“ Brand: Argos / Type: Hand „
For years I used my mum's trusty old Kenwood hand mixer which was passed down to me, but a little while ago it finally gave up working after many years of active service.
The hand mixer wasn't something I used on a day to day basis and I found I used it less often over the years as my children grew up. I used it every few days when my children were younger as I baked regularly and found it excellent to use when making cakes etc, but the demands of working full time in later years meant I didn't have as much time for baking as I used to.
That said, the hand mixer was still something I wanted to use when I did find the time to bake cakes and I always still used it to whisk eggs or cream too, so even though I found myself using it less often it was still an item I was glad to have when the occasion arose.
Therefore when my hand mixer finally stopped working, I decided I would buy a replacement.
I was browsing through the Argos catalogue someone had left lying around at work and came across a few hand mixers available. I was particularly surprised to find this particular hand mixer priced at just £5.49 as part of the Argos Value Range.
Now I had no prior experience of the Argos Value Range, but decided that at such a low price and also coming with a guarantee, I really had nothing to lose and decided to purchase one. I had orginally set out to look at Kenwood hand mixers, but the fact I wouldn't be using it very often too made me lean towards this cheaper alternative.
The Argos Value Range Hand Mixer has five speed settings which is more than my previous old Kenwood mixer and has a power output of 150 watts. It comes with one pair of beaters which are dishwasher safe and weighs 0.73kg.
When I made my purchase I was offered a 3 year replacement product care insurance option for an extra £1.99, but I decided not to bother with this given the low price I was paying for the mixer.
I wasn't sure what to expect from my Argos Value Range Hand Mixer after paying so little, but I have to say I am very impressed and have been since the very first use.
It is more powerful than I expected and I only actually use the first two speed settings for most jobs, as even the lowest setting is higher than I expected. I must admit I can't tell much difference between a couple of the settings, but overall it does exactly what I want it to do at a speed I am happy with and so this doesn't cause me any problems. It is fairly noisy, but then again so was my previous mixer and this is something which doesn't really bother me personally I have to say.
The hand mixer is really lightweight too and therefore comfortable enough to hold and use for any period of time.
The beaters are released for cleaning by pressing a button, which is an easy procedure, as it is to attach them to the mixer again when you are ready to use it.
I find this hand mixer tackles cake mixing with ease and I am delighted at the results. I have been using it for a number of months now and have experienced no problems whatsoever, just great results time after time.
I am therefore happy to recommend the Argos Value Range Hand Mixer, it is an absolute bargain for the price paid and I do believe I made the right choice going for the cheaper option on this occasion.
When I first moved out of my parent's house and in to my own place, one of the things on my shopping list was a mixer. As most of you will probably know, the list of things to buy when moving in to your first house is very long, so price can be a big factor in deciding which items to buy. As I was starting from scratch, the bigger stuff like furniture took priority over smaller items like this mixer. I thought it more important to buy a more expensive prettier sofa and cut back my budget on the little things that I could cope with looking cheaper. I headed off to Argos with my list of kitchen nic nacs to buy and this is the mixer I picked. Basically it was the cheapest one there, there is no other reason for my choosing it.
As it is made by Argos, it is only available from Argos stores or alternatively from their website www.argos.co.uk . It is the cheapest mixer I have ever seen at the mere price of £5.49.
There isn't much to the mixer. It is a basic white plastic design and comes with two beaters which are pushed into place and released with a push button on top of the main unit. There is a simple button on top which you push along to select the speeds which are 1 - 5.
An advantage of it being such a basic mixer is that it is quite small and very light. I remember when I used my Mother's mixer when I lived at her house that my arm would start aching while I was mixing due to the weight of the machine. However, this Argos mixer doesn't cause me any discomfort.
One of the disadvantages I have found is the position of the vents. They are situated on the front of the machine above the beaters and quite often get full of whatever I am mixing. Also, if I am mixing cocoa powder into a cake mix for an example, the vents suck in some of the cocoa powder causing quite a mess. They are thin vents so it is difficult to clean them.
