Being keen cooks and bakers, my girlfriend and I asked for a mixer for christmas as we were sick of hand mixing cakes etc.
We were given this nice little Kenwood mixer and having used it a lot, I have to say we are very happy with it. It is a well built mixer and feels good quality in your hands. The two beaters clip in with a positive click so you know they won't fall out.
There are three speed settings which is very useful when you are adding dry ingredients such as flour as you can start nice and slowly so it doesn't puff out everywhere.
The beater release button works nicely and makes removing the beaters a simple and clean job as you don't need to use your hands to pull them out.
There are a couple of very nice touches. to keep the beaters together with the mixer there is a little plastic holder which pushes into the beater holes in the mixer into which the beaters can be clipped horizontal to the handle.
Also, lead can be wound round the base of the handle and it's just the right length for the plug to end up by the gap in the handle so the pins can fit into the gap, and there is a small plastic clip on the cable to keep it there.
Overall, it's a great little mixer and one I would recommend to anyone, and it's very good value too, being less than £15.
I had started making my own cupcakes and I have been testing a range of different recipes that are all slightly different when it comes to ingredients. There is however one common dominator and that is that all recipes require to be whisked be it by hand for five to ten minutes or with an electric whisk.
I decided to make me life easier and to save a lot of time and energy I would invest in an electric whisk as it would allow me to spend more time decorating the cakes as opposed to making the cake mix itself.
I looked around and came across the Kenwood HM220 3-Speed Hand Mixer, which was also on special so I thought it was worth a try for just under £20 instead of the £24.99. I have looked around online and they are now retailing from £18.00 upwards.
This Kenwood hand mixer has a 150w motor and it has a 3 speed option so you can adjust the whisk speed to suit the ingredients that you are preparing, they are suitable for folding, mixing and whisking. The handle of the whisk is moulded so that it can suit the shape of your hand when holding the machine for that extra comfort.
In the box you get the hand mixer, two stainless steel beaters and the instruction manual. The manual just tells you how to use the machine and the do's and don'ts there are no recipes, but then again I was not expecting any as this is just a whisk.
Not only can you use the Kenwood hand mixer to make cakes it also helps to whip cream, beat eggs and mix batter.
To turn the whisk on is simple as it is thumb operated so you can adjust the speed setting with ease when using the whisk. When the whisk is ready to put away there is a cable grip that allows you to wrap the cable around the back body and store away with ease ready for its next use.
The whisk is 13.5cm by 19cm by 8 cm and it weight 750 grams, the machine is white and has a plastic body with The beater of the whisk are manufactured in stainless steel, so that they are kept in a great condition and have great strength and durability.
This Kenwood hand mixer also has the beater interlock system for added safety when using the machine. The whisk beaters can be put into the dishwasher for cleaning and the white plastic body just needs to be wiped over with a damp cloth. When packed away it is compact enough to fit nicely into your kitchen drawer, unlike bigger food processors that can be rather bulky.
When using the whisk you need to be careful not to push the eject button instead of the on/off/speed button otherwise mid-mix the beaters could come out and as they are covered in ingredients it can be quite messy trying to put the back into the locking system.
This is a great helpful gadget when it comes to whisking the cream for eton mess as it used to take me a good five to seven minutes to hand whisk the cream, but the Kenwood hand mixer makes the job easy to do and in a matter of a minute or two on a low setting.
Overall this was an excellent purchase I am glad that I did not buy a higher value whisk as this does the job perfectly. The beaters are easy to insert as long as you make sure they click into position and at the touch of a button they are released with ease ready to clean. The cable is also a great length as I have found with other mixers I have used in the past the cables are quite short, so you have to work next to a plug socket, but the Kenwood allows you to have a larger working space.
I've had this mixer/whisk for about 2 years now and It is really good. It works for blending up biscuits, whisking meringue, mixing up cakes and pancake batter.
I used to do all mixng and whisking by hand and although my arms were nicely toned... the time it took could be a real pain when trying to cook within a time limit.
Thats when we purchased the Kenwood mixer and I have never looked back since.
