“ Brand: Argos / Type: Hand / Speed Settings: 5 Speeds / Power Output: 120 Watts / Chrome Beaters „
A year or so a go i started out baking and as i wasn't sure whether it would stick , i decided to buy only ' value ' equipment.
When i saw that this product was under £5 i instantly thought that it would die out on me within a few months but nether the less i was planning on just using this for a few months before i decided whether to carry on baking or not.
The Mixer had 5 speeds and it works well in pretty much any cooking situation , i originally planned on just using this for cake making but i now use it pretty much every time i cook. It saves your arm constantly aching when you use it for long periods of time. Makes whisking quick and enjoyable.
The exterior is quite cheap looking but it does the exact same job a mixer 10x more expensive would do. It is dishwasher safe. The weight is under 1kg and it has a reasonable length lead.
Unlike many reviews say i do not find the button stiff at all , After a few months i did buy a James Martin but i did not see any improvement on the argos mixer and eventually the james martin broke but incredibly my argos value mixer is still going strong after all this time.
A bargain purchase considering you'll get change from a £5 note. Overall i would recommend this to any beginner or intermediate baker.
Many people may baulk at the very idea of purchasing a 'value range' electrical product, but why pay substantially more for a top end item with all the numerous multiple and variable speeds and settings, switches and other bells and whistles that could go on it, when all you are ever going to use is perhaps one tenth of that capability that will perfectly satisfy the majority of your needs? Hence, I'm a sort of an advocate of shop's value ranges when it comes to small electrical items because very often in my experience, I've found them to be perfectly acceptable for my own needs - simple, basic and does the job - and all at a very good price. Thus, this Argos Value Range White Power Hand Mixer fits right into that category, and at a cost of only £4.75. Hence, it became an addition to out kitchen electrical collection earlier this year.
What do you get for £4.75 in the Power Hand Mixer market? To put it simple, a white plastic moulded body/handle affair with a set of mixers/beaters hanging out the bottom. Look a little closer and you'll notice that this 150W mixer also has 5 speeds, which are selectable via the dial mounted in the top of the handle. You also have a central button on the top that you use to release the supplied chrome plated beaters when you are finished, which can then in turn be cleaned in a dishwasher if required. The mixer also has a long 1.5m lead, which should be more than adequate to reach most plug sockets near your kitchen work surface. So a very basic mixer, as you would expect for under £5.
In use, it seems to balance fairly well in the hand, and is not too heavy to use, having a weight of 730g. Ergonomically, you can click the speed dial round fairly comfortably with your thumb to increase/decrease the speed as required, and the handle is not too broad or awkwardly shaped so that it can't be comfortably gripped and held. Thus far we have used this mixer for everything from whisking eggs through to making cakes and batters, and it has succeeded on each occasion with no problems.
Negative points? Well to balance a review, it is always worth highlighting any issues, and there are a couple with this mixer. The first one is to do with the button on the top that releases the beaters, which is a little stiff when you press it, making it a little awkward to release the beaters. To me, yes it is a little stiff, but a good hard press does the job. However, my wife struggles with it a little. At first we thought the button might just need wearing in, and admittedly it did improve with use, but it is still fairly stiff. How comfortable you'd be with that is really down to your own personal acceptance of the 'stiffness', but it is something that should be noted if you are perhaps arthritic.
The other issue is to do with the chrome plated beaters, which, when I originally read some reviews about this mixer prior to buying it, some people seemed to be concerned about. The main concern was that the chrome could/would come off and mix in with whatever you were mixing. Many of the cheaper (or value) electrical items tend to have chrome plated mixing elements in order to keep the costs down - items such as blenders and mixers being typical examples. In my experience of many years of using such items, I've never really come across anything where I've seen the chrome chipping off, and to be honest, I do tend to look when I've taken them out of the dishwasher, mainly to ensure that the items has been cleaned properly in all the little nooks and crannies, but also during that process I would hopefully notice if the chrome plating was chipping away. With this mixer, that chrome loss has not occurred, and these beaters have been rattled in a drawer with other metallic items and used fairly frequently over the year for a variety of tasks, with no problems.