Although my dream mixer would be one with a stand and a matching bowl (this has neither), it is not something that I have a great need for right now. I have had this mixer for around 5 years now and it is still going strong. For such a cheapy buy it has lasted surprisingly well. I was expecting to get just one years use out of it but it is still going strong. When I work out the value for money it has cost me a mere £1 per year, this is why I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone. I have given it 4 stars out of 5 due to the awkwardness of cleaning it.
I recently bought this mixer from Argos as I noticed that the beaters on my old mixer were going a bit rusty and as I usually choose simple value mixers it just wasn't worth replacing the beaters. I paid £5.49 for this from my local Argos and reserved it online and collected it the next morning. I do have an all singing all dancing food processor but it takes me so long to unpack it and set it up, and also read the instructions to make sure I'm doing it right, so for baking I like a small simple mixer which I can literally just lift out of the box and start to use straight away. I have bought other Argos value appliances in the past and have always found them to be good value and well made.
The mixer comes in a box with the main body of the mixer, two beaters and the instructions. It doesn't have dough hooks like some other mixers do but to be honest I don't really have much cause to use these as I don't very often make bread or pastry, but I do make a lot of cakes and find that by using the mixer my ingredients are always mixed evenly and quickly. The mixer has 150w of power which I find is sufficient for my needs but I am sure that some people would prefer more power than this.
It is white plastic and weighs 0.73 grams so is very light to hold and use. The space for your hand is big enough for my husband to use so it is quite large and the cable is long enough for me to plug into any of the sockets in my kitchen. To use the mixer you just need to insert the beaters into the two holes underneath the mixer until you hear a click, and it won't work until these are correctly in place. There are only two buttons on this mixer, one to select the five speeds and one to release the beaters so it is very easy to use and would be suitable for a novice in the kitchen as you literally just plug it in and start mixing. I will usually start off at a lower speed just to start the ingredients blending together and then when they start to bind together I will turn it up to the highest speed.
As with most types of kitchen appliances it does generate quite a bit of noise but you can speak over it if you need to. The attachments are dishwasher safe but I find that if I wash them straight away under the tap this is enough to get them perfectly clean. The vents can get a bit clogged if there are splashes when you are mixing but this is quite easy to clean with a cloth or brush and I will always make sure that it is clean before putting it away.
I find that this little mixer is very powerful for a small value mixer and it certainly makes easy work of mixing my cake ingredients. I can tell the difference in my baking if I haven't used a mixer and find that my cakes are much lighter when I have used it due to the ingredients being completely mixed together and more air getting into the mixture. Also it is far easier than hand mixing and uses far less time and energy.
This mixer comes with a 12 month guarantee but I can't really see much that could go wrong with it as it only comprises of a mixer and two beaters and overall it appear to be as good quality as other far more expensive models. I would recommend this mixer as it does the job perfectly and is easy and simple to use and is only £5.49.
My mother had an old Kenwood hand mixer all of her life. I'm not sure whatever happened to it, but I think she had it right up until her death. I remember it was the old Bakelite plastic and I loved it. Had I been able to find one that looked the same - I'd have most likely spent on a fortune on it for nostalgic purposes, but the newer Kenwood's look nothing like the old one, and I ended up going for value. To be honest - I could get by without a hand mixer. They are handy, but not essential. I could make do with a whisk when I was younger, and I have a food processer now - but there is the nostalgia bit with a hand mixer. I remember making cakes with my mother and licking the beaters clean as a child, and some how, nothing else quite matches that. So when my son was old enough to stand up beside me and make a terrible mess as I cooked - at about 12 months - I bought one of these. It lasted pretty well considering the fact that we did things like mix bread dough with it which it is not made for until we got the food processor. I have also dropped the old model several times Recently it has started to make a terrible grinding noise and I knew it was on it's way out. So when I ended up with a £5 voucher for Argos, I took the plunge and bought another one, adding a whopping .49 pence to my voucher.
