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My daughter and me have started to do quite a lot of baking recently and were really struggling without a mixer as I only had a hand one. I decided to splash out and get one!
I bought the mixer online just to save myself the hassle of having to trail into town to get one. I paid £25 and chose the white one. I believe it is available in other colors but I thought the white one looked the best and went well with my kitchen.
The mixer is a 250 watt model which I thought would be more than enough for what we needed.
When we opened the mixer it is very simple to put together and use it comes ready to use the plug etc is attached and you simply just have to put on the attachment.
The mixer has 3 settings high, medium and low the high one is probably faster than you would ever need I certainly have never really used it other than to test it.
The mixer has some attachments with it too which are for beating eggs and also a spiral attachment. We have used both of these now and have done quite a bit of baking. We have even made our own bread, this is what we used the spiral mixer for.
My little girl was a bit scared of using it at first because it does make quite a bit of noise but she is used to it now and has no problems.
The great thing about the mixer is that the attachments can be put in the dishwasher so you don't have to spend ages cleaning it out. I then just give the main section a wipe over and store it away till the next time.
The different attachments are easy to put on you just push them up into the holes and then you are ready to go.
I would definitely recommend this mixer it has been ideal for what we need and we have used it loads without any problems it's a must have for any busy kitchen!
I was very surprised to find this Kenwood mixer for 25.99 at Argos a good while back, as I had come to think that all products from Kenwood would be very expensive, simply beacuse Kenwood is a very trustworthy, quality brand, and quality equals high cost, doesn`t it? Anyway, I bought this handmixer so that I more easily could indulge in making cake and pancake batters, whipping cream and all of those small jobs in the kitchen that is just too much of a job to do by hand...
This handmixer comes with two different attachments, the standard egg beater and spiral looking device... These both come in handy and I use them a lot, and so far, I haven`t experienced any trouble when washing them in the dishwasher, which let`s face it, is a big plus! The mixer has also three standard settings, slow, medium and fast, and I usely go with the medium setting, as the fast one is a bit too fast for the work I usely do! There`s no denying that the mixer can be a bit noisy at times, but I don`t think that you will ever find a handmixer that won`t make a single sound... This is a 250 w mixer, which translates into it being very powerful, perhaps a bit more powerful than I need, but that`s not an issue. I usually wash the mixer itself with a wet cloth or paper, and the attachments either in boiling hot water or in the dishwasher, washing it by hand is probably the smartest thing to do though I haven`t had any problems when washing it in the dishwasher.
This is a great mixer of very solid and sturdy quality, it`s easy to use and looks modern and stylish! I absolutely give this mixer a full score, no doubt!
Last Fathers' Day, my boys decided to treat Daddy to a hand mixer so that he could whisk their Angel Delights without lumps! A quick visit to the Argos website led me to purchase the Kenwood HM324, partly because it was on offer for below £20 (from the RRP of £27.99.) I also thought the design and colouring looked suitably neutral and unisex for the 'man about the kitchen'.
After reserving online, I was very pleased with my decision. The body of the mixer is predominantly black and grey which co-ordinates well with the stainless steel attachments and gives the mixer something of an expensive appearance. The weight and build quality are reassuringly solid, without being too heavy, giving this a sturdy feel when in use and reducing the sensation of any vibrations during mixing.
The two metal beaters click easily and securely into position, without any worries that they are going to fly off halfway through the mixing process. This also came supplied with two dough hooks, for more adventurous cooks. The release button is simple to operate and a firm push ensures that both beaters neatly ping out after use. The attachments are all dishwasher proof and, through sheer laziness, I always pop the beaters in the dishwasher after use with no ill effects thus far.
The mixer is extremely straightforward to use with a built-in handle at the top, logically positioned for comfort, control and ease of use. The gap is decently proportioned so both I and my husband, with his larger hands, feel comfortable using this. The cord length is certainly more than adequate, giving enough room for manoeuvring around the edges of a bowl without having to be uncomfortably close to the plug socket. The three speed settings are easy to switch between, using a single sliding dial. I find that I rarely need to go beyond the middle setting anyway, certainly for the basic uses in our household - mainly simple batters, cake mixes and Angel Delights! Having a 250 watt motor, there is some noise during use but this is certainly bearable for short periods.
After use, the main body of the mixer wipes down incredibly easily, thanks to its shiny exterior. If things have been allowed to dry and set, of course, this becomes slightly more difficult. The mixer is also cleverly shaped to allow the cord to wrap firmly around the mixer after use, for ease of storage. This is so straightforward that even a man can use it and tidy up after himself!
