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Brand: Tesco / Power: 200W / Type: Handmixer

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      13.03.2014 21:51
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      Works well.

      Now I was actually bought this hand mixer when it was on sale at £10 in Tesco and it is amazing. I am going through a phase of making cakes at the moment with my daughter and she loves to do this. The mixer comes as above with 2 types of mixing implements. They are both great and have ridges at the top of the metal rods so you simply push them into the mixer and they slot into place. I always give them a slight tug just to make sure. Honestly Im not that much of an expert so have no idea what the two types of mixer are actually for so I just use either but if anybody wants to tell me that would be great. You pop them into your mixture plug your mains adapter in and you are ready to go. Now there are a few speeds and number 1 I have always found to be fine and within seconds my mixture is ready. Honestly I have only put it up to the highest once and the noise was so loud that it scared my daughter so we havent done that again, haha. They always get my mixture perfectly smooth so Ive never had any problems using them. Now there is an eject button you can press when finished and they just pop out very easily so you can clean them perfectly. The metal prongs are dishwasher friendly so that is good and easy for me to clean. Then the actual unit because it is a handmixer is not big, about the size of a small pan so easy to store which is great. All in all a great hand mixer which does exactly what it says it does and I have not been disappointed with it yet. I would thoroughly recommend them if you can find them. Great unit, great price and works perfectly.

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      31.10.2013 22:41
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      Makes light work of mixing

      I love baking cakes and have always used a mixer as I find it far easier and quicker than mixing by hand and also you are sure the ingredients are mixed completely this way. I bought this mixer from Tesco where I do the majority of my shopping for £12.50 which I thought was a good price. I have bought quite a few of the Tesco own electrical products and have always found them to be very good quality and much cheaper than a lot of other brands. The mixer is made of strong white plastic and has 200w of power so is suitable for most mixing requirements. It comes complete with two stainless steel whisks and two dough hooks but I have not used the dough hooks as I have not had the need to as I think they are more suitable for bread and pastry which is something I don't very often make, but the whisks do a great job of mixing up my cake ingredients quickly and evenly. It measures 8.9cm tall, 13.5cm wide and 18.4cm deep and weighs 1.27 kg so it is compact and light to hold. The handle is big enough for me and is also big enough for my husband to use and he has quite large hands. The cable isn't too long but most people including myself use it on the worktop where there are usually plug sockets and I have never had any trouble reaching the bowl or whatever I am using the mixer for. It has five speeds which are activated by a lever at the top of the mixer and which you can easily change when you are holding it. There is also a turbo button at the top which I do use regularly especially when I am whisking anything liquid such as the wet ingredients for baking or for meringues or cream. There are two holes on the underside of the mixer where you insert the attachments and you have to press them in quite hard until you hear a click. The mixer has a safety feature in that it will not switch on unless the attachments are securely in place so you don't have to worry about them being flung across the kitchen when the mixer is on full blast. To remove the attachments you simply press the eject button which is on the top of the mixer. You do have to press this quite hard but I suppose this prevents you from touching it accidentally when you are using it. As with all mixers it does generate a bit of a noise when in use but you don't really use it for that long so you don't mind and for the results it produces it is definitely worth it. The attachments are dishwasher safe but I find that if I wash them straight away which I usually do they will come clean easily under a running tap. I will give the mixer itself a quick wipe over with a kitchen wipe if it has any cake mix spashed onto it. I find this little mixer extremely powerful for its size and it does exactly the same job as other more expensive mixers which I have owned in the past. I think it is a real bargain for £12.50 and I now I know what it can do I would happily pay more for it. It really does make a difference to the consistency of my cakes compared with when I mix the ingredients by hand and they do seem to be much more light and fluffy as you are getting more air into the mix by the speed of the attachments. It comes with a 12 month guarantee but I am sure it will last me for a very long time. It isn't all singing and all dancing but personally I can't think of anything else that I would want from a mixer. It does look and feel expensive and is a very good quality kitchen gadget which does the job and it comes highly recommended from me.

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        21.09.2013 13:26
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        A handy tool which I wish I bought sooner.