So is this a negative point? To me, not really. But if you are researching the product with a view to buying it, it does seem to be a concern amongst some reviewers, although I can't recall reading anything about the chrome actually coming off of these beaters for this mixer. Everyone just seems concerned that it might.
In summary, is this value range mixer any good? In a word, yes, as long as you are not a brand name chaser and accept that it has basic functions that will satisfy pretty much all of your needs. And for only £4.75, you can't really go wrong. But we must also balance that stiff button issue, which may be a problem for some. So overall, I would give this a 4 star recommendation.
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This electric hand mixer is part of the Argos value range of products. This range promises quality at affordable prices. I have reviewed a Gordon Ramsay mixer that is on the other end of the scale (no kitchen pun intended).
This unlike the other mixer I reviewed doesn't really stand out from the other twenty all White kitchen utensils be they electric or manual that clutter my kitchen drawers and cabinets. That's because it's not supposed to. The value range is plain and simple when it comes to packaging and also product design. The price is for the product and the product alone, and seeing that this only cost me £4.99 at my local Argos, once it works, that's fine by me.
Now as you can expect this isn't a fancy piece of kit. It's body is all White plastic, with a simple and easy to use button on the top to realise the attachments. Behind this button is the dial that you use to select the setting for the task in hand. This is also the power switch (dial) once I turn it the whisk starts spinning then I go up a setting one number at a time and the speed increases as I do so. The whisk attachments (there are two of them) simply click into the head of the mixer, by gently pushing the non whisk sides up into the head, a loud click can be heard to let you know they are safe and sound.
This mixer has a total of five speeds, as you can imagine 1 is the lowest and 5 is the fastest. There are some very basic instructions included with the product. I found the top speed of 5 was best when whisking egg whites for meringues, and whipping cream. I found numbers 2 too 4 suitable for all other uses. I would only use the number 1 setting if I was very nervous of the mixture splitting, so normally I would use this at the end of the mixing process.
It doesn't make that much noise I find, you CAN here it working, but it's not going to wake the neighbours.
When it comes to cleaning, Maybe the fact that it doesn't have a hundred attachments is a good thing. Simply press the button to release the whisks and wash in warm soapy water. Pat or shake off the excess water after running under the tap to remove any bubbles that tend to form between the blades, and leave to air dry. You can if you like hand dry but I find this a bit fiddly as the space between the blades are quite tight.
This isn't in the same class as the Gordon Ramsay mixer that sits pride of place in my families kitchen. But it doesn't cost anywhere near as much as it's posh friend and does just as good a job when it comes to its mixing tasks. So for £5 I don't think you can go wrong with one of these.
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I've never owned an electric hand mixer or any other type of blender, but since I've been making my own skin care items I've been coveting one to whip up my shea butter nice and light. The cheapest I'd been able to find one in my local Tesco and other supermarkets was £9.99 (despite them only recently selling this type of thing for £5), so I was delighted but dubious at the same time when I spotted one in Argos for £4.99. However I thought what the hell, if it works a few times it will have paid for itself so off I went and bought it.
The box is nice and neat minimising packaging, the contents are the whisk, two beaters and an instruction booklet, which to be honest isn't really necessary as it's very intuitive and simple to use. I can see the usefulness of some of the instructions for people who aren't used to cooking, mainly the ones detailing what the different speeds are best used for.
The whole machine is quite compact rounded at the front, but with no little 'tail' as the Dooyoo picture shows, which makes it difficult to rest it down while you are mixing if you should want to. The area at the back which looks as if it would provide a nice flat base to stand on while you do other things (like scraping mixture down into the centre of the bowl before mixing further) is useless for this. As the power cord exits at the top back of the handle in such a way that it won't allow the base to sit flush to a surface.
There are more speed options than I expected from such an inexpensive item, 5 in total and they are easy to move through while the machine is in use. The only other 'control' on the mixer is the eject button for the beaters (in front of the speed control), this is the only negative point for this product for me, and it's not a bit one. The eject button is quite stiff and does not click or give any indication of whether you have depressed it enough or at all. This can make getting the beaters our a little bit of a fiddle, as you have to shove the button down firmly, only once have the beaters popped out when I've done this, other times I've always had to pull on them to see if they are loose and then slip them out if they are.