The mixer is light and easily assembled with the blades clipping into two holes on the underside. The holes and blade shafts are perfects shaped so it is easy to see how to affix them. The handle is well shaped to the hand and makes the appliance a pleasure to use.
It comes with three speed settings which are controlled by a slide button ontop which can be pushed easily when in the middle of mixing or whisking. This is very useful when you have the vary the mixing rate for certain recipes such as cheescakes.
The appliance and blades are easy to clean when run under a warm tap or dipped into soapy water and wiped. Always allow them to dry properly first before putting the mixer away though to avoid any corrosion of the material.
All in all, a very handy and valuable device to have to hand in the kitchen... I am looking forward to picking up my whisk later when making my chocolate orange cheesecake!
When it comes to mixing up a batter for either a cake or a Yorkshire Pudding I like to use an electric hand mixer. It's so much easier than using a hand whisk and takes a lot less time and effort and is a lot easier on the arms.
This Kenwood is quite a basic model but it does the job for what I need it to do. I am not a big cook so I do not need it for complex recipes and specialty mixes, I just need it to whisk up some mixtures now and again. This mixer has three speeds, 1, 2, and 3, 1 being the slowest and three being the highest. The wattage goes up to 150w so you get a good fast beat with this mixer. There is a little button on the top of the mixer which you can push with your thumb whilst you are holding the whisk. This is a really good aspect of the whisk as most recipes call for you to start off at the slow speed and then change to a faster speed a few minutes later so if you can do it in one movement without having to move your hand and the whisk from the mixture it is a good benefit. The button shows the numbers 1, 2, and 3 and so you can easily tell which speed you are on. There is also a 0 which is the off selection and again is easily accessed by pressing with your thumb.
The whisk is very easy to hold. There is a hole in the top middle of the machine and this makes a nice handle to hold onto. Underneath there is a little plastic bobble which fits between your first and second finger to give you a nice grip and makes it comfortable to hold on to if you need to whisk for quite a few minutes. The whisk comes with two beaters which slot into two holes on the underneath of the mixer. These click in so you know that they are in safely and will not come out. Once you have finished with them there is a release button at the top of the mixer which you press and they pop out easily. When you store this mixer there is a yellow plastic protector which clips into the holes and then the beaters clip into this protector on the machine so you are not left with two big arms sticking out of the machine at a right angle. THis is a great way to store the beaters.
These are quite easy to clean as they do pop out. As soon as I have finished with them I tend to rinse them out so no mixture sticks on them as it can be tricky to get to the underneath once you have dried on food but if you have rinsed this off already all you then need to do is give them a good wash and they are clean for next time.
One tip I would recommend for using this mixer, use a deep bowl when mixing so your mixture does not whizz out the sides. I always place my beaters at the bottom of the bowl/mixture before I turn them on because if you turn them on as they are going into the liquid you will tend to find this then flies all over the place. Also, when I have finished mixing in order to sort of clean off the beaters and get a bit more mixture off and into the bowl, I turn the mixer onto the lowest setting and let it whizz round outside the mixture thus shaking off all the excess back into your bowl.
This mixer came with a 1 year guarantee but I have had these longer than this now with now problems so far and no need to have any repairs. THey cost me in the £20-£25 region.
I received this handheld mixer from my grandma when she finally stopped baking cakes (aged 86!). I don't know how long she had this for, but it still works fantastically for me. It really was the perfect hand-me-down as I have just begun making mountains of cupcakes and this bad boy not only reduces the time to make the batter but makes creating delectable frostings in various flavours a doddle.
As mixers go this one is dead basic, there are two whisk attachments that click into place very easily. There are 3 setting speeds, but I tend to stick to one of two so that my kitchen and myself don't get covered in flour/icing sugar (has happened once or twice). I would also advise using a high sided mixing bowl when using this mixer, otherwise the time spent cleaning up your walls and sides will mean you won't have saved any time using the mixer. When you're done with the mixer you can hold the whisks over the sink and just click a button on top and they pop out so you don't get your hand dirty. The blender isn't heavy to hold which must have been a godsend for my gran and probably why she was still using it in her 80s.
I don't really know what else to say about it, as it is just a basic mixer that seems to be reasonably priced. i think the fact that I'm using a second hand one goes to show how robust it is and I think it's a fab little blender.
