For small kitchens, a hand mixer might well be the way to go as they can be easily stashed away in a cupboard. Today, we’re taking a look at the Kenwood HM320 Hand Mixer, a 3-speed model which is available for around £20.
The HM320 has a 250w motor doing the mixing. This is certainly not the most powerful motor in the world, so we’ll be taking a good look at how well it performs a little later.
It has 3 speeds which Kenwood say have been matched to the tasks of folding, mixing and whisking. The stainless steel beaters do the job, and a pair of dough kneading hooks are included in the box too.
Kenwood say that this simple hand mixer is well suited to all manner of mixing tasks, such as beating eggs, mixing cakes, kneading dough and whipping cream.
There’s an accessory eject button so that you can get the beaters out of their socket without getting your hands dirty, and the clean white finish is designed to be quick and easy to wipe clean.
We found that most mixers were cheapest at Amazon.co.uk, including the Kewood HM320 which is currently available for 13% off.
Kenwood HM320 Hand Mixer Features and Specifications
- 250w motor – 3 speeds for folding, mixing and whisking
- Stainless steel beaters and dough hooks included
- Ideal for beating eggs, mixing cakes, kneading dough and whipping cream
- Accessory eject button – remove the beaters without getting your hands dirty
Customer Feedback and Reviews
About 79% of customers recommended the HM320 mixer, meaning 1 in 5 people weren’t particularly happy. Not a good sign – let’s take a look at what people had to say.
Let’s get straight to the point; this is definitely not a fancy mixer! However, it does do what it says on the tin. Almost all customers, even the unhappy ones, said that the machine does a decent job of mixing.
People quite liked the simple approach. Instead of bells, whistles and gimmicks, this mixer is basic and simplicity itself to operate. For the tasks that people wanted to turn this device to, the no frills approach of the machine works just fine.
That’s a good start then! Don’t jump too soon though, there is a pretty major problem with this mixer!
There’s a pretty major problem internally. The gears which form the mechanism to turn the beaters are made of plastic. This might not be a problem on its own, but the worm gear which turns them is made of metal. Over time, the metal of the worm gear wears down the plastic teeth of the cogs it is turning. Eventually, the mixer simply stops mixing.
The time frame for this occurring was generally over a year. Some customers saw this as an acceptable flaw given the cheap price of the mixer (and still gave it a good review). Understandably though, a lot of people weren’t happy. it does seem a rather ridiculous corner to cut in the race to cut the cost of manufacture.
We don’t like the throw-away approach that some companies take to modern machinery, so we’d recommend that you stay away from the Kenwood HM320. Instead, we’d suggest paying just a few pounds more and going for the hand mixer from Andrew James. It’s more powerful, sturdier, and an all round better buy.