In-depth review of the Kenwood Triblade HDP406WH hand blender
Kenwood HDP406WH Triblade
Kenwood HDP406 Triblade System Pro hand blender
UK live price : £69.00
If you are looking for a great value multi-tasker for the home, this Kenwood HDP406 (on Amazon) is it. For the bargain price, you get a lot for your money ! It really is an all in one processor set, with so many tools you can use for the core tasks at home. The blender stick itself is fabulous quality with a metal shaft and the unique triblade technology makes it powerful, fast, and easy to use.
A little head’s up on our 2019 update on the best hand blenders…Kenwood actually make two Triblade technology hand blenders that we now love. Both do exactly the same thing, but the accessories are not interchangeable. The HDP406 is the cheaper one featured here (see more information on Amazon), but the more recently introduced KMix sister range HDX754 (758) model is much more stylish – and we think is actually is a real bargain too (see our best deal today page) for what it is and how it looks. Head down to the bottom of this page for more information and live price on this recommended upgrade too.
Is Kenwood a good hand blender brand ?
Kenwood Limited is a very British Company. It is a well known and respected Kitchen appliance company founded by Kenneth Wood in 1947.
It started in the late 1940s, creating a kitchen gadget heaven with the idea of reducing stress, making you more confident and creative in the kitchen, and speeding up the whole cooking process. We love that this well thought out hand blender set should release you from kitchen slave… and turn you into a kitchen goddess ( or god !) .
So the answer is Yes !
In 2001 Kenwood joined the de’longhi group which is a world leader in quality domestic appliances. Braun is also one of their brands. As a result, Kenwood now boasts selling 200 models in 40 countries of the world.
The Kenwood Triblade series of hand blenders
First of all, here’s what the triblade looks like…
The Kenwood Triblade System Pro Product Range
A little head’s up on our 2019 update on the best hand blenders. Kenwood actually make six Triblade technology hand blender series.
1. The basic set: HDP100, HDP103 and HDP109WH
2. The 2 in 1, 3 in 1, and 4 in 1 sets : HB716 ( in U.S. only), HDP300WH and HDP304WH respectively (both on Amazon).
(Note: The hdp304wh is coded as hdp306wh in Australia, and as the hdp308wh by Kenwood international)
3. The set featured here in our in depth review: our favourite HDP406WH winner. (on Amazon) (Note: this is the HDP408Wh in Spain and the HDB724 in the U.S. and Canada).
4.The stylish sister range, the kMix HDX754 (Amazon) which is a real favourite of ours too, especially if you want to leave your set out on the countertop ! (Note: The hdx754 is coded as hdx758 in Australia. There is an extra offering in France called the hdx750 which is just the body and main blending leg of the kMix set, sold on its own.)
5. The hand blender and ice crushing set: HB716IC. Incidentally, this is the only triblade system available in the U.S., Canada and India.
…. and on up to the top of the range
6. HDM806SI model – 1000 Watt professional model which reaches more ingredients and reduces suction with large blade feet.
Both the HDP406 and the Kmix (both on Amazon) that we love actually do exactly the same thing, but the accessories are not interchangeable. The HDP406 is the cheaper one featured here, but the more recently introduced KMix sister range HDX754 model is much more stylish – and we think is actually is a real bargain too (see our best deal today page) for what it is and how it looks. Head down to the bottom of this page for more information and live price on this recommended upgrade.
The best things about the HDP406WH
What will the Triblade technology do for you ?
The updated Triblade technology blending blade which makes it better, faster, stronger, easier than previous Kenwood models. The improved 800Watts motor makes it 14% more powerful than before, and able to handle 20% heavier loads.
Big foot – no splashing !
We should explain what the triblade is exactly ! Well its three blades, that are angled in a way that disrupt the movement of the food so that it blends faster and easier. The new foot shape also stops any splashing.
Suregrip – does what it says on the tin !
Suregrip is the name of the new handle technology, and it means it won’t slip out of even wet or greasy hands. The handle is made from TPE (Thermoplastic Elastomer), not rubber as many people assume.
