Product Type: Argos mixers
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Beating budget constraints one penny at a time
Argos Value Range White Power Hand Mixer
Member Name: Dryad
Argos Value Range White Power Hand Mixer
Advantages: Cheap, lightweight, 5 speeds.
Disadvantages: Short cable, can't be rested squarely on a surface.
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.
Summary: A cheap little gem.