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This is very much an entry level liquidiser and at a mere £9.99 who can argue. It is clunky, bulky and utterly void of any ergonomic grace. It's design and build is sturdy but basic. It has a blocky white plastic base ornamented about 8 inches in height with only an over sized and rudimentary operational dial that is used to control the machine. The container itself around twice the height again and is a clear plastic narrow inverted bell jar at the bottom of which is house the blade made of four triangular blades forming a star shape. The handle has little in the way of curvature for comfort and is made of the same ugly plastic as the rest of the container.
It pieces together very simply. Other than putting the two halves together, no further assembly is required. The blades come already installed but this is also very much to this machines detriment when it comes to cleaning. Given that the container itself is quite tall and narrow it makes cleaning very difficult both because the blades can't be removed and cleaned independently, but also because they are difficult reach without using a long brush or having small hands.
In terms of functionality, this model has 2 speeds and a pulse option. The pulse could be better as it requires turning the dial to pulse mode meaning you lose control if you want to give it a quick blitz. My preference would always be a button to pulse as it allows for more control but then again, at £9.99 beggars can't be choosers. As for it's actual blending ability, given the blades themselves are quite small and judging by their serration not the best, it takes a long time to thoroughly liquidize. After a long time blending you'll more often than not still find lumps, even when liquidizing soft fruits such as strawberries.
This model is also very loud when working so bear this in mind when using it. We can hear it throughout the house when it's in action so best not used late at night/ early in the morning as no doubt neighbours can hear it too. I know from experience that particularly cats hate it!
In all, given the outstanding value, it's hard to knock this too much. It is what it is and expectations need to be managed when paying this little for an item. Of course it could be far superior but then no doubt would command a much higher price tag. For light, infrequent use it's a worthwhile purchase. If you intend for more frequent, serious use then I would suggest looking elsewhere.
Handy review although I have a Cookworks Smoothie maker that was bought a few years ago - it too was the "budget basic" appliance at the time before Argos brought out their secondary "Argos Value" tag. It is brilliant for smoothies, but it can also crush ice and it can do soups really well - proof that you don't always get what you pay for. A fair review here although if it can't be taken apart, whats stopping you from just filling it with washing up liquid and hot water and switching it on? Does the jug have gradients and in what kind of capacities? Is there a fill top that comes off to use for dropping in things? Does it over heat quickly? What's the main wattage? Long cord, or any cord storage? Id say for the price you're lucky you got a pulse function - as some blenders don't.