So the Kenwood Triblade HDP406WH set (on Amazon) is a real multi-tasker with all its extra accessories. The big foot for soups, and the big masher seem to be super popular…for potatoes, veg purée or even paté making. Reviewers didn’t expect these accessories to be so important but actually they have become lifesavers and used so often!
The extra XL blender foot for soup, and the XL potato masher giant plastic attachments mean you don’t have to worry about scraping your pots or pans.
The jug and the chopper bowl are both a nice big size. The chopper has a very useful rubber base grip, and the rubber base of the beaker even doubles up as a lid!
There are two motors for fast and slow speed. So, the whisk has its own motor which is slower than the blender, something that is necessary to do a better whisking job.
Attachments are easy to clean under the tap, but also dishwasher safe.
All in all, a winner for Kenwood… and you !
(Note: We have not found the HDP406WH in the U.S., Canada or India, so in these countries, we would recommend looking on Amazon for the Kitchenaid 5-speed hand blender or the OxaSmart 4-in-1 Immersion hand blender set as the great alternatives.
any problems? ... anything missing ?
It’s hard to write this for something we think is great, but after scouring all the reviews have to say that whilst the new ‘suregrip’ handle is generally well thought of, but maybe it can be a bit chunky for little hands.
The blender has a solid feel but reviewers report that the blending blade suction is strong, and the blades are sharp so be careful.
Finally, this last point is debatable as a worst thing! There is only one thing that this amazing set falls short on if you are looking for the ultimate kitchen set. The Kenwood HDP406 just has the chopper bowl, but you will find blender sets with a chopper bowl and a food processing bowl. So it doesn’t have the final food processing element that some sets provide to do grating, slicing etc.
Of course it’s only the top end hand blender sets that provide this ( so their price also goes with that. Jury is also still out on how necessary it is to have this extra anyway. You see we haven’t found the need for these, and we love our simple grater, and sharp kitchen knives!
If you do need this element to complete the set for you, then either look at the Bamix (where you can add the SliceSy), or the Braun Multiquick 7 or 9 series (depending on your location) hand blender.
Tips on how to use your HDP406WH attachments and accessories
The HDP406WH (on Amazon) is designed to be used for quick tasks. With all the accessories detailed below, its designed to be your blender, masher, a whisk, a chopper or grinder. There is very little it cannot do, but it’s mostly used for soups, baby food, sauces, milk shakes and mayonnaise. Kenwood even provide you with some nice recipes .
The shaft and blades are high quality stainless steel so unlike some plastic competitors at this price, it’s safe to use in hot liquids, it’s dishwasher safe, and generally makes for easy cleaning.
750 ml plastic beaker
Don’t fill the supplied beaker more than two thirds full. If using your own beaker, choose a tall, straight sided one that is slightly wider than the foot of the hand blender to allow movement of the ingredients, but tall enough to prevent splashing!
soup XL beaker
This is designed to be used in the saucepan not the beaker ( it’s too big for it! ). To avoid splashing by putting the blender into the food before switching on. If the blender blocks, turn it off and then clear it. Take the saucepan off the heat and let cool to room temperature for safest blending.
Don’t let the liquid get above the wand and handle join. It’s plastic so you won’t scratch the pan.
For smoothest blending try to incorporate all the food by moving the blade around the food as if you are stirring around, or mashing up and down. Finally, always let go of the speed button when you are finished, then turn the power off. You need to dismantle fully to clean the masher well.
This is the perfect accessory for whisking egg whites into meringues. It’s also good for light things like cream, mouse, light desserts, mayonnaise. Its advised to do no more than 4 egg whites or 400ml ( 3 ⁄4pt) cream at a time.
Anything heavier like bread or cake mixtures will damage the whisk.
When whisking, don’t let the liquid get above the whisk wires.
500 ml chopping bowl
This is a great tool for chopping small quantities of meat, vegetables, herbs, bread, biscuits and nuts. Great also for making tasty dips and sauces. It blitzes hard cheese beautifully and a tip for onions is to just pulse them so they don’t turn to mush! Some say its not good however for bullet hard foods like coffee beans, ice cubes, or some – take care not to damage the blade.
The gripping rubber base has a neat feature – you can take it off, turn it over and then u
se it as a lid to store what you have just chopped! Same goes for the beaker base / lid.