        I used to slave over whipping cream with a fork. Whilst browsing in Tesco I spotted their own brand Hand Mixer for around ten quid and treated myself- I did wonder why it took me so long to buy one....... The mixer itself is rather plain, just white plastic- although I didn't buy it for it's looks, it's quite light in weight and is compact too. It comes with a couple of attachments, a pair of balloon whisks and a pair of dough hooks both chromed. There are 5 speeds as well as a safety device turbo button,- which is mostly the speed I use it at- pulse control and has a 200w motor. To attach the whisks or dough hooks you just push them into the holes underneath the mixer this easy enough, it's not so easy to pop them off again though as I find the eject button a bit stiff. The lead is shortish but long enough to reach my work surface. Performance: I am pleased with how the mixer performs, I whisk all sorts of things with it. I like to build up the speed gradually for two reasons firstly to reduce the risk of spraying whatever I'm whisking everywhere and secondly to warm the motor up I don't know if this has helped my mixer's longevity but I've certainly used it a lot over the last couple of years and it's still going strong. I did buy the mixer to whip cream but I use it for a few different jobs- cake mix being my main use at the moment even at the butter and sugar stage. It's great for lumpy gravy and yorkshire/ pancake mix, butter icing- anything that needs mixing really. I have also tried bread mix with it, but not so good results I find the dough gets stuck to the hooks so don't really bother, and the motor labours. To sum up this is a good little whisker, it's compact, solid, easy to use, has a good range of speeds which are all pretty quick, cheap and has longevity (touch wood). I would recommend this mixer and wouldn't hesitate to buy it again. Currently it's available from Tesco at £12.50.

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          08.08.2013 09:48
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          Tesco Hm09 Hand Mixer

          I do quite a bit of baking but I also use my hand mixer for loads of other different things and would hate to have to go back to whisking by hand. Mine is from Tesco but it isn't from the value range and is instead meant to be just a little bit of a step up from the value one but to look at it the mixer is pretty plain though I do think it is very solid feeling. The mixer is pretty basic but it has 5 different speed settings, an eject button, turbo button and a choice of the normal attachments and some dough hooks. The attachments fit into place in the mixer easily and once in place they are very secure. I find that the eject button is actually hard to press down to release the attachments so there is no fear of them coming out when mixing. This mixer works really well with one exception. Sometimes I need to start mixing ingredient slowly and for that I need to use a hand whisk as this doesn't have the option for going slow. It has five different speed settings which go from 1 to 5 but they are all so fast and there isn't much difference in speed between them that I can notice. As soon as I turn on the mixer and put it on the lowest speed setting the mixer starts whizzing so fast to the point where I have to use a larger bowl than normal otherwise flour and icing sugar would be all over my kitchen. Other than it not having a slower option the mixer is fabulous and really does mix everything together really well. I have read some people complaining that the mixer has a short cord and whilst this is true I have never really considered this to be a problem as I do my mixing all in the one place and don't need the mixer to stretch to the other side of the room. This costs £12.50 and I think this is a fair price for it as it is a really well made and powerful little hand mixer. I just wish it had the option for a slower setting but at the price and because it is so good for all other mixing it is something that I can live without.

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          16.07.2013 20:23
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          5 stars

          I bought this hand mixer to keep up at my caravan. I love baking and when we are on holiday I often enjoy having a bit of time creating buns but one thing I really missed having at hand was my hand mixer. I struggle to use a whisk for long as my wrists ache so decided I would buy a little hand mixer to have at the caravan. I didn't want to spend a lot of money so this one was ideal at just £10. The hand mixer I have at home is a lot more money so I was a little dubious about using something that is so cheap but I have been very surprised by it in a good way. This is a great little hand mixer! It is very simple to use and that is the beauty of it as I don't want anything that's complex. You get the two arms that you slot into the machine and you have to make sure that you feel it click into place otherwise they will fly out as soon as you start it which is never good! There are various speeds on this and you simply move the dial up to go faster. The slowest speed is actually really quite fast though, perhaps it would be best to have a slower speed than this offers. To release the arms you just press a button and out they pop! This is not too heavy to use, it isn't one of those machines that gets your wrists aching when you've used it for a while, instead I can manage to hold it quite a while which is great. When I first began to use this it smelt quite a bit of the mechanism working but now it has gone and there is no smell at all. I think this whisks really well it may take slightly longer than my one at home as there is less power behind it but it's still brilliant to use. The cord isn't very long which sometimes is a bit annoying as this means that you have to use it close to the plug socket and sometimes it isn't always practical, however, the short wire also means it takes up less room in the cupboard as the cord isn't too big. I really cannot fault this, it's £10 and it does the job really well. I am very pleased with it indeed.

