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----- General Information ----- For £15 at Tesco, I thought this hand mixer would be an ideal addition to my kitchen for baking. I normally spend forever whisking up the mixtures by hand, and each time wonder why I put my poor arms through it. The product comes in a small box, with general instructions for use. You get the main handheld part in white, and two silver mixers that clip in and rotate when in use. ----- My Experience ----- I first used this hand mixer when I was baking a red velvet cake for my sister's birthday. All went well, and despite a plastic burning smell towards the end of mixing, that I put down to the mixer being new, I was happy with my new friend. My arms didn't ache at all, and my cake mix was a smoother consistency than ever. The product then had a nap in the cupboard for a few weeks, until it's talents were needed again, this time to whisk up a Victoria sponge for the girls at work to enjoy one Friday. When I powered it up, I got the plastic burning smell again, so asked my partner what he thought, and he said it could be the motor burning out so to use it on a slower setting. So, I took his advice, and a few minutes later, it slowed right down despite being on the slowest setting. I stopped and called my partner back in, started the thing up, and bang. The kitchen stank of burning as the thing had blown. I was pretty scared, as had a been stood closer to it, goodness knows if any damage would have been done. ----- Overall ----- Needless to say, I have gone off Russell, and won't be buying any more of his products.
A real good beating ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Around eight weeks ago, the curse of dooyoo struck... The hand mixer I had literally a week before been praising for its reliability, gave up the ghost. We were doing our grocery shopping in the local Co-op and spotted this Russell Hobbs hand mixer on sale for £14, so decided to give it a go. Let's take a look... ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Out of the box the mixer is bright white and the first thing you notice is that it's really lightweight. It's quite rounded in its shape including the handle, which is moulded into the unit, easy to grip. The beaters are made from stainless steel and have flat blades to them rather than the rounded wire ones we had been used to. (This is a bonus feature as it's more surface area to lick off the mixture after the job is done!!) They are fairly short - around 16cm long but this is in keeping with the mixer's dimensions. The cable is around 600mm long, which isn't overly generous but more than enough for most kitchens, I'd imagine. Mixed feelings... ~~~~~~~~~~ In use, the most noticeable thing is that the mixer is quite noisy. When my partner is mixing in the kitchen, I need to shut the door into the living room if I'm trying to watch tv, and that's quite something considering how small the mixer is! The other thing which has taken a bit of getting used to has been the distribution of the weight of the mixer when using it. Overall, at 798g it is noticeably light, but it must be where the motor is positioned within it, because in use it feels like it is heavier at one end, so it takes a little bit of effort to keep things on an even keel. This is hardly insurmountable, or even a big problem, but it's just something which wasn't an issue with our previous lightweight hand mixer. It also means that if you want to "sit the mixer up" - i.e rest it on its end - in between mixing, it topples over, or at best it's really difficult to get it to balance. Full marks for mixing... ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ For the most important factor though, actually mixing, it does a great job. It's had a regular workout over the last couple of months and makes a nice light, even mix. For such a small mixer it feels quite at ease with a thick mix whereas our previous light duty mixer would have been labouring a bit with heavier mixes. Staying in control ~~~~~~~~~~~ In terms of controls, it has a single button for operating the speeds by pushing the switch to the side, and ejecting the beaters by pushing it down. There are six speeds to choose from but the first speed is fast, and they just go marginally faster through the six stages, so they are not really all that useful. In fact I usually do all the cake mixing on the first level without changing, and if you wanted to mix things on a slower speed this mixer would certainly not suit. The button is positioned at the front of the handle and is easy to reach to control when in use if you do use it, and when ejecting the beaters. The mixer is easy to keep clean because of the shiny plastic material, and we just dust the vented areas off after each use to keep everything clear. Recommend? ~~~~~~~~ I can't really offer a recommendation for this mixer, as although it does a great job, there are a couple too many niggles. At £14, there is no huge outlay but at the budget end of the market for a basic mixer, there is quite a choice, and this particular model does nothing to make it really stand out from the crowd. I wouldn't buy again.
In the past year, if I have had two of these Russell Hobbs hand mixers as I love to bake and was after an appliance that perfect my cakes and for a short time, this mixer did just that. With 6 speeds to choose from and purchased for only £12 (trusty Amazon!), it really does seem too good to be true and to some extent it is. The cakes I did make with this were truly beautiful, light and fluffy. The buttercream was perfect (if I do say so myself) and no amount of good old elbow grease could really compare to the flawless results of using the hand mixer. It saves a lot of time and is so simple to use not to mention easy to clean; all you need to do is pop the blades from the appliance and clean in soapy water. No mess, no fuss, really simple. The only problem, and a big problem for me, is the short amount of time that the appliance worked for. After about 10 uses, the blades started clashing with each other and were out of sync. I contacted Amazon who were fantastic and sent me a new one within a couple of days. After using my newest one for a few months, the same thing happened again which was really disappointing. I know it was only a cheap purchase, but I did expect a little longer shelf life than what it gave me. I would recommend that if you are an avid baker then it may be worthwhile investing in a more expensive and reliable hand mixer. However, for the short time that the mixer(s) worked they really did produce some great results!