I bake a lot of cakes for my family of hungry teenagers and over the years we have got through hand-held mixers pretty well once a year. We've had this Kenwood model for over a year now, showing that it certainly has robust 'build' quality.
My only real quibble with the mixer is that although it has three settings the slowest setting isn't really that slow at all. It's over-powered. This means that if you're beating a fairly liquid mixture or butter-cream icing with icing sugar in it, liquid and icing sugar fly around the kitchen. Every time this means washing down the tiles and work-top. I have to make sure the butter in a cake or icing mixture is softer than I would like to incorporate the icing sugar as quickly as possible.
Kenwood certainly aren't alone in this defect, however. It's as though mixer designers aren't people who actually use their gadgets to mix cakes. Where this mixer does score is in dealing with heavy volumes. It makes light work of heavy fruit cake mixtures, for instance.
It's fairly easy to click the beaters on to the yellow plastic clip. Keeping the model clean is reasonably easy, although I do find that grime accumulates in the holes into which you clip the beaters. As they're small, it's hard to get in there with a soapy cloth or brush to clean them out. This worries me slightly for reasons of hygiene.
On the whole this is a reasonably good basic hand mixer and I am giving it three stars.
As every wife dreams of I received a lovely romantic gift from my husband in the form of a new hand held Kenwood mixer. He had watched me try to make a cake with a non electrical whisk the week before, which works fine but with just a lot of elbow grease and I was delighted to receive this. I have since still been delighted with my thoughtful gift and this mixer has helped to make quite a few cakes and birthday cakes.
Being quite a basic mixer it doesn't come with a whole lot of frills. The two metal whisk attachments are very easy to click in place and Kenwood have made the release mechanism very handy. When the whisks are covered in yummy cake mix there is a big button right on top of the mixer that you simple push down and this automatically releases them. Which of course means you can directly drop them into the waiting sink without getting your hands all messy or in my case messier.
There are three different speed settings on the hand mixer, aptly indicated by a 1, 2 or 3. I tend to use the speed setting 1 until everything is pretty mixed together so that flour or sugar doesn't fly about more than it already does. Then I use the other two faster settings to get a good amount of air wiped into my cake mixture. It is easy to select your speed it is just a small button that you push upward to progress through the settings or all the way down to turn it all off.
One downside with this hand mixer, but probably a downside to all hand held mixers is that after a while of using it my hand gets a bit sore. The constant vibrations from holding this and mixing the ingredients all together can get a tad uncomfortable after a while and I find myself changing hands quite often. To give this mixer credit the entire thing really isn't that heavy, I would classify it as rather lightweight for what it is.
The Kenwood mixer is quite a small device and although one day I would love an expensive stand mixer with bowl this is far more practical for our kitchen and isn't something that I use on even a weekly basis. For storage it does come with a bright yellow clip that fits into where the metal whisks go and covers those holes while giving the blades somewhere to clip into leaving them flush against the mixer. However, I don't use this because the first time I clipped it in I really struggled to get it back out, it just fitted in too tightly.
The cable length is decent but not very long, this doesn't bother me because we have quite a lot of sockets around our worktops. It also has a flat bottom so when you place it down it will stand well by itself even when the metal whisks are attached.
My husband picked this up in Tesco for a very reasonable £14, for your money you get a no frills good basic hand mixer that will do a pretty good job for the majority of household cake baking or bakery needs. I have seen it available in comet to buy as well as online in stores such as Amazon.
This gets a four out of five stars from me, for the price this is an excellent kitchen utensil and one that I have been grateful for on more than one occasion. I would happily recommend this to anyone looking for something similar it has so far served me well.
I really enjoy baking - muffins, cakes, bread, all kinds of baking . It's a lot of fun, but sometimes all the whisking and mixing can become frustrating, especially in my experience when making meringues .
While I enjoy mixing by hand, I simply do not have the patience required to whick eggs into stiff peaks - my arm gets tired, I get irritable, and we inevitably end up with sweet egg white omelettes when I get bored half way through - until I borrowed my mums hand mixed, the Kenwood HM220.