There isn't much to this mixer. it is very plain, white and comes with the plain beaters only. There are no bread hooks or any other attachments. There is a simple button at the top to select speeds 1 -5 and another to eject the beaters. It has a surprising 10 page instruction book for something that is really so simple to operate. in short, you plug it in, turn it on, if it mixing well at a low speed, fine, if not speed it up. The rest of it is basic common sense advice such as "Ensure fingers are kept away from moving beaters", "remove beaters before washing", "switch off the appliance before changing accessories" - which is silly as there are no other accessories to change to, but I take it this means not to put the hooks on while the motor is running. I'm sure most of could figure this out without a book. This is a simple item that really only does two things - mix ingredients or whip cream. But it does what it is meant to do very well. It does have only 150 watts, but I find this more than sufficient for any of my needs.
I do hate the fact that we buy things that should last a lifetime and replace them now, leading to so much stuff being added to landfills. I don't even think my mother's Kenwood was new when she got it, I think it had been my grandmother's and yet it lasted a lifetime. If I was sure I would get a lifetime out of a newer Kenwood, I might have coughed up the extra cash, but things just don't last like they used to. My first one of these lasted nearly 8 years. I probably wouldn't bother with one of these once the children are grown, so another eight years should do me. This does have a one year warranty, but I would expect it last much longer than that.
There is one advantage this item has over many of the more expensive models. it is very small and light weight. This might not be an issue for most of you, but I find holding any weight painful - the heavier an item is, the more difficult it is for me. I do believe this is one of the smallest mixers on the market, and this is a real plus for people with difficulties with their hands. Although this is light, it doesn't seem to have much trouble with being dropped - as I drop everything frequently.
Of course nothing is perfect and it does have one major flaw as well. There are large vents at the front and back of this mixer. If you are careful and do not splatter much, this won't be an issue - but we do splatter quite a bit. That means batter can get stuck in these vents and it can be awkward to clean. I buy Tesco value toothbrushes to scrub these vents out and keep the mixer clean. I have noticed some of the more expensive models look a bit easier to keep clean, but not enough to justify the massive price difference.
We use this for cakes, gingerbreads, muffins, pancakes, custards, icings, whipped cream, mixing up the ingredients for home made ice cream and occasionally something like mashed potatoes or gravy, It isn't a necessity , but the children do love standing up on a step stool and helping to mix batters, and of course licking the dough off the beaters afterwards. They end up mixing the items far more than we need to, but that is part of the fun. If some of the ingredients should splatter out of the bowl and end up on the walls, in my hair or all over our faces - well that only adds to the fun. If Dad happens to walk in - the odds of an "accident" increase dramatically as he makes quite a fuss, making everyone else laugh themselves silly. I do realise this could be dangerous, but my children are carefully supervised with this, and when they were very little I held my hand over their little fingers just in case. I would never allow them to use this alone. Of course there is also the issue of eating something with raw egg - like cake batter - but there are always some risks in life. Eating raw cookie dough or licking the beaters is just one of those magical memories I couldn't stand to pass by. It is one of the great things about being child. In all honesty, I can't even say we are really that fussed with eating most of the baked goods - it is making them together that is fun, and considering the fun we have had with this item, I think £5.49 is good value indeed.
I still have the old mixer as well. It isn't the best anymore but I thought it might be fun to take it outdoors in the summer, dip the beaters in pots of washable paint and spray them all over the place. I do feel that I got my money's worth out of the old mixer, and am confident I will do so with this as one as well. If this were more expensive I might rate down for the issues with cleaning, for not lasting a lifetime or for not having any extra features. At just over a fiver, I really do not feel that I can expect anything but a basic model, and while this si basic, it does everything I need it to and is a lot of fun as well.
