“ Blender. Functions: pulse, mix and smooth. 550w power. Capacity: 1.8l. Plastic jug. „
I bought this Smoothie Maker as i had decided to try and make some yummy smoothies to be healthy!, I spend quite a lot of money on smoothies before work or at lunch to give me a vitamin boost and watched them doing it one day and decided to but a smoothie machine and do it myself i was hoping my investment would pay off in the long run! On average a smoothie is around £4 to buy!
Its not like a normal blender/smoothie maker as lets face it you can do both whichever blender you buy as long as it has good blending blades! It has a tap like feature at the front which means you can use dispense as much as you want it to a glass without the messiness i think this is a good feature especially for me as i am clumsy and would no doubt spill it everywhere if i had to pour it from the 1.8 litre blending jug! Also its very good if you are measuring out portions.
It quite nice looking in black and sliver and is quite heavy, the box did come with a warning that it was quite heavy so i would just be careful when first installing it, once its on the sideboard its ok though as it has little sticker tings on the bottom which make it easy to slide back and forth, i have a lot of chrome in my kitchen so i found that it went really nicely with all my other bits and peices!
It cost me £49.99 on special offer in Tesco (Reduced from £69.99) i also received club card points as well (every little helps) so already i estimated if i used this every morning i would get my monies worth it around 2 weeks as like i mentioned i usually buy a £4 smoothie every morning for my breakfast so over £2 weeks i would have spent £56 its just one of my little vices!
Ok so along with this in Tesco i bought 100 plastic cups with lids and 100 straws for £3 (Bargain) I found i didn't need to buy 'fresh fruit' except banana's and i also bought some fresh orange juice.
the Test -
The smoothie maker itself comes with 3 setting, Pulse - which is good if you like lots of bits in your smoothie's, mix which i found would be better if you were mixing fruit juices or making cocktails and blend which was what i used as it made a nice smooth smoothie. It also had an ice crushing button which came in handy as i did add ice to my smoothie but i couldn't help but think it would be better for the cheeky cocktail :0) I used frozen fruit which despite what you think is just as healthy as fresh fruit as long as you buy good quality frozen fruit which has been frozen quickly and kept in the vitamins. Ice and fresh orange. It mixed everything together really well and make a really yummy smoothie!!! To make it even better i just pressed the tap and it let me pour as much or as little as i wanted. so you do have the option of keeping some in the fridge!
The taste test -
Delicious smooth tasty smoothie and i have to say i think tastier than the one's i 'shop buy' as the machine has a great filter which filters out mush and seeds!! Brilliant!
The cleaning test -
As long as you clean straight away it is really easy to clean! I squirted a little bit of washing up in to the bottom and filled with hot water and used my little scrubbing brush to get in to corners, the fruit lifted easily and it took me all of 5 minutes to clean, i would suggest making sure you squeeze the tap to run hot water through it and cleaning it and giving around the tap a scrub to ensure none gets trapped in there
Ok so overall i was spending £28 pounds a week on smoothies (eeek) now i spend £5 a week on fresh and frozen fruit and that's it! It is well worth the money, easy to clean and not only makes delicious smoothies for me but i have since used it to make soup and cocktails at a recent party! I have more than had my monies worth and will continue to use it.
I wouldn't recommend for anyone who doesn't have the time to use it as from start to finish it takes about 10-15 mins including blending and cleaning in the morning.
I was bought this Russell Hobbs Smoothie Maker as a gift for my birthday last year, I'm not sure why as I have never professed any great love for smoothies - I think perhaps my niece was covertly trying to make my lifestyle a little more healthier! After leaving it in the box for at least three months one day I had a huge amount of fruit to use up so thought I might as well try out my new gadget.
It is basically a blender (well, it is actually a blender if you really want to pick nits) which has one addition - a plastic tap and spout on the front of the machine which will allow you to pour out your smoothie into a glass, or jug for storing in the fridge. The 1.8 litre jug holds a large amount of fruit and features a wide hole at the top where you can add more fruit or ice as the machine is working.
The Smoothie Maker is a very attractive gadget, it is rather bulkier than I would like my kitchen electricals to be but looks very nice with it's black and silver design. It's rather heavy to lift, however, so do ensure you place it somewhere that is going to be easy for you to comfortably reach if you intend to be using it regularly. Myself, I do not use it regularly and it now resides on the highest shelf in my kitchen where I have little chance of getting it down without pulling the whole thing on top of me - and frankly this is no great loss!