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          18.05.2013 16:01
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          A great little mixer for the money

          I had no plans to buy myself a new food mixer, I had been using a Tesco Value one for the past 4 years and was happy with it, however just over a month ago I was doing a batch of baking and managed to drop the mixer, it never worked properly after that.  I had planned on buying another value food mixer but my local Tesco didn't have any in and I wanted one straight away so I bought the Tesco HM09 200W Hand mixer which was  more expensive than the value mixer but it was only £10.00 so hardly breaking the bank for a product of this type.  The hand mixer came packaged in a cardboard box along with a small instruction leaflet, it was well packaged with the separate chrome whisks all in plastic bags. The  mixer is white in colour and made from plastic,  there's no other colour choice.  The hand mixer has 5 settings and a turbo button on the top just in front of the handle, they are in a position that makes it easy to change speed without stopping what you are doing. On the front of the mixer there is an eject button which is used to remove the whisks.  The hand mixer is quite rounded in shape but its easy to hold and use and not too heavy. It comes with a plug and dough hooks as well as the balloon whisks. The cable isn't overly generous measuring 110 cm's, personally this  doesn't present any problems for me but it may be with an issue with some.  Since buying my food mixer I have used it a lot especially at the end of April when I did a lot of baking for my sons 1st birthday party. The food mixer works really well and is so much faster than my old value one even at the lower speeds,  and once in the whisks stay put. The handle is nicely shaped making the mixer balance and easy to hold.  To clean the mixer I just wipe over it with a damp cloth and wash the whisks in warm soapy water or they can be popped into a dishwasher.  All in I'm really pleased with this little hand food mixer, for the small price tag it has a good amount of different speeds, is powerful  and is easy to use, if I had to say one negative thing about it it would be the rounded shape at the front, its quite bulky and if I am mixing a small amount of food in a smallish bowl there's not a lot of room to get the mixer in there, however all the good points far out weigh this one negative and if anyone is looking for a little hand mixer at a good price then I would certainly recommend this one from Tesco. 

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            02.02.2012 13:57
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            A bargain mixer for the money

            I bought this hand mixer at Christmas when I found myself doing a lot of baking with the kids. It was a really good bargain costing only £5.97 at tesco. I like pretty things in my kitchen when it comes to items that are always going to be on show such as kettles and toasters but for items that are just going to be stored in a drawer or a cupboard I am a big fan of the supermarkets value ranges as I have bought a few things from them and to be honest other than being a little boring to look at they are normally just as good as the more expensive ones. The Hm09 hand mixer is a plain white plastic hand mixer which comes with two detachable mixers and two paddles. There is nothing fancy about it but it is nowhere near as cheap and nasty as you might think it would be given how cheap it is. The mixer is quite compact but has a really nice solid feel to it and is reassuringly heavy when in the hand but not so much that it is uncomfortable to hold for long period. The handle is comfortable and my hand and fingers can grip it easily and even someone with larger hands should have no trouble with holding it for prolonged periods of time. There isn't a lot of buttons on the mixer just and eject button and a turbo button alongside a switch for controlling the speeds. The mixer has a 0 to 5 speed settings which you just need to push the switch to the number you want to be able to select the speed setting. This is the only flaw with this mixer as far as I am concerned and that is because all the speed settings feel pretty much the same. I would have liked number 1 to have been a lot slower than it is so that I could gradually increase the speed when I am mixing something but from 1 to 5 are all really fast and have no real difference in speed. The turbo button is also pretty much not needed due to the fact that the mixer is so fast as it is. I also find the cable to be on the short side which isn't a great problem for me personally as my kitchen has loads of plug sockets but it could pose a problem for people who don't have many as it really could do with being longer. The paddles just slot into the mixer with ease and the eject button works smoothly and they just pop out for cleaning and storing when you aren't using them. For me this mixer works perfectly well. It looks much better than I thought it would and performs great. Yes I would like the speed settings to have a little more variation but for less than £6 it is something which I can easily live with. Although it might not be the best mixer for those who like to bake often and use complicated recipes for me an amateur baker who just bakes basic cakes and biscuits this fits the bill fine.