The beaters are a little smaller than I expected but they also worked much better than I expected and do good job for my purposes. There is a little disc at the top of each beater which stops any mixture rising up the rods and into the mechanism.
Something that baffled me about my instruction booklet was that it kept referring to dough hooks as if they were included, which they weren't, neither have I been able to find them as an accessory to purchase separately. I didn't expect nor want dough hooks, and I notice when going back to the Argos website that it does say 'comes with one set of beaters', so the booklet must be meant to serve more than one model or is simply wrong.
Never having used an electric mixer before I was not sure what to expect when starting it up in my mixture (on the lowest speed), I kind of expected the ingredients to fly out of the bowl as I was mixing chunky soft but not melted shea butter. However this as I'm sure you would expect did not happen and the beaters coped very well with what is quite a firm substance, and I was able to move up through the speeds with ease without taking the mixer out of the bowl.
The 150 watt motor seems powerful enough to cope easily with some of the thick heavy ingredients I've been using it with without any loss of power or slowing of the beaters when ploughing through unsoftened butters.
The cable is rather short in my opinion, my kitchen isn't over blessed with sensibly placed sockets, and I find I have to mix perched on the inadequate amount of worksurface directly in front of my microwave, as the lead won't reach far enough to be used on the clear worksurface. Logisitcally I can't move my microwave out of the way while using the mixer for a few reasons, it also has a short cable, and don't want to fuss around with moving it every time I want to use my mixer, also I often need to use the two things in the same session, softening ingredients then mixing, sometimes popping back and forth between the two several times. So in short, short cable not good.
The mixer is nice and light and is no strain to use for the length of time needed in even a lengthy baking session.
I have used this little machine quite a lot in cooking too which of course if its primary purpose and it works perfectly well in this capacity from cake mixes to meringues.
I have only owned this for 3 months but it shows no signs of wear and tear yet, and touch wood is still working just as well as when I bought it. I think it's great value and despite my niggles I'm glad I bought it and have found it very handy.
Brief details as listed on the website:
1 attachment - beaters.
Dishwasher safe parts.
When faced with the prospect of buying any electrical gizmos, I generally tend to select the second cheapest one I can find. The Argos Value Hand Mixer, however, costs under a fiver from the Argos catalogue shop and at that price, you can't go wrong really, can you? Especially since the next least expensive hand mixer in Argos - though still inexpensive, at about £8, is almost double the price of the cheaper one.
Argos always try to flog you an extended warranty when you buy an electrical item from them, and it's telling that the three year purchase cover for the blender is 99p - just under a quarter of the price of the item itself. (I didn't bother with that myself).
The hand mixer is admittedly a very basic model. There is the white moulded plastic handle / handset part with attached plug, with a button on the top to release the two mixing arms, and a dial that you use to switch the mixing action on and adjust the speed. There are two loose, stainless steel mixing arms that slot into the handset part. The finish on the metal edges of these maybe seems a wee bit rough to me, which wouldn't be a problem if you were using the hand mixer in a ceramic or metal bowl, but it might be a problem if your mixing bowl is made of plastic as it might cause scuffs and scratches to form. (Actually I'm not sure you'd want to use this type of mixer with a plastic bowl in any case).
The Argos mixer has five speeds of increasing rotatory power. As described in the - necessarily brief - instruction booklet that comes with the mixer these are intended for creaming fat and flour (no. 1, the slowest speed) through beating batter and cakes in the middle ranges, up to whisking eggs (at no. 5, the fastest).
Somewhat confusingly, reference is made in the instruction 'manual' of a 'hook' attachment for the mixer, which is for mixing stiffer mixes such as pastry and dough (this is a dough-hook, effectively). But there's no hook included with the hand mixer; I searched the bottom of the box the mixer came in pretty thoroughly, and a contents list written on the side of the box finally confirmed that there was no hook with the model I'd bought. So I'm not sure what was going on there since the instruction book seemed to be appropriate for the particular model of mixer I had bought.
