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      20.10.2013 12:04
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      a great basic blender

      6pm and my simple Dinner party soup is ready and needs blending and my blender is on strike having tried every plug socket in the place nothing! Panic set in and my knight in shining armour told me to calm down, put the children to bed and he would sort it and off he dashed on his white horse (rather battered Picasso!) to Sainsbury. ! He returned 30 minutes later with a basics hand blender well I wasn't very impressed being rather snobby where my kitchen appliances are concerned but at £4.99 it was a definite bargain and on this occasion my leek and potato soup was beautifully smooth and creamy as I wanted. I have since used this and whilst having one speed does mean that it is slower to blend than my previous model for me the cost outweighs this negative. I do find that I need to chop my veg for soup smaller so the blender doesn't struggle as much but this also means that the soup cooks quicker so uses less electricity which is also a good thing as they say every cloud has a silver lining ! Cost and stockist This is from Sainsbury's and is available in store (not local ones) and on line at www.sainsburys.co.uk and currently costs £4.99. Why buy For the price this is great for making soups and smoothies and at the price is excellent particularly for those starting out. I am very happy with the blender for basic blending this is fine which really all I do . Recommendation This blender is great for blending, it isn't going to win awards for beauty and so you will want to hide in a cupboard but that's fine! I am happy that I can make a puree for my godson, make soup for the family and really at £4.99 Hubby really was the Knight with the prize!!

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        12.11.2012 03:26
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        4/5 Stars - bargain!

        When I began the weaning process with my daughter over four months ago I had initially planned to just use my normal blender, which turned out to be a total nightmare and very time consuming because without adding liquid the food wouldn't blend properly and it would just be huge blobs of un-appealing gunk. In the end, after a bit of research I decided that it would be a good idea to buy a lindam mini blender. When I told my mum she was horrified and said that the blenders marketed as baby food blenders are a rip off and that hand blenders are just as good and she picked me one up from Sainsbury's (bless her!) I must admit that I wasn't impressed upon seeing the price and I expected it to be really naff and rubbish at blending and pack up within a week or so seeing as it is so cheap but after four months of pretty much daily use it is still going strong and it is quick and easy to use as well as effective - it takes hardly any time to blend a concoction of food into a completely smooth purree and I like that it doesn't blend them into a purree straight away as I like to leave my daughter's food quite chunky so that she can experience the different textures now that she is nine months old. The blender is part of Sainsbury's basic range and it can be purchased in store or via the website. It retails at £4.13 which is an absolute bargain! Like I said before the price did put me off but it is really effecient and I've had no problems at all with it. It has a medium strength motor (200 watts) which for the price is great and it suprisingly looks pretty nice as well - the design is not great but not at all ugly, either. While it does have a very 'plasticy' kind of look the slight glossy sheen helps it look a little more expensive and although it's bulkier than the more expensive hand blenders that were on display in Sainsbury's it is not overlly bulky and I am able to store it easily as it doesn't take up too much room seeing as it comes apart. It is only available in one colour - white with grey buttons. In my opinion it doesn't really matter that this isn't the most sleek/attractive hand blender - I store it in my cupboard so it's not like it is always on display in my kitchen and the efficiency and bargain price make up for the lack of style. The hand blender isn't particullarly heavy but it's not light either. It is light enough to comfortably hold though and it doesn't make my hand or arm ache when I am holding it in place for a few minutes. It is easy to get a good grip because of the shape of the upper part and because of the position of the buttons I can use this with one hand with my thumb on the button. There are two buttons - fast and slow. I almost always use the fastest option as the slow one isn't very powerful at all and it takes longer. The button does need pressing down quite hard and as soon as I stop pressing down it stops blending. The blender needs plugging in at the wall and the wall cable is quite short meaning that I have to stand right up to the kitchen counter and stay in one place which is sometimes a disadvantage when I am trying to be super mum and do ten things at once! The bottom part of the blender screws on to the motor unit and this is quick and easy to do and it stays on securely. The blades are very sharp and mash up any food quickly. I use this mainly on steamed veggies, soft fruit, mini portions of mine and my boyfriends meals and so on - generally soft, cooked food. Now that my daughter is older and not just eating purees we don't use this quite as much but we still get quite a lot of use out of it and I find it great for making humous and blending up homemade soups. Cleaning the blender couldn't be easier. While neither of the parts are dishwasher safe and should not be emerssed in water it takes me around 2 minutes to clean it - I just run the blade under the tap then wipe any splatters off it. Overall this is a great product - it's sooo cheap and really handy. I can't recommend it enough - why pay more? The only thing that I have noticed is that if I keep my finger pressed down on the button for more than a few minutes it can start to smell a bit like burnt plastic so I blend in bursts of 40-60 seconds to be on the safe side. It is also very loud and it makes the bowl or whatever the food is in vibrate and move around if it is not held in place - not a huge issue though. Four out of five stars.