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              29.12.2011 23:38
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              At that price you can't really go wrong!

              It would probably be best to say that I don't have a great deal of appliances in my kitchen, as I am just starting to build a collection of the necessities. One product I find particularly useful at this time of year is the Tesco Handmixer. I paid the not substantial price of £9.97 for it and I suppose you could say at that price you can't really go wrong. I don't like to spend a lot of money unless I know it is going to be worthwhile, but I am more than happy with this purchase. I bought this handmixer from a Tesco store and as they had poor availability on other similar products I were kind of left with this product by default. Looks are not everything, and that is a good job really! This handmixer isn't the nicest looking kitchen appliance I have seen. Made from white plastic it does look quite cheap, but it is sturdy and robustly constructed, so build quality isn't an issue. I feel that a better looking and more aesthetically pleasing handmixer would have cost more, but would it have functioned much better? There are four attachments that come with the Tesco handmixer and they simply slot into place. To remove them I simply have to press the eject button and they slide out. There are two traditional stainless steel paddles which get most use, then two dough paddles which I have yet to use. I have to point out the particularly well made and robust construction of the stainless steel paddles, as they are decent quality and won't be breaking in a hurry I don't imagine! The handmixer has five speed settings and also a 'turbo' speed setting for very rapid mixing. Each speed is quite reasonable and none are particularly slow. The handmixer is easy to hold and comfortable to grip in my hand. This also helps with controlling the handmixer as I mix and whisk things. The cord isn't as long as I had hoped for, and I find that I have to use the same worktop as that is near the plug socket. Another couple of feet would really have come in handy. The handmixer does have a good weight to it. It doesn't feel cumbersome and inbalanced, but it feels as though there is something to the machine, if you get what I mean. Overall I am pleasantly surprised with the quality and use I have had from this Tesco Handmixer. It isn't an overly complicated piece of equipment, making it ideal for the not so keen cook. It does offer a little more than basic function, though, with variable attachments and speeds. Cleaning is simple due to the ability to easily detach the various attachments for cleaning. I think that overall 'at that price you can't really go wrong.'

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                08.12.2011 22:21
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                Recommended.

                I bought the Tesco HM09 Handmixer about 18 months ago and I do use it fairly regularly. I do have a larger more substantial food mixer / food processor that I use for preparation that needs a little more oomph, but for the every day mixing that I need, this works better because it's easy to use and I don't have to wash up 6 million parts afterwards!! At the time of buying it, this hand mixer cost me just £8.45 from Tesco Direct - which was an excellent price as the other hand mixer I was looking at that seemed to offer the same thing was almost triple that in Waitrose. As I've said, I have had this 18 months and it's still going strong and works well - and so that was money really well spent in my opinion! The hand mixer comes in a few parts that are very easy to fit together. The main motor part of the hand mixer is white and plastic - and it's fairly lightweight, while feeding sturdy enough to not fall apart. It has a handle incorporated into the motor, which is chunky enough to make holding it easy and comfortable. The mixer does need to be plugged into to work, and the cord is long enough to be convenient (although I would love a cordless hand mixer!). There are then different accessories that click into the motor, depending on what you want to use the hand mixer for. There are two dough hooks and two beaters which are made out of stainless steel - which click into place really easily. Because they are made of stainless steel they are also very sturdy and they do not rust. The motor has five speeds which is useful because you can choose the speed most suited to the job you're doing. The speed control is on the front of the motor and can be reached by the thumb if you're holding on to the handle. I have always found that the dough hooks and the beaters work really well as long as there isn't too much mixture - and that's when I use my more substantial non-hand-held mixer. Cleaning it is very easy as the motor part only needs wiping over - and the dough hooks and beaker can be easily removed and thrown in the dishwasher - and they always wash up well. Overall, I think this is a great little gadget and I really do highly recommend it. It's very cheap in price - but is equally a really good, convenient and sturdy piece of kitchen equipment. Tesco has done really well with this.