I have survived perfectly well as a moderately competent cook whisking egg whites and whipping cream and creaming butter and fat together and so on for many years without the help of an electric hand mixer, although my mother had one just like this (only in beige) dating from the 1970s that was pretty good. With electrical gadgets like this I usually consider the (what I consider to be) hassle and faff of getting the thing out of the cupboard where you keep it when it's not in use, then having to set it up to work, and then clean it after use then put it away again, all generally outweigh the usefulness of the thing in the first place. But in this case I wanted a hand mixer for a particular reason: to mix a particular papier mache recipe I'd found online - and this was also why I bought an el cheapo model, because it was going to primarily be for non-food use. I'm a tad worried that the papier mache mix will turn out to be of the stiff-batter variety that will necessitate the use of the dough-hook that this hand mixer doesn't in fact come with, but that's my own mistake for having not bought one that includes the correct attachment, isn't it?
I haven't used it for the papier mache as yet but as a whisk, it works exactly as you'd expect.
I am no Nigella Lawson yet, but I still love to bake and cook, and therefore I have heaps and loads of kitchen equipment, both expensive and cheap! This is a cheap version of a hand mixer, but it`s still a version I``m very pleased with, it`s cheap, still good and easy to use!
I paid only four pounds for this mixer, which in my eyes is a really good bargain and a very reasonable price! I would absolutely recommend this hand mixer to everyone starting their lives away from mum, but also to everyone wanting some new and cheap equipment, either in your home or in a holiday place... The beaters and whiskers function with two speeds, which I have found to be efficient and enough as the speed and energy functions very well and fast. The hand mixer is easy to use and similiar easy to clean, I simply but the whiskers and beaters in my washing machine and that`s that! As far as noise go, I``m not bothered by this hand mixer, it`s low sound and not at all noisy! This is a cheap, easy to use and good hand mixer, recommended for its quality and low cost!
I enjoy baking, and make a dessert or pudding from scratch at least once a week. For many of the recipes I use however, a hand blender is essential or else very useful to have at hand. For a long while I determinedly mixed ingredients with a simple hand whisk where the recipe stated a hand mixer was best. However, when I saw this mixer in the Argos catalogue for just under £4 I knew it would help me considerably during my baking.
The mixer is nothing special in terms of aesthetics: it is fashioned from fairly durable white plastic, with two detachable metal whisks and a power chord emerging from the body of the machine. The two whisks slot easily into the corresponding holes in the body of the machine, and release via a push button at the top of the machine. As the body of the machine is not dishwasher safe, this is useful for releasing the whisks to place in the dishwasher after you have finished cooking. The whisks can be troublesome to clean by hand, so washing them in the dishwasher is often a great help. I have never noticed any damage to them as a result of using the dishwasher on them, and in this respect they are of a much higher quality than you may think for a budget appliance.
The mixer has five speed settings, which is more than adequate for my own needs. My last mixer had only two settings, so the choice with this machine was overwhelming in contrast. The slowest speed is very gentle in comparison to the highest speed setting, which is so rapid the whisks become mere blurs and so it is necessary to exercise extreme caution when working with the fastest settings.
The mixer runs on 120 watts, which is more than sufficient when using it for whisking eggs and so on. The machine is also considerably quieter when in use than I had feared. It emits a low hum, although this is of course somewhat louder when using the highest speed settings.
In all the mixer far exceeded my expectations, and it has saved me considerable effort in preparing cakes and puddings. I have also used it on occasion to whisk eggs when making frittata, although I mainly stick to using it for sweet dishes. If you are looking for a fairly basic mixer to use now and again, this machine will more than suit your requirements. Recommended.
I bouth Argos Value hand mixer few weeks before Christmas, only planning to use it for one cake, therefore thought this will do the job even very cheap. What a lovely surprise it was when I first used it, it's very efficient and does exactly what it's supposed to, I didn't feel like I'm using a Value range product at all. I ended up baking more, also used it on some fresh whipped cream and I'm very pleased.
