In depth review

kenwood hdp406

best value mid-range hand blender 2019:

[best model in europe (HDP408),  in US (HDP724)

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Made by a well known, high quality brand.

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New unique technology makes it fast, easy and splash free.

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Pricewise, it’s an absolute bargain for what you get - 5 specialist attachments to blend, chop, whisk, purée, and mash.

Discover more secrets below on why the Kenwood HDP406WH triblade hand blender beat the rest.

HDP406WH award winner

 Best value home hand blender set to buy

( 2018 and 2019 )

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top 3 reasons to buy 

The best things about the Kenwood HDP406WH / HDP408

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fast, easy, no splashing

The HDP406 blender stick, on Amazon, is fabulous quality with its unique triblade technology that makes it powerful, fast, and easy to use.

The main stick is metal, as are the blades. But it uses more practical plastic, extra large sized legs along with the triblade steel blades when it’s time to blend straight into the saucepan.

We should explain what the triblade is exactly ! It’s 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 ( and it’s extra large size ) also stops any splashing.

With so many easy to attach tools for cooking and baking, you can use it for so many core kitchen tasks.

 

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specialist attachments

The electric potato masher attachment is one of the stars of the show. You might think you don’t need it,  but it seems to blow people away that they can produce potato or root vegetable mash like a chef. Kenwood even show you how to make your own gnocchi !

The chopper bowl attachment and jug ( beaker) are nice and big compared to its competitors at this price. As well as being large,  they have non-slip rubber bases that double as lids… genius.

The electric whisk comes with it’s own motor so it works at a gentler power. It’s good for thin batters and creams – think pancakes etc. light cake mixes,delicate sauces, mousses, and  meringues.

And as if that wasn’t enough, you also get a second extra large blending wand for safely blending soups directly in the saucepan to a creamy consistency… without scraping your pan.

 

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great price

If you are looking for a great value multi-tasker for the home, this Kenwood triblade blender is it.

 

In the UK and Europe.

It’s available for an absolute bargain price in our opinion. For example, the deal we normally link to live on Amazon UK is already a great deal.

In the U.S. and Canada.

In N.America the Cuisinart and KitchenAid brands are more well known than Kenwood, so this model is not easily available. Our research revealed that electric ice crushing jugs at a great price are also harder to come by in this region. Kenwood seem to know their customers well as they make a well priced triblade handblender with a stainless steel ice crushing attachment more available instead ! So you will see that our links will also take you to this better alternative in that region.

See the HDP406WH price in your country

The HDP406WH in detail

the benefits

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.

Fast and easy blending

The 3 angled blades now blend more food in less time.  The ribbed edge you can see around it, is also designed reduce suction too !

Suregrip – does what it says !

Suregrip is the name of the new handle technology, and it means the Kenwood HDP406 won’t slip out of even wet or greasy hands. The handle is made from TPE (Thermoplastic Elastomer), not rubber as many people assume. The shape of the handle is also new – we love the indent where you hold it – makes it much more comfortable and easier now for smaller hands.

 

Generous sizes

The jug and the chopper bowl are both a nice big size compared to other sets. The chopper has a very useful rubber base grip, and the rubber base of the beaker even doubles up as a lid!

Easy to clean

Easy to use, and the attachments are easy to clean under the tap,  but also dishwasher safe. Only the masher attachment needs more attention – as you can imagine. 

Extra long cable

The cable is 1.25m long which means you  have plenty of reach when using the HDP406.

No splashing

The new BIG foot shape also stops any splashing.

XL means No scraping

The extra XL blender foot for soup, and the XL potato masher giant plastic attachments also means you don’t have to worry about scraping your pots or pans.

well Thought out

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. 

Covers more tasks expertly

The big foot for soups, and the big masher seem to be super popular… Reviewers didn’t expect these accessories to be so important but actually they have become lifesavers and used so often !

Great Turbo button

The HDP406WH is great for pulse blending when you need that extra burst of power.

The two buttons (power and turbo) are placed nicely near the top of the body so your fingers fall easily onto them. You do need to use your other hand though to rotate the variable speed dial on the top.

Click on... click off

The attachments are so easy to click on and off with 2 buttons on either side of the lower body.

It’s not just us that rate it so highly

what the users like about the hdp406wh ?

Nice choice of attachments, easy to put on and pull off, 2 standard speeds, with a variable option as well. Lightweight, fits the hand nicely.

