This is my third stick blender, having previously owned both a Breville and a Kenwood stick blender I had a good idea of what I wanted. So far the blender has largely met those expectations.
My first impressions of the blender are generally good. The motor is 800W, high for a stick blender and making it effective when using the whisk attachment. The blender is also good for soups. So far I have made a number of soups including spinach which frequently proves a challenge for blenders due to the stringy nature of the vegetable and bacon and lentil which takes a lot of blending. This Shef blender performed just as well as my previous blenders – impressive given that how much cheaper this blender is. Also, the stick is easy to wash and the weight of the product is good.
However, in two areas the Shef blender is inferior to the previous models I have owned. The locking attachment between the motor section and the attachments is plastic. Previously blenders I have owned have always had metal locking pins. The pins on this blender certainly do the job but I am concerned that they are not as durable. Secondly, you cannot change the blade on the stick blender. This is something you could do on the previous blenders I have owned. Having said that it is not a feature I have frequently used and the motor on the blender has always given up long before the blade has worn out so this is not much of an issue for me.
Overall, a good value blender and if I get more than two years out of the product I will be very happy with it indeed.