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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.
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.
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, 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.
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My biggest hobby and passion in life is baking. I love to bake - be it cakes or brownies or cookies or whatever else springs into my mind. I was lucky enough to receive a Kenwood mixer from my Mum a few years ago for Christmas. This mixer comes with all sorts of other kitchen appliances that attach to it.- juicer, blender, blitzer. It's something of a beast! At times, it is somewhat impractical to drag this big silver machine out to whip up a recipe that only requires minimal effort. This is why I decided to purchase an electric hand whisk. During a trip to my local Asda, I found this "Russell Hobbs 14451 Hand Mixer" at a decent price and decided to take the plunge and make a purchase. As a basic electric hand mixer - this has served me well!
As with all products, the price of this "Russell Hobbs 14451 Hand Mixer" is completely dependant upon where you make your purchase. After looking online, it seems that this "Russell Hobbs 14451 Hand Mixer" sells for anywhere between £13 and £20. I purchased my "Russell Hobbs 14451 Hand Mixer" from my local Asda store a few weeks ago and paid £13.77, which I believe is an acceptable price for this mixer. It pays to shop around, so do a little searching before you purchase to find the best deal.
I purchased my "Russell Hobbs 14451 Hand Mixer" from my local Asda store, which is only a very small Asda outlet, and I've seen this mixer stocked in the larger stores too. You can also purchase this "Russell Hobbs 14451 Hand Mixer" from Comet and online from www.amazon.co.uk. I'm sure there are a whole host of other online retailers that stock this mixer, and a quick internet search would provide you with the websites.
The "Russell Hobbs 14451 Hand Mixer" comes packaged in a fairly simple cardboard box. The outer sides of the box all show the same design, the main focus being a large photograph of the mixer inside. The background of the box has a black and grey colour scheme and states in large letters that this is a product by Russell Hobbs and the name of the product 'hand mixer'. The packaging is pretty basic as far as design goes, but it does show you a good clear image of the product within, meaning that you don't need to get the mixer out of the box to see what it is you're buying. The mixer comes in pieces inside the box, with the beaters being detached from the main body of the mixer. There is also an instruction booklet inside the box which shows how to assemble the mixer and gives instructions on how to work the mixer and the different settings. There are also a couple of recipes within the instruction booklet to get you started.
To look at, this "Russell Hobbs 14451 Hand Mixer" has a very simple and minimalistic look. The mixer is a plain white in colour with smooth edges, meaning it will sit well in any design of kitchen, no matter what your colour scheme is. The Russell Hobbs brand name is printed on the side of the mixer, but only in rather small writing and in a pale grey shade font meaning it isn't very noticable or in your face. The beaters are made from chrome and therefore have a shiny metallic finish. The design of this mixer is very much 'no frills' - no fancy design, no garish colours and no multitude of confusing buttons or attachments. The handled of the mixer is rounded and smooth, which makes it very comfortable to use for both left and right handed bakers. The hand mixer itself is pretty lightweight in comparison to other mixers I have used before, meaning that your arm is less likely to ache whilst mixing if following a lengthy recipe. I do like the simplicity of this mixer, and think that the minimal look of the product works to its advantage and the light weight feel of the mixer means I can whip up a batch of cookies or a cake without feeling like I've gone 10 rounds with Mike Tyson.
When it comes to power, the "Russell Hobbs 14451 Hand Mixer" packs a pretty mean punch. The mixer comes with a 125W motor, which allows the mixer to power through 6 different speeds with ease. The motor is powerful enough to beat thick batters with no problems, but after reading the instructions manual I was a little surprised at the warnings given. The manual states that the mixer should not be used for more than three minutes at a time to avoid overheating and breakdown of the motor. At times, this can be rather unhelpful as a lot of batters and frostings call for being mixed for five minutes. I do sometimes slip over the three minute mixing time by accident, but I wouldn't purposely mix for a long time just in case the mixer decided to blow up in my face!
This "Russell Hobbs 14451 Hand Mixer" only has one control button, which I do like as it means there is no fiddling or confusion when it comes to using this product. The button is placed towards the top of the handle of the beater, situated directly below where your thumb will sit when holding the mixer in use. The one button acts as an on/off switch, a speed control and a release for the beaters all at once. The mixer is switched on by flicking the control slider from 0 to any other number position. The mixer is turned off by moving the speed control back into the 0 position. Please make sure that the speed controller is placed at the 0 position before and after use, as you can get quite a shock if your plug your mixer in with the speed already set, only to have it whizz into action straight away without you realising! To control the speed you simply flick the control switch between the numbers, from 0 to 6, depending on how fast you want the beaters to mix. To release the beaters once you have finished use simply press the speed control button in firmly and the beaters will pop out of their secured holes.