Littlewoods user

Powerful. Easy to clean. Easy to attach and detach each attachment. Love my new potato masher, no need for hand mashing with lumpy bits thrown in. Blended a soup yesterday, no soup spitting up my lovely kitchen tiles, very tidy with its wide skirt attachment !!

ARGOS user

I bought this one for my Granddaughter as I love mine that I have had for 4 years. It is my favourite kitchen item, I love it to bits !!

Kitchenware direct user

Living in a small flat I find this a really useful kitchen appliance as it does so many things and doesn’t take up too much space. Good for one person who does not need to cook in great quantities (eg bowl is big enough to blend flour and fat for a batch of scones).

John Lewis user

 Amazon had over 400 ratings when we last looked !

(with an amazing 4.5 out of 5 stars overall )

See what the users on Amazon say in your country

We will take you to the Kenwood triblade system pro hand blender on Amazon.
Click on REVIEWS and enjoy the read !

Ken Wood’s mission was to make you…

A domestic genius in the kitchen

Kenwood Limited is a very British Company…  a well known and respected Kitchen appliance company started in the late 1940s… by Kenneth Wood.

Kenneth Wood wanted to created 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 being a kitchen slave.

 

Let’s see how  the HDP406  makes you a domestic genius.

less STRESSed

It’s so easy to use, and to clean. Easy to blend up leftovers for soups, sauces or baby food. And most parts go in the dishwasher. 

more confident

It does the hard and skilled work for you. It gives you separate tools so you get the best results with each task.

more Creative

Makes it easy to experiment with small quantities. Kenwood have lots of hand blender recipes to get you going. 

Save Time

You know you can get results fast. So you can have more time to think, plan, even try new recipes… or just rest up !

Expert opinions

What do the reviewers say ?

We’ve been through all the ‘best hand blender ‘ reviews from the experts out there so you can see what other professionals have to say about the Kenwood HDP406WH hand blender.

Excellent results across all tasks… comfortable to hold… chopper chops food quickly and evenly

GOOD HOUSEKEEPING

The new range of Triblade hand blenders are faster, stronger and even easier to use than ever before.

THE GOOD GUYS

Tackles even the toughest foods such as frozen fruit and root vegetables with Kenwood’s improved motor.

JOHN LEWIS

Best pick of ” Best hand blenders to cook with ease in the UK.”            

BEST ADVISERS

 Who uses the Kenwood hdp406 ?

 designed for home cooks

families

 

Get everyone in involved in the cooking.

This hand held blender will allow you to do specific tasks quickly, and with less mess. Let it free you up to have fun doing more together in the kitchen.

Make yummy desserts together, like a chocolate mousse, or extra treats like muffins or cakes.

Get more creative, and waste less food by blitzing and blending in seconds.

Buy the HDP406 triblade and you can all follow Kenwood’s simple hand blender recipes by video too !

busy mums

 

The extra large plastic foot also allows you to blend and mash more vegetables down to a fine purée.

Save time by being able to blend soup directly in the saucepan. Most other hand blenders would splash more and you don’t want this if you have babies or children around. 

Expand your repertoire. Make great dips for snacking, or grab yourself a healthy smoothie more easily.

Home cook perfectionists

 

Rather than a one tool fits all, the HDP406 gives you a specific attachment to get the best results for each job, so it gets done properly.

Leaves you plenty of time to get creative with dressings and fancy drizzles ( we love using these squeezy sauce bottles
for serving. I guess it’s a habit left over from our restaurant days. You can make your own condiments and they’re great for storing too) !

Make your own creative lattes, interesting dips, tapenades, and purées to layer, dot or scrape on your fancy dinner plates. 

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helpful operation tips

 how to use the HDP406 attachments & accessories

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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 !

The gripping rubber base has a neat feature – you can take it off, turn it over and then use it as a lid to store what you have just chopped! Same goes for the chopper base / lid.
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General blending tips

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.

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.

If the blender blocks, turn it off and then clear it.

Always let go of the speed button when you are finished, then turn the power off.

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soup XL leg

This is designed to be used in the saucepan not the beaker ( it’s too big for it! ). It’s also plastic so that’s good news for the saucepan !

Avoid splashing also by putting the blender into the food before switching on.

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.

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balloon whisk

This is the perfect accessory for whisking egg whites into meringues. It’s also good for light things like cream, mouse, light desserts, mayonnaise.

It´s advised to do no more than 4 egg whites or 400ml ( 3 ⁄4pt) cream at a time.

Although it’s stainless steel whisk, Kenwood advise that anything heavier like bread or cake mixtures will damage the whisk. (we would say this is good advice for most hand blenders)

When whisking, don’t let the liquid get above the whisk wires.