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                07.12.2011 12:55
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                best value mixer out there

                This is by far the best value hand mixer I have ever owned or researched. At 6 GBP it it far cheaper than any other cheapo mixer I could find online or off-line (Tesco Value was actually cheaper but as it was only a pound difference, I bought this one on the off chance that it would might possibly have a tad better built quality). It has fully metal beaters (which means, that unlike for example many Kenwood ones which have plastic joints they are less likely to fall apart) as well as a pair of dough hooks. The beaters work fine (well, they mix the stuff up) although, despite having nominally six speed levels, there is not that much difference between them and the slowest speed is still quite fast. If you had icing sugar for example, or even just thin cream to start with, you would need a deep bowl to avoid splashes at the very beginning. I normally give everything a stir with a spoon anyway, so it's not an issue. The mixer has dough hooks as well, but as I almost never make dough, I have not had a chance to try them. The handle is comfortable to hold, though the release button is quite tight and I need to apply more pressure to it than I would wish to get the beaters out. The cord is short, so if you don't have many sockets by your worktop you are likely to need an extension. All in all, though, for a price of a cheap bottle of wine it's a very adequate product and comes highly recommended.

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                  18.11.2011 17:13

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                  i recently staring baking, my husband bought me this as a starter piece. it is easy to use hard wearing and does a great job. There are a number of speeds however for a quick mix the first is efficient. easy to hold and manovere.. small and copact makes easy storing. flat bottom of machine also allows for the mixer to sit on top of the bowl easily if you need your hands free for a second

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                  12.11.2011 18:36

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                  For the price, it is brilliant.

                  This handmixer from Tesco cost me no more than £10 and I felt a week after I had bought it I had got my money's worth. In the past I have paid around £20 for handmixers from Argos and they've been all okay but I never felt they were worth the money and broke easy. I've now had this about a month though and it's working as good as the day I bought it. It doesn't sparkle and isn't covered in diamonds, in fact it is as plain as it gets but at the end of the day is anybody really bothered about the appearance of a handmixer, didn't think so. The mixer has 5 different speeds and function button to make it going turbo speed if you wish. I usually use the turbo button just to get the job done. It comes with 4 attachments, 2 classic style whisks and 2 that are for dough and both sets are pretty strong and I can see them lasting a long time. To put them on and off there is a an eject button to make them pop out and then you can just click them back in. So very easy to use. I use this a couple of times a week and it's easily set up and then put away and to clean the whisks I just pop them in the dishwasher and they come out all clean. Overall it's comfy to use and worth every penny. One downfall would be that the cable is a little short but it's not a massive problem. Good work Tesco!

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                  30.08.2011 12:08
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                  Whip up a storm in your kitchen!

