“ Brand: Dualit / Type: Hand „
I love kitchen gadgets, what I love more is a kitchen gadget from an iconic brand name, i'm just like that. I was thrilled to receive this Dualit handmixer for my birthday 2 years back. My expectations were high as I know Dulait to be a well trusted brand. In research for this review I found the product for around £50 on average after a quick internet search, a lot for a hand mixer.
DESIGN, The hand mixer can come in chrome or soft touch, I have the soft touch. In the box you get included a pair of dough hooks, a pair of beaters and a whisk that fir easily into the holes on the unit. It has a handle that protrudes from the top of the main section. The controls are on the handle, they are a sturdy slider that controls the speed (1-5) and an 'easy eject' button that allows you to remove the attachments (beaters, whisk etc.). There is a rubber panel on the lower side of the handle for comfort that is quite effective. This feature I love, there is a retractable power cable that you pull out when needed and then twist the rear of the unit to pull back, this is very useful for those concerned about tidiness in there cupboards. It is heavy, for me anyway, and I would say this is my main complaint...I find it gets very tiring after about a minutes use.
DAY-TO-DAY, I find that all of the attachments are very effective. I use the whisk the most but have used the others a considerable amount with no problems. I find the attachments easy to clean as they are metal and can be easily washed of in the sink or put into the dishwasher. It sits very nicely in the cupboard for storage which is an upside. The cable is amply long for me and I have quite a long work top. As I mentioned before it is quite heavy, but why not get a work out whilst you cook. The power levels are very good with a good range, level 1 is very slow and level 5 is very fast and you get 3 increasing levels in between.
RELIABILITY, The Dualit is very well built. The buttons feel reassuringly sturdy use after use. The attachments are also made from very sturdy metal and have suffered no deterioration after many cycles through the dishwasher. The main unit itself is bulky and sturdy.
IN SUMMARY, The Dualit is a brillaintly built, effective, nice looking bit of kit. I have never had any problems with reliability and it is very easy to store with its retractable power cable. It has all the attachments I would need and a great range of power settings. It is too heavy, that is my main downside it is also expensive with other mixers with similar specs for around the £25 mark...but would they be as reliable? that I don't know.
I got a Dualit soft touch handmixer as a wedding present. Actually, it feels a little odd to have a soft touch mixer - not awful, just strange!
Anyway, the mixer itself comes with two beaters, one whisk, and two dough hooks. Because it is a hand mixer, there is no bowl included.
I use the beaters most frequently, for mixing sponges and batters and it is excellent for these kinds of things. Mostly, I use it for things that need a quick mix.
The Dualit Handmixer works really well with smaller amounts as well as larger. For example, I can whisk a couple of egg whites for a meringue within a minute. The same for whipping a small tub of cream.
However, I'm not so sure about the dough hooks. Perhaps it is a technique I'm yet to master, but I found it a bit of a wrestle. Mixing the flour, yeast, water, etc was fine.
I clutched my plastic mixing bowl in one hand and the mixer in the other. I plunged the dough hooks into the mass in the bowl. The bowl whipped out of my left hand and careered across the worktop along with the mixer (which I held tightly in case it attacked me). Thankfully, the dough hooks were still impaled in the dough, so I didn't lose anything.
I grabbed the bowl again and held on more tightly. This time, the mixer itself threatened to fly out of my hand. It did sort-of work, but I felt perhaps 5 minutes of wrestling like this would more likely knead ME rather than the dough. Perhaps I shouldn't have used wholemeal flour. I gave up and used the Kenwood Chef instead (it has a fixed bowl!)
However, having said that, the Dualit is a great little grab-it-and-beat-it mixer. I use mine often when I need to be quick (takes a while to get the Kenwood out) and when I know I'm not going to make wholemeal bread. The mixer does just about anything. It also sits neatly on its base on the corner of the worktop. It doesn't get in the way at all. It helps that the flex winds into the base to keep everything neat.
All in all, this is a good mixer, which I'm glad to have in the kitchen. If they hadn't included the dough hooks, I never would have found a disadvantage! But perhaps I simply need to find a way to fix the bowl to the worktop (and if my husband's reading this - no, you may not screw it down!!)
Designed for both domestic and commercial use, the hand mixer features a unique, manual retractable power cord for easy storage plus a convenient beater ejector lever for easy release. Each five speed hand mixer comes with two multi purpose oversize flat beaters, two dough hooks and one balloon whisk. Finished with heavy chrome plate or Soft Touch.