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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. Ice with water, or iced fruits is probably fine.

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XL masher Foot

 

The HDP406 shaft and foot are plastic , and the HDP408 has a steel shaft and plastic foot. The foot and seems to act like an electric ricer so a bit mesmerising watching those little potato worms appear (children love that !)  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 !

You need to dismantle fully to clean the masher well.

specifications provided directly from kenwood

hdp406 Key facts

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Body material: Plastic

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Main blender wand / shaft: metal

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Blades: stainless steel

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Colour: White

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Variable speed: dial on top of handle

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Power button: easy to access on handle grip

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Turbo button: for pulsing

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Unique feature: SureGrip™ handle

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Unique feature: Triblade™ blade technology

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Cable grip

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Dishwasher-safe parts

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Balloon whisk accessory

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Calibrated Beaker size  (0.75 L)

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Calibrated Chopper bowl (0.5 L) with blade accessory

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Dedicated masher / purée accessory with plastic paddle

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XL soup foot with steel blade (for blending soups directly into the saucepan)

power (watts)

warranty (months)

length (cm)

variable speed wheel

weight (kg)

width / height (cm)

Hand blender specifications

our personal pros and cons

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We love the quantity, the quality, and of course the price !
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The cable is a whopping 125cm so makes it much easier to move around the kitchen

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All the attachments just pop off by squeezing two buttons at the bottom of the body.

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Nice sized chopper bowl, you can do a lot more sauces etc. with 500 ml, a lot of other brands start at 350ml. 

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You have to be able to store all the parts – there are a lot of them.

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Whist the 750ml beaker has a lovely grippy base and lid, it’s a bit annoying there is no spout.

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It would be nice to have a loop at the top for hanging it up, don’t you think ?

let’s summarise

why you would you buy the hdp406wh

Sitting at the higher end of the mid-range models, we would say that the HDP406WH is firmly a cooks kitchen tool ( as opposed to a chefs.) It’s high quality, and technically well designed to make tasks easy and quick. It is your helping hand blender, masher, whisker, and chopper.  

You know Kenwood always been a great, well-established brand, and now it has been able to reach new heights as part of the revered De ‘Longhi group.

This particular Kenwood model, the HDP406 won because it does everything it promises incredibly well. It has a lot of performance improvementsand lots of attachments for the modest price. All in all, a winner for Kenwood… and a winner for you !

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, and a good sized jug to blend and store in.

It does everything a hand blender set should do, and dedicated extra tools to get it just right for each task. However you cannot upgrade by adding a food processing bowl to slice and grate. It also does not venture into the food processing arena – Kenwood have other products for those tasks.

It’s ideal for new mums, busy people, singles or couples, and small families to cook easily together. It brings everyone into the kitchen because it doesn’t tie you up cooking or washing up for too long. 

We included it in our top 15 hand blenders blog post and happily voted it the best home blender.

Given all of these points… the price is amazing !

Frequently asked questions

Specific HDP406 FAQs

Specific questions and answers for the Kenwood HDP406 .For general hand blender FAQs, we made a list of the most popular questions and answers here.

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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.

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Is my Kenwood hand blender BPA free ?

Yes ! 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.”

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what if i can't fit 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 ).

It’s also important to know

some things we think the HDP406WH does not do  ?

“style”

It comes in one style and colour -white, with a grey accent colour, plastic body. Whilst it’s the usual hand-blender look that fits in with any kitchen design – you aren’t paying for a designer item with the HDP406. 

For the design conscious or those that want a different colour – go for the stylish metallic sister model called the KMix in cream, red, or black. ) It does the same job and it may be worth checking out any deals on Amazon.

If you like a KitchenAid type of design, you will love the Kmix look too.

“grinding and pulverising”

It’s not a nut or coffee bean grinder per se. But you can chop some nuts and hard cheese, chocolate etc. Same goes for Braun and other hand blenders. Braun do have a specific coffee bean grinder attachment for some of its hand blenders. The only one that does powerful grinding this well for both wet and dry ingredients is the Bamix blender, so don’t raise your expectations here. 

Some say that if you add some water to the ice it can do it, but at best…you might only wear the chopper out faster.

If a powerful grinder is your priority, then look at the Braun MQ3126 Spice or the Bamix Swissline.

“storage”

Yes, agreed, it may initially seem like a lot of similar wands initially and there is no stand for them all. So you will need space in a drawer or cupboard to store them. 

