Product Type: Argos mixers
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Basic, works and 'does what it says on the tin'.
Argos Value Range Electric Hand Mixer
Member Name: Randal
Argos Value Range Electric Hand Mixer
Advantages: Easy to use with a wipe clean body.
Disadvantages: Eject button may be an issue.
Call me a miser, but I never really see the point in spending loads of money buying something with countless additional features that I would never use. To me it is just a waste, and hence, I'm kind of a staunch advocate of Value Range items when it comes to smaller electrical products for the kitchen, and this is why we bought this Argos Value Range Electric Hand Mixer recently when our last Value Mixer finally failed after 4 years of service - that and the fact that we also had a load on Nectar points to get rid of. But for the princely sum of £5.69 from Argos, you can also be the proud owner of this mixer.
What do you get? To look at, it is your basic white wipe clean plastic hand held electric mixer - enclosed handle on the top of the main body, power lead out of the back and the one pair of supplied dishwasher safe beaters out of the bottom front. On the top you have the thumb operated dial to select one of the 5 speeds, along with the eject button to remove the beaters. Overall perhaps not the most aesthetically pleasing thing to look at - no flashing lights or chrome stripes on the body etc, but then again, you need to consider how you will use it. I imagine like my family, most of you would get the hand mixer out of a drawer or cupboard, use it for whatever, wipe it clean afterwards and then put it away again. So this is not the sort of kitchen electrical device that you would keep out on display and hence, styling is very basic and perhaps unimportant. Also balance that with the cheap cost, and for the money, this is a functional basic electric hand mixer that only costs a few pounds more than a hand powered mixer.
In use, it does feel fairly light, with a weight of 0.70 kg, and that doesn't really feel that tiring to use for a lengthy period. But basically, it 'does what it says on the tin', in that it mixes things. The 150W motor seems more than adequate to do basic mixing, and we've had no trouble doing pancakes, cake mixes, soups and various deserts. Of note, we do tend to only use the device more on a casual basis, perhaps once or twice a week or so, and this mixer seems quite adequate for our purpose. As yet, we haven't tried it on anything fairly heavy, like dough, where my perception is that the motor may struggle a little. But before you go out and reject this mixer, you have to really consider, are you intending to make and mix a lot of dough or heavy mixes? If yes, then perhaps spend more money to buy a more heavy weight mixer. If no, then you're quids in with this one because it will satisfy all your needs.
Any negative points? The only minor issue is when you try and press the button on the top to eject the beaters. For the wife and I, we've never really had any problems with it - a quick press on the button and the beaters are off. But my teenage daughter always seems to struggle to press the button, as does my younger son sometimes. So it may be something to be aware of if you are arthritic in your hands etc.
In summary, this is a basic electric hand mixer, and with a cost only a few pounds more than a hand powered mixer, you really can't go wrong. As long as you are realistic about how you intend to use it, it should satisfy all your mixing requirements, and with 4 years from our last Value Range mixer, I have no reason not to expect a long life from this model. Hence, a 5* recommendation.
Summary: For the price, you can't go wrong.