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Sainsbury's Basics HM822-V Hand Mixer
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Sainsbury's Basics HM822-V Hand Mixer
Advantages: works just as well as more expensive brands
Disadvantages: its basic
I've always enjoyed making my own cakes, but the process of blending the ingredients together can take a toll on my arm strength after a while. Being the weak woman that I am I decided to invest in a cheap hand mixer to help the process along and make my cake making faster and more enjoyable.
I wasn't really worried about what I was going to buy so when I went into Sainsbury's to get my weekly shop; I just had a browse along the electrical aisles.
Coming in at £4.99 Sainsbury's Basics version of a hand mixer was too good a price to turn my nose up at. What a bargain for something that would hopefully make my life easier. Into my trolley it went.
There is nothing fancy about this mixer but if it can do the job as well as other brands then it would be good enough for me.
Inside the basics white box with bright orange stripes sat my white mixer and two mixing blades, happily waiting to be brought out and used.
The mixer is quite a small unit compared to some you can buy, but at 25 centimetres high with the mixers attached it was big enough to sit happily atop my mixing bowl without causing any wobbling due to being too big, or tilting due to it being too short.
Attaching the mixer attachments is as simple as pressing into the holes underneath the mixer. I find sometimes you need to twist the poles but they seem to slot in fairly easily. Removing is just a case of pressing the large button on top of the mixer and waiting for them to pop out.
Overall operating the unit is very easy.
At 100wats the mixer is strong enough to cope with all tasks you will need this for in terms of cake mixture, Yorkshire puddings etc. As long as you're not trying to mix cement then you'll be fine with this unit.
I do find the cable long enough for most places around my kitchen, but if I'm working in a small place then it can get in the way slightly. I shouldn't moan as I would only moan if the cable was too short.
For reasons unbeknown to me this unit has five different speeds of mixing. I rarely find myself going above number two as the power is ample for the cake jobs that I do. I don't find it mixes any better when I turn the speed up. It's a nice feature to have and know you can use if you come across something a bit stiffer to whisk such as cream perhaps, but I think even three speeds would have be fine for this unit.
Cleaning this unit is fairly straight forward. The only bits you need to actually wash up are the mixer blades. These aren't suitable for the dishwasher, but a quick rinse after use and then adding them to the washing up pile usually see them come back gleaming afterwards, depending on who is doing the washing up of course.
The unit itself can get a bit grubby when using it at higher speeds. Often I have found uncooked cake mixture clinging to the base of the unit. A quick wipe over with warm water when unplugged sees this problem resolved very quickly.
Being a basics model, I wasn't expecting anything great in the aesthetics department. It's not an attractive unit, but being white in colour then it will fit in any kitchen. I find that I leave mine in the box in a cupboard, but with this I know it won't sit there gathering dust.
For the money I paid, I really couldn't have asked for anything better. It comes with a 12 month guarantee as standard and as such has lasted me a lot longer than this already, but even if it had broken after twelve months, I would have been happy knowing I had gotten my money's worth and just bought another.
Overall I am really pleased with this hand mixer and would recommend it to anyone who thinks they may need one. Why spend a fortune on something if it works just as well as more expensive brands.
Summary: a great basic addition to your kitchen cupboards
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