It's not the most stylish of beasts- my preference had I purchased one myself would have been for something sleek and shiny in polished chrome, but sadly this is just a boring white colour, with two stainless steel beaters that simply plug into the device ready for use . One feature I go like is that the appliance actually has a storage clip for the beaters, keeping them in place when not in use, and preventing them from getting lost in the odds and ends drawers .
This has a nice cable lenth of a metre and a half, meaning there is great flexibility of positioning when using this - I can use it flat on a surface, or even hold the bowl standing u.p and use it . I also like that this mixer has three speeds, allowing me to whip up my egg whites in a frenzy, but then slow things down a bit to keep the air in whilst adding other ingredients, as I did with my souffle attempt . That attempt actually fell a bit flat - the souffle was perfectly risen thanks to the beaters keeping the air in nicely, but I burnt it!
This mixer is incredibly easy to use . I find the beater heads stay in securely when in use, unlike the mixers I used in home baking class at school, yet they release to be washed with the simple push of a button . Changing speeds is easy, again a simple push of a button, and the machine can be wiped clean with a damp cloth .
It is also inexpensive - currently £12.46 on amazon . I've borrowed my mums mixer numerous times now, and I'm thinking of getting my own - and if I do, it will probably be this model .
Inexpensive, easy to use and to clean, a handy storage clip for the beaters. The only downside is it's appearance, but looks aren't everything .
4 stars .
I recieved the Kenwood electric hand whisk for a birthday present some years ago. Being a keen baker and a kitchen appliance hoarder I was very pleased! The whisk looks great, is a very compact shape for keeping in a cupboard or drawer, and the rubber attachment makes it very easy to stor the blades, which will never again get lost in the cutlery draw or utensil pot, because they are always kept safely with the whisk itself. The blades are easy to attach to the machine, and you just have to press a button in order to release them, meaning that you don't get sticky hands, an excellent feature.
The whisk has three different speed settings, so you can beat slowly or quickly ... really helpful when you want to make a cake mixture for example and you want to start slowly so that the flour doesn't go everywhere, but then speed up in order to get lots of air into the mixture. It is so so much easier than using a manual hand whisk, saving you loads of time, and it is very versatile, working brilliantly on eggs, cream, cake mixture and all sorts of other things. The blades are easy to clean, making the whole process very pain free and thoroughly enjoyable. Kenwood is an excellent make, so you know you are buying a quality product that will be reliable. You can purchase one of these dream machines for as little as £15, making them a bargain as well, so what are you waiting for?!
I love baking with my son however his concentration is limited and we started by making cake kits which often just required just adding water and milk. As my son got older I wanted to make cakes the proper way so decided it was time to invest in a mixer to ensure there is enough air in the cakes.
I browsed through the Argos book and decided against the cheapest option and plumped for the Kenwood HM220 mixer which is currently £14.49 in Argos. I found that some were in chrome but did not see the point of paying extra as it was going to be stored in the cupboard so chose the white one.
One of the main reasons I chose this mixer over cheaper options was the fact it has Stainless steel beaters opposed to Chrome plated. The research I did prior to purchase suggested that the chrome plating often tends to flake off with wear and tear. This product does not have dough beaters so if you think you would use a dough mixer it is worth paying slightly more to incorporate these attachments.
The mixer itself is 1500 watts and has 3 speeds which others I looked at were 5 speeds however. It has a long wire which is just over 150 cm long; this means where ever I put my bowl I am able to stretch. It also comes with a grip clip which attaches to the mixer and you can clip the beaters to the mixer for storage however I keep mine in its original box in the cupboard but this does look a useful tool if you were storing elsewhere and reduce the time searching for the attachments. It is simple to prepare for use it is simply a case of pushing the attachments into the hole and clipping them in then all set. It does claim to have an advance cooling system for an energy efficient motor.
When I bake cakes with my son we now cook in the kitchen and I weigh out the ingredients which he pours into the bowl he then does the initial mix then I put the mixer on. While I find this quite a light mixer for my young son finds it too heavy to hold but will often hold onto my hand while we mix together. Changing speed is simple and I can do with without stopping mixing my ingredients. The mixers stands up vertically when not in use as there is a large surface area for this so falling over isn't a real issue.