The mixer is very simple, white, with reasonable lenght of the cord, lightweight and comfortable to handle. It has 5 speed settings. You can see and hear the difference when you switch them, but to be honest result seems just the same to me using any speed.
Chrome beaters are easy to attach and remove, they are the usual size and shape, I would say they are as hard to wash as any other hand mixer. Althoug one disadvantage here - it seems the beaters started to catch rust after just few washings, I removed it and now dry them with cloth after each washing to prevent the rust.
All in all, it's a great product for very little money, definitely worth having one in the cupboard even for very occasional use. It's easy to store and does the job perfectly.
My eldest son is 13 and in his own words is "like really into cooking right now innit".
To be honest although I know I should be happy that a teenager has mustered some enthusiasm for something other than the Xbox or the internet, he does make quite a bit of mess and seems a lot less enthusiastic when it comes to clearing and cleaning up the aftermath.
He has also inherited my ability to break things with little of no effort. Lucky lad!
So, as he is more Oliver Hardy than Jamie Oliver, I decided to buy him his own cookery bits and pieces.
Although he might have pastry to burn unfortunately I don't have money to burn so I scouted around for some bargains.
The hand mixer I found at Argos for an unbelievable £4.18! I was very happy and so was he when I threw it in his direction with the very basic instructions of "it's yours, so use it, clean it and put it away".
So what do you get for £4.18 I hear you ask.
Well, you get a white mixer with five speeds and 1 attachment (beaters) in stainless steel. Nothing more, nothing less.
It's very plain to look at and not particular ergonomic in design but there appears to be no need to use this for long periods of time so comfort really isn't an issue and it's small enough to keep in a kitchen drawer so you don't need to have it on display should such a thing bring shame upon your family.
The lead is approx 1.5 metres in length and I don't see any reason why you would need it any longer and the attachments such as they are, can be removed with ease and cleaned with little to no fuss.
It's not very powerful at 150 watts, but it appears to do the job and if it's just for occasional use it shouldn't be a problem.
Basically, it's fit for purpose.
I would recommend this as an entry level mixer for kids or just a handy thing to keep in the cupboard even if the height of your culinary creativity is mixing up a batch of angel delight. This my friends will do the job.
My son is happy with this and it has been used several times and remains unbroken. I therefore consider this to be a good bargain buy that I'm more than happy to recommend.
4 stars from me.
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I love to whip up a batch of pancake batter, muffins, jam or other temptations in the kitchen, as there`s something about making everything from scratch that just brings me back to my childhood... This handmixer from Argos became an addition to my kitchen appliance a while back, as I needed a back up to the handmixer I had used for years, and seeing as this product didn`t cost more than five pounds, I didn`t really dwell much on buying it, and have been very pleased with it ever since!
This is a pretty basic mixer that comes with five speed settings, running with 150 watts of power, meaning that it can be very quick and efficient when you want it to be... As I normally use this handmixer to whip up pancake and waffle batters and at times muffins and cake batters, I normally use settings two to four, but they are all great and work very well and easy! The beaters are made out of chrome and can easily be washed by hand or in a dishwasher, whatever suits you best... I was very pleasantly surprised to discover just how solid and sturdy the quality of this handmixer actually is, and in comparison to much more expensive brands, this is a knock out, a really good buy and a handmixer I really would recommend, as it does the job easily and efficient, adding to the bliss, not making all that much noise either, with a handle that is comfortable to grasp and manuever!
I will say that it would be very nice if this product would come in colours such as red or black, but the white colour looks nice as well, very standard and simple! All in all, this is a great handmixer for a very low price, I wouldn`t hesitate in giving it a try! Worth mentioning, is also the fact that this handmixer doesn`t way too much, therefore I often lend this handmixer to my grandmother, as she loves to bake as well, and has commented on how easy and comfortable this handmixer is to use! I`m not quite certain how long the chord is, but it`s more than long enough, give or take 1 and a half meters, at least... A superb purchase, recommended!