As a keen baker when I moved out of my parents and set up home with my other half an electric mixer was a must for me. We didn't have alot of money so I didn't want to spend alot of money on one but I still wanted one that worked well.
We bought this one from argos (pretty obviously) and paid £5.49 around 4 years ago which is the same price you would pay for the same product today aswell. Its easy to get hold of in store and online although if its only this you are buying I'd suggest reserving and collecting in store to avoid the delivery charge that would cost you half again.
When you get the mixer it comes in a fairly plain blue box with a basic illustration of the product, what it is and the argos value logo. Its pretty standard packaging for a value range product but its not the packaging you are paying for.
Inside the box is the main mixer unit which has the cord and plug attached, 2 metal whisks and the instructions. The main mixer unit is a pretty plain white plastic with a handle and speed dial. With the mixer you also get a one year gaurantee, we never had to use this thankfully
This is a 150 watt hand mixer.
It has 5 different speed settings.
The weight of the product is 0.73kg so nice a light to be holding it.
Using the mixer-
Its really straight forward to use the mixer. The 2 metal whisks easily click into the holes in the underside of the mixer unit, you will hear and feel them click into place so you know that they are fitted in correctly. Then all you have to do is plug it into the wall and flick the speed switch across to the desired speed and your ready to go. It makes light work of whipping cream, beating egg whites and creaming butter and sugar for cake mix just like it should. Its certainly tonnes faster than hand whisking and less exhausting too!
Like most mixers its pretty noisy but honestly thats to be expected I think. You also get some splash back when you first switch it on but again you expect that especially if you go straight to a high setting. That said I've never needed to use the highest setting.
Dismantling and washing-
The mixer is just as easy to take apart as it is to put together. All you have to do is pull down firmly on the whisks and they will unclick ready to wash, its as simple as that!
Whisks are never the easiest things to wash but theres big enough gaps in them to allow washing to be reasonably straight forward. Failing that throwing them in the dish washer is much easier as they are totally dish washer safe. It certainly comes in handy!
Although for obvious reasons you can't wash the main unit its really easy to wipe off any mess from any splash back you may of gotten.
Overall I've found this mixer really easy to use and it certainly does the job that you need it to do. It may not be the prettiest or have tonnes of different features like the more expensive branded hand mixers but for the extremely cheap price tag you get a decent hand mixer that works everytime. We have never had issues at all with this mixer and I would certainly repurchase should it ever give up the ghost as its given us 4 years of good service so far. For a value range mixer its pretty darn good. 5 out of 5 stars.
=Argos Value Range Electric Hand Mixer=
My daughter loves cooking cakes, muffins and cupcakes, and it is so much easier to cream the butter and sugar with a hand mixer than by hand.
She is quite independent in the kitchen and wanted her own set of equipment, so when I saw these Argos Vale Mixer for £5 that was a brilliant buy.
The motor is a 150W electric motor, not super fast or strong enough for bread, but for cooking cakes this is a perfect speed of motor.
The box is blue and white coloured cardboard, with an explanation as to what the product is.
=In the box=
Inside the box was the mixer, which is made from white plastic, this is hand held mixer, and a pair of beaters, suitable for cakes or whipping cream.
=The Hand Mixer=
The mixer has quite a short cable, less than a metre long, but for us that is not a problem as the plugs are on the side in the kitchen where I tend to do any bakery.
The beaters are like a whisk and they just slot into a slit in the under carriage of the hand mixer, once they are secure you hear a click.
To remove the beaters there is an eject button on the top of the hand blender.
The mixer has 5 speeds, with 1 being the slowest and 5 the fastest, generally if I am mixing butter and sugar, (Ok confession time I do borrow my daughters hand mixer), then I find a speed of 3 is adequate.
=To clean! =
The beaters are the only part that can be immersed in water, the unit you can just give a wipe over with a damp cloth
We have had this hand mixer for about 2 years and I am impressed with the quality, the beaters are perfect for cakes, brilliant for whipping cream up, for £5 of anyone's money there a bargain.