As a basic kitchen tool to be used for simple tasks, this is a very reasonable purchase - even more so at its current sale price of £18.59 from Argos. Its stylish colour scheme, decent build quality and ease of use make this is a practical kitchen essential and one that I'm happy to recommend. Now Daddy can make lump-free Angel Delight too!
A few months ago I entered into a "bake-off" at work, then promptly realised I didn't have a mixer, or processor of any kind at my current abode it was all in storage at my mums, so off I took myself to Waitrose to purchase a hand mixer to tide me over. The HM324 is avaible in black, with the HM320 being (I believe) the same version in white, which is slightly cheaper.
**Price and where to buy**
I paid around the £25 mark for this mixer, at the time I thought it was extortionate, and now I still think its extortionate however a quick glance at the web and the cheapest I have found is Argos at £27.99, so maybe I bagged myself a mini bargain, the mixer in white is coming in cheaper starting from £23. I personally prefer the black appliance as I think the white looks a little bit cheap.
The mixer is available from all good department stores, online at the likes of Argos. Strangely it is NOT available on the kenwood website, I presume this is because they are promoting their newest hand mixers and update accordingly.
**Settings, appliances and noise**
The mixer comes with 2 different attachments, the standard "egg beater" attachment and the 2 spiral shaped attachments. I have only ever used the egg beater attachment, though I think that the spirals can be used to make bread dough, which would make sense and actually I am inspired to attempt that tomorrow....but I digress....the attachments are easy to attach to the body of the mixer, you simply push them into the holes and turn slightly. I have no problems with them not being attached fully and falling off halfway through, they are very secure.
The mixer is 250 watt, so it is powerful, though I probably couldn't tell you the difference between a 200W and a 250W, I just know that my mixer is powerful enough to beat what I want it to beat!! The mixer has 3 settings, slow, medium and fast. I find even the slow to be quite fast, but I am comparing that to beating by hand. You can sense a definite difference as you work up through the speeds and the mixer vibrates quite heavily in your hand when you are on the fastest setting so I would say this hand mixer is not the way forward if you have weak wrists. It is not heavy to hold and move about, its just the vibration through your hand and arm that threw me the first few things I used it!
The noise, mixers are noisy, there is no getting round that. This mixer is no different, with the noise level increasing as the settings are higher, it reminds me of a plane revving up to take off!
**Cleaning and Storage**
I must confess I am lazy, my mixer will stretch to the sink so I stretch it over and put the attachment in the water and switch the blender on for a minute or so, this gets the worst of whatever I have been mixing off. Following that, I simply de-attach the beaters by pressing the grey button on the top of the mixer and they pop out of the holes. I then wash as normal in the sink, though they are dishwasher proof if that is your preffered method of cleaning. The mixer, I wipe over with a damp cloth.
Storage, I simply store in the cupboard with the attachments in the cutlery draw as I threw out the plastic storage holder by accident. The cord wraps neatly round the mixer and it really takes up little room in the cupboard.
Lovely little mixer, and if other reviews are anything to go buy it looks as though this is one purchase I will not have to re-make as the kenwood mixers are highly durable, mines lasted well for the last 2 months and I am confident that it will last into the future!
As I've gotten older I've become a lot more adventurous in the kitchen, with baking being one of my favourite hobbies. I love baking cakes and pastries for friends and family; for special ocassions and even not so special ocassions and one of the things I have always felt a need for was a proper electric hand mixer. In my house we have manual ones where you turn the handle and the whisking blades rotate but this can be very time consuming and also quite tiresome so at the beginning of this year I decided it would be a good idea for me to invest in my very own electric hand mixer and after much searching and umming and ahing over price I settled for the Kenwood HM324 hand mixer.
***About the kenwood HM324 hand mixer***
The hand mixer I chose is quite simple in its design with a black body and stainless steel attachments, but what swung it for me was the fact that it came with both a set of beaters and a set of kneaders. I don't really make bread but I thought having kneaders as one of the included attachments may inspire me to start. The mixer has 3 different speed settings which are easily identified as speeds 1, 2 and 3 and the stainless steel attachments are dishwasher safe for ease of cleaning.
