Product Type: Argos mixers
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Argos Value Range White Power Hand Mixer
Member Name: Randal
Argos Value Range White Power Hand Mixer
Advantages: Basic, functional and does the job.
Disadvantages: Stiff release button may be an issue for some.
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.
(Also on Ciao under Randal1).
Summary: For the price, you can't really go wrong.
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