I am not exactly an avid baker but there are occasions such as kids' birthday parties or a girly get together that usually motivates me to make a few small fairy cakes or small deserts. Therefore this Argos Mixer was an ideal purchase for someone like me, who needed a basic mixer for the occasional baking session.
The price was the main reason why I decided to opt for this one instead of more expensive branded names, as there was not much point spending huge amounts of money on an item that I wouldn't use that often. I remember buying this from my local Argos store for around £5.00, which is a bargain in my opinion.
The mixer is white coloured and is covered glossy plastic and comes with two whisks and instruction manual. In my opinion it looks more expensive than it actually is and has a fairly attractive design. It has air vents located at the end of both sides, and an easy to hold handle which made mixing mixtures less tiresome and easy.
It is that simple to use that even my nephew and nieces use it (under my supervision), with the lightweight design making more child friendly. Another advantage of being so lightweight is that during long whisking periods it rarely makes my hand tired or achy, meaning I can whisk for longer periods without having to take breaks.
The mixer comes with easy detachable stainless steel whisks that can be simply attached to the end of the mixer or detached by pressing the release button that is located just above the whisk area. I love the fact the beaters are easy to detach and dishwasher proof, meaning all I have to do is pop them in the dishwasher after use, which saves me time trying to wash and rinse out the sticky mixture.
The mixer is not hugely powerful having a power of 150 watts and a range of five speeds; however I found that for whisking small mixtures it is perfect. One disadvantage is that even though it is only 150 watts, the noise from the motor is quite loud and can trigger a headache if use for long periods. On a positive; it's very easy to adjust the speeds, basically just need to turn the switch up or down; I found that the location of the switches made changing speed very quick and simple while mixing.
Overall this works perfectly for small mixtures such as cake mixtures, creams, whisking eggs and mousses and in my opinion works just as good as the more expensive brands out there. Therefore I would definitely recommend this for mixing light mixers.
This mixer works very well with cake batter and other liquids, but you have to take things slower with stiffer mixtures such as cookie dough. If you focus on a small area at a time it can struggle through the thicker dough but jerks slightly in your hand as it isn't the most powerful of mixers. The whisks detach for washing and can be easily washed in the sink or dishwasher.
It cost me about £4.00, I think, but it could have been £5. I use mine mainly for cake batter which it is happy to do and mainly do cookie dough in my budget blender or by hand as the mixer also makes strange noises when it is confronted with something so thick and I don't really want to break it.
It does look cheap with it's shiny white plastic shell, but I don't leave it out when visitors are around, so it doesn't really bother me.
I used this mixer when I was making some cakes that had marzipan in and the marzipan was quite hard and not easy to mix with the other ingredients. I think that this whisk did a good job of mixing the ingredients despite not being an expensive whisk. It has 5 speed settings which allows you to choose the perfect whisking speed for your food. The beaters are easy to attach and remove for easy cleaning. Using an electric whisk is much better than using a normal whisk because it is faster and takes a lot less effort. It is particularly useful for making cakes. You can use it to make the mixture really smooth and make sure that the ingredients have all blended together properly. This whisk is not the most expensive whisk but I still think that it is good. It does what you need it to do which is blend the ingredients together without lots of tiring stirring. Also it is fun to use!
As far as I see it, every electric hand whisk will do, more or less, the exact same thing and after all has the same purpose and result - so why would you bother spending a whole heap of money on a whisk when you can buy an Argos value one?
The whisk performs perfectly well, by this I mean that it can whisk effectively and quickly. have used two or three whisks in the past and one of them I think was quite expensive, but the Argos value one seemed to perform as good as this one - whipping up double cream just as fast.