There are three settings on the Smoothie Maker which I simply call I, II and III - yet Russell Hobbs insist on naming pulse, mix and blend. Now, I can certainly see why the pulse function deserves a name of its own as this can be incredibly useful when using softer fruits which are likely to collapse into slime at the mere thought of a more powerful blending. Why on earth 'mix' and 'blend' are separated is beyond me, I have used both of these functions and time after time they have proved to have exactly the same effect on my fruit with very little variation in the speed at which the fruit is blended! And to complicate matters even further, it is only in the instruction manual that the functions are referred to by name - on the machine itself they are listed as (yes) I, II and III. Bizarre, and very silly in my opinion - maybe Russell Hobbs accidentally put an extra button in and had to quickly think of *something* for it to do?!
The only other button on the Smoothie Maker is an ice crushing facility, this is a very good idea and works surprisingly well. I have found you should not add too much ice at one time otherwise the machine makes a worrying grinding sound, but a few ice cubes added at intervals can really liven up the finished smoothie and the Smoothie Maker will cope well while crushing them. In all honesty this is the only thing which sets apart this Smoothie Maker from my blender, although subsequent tests have proved the blender will also successfully crush ice when set to a certain speed - it just hasn't got its own button!
In all fairness, this Russell Hobbs Smoothie Maker does do an excellent job. It makes light work of blending fruit into delicious smoothies and the included 'prodder' is also fabulous as it allows me to mix up my fruit partway through blending to allow thorough blending, I like the way I can stir the fruit through the hole at the top of the jug without having to remove the lid and it is an excellent way to agitate the fruit during the blending process. Fruit generally comes out beautifully smooth, I personally add fruit juice to my smoothies as I find pure blended fruit to be rather too thick to drink comfortably. The filter which is stretched across the inside of the tap helps prevent too many bits and seeds coming through, although you cannot seem to stop those pesky strawberry seeds from ending up in your glass!
Cleaning is much more straightforward than I imagined it was going to be. The tap twists out so at the end of your blending session you will end up with three plastic pieces to clean; the jug is simple and a soak in hot soapy water will get the fruit scum and general gunk off, the lid is equally easily cleaned using the same method. The tap, however, does take a little more thought due to the kink in the spout and the fact that the smoothie is allowed to rise slightly into the handle of the tap itself. I personally use an old bottle and teat brush to clean this section of the Smoothie Maker, but those of you who do not own such a thing will need to spend time flushing the tap through with hot running water - and this is no two second job, in fact cleaning the tap without the aid of a bottle brush can take longer than the process of actually making your smoothie and cleaning the rest of the gadget.
What I simply cannot fathom is why on earth people don't just use a normal everyday blender to make their smoothies? Most households own one and it will do exactly the same job, and at a much cheaper price too! To prove my point, this Smoothie Maker costs in the region of £45 and does nothing more than my £14.99 Argos blender! These smoothie makers are such a waste of money and I simply cannot understand it - and I am certainly not a 'tight' person when it comes to kitchen gadgets as my pantry is practically bursting at the seams with overpriced electricals that haven't seen the light of day for many moons.
As far as Smoothie Makers go however, this is a good choice. A lot of people tend to crowd for the Kenwood name, yet I recall my neighbour studying this Russell Hobbs gadget some time ago and declaring that it was exactly the same as her rather more expensive Kenwood Smoothie Maker - and that was given to a charity shop last month, which unfortunately is where I think this one is going to end up.
I brought this Smoothie Maker about 4 months ago, it's ended up one of those things that seem a good idea at the time but isn't used all that much. That's not because the Smoothie Maker is no good but I prefer Innocent Smoothies and by the time you've brought all the fruit you might as WELL buy a ready made one!
I paid £30 for it in Currys, it was when they had a sale on them and the normal price is about 50 quid! I wouldn't pay that for it but think £30 is an alright price.
You put all your fruit in and have got a choice of 3 speeds, I've tried them all and there isn't that much difference between the speeds and I don't think any of them make it any quicker to blend the fruit up. You can put milk or fruit juice in with the fruit to make it a thinner drink, you have to be a bit careful how much banana you use because that makes the smoothies a bit too thick but you'll suss that out as you go along.
The fruit that comes out of this smoothie maker is dead smooth and everything I've put in it has been blended up nice, I don't like putting too many strawberries in a smoothie because that gives it a bit of a slimey texture sometimes but that must be just me because when my mum uses it she always uses a ton of strawberries and loves it like that.
