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3.0 out of 5 stars Blends like a dream, the rest of the tools... ok I guess!!, 23 Aug. 2012
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This review is from: Tefal SlimForce Plus Hand Blender with Mini Chopper & Whisk (Kitchen & Home)
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Although this hand blender is a little heavy, it is quite ergonomic and the buttons are in a handy place. I found the lack of a button that 'clicks' on/off a little disconcerting at first, but actually it ended up being a good thing really because you'll be using this in short pulses. The manual says not to use it for more than 20s anyway, but I think it works better in pulses and the way the buttons are designs encourages this type of use.

I was most impressed with the hand blender tool; it does a great job and very quickly. I liked the beaker that came with it, it is a good size for one large or two small smoothies. It does say not to fill beyond 500ml to prevent splashing, so although the beaker has a larger capacity, you can only really utilize that if you add liquid after blending and mix by hand.

The whisk attachment was not that impressive - it made a lot more noise than I expected (more than any other function) and I think I wouldn't use this tool over my usual whisk as I wasn't that impressed with its whisking. I found the actual whisk quite a so and so to detach from its mounting onto the hand unit... when it wasn't dirty I struggled to free it from the mount (and ended up thwacking my hand into a cupboard when it did come off!) and when it was dirty I had to wash it first and let it dry before I could think about it. I hope I'm missing some neat 'eject' function which I later discover, but I fear not.

I liked the idea of the mini chopper, as you just need to press the hand unit to it's top - no fancy connections to worry about. It looks good and has a nice non-slip base to help out. The main downside is that I think you can only use really small quantities in there. I put in 3 reasonable size mushrooms and it almost obliterated most of them, while leaving larger chunks; if you want something really finely chopped (perhaps to help you hide veg in an unsuspecting child's dinner?!) then this is great, but it is only a step or two away from turning its contents into pulp. I think next time I use it I would put in 2 of the same size mushrooms and cut them in half before beginning... I think it would be really good for chopping a handful of home-grown herbs though. I haven't tried rough chopping yet, but I suspect that it would be less hassle to do it by hand (washing up etc).

A word of caution... the blades are WICKED sharp, and it is really easy to inflict a serious cut while cleaning the mini-chopper blades... even when being careful. (She says looking at her finger sorrowfully .)

As with all things like this that come with a variety of little extras, it does what it is made for very well. The rest is just there for fun and I wouldn't count on those tools.
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