to do the odd thing and these are the things that I make time and time again. After being taught how to make a vegetable and finding out how simple it is, I needed to get myself a blender. Knowing that this could very well be a phase I was going through I didn't want to spend a lot of money on the product so I chose the Argos Value Range Hand Blender.
About the product
The product has been described as being a blender which aims to puree the food quickly, leaving your cooking smooth and lump free. The blender has a double action meaning that the product will cut horizontally and vertically at the same time using stainless steel blades. It only comes with one speed setting so it might not be enough for the confident cook but it's fine for a starter cook like me. It has an anti splash guard so it should prevent you and your kitchen from getting in a big mess which is one of the main things which put me off cooking. It claimed to be easy to clean with parts that are safe to wash in your dishwasher. As far as I'm aware the product only comes in white.
Appearance and Price
The product is rather big and bulky. It is made out of white plastic and it has a blue switch at the top. The part that you hold at the top is wide and the neck of the product becomes thin before widening out again at the bottom. The edge of the bottom has been cut into a 'teeth' shape and the blades spin around inside this. The electrical wire comes from the top which starts you from accidentally cutting through the product which would be awful! As this is in the value range, it was obviously going to be cheap. It only cost me around £4 and it is available from your local Argos store or from their online website.
Using the product
The product is rather heavy to hold first and foremost. So if you using the product for a long period of time, it will make your arm ache a little bit. The blender is super simple to use. You should plug the product in and push the blue button to make the product work once to make it work and then once again to make it stop. The blender is rather noisy and it will be intrusive if you're are having a conversation with someone in the kitchen. It vibrates heavily too and you can feel the vibrations going up your arm but I kind of expected all these things with a product that came so cheaply.
I use it on vegetables that I have chopped up and boiled to puree them into a soup. The splash guard doesn't work too well so I use it by inserted it beneath the level of the soap before switching it on. This prevents me from getting in a mess while still allowing the product to work too. It doesn't work incredibly quickly but it gets the job done in a reasonable time, managing to remove all of the lumps from my soup and leaving it deliciously smooth. The product is easy to clean by removing the end and putting it in the dishwasher. I've only used this product a couple of times but it feels sturdy and I think it should have a relatively long life as long as I'm looking after it properly.
All in all, I think this a really good product for the price that I paid. It is heavy and noisy but it does get the job done quite quickly. I does everything I need it to do and it's easy to clean. It's sturdy and shows no signs of breaking or not working so I would happily recommend this who don't cook much or who are just getting into it.
I'm always one for good value for money and found a need for a cheap and cheerful hand helf blender for when we go on holiday in our caravan. I always prepare my own fresh soups and I use a blender about 4 times a week. I was a little reluctent in taking my expensive blender away with us on holiday as it just gets chucked away in the caravan cupboards. It was a friend that suggested this little one from the Argos value range. I was a little skeptical at first but was soon reassurred when my friend told me that she'd owned on of these for nearly 3 years. My first thoughts were' that you can't go wrong for £4.13 even it it only lasts a years or so.'
It's white in colur and has a stainless steel blade. The motor is a powerful 220 watts. There is only 1 speed, it's easy to grip and the detachable leg is fully dishwasher safe.
THE PRODUCT IN USE:
When out of the box it's easy to put together. You position the leg onto the handheld part and give it a quick firm twist and it slots together well. It feels comfortable to hold and is of solid construction. When switched on it's pretty powerful and can blend or puree food within a short amount of time. It's a little noisy, but aren't they all? To remove the leg after you've completed the blending operation you simply twist to release and it's job done. I have noticed that it does get a little hot after 10 mins of use, but this I believe is fairly normal for these products.
Make sure that you turn the machine off before you pull the blender out of your mixture or it will splatter everywhere. The entire product is very easy to clean and requires very little effort.
I'd recommend this to anyone wanting to use a handheld blender for occasional use. The leg attachment of mine has discolours slightly, mainly due to all the curry power that I add to my soip mixtures. It is a no frills blender but what more could you ask for from a product that is under a fiver?
I started a low calorie low fat diet and found myself eating a tin of soup most lunch times. I decided to look up some recipes online and make myself some nice low fat healthy and fresh soups. All of them required blending so I decided to buy myself a hand blender. Nothing fancy as I'm no expert chef, all I needed it for was to blend my soups.
I decided on the Argos Value Range hand Blender. It's only £4.79 and had good reviews on the Argos website. You can check the stock in your store and reserve it to pick up later which I always do. It saves traipsing all the way to the store only to find it's out of stock.
The blender itself is what you'd expect for the price. Very basic with only one speed setting. It''s all white with a blue button at the top so when you're holding it and using it you can easily press it on and off. It's 220 watts and has stainless steel double action blades which cut horizontally and vertically. This is supposed to give you less lumps. The handle is supposed to be "ergonomic", it does fit in the hand very easily and is comfortable to hold.
I've been using this to make up my soups and although basic it does the job. It is very noisy though but then again I suppose all blenders are. It takes a little while to get my soup nice a smooth with this but it eventually does the trick after a good few long blasts. There is plastic around the blades to prevent any splash back which does work.It's dead easy to clean and for those with a dishwasher the parts are dishwasher safe.
All in all for the price it's a good little blender. If you're a more experienced cook I'd suggest going for something a bit better. But for my needs it's perfect.
Back in 2006 I was purchasing as much as possible before moving into my own property. As I had a tight budget I brought a few items from the Argos value range. I didn't expect much from this product as it only cost me about £5 at the time of purchase. However I have been pleasantly surprised by the item and I still use it on a regular basis.