The build of the whisk is very basic but it needn't be anything much more extravagant anyway. It does have a quite cheap feeling plastic cover but for what it is used for I doubt that it will ever break or crack despite this unless you wedge it in the cupboard when storing it. The speed control of the whisk is at the top of the whisk and easily accessible during operation with your thumb which is the ideal place for it. You can actually just make it out on the picture related to this article - it is the bump you see around the handle area.
There are only really two issues in my opinion with it. Firstly, the "hand hole" is a little small and I find it a little difficult to hold as I tend to not be able to easily fit all of my fingers into it - if I do manage it, it is a little uncomfortable. Also, the cable for the whisk could be a little longer - I hate cables on any appliance but short ones are my pet peeve as they restrict the distance I can be from a socket and/or restrict mobility when using the appliance - this applies to this whisk.
When I found out I was pregnant I thought going on maternity leave for a year would leave me with lots of free time (boy was I wrong! I clearly thought motherhood would be a walk in the park lol!) and I planned on being susie housemaker and baking lots of cakes. Wanting to achieve all this on a budget I made the impulse decision to buy this Argos 150W electric hand mixer at a reasonably cheap price a few years ago of around £5.
The mixer is made of plastic, comes in white and has one pair of beaters. Being white it really is not the most attractive of kitchen appliances and screams "basic quality" just by looking at it but not being one to judge a book by its cover I still went ahead to give it a go.
The mixer came in pieces, in plastic wrapping and was easy enough to open and put together....so far so good! The cord on this mixer is relatively short so I have to manouevre around my kitchen a bit to plug it in the wall with ample space to actually have the bowl close enough to use it comfortably and not at a stretch. Inserting the beaters into the mixer is simple, just shove in the hole and twist until they are in accurately and you hear a click. Voila! We are raring to go!
The mixer has 5 speeds and being quite a basic baker I feel this is sufficient variety to allow the mixer to perform well at different speeds. Changing speeds is easy with a small flick on the handle so the mixer can be in use and easily sped up or down. As I mentioned I go through phases where I bake a lot and then not at all so where I don't use this often, when I do use it, its on the third or fourth speed as an average. Mostly in use for my yummy cupcakes (I joke!) I have found this mixer to be perfect to use and mixes really well! For such a cheap price I honestly can't imagine shelling out more for a premium mixer, as unless it will make my cakes from scratch for me, there isn't much else I'd expect from a mixer!
The mixer is easy to wipe clean being plastic, and with the beaters, by pressing a button to pop the beaters off, they are easy to wash by hand or are also dishwasher safe. Not being so fortunate to own a dishwasher, I find the beaters are effectively washed by hand and I don't have to spend ages scrubbing cake mix off!
Overall I really like this mixer, and for the price I can't complain. I've had this mixer for over 3 years now, and granted I haven't had as much opportunity as I'd have liked to use it, it's still in pretty good condition and although the short cord is annoyinh, on the whole this mixer has served its purpose well! As a result I can definitely recommend it!
One consequence of some recent health difficulties is that my love of cake making had to slide because it became just too difficult to get the old butter / sugar / egg beating done properly without causing myself problems ~ much to the family's dismay. Without the cash for a complete food processor, my light-bulb moment came when I realised that this little hand mixers are now available without cumbersome bowls and stands (as in my mum's old food mixer from days of yore, which seemed to take up most of her cupboard space). The reduced size of these appliances has happily led to a reduced cost and, joy of joys, require me to do no more than just hold onto the thing whilst it makes up my cakes!
So, I snapped up this value brand option from Argos during their recent sale and put it immediately to the test!
* Arrived from Argos Direct well packaged, so no damage (not something to be taken for granted with many 'direct' purchases from a variety of companies). Housed within a box, with each item within plastic. There are four different parts: the hand mixer, two separate beaters which you attach to the mixer by hand, and a well insulated electric cord which is attached to the hand-mixer at one end and is secured to a three point plug at the other. A comprehensive instruction manual also comes with the mixer.