I am one of them people which like to have many different kitchen appliances in my kitchen incase I do decide I need to use them. This was a hand mixer from Argos which was pretty cheap so I wanted to try one without spending to much money. This one was very good on value so I decided to go ahead and purchase it. Even though I do believe you pay for what you get I still just wantedto try it so I could get a feel for how one works.
The price for this hand mixer from Argos is actually under £5 which I thought was a brilliant price. I decided that even if this ended up being a product which I only used now and again the price was good enough to take that risk. The price for this hasn't changed but I wouldn't of expected it to be any cheaper anyway.
This hand mixer is actually very comfortable on my hand even though they are fairly big. The handle is easy to grip which allows me to be comfortable without having to hold it tightly. I will be the first to admit that if you look at it you won't rate it as the best looking mixer in the world but what do you expect for something which is less than £5.
Features and Performance
The hand mixer comes with 5 different speeds, When I use it I don't even need to go beyond level 3 as that speed is more than adequate for what I need it for. The length of the cable is 0.5m which I find is long enough to use it anywhere you want. Even though the power of this is only 150 watts it is suprisingly very high in speed. With me just wanting to use it for basic things such as cake making and such I didn't really need something more powerful at the time. I think it is pretty obvious that if you are wanting to mix things which are of a thicker texture then this mixer would struggle.
Overall if you are on a budget and looking for a hand mixer to do the basic things then this one from Argos will do everything that you need. The price is brilliant and this was what initially attracted me to it to begin with. If you haven't got a socket right near where you will be using it then this could be something which you may struggle with. Taking everything into account however I would definitely recommend this to people because the performance of it was much better than what I first expected it to be like and even though it may not be the best performing mixer on the market it is very useful for an unbeatable price.
I love to cook and bake and I was tired of using a hand whisk to get all the lumbs and bumps out of my cake mixes. I wanted a cheap and easy to use electic hand whisk and Argos came up trumps with this handy little whisk.
Part of the Argos Value range, the whisk is currently priced at £4.18 which is an absolute bargain. It only comes in the colour white but has 5 variable speeds and is 150 watts.
It isn't the prettiest of whisks but it isn't offensive either. It is just a standard and simple looking whisk. It doesn't have Argos Value stamped on it either so if the thought of having a value range item out in your kitchen embaresses you then rest assured, nobody will ever know (unless they have one themselves!).
The beaters are easily attached to the whisk - they just slot in underneath and you can feel them clip in so you know they are secure. They are just as easy to get out again as all you have to do is press down the button on the top (the same button with the speeds written on it) and they release straight away.
The whisk is pretty powerful, it gets all the lumps and bumps out our cake mixes, Angel's Delight etc with ease. I also use it to make my mash potato lump free too - it works a dream and creates the smoothest mashed potato ever. It whisks quickly and I never really have to use more than speed 2 but because I am an impatient cook, sometimes find myself using it on full power to get the lumps out of mash quicker.
It isn't too noisy either. I can hear and hold conversations whilst using it without it causing any issues.
It isn't a bulky item and can be stored easily. It also doesn't feel bulky when being used and is lightweight.
For its price, it is great value for money. I have had money nearly a year and a half now and it still works fine with no signs of wear yet and I use mine regularly. Argos have definately got this one right.
I'm the first to admit when it comes to electrical items some might say I'm a bit of a snob. I'll only buy brand name things, under the impression rightly or wrongly it's better to pay a bit extra once than have to replace a cheap item a couple of times.
So when my Nan bought me this hand mixer for my birthday I wasn't sure what to expect. She knows I enjoy baking and she enjoys the end results, maybe she was hoping this would mean I baked more for her.
This little hand mixer comes in white, and although it looks slightly different to the one pictured it's a fairly inoffensive looking piece of equipment. It won't win any prizes for it's looks but you won't feel embarrassed if you leave it on your work top.
The mixer has a slot on each side so that you can store the beaters with it, meaning they won't get lost amongst your other utensils in the drawer.
It comes with 5 speed settings and 150 watts of power. I have never needed to use anything more powerful than the second speed setting when using it for baking.
The beaters are released from the mixer by pressing down the button which has the numbers for the speed settings on. Although most of the time I forget to do this and just pull them out. I don't struggle to do this, but as yet have never had them fly out while I've been using it.