The jug will hold 1.8 litres and is easy to wash, it's made of smooth plastic so just rinsing it in hot soapy water will get all the gunk out most of the time. There's a hole at the top where you can add more fruit without having to take the whole top off and that's useful, there's also an ice crusher and that works pretty good but sometimes you end up with loads of big pointy bits of ice instead of Slush Puppy textured crushed ice.
You get a big stirrer with the smoothie maker, it looks a bit rude bit the thick shape of it is perfect for getting the fruit down to the blades...... don't use it when the blades are going round though!!!
The Russell Hobbs 12620 Smoothie Maker was a complete surprise to me! I had never considered this as a "must have" piece of kitchen equipment, but now I would be lost without it.
I had a little trouble putting it together, and ended up with milk all over the worktop, but once I realised that reading the instructions was probably a good idea it all fitted together easily. Once you have done this it needn't be done again.
It is easy to use, comes complete with a recipe book, and you will find yourself experimenting with all sorts of fruit that you didn't know existed before. It is an excellent way to make sure you get your five a day in.
The tap system works very well, especially if you turn the motor on at the same time.
The only slightly annoying thing about this smoothie maker is the incredible noise it makes when the ice is added! Washing it immediately after use makes the cleaning easy, then you can sit back and enjoy your smoothie.
We have had this smoothie maker since Christmas and use it several times a week.
It has a smart silver base with black buttons so looks good on the work top. The jug holds 1.8litres, although I've never filled it this full. It has three buttons, off, whizz and super whizz, so couldn't be simplier really as well as an ice button on the opposite side. The tap doesn't stick out too far so doesn't intrude on the worktop space, although it does make it harder to store in a cupboard! The jug locks into place by lining up the black and silver arrowhead and it won't work unless they are alined properly. There are two parts to the lid; a black one that must be clicked into place and then either a small clear plastic one that clicks in the middle or else the long stirrer can be fitted which helps if you are making a thick drink as it is already in place to stir the mixture if starts to clog up.
We mainly use it for making milkshakes rather than smoothies so don;t tend to have thicker mixtures to deal with, but the few times we have used for a smoothy it has worked reasonably well.
It is quite simple to make a simple drink using this machine. You basically add milk, ice and/or ice-cream and flavouring of your choice and zap it!. All sorts of combinations can be used of yogurt, ice, ice-cream, milk and fruit. I haven't used it for vegetables so don't know how it would cope with ones such as carrots, but it deals well with all sorts of fruit. It is worth reading the instruction booklet that comes with it as it does contain useful tips and hints as well as recipes.
You only have to zap it for 10 seconds on whizz and 5 seconds on super whizz to have a ready to go drink. As to loading the jug - this is where you have to go carefully. The tap is the one feature on this machine that is not foolproof. We have taken to holding another glass underneath the tap when pouring stuff in as the valve does not always shut tight after cleaning and needs several wiggles in either direction before you can before sure it won;t let liquid out!
I tend to load the jug in what ever order I feel like and it doesn't seem to make much difference to how it turns out!.
Cleaning the machine can be a bit of a pain as the whilst the jug detaches from the main base it is attached to the sub base which houses the connector for the motor - therefore you cannot immerse it in water to clean it !. I've found the best way to clean it is to squirt a little washing up liquid into it and then add hot water (making sure the tap is closed !) then give it a good brush with a washing up brush so you can get between the blades, open the tap and let the water out and then rinse in the same way with plenty of clean hot water. At this point I usually run some more water through and test the tap until it stops the water and then up end it to get rid of the remining water. Dry with a clean cloth and reassemble the unit ready for next time.
I like this machine but I wouldn't have bought one myself - my Kenwood liquidiser does the same job equally as well, but it was a worthwhile present and it does get used quite often which means that we all drink more healthily!
We purchased this 'smoothie maker' around a month ago and we've had a mixed experience...
The asthetics of the machine are great, looks nice on the kitchen worktop and is fairly compact. The 3 buttons make this a really simple thing to use and had an extra blitz button for ice. Unfortunatley for us, these points are the only good ones.
We found assembling the smoothie maker, fairly easy, as we had bought t from Amazon (I think someone had returned it because it was mostly built) but trying to get the bits off to clean them was a nightmare.
