We’re a big fan of the flashy kitchen gadgets that you can buy these days, but we’re always on the look our for something cheap and cheerful too! With that in mind we’re taking a look today at the Philips HR1341, which is one of the cheapest immersion blenders on the market. Can it stand up to the competition? Let’s find out.
The HR1341 is powered by a 300w motor, which might not have the sheer power of more expensive blenders on the market, but should provide the horse power for blending up smoothies and soups. Philips warn that extremely hard ingredients (fruits with stones) can’t be blended with this machine, but do say that hard ingredients such as parmesan and chocolate won’t present it with any problems.
Philips say that the stainless steel blade at the heart of the blender is “double action”. Having reviewed all the literature we can on the device, we can’t say for sure exactly what this means! However the proof is in the pudding as they say, and we’ll take a look at the performance a little later.
A 0.5 litre glass beaker with lid is included in the package, which makes it pretty good value. These beakers are handy for both blending and storage; you can blend your ingredients directly in the beaker, and then screw on the lid for easy storage.
When you’re finished blending, all the parts are dishwasher safe (apart from the handle that contains the motor of course), so it should be nice and easy to clean. Storing the unit shouldn’t be a problem either, as Philips have included a hanging loop so that the blender can be easily hung on the wall (saving you on cupboard space into the bargain).
We found that most blenders were cheapest at Amazon.co.uk, including the Philips HR1341 which is currently available with free delivery.
Philips Daily Collection HR1341 Hand Blender Features and Specifications
- 300 watt motor – can even blend Parmesan and chocolate
- 0.5 litre glass beaker included – great for blending and storage
- Dishwasher safe – easy to clean
- Hanging loop – hang on the wall and conserve cupboard space
Customer Feedback and Reviews
We weren’t able to gather a massive amount of customer comments and reviews for the Philips HR1341, however those that we did get our hands on we’re very positive. In fact, all of them were from satisfied customers, and some 87% of customers gave the device 4 or 5 stars. Top marks!
This is a very simple device, with no gimmicks or add-ons to worry about. It’s therefore simple to use, and customers felt that it gave excellent results. People praised its ability to blend smooth soups and smoothies and nobody reported any splashing or mess. People had put the machine to use for the usual smoothies, milkshakes and soups but several customers said that it makes great mashed potatoes too!
The beaker is sturdy and good quality, and a handy little addition to the package. Its great for blending up ingredients and immediately storing, but handy for carrying around soups too. One customer said that he blends up soup for lunch directly in the beaker, then screws on the lid and takes it to work. No mess or leakages make the beaker great for this kind of thing.
There were hardly any negative comments. The only be that we found was that, as the blender is white, it does tend to discolor slightly.
This little blender is nice and cheap, and certainly does the job well. The inclusion of the glass beaker is a nice little bonus too. Overall the blender does exactly what it says in the tin, without fuss or frills.
If we were in the market for a cheap blender, we’d be tempted to spend a tiny bit more and go for the Kenwood HB711 Triblade which is one of the best hand blenders around. However, if you feel that extra couple of quid would be better off saved, then you could do a lot worse than the Philips HR1341!