Product Type: Russell Hobbs mixers
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Un-beatable? Don't think so.
Russell Hobbs Esentials
Member Name: Ventilicious187
Russell Hobbs Esentials
Advantages: Cheap, sturdy, very powerful.
Disadvantages: The slow setting is incredibly fast. Very annoying.
As a person who considers any lazy Sunday afternoon spent in the kitchen baking as a day well-spent, I get incredibly excited about any opportunity to go out and buy new kitchen appliances. New blender? Got it. New piping bag? Got it. Cupcake corer? Got it. Even if I don't need it, I've got it.
So when my old mixer started to go on the fritz, I practically fell over myself on the way to the shops to get a new one, and as this was a relatively cheap buy and it's specifications looked quite good (five speed settings! Wow!) so I decided to go with this one. Oh, how I regret that now. Never before have I found myself so frustrated with a mere kitchen appliance.
So let's start with the good points. It's powerful. It doesn't take long at all to whip things up - butter and sugar, eggs... it takes half the time that it used to with my old mixer. It's a good price, it won't break the bank. It also looks nice, a tiny bit 'plasticky' but hey, I'm not entering it into a modelling competition here. I use it, wash it and put it back in the cupboard, so that doesn't bother me. It's also really lightweight, but don't think that makes it feel flimsy. It's quite robust and actually, given that I've dropped it (or thrown it in anger) on the floor a number of times, surprisingly sturdy. It mixes quite well also - on my last mixer, the beaters were spaced quite far apart, so that little lumps in your mixture would go right through without getting beaten in, and it would take ages to mix into the right consistency. No problem of that here.
BUT... (and that's a big but) the most frustrating thing about this mixer is the speed. You might be fooled into thinking that since this mixer has five speed settings, they are pretty varied. Let's say - slow, slow to medium, medium, medium to fast, and fast. But no. This mixer has - medium, a little bit faster, and then FAST FAST FAST!
That is not exaggeration. The slowest speed on this mixer is just too fast! Whenever I mix anything, my whole kitchen (including myself) gets absolutely covered in dough, or cake mix, or whatever it is that's in my bowl. And if it's icing sugar you're mixing, then God help you; that stuff gets everywhere. The only way to remedy this a little bit is to use a big bowl, a very big bowl. But even then half the mixture still ends up splattered all over the counter, my recipe book and myself. When it first happened, yeah, I had a little laugh. I was covered in cake mix and it was kind of funny. Now? I nearly cry with frustration.
Another downside is that this mixer only comes with the two beaters and no other attachments. But then, what else can you expect when it's so cheap?
So there you have it. A powerful mixer that's great if you need to want something cheap, study, and that will get the job done in no time at all. But all this is overshadowed by the speed settings. There is just not enough variation. The slowest setting is just too fast, and unless you want half your mixture to end up all over the kitchen, I'd suggest going with something else.
Summary: Never. Again.