We have used the smoothie maker for a few things, with varying success. Fair or not for a smoothie maker, I wanted to blend things to make a marinade which stained the bottom of the jug. We made smoothies, a lot of the fruit wasn't blended properly and was really a mash of fruit at the bottom and to top it all, the motor made a strange noise and produced a strange almost burning smell.
I feel that this particular smoothie maker is overproced for what it is (we paid £45) and there are cheaper, simpler options that do a better job.
And it doesn't crush ice well either!!
In March I reviewed my Breville Daisy juicer and smoothie maker in a review entitled An awkward cow. However sods law, a few weeks later the awkward cow decided to die on me! I have now updated the review! I loved being able to make my own smoothies so decided I needed to buy another machine. I had purchased my Breville machine from Tesco and they were happy to refund my money! I then spotted a Russell Hobbs smoothie maker at the reduced price of £22.50. Although Daisy had also been a juicer I decided I could live within this function!
What you get for your money.
The Russell Hobbs 12620 simply smoothie to give it its full name, is a smart looking machine, unlike Daisy! Inside the box is a robust silver plastic base unit that houses the 550 watt motor. The buttons operating the 2-speed motor are located on the base unit. There is also a pulsing button to crush ice cubes. All the buttons are clearly marked and easy to operate.
There is a 1.8 lire capacity plastic jug with a screw top lid. The middle of the lid can be removed to add liquid through, or stir any lumps of fruit or vegetable. The lid is made of black plastic to compliment the base unit.
There is a strange looking long plastic stick to stir your fruit and an instruction booklet that also has recipe ideas. The jug has a tap at the bottom so you can pour your smoothie or milk shake into your glass (more about the tap later)
How it works.
This machine is really easy to set up. You will first need to give the jug a good wash in hot soapy water and you are ready to go! To fit the jug onto the base unit you simply need to align the arrow on the base unit with the one on the jug. The jug twists easily onto the base unit; unlike other machines I have experienced! If the jug is not properly fitted the machine will not operate. This is a safety feature to prevent any mishaps!
Before switching on ensure that the lid and top and in position, I managed to start the machine without the middle bit of the lid and you can imagine the mess! The machine has 2 speeds plus a pulsing button used to crush ice. The buttons are clearly marked and easy to press.
I have been experimenting with different flavours and thickness of smoothies. I like to use either apple or orange juice as a base. This machine is not a juicer so I buy cartons of organic juice to use as a base. At the moment strawberries are in season and they make wonderful smoothies when mixed with orange juice, and a banana. I usually use a good handful of strawberries, but it really is trail and error! Mangoes are another favorite with my children. Again all you need to do is pour in some orange juice into the jug, add a chopped up mango, a banana and a little yogurt and blend for about 1 minute. The possibilities are endless!
I use the slower speed for softer fruits that don't take much mixing and the higher speed for firmer fruit, vegetables or liquidizing soups.
I really love the ice crushing function of this machine! We have used it a lot in the recent hot weather. The button is well located on the left of the base unit and is clearly marked with an ice symbol. Adding a handful of ice cubes to a smoothie mix or milkshake gives a lovely cold drink!
The machine is also excellent for liquidizing home made soup. I made a lot of soup, much preferring my own to any shop bought version. The motor is powerful enough to cope with quite large chunks of vegetable and liquidizes them quickly with smooth results. Please remember to cool any hot liquid before pouring into the jug to prevent it from cracking!
I have also used the smoothie maker to make a vegetable/tomato sauce to add to pasta. This is a good way to get reluctant vegetable eaters to get their 5 a day! It can also be used to blend baby food.
I wanted a machine that I could leave out on my worktop as I knew that it would encourage me to use it! This machine is fairly compact and looks good too. The silver and black colours will go with most kitchen decors.
It is very easy to set up and use. The buttons are easy to operate and well positioned. I like the ice crushing function too. The blades in the jug do their job well and the motor is powerful enough to blend most fruits or vegetables. The handle of the jug is quite chunky and I find it very comfortable to hold and grip. The jug pours well, which is just as well as the tap is not that good! I initially thought the tap was a good idea so you could pour your smoothie directly into your glass. However I find that it gets blocked easily and doesn't empty the jug. This is a minor irritation as it is just as easy to remove the jug from the base and pour directly from the jug.
The jug itself is easy to clean. It is not dishwasher safe, but should be washed in hot soapy water. I use a brush to wash around the blades so I don't cut my fingers! The tap is difficult to clean properly and I run warm water through it to remove any bits. The base unit is cleaned by wiping over with a damp cloth.
