Hand held immersion blenders are quite popular these days, being easy to use and store. Today, we’re taking a look at one of the best selling models around, the Philips HR1363.
Despite being of a reputable brand, this is one machine that isn’t going to break the bank. It’s available for just under £30 online, making it one of the cheapest blenders around. A little bonus, is the fact that it comes with a chopper attachment which you can use to chop veg, meat, herbs, nuts and the like. You’ll also get a beaker attachment in the box which gives you a handy way to measure out and store ingredients.
At the heart of the HR1363 is a 600 watt motor. Whilst this isn’t as powerful as some of the newer hand blenders on the market, it should provide all the elbow grease needed to blend soups, milkshakes, purees and smoothies (as well as all the chopping tasks you might want to turn the machine to).
The motor has two speeds; a turbo button gives you a bit of extra power to get through tougher jobs. The motor has a pulse action, which means that the machine only blends whilst you hold down the buttons.
At the heart of the machine is a stainless steel blade, which Philips say produces smoother results by utilising a double action; cutting both horizontally and vertically. We’ll take a look at how well the machine blends later.
The device has a specially designed splash guard, which means that it shouldn’t make a mess whilst blending. Simply make sure that the guard is fully immersed, and there shouldn’t be any splashes or mess at all.
Philips promise that the blender is easy to clean, with all of the bits and bobs being dishwasher safe. Even if you don’t have a dishwasher, we’re sure that the blender will be easy enough to clean under the tap. Being easy to clean is one of the main advantages that immersion blenders have over the more traditional blender type.
We found that most blenders were cheapest at Amazon.co.uk, including the Philips HR1363 which is currently available for 22% off.
Philips HR1363 Hand Blender Features and Specifications
- 600 watt motor – great for mixing, blending, pureeing, and chopping
- Chopper attachment included – chop onions, nuts, breadcrumbs, garlic, veg and meat
- Beaker attachment included – for measuring and storing chopped ingredients easily
- Two speed – normal for most tasks, turbo for harder ingredients
- Stainless steel blade chops horizontally and vertically – produces a smoother result
- Splash guard – no splashes or mess!
- Dishwasher safe – easy to clean
Customer Feedback and Reviews
Well, this certainly sounds like a good, but how does it perform in the real world? To find out, let’s turn to the people who’ve been using it and find out what they have to say.
Having gathered together all of the customer comments and reviews that we could get our hands on, we’ve seen an overwhelmingly positive response. Over 92% of customers were happy with this blender, with over 87% giving it top marks of 4 or 5 stars!
The first thing that we noticed is that a lot of customers comment on the build quality of the blender. Even though it’s not the most expensive blender in the world, people said that it feels very well made. It has a solid and weighty feel to it, and seems sturdy enough to stand the test of time (pretty important for a blender and chopper – they see a lot of use in their lifetime).
Customers were happy with the design of the machine, reporting that the guard does indeed work very well. Nobody reported any mess or splashing whilst blending, which of course is very good news!
We were slightly concerned that the 600w motor wasn’t as powerful as others on the market, but it seems our fears were misplaced. People commented that the HR1363 does exactly what it says on the tin; blending and pureeing like a champ!
Most people seemed to have bought it to make soup, which the machine makes short work of, however customers had used to it to make everything from smoothies and milkshakes, to pesto and baby food! Someone had even been using it blend up frozen banana slices for quick and easy banana ice cream!
Since most hand blenders have a pulse action (blending only when you hold in the button) they can sometimes be a bit tiring to use. However, nobody reported any such problems, and several people mentioned that the buttons were quite easy to press.
Finally, customers found the handset nice and easy to store. It’s compact and small enough to hide away in any cupboard, which is one of the big advantages of hand blenders.
It wasn’t all good news; the blender didn’t escape criticism entirely. First of all, some people said that the white finish became discoloured when blending certain ingredients (such as carrots). However, Philips say that rubbing the stick with a little oil before cleaning normal puts paid to this problem.
The other thing, that a lot of customers mentioned, is that the beaker and chopper attachments are rather small. This is, in particular, a problem for the chopper and some people felt that it didn’t allow them enough space to save time on chopping. A few people felt that the chopping function wasn’t really as efficient as the blending function either. As these attachments are a bit of bonus, we’re not going to count this too heavily against the machine.
Finally, whilst the blender is indeed cheap, there are newer,cheaper and more powerful models available on the market. That’s not a criticism against this machine, but you should be aware that cheaper alternatives (such as the Andrew James Hand Blender) are available.
For the price, the Philips HR1363 is a very capable little hand blender. It does it’s main job excellently; making short work of any blending task that you can throw at it. The chopper and beaker attachments could be better, but as they’re a bonus we don’t think that’s much of a problem.
Whilst there are more powerful and cheaper hand blenders available, the HR1363 does exactly what it says on the tin, and at a very reasonable price too.