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          20.07.2012 19:22
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          Brilliant Value Product!

          "This hand blender has a 200W motor for mixing and blending and the mixing stem twists off for cleaning. Perfect for a wide range of kitchen blending and mixing applications, it's quick, and easy to use." This information is copied off the Sainsbury's website. I do like my bargains and cheap buys! And when my son reached an age where he could start weaning I was on the hunt for a cheap hand blender! I just needed a basic blender. I have had this hand blender for about 4 months now and it is still in good condition, it blends food up as much as you like! When I first started weaning my little boy I was using it till the food was very mushy and runny! I have read some reviews of this product that say it struggles with hard food and also struggles to make the food as mushy and runny as needed! I totally disagree with this. Sure it takes longer to blend the food thin mushy and runny but it does the job! It has two speeds so we are now using the slower speed, to make the food more lumpy for my little boy. I find it easy to use and clean and it does the perfect job for what i needed! And you can't complain about it for the price.

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          23.02.2012 12:10

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          Good for light use

          I've noticed there have been mixed reviews on this, but I bought this product from Sainsbury's a week ago for £9.97. I wanted it to blend fruit to make smoothies. It was very simple to put together, just the bottom half (with the blades on) to connect to the main unit, that has the cable and plug connected to it. You simply twist it and it clips into place. There are two speeds on the model I have, and I just used the slower speed to start with. It did take a bit of time and effort, moving the head around etc, but it blended all of the fruit after a few minutes, and that included plums with their skins on. There were still a few little lumps, but it worked perfectly fine for my purpose, and I have since tried it on the higher setting and it did work faster. For the price, if you only want something for light use, I think this product is perfectly acceptable. The lower section, that houses the blades, is NOT dishwasher safe, but when run under hot soapy water it came clean right away, and I then left it to air dry on the side.

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          24.01.2012 00:06
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          A decent hand blender for a fiver!

          I am a mean little cook, when I want to be, I love to bake, to cook and to generally create new dishes in the kitchen for myself and my husband, also, from time to time we have a little gathering and feed our friends too. When we have dinner parties we sometimes like to make all of the courses from scratch and this is when I usually end up selecting a simple starter like a soup as it is quite easy to make, rarely goes wrong and can be heated quickly to be served on time. In the past I have owned a stick blender or two and I have either lost the end part with the blades or managed to damage it in some way. My previous blender I actually lent to a friend and we then fell out and I never bothered to ask for it back. This blender was just under £5.00 when we purchased ours which is an absolute bargain and for that price I really do not mind at all if this just lasts for a few dinner parties to be honest. This is a very simple blender. It is just the motor part with a plug cord on it, with a relatively short flex, and then a set of blades that click in to place within their white holder. This is very simple to take apart and once I have finished with it I usually just unclick the blending head part and then wash this up. I do not have to worry about the flex becoming waterlogged or damaged at all which is always important for me. A few handy markers indicate the way to turn to connect the blending head and it takes just a few seconds to set up. This feels comfortable enough to hold, it sits in my hand comfortably and the button is comfortable enough to press. I have not had any problems with this slipping out of my hand at all and I feel safe and confident when using this hand blender. A firm press is needed to get this running and there are two indicators to show the two speeds of the blender. I have found this simple enough to use. So far I have only really used this for making soups and for creaming some mashed potatoes that I was piping for a recipe. The blender worked very well, it removed lumps, mixed things well and left me with a smooth delicious soup. I have also used it a couple of times to make a choppier sauce with lumps in and this has worked well as I am able to remove my finger whenever I want to stop and check the lumps. The kind of vegetables and things that I have been blending are ones that are already soft and cooked so I do not have much expensive of trying to blend hard things, however, I wouldn't use a hand blender for that anyway. The price of this was cheap, it works well and it is ideal for the use that I require it for. I have made some wonderful soups using this and it works just as well, for me, than a more expensive blender that I had in the past. Overall I am very pleased with this blender and would firmly recommend it!