It feels quite solid to use and although it is weighty it isn't too heavy so it isn't uncomfortable or awkward to use. The handle isn't particularly big so people with larger hands may struggle to hold it comfortably.
Being quite small and compact it easily fits into a cupboard or drawer for storage.
When in use it is quite noisy but you can still hold a conversation, and I don't really use it for long periods of time so I can put up with it.
The power cable is fairly lengthy, I would guess around 1.5m, so you aren't too limited as to wear you can use it in relation to a plug socket.
I mainly use this when I'm making cakes, but it also comes in handy for mixing Angel Delight, or instant gravy and custard for perfect lump free results.
Currently on sale from Argos for £4.18, which is a bargain even if it only lasts for a year.
If you need a hand mixer and don't want to spend a lot of money on one, I would definitely recommend buying this one.
Thanks for reading.
I wanted to buy an electric hand whisk but as I wouldn't be using it too frequently, wasn't keen on spending a fortune. Argos to the rescue. They have a basic range which I have only just discovered but I think has been about for a few years now. Apparently they have over 300 items in the range. Other whisks I looked at were around the £30 mark and some well above. This little whisk cost under a fiver. Yes. I read the reviews on the Argos website, and everyone said it was a great bargain, not too bulky, and the wattage on comparison was as good as some of the branded names. In I go, get it home, and try it out making meringues. It has a number of speeds, all working fine, and it whisked up my egg whites perfectly. I am soooo happy I didn't spend a fortune. A great bargain and my meringues were fab too.
When my trusted Kenwood hand mixer finally gave up, weeks after I had renewed it! I went to my local Argos to look for a replacement. As I already have a food processor I only needed a basic hand mixer. There were several models available with prices ranging form under £5 to over £30. I decided to buy the cheapest model, the Argos value hand mixer priced at just £4.39.
The mixer itself is white so will go with any kitchen décor. It has a pleasing curvy shape and to be honest looks like a much more expensive model. The handle of the mixer is a good size so should be able to be held by even the largest of hands. The mixer is very light to hold yet doesn't feel flimsy. The mixer is supplied with just 2 beaters and no pastry hooks. However as I make pastry in my food processor this was not a problem.
The mixer has 5 speeds and a 150-watt motor, so should be powerful enough for most everyday needs. I tend to use my hand mixer for making sponge cakes and whipping cream. So far so good. However when I looked at the beaters supplied I was not impressed. Although they are chrome they appeared flimsy and looked cheap. The beaters can be washed in the dishwasher.
Before the mixer will operate you need to ensure the beaters are correctly fitted onto the mixer. I found the beaters a bit difficult to click into place but this stiffness could have been because the mixer was new. Once the beaters are fixed, operating the mixer is easy. The speed can be altered by a control button on the handle. The mixer was not exactly quiet but on the other hand neither was my more expensive Kenwood mixer. I was impressed that there was little vibration when using the mixer-an improvement from by Kenwood!
Before you rush out to buy one of these mixers let me tell you the down side and why I guess you sometimes get what you pay for! The first time I used this mixer I was impressed for all the reasons I have stated. The following occasion I used it was when I decided to make a cake with my son. We weighed out all the ingredients and then got to work mixing. The butter and sugar creamed and eggs added it was time to ad the flour. As my son was dividing the mixture between the cake tins he asked me why there were shinny bits in the mix? On closer inspection I noticed that the cake mix had lots of tiny fragments of silver! The silver was bits of metal that had come from the beaters! On inspecting the beaters I could clearly see where the metal had come away leaving dull coloured patches. I had to throw away our cake mix much to my sons disappointment.
The following week I returned the mixer to Argos. The manager inspected the beaters and agreed that the metal had come away. She filled in a complaint form and returned the mixer plus form to their head office. I have asked to be compensated for my lost mixture! I was given my money back and used it to purchase a Russell Hobbs mixer.
That was over a week ago and I'm still waiting for a reply. I would have thought that Argos would take the matter seriously, but we shall see! Not recommended!