                  **I have the HM105 hand mixer which is the pre-decessor to the HM09, but have decided to post the review here as basically they are the same apart from the HM09 being a facelifted version** I used to have a rather expensive, large and under-utilized food processor which stopped working around 3 years ago now. Having worked out what I 'actually' used this beast for, I decided not to replace with another food processor and instead purchased 2 separate (and very reasonably priced) small electric appliances from Tesco. One was the Tesco hand blender (which I have already reviewed) and the other was the Tesco HM105 hand mixer. Unfortunately, this great little hand mixer appears to be no longer available from Tesco. However, it does seem to have been superseded by a slightly face-lifted version (the HM09) which seems to do the same tasks and still for under £10. At the time, I seem to remember paying around £10 for this little mixer and it was, and still is, very good value for money. The mixer has few parts - the main mixer body which has an attached power lead which is approximately 1 metre long with a pre attached plug, 2 beaters/whisk attachments and 2 dough hooks. The mixer itself is of white plastic construction and both sets of whisks/hooks are chromed metal. **Mix it up** The hand mixer's power is 175-200W and has a recommended use of 5 minutes on and 10 minutes off. I have to say I have never really paid much attention to this and haven't encountered any problems in using it at all. There are 5 different power settings which are clearly marked on the top of the mixer as numbers 1 to 5. You simply move the rotating speed selector switch to change the speed up or down according to your needs - move it to the right to increase the speed and to the left to decrease the speed. This switch can be a little temperamental and I often find I have moved up or down 2 or 3 settings in one go. This is difficult to avoid though given that the space between each setting is really very tiny. Near the top of the hand mixer and on either side of the main speed switch there are clearly marked Turbo switches. They appear to be 2 switches but they are in fact one which you push and hold if you want to give your mixing a boost. This is very useful as you can push on either side, therefore good for lefties or righties. According to the user guide, the use of the turbo increases the mixing speed by 25% when depressed. You simply stop pressing the switch when you want to return to your original speed setting. Attaching and removing the whisks couldn't be simpler. To attach them you simply line them up with the slots in the bottom of the mixer body and push them in one at a time and rotate slightly to lock them in place. It does not matter which whisk goes in which hole, they are interchangeable. However, when using the dough hooks you do have to be mindful and insert them in the correct hole. This is still relatively easy as the underside of the mixer is marked to show you which goes where. The left hand hole (when looking from the underside of the mixer) has a picture of the corresponding hook which needs to be inserted. One of the hooks has a collar/washer as part of the stem and one does not. The hook with the washer must be inserted into the left hole. To remove the hooks/whisks, simply hold the mixer by the handle, press the release knob down and pull the whisk/hook out one at a time by holding the stem. The release knob is on the top of the mixer and directly in front of the speed selector switch. It is clearly marked with the word EJECT and it is also marked with the 1 to 5 speed numbers on the rear part of the switch. **Can we mix it? . . . Yes, we can!** I have used this mixer for a variety of different cooking tasks. I make pavlovas quite regularly and find that the whisks are ideal for beating the egg white mixture and more than capable of getting enough air into the mixture to make it rise well in the oven and make a lovely meringue. I also use the whisk attachments for whipping cream, making batters and mixing other sauces. My eldest daughter, who is 3, loves to get stuck in (literally!) in the kitchen and I now find myself baking cakes and making shortbread and other biscuits with her which I never used to do. This little hand mixer has been great for all these everyday baking tasks aswell, the culmination of which was us making a giant cupcake for Daddy's birthday! I have only used the dough hooks on a couple of occasions as I have yet to make my own bread (although I can see this coming as my youngest daughter potentially has Coeliacs Disease) and have used them predominantly for thicker baking mixes - i.e. shortbread. As I stated previously I haven't adhered religiously to the recommended 5 minutes on/10 minutes off usage. But in all honesty you wouldn't realistically stand and mix something for 20 minutes straight without stopping to add other ingredients or move the mixture around with a spatula anyway. The motor can get a little hot after use, but never so hot that you have to be careful when handling the mixer. I have never had any problems with overheating and it cools down again if left for a few minutes. When using the hand mixer I will normally start off with my ingredients in my large mixing bowl, attach the whisks/hooks, plug the mixer in and switch it on at the mains, put the whisks into the mixer and turn it on to the lowest setting first. As the ingredients begin to mix together I will then increase the speed and use the turbo if I feel necessary. When finished, I will simply rotate the selector back through the speed settings gradually until the mixer is off. I will then remove any excess mixture from the whisks/hooks with a plastic spatula, turn it off at the mains and remove the whisks/hooks. **Cleaning and storage** Obviously as the motor is electric, you cannot immerse the main mixer body in water, so I normally just give it a quick wipe over with a damp and slightly soapy cloth along with the power cord (which often gets splattered). The whisks and hooks can be washed normally. They are dishwasher safe, but as I normally have the mixing bowl, scales and other baking paraphernalia to wash up in the sink I wash them at the same time. Storage is quick and easy - I wrap the cable around the main mixer body and store in a cupboard. I keep the whisks and hooks separately in a drawer along with other small cooking items as I feel they could get damaged if they were stored in the cupboard with the larger kitchen appliances. The user guide is concise but useful with handy photographs and is easy to read. The hand mixer was covered by a 12 month warranty (long expired) and has never broken down or given me any problems at all. **In summary** The Tesco HM105 hand mixer has proved very useful over the last few years and is still regularly used. It is a simple and effective little kitchen helper which enables me to make some yummy treats for my family and friends. The only minor niggle is the speed switch, but that is me being really picky. Therefore I will be giving the hand mixer 5 stars and I would recommend it highly to anyone who wants to mix up a storm (or maybe just some eggs!) in their kitchen. Thanks for reading and I hope this has been of some use. This review may be posted on other sites under the same name.