I have recently discovered my love for baking so when I received this mixer as a gift for Christmas I was actually thrilled. I know it might not be everyone's idea of a great present but it sure was mine! Mostly I enjoy making cakes, brownies and the odd cream cake so I knew that an electric mixer would take some of the strain off my poor arm. -------In the Box------- The box contained the mixer itself, plus the two mixing blades which slot into the machine. The box also contained instructions. It should be noted that this mixer only comes with one set of blades and does not contain the dough hooks that many other electric mixers do. -------First Use and First Thoughts------- My first use of this mixer was a simple one. I just needed to whip up some cream on Christmas day to go with my pavlova. The two blades simply slot into the mixer and it has 5 speed settings. The one thing that struck me, however, when I first turned it on was the speed. Its really really fast! That was just with it on the slowest setting. I kept it on its lowest setting for a little while to avoid the cream going everywhere and then got some bravery and turned it up the highest. It is actually a really powerful mixer and whipped up my cream in less than 3 minutes - a huge time saving than if I was doing this by hand. To eject the mixing blades from the machine you simply depress the same button that you use for speed - a slight word of warning though: turn the machine off at the mains before you do this! I stupidly started to eject the blades while it was still plugged in and accidentally pressed the eject button forward (which also turns on the blades). Thankfully my fingers were well out the way but it is not a mistake I will be making again! --------Use over time------ The use of this mixer over time has actually been really good. After I got over the fact that it is really fast I started to put it to good use in all my baking. The cord is ample in length but you do need to be working near the plug socket as the cord is no more than a meter in length. The machine itself is a bit noisy (you need to shut the kitchen door if someone is watching TV in the next room) but its no noisier than other mixers I have experienced. Although I didn't buy this mixer myself I do believe that it came in at under £20. I actually think this is very reasonable considering the reliability of this mixer and I would have probably purchased this myself if i wasn't given it as a gift. -------Points to Consider-------- After using this mixer a number of times there are a couple of flaws which I think people should consider before purchasing it. * Firstly, the speed of it is really fast, even at the slowest setting. This is fine if just whipping up a cake or cream but if you regularly bake things which require a more delicate touch, then maybe this isn't for you. *Secondly, will you be using this to mix thick batters? The reason I ask is that I have had trouble with thicker mixtures. The main issue being, that the batter clogs up around the top of the blades, which is a pain in the neck as I have to keep stopping and spooning the batter down again. --------Overall-------- Overall, this has actually been a great first mixer for me. It has mostly done the jobs I have asked of it and is still going strong after 4 months, and I do bake a few times a week. It does have a couple of design flaws but if you are just looking for a cheap and easy to use mixer then this is great. Thank you for reading! Can also be found on ciao x
From my previous reviews, you might have realized I like to bake. I have quite a sweet tooth and need very little excuse to whip up a batch of cookies, brownies, or a cake. Saturday and Sunday mornings frequently see homemade pancakes or muffins in the oven. Most weekdays I start my morning with a slice of gluten free banana bread. In other words, a good quality electric mixer is an essential kitchen appliance in my house. I would love to have a stand mixer, but sadly the budget doesn't allow for such extravagances. Instead I opted for the Russell Hobbs 4451 Hand Mixer. It was just £12.99 and highly rated on Amazon. The mixer is white with a curved shape. It is relatively light and easy to hold in one hand for extended periods of time while mixing. The beaters are chrome. The cord is 1.5m, which I have found to give perfectly adequate reach in my kitchen (of course this might not be the case if your plugs are not very accessible). The mixer claims to have 6 speeds; however, I must warn you that they go from very fast to extremely fast. This appliance does not know the meaning of slow or gentle. The 125 w motor does provide a fair deal of power. I have never had a problem with it struggling with thick dough, etc. There is only one button on this mixer. You roll it forward to increase speed and backwards to decrease speed. To release the beaters, you push the button down firmly. At first I was quite concerned about the placement of the button. It is exactly where your thumb will naturally rest when holding the mixer. I have not had a problem with releasing the beaters while mixing, but it could theoretically be possible. More concerning for me is the fact that the speed wheel often gets pushed forward between uses. I don't always remember to check that it is in the "off" position before plugging in the mixer. Many, many times it has made me jump when I plug it in and it starts spinning. This mixer has one really annoying design flaw- it can't stand up on its end with the beaters in place. Instead it tips forward onto the beaters. This means that if you set it aside to scrape the sides of the bowl the beaters will rest on your counter and make a mess. You can, however, rest it on the side of the bowl. I have adapted to this lack, but I still find it a bit irritating. On the other hand, it has a quite nice feature in a grove that allows you to set the mixer on the edge of a bowl. So if you are mixing something for a long time you don't have to hold it up the whole time. Or you can leave it mixing away while you grab something from the fridge- very handy. I have used my Russell Hobbs mixer at least 4 times a week for over a year. The logo on the side and the numbers indicating the speed settings are starting to fade, but otherwise the mixer is in perfect condition. UPDATE: I'm sad to say this mixer just died on me. The bit that holds one of the beaters into place has broken so that the beaters now hit together making a horrible noise and preventing them from spinning around properly. Thankfully it decided to give up the ghost just as I was finishing making a lovely Easter cake. I ended up finishing the icing by using just one of the beaters. It lasted just under a year and a half. Conclusion: This mixer served me well for a year and a half. There are a few flaws, but overall I was quite pleased with it for the price I paid. I am knocking one star off for the lack of a slow speed setting. I am taking another off because of the other flaws listed above. It is however one of the best hand mixers I have used in the lower price bracket. It has considerable power and withstood heavy use for over a year. I would recommend this mixer provided you are ready to deal with its speed and balance limitations. This review is also posted under the same name on ciao and under j9j on viewpoints.com.
Short name: Russell Hobbs 14451