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            22.11.2011 12:08
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            Affordable value

            I needed a new range of kitchen appliances when I moved into the flat last year and a blender was one of the top items on my list. I needed one for various reasons and due to being on a very very tight budget I ended up purchasing the basic hand blender from Sainsburies. It has proved to be a reliable, useful and efficient device in the year since using in and as a budget, no frills but effective blender I would recommend this. When getting it out of the box you will feel straight away it does have a bit of weight to it. The material from which it is made is tough, hard and feels durable. It hasn't given way at all during the time I have used it and feels as solid as the day I bought it. The one downside of the design is the cable which is very short meaning you do have some restrictions on where you can use this. Its not overly short that's its going to have you bent over the workbench but it is short and restrictive. How does it perform? Well in all I have been more than happy with this. Every single time I have used this it has produced a high quality action and the desired results. It hasn't dropped over time. The one off switch is the only setting and its as basic as blenders come. Its easy to store, easy to use and functions well. I really cannot bring up any complaints about this and for under a tenner you are in value heaven. Works well.

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            13.11.2011 13:22

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            decent blender for the price

            We have had this Sainsbury's Basic Blender now since our son was really little and the wife used to use it to blend his food into a puree until he was able to eat 'proper' food with the rest of us. It was cheap at under five pounds but although it is basic it still manages to look fairly stylish and does the job as well as the more expensive blenders you can buy. It came boxed well with full instruction manual and a one year warranty. It is operated by electricity on a very short cable, which has proven to a bit frustraing for us over the years. Nowadays we use it mainly if the wife cooks a large vat of soup and she wants to make it more runny, she simply operates the blender once the soup has cooled slightly and it only takes a little while for the soup to be at the right consistency as the blades on this blender are pretty sharp and very effective. Over the years they have not lessened in their sharpness and the blender is used on a very regular basis. The blender is quite heavy (more so than you would probably expect for a basic range brand) and has two speeds - fast and faster. The maximum output wattege is up to 200 watts so it is fairly powerful - at least it is enough for us as a family. It is operated by two little buttons which are very easy to manipulate and easy to tun both on and off. It can be a bit fiddly to clean after it has been used and you have to be really careful of the sharp blades but once you have done it a few times it does get easier. It comes with nothing else in the pack when you buy it - ie no attachments etc., you just simply get the blender, but then it was very cheap. It appears to be really durable as it continues to work well and we have not had to have it repaired despite constant use. Really recommended. .. This review is also published on Ciao under name of sorehead.

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            26.10.2011 20:43
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            Does the job and even students can afford it

            I've been thinking about buying one of these hand-stick blenders for a while now but just haven't got round to it, fortunately my housemate has and is generous enough to let me borrow it from time to time. What can I say it does the job!! All I really use it for is blending up my soup and it blends up my soup so can't complain. My housemate likes it for whipping up cake mix (why she doesn't use the handheld whisk she bought I don't know). My mum likes it as well, she tells me its really good for blending up veggies to make freezable baby meals for my little brother. So all in all it blends soup, it blends veggies, and it mixes up cake mix, honestly what more could you want from a hand-stick blender!? Its just under a fiver££ and even us students can afford that!! BARGAIN!

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              06.02.2011 18:24
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              Don't buy it

              This blender although cheap (£9.99 I think) , really isn't up to much. It's very heavy and larger than you think, and the lead is short which makes it clumsy and hard to manouver. The blender only has two settings - slow and slower, which means it takes a long time for anything to get processed properly. It took over ten minutes to completely blend a vegatable soup and by that time I had to totally reheat it. I suppose one advantage of the product though is that it is easy to clean. It breaks down into two pieces so that you can put the bottom bit in the dishwasher, and its simple pastic design does make it more hygenic. If you want to buy a good, hard waring hand blender that will last for years don't buy this product. Get a Bosch or Magimix or whatever. If you want a flimsy bit of rubbish that may or may not make a good remote control helicopter if you take it apart and fix mechano to it once you find out it doesnt work like I did, then buy this from Sainsburys for £9.99 and get 18 nectar points.

