At a Glance
The Philips Viva Collection HR1617 is a 650W hand blender that goes beyond your basic hand blender by including XL chopper accessory within a handy container to help chop your ingredients, a measuring cup and a whisk attachment.
Philips has included variable speed settings to make it easier for you to monitor how quickly you blend your chosen delicacy. Although there are only five settings to choose from, the range goes from 1 to 16 in terms of blade speed, which works with a double action.
Not only does the blade work in a circular fashion, but it also moves vertically too, which makes the blending process a lot quicker.
The soft touch buttons and grip make it easy to use even when your hands are getting a bit mucky. It comes apart easily, which makes it very easy to clean.
A lightweight hand blender, the buttons on the Viva Collection are accessible and well positioned as well.
The measuring jug also makes for a handy place to store all of the Viva Collection accessories in one place, which is useful if you have a small kitchen.
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We Don’t Like
Sometimes the Philips Viva Collection is a little too good. Despite its variable speed settings, it’s near impossible to get anything but an exquisitely smooth texture. That’s perfect for soup, but if you want anything with a bit more variation you’ll be disappointed.
Unfortunately, the Viva Collection isn’t the most aesthetically pleasing hand blender we’ve come across, but its power certainly doesn’t let it down.
Should I buy?
The Philips Viva Collection hand blender is a fantastic, functional addition to any kitchen. It’s quick, easy to use and is powerful enough to make a puree out of anything we threw at it.