Product Type: Argos mixers
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Argos Value Range Electric Hand Mixer
Member Name: PlaysNicely
Argos Value Range Electric Hand Mixer
Advantages: A very good value buy
Disadvantages: None really, it's just a great basic buy
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!
Summary: Easy to use and clean, costs very little and is guaranteed for a year ~ can't beat it!
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