* White 'no frills' basic appearance which is fine ~ nothing there to dislike at all! The hand mixer has a plastic body which feels reassuringly solid (not flimsy) yet it's not too heavy. It doesn't feel / look cheap and nasty, more cheap and cheerful!
* Cleaning is easy: a quick wash of the beaters and a wipe down on the mixer and we were good to go for our first cake and to be honest, that's all you need to do each time you use it (plus of course whatever bowl you use for your actual mixing).
* There are five speed settings:
1) Fold ~ starting speed mostly suited to mixing dry ingredients
2) Blend ~ useful for liquid ingredients such as beating mayonnaise or dressings
3) Mix ~ general cake mixing
4) Cream ~ great for that butter / sugar beating action
5) Whip ~ for cream or mash etc
Generally these five speeds are in order of speed, 1 = slower, then increasing in speed up to 5
The adjustment is easy, just a flick of your thumb moves the speed selector across to the next speed. This speed selector is also the on / off switch because there is a speed option of 'O' which is the equivalent of no speed = off!
* The body of the mixer has two sockets into which the beaters can be inserted. There isn't a 'correct' socket for each beater, it doesn't matter which one goes into which as everything's the same, great for when you are in a hurry. There's a beater eject button to pop the beaters out after use, ready for cleaning.
* Because of its compact size, the mixer itself does not take up lots of room in your cupboards: length = 19 cm, height = 15cm, width 7.5 cm (max) ~ approximate measurements. It weighs a little because of its mechanical insides, however, despite the fact that I have problems with my hands and joints (so much so that I can't sometimes lift pots and pans) I can lift this little baby with no problems and can certainly hold it for long enough to mix a couple of batches of cupcakes before my arms get weary!
~ ~ Value for money ~ ~
There are no bad points about this value mixer as far as I'm concerned ~ it does a very good job considering that it cost me under £6! I can't speak for full value for money yet, as I've only had it for a couple of months but there are no problems so far and if it lasts me for a year (which is the stated warranty period) I would feel well pleased with its value and would be happy to buy another one as a replacement when needed.
That said, to finish with there are just a couple of things to note with it, not 'bad points', just quirks to be aware of:
* It can be a little tricky to get the beaters in at times, so it's worth double checking that they are securely in the sockets before you use it ~ sometimes you think they are, but they're not!
* The speed selector is a 'no frills' sliding switch which can be quite easy to knock with your thumb ~ great if you want to adjust the speed easily, but not so great if you didn't intend to adjust it at all!
* The instruction manual does have a little section on using dough hooks, because these have to go into the right sockets. However, my beater did not come with any hooks ~ I don't think this model has them as they are not mentioned in the product info on the Argos Direct site, so I suspect that the manual is also one which is used with a more expensive model which should include hooks. To be honest, I don't feel as if I have missed anything here as I always make dough in my breadmaker, but I mention it just to give you the heads up in case you are adamant that you need dough hooks with your budget mixer purchase ~ you won't get them with this value mixer!
As I've said, I'm very pleased with this appliance as a budget buy and feel that there's not a lot out there to beat it for value. It certainly does what I need it to do and has renewed my vigour in the kitchen (on a good day), without making me pay for it ~ literally!
Last week I had to make a cake for a party I was going to. I intended to make a pavlova which involves a lot of whisking of egg whites to make the meringue. As I didn't own an electric whisk I fully intended to carry out the whisking process with a hand whisk and wan't particularly looking forward to at least half an hour of vigarous whisking. Whilst shopping in Asda for the pavlova ingredients decided to pop next door to argos and check out the price of an electric whisk/mixer. Finding this argos value branded mixer for way less that I thought I would have to pay, I couldn't say no.
The mixer comes in a typical argos value box made of cardboard. It is supplied with a small instruction book. Being male the instruction book went in the bin and I can't comment on it's usefulness.
The mixer is not particularly brilliant quality, but for the price what do you expect. It seems solid, but the plastic appears cheap.