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                02.02.2011 17:47
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                Avoid

                I have no idea if the Sainsbury's Basics Hand Blender has changed in model, but I have one, and it differs slightly from the picture shown. And it's TERRIBLE, almost totally useless. I have to share my review as a warning to anyone considering buying one! **Availability and Price** Obviously, it's only available from Sainsbury's instore and online, and it costs £4.97. I was attracted by the price, I have to say - I use a stick blender probably once a week so figured hey, it doesn't matter if it's not some £50 model as long as it does the job. **Box & Contents** The box is white with a picture of the blender and some orange handwriting style text 'Basics Hand Blender'. Inside the box you get the hand blender with plug and a very short instructional pamphlet and safety information. **Looks** It looks cheap, no two ways about that, it's plain white with a blue rubberised button with a one dot and two dot setting (one dot is a slower speed and two dots is a faster speed). The head of the unit (the blending end) detatches to be washed, this is dishwasher safe. One point to note is that the 'lock and unlock' arrows showing you how to attach the head (which are on the unit main part in a raised white plastic) are actually the wrong way around! Useful, I don't think. Overall it looks passable, it's no beauty but it's not ugly either and the white looks clean at the very least. **Use** The first time I used the blender was about a fortnight ago when making a sweet potato and chilli soup. I fried off the onions and threw in some chopped sweet potatoes and chilli and covered with plenty of stock. I boiled the mixture until the sweet potatoes were soft and ready for blending into the soup. I took the pan off the hob and it stood for about 5 minutes, I then added cold milk and creme fraiche, so it certainly wasn't boiling when I dipped the blender in. It blended...OK...a bit of a struggle with some of the chunks of sweet potato, even though they were boiled to a near mush - this is probably because of the small size of the three side holes around the rim of the blender's head. The two blades coped OK, but there were two main flaws which for me knock any possibility of this rating well: 1. The blender head MELTED and deformed in the not-boiling soup (even though I'd made sure it wasn't boiling, nothing in the instructions advised you couldn't use it in boiling liquids). The instructions even say 'great for soup!'. The head is now a sort of deformed triangular-ish shape, the blending blades still go around, but obviously this is a huge concern as if it melts any further it may get in the way of the blades and potentially be very very dangerous - as in a chunk of plastic or metal detatching and either flying facewards or lurking in my soup. 2. The buttons are near impossible to press to get the unit to actually work unless you have the vice like grip of the incredible hulk. I literally gripped it with both hands, talk about finger ache. My husband had a go and agreed it was near impossible to use. And as a little bonus for you...it scratches your pans. So you now have a soup with the *possibility* of a chunk of metal or plastic, AND you have pan-scrapings in your meal. Yum yum!! After one use, I don't want to use it again, it's such a total pain and it's not worth it in the cheap price. A bit of a waste of a fiver considering I am now looking at a nice new stainless steel one for around £30. My advice...don't waste your time! I'm not sure if the previous reviews are for an older model but the one I bought a fortnight ago is pure misery to use!!

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                  03.12.2010 18:31
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                  Cheap and cheerful hand blender that does the job

