Product Type: Argos Hand Blender
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Argos Value Hand Blender
Argos Value Range Hand Blender
Member Name: alexandjef
Argos Value Range Hand Blender
Advantages: Works well and is cheap
Disadvantages: Only 1 setting, so not much room for variation
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.
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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.
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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.
Summary: A great product at a great price.
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