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                    01.07.2011 15:47
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                    An absolute bargain from Tescos.

                    I bought one of these after my trusty Tesco Value hand mixer of a few years gave up the ghost. It wasn't even the mixer's fault, had tried to force it to mix very hard and cold butter and I mangled some of the fittings. It had given me such loyal service I immediately decided to buy another one from Tesco's on my next weekly shop. The Tesco Value one of old which I had once owned has since been replaced by this model. Not too different, just a few modernisations and to be honest, it is just as cheap. The mixer is white plastic and handheld. It comes with two pairs of fittings, the standard whisk arms and some twirly spiral ones, which I have never used, or even have any idea what to use them for. I am sure it is pretty obvious and someone else will point it out and I will fel rather stupid. Anyway my point it, I got years of baking cakes out of just the two whisk type arms. The attachments pop in and out nice and easily, with the aid of a push button on the top. This is just one of two buttons, the other being more like a switch which has different mixing speeds, depending on how fast you need to go. Inormally start off on the slowest one until I know everything is under control and mixed and then ramp it up to 5 when all the ingredients are wet and combined. Do not make the mistake or putting it on 5 and sticking it straight in before all the ingredients are wet, you will get flour EVERYWHERE!! Another factor to point out which makes this nice and easy to use is the legnth of the cord, it is long enough to reach further away than just right next to the plug, because that wouldn't always be the most convenient of places to mix! Also the mixer is pretty easy to clean. I put the attachments in the dishwasher and then wipe clean the outer unit. The mixer is robust, reliable, cheap and effective (I think it set me back about £5-6, cheaper than a macdondalds). Well worth buying. I would 100% recommend.

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                    23.05.2011 02:20
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                    Takes the ache out of bake

                    When we moved house a couple years ago our packing was a little disorganised to say the least, draws were emptied into boxes in a mad rush and as a result we lost the beaters for our mixer. This was the replacement that we bought last autumn. At the time it was priced at £9.99 which is a fair price, but we took advantage of the 'double up your clubcard points' promotion so paid for it entirely with clubcard points. The mixer comes with beaters and dough hooks which are pretty standard and identical to those on all other handmixers I've seen. They are easily inserted into the holes on the face of the machine and are ejected by pushing a large round button. There are 5 speed settings on the machine which are controlled by sliding a plastic switch left or right. To turn the mixer on you simply slide onto one of the numbered speeds and then back to 0 again to turn it off. There is also the option to boost the power of the setting you are on, by holding in a turbo button. I make a lot of cakes with this and have not had any problems, the turbo function is really good if you are impatient or want things really well whisked eg meringues. I have not used the dough hooks as regularly as the beaters, but I have made pizza and bread doughs using them and they worked well, you have to have a good grasp on the machine when using them as it is quite powerful and will jog around a little when going through the dough. The markings on my mixer have faded off but it is fairly easy to remember what does what. What I would say is a little annoying about this is that the cable is not that long. It is just under 35 inches which can be a pain if you have a congested worktop and are not next to the plug. Although if you can overlook this shortcoming then it is a great little machine which is definately a worthwhile buy and is used frequently in my house hence the 5 stars.

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                  Short name: Tesco HM09