This is not the quietist machine in the world but as I only run it for short bursts of time it is not really a problem for me. Even on its highest setting the machine remains firmly on the worktop as there is little vibration.
The Russell Hobbs simply smoothie is really a glorified liquidizer. I like the way it looks and it is made robustly so hopefully will last! It comes with a standard 1 year manufacturer's guarantee. I think for the money, this is an excellent buy and would recommend it. The only real negative point is the tap but as you don't really need to use it it is not a major problem as far as I'm concerned! The smoothie maker is available from Tesco for £22.50 or from Amazon for £27.35. I'm sure it is on sale with other retailers too.
One day a few weeks ago the other half came home with a certain brand of smoothie drink for us to try. I was really impressed by the taste but when he told me that it cost £3 for one cartoon I became a little distressed! As his birthday was coming up I decided that it would be more economical to invest in a smoothie maker. After a lot of agonising I plumped for the Kenwood 12620 Simply Smoothie. It was one of the top rated smoothie makers on Amazon.
WHAT ARE SMOOTHIES:
I'm sure that you will all know this, but smoothies are basically fruit, blended until (yes you guessed it!) smooth! Smoothie makers also make juices and thickies (with yoghurt etc in them).
I paid £29.99 for the Simply Smoothie from Amazon, so I'm guessing it may be slightly more elsewhere.
WHAT'S IN THE BOX?
Good question. Well, on arrival the other half ripped open his present. The machine comes well packaged in various pieces of cardboard. Inside you get the base, the jug (which has the blades attached inside), a lid, cover, stirrer, tap and instruction/recipe booklet. The jug has a 1.8 litre capacity so if you fill it that's a lot of smoothie! To set it up you need to first of all wash out with soapy water. Then you need to screw the tap into the hole on the front of the machine. Then twist the jug into the base which was really easy. The lid also twists on and then you either use the cover or the stirrer for the hole in the lid. The recipe booklet has some really lovely recipes in, including some with chocolate ice cream and some cocktails.
I have to say that we were really excited about the prospect of having our own fresh smoothies in the morning. Once our maker was set up we raided our fruit supplies and got to chopping! You can add pretty much any fruit to your smoothie, although it's advisable to juice an apple first (which we didn't do so our 'smoothie' was more of a 'chunkie').
Once we'd added our fruit and our ice (which you have to add last according to the instructions) we started to blitz. The instructions say to press speed one for 10 seconds and then speed two (faster) for 15 seconds. However, we didn't find this enough time so we blitz ours for a bit longer each time to try and get it as smooth as possible, and also to try and get the ice crushed in. If you have to stirrer in then you can use this (supposedly) to push down any stray pieces of fruit. I say supposedly because the stirrer is far to short to reach most of the fruit which is annoying. It means you have to take the lid off to use it to push the fruit down and then put the lid back on again to continue blitzing.
One thing we noticed straight away was that the unit is noisy but as its only on for a very short time this is no problem. It has rubber feet underneath so it doesn't slip.
The main problem with this machine is that the tap is rubbish. it gets blocked really easily and for most of our smoothies we get a few dribbles before it stops completely. Occaisionally it will pour but only really if you tip the unit forwards and this can lead to dripping issues! There is a guard in the unit which prevents anything big going down the tap but this just means that it clogs really easily. We always make sure that we unscrew the jug and pour it so that we don't miss any of that fruity goodness!
So the all important taste test, yummy!! I have to say that having your own smoothies really does make you feel good and they taste so delicious. Obviously you can get a couple of your five a day in this glass so they are really healthy. We have our smoothies at all times of the day, although I think they're best at breakfast.
Onto cleaning. I recommend washing the machine straight after you've made the smoothie as otherwise all the fruit dries on and some serious soaking is required! If you clean it straight away it all rinses out really easily. The blades do come out but we clean ours with the blades in as its a bit of a faff getting them out. The tap just rinses through as well.
There is an ice crusher button for lovely cool drinks which is great.
Well, yes in so far as I think smoothie makers are a great idea and we have used it a lot since we got ours. It really is a good incentive for eating lots of fruit and keeping healthy which is definately a good thing. However, the fact that the tap doesn't work really does annoy me but I can live with it. I can see this being a problem on quite a few smoothie makers. I would recommend this but do some research first to see whether there are other makers which have a tap which works better, for the price, though, it isn't bad.
Short name: Russell Hobbs 12620