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"Slow Start" isn't really slow and watch the eject trigger
on December 17, 2013
Hello mixer fans!
I got this little dandy from Cuisinart on sale locally after the good reviews both here and from America's Test Kitchen. It is indeed a good hand mixer that despite other bigger and varied mixing devices in my kitchen comes in handy at times (think quick mashed potatoes and easier cleanup than an upright). I like the power and adjustability of speed just fine but there are two design flaws that aren't working for me. My neighbour will love it as a free re-gift but I'd be hesitant to spend $38 for it again.
The minor flaw: The 'trigger' to release the beaters is in an awkward place, just under the hand grip. This means that more than once you're going to pull on it instinctively and have your beaters shoot out at full velocity. It's not a safety factor I don't think but it will scare the heck out of your cats and make a mess depending on where you're pointing the thing at the time. Cuisinart should move it to the side or make it slightly less easier to activate somehow.
And the fatal flaw for me...slow start is a great idea. All mixers should have it. But Cuisinarts implementation here (that I had to research to make sure I didn't have a lemon) fails miserably. You turn on the mixer and it shoots up to about a '3' setting for a few seconds before calming back down to the slowest '1' setting. That's not 'slow start', that's 'eventually slow as your first setting'. That means you have either start your mixer with the beaters in the air and then apply to your bowl or (depending on ingredients) bury them in the flour or potatoes or whatever and hope they 'insulate' you from the splatter. Back to the drawing board on this one Cuisinart.
It IS a good mixer otherwise for power and grip and such but I'd wait for the next revision that hopefully clears up these issues. Happy mixing!