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Rated 5 out of 5 by bmbpeu An truly excellent mixer
This is the last of three reviews I have written that relate to items in the 'robust' range. Again, I fully recommend this item. Like the other products it feels excellent when you use it. It does pretty much what other blenders do but the the whole experience of using the product just leaves you with a smile.
Philips has done brilliantly with the whole range...if only they'd have brought out a smaller version of the food processor I'd be writting another glowing testimony here.
26 July 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by sylvie25 Long lasting mixer
Ive had my mixer nearly thirty years, its not still on your agenda for tools for the kitchen. It has a bowl and i would love a new one so i can give mine to my grandaughter!! its been lovely always. Never let me down and still going.
25 July 2012
Rated 1 out of 5 by Disgruntled Very poor design
I don't think I have ever been so disappointed with a kitchen purchase. I was persuaded to buy this item by a promoter in John Lewis - I wish I had not listened to her.
I am a very keen baker and all round cook and I invest in the best equipment i can afford as it is all in heavy use - so the "robust" appealed. However this item is totally unbalanced in use - I have to hold it by the rear of the machine not by the handle to keep it stable - the whisks are not robust, are a poor design and take far longer than the very old Kenwood I was replacing. I am a strong person so this is not just that it is a bit heavy.
I do not have very much spare cash but I have now given up on this machine after a very short time and have bought a very cheap replacement that is comfortable to use and effective. This has been a very expensive lesson for me - I will not be buying or recommending Phillips again.
13 October 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by pollyanna well designed product
Expensive, but worth every penny! Doesn't overheat and makes my cakes twice as light!
9 October 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Maria18 Saves on cleaning up
I love to bake but hate to clean up afterwards. This product somehow manages not to create the splashy mess of cake mix around the bowl and surrouding area that my previous mixer did. The speeds are exactly what you need and it is simple to use and feels very robust!
13 September 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Pete Excellent Mixer
Just what I was looking for. Well made, powerful, easy to use and clean.
10 January 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by formerpineapple The mixer you can rely on
The first thing that struck me as I opened the parcel containing the mixer was the box. It is nice and glossy and was so easy to open. Although I suppose you throw it away – the box being so easy to open was nice because I often find myself having to peel off endless strips of sellotape or labels that hurt your nails after a while! With this box you could just simply lift the lid and another flap and the mixer was underneath for you to lift out (protected by polystyrene).
The design of the mixer is quite modern but I think the designer has tried to maintain some old fashioned elements in the design due to the simple lines – it’s not over complicated – as the whole idea of the robust range is that it will last, and is made how it used to be in ‘the olden days’.
The mixer was really simple to set up. In the box, there was a quick start insert (as well as an instruction manual and a recipe booklet) which I liked because when you buy a new electrical product you just want to start having a go with it rather than flick through a massive booklet of seemingly endless numbers of different languages! All I had to do was pop the hooks (I think that is the right word – I mean the things that do the actual mixing) into the holes then plug it in and started mixing.
It is easy to use as you would expect from a mixer; I’ve never really experienced a mixer that is hard to actually use because once they are set up and you know what the buttons control it is simple. It mixes well, and slightly faster than the previous mixer I had. If that was the only difference between this mixer and the cheaper models (and lets be honest this mixer is definitely at the higher end of the market) I am not sure I would spend so much on it. But the real selling point for me is that it feels like it will last a long time. When I put the hooks in I am not worried about forcing them and breaking one – and the same when I pull them out. The metal on the hooks seems unbendable – and you just get the feeling as you hold it that it will last longer than the plastic ones you can get for £10 from the catalogue shops. I also like the gripping material on the underside of the handle that makes it easy to hold onto if you are doing a lot of mixing. With the plastic models, your hand can get sweaty and it can slip out of your hand with disastrous consequences (cake mix everywhere!).
Therefore, due to how durable it feels I do think it is worth the price; certainly if you do a lot of baking as it is a worthwhile investment. What seems a little strange to me is the whole idea behind the robust range seems to be that the products last for ages hence their price. But the mixer only comes with a 3yr guarantee (1yr automatically then an additional two years if you register it). I think I need to see over a more long-term period how long my mixer lasts (and I am hopeful it will be a long time) to determine if I would buy further products from the robust range.
The product stores well – it fits easily on most shelves as it is relatively small rather than large and oddly shaped so it does not stick out over the edge of a shelf. If I could improve it more I would probably include a little rectangular shaped sturdy box to store it and the hook attachments in – just to stop it gathering dust in the cupboard as then you have to wash it when you want to use it. Speaking of cleaning it, this is really well designed for the dishwasher and cleans well in my small dishwasher. You just unclick the hooks then put it in the same place as the knives and forks go in the dishwasher. I’ve never seen it come out with any smears as can sometimes happen with metal in the dishwasher. Or you can wash it under the tap but the only difficulty with this is it is always a bit hard to dry the hooks so you would have to wait for it to air dry if you didn’t want to use it whilst it was still wet.
15 January 2010
Rated 5 out of 5 by IanChels Well made mixer
I was pleased to try this mixer, and overall very impressed with it. Firstly, however, I thought the packaging was a little excessive for the size of the machine and its few accessories - a smaller box would suffice.
It was very easy to set up and to start to use, the only thing I found was that the power button seemed counter-intuitive in terms of the direction you pushed it to start - but that is a very minor quibble.
To test the machine, I used one of the recipes provided - the Ricotta and Parmesan Fritters. It mixed the ingredients quickly and efficiently and was also surprisingly quiet. The recipe itself proved delicious and the friends I served the Fritters to on New Year's Eve were very impressed, saying that they were restaurant quality food. If you do the recipe, watch out for the basil leaves stage - they really do spit hot oil!
Cleaning and storage of the machine and the mixing blades is really easy, and overall I would say that this is right up there with one of the best bits of kitchen equipment I have used - and I cook a great deal.
6 January 2010