When you have finished by simply pushing a button it releases the mixing attachments so these can just be dropped in the washing bowl for easy cleaning .Like all these mixers cleaning these can be a bit fiddly but this is not really an issue.
I have owned this mixer for about six months now and I do think I would prefer a more powerful mixer as I always feel I would like it to go faster one the initial ingredients are mixed. This product shows no signs of damage or wear and tear.
While writing my review my son has discovered another use for the beaters and they actually make excellent robot hands.
This product has revolutionised our cake baking and there is a noticeable improvement in the rising and taste of the cake. I' am very happy with this product for the price and while it is not the most stylish mixer I have seen I would recommend as a basic hand mixer for occasional use.
I just had to buy a new mixer as the one we were bought for our wedding finally went caput! after 12yrs marriage - not bad!! hope this one lasts as long!
I chose this one because of value for money, it's around £15, I bought ours from Asda. I liked it because it looked compact.
Really there's not much about food mixer's but being as I do a lot of home baking it's quite important it's easy to use and keep! It stands up on end so it is very easy to store and the beaters clip in using a plastic insert when not in use. The trouble is that you have to take the little plastic bit out everytime you use it and knowing me I will loose it!! so actually I've abandoned that and keep the beaters in the kitchen drawer as I used to!
It is an extremely powerful beater! brilliant when doing cakes and things which are quite thick but I have found it's a little too powerful for more watery mixes like whip's, soups etc it sprays everywhere even on the lowest setting which is a bit frautstrating - I get round that by having to hold my hand over the bowl to stop it! It doesn't spray badly but enough to have to wipe up after! But I tell you what it makes fab cakes because it really whisks it well and cream whisks in seconds!
The wire is plenty long enough and does wrap around the base so it's easy to store, in fact I'm going to get hubby to fix up one of those shed double hooks onto the wall and hook the handle over so it's within easy reach and I can just grap it when I need it - my last one had a holder which was fixed to the wall but it did cost a little more!
The beaters are easy to fit in, and just as easy to pop out just push the button and out they pop, I put mine in the dishwasher no probelms.
Great little buy!
Feb 2013 - finally packed up! I guess it's been used a lot, but I had no warning one day I was using it the next it just started making weird noises and finally stopped working. When hubby opened it for surgery! the cogs had sheared and therefore it's unusable so lasted 4yrs.
Do you like to make the odd cake, meringue, whip cream, instant desserts,creamed potatoes or even a yorkshire pud? This little machine will do them all and more. I have a Kenwood food processor which I am very happy with, but it does take a bit of washing up, so a find a little handmixer is ideal for those smaller jobs. It is very simple to use, just push in the two stainless steel beaters, push the button on the top to select your speed and your away. The only other button releases the beaters for cleaning, so just watch you don't mix them up, or you will hear an interesting plop as the beaters sink down into what ever you are mixing. Three new designs features from my previous handmixer are.... You can stand the mixer on it's end while adding more ingredients, so you don't get mess on your work surfaces. The cord wraps around the unit and is held with a clip for storage. There is a clip unit to store the beaters with the power unit. This may seem a small thing, but anyone who has spent a good twenty minutes searching the kitchen for lost beaters will know the value of this. It has three speeds, and a 150 watt motor. I find it is invaluable for making sponge cakes, and gives better results than the processor. The children love to use it when we have a baking day. If you use the special childrens cake mixes, it is much better than a spoon. I find that my five year old can manage with it quite well as the unit is not too heavy. As with all electrical equipment, I always supervise them. Not only for their own safety, but also for the sake of the kitchen, cats and anything else that may get spattered with batter. I would recommend it to anyone who gets tired trying to cream, whip or beat food into the required state for cooking with. It's very easy to clean. Just eject the beaters and wash them in hot soapy water, the muck seems to come of best if you swis
h them around. Unplug the power unit and wipe it over with a cloth. The unit is white with pale blue buttons, and the plastic casing seems to be robust and of the good quality you would expect from Kenwood. The price well I paid around £12 for this in Asda, it's widely available in electrical stores at around £12 to £15. Value for money. Well you can't beat it.
Short name: Kenwood HM220