Thursday 18 December 2014

The ten best hand blenders

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Bosch: Three attachments give this blender a variety of uses. It comes complete with a whisk fitting, beater and an extra-large chopper, which will make light work of all kinds of dishes from cakes to soups and stews. It has variable speeds and a turbo button to deliver maximum performance at 750 watts. A really good all-rounder. Price: £74.99
Kenwood HB150: Traditional in white, the Kenwood blender has simple operation and comparatively low wattage at a great price. Just the thing for soup fans. The HB150 also comes with a beaker. A good basic model from a trusty brand. Price: £14.75
Krups: The stylish and sleeklooking Krups blender comes with a unique digital display to provide optimal visibility and offers six different speeds. It also boasts a roller fingertip control function and a 700ml mini chopper. Price: £59.99
Dualit: Dualit's Hand Blender package is kitted out with with a variety of head fittings to suit all culinary needs. It has stainless-steel long-life blades, variable speed control, plus chrome-plated beaters and a balloon whisk. Price: £63.45
Bamix: With a variable-speed motor capable of delivering a socking 15,000rpm, this is a really versatile blender that will grind coffee and spices, purée babyfood and chop vegetables as well as making soups. Made in Switzerland, it's the smartest and most durable blender around. Price: £85.28
Marco Pierre White at Russell Hobbs: Boasting 650 watts of power, this three-inone blender comes with a balloon whisk, chopping bowl and measuring jug. In black and chrome, it has an ergonomically-designed handle for comfort and a stainless steel blade. Price: £39.99
Cuisinart Professional: One of the most powerful blenders on the market, the Cusinart benefits from 800 watts of power at turbo speed and is perfect for making smoothies and soups. And it offers such a classically stylish and simple design. Price: £64.00
Cookworks: On sale at the moment, the expensive-looking Cookworks blender is one of the best kitchen bargains available. It has stainless steel blades, possesses a dishwasher-safe shaft, and its 200W motor is easily powerful enough to handle some basic pureeing and blending. Price: £5.79 Argos.co.uk
Moulinex: This sleek and versatile machine not only comes with four interchangeable blades for tackling different kitchen jobs - mixing, whipping, crushing and chopping - but these attachments are colour-coded, too, to make the whole thing more fun. With a 700W motor, it can handle pretty much any task you throw at it, including crushing ice. Price: £69.99 Lakeland.co.uk
John Lewis: Smart and reliable, this blender and chopper has simple one-touch control for continuous blending. Though it has only a modest 200W of power, armed with a good chopping attachment, a stainless steel balloon whisk and its 500ml measuring jug, it's equal to pretty-much every kitchen task. And it comes with a threeyear guarantee. Price: £40 Johnlewis.com

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