The two beaters that are included and attach to this "Russell Hobbs 14451 Hand Mixer" are made from chrome. This wouldn't be my first choice for a beater material, as I have heard that chrome can be somewhat temperamental over time and stainless steel holds up much better. However, I will say that despite the shiny metallic silver finish and the lightweight feel of these chrome beaters, they are yet to disappoint. Although the beaters have hardly any weight behind them, they do not struggle with even the thickest of batters or dough that I have tested them against. The beaters are very easy to attach to the mixer, simply needing the ends to be pushed into the available holes until they click into place. Releasing the beaters after use is also just as simple. The speed control button acts also as a release button for the beaters when pushed firmly in. I've had no problems with the beaters coming loose during usage from accidental pressing of the release button, however I can see that his may be possible if the button were accidentally pushed hard enough due to the placement of the release button beneath the thumb.
The "Russell Hobbs 14451 Hand Mixer" has an electrical cord that measures 1.5 meters. This certainly comes in handy if your electrical plug sockets are located in less than useful places around your kitchen like mine are. It also allows you to move around your kitchen more freely if you need to shift from one job to another. I do like the generous length of the power cord, and find that it doesn't get in my way at all when in use. When not in use, the mixer has been designed with added ridges to the bottom end of the product to allow for the power cord to be wrapped around and kept in place during storage. I do like this feature, as it means that the cord stays in place once I have put the mixer away in my cupboard, however I do find that the plug has a habit of escaping and taking some of the power cord with it at times as there is no way of attaching the plug to the mixer or the cord to keep it in place.
Cleaning this "Russell Hobbs 14451 Hand Mixer" is really simple. You can wash the chrome beaters in warm, soapy water to remove any of the ingredients, batter or dough from them. I find that the beaters wash up really easily and do not look streaky or cloudy once cleaned. The main body of the mixer must not be immersed in water at any cost, as with all electrical appliances! You can either give the body of the mixer a wipe down with a damp soapy cloth or a cloth dampened with your favourite kitchen cleaner. I tend to use antibacterial kitchen cleaning wipes to get any muck or dirt off my mixer, purely for peace of mind and ease of use. Again - please don't go chucking the entire mixer into your sink or dish washer, as both of these options will end badly!
I will say here that this "Russell Hobbs 14451 Hand Mixer" is not without its flaws. There are a couple of things about this mixer that are somewhat of a letdown. The first flaw in this product is that the mixer doesn't seem to know what 'slow' is. Although the mixer has six different speeds to choose from, these speeds only range from moderately fast to very fast. There doesn't seem to be any middle ground with a medium speed setting, and a slow setting is completely out of the question. Setting '1' should, in theory, be the slowest setting, however with this mixer the first setting available to you is pretty damn fast. This may not be a problem to most, but if a recipe calls for anything to be mixed on a slow or medium speed, I'm afraid I'll have to pull out my faithful Kenwood mixer.
There is, unfortunately, another downside to this mixer that I have discovered. Most people would probably say that it isn't really a big deal, but it irritates the heck out of me because every time I use this "Russell Hobbs 14451 Hand Mixer", I forget about the flaw, but am swiftly reminded, which ends in me cursing a lot! The flaw this hand mixer has is that it is too 'top heavy' to stand upright on the work top and always topples over, making a huge mess when the batter covered beaters make contact with the worktop. The 'back' of the mixer is flat and smooth, allowing it to be sat down whilst not in use. However, the top end of the mixer which holds the beaters is too heavy to allow the mixer to sit upright and causes it to tip over every time the mixer is set down. This is something of a frustration for me, as between mixing, whilst adding other ingredients to the bowl, I always set the mixer down on its end. I have a strong belief that this flaw was rather overlooked by Russell Hobbs. Although it is possible to sit the mixer on its end with the beaters resting over the top of the bowl, this is not always practical, so I have to make do with the cakey beaters resting on the work top. Ugh!
Overall, I would say that this "Russell Hobbs 14451 Hand Mixer" is a decent buy for the price. The mixer does its job without any sort of struggle, but does have its flaws. The mixer is rather lightweight which means it can be used for lengthy periods of time without causing any severe arm ache, however the instructions of this mixer state that the product should not be used for more than three minutes at a time to avoid the product overheating. This time limit on the length of use for the mixer can cause some small problems when recipes state that mixing times should be longer than three minutes. The "Russell Hobbs 14451 Hand Mixer" is both easy to use and clean, and is small enough to be stored away with ease. The price I paid for this "Russell Hobbs 14451 Hand Mixer" seems pretty fair for the capabilities and brand name of this product, and in general I am pretty pleased with how this mixer has worked for me. My baking efforts are only on a personal scale and the jobs I need this mixer to do are not strenuous or overexerting. That said, if I were thinking of using a hand mixer for serious, regular or professional baking purposes I would definitely splash out on a more efficient and sturdy hand mixer that comes with stainless steel beaters as standard. This "Russell Hobbs 14451 Hand Mixer" has so far served me well and not let me down, however with the cautions inside the instruction manual warning not to use the mixer for more than three minutes at a time, I do not live in hope that this handheld mixer will last me a lifetime. In my opinion this mixer, despite its flaws, gets the job done and is worth the low price tag it carries, however I would suggest that if you are looking to be using a handheld electric mixer on a regular basis, you invest a little more money into a more reliable and capable mixer.
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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