                  Although I wouldn't say I'm a purist when it comes to feeding 8 month old Freddy, I do like him to have as much freshly cooked food as possible and he was weaned on a mixture of baby rice and pureed vegetables. When it came to pureeing his food I really couldn't see the point of buying a purpose made baby blender, instead I bought the Sainsbury's Basics Hand Blender for the princely sum of just under £5 (now selling for £4.18). Four months on and it has been used to prepare literally hundreds of meals and is still going strong. The box the Sainsbury's Basic Hand Blender came in was very basic and decorated in their trademark orange and white, there's no attempt to pretend this is anything other than what it is. The blender itself comes in two parts, the motor unit and the stem housing the blade, there are no extra attachments and it doesn't even come with a jug. Saying that it does actually look quite stylish, in it's own way. The whole blender is a nice crisp white with two grey, rubberised buttons. Weighing in at 750g it's heavy enough to feel as if it's going to be effective but no so heavy as to be unwieldy. The power cord is, perhaps, a little short at only a metre, but remember this is very much a budget model. Although I can't find information on it's power level anywhere online, a label on the main body tells me that this runs at 175-200W. I'm not even sure it came with an instruction manual, if it did I really didn't take any notice of and have never needed to consult it. Preparing the blender for use is fairly simple, the stem twists firmly into the base. But as time has gone on, it has become a little harder to align the two sections, I'm not sure why, but just recently I have found myself getting frustrated and I think this is, perhaps, a sign that the blender is on it's way out. There are two different speeds available, but to be honest I've only ever used the higher speed, because I generally need to the food blended as quickly as possible. Each of these speeds are easily accessed by pressing one of the two buttons, and something I like is that each of the buttons has raised bumps (one for low, two for high) so I can feel for the right speed. As I stated at the beginning, I've primarily used this blender for preparing baby food, starting four months ago when I needed to get the vegetables as smooth as possible. At this point I was pureeing various steamed vegetables, ranging from carrots to sweet potatoes. I would always put the cooked vegetables in a large bowl and then use the blender, which is quite noisy in operation (Freddy now knows the noise of the blender means dinner is coming). There always seems to be little bits of food and liquid spraying out of the bowl when using the blender, so I would really suggest that if you're planning to this then it's a good idea to let the food cool. Not that hot food seems to have damaged to the blender, but it does hurt when boiling liquid hits you in the face. I found that I could blend a large bowl full of vegetables in just a few minutes, (although tougher vegetables such as sweet potatoes took significantly longer) and that the resultant mix was smooth enough to pass through a sieve. Now Freddy is older and eating a greater variety of foods, I've been using the blender to chop whatever we've been having for dinner. This means smaller amounts that need to be prepared at a time, but the foods are much tougher. I find that it's better to use a jug when blending smaller amounts, and even though I now blend meats as well as vegetables, I don't find that it gives the blender much trouble. But I have found that it's better to pulse them (by only switching on for short bursts), and my doing this I can prepare a meal in just a few seconds. So far I've blended up stews, mince and even roasts dinners and the blender has coped admirably, although the main unit does get a little warm when it's chopping for more than a couple of minutes. As well as using the blender to prepare baby food, I've also used it to blend the occasional thick soup and again it's coped perfectly well with these much larger amounts. But again the unit does get rather warm after a few minutes. Cleaning the blender should be a simple enough affair, the stem removes easily and can then be washed under a tap. Be careful of the blades though, because they are sharp. I believe that the stem is also dishwasher safe, but don't quote me, I don't own one and so don't tend to check. The main unit is a little more problematic to clean, the outside looks fine after a quick wipe, but somehow food always manages to get into the part the stem fits into. This is much harder to clean, and as the main unit contains the motor it cannot be immersed in water. I tend to use cotton buds to clean any little splashes. I've been using the Sainsbury's Basics Hand Blender on an almost daily basis for four months now and apart from the recent difficulties with attaching the stem and cleaning the inside of the main unit it's been problem free. Ok, it's not the fanciest of pieces of kitchen equipment, but it does exactly what I bought it for, preparing my son's food. It's perhaps not the best unit if you're going to be blending enormous quantities of food on a daily basis. But for the price you can't complain and so I'm giving the Sainsbury's Basics Hand blender a very healthy four stars out of five, and would definitely recommend it if you are thinking of giving your baby home cooked food.

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                    08.10.2010 12:04
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                    good value device

                    It would seem these days that you can pick up the most splendid and amazing kitchen gadgets for only a few pence, literally! The days of having to save over one hundred pounds to buy the latest tool are firmly in the past. Sainsburys' Hand Blender is part of their Basics Range. This is a range of products with a cheaper price tag. I was shocked to see the blender cost less than five pounds (£4.99) because you can buy a punnet of strawberries for that in Marks and Spencer. For that price, who cares if it doesn't work that well, it's got to be worth a try! The blender is small, about the size of a generous sized electric toothbrush but this is handy for me as I can slide it away into a drawer after use. It comes with a top half where the motor lies and the bottom whisker section. It runs off the mains from a short cable. The cable could have more give, I would have had another twelve inches at least here. Dead easy to work, you just snap on the whisker and press the button on the motor section and you can start blending. I have used it so far to whisk up egg and cream mixtures and it does this pretty well. The machine is not that noisy and the pummeling action it delivers is speedy and efficient. You can adjust the speed as well to suit what you are using it for. It works better with liquids I have found, struggling more with grains and pulses. I think you would get there eventually, but it might require some patience. It has been effective though for basic home baking preparations, particularly in the cake department for mixing icings. To clean you can wipe dry or detach and wash it off, so it is easy to keep on top of. A very good price and good results for less strenuous cooking tasks.

