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Smeg hand blender review

Smeg merchandise are among the many most covetable kitchen home equipment and equipment. And the corporate’s new hand blender isn’t any exception. However is its efficiency as spectacular as its design? We give it a whirl.

Worth & availability

The hand blender itself (HBF01) has an RRP of £99.95. It solely comes with the usual mixing head (as pictured above and under).

You may as well purchase it with a full accent set (HBF02), which we focus on in a while. This has an RRP of £129.95.

If you happen to go for the usual blender and determine in a while that you just wish to purchase the equipment, you’ll must spend a further £49.95. So, it’s effectively price making your thoughts up earlier than buying. Shopping for the complete package deal straight off will prevent £19.95 and a few trouble as effectively: it’s fairly troublesome to search out on-line stockists which can be promoting the equipment with out the blender.

The hand blender is accessible from on-line retailers together with AO.com, John Lewis and Amazon.

The perfect worth we are able to presently discover is £65 for the blender (with out equipment). AO.com is promoting it in black and pastel blue. The perfect worth for the blender plus equipment is on Amazon, the place there’s presently a reduction of £10 on the set (it’s promoting for £120). Amazon additionally has the second-best worth for the hand blender: £79.95

Design & efficiency

Smeg’s hand blender has a 700W motor, with variable pace settings. It is a fairly highly effective motor for a hand blender. I’ve obtained an older Braun mannequin that is 300W and I’ve just lately been testing the Russell Hobbs Horizon 3-in-1 hand blender, which is 500W. Each of those get the job performed. Nonetheless, the newer, multi-function blenders from Bosch and Braun are 750W and 1000W respectively, and now have a selection of pace settings, so the Smeg shouldn’t be singular on this respect. 

Nonetheless, it additionally contains a turbo button for additional oomph. This sort of energy shouldn’t be actually wanted with the blender operate, except you wished to make a smoothie out of a bucket of rocks. As it’s, it made a {smooth}, creamy batter from our components in seconds. It was equally efficient in making soup. 

The blender head is removable for cleansing and might be swapped out for different equipment, however they don’t include the usual merchandise so we did not get the chance to check them. Nonetheless, our guess is that when you have been shifting from an older mannequin to the Smeg, and used among the different attachments, your downside would probably be pureeing every thing to the consistency of child meals earlier than you knew what you’d performed. 

Its mixing wand is chrome steel, with scratch-resistant blades. Smeg credit its mixing energy to its FlowBlend system: the dome and form of the blades apparently create a super-smooth consistency in meals. Nonetheless, when you’ve ever seen a blender blade, this one will look extraordinarily acquainted and we suppose that the motor is extra more likely to be accountable.

The blender is available in 4 recognisable Smeg colors: black, cream, pink and pastel blue. If color is necessary to you – and we think about it will be, with such a design-led merchandise – have a very good go searching on-line to search out one of the best worth on the color you need.

Smeg hand blender

Does a hand blender want to be a factor of magnificence? Clearly not. Its design ought to incorporate an honest grip, its elements ought to be simply fitted collectively. The entire ought to operate effectively. These are the requirements.

However – this blender is beautiful as effectively. It’s weighty with out being heavy, strong and comfy to carry. It additionally appears to be like like a retro sci-fi rocket. It’s unimaginable to not need one.

A phrase on the packaging: there’s something a little bit bit excessive about it. The blender is available in an enormous presentation field, the sort of factor you’d anticipate to include an excellent bottle of wine. However, except you are shopping for it as a gift, it should be disposed of immediately. Are you actually going to retailer your hand blender in it ceaselessly, reverently eradicating it from its completely formed foam mattress with the intention to mix some veg? Appears unlikely. Firms, take notice: much less wasteful packaging please. 

Options

The additional equipment comprise a whisk, a 1.four litre jug, a chopper in a sealed container and a potato masher. We will’t touch upon the standard of those as we’ve solely examined the blender.

 Verdict

It is a excellent hand blender. However at £129.95, the Smeg hand blender with the complete accent set is sort of thrice the value of the very related Russell Hobbs Horizon 3-in-1 blender set, which is presently on sale for £48.52. This accommodates all the identical equipment that the Smeg set has, other than the masher. It does not characteristic variable pace and it is solely 500W however it’s a very good high quality set at an important worth level.

A more in-depth equal (that we have not examined), the Braun Multiquick, which is 700W, has variable pace settings and a wide range of equipment. It is on sale on John Lewis for £70

Nonetheless, the opponents’ designs are simply not as aesthetically interesting because the Smeg. So, it’s as much as you to determine what worth you place on kind. A hand blender is not likely a counter prime merchandise the way in which {that a} kettle, toaster or kitchen mixer is. With a wire that’s simply as untidy as any equipment’s – and a bunch of equipment, when you get these – your hand blender might be going to spend most of its time in the litter of the cabinet. However it will be very enticing litter, we guess.

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