The blender itself is white plastic in material. It's about 40cm long and bout 8cm in width. The handle is slightly thinner at the top to allow an easier grip. The blender is plugged into the wall socket and has a button that allows you to choose between two speeds (fast and slightly slower). The blender has stainless steel blades that are protected by the strong plastic which helps avoid accidents.
Pros and Cons
There are few criticisms that I have about the blender as I don't feel that I can really complain about something that was such a bargain price. However my main complaint is that the blender has to be plugged into the nearest socket in order to work. This limits movement with the blender itself. The cable length is probably about a metre. Though this seems quite a good length I find that because I keep the cable wrapped around the blender in order to fit it in my kitchen drawer, it has become tangled and it curls up on itself when plugged in. This reduces the cable length even more and so limits my movements around the kitchen with it.
Also I would recommend cleaning the blender straight after use. I usually use the blender to puree lumps out of homemade soups and baby food; if you put the blender to one side to clean later the food can stick to the inside behind the blade. This means that the best way to clean the blender is to put the washcloth round your finger and dig out the dried on food. I have never cut myself doing this but I can't help but think that rinsing the food off straight after use is the better option.
The positives for this blender are obvious; the price of £5 is brilliant for an item that is so reliable. Since becoming a mum and making my own baby food I have found that I have used the blender more and more. I have had the item for over 5 years and never had any problems with it. If cleaned straight after use the blender is easy to clean and if you wrap the cable around the item it can fit quite snugly into a kitchen drawer.
Obviously based on what the product it has a limited amount of uses; however I will name a few to show its versatility. I use the blender to make smooth pureed homemade baby food, homemade lump free soup, for whipping up cream for cake fillings and believe it or not I have used it to mash lumps out of mashed potato. This blender can help to create the smoothest mash you will ever eat.
To sum up I really don't think you can go wrong with this blender. It is durable, cheap and easy to use. It has a few flaws but I have never reviewed a product that hasn't got a few niggles. If I could change anything about the blender I would make it cable free. If I wasn't limited with my movements with it, it would be perfect. But in all it's a brilliant item at a fantastic price.
A standard of my kitchen is the Argos value range. With an Argos round the corner from my house and me and my girlfriend both coming from fully kited out houses to the one we now share thats only partly kitted out - Argos helpfully, and cheaply fills the gaps. This (at only £5) hand blender is no exception. Since we moved in during winter and during winter I become a home made soup addict - a hand blender like this essential.
A hand blender, will blend your hands if you use it incorrectly, but its not designed for that. Basically, its a stick with blades on that whizz around when you press a button on the top of the stick. The whizzing is done with electricity from your plug, via a wire. OK, its a bit more technical than, but basically thats what it does.
Rather than have a blender that you blend food up in, this is a little more versatile in that you put the blades in your food and whizz it up with this. A pretty simple example, that I do a lot is soup. Cook everything in a pan and then to make it more of a soup consistency whizz it up with the hand blender.
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This is a very, very cheap mixer. At only £5 its not far off the cost of a pint down your local these days. Its the cheapest in Argos and as far as I've seen its the cheapest there is. As such, its very basic with one speed and setting and it has the look of a value item - in plain, logo-less white plastic. Its a little light and flimsy feeling so the look matches the feel.
At the other end of the spectrum hand blenders such as this go up to about £50 - with various speeds and settings, different attachments and many are much more snazzy looking.
------ARGOS VALUE HAND BLENDER------
When you first take this out of the box, you will notice its in two parts. The main motor at the top and the stick with the blades on that snap into place with the top part. You'll notice it is a reassuringly flush fit when they snap together and take a good hard twist to get apart. This is good as you're mixing food at pretty high speeds so the last thing you want is for it to come apart.
As I mentioned and fitting the super cheap price tag - this is a very basic appliance. No whistles, bells or fuss which for me is great as I like my kitchen appliances to simply be functional. I'm not bothered by lots of useless functions - just to do its basic function well. My straight forward views on stuff like this good when it comes to this blender as it does the job I bought it.
The first thing you might notice when you use this is that it just has one button and therefore one speed, and this speed it pretty snappy. As well as the the blades are more like teeth, with them being sharp blades that are bent down at the end that go to a point. This is pretty handy, if not something not abnormal to see on a blender, as it cut the food more effectively -rather than cut horizontally its cuts vertically too.
When you mix stuff you will be holding it at the top with the motor that starts to get a little warm with prolonged use, but even at 10-15 minutes of blending I've never got it too hot to touch.
It blends nice and evenly, and will eventually mix things up until they are fairly smooth - again, I've never had a problem where its not been able to blend fine enough for my needs. As its a hand blender, you have a lot of control with how you move it and how much control you have so you can move it around in whatever you are blending to ensure you get to everything. To stop splash as well as the blades coming in direct contact with the bottom of the pan, there is a little guard around the blade that has little indentations in it to help with food reaching the blade.
Cleaning wise this is a breeze as long as you do not touch the blades as despite this being a cheap product, no expensive is spared ensuring these will slice your finger if you're not careful. Run it under a tap and carefully remove any food debris of the blade and stick. Its made of flush plastic so there are not many gaps to get food stuck in and be a pain to remove. You can basically get this up to scratch just by rinsing it under water.
-------ALL IN ALL-------
This item is the definition of value for money - it does the job its made for and its as cheap as it gets. You won't be able to do much more than blend food with this, but if thats what you bought it for like I did, then its £5 well spent. Mine has so far lasted nearly 2 years - the blades are still sharp enough to function fully and it still works fine.