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                      10.09.2010 12:32
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                      Recently I've been attempting to lose weight, and as part of that I've been eating a lot of soups, since they inexpensive, simple to make and filling . I've never owned a blender before now, with soups always being the stock with lumps in variety, but with the amount I've been eating them lately, I decided a purchase of a hand blender was in order . I didn't want to spend a fortune . I'm well aware that I go through fads with kitchen gadgets, thinking something is the best thing since sliced bread one minute and becoming utterly bored of it the next. So when I saw this Sainsburys Basics Hand Blender cost just £4.18, I decided to buy one - after all, it cost less than my bus fare to and from the shop! It looks the same as in the image above, and comes ready assembled . However, not knowing how long it had been in storage, I decided to wash the blending head before use . This was simple enough to do - at the point where the blending stem connects to the body of the device, there are arrows indicating which way to turn to loosen or tighten the attachment . These are in raised white lettering on the plastic body - and while I can see thse clearly when wearing my glasses, I imagine this wouldn't be immediately clear to anyone with sight problems . Having washed it, I took the oppurtunity to look at the blending stem itself . It has gaps in the hood, presumably to allow liquid to flow out of the sides once blended, and the single long blade is sharp and double sided. You certainly wouldn't want to get your fingers near these when it was in operation, and for this reason I do think it is important not to leave this plugged in where e a child can get hold of it. With the stem now reattached to the main body of the device, I plugged in my blender. The cord, it has to be said, is rather short . For me, this is not a problem, as I happen to have an electric cooker with a plug socket right next to it, but if you're not as fortunate, this could cause an issue with not having a solid surface to support the pan or bowl you are blending in . The bulbous body of the device fits comfortable in my hand, and has a nice weight to it. I feel I can get a good solid grip on this without worrying about it slipping out of my hands, although of course with the body being so smooth I would certainly not recommend using this with wet hands . It has a large grey rubberised area, with one dot and one end and two dots at the other , representing the two speeds of the blender . This is soft to the feel, but although the buttons are quite large, the sensors underneath must be quite small, as I have to poke about a little with my thumb to turn this on . I then need to hold down the button firmly while blending, as taking my thunb off the button will result in the machine turning off . I like that this machine only works when pressure is applied to the buttons, preventing accidentally turning this on . To use, you simply push down into the pan containing what you need blended, and I find that for best results, you need to push right down to the bottom of the pan, blend for a few seconds, remove your thumb so it turns off, move into another area of the pan, and repeat. Don't, whatever you do, move this around the pan, or lift it out of the pan, whilst it is on - this just results in bits of soup flying all over the kitchen. I felt this blended very well on soups , and on veg boiled until soft . I certainly don't think it is designed for blending harder foods . I did find that the vents in the hood did occasionally get bunged up with veg, but these were easy to free up again . I would also say that I don't imagine this product is suitable for use in non stick cookware, glass, or ceramics - I feel that it could potentially cause damage to delicate cookware surfaces with scratches and such, although the hood does prevent the blade coming into direct contact with the pan . Overall, I think for a less than a fiver this is a good little two speed blender that performs well on soups and soft veg . I do think the short cable could potentially be a downside for some people, and others may be put off by the fact that , unlike some other blenders, this does not come with it's own jug . But from me, it gets four stars!

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                        09.09.2010 11:46
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                        A great basic product.

