Nozzles exert a decisive influence on the mixer functionality. Corollas for whipping and hooks for kneading are basic. They are present in all models. The presence of other nozzles depends on the cost of the model. Their expediency for user depends on the presence or absence of kitchen equipment with the corresponding functions. A list of the most popular nozzles includes the following types.
1. Whisk for beating.
Whisk is intended for beating the liquid foods (for example, eggs, cream, liquid and biscuit dough etc.). Usually they are made of steel wire (low-power models), or a more rugged metal. Of course, they are much more functional.
2. Hooks for mixing dough.
They provide a kneading the dough of dense consistency (for example, yeast or shortcake dough for pies, muffins or cakes). Hooks are made in the form of spirals or waves from thick steel wire.
3. The nozzle-blender.
The nozzle is designed for grinding foods. A knife with two blades is located on the end of plastic or steel rod. It’s used for cooking the soups, purees, sauces, fruit cocktails, baby food, for chopping the vegetables.
The nozzle is analogue of a main nozzle in blender and is useful in case of its absence. The nozzle-blender is usually attached to the rear part of mixer.
4. An universal shredder.
This accessory is included in a set of traditional nozzles for hand blender. It usually has knife-impeller. Universal shredder converts a mixer in the analogue of food processor, providing cooking the mince, pates, etc. Each operation uses the specialized accessory (knife for chopping, disk for slicing, etc.).
5. Nozzle for puree.
This accessory is a round flat disc with the guides. It provides high uniformity of the prepared mass. It’s designed for cooking puree, mousses, creams, etc.
This accessory is very convenient for grinding berries or sifting flour.
7. Electrical knife.
It’s designed for cutting food products. The range of its use depends from culinary imagination of chef.
Additional functions of the modern mixers.
Set of additional functions primarily affects the cost and usability of the model.
1. Planetary rotation of the bowl.
Opposite rotation of the corollas and bowl greatly accelerates the mixing process and improves uniformity.
2. Button for ejection of nozzles.
Feature greatly simplifies the removal of nozzles. Practically all modern models have this function. Previous models had the special clamps.
3. An anti-sprinkler.
Bowls of some expensive models are equipped with this function.
Some stationary models have built-in kitchen scale under the bowl. Scales provide maximum precision of loading ingredients.
5. Protection against overload or blockage.
This function protects the motor against overload. Mostly this option is present in fairly expensive models.
Many models have a mounting for device storage on a wall.
7. Rubberized handle.
Rubberized handle prevents slipping the mixer in wet hands.
8. Long cord.
The standard cable length is 3.3 ft. Cord length in some models reaches of 6 ft. Of course, this simplifies the selection of socket for a mixer.
9. Cord Storage.
The cord is automatically retracted into a special compartment inside the mixer (similar to a vacuum cleaner).
10. Optional accessories.
More expensive models are often equipped with additional accessories. This may be, for example, blades for mixing, measuring cups, brushes and liquids for cleaning, etc.
This video demonstrates the possibilities of expanding the device functionality with the help of various attachments.