Small Kitchen Appliances Reviews

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Kenwood Chef Classic

Brand: Kenwood

Capacity: 4.6L 

Dimensions: H30cm x W43cm x D30cm

Dishwasher Safe: YES 

Power: 1200W

Speeds: Variable speed, pulse and fold Weight 

Information: 8.1kg Working capacity (dry) 2.72kg cake mix, 2.18kg dough Working capacity 
(liquid) 4.6 litres

Whether you’re braving a brand new recipe or preparing a family favourite, the Classic Elite Stand  Mixer from Kenwood is sure to spark your creativity in the kitchen.

By combining innovative Total Mix Planetary Action with Kenwood’s range of dedicated bowl tools, 
this smart kitchen accessory offers complete control over every last detail. The exclusive folding tool will incorporate heavy and light ingredients to make airy and fluffy mixtures, while the K beater will help you produce perfectly kneaded dough with no effort.

With exceptional results every time, the Kenwood :Chef will give you the confidence to try something new. You can even update your mixer with a choice of over 20 specialised accessories, and leave your imagination to do the rest.

Accessories Included 
4.6 litre capacity stainless steel bowl, splashguard, spatula Attachments: K-Beater, Balloon whisk, Dough hook and Splashguard 

Hotpoint Curve Solo Microwave

This Whirlpool Max 38 has been created with space saving in mind.

It has a curved back which allows it to fit snugly into corners without compromising on accessability. It is stylish with a highly glossed finish and the controls, although reasonably basic, cover most household requirements which include:

Auto Cook, Touch Control, Programmable, Timer, Child safety Lock, Jet Defrost, Digital Display and an Internal Light. It has a 32cm Glass Diameter Turntable, able to accommodate a full size dinner plate. It also comes with 3D microwave distribution for perfect results.

The touch controls are clear and easy to understand. The auto-cook function allows for items to be cooked for the right amount of time and at the correct temperature. There is also an auto steam function but you will require the steamer accessory in order to use it.

Power rating 700w
Power Levels 5
Energy Efficiency Class A
Product Dimesions: H 36.1cm, W 39.2cm, D 35cm
Product Weight: 16kg

All in all this is a cute piece of kit. I have been using it now for 3 years and it acts and looks as good as it did when first purchased. If like me you just use the microwave as and when you have to for speed, and are not interested in all the whistles and bells that come with most premium microwaves, this certainly would be the one for you.

Bosch Tassimo Vivy Coffee Machine

There are quite a few automated family coffee and hot drink machines on the market. They all basically do the same thing but at an incredibly diverse price range.

I suppose you have to ask yourself, “why do I want one”. Is it because you want your hot drink to be prepared quickly or does the finishing appearance become more of a major concern. Perhaps it’s to do with the strength of product or maybe, just maybe, a status thing.

Well what ever rocks your boat, like all hot beverages, they have to comply to your personal taste.

So I bought Bosch Tassimo Vivy. Why?, well retailing at about £60, it ticked all the boxes for me without breaking the bank. Cartridges cover the complete hot drink spectrum with 35 to choose from and it is simple to use. Fill it with water, slip in your cartridge and just press one button. 30 seconds later I have a perfectly palatable hot drink. In terms of running costs, a lot less expensive than boiling the kettle. It is a neat design, weighing only 2.5kg, looks classy and is small enough not to look too conspicuous. It even has an automatic cleaning and descaling program and the detachable parts can be put in the dishwasher. The coffee machine operates at 1300 watts.

The only downside for me is that the water tank only holds 0.7 ltr so if like me you take your hot drinks in mugs, there will only be enough water for 2.

Quite honestly, for the money, this hot drinks machine does what it says on the box. For a single person or couple, this machine is ideal.

Breville VBL062 Blend-Active Blender

What a brilliant piece of kit this is.

Incredible for all those blended drinks with the added advantage of the on-the-go dispenser.

Check out the video!!

This cute mixer makes healthy and nutritious drinks in seconds. It is powered by a 300w motor and is so strong it will even crush ice.

It comes with 2 x 600ml bottles with spill-free lids for travelling about, fits on your bike and ideal for use at the gym.

It is quite flashy and retailing at about £20, what more could you ask for?

This mixer definitely gets my “thumbs up”.

Rating: ***** Absolutely Incredible – you will not be disappointed.