                        Now I must confess I am not much of a cook, soups, casseroles and pasta are about my limit. But having to start feeding my baby nutricious meals all made from scratch meant that I had to make purees so needed to use a blender. I already had a Sainsburys basics handheld blender on the premise that occasionally I would whizz up a soup so decided to use this for making purees. A bit about the blender I got it from Sainsburys for the princely sum of £4.95 so I must say that it is absolutely a bargain. It comes in two parts - the top section containing the motor which plugs into the mains electric supply is easily detachable from the action end - the bit you put into whatever you are blending up. The lower section is very simple in design - it has an end containing four metal blades which you stick in your food and move around until it is small. Be a bit careful cleaning this product as the blades are a bit sharp! Use Plug into the wall and choose one of two speed settings - fast or faster. Stick it in your food and plunge up and down or round and round until the food has reached the required consistency. If I am really honest I have not noticed any difference in the performance when using the different settings so tend to use the slower setting as it is quieter. How does it perform? Well I have to be honest - the first time I used my first basics blender it quickly overheated and broke. Being "careful with money" I immediately took it back to Sainsburys and demanded a replacement. They were absolutely brilliant - apologising profusely, replacing the product AND giving me a £5 voucher as a goodwill gesture. So - although a terrible thing to happen to a brand new product Sainsburys made it all better again! The second version of this product has been brilliant. I would only use it on cooked food that is fairly soft as I am not sure that the blades could cope with raw fruit / veg so again this is not as good as a proper expensive blender that has many uses. I have successfully made all manner of fruit and vegetable purees, cake mixes, smooth soups and even used this to blitz rice and pasta up for my son. I definitely think that this works better with food which is liquid rather than completely dry - I had to add a bit of milk to the rice to get it to blend properly for example. That said these hand blenders have never let me down on soups or purees. Because they are hand held you have absolute control over the consistency of what you are making - a very quick blitz will make something with texture and a longer use will give a totally smooth puree. ANy other benefits? Well I find the blades really easy to clean - just rinse them under the tap and put them in the dishwasher - so top points for that. As this is a handheld product it is also really light and easy to use. Again, another plus. For the price this is a product which produces excellent results very quickly. Overall For me £5 well spent. Ok the first one broke but the second has been going strong for 9 months now and has been used regularly all that time with no problems. Not sure what the life span will be but for a fiver think anything over a year will be going well! If you are not after a blender with all the bells and whistles but want something that quickly works you could do far worse than this!

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                          30.08.2010 21:47
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                          A great blender at an unbeatable price

                          I was given this blender a few years ago by my grandmother, even though I already owned a hand blender. However, products such as these are very useful to keep as duplicates in case your regular model breaks down. Even though mine didn't, I was curious to see how the Basics blender compared to more expensive models, and so I took it out of its box. The Sainsbury's Basics blender comes in a no-frills white cardboard box, with the orange stripe and lettering that the supermarket is recognised for. The box opens to reveal the blender, which is predominantly white and has a wide body that gives way to a slim neck, and, at the bottom, the blades surrounded by a protective hood. The blender is fashioned from white plastic, and is quite heavy. At the top, on the front side, is a control panel comprised of a triangular textured area with a single dot on it, and below this a rounded textured area with two dots on it. The dots represent the speeds, with the one dot being the slower speed setting, and the two dot button the faster speed setting. There is a cable attached to the blender at the top of the machine, as it runs off the mains. The body of the machine unscrews from the neck with a simple twisting movement. To reattach the two is simply a case of screwing them together until you feel the locking mechanism click. Unscrewing the two parts means you can place the blade end in the dishwasher, and this makes cleaning considerably easier and safer than by hand. The body of the blender is not dishwasher safe, so must be cleaned by hand. As it has a smooth surface however, simply wiping a damp cloth over it will rid it of most mess. To use the blender you must ensure the two parts are locked together, plug the device into a socket position the blades and hood over the food you wish to be blitzed, and depress the correct speed button. The latter can be hit and miss, as the rubber buttons are large, yet the sensor they lie over is fairly small in comparison. This means that sometimes you have to work your finger over the rubber area to find the sensor and allow it to recognise your request. When you successfully accomplish this however, the blades work very efficiently. Like most blenders, the single blade, mounted on a central spinner, is double-edged and very dangerous. You can see the blades spinning around via a series of oval-shaped windows in the hood, but as there is no protective material in the 'windows' you should still be very careful about getting your fingers too close to the hood. I have had visions of the blade coming loose from its spinner and flying through one of these windows and into my skin. It is not a pleasant thought, I know, and for this reason I would prefer the hood to be entirely solid. In terms of blending, I believe this product rivals more expensive machines. It can work through cooked vegetables in a matter of minutes, and even harder foodstuffs can be blitzed easily by using the higher setting. Having used this blender dozens of times, I have not noticed the sharpness of the blades diminishing at all, and it continues to be a great help to me in the kitchen. I mostly use this blender when my other is in the dishwasher, or simple if it is the first one I find in the cupboard. At just under £5 this blender does have some flaws and is not the most stylish model to behold, but it is effective and easy to clean, and for these reasons I would have no hesitation in recommending it.

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