“ Brand: Breville „
This mixer by Breville is the latest in a long series of mixers and was bought as a replacement for my previous Russell Hobbs mixer. It is part of a range of appliances endorsed by the celebrity chef Anthony Worrall Thompson. I tend to be put-off by products endorsed by celebrities as they always seem to be lower quality but as it was a reasonable £20 and looked simple to use I decided to buy it from Tesco.
--- The Look ---
The mixer is well-made and comprised of a shiny, silver plastic covering which supports the three beaters and two dough hooks, all of which are stainless steel. Along the top is a long handle which allows plenty of room to fit the hand under so you can get a comfortable, firm grip. The buttons (on/off, speed and eject) are located along the top and on either side are three vents. It is small and compact once the beaters are removed so fits nicely in a cupboard and can also sit upright with a non-slip heel. It is fairly lightweight so easy to hold for long periods and there is a nice, long cable so you don't need to keep the mixer close to a socket all the time. The mixer also comes with an instruction manual and a one year manufacturer's guarantee.
--- Features ---
The main feature of this mixer is the addition of an extra beater. Previously, I have only owned mixers with 2 beaters and I have to say having three is definitely an improvement. The triple beater system is meant to increase mixing ability by "increasing the level of aeration so more air is circulated and mixed in with the food". It really does do a more thorough job and is super fast to mix pretty much any mixture. I've never actually used the dough hooks although they seem to look very sturdy. The mixer also has 5 different speed settings (slow - turbo) and the 200W motor makes it quite powerful. The slow setting is good for when you have quite a liquidy mixture and you don't want it to fly everywhere and then gradually increase the speed. Mostly I tend to use the two highest settings as these are really efficient.
--- Functionality & Usage ---
The mixer is simplicity itself to use. All you have to do is insert the beaters, plug it in, select your preferred setting and off you go. The beaters and dough hooks go in with a satisfying click and they feel firm and secure once in. It really does make baking and cooking so much easier and faster. I've used it to mix cake mixtures and whip eggs and cream and I always end up with a creamy and thoroughly mixed result with minimal effort. The other day I also tried the mixer out on my mashed potatoes and I have to say it was the creamiest mash I'd ever had. One thing I like about hand mixers is that you can move them around yourself to get more control and make sure every part of the food is mixed. Although quite loud, it is considerably quieter than most other mixers I've owned and when on it feels very smooth with no vibration in the handle. The beaters can be fiddly to clean, especially as they aren't suitable for dishwashers, but this is a common problem with mixers and the rest of it can be easily just wiped down with a damp cloth.
--- Summary ---
Overall, this is brilliant mixer which not only mixes up food incredibly fast but also really thoroughly. It has lasted me for several years now with no signs of wear and still works as good as new so I would recommend.
Are three mixing attachments better than two?
Is this worthy of Anthony Worrall Thompson Monika?
The short answer to both is yes. I was a little dubious that a celebrity chef had put his name on this product but after a thoroughly using this mixer I loved it! I make a lot of deserts and when I bought this relatively cheep mixer at first I thought the three whisking blades were just a gimmick but amazingly when whipping up cream, eggs or creaming my butter and sugar for a cake the three blades worked much better and faster than any other mixer I had owned.
Yes you do have an extra blade to wash up but the end results were well worth it.
The hand held mixer is not the lightest and with a lot of use your arm gets achy but despite this when my last one died on me I went out to look for the same one to replace it. Very easy to use and the blades are colour coded to ensure you put the right blade in the corresponding right slot. This model includes a boost button and various speeds controlled with a sliding switch. I like the silver and there wasn't many crevices to hold dirt in.
Finally a chef who actually tried his product before he put his name on it. Mine only lasted 3 years but that was 3 years of heavy use. Since having one Anthony Worrall Thompson branded product I have bought others and loved them too. Great value for money and a unique twist on a hand mixer
8.5 / 10
Short name: Breville HM5