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In our tiny kitchen we just haven't any room for a fancy blender as mush as I would like one, so have had to get a small handheld one, the best one we found at the time was the Philips HR1610 Hand Blender in Argos for just £19.99.
The Philips HR1610 is a hand held blender. White in colour blue buttons. It is a simple design and comes with a 1000 ml beaker. It has 16 variable speeds, plus a turbo button, which are powered buy the 650 Watts. It has stainless steel blades that cut both horizontally and vertically. It is a corded appliance and the removable parts are dishwasher safe. The design of the blender is very simple but it is a sleek shape that tapers from the handle to the blender. It is a white plastic material so is very easy to clean.
With its 16 speeds it covers all uses and we have used this for every eventuality from chopping onions to whipping cream! I don't find much use for the turbo button as the top speed is quick enough. It is a very easy blender to use, the base just clips in and the soft grip handle makes the blender easy to hold. If you are using it for a while it is a bit heavy despite its compact size. With the motor being in the handle it also makes it top heavy so you do need to be careful when using it.
The electric cord is long enough so you don't have to struggle which is good as we have had small kitchen appliances before that had too short a cord and it makes the appliances awkward to use.
It is supplied with a plastic beaker with a capacity of 1000ml. This is a good accessory to use the blender with as it is a deep and tall beaker and the blender fits in it perfectly and you get no splashes coming out.
The only real issue we have with the Philips HR1610 is that to power it you need to keep the buttons depressed with your fingers. If you loose the buttons the blender stops. This can be awkward and I have found that when I am blending for a while my fingers get cramp and the buttons are stiff to depress as well.
Overall the HR1610 is a basic and compact handheld blender that is ideal for occasional use. If you need to use a blender a lot then this may not be for you
Short name: Philips HR1610