***Using the Kenwood HM324 hand mixer***
The mixer is very easy to use. On the underside of the body are 2 holes where the tools slot into, one which is completely circular and another that looks a little like a 3 quarter moon. Once the beaters or the kneaders are pushed in there is an automatic locking mechanism that holds them in place to prevent them from popping out during use. Even when plugged in the hand mixer cannot be used and will not operate until the tools are clicked into place so there's no risk of little fingers being popped in the holes and the unit starting to work so it is quite safe in that resepect. To start using, the first step is to insert the tools into the appropriate slots, then plug the unit into a wall socket. To start mixing there is a button located on the top of the body which although not marked with any instructions has the speed settings 1,2,3, clearly visible; simply push this button forward to start the beaters or kneaders rotating.
I always start the mixer on setting one and then as the mixture gets thicker up the speed to setting 2 and then setting 3 if required, but to be honest I don't find that I need to use setting 3 that often and get excellent results from speeds 1 and 2. Mixing butter and sugar together to form a light and fluffy mixture takes around 3 minutes with my Kenwood mixer....using the manual hand beaters this used to take me anything between 10 and 15 minutes, so using an electric one certainly does save me a lot of time. If the mixer appears to be labouring then I suggest you increase the speed as it will mix a lot better if you do this. The handle is also located on top of the main body and can be held quite easily with either your right or your left hand and I don't find it difficult to keep control of when I'm using it, I can move the mixer around with ease while it's beating and don't find this to be a strain on my arm at all.
Once you are finished with the hand mixer, to release the tools there is a tool release button located on the top of the body which needs a bit of a firm push before the tools click out. One of the important things to remember is that one of the dough hooks has a little metal collar on it which must be slotted into the round slot at the bottom of the unit for it to work. The recommended dough load for this unit is no more than 450g flour. Once your mixing or kneading is complete simply remove the tools and wash by hand in your sink with soapy water or pop in the dishwasher for cleaning.
***Storing your hand mixer***
The cord for the hand mixer wraps nice and neatly around the bottom of the unit and has it's very own cable tidy for you to clip the cord in place so you don't pull the unit out of it's storage place next time and end up with a plug and wires flying about all over the place.
This particular hand mixer also comes with a grip clip which can be attached to the base of the unit itself to keep your tools and your mixer together. Unfortunately, this tool has been misplaced since I bought my mixer so I can't really say whether or not it was useful but I imagine it would have been. For me though it's just as easy to store my attachments in my cutlery drawer so I always know where to find them.
***Cleaning your hand mixer***
As indicated earlier the stainless steel attachements can be both hand washed with soapy water and are dishwasher safe so it's entirely up to you how you want to clean your tools. The handmixer body cannot be submerged in water at all and of course cannot be put in your dishwasher so the easiest way to keep it clean is to wipe it with a damp cloth and then dry with a tea towel.
***Some safety instructions***
It's important to always make sure that the cable is completely unravelled from the base of the hand mixer before you use it. Keep your hair tied back when using and be careful not to get any hair near the utensils while operating as I imagine this will result in a nasty head injury....it's also important to keep fingers and clothing away from any moving parts. If you're not using the appliance then please unplug it especially if you have children who may be curious and start playing with it as this is not a childrens toy. If there are any visible signs of damage then please don't use the hand mixer - get it repaired or replace it....the last thing you want is to get an electric shock or even worse have your appliance burst into flames because of a fault.
***My final thoughts and opinion***
I got this hand mixer to make my time cooking and baking in the kitchen a little easier and this certainly has helped. Thanks to Kenwood I'm now shaving at least 15 minutes off my preperation time for cakes and Ihave actually been adventurous enough to make some rosemary and thyme focaccia bread which required the use of the kneading tools.....letting the attachments do all the work was so much easier than letting my poor hands do the kneading and they worked a treat. My dough was perfect and the bread very tasty. The noise level of the mixer isn't too bad, it's not noisy enough for it to be uncomfortable but it's not quiet either - but then I guess products like this can't be when they run off of a motor. Overall a great tool for the kitchen and for a great price too. I picked mine up in Argos for £27.99 and it's currently on offer in Argos for £18.59 so an even better price now than it was at the start of the year when I bought it.
If you're looking for a tool that;s going to get the job done then I do recommend this. It's not the most stylish kitchen appliance but it doesn't need to be, it's easy to use, easy to store. easy to clean and mixes my batters and cake mixes perfectly and so performs it's functions to the letter. If you're looking for something with a little more bells and whistles about it then I suggest you continue your search for that stylish kitchen appliance. A good kitchen utensil doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg and as long as my Kenwood mixer works, it will continue to get used.
Compact and durable the HM324 hand mixer from Kenwood offers three dedicated speeds for folding mixing and whisking / It features a comfort-fit moulded handle full safety interlock and wraparound cable storage. As well as non-degradable Stainless Steel beaters for durability and strength.