First impressions, looks and construction
The immediate impression you get from this food processor blender and mixer from Sensio Home is that it is a sturdy and robust piece of kit. It is weighty, in a good way, and its black glossy appearance looks good on the kitchen top. The machine comes with three different mixing attachments: a mixing beater, a balloon whisk, and a dough hook, which will suit the majority of needs.
The blender is house on top of the machine once a cover is removed and features a very thick glass jar for use. The overall feel emphasises the sturdiness of the device and gives a good first impression.
Testing and Functionality
The 4.5 litre stainless steel mixing bowl is a very decent size and sits neatly below the mixer and locks into place with an easy twist to keep it from moving. The machine features suction cups underneath its body to ensure it stays in place and this works well when in use. I trialled the machine in making some Yorkshire puddings and was pleased to see the flour mixed well with the milk and egg without leaving any clumps and the results were airy and smooth. I tested out the different speeds to get an impression of what it was capable of and given the six speeds available, it was superb in allowing speeds ranging from slow to hyperdrive.
There is also a splash guard that fixes to the top of the whisk which prevents any liquid splashes from escaping, the guard itself having a helpful hole in case you need to add ingredients whilst the mixer is in operation. The different whisk attachments were also very easy to attach and remove and are strong and sturdy.
Opening the mixer is a simple flip of a lever on the front to allow the removal of the mixing bowl and it was all very easy to operate. Similarly, the glass blender jug can be simply locked into place to the top of the machine with an easy twist. There is also a sliding cover which can be used to cover the area which houses the blender when not in use to tidy up the appearance of the device. The blender itself was also simple to use, having strong blending power. I used to blend ice, fruit and juices to make a smoothie and it was perfect. The glass jug feels very robust and weighty and I did wonder whether it was necessary to have a glass jug as they are commonly plastic nowadays, but I think it is simply a matter of preference.
One small niggle was that when the blender was in use, the mixer would also spin. I was not sure if this was deliberate, but I found it a little odd as I think it would be very unlikely that you would need both to operate simultaneously and at the same speed. The inability to simply switch to one or the other and have both rotating seemed unnecessary. This doesn’t affect the functionality of the machine at all, but I think it could have been thought through.
In conclusion, I would thoroughly recommend this mixer and blender. The appearance of the machine is slick and the functionality is very good. The device feels well-made and robust and gives confidence of its durability. The cost of the machine is very reasonable and I think it is good value for money given it was a piece of cake to use. Had to get a baking pun in there at some point.
Overall Score: 8.5/10
As of writing, this is currently retailing for £69.99 and can be found for sale on Amazon.
DISCLOSURE NOTE: I was provided with this product for review purposes, but all opinions stated herein are written by me and reflect my own personal views.
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