Great little 'Workhorse'
I have found this machine to be the best little workhorse. I've had 2 over 25 years and considering it's size, choice of functions and price I am very happy with it and would highly recommend it. I also like the powerful motor whichnoutdoes many other brands of this size and type. Susan
Some attachments are good, beaters/whisk malfunctioning
I bought my Braun about five years ago and need to replace it as the beaters used to work properly without holding the on/off button down but no more. The button for ejecting the beaters doesn't work and they can be difficult to pull out. In order to use the grinding bowl, it's necessary to attach the motor to a lid. Getting the motor to fit the lid is awkward. The blender stick does a poor job.I think Braun has gone downhill with product design & quality.
Purchased in October 2015 for $100.00.
Awesome strong mixer!
My mother gave this unit to me as a gift as my old mixer broke down. She had had a Braun hand mixer for 20 years and it's still serving her well, so she bought this newer version for me. The motor is strong, came with a hand blender, mini food processor, whisks and dough hooks. Thought it was very smart that the mixer can tell what attachment you're using so when you're using the food processor and blender the on button is on pulse mode, and when you're using the whisks and dough hooks, the on button stays on when switched and you can change the speed as required with ease.
Hazardous and poorly made!
The first time I used it I made a dip. The attachments clicked into place and they worked ok. I tested out the speed gradually from 1 to turbo. Then when I detached the lid from the chopper bowl I found black metal specks and bit of plastic from the rotating component in the dip. I was utterly disappointed that the dip was ruined and inedible. The company offered a replacement part but I just had no faith in the product and got a refund instead. Not worth the risk.
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Great small mixer
I was unsure of buying this mixer due mainly to the bad reviews complaining of the on / off button having to be held down.
This is not correct.
The previous reviewer complains of a bad design where having to hold your finger on the on button obscures the speed adjustment, so before actually using the mixer he repacked it and gave it to charity. Ooops, a bit hasty. Once you plug in the beaters, the on switch changes to being press 1 for on, press 0 for off. You do NOT have to hold your finger on the button. You CAN adjust the speed while ...mixing, easily. There must be a little mechanism inside which senses the beaters plugged in and adjusts the switch to suit. It is explained in the user manual, though admittedly it isn't very clear. It is just a diagram showing a finger pressing 1 to switch on pressing 0 to switch off. This works for both the wire beaters and the dough hooks. If you connect either of the extra attachments, the small food processor or the stick blender, it changes to pulse operation, where you hold your finger on 1 to operate, and just release your finger to stop. This is because both the food processor (chopper) and the stick mixer (hand blender) should be used in short bursts. Using short bursts creates a more even chopping, and prevents the motor from overheating. A few seconds at a time works best, up to 30 seconds maximum. This is not just the Braun, all similar machines work best with short pulses of processing. Any way, the Braun mixer is powerful, and importantly, the mixer turns quite slowly on the lowest setting. This is important when combining dry ingredients to stop it throwing dry flour around your kitchen. Many (most?) cheap hand mixers don't go slow enough on low setting, this one does. (Though not as slow as my Kenwood Chef stand mixer, a classic from the 1970s.) This is the reason I bought the Braun - I also had an old Philips hand mixer which was still in perfect condition despite 20 years of regular use, but it only had 3 speeds and the lowest speed was still too fast for combining dry ingredients without making a mess.
I bought this mixer online locally, having seen a favourable rating by a consumer testing organisation. It was heavily discounted. The impressive kit included beaters, dough hooks, a blending shaft and a chopper bowl with blades.
On unwrapping it I discovered the controls to be quite impractical:
1. The 'on' button has to be held down continuously with your thumb to keep the motor running.
2. The 'on' button is placed towards the front of the top so your hand has to be placed uncomfortably forward on the handle for your thumb to reach...
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