Product Type: Cookworks mixers
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Cookworks Hand Mixer with Bowl
Member Name: katyboo123
Cookworks Hand Mixer with Bowl
Advantages: It works, it's cheap, it's compact, it's lightweight
Disadvantages: It doesn't pick up all the ingredients, needs a manual stir, is a bit cheapy to look at
For Christmas I was given all manner of baking equipment from my girlfriend, friends, family; I'd asked for most of it, but one thing no one was planning on getting me was an Electric Mixer which I really, desperately needed - I had however asked for an iPod Nano, and when we went to collect it from the Argos superstore, they had an offer on - believe it or not it wasn't buy an iPod get a mixing bowl free(!) but it was pretty great. They had 10% off all Apple products (making the iPod cheaper than anywhere else) and if you spent over £100 you also got a £10 voucher to spend in store. The Cookworks Mixer with Bowl was £12.49 reduced by 50% from £24.99 and with the voucher cost a measly £2.49. Bargain!
As I am a big kid it was a struggle knowing it was there wrapped up in beautiful paper beneath the tree, but when Christmas morning came, I tore it open and set about making a batch of cakes. The product is not an Electric Mixer as such - it's a stand, with a rotating base upon which you can secure the electric hand mixer provided. It also comes with a large capacity bowl which fits on to the stand converting it in to a Mixer. As well as two whisks, you get two dough hooks.
The stand is pretty flimsy, lightweight with a pivotal arm to fix the hand mixer to; there is a grey button which allows the 'elbow' to tilt, but it's quite stiff and requires a bit of 'manipulation' (read: frustrated force!). It doesn't require any assembly though. The hand mixer is 200watt with 5 different speeds - though I have found speed number 1 is sufficient for mostly everything I've used it for. The bowl has a subtle spout shaped lip, so you can pour out mixture if required. The base allows the bowl to rotate however you must do this manually, it's not an automated motion. You can also detatch the hand mixer and just use it with any bowl, direct in the pan for soups, etc.
My one major criticism, is that when using the stand and bowl provided, the whisks are shorter than other mixers I've used and they leave ingredient unmixed at the bottom and edges of the bowl, so I always give it a manual stir afterwards which seems to do the trick, but it's annoying!
There's an eject button which easily removes the whisks / dough hooks when they are covered in mixture, so you don't need to pull them and get your hands dirty! Aside from that, there's not a lot else to say about the appearance - it's standard white in colour, it's sufficient in performance, just does the job basically - what more could you want? Plus it's pretty compact too, so for those tight on space and budget this is an excellent option; as standard, it comes with a 12 month guarantee (keep your receipt).
At £2.49 this is probably the cheapest bit of kit I have! My apple corer costs more than that, but bear in mind that that's just the offer price. Full price this is about £25 - usually on special offer though at half price. Worth it, even at full price, and a fraction of the cost of other mixers - even hand mixers are more expensive.
Summary: Cheap and cheerful and well worth the money!
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