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Until recently one of the things I had been missing in my kitchen was a hand blender, I've got a big blender but it's a bit of a pain to get out. As the weather got colder and I started making more soups it became a bit of a nuisance that I was transferring ingredients into my blender then having to pour the soup back out. Although I wasn't planning to, when I saw the Kenwood HB 605 hand blender in Tesco for £15.50 I decided to buy it. When I got home I checked the price on Amazon and was surprised to discover it was quite a lot more expensive and as I've just checked again it's actually priced at £35.99 which is obviously over double the price! So as you can imagine I was pretty pleased as I felt as though I'd got a good bargain.
This blender is a very simple design; it's predominantly made from white plastic although there is a bit of cushioning around the handle which is a black sort of rubber which you often find on these sorts of things. The blender does come with instructions and although I had a quick read through them it's pretty simple to use. There are a few things worth noting about this blender firstly its 400w, now normally this doesn't mean much to me but as my Mum previously had a 300w hand blender which I always thought lacked strength it's something I was looking out for. Also there are two speed settings which are handy as you can start off slower and then speed up the blender to get your food smoother. The blender comes with a 0.7l beaker which is the perfect shape for blending it, there's also a lid to this so it can also be used for storing your food in the fridge. All in all this is a pretty simple piece of kit, it's a great price but at the same time it's much more powerful than the other hand blenders that are also in this lower price range.
In use I've always found this Kenwood hand blender to be excellent. The two speeds are really handy as when you put it on the slow speed it just starts breaking the food and then to get it really blended you can put it on the higher setting. This blender is certainly very powerful and doesn't take much time at all to blend any food, although I do usually use it for soups with vegetables which I have already boiled. A hand blender is certainly useful as you blend what you're cooking in whatever you're cooking it in, one tip though is to make sure you keep the blender at the bottom of the container as if you start lifting it up it does tend to splash a bit.
I have used my blender for lots of different soups, smoothies and sauces, and whether you're cooking in a pan or using the container provided the Kenwood blends with ease and saves you having to transfer ingredients into a standalone blender. I would definitely say that my diet has improved since I have bought this as it's so easy to just blend up homemade soup with lots of vegetables or a lovely smoothie for breakfast with fresh or frozen fruits which I would never have done before buying this hand blender. The blender is very easy to clean, the bottom third just twists off and this can then be washed, it can be put in the dishwasher although I don't have one so I've never washed it in this way. There is only one downside to this blender, it's very noisy, it's a godsend that it's powerful as I wouldn't like to keep it on for any length of time.
Overall, I would definitely recommend the Kenwood HB 605, it works great and having bought it from Tesco I really feel that £15.50 is a great price especially for a brand like Kenwood. As it's a hand blender it gets a lot more use than my big blender and I use it all the time which also means that I'm eating a lot more healthily. This hand blender really stands out from others in the same price range, the power of it is brilliant, this obviously makes it noisy but I can put up with this for the great results I get.
Multi speed hand blender Dual Speed for more control Simple operation Great for blending drinks soups etc White design Wattage: 150 / Short name: Kenwood HB605