Product Type: Asda mixers
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The price won't put you into a spin!
Asda 6 Speed Hand Mixer
Member Name: NotMyToothbrush
Asda 6 Speed Hand Mixer
Advantages: Cheap, easy to clean, 6 speed.
Disadvantages: Short cable
This hand mixer retails at around £10 but is frequently on sale. This made it perfect for us a couple of years ago when we really didn't have much spare cash after moving houses and we didn't really NEED a hand mixer, it was really just for occasional use therefore not constituting a higher investment.
The mixer is made of a wipe-clean white plastic which, although not of the highest quality, still feels pretty durable, I was not worried about it ever breaking whenever I used it or put it in the cupboard for storage. Being a nice smooth plastic makes it very easy to clean too, considering all sorts of food will be flying up and splashing on the mixer this is essential. A quick wipe with a damp cloth will clean it up pretty much perfectly every time!
The mixer comes with different attachments for different types of food. The only one I actually use is the standard whisk attachments which I use to make whipped cream to put on top of strudels and I believe the one also featured in the review picture is for kneading bread (I have never used this so an not sure). The attachments seems very strong and durable. These too are pretty easy to clean and I have found them no more difficult or no easier than any other attachments to hand mixers I have ever used in the past.
What really impressed me with this mixer was the 6 speed feature. The majority of hand mixers I have ever used come with just 2 or maybe 3 speeds and therefore to get such a cheap product with actually more features than the more expensive ones I have used is amazing!
The speeds allow you to control the mixing far better than you can with fewer settings, making the mixer suitable for a wider variety of scenarios. I am sure there is a proper way to use the speeds and you are supposed to use different speeds for different things but generally I start off with the slow speeds and just (depending on what I am making as to whether it is suitable) increase the speed until I get to speed 6 - this way I do not lose half of my ingredients over the edge of the bowl by putting speed 6 into what is essentially a bowl of water-like ingredients, I wait for it to thicken before increasing the speed.
My biggest issue with this hand mixer is that the cable is too short for my liking. I hate wires on any product but a short wire makes it almost unacceptable for me. It restricts movement and unless you are mixing right next to a plug socket, you may really struggle. However, guess they had to save money somewhere, right?
Summary: A feature packed mixer for very little cash