Product Type: Tesco mixers
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My very own Mr Whippy
Tesco Value HM06
Member Name: StampedingTurtes
Tesco Value HM06
Advantages: Cheap, solid, reliable, effective
Disadvantages: Short cable, noisy
This little guy was bought to replace a very old and very sentimentally valuable mixer which had beam my Gran's and which I had used to bake my very first cakes as a small child (standing on a chair in my Gran's kitchen)
When Gran's 30 year old mixer finally gave up the ghost, I wasn't yet ready to commit to an expensive mixer, I didn't want to cheat on my old faithful, so I hummed and hawed and eventually bought this chap here - the Tesco Value Mixer for a grand total of £10 at the time (however, it seems to be £9.97 on the site now).
~~~ In the box ~~~
The mixer comes in your usual, Tesco Value blue and white striped box. Not very attractive, but it's just packaging after all.
In the box you get the mixer, two balloon whisks and two stainless steel dough hooks.
~~~ The Mixer ~~~
The mixer has 3 speed settings which are really useful for making a variety of cakes, doughs and other concoctions. The slow setting is ideal to combine icing into butter before really blasting it on a higher setting. On the fastest setting, the mixer is able to form stiff peaks in egg whites in a couple of minutes. It's really quite a versatile little chap!
The Balloon whisks are perfect for most mixing needs and are just general, run of the mill whisks, nothing much to report about them, they have 4 bands of flat metal about 1cm width used to make the whisk shape and attach to the mixer with a click and lock function. Once in the mixer they stay well in place. In all of the time I have had this mixer, I have never experienced a whisk flying out of the mixer or anything like that. As it says in the item description, it has a safety lock function and it works really well.
The dough hooks are interesting. Many people tend to avoid these are they are not quite sure how to use them. To be honest I don't particularly use them either although I have used them on a few occasions. Generally the dough hook attachments could be used to knead pizza dough, bread or cookie dough. They are corkscrew shaped and work the dough through rather than furiously mixing like the whisks do. The doing hooks on this mixer are alright, they work well enough if you like that sort of thing and they are very early to clean. However, I found that the dough had a tendency to work its way up the hook. I simply prefer using my hands for this part of the dough process, hands are better at assessing texture and consistency. However, the hooks might well be great for someone who perhaps does not have as much strength in their hands and arms, as kneading can be a tiresome process!
~~~ Using the Mixer ~~~
I love to bake; it makes me feel closer to my Gran. She is someone who I admire greatly and she taught me everything I know at a very young age. I lost her just before I turned 8 and from then on, baking became a solitary exploration; I began to experiment on my own and would ask myself "would Gran do it this way?" "how would Gran have measured it?" etc. She became my invisible guide as I learned new skills and improved techniques. Every time I take out the mixer to begin making her banana loaf or chocolate brownies, I remember standing on a chair in her "scullery" with the radio on and her showing me how to put the beaters into the mixer and which speed setting to put it on and then I remember carefully taking the beaters out of the mixer afterwards and licking all the mixture off!
As I said, I had to but this beater as my Gran's eventually stopped working. But the memories are still there.
When you put the whisks into the mixer, the "clunk" in very satisfyingly. When you switch the mixer on the whisks whirl around. The mixer does make quite a lot of noise, but I don't think I've ever met a mixer which does not generate some noise! I find the best way to counter this is to lift the bowl up and hold it under your arm; this seems to absorb some of the sound.
The mixer's speed settings are very easy to control; it is one switch which you click up one, two or three times depending on the setting you require. The switch is quite rigid and can be difficult for children to push, but it should be fine for an adult.
The mixer is light enough for a child to hold it (obviously whether or not to trust a child with one of these is entirely at your own discretion and depends upon the ability of that child). However, it is light enough not to give you a sore arm as you which egg whites to stiff peaks - so right away that's a positive point!
I think that this mixer is highly effective, it works well in all forms of dough, batter and mixture and is powerful enough to whisk even very thick, viscous mixtures up to light and fluffy consistency before going in the oven!
~~~ Cleaning and storing the Mixer ~~~
The balloon whisks are fairly easy to clean. To remove you simply press the release button on the top of the main body of the mixer. They eject easily. You can simply swirl then in water to get the excess mixture off before putting them in a dishwasher or you can hand wash them. Most dough is easy enough to remove from the balloon whisks and as I have already said, the dough whisks are easy to clean.
Cleaning the main body of the mixer is slightly more of a concern. It is double insulated, but it is still not waterproof or anything if the sort. The bottom and sides of the mixer do tend to get covered in splashes. The best way to clean this is simply with a damp paper towel, wipe it all down and you're ready to store!
The Mixer is quite neat and compact. This means that it slots nicely into the cupboard. The cable on the mixer is quite short, which means that it can be wrapped around a few times and the plug sits nicely in the space at the handle of the mixer. It's very neat to put away and takes up hardly any space.
~~~ Conclusion ~~~
This is a cheap and cheerful little mixer which is certainly worth the money. I've had it for about two years now and have baked with it very regularly since purchasing. It is still in excellent condition, the motor is still working perfectly and the blades and dough hooks are still shiny and silver and sparkly like new.
I have two small issues with this mixer. The first one is that it is quite noisy, but then, most items of this sort are and I doubt that you even get quiet hand mixers! Secondly, the power cable on this mixer is very short (about 60cm). It is just long enough to plug in and use over a bowl. I think that it would be useful to have a slightly longer cable simply for ease of movement. When standing the whisk up on its end over the bowl, the short cable tends to pull a little bit and the whisk ends up swivelling away from the bowl and dripping mixture on the work surface. This is just a small complaint though, for a mixer under £10 which is still going strong, I'm happy to put up with it!
Overall this is a great value mixer which suits a plethora of baking styles. I bought it on the assumption that I would eventually need to replace it with a more expensive model, but this wee guy is still going strong and showing no signs of slowing down, breaking or over heating which can happen with some mixers. I highly recommend this to any bakers; spend the money saved on extra baking ingredients!
Summary: Excellent value and good quality!
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