It´s plastic and seems to act like an electric ricer so a bit mesmerising watching those little potato worms appear! Best used for potatoes by all accounts, but it can be used for other vegetables too. Good for when you need to do big quantities of mash, and also good for making gnocchi!
See the Triblade HDP406WH in action
Look at 0:45 for a great idea… so simple… so handy !
Some specific Kenwood Triblade FAQs
How long can I run my hand blender for?
It’s designed to run for maximum 50 seconds within any 4 minute period, particularly when used in heavier mixtures. Always let it rest between blending.
For the whisk, try to avoid using it any longer than 3 minutes in any 10 minute period.
Is my Kenwood hand blender BPA free?
They go further than most when it comes to talking about BPA free. Kenwood say they do not use PC in the manufacture of any parts which come into contact with food, and they will “not release a product for sale unless tests show that NO BPA is detected.”
A heads up on fitting the attachments onto the body
Check (make sure the power is off first). if there is any obstruction within the connection end of the motor. Check inside the base of hand unit and make sure it’s completely white and that there is nothing obstructing the motor. If there is something , then, once the power is disconnected, remove the obstacle really carefully ( use tweezers ).
For general hand blender FAQs, we made a list of the most popular questions and answers here.
Kenwood HDP406 key features
Body material: Plastic
Blender wand / shaft: metal
Size (cm): 7.3L x 7.3W x 42H
Speed: 8 speeds, Variable + Turbo
Power Wattage: 800W
Unique: SuregripTM handle, TribladeTM blade technology
1 yr warranty
Cable grip: Yes
Dishwasher safe parts
Balloon whisk accessory
Calibrated Beaker size (0.75 L)
Calibrated Chopper bowl (0.5 L) with blade accessory
Dedicated masher / puree accessory
Soup XL accessory (for blending soups directly into the saucepan)
PROS : apart from quantity, quality, and price !
The cable is a whopping 125cm so makes it much easier to move around the kitchen
All the attachments just pop off by squeezing two buttons at the bottom of the body.
Nice sized chopper bowl, you can do a lot more sauces etc. with 500 ml, a lot of other brands start at 350ml.
CONS : just being picky here
Whist the 750ml beaker has a lovely grippy base and lid, it’s a bit annoying there is no spout.
It would be nice to have a loop at the top for hanging it up don’t you think.
Introducing the Kenwood kMix Triblade HDX754CR
We would like to introduce you to the stylish sister range of the HDP406. When we first saw it, we put it also in our ‘we like‘ post. Seems to be a price slashed bargain… so tempting! It comes in a gorgeous black, cream or red version.
Recommended hand blender upgrade… with a WOW factor
It’s called the KMix and it has a much more stylish and sits neatly in one stand, if that’s what you are looking for. Whilst it does the same job, its a have found the sister model to be much more compact, stylish, and in a much sturdier finish.If you like the look of KitchenAid hand blenders, then we think you will love this, and the price is much more attractive !
UK live price : £79.00
In the UK, it’s called the KMix HDX754. In Australia it’s the HDX758. In U.S., Canada and India… well this Kenwood hand blender doesn’t seem to be a thing there… and if you do find it , then it might only be for international use.
Love the Kenwood triblade system but still not sure which hand blender is best to buy ?
Finally, if you are thinking you love this brand and the triblade technology but don’t need all those extra accessories then head on over to Amazon here and check out the Kenwood HDP300 series hand blenders. If you are still thinking… which handblender brand is the right one for me. Then head over to our top 15 article, to see our choices from entry level to super duper pro purist blender . You will find the HDP406 bang in the middle there as our favourite mid range model.
Kenwood Triblade System HDP300WH (800 Watts)
HDP300WH Triblade comes complete with plastic masher and 0.75 litre beaker attachments and features a plastic wand.
Kenwood Triblade System HDP304WH (800 Watts)
a.k.a. HDP306WH in Australia
HDP304WH comes complete with soup XL, metal balloon whisk and 0.75 litre beaker attachments and features a metal wand.
Well that´s all we can tell you about the Kenwood HDP406 and its accessories and similar products. If you have any questions, please put them in the comments box below. If we have excited you about the HDP406, please go onto Amazon and check the prices and buy it !!