Product Type: Wahl mixers
Newest Review: ... for the Discerning cook'. See http://www.wahlstore.co.uk/james-martin. irc The ZX410 mixer has 5 speeds including 'turbo'. It is silver... more
Whal be darned... James Martin is in my Kitchen
Member Name: rachelwestall
Advantages: An excellent hand mixer.
After 20 years of wedded bliss everything begins to either break or stop working, and that's not just my other half!! All those tasteful gifts we were given has young newly weds are beginning to wear out. I still have the same broom, cheese grater, cutlery set, electric knife, china...... the list goes on. It all looks very dated, but it would be criminal to get new ones when the old ones still function (again not a reference to my hubby!). I was very sad when the hand mixer I have used for all these years finally died. However I soon cheered when I realised I would be able to write a review of an electrical product for Dooyoo!!
I purchased this Whal, by James Martin hand mixer, in Sainsburys for the bargain price of £8.11 probably not any more expensive than the Kenwood handmixer we were given in 1990.
This hand mixer is made by a company called Whal who by all accounts make grooming products. They also sell a range of kitchen equipment and accesories by James Martin, the rather handsome (IMO) TV chef. According to the brochure his kitchen items are 'Precision Products for the Discerning cook'.
The ZX410 mixer has 5 speeds including 'turbo'. It is silver in colour and has a rubberised easy grip handle. There is an ejector button for the attachments wwith a safety device. It comes with chrome beaters a balloon whisk and dough hooks. The mixer also comes with a little recipe book - James Martin Recipe Ideas. This has recipes to be used with different items from James Martins kitchen range. The first 9 recipes are to be made using the Hand Mixer and its various attachments.
How does it work?
The mixer is a good weight and feel 'right' when you hold it - I can't really explain! The easy grip handle is comfortable. The attachments are inserted into the body of the mixer, turning them slightly until they 'click'. You then select the desired speed and away you go.
I have been using the mixer for a few weeks and am impressed with it so far. It whips cream quickly and whisks eggs for meringues to perfection. I did find it strange that there is only 1 whisk but as it is a ballookn whisk it is quite large so 2 are not needed. I thought that this would impare performance. However I was wrong! With the turbo boost button in use, whisking 3 or 4 egg whites is an easy task. The beaters work equally as well making smooth and creaming butter icing for cup cakes - not a lump of icing sugar in sight. I will confess that I have not use the dough hooks. (I have a Kenwood chef that I get out from the back of the cupboard if I want to make dough).
Ease of cleaning.
Once you have unplugged the cord from the socket (helath and safety!) you can wipe the body of the mixer clean using a dry cloth.
The ejector button means the attacments are easily removed from the body of the hand mixer and these can be washed in warm soapy water or put in the dishwasher.
Was it worth £8.11?
Most definitely! It looks smart and works efficiently. It comes with a 2 year manufacturers guarantee, but I'm hoping it will last me for another 20 years!!
Summary: A smart, sleek looking hand mixer.