The mixer is supplied with two 'beaters' or whisks and has a power cord that is approximatley 75cm in length which is more than good enough as I have readily available plug sockets on the work surface.
The whisk attachments slot easily into the slots on the bottom of the mixer and click into place. The mixer is then turned on using the switch on top which has five speed settings. I tend to go for the fastest setting only, but can imagine this may send things flying depending on what you are using it for.
I have only used this to mix egg whites for pavlova and full eggs for scrambled egg. For both these purposes it works perfectly and I can't imagine why it would be worth spending more to get any other features on the hand mixer.
The Argos value mixer is on sale in Argos for £5.97. That's less than the price of 2 beers and I can't complain at all. If I had to make a complaint it would be that the 97p is an odd number and would prefer 99 or just rounded to the nearest pound (although this has no impact whatsoever on my review of the mixer and is more of an aside on why you get silly prices)
Does everything a hand mixer is required to do at an exceptional value price. I can't fault it and wouldn't spend more to get any other features.
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For information, here's the pavlova recipe I used (my reason for getting the mixer):
For the meringue
- 6 egg whites
- pinch of salt
- 350g caster sugar
- 2tsps cornflour
- 1tsp white wine vinegar
For the filling
-600ml double cream
-a handful of pomegranete seeds
-icing sugar to dust
1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4
2. Using the argos value hand mixer (!) whip the egg whites and salt until stiff peaks are formed
3. Whisk in the sugar
4.Whisk in cornflour and vinegar
5. Split the mix into 3 and place on greaseproof paper lined baking trays so that they spill out into 3 circular portions.
6. Lower the oven temperature to 140C/275F/Gas 1 and bake for 1-1.25 hours
7. Turn off oven and let the meringue cool in the oven
8. Whip the cream (using the argos value hand mixer) and layer the meringue, fruit and cream
9. Dust with icing sugar.
10. Try not to eat it all in one go
The only reason I purchased this item was for when we go away in our caravan so I wanted something cheap and cheerfula s I knew that it wasn't going to get used that often. The price of this appliance was truly amazing at £5.97 I have no idea how they can sell it for such a cheap amount. Anyway it was purchased and never used whilst in the caravan. So it now lives inside the house and has been taken over by my 8 year old who loves baking cakes. He calls it his special little mixer - I'm not daft enough to let him loose with my expensive one.
It punches out 150 watts and has 5 speeds. It comes complete with the usual instructions and has one pair of beaters which are dishwasher safe. The first thing that I thought was that it doesn't look cheap, I'm still puzzelled as to why it is the price that it is!
It is all very simple to use. You insert the beathers on the base part of the mixer and to release them you press the release button at the top by the handle. To change speed you simply flick the switch at the top and off you go.
Don't do what my son does - ensure that you turn the mixer off before you pull it out of the mixture otherwise you'll find yourself doing the redecorating sooner than you think!
No complaints here. A fantastic little product for very little money. I would recommend to everyone wanting to use it as an occasional mixer. Needless to say that it hasn't quite got enough guts to cope with heavier mixtures such as fruit cakes. But ideal for wiping up egg whites, mousses and light cake mixtures.
This product was inexpensive and as a student, was useful for baking when I am away from home. However, it slowest speed is faster than I expected and when I put it into the bowl to mix my cake and turned it on, the dry ingredients went everywhere. I ended up having to mix the cake by hand for a while before using this to finish off the process. I also thought the whisks were quite small and it would maybe work better if these were bigger. It isn't as convenient as the stand mixer I have at home as you do have to stand and hold it and move it around the bowl.
I found it really difficult to remove the whisks for cleaning. You have to push really hard on the button to release them. However, once I did that, they were easy to clean and it doesn't take up alot of room in the cupboard.
I would recommend this if you're short on cash and need something that does a little more than whisking by hand but if you are going to be using it on a regular basis, I would recommend investing in a better quality one to get better results.