At about £20, this little branded hand mixer from Kenwood is quite the steal. You have the assurance that it's from a company that produces quality kitchen products but at a very reasonable price.
I've had this mixer for a couple of years now and it's still as good as the day I bought it. It came in a very compact box, with two sets of accessories - the whisks (obviously!) and the hooks. I've never used the hooks so I can't really comment on them, but they feel sturdy. The whisks slot into the machine very easily, and there isn't a big whisk and a small whisk situation like you get with some handheld items, these fit into both slots making it easier and less fiddly. They click firmly into place.
There are three speed settings on the mixer, but I don't find the difference between them to be that great. Sometimes you need a really slow mix when a recipe calls for it, but this one doesn't really offer it. It's either fast, faster or fastest. The mix is always very even with this mixer, but I do find that the motor can struggle with thicker items, for instance some cookie doughs. When this happens, the mixture creeps up the whisks and gets all caught up in the part you hold, which is both annoying and really difficult to clean. On the whole, the whisks are easy to clean as long as you do so straight after using them, because as soon as they've got something dried onto them, it's a nightmare.
The cord of the product has an irritating habit of curling up really tight and making it impossible to stretch the lead out completely. I'm not sure how to avoid this, but I assume wrapping the cord around the mixer after ease use for storage could be to blame. If this is the reason, it's a shame, because there's a groove just for this purpose on the mixer!
This is a good value for money product, but would need a few more tweaks to get five stars from me. I also think the design is a little boring and could be jazzed up with some coloured plastics.
The kitchen hand mixer, not the most exciting of all kitchen appliances but definitely a must if you enjoy baking cakes as I do. I was given my Kenwood HM310 as a wedding present a couple of years ago, and whilst it was not something that I had initially given much thought to it has actually proven a real vital tool on many a wet day.
The Product ~
Kenwood are widely regarded as a quality manufacturer of kitchen appliances and therefore I selected my hand mixer for its longevity rather than its looks. The 220 watt hand mixer comes readily packaged in a cardboard box. Upon opening you are presented with a white plastic body which has a moulded handle around the back with two holes for the mixer attachments. Above the handle is a switch which provides three setting options to chose the speed that you require the mixer to run at, be it a slow speed, medium or fast.
The mixer is fed through a long grey-white cord which wraps around the body of the mixer and provides a long lead to enable maximum manoeuvrability of the mixer. This hand mixer comes with two types of attachments the first being your standard pair of metal beaters and the second being a pair of coiled beaters, the benefits of which I still have yet to figure.
As with a number of Kenwood products, this hand mixer comes with a one year guarantee although I have had mine for a couple of years now with no problems.
To Use ~
When using this product you should initially select the pair of beaters required for the job. I usually tend to select the standard pair as they are more than enough for most regular cake mixes. These accessories can be simply clicked into the holes at the base of the mixer and you will know that they are in properly by the click that they make. The mixer then requires plugging in at the mains by simply uncoiling the lead and plugging in at the nearest socket. I usually tend to plug in as close to the mixing bowl as possible.
Finally the mixer can be turned on by simply moving the switch with your thumb to your desired speed. From experience, I tend to select a slow speed to start to prevent bits of flour lying all over the kitchen. I then build up the speed and once everything is thoroughly mixed I go back down to a slow speed and switch off.
Being plastic this mixer is particularly easy to clean, simply unclip the detachable beaters and wash with your everyday dishes and wipe the body of the mixer clean with a damp cloth. Or with tasty cake mixes simply give the beater to any member of your household for a lick-able treat.
The Price ~
Whilst I did not buy this mixer myself, I did select it on my wedding list at Debenhams for £21.99. It can currently be purchased from a number of online retailers including 'electric shopping' for £23.99.
My Experience ~
This hand mixer is perfect for all of my mixing needs. As previously mentioned, I really enjoy baking cakes and this mixer has come in handy for a number of cake recipes where the task of mixing manually would take forever; in particular fruity cakes where the task of mixing pieces of apple and other dried fruit would test even the strongest of biceps. My mixer however has not been limited to cakes; it has also served me very well in making a number of desert recipes, particularly meringues where the mixing of egg whites to a stiff peak has been shortened considerably by putting my mixer on a speed three setting. The mixer creates a smooth and even mix which is free form any lumpy bits or pockets of flour.
This multi use has meant that I have tested this hand mixer to the limit, the heavy fruit content in a number of recipes really testing the motor. I can report no problems and no overheating of the product throughout, and have been left with only a smooth mix with the flour distributed evenly. Being so easy to use also means that this mixer can be used by all the family and cleaned accordingly.
Being a small hand mixer also means that when not being used this product fits snugly into the smallest of kitchen cabinets with the lead wrapped neatly around the base. The beaters than then be slid into a utensil drawer.
My only criticism is the mess that can be created when mixing in a small bowl, although of course this will be experienced with all hand mixers due to the fact that they do not come with a ready mixer bowl.
Overall I have awarded this product five stars out of five for quality, usability and compactness.
Thank-you for reading my review.
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Like most people getting married nowadays, we created a wedding list, and we needed literally everything, since niether of us had owned a house before.
One of the many items that was included on the list was a handmixer, and since at the time of compiling the list, there weren't too many other reasonably priced handmixers, we plumped for this Kenwood HM310, keeping out fingers crossed that it would do the job, and trusting that Kenwood was a decent enough make.
At present, it doesn't seem to be available in Argos, but on a quick scan of the internet, this mixer can be picked up for around £15.
This product claims to have:
a powerful 220w motor
3 dedicated speeds for folding, mixing, whisking and kneading
non degradable stainless steel beaters and kneaders
Well, let's start with the motor. As is stated on the box, there are 3 speed settings on this product, all easly controlled by moving your thumb up and down during use. This is quite a small mixer, and thus the speed and power of the motor is quite impressive. In fact, I find it so powerful that I only keep it on a speed setting of 1 or 2, and have never had to use the third setting. However, if you were using the mixer for more kneading (which I have not tried) this setting will I'm sure be of much needed use. The only negative comment that I can make is that speed setting 1 is nearly too fast, and the product could do with a lower slower setting, but that is only a minor point.
As I have said there are three settings and the product claims that these can be used for folding, mixing, whisking and kneading, and in fact the instruction manual even comes with a recipe for white bread dough, requiring the kneaders. So far, I have only needed to use the beaters, and they have done a terrific job for mixing and whisking. My main use of the product is for whipping cream, and it does the job extremely well.
The 'non degradable' stainless steel beaters are easy to attach to the main body of the mixer, and the product comes with a safety interlock to ensure the beaters/kneaders don't fall out during use. These beaters/kneaders are also easily took out, by pressing the front button to eject them. I have never had any difficulty with either inserting or ejecting the beaters.
The instruction manual suggests that the the beaters/kneaders be washed before the first use. The beaters/kneaders can be washed by hand or placed in a dishwasher, and the main body of the mixer can be wiped with a damp clothed and dried if necessary.
On the whole, I find this handmixer very easy to use. It is an excellent size for everyday use, and has a powerful enough motor to allow the user to use it for more heavy duty mixing/kneading. The beaters are easily cleaned, and do an excellent job at whisking and mixing, in a short space of time. I think this product is well worth its reasonable price tag, and we are very glad that we chose this product, even though we took a bit of a chance. However, if you are looking for a heavy duty handmixer for continual use, then this product is probably not your answer, but everyday basics, like whipping cream, it is a great choice.
Short name: Kenwood HM310