Some say it’s got lots of parts you don’t need. However, Kenwood isn’t making stuff you don’t need. Just read the reviews, everyone that tries the XL shafts are just amazed at what they do. This is why it won ! You could pay a similar price for a hand blender without those extra parts, but the difference they make, makes them worth having.

If storage is the issue, go for the big sister model- the KMix set with its neat stand too.

“slicing and grating”

Ok, so it doesn’t have the final food processing element that does grating, slicing etc. But surely would wouldn’t expect that for that price !It’s only the top end hand blender sets that provide this.  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 need that most, see our top for these top 3 all in one sets.

“blunt blades”

Some report that the blades are sharp.

Most hand blenders have steel blades, and you would expect them to be sharp enough to do the job well. However…

Always be careful touching any blades !

“weak suction”

The blender has a solid feel but reviewers report that the blending blade suction is strong. Are they really complaining about that !  In my experience, suction is good if you want to create a good blending vortex. So if you find too much stuction for you, then try to manage it by lifting and tilting the foot off the bottom of the beaker or pan.

Looks like Kenwood recognised this when they improved suction even more with the HDP800 series Pro model.

It’s still our best bargain !

The triblade series

Where does the HDP406 fit into the triblade Range

A little heads-up on our 2019 update on the best hand blenders globally. Kenwood actually make six Triblade technology hand blender series. The ‘WH’ on the end of a model name just means that it comes in a white colour. ‘CR’ would be cream. Sometimes you see the colour referred on the end model number, sometimes you don’t.

The basic Triblade hand blenders

HDP100, HDP103, and HDP109WH

The FIRST Triblade sets

 

HDP300WH and HDP304WH

Note: You might find the UK HDP304 set is called HDP306WH or HDP308WH in some regions.

the most popular triblade set

 

 HDP406WH

Our overall winner. Note: this is the HDB724 in the U.S. and Canada. Also very similar to the HDP408WH in Europe (which has 2 masher feet, and a metal shaft as opposed to a plastic one.) 

The triblade hand blender and ice crushing attachment

 

HB716IC

Incidentally, we have only seen this model available in the U.S., Canada and India.

The kMix TRIblade hand blender set

HDM700, HDX754

In the UK, it’s called the KMix HDX754. In Australia you might find it as 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.There is also an extra offering in France called the HDX750 which can be just the body and main blending leg of the KMix set, sold on its own. 

 

The Triblade SYSTEM PRO

 

HDM800SI, HDM804DI, HDM806SI 

1000 Watt professional model at the top of the range. Designed to reach more ingredients and reduce suction with even larger blade feet.

So which Kenwood triblade hdp model is best for you ?

our Top 3 recommendations

HDP304

If you are thinking you love this brand and the triblade technology but don’t need all those extra accessories that come with the HDP406…then buy this set.

The lower priced HDP304WH comes complete with soup XL, metal balloon whisk and 0.75 litre beaker attachments.

It’s the first in the range to feature a metal wand, and the only attachment you are missing is the masher and chopping bowl.

Kenwood HDP406 Triblade

This page has over 5,000 words of useful information about the Kenwood HDP406 !

To summarise, it can

Blend

Chop

Whisk

Mash

and Purée

Enjoy !

 

KMix HDX754

It has the same functionality as the HDP406, but is much more compact, stylish, and has a much sturdier finish. The body material is a lovely painted aluminium and comes in white, cream, red or black.

It’s also sits neatly in one stand, and designer enough to leave out on the countertop ! 

You can even get matching appliances like coffee maker, kettle, toaster etc. 

A brand you can rely on

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Kenwood has been around even longer than us – so it’s been a well tried and tested kitchen appliance helper all our lives.

It’s still there as a great mainstay brand – quietly reliable, reasonably priced, not too showy, and does the job expertly. De ‘Longhi know this – they bought the company in 2001. They know what they’re doing. They also bought Braun ( another favourite of ours). So you know you are in good hands. But don’t just listen to us, see the detail, and what the users, and the other experts say.

The HDP406 was our winner because it has the best combination of tools at the best price. For a little less money, the HDP300 series gives you the first hand blender sets ( The HDP100 series is just the basic model). For a little more, the HDP700 series is where it gets more fancy in terms of style and materials and allows you to set up a matching set of appliances in your kitchen.

Kenwood now boasts selling 200 models in 40 countries of the world. An old brand you can trust. Whichever way you go, you can’t go wrong, you can only go right. The choice is yours.

 

Aoibheann & Paul

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the Kenwood Hdp406

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 !!

Then use it, love it, and use this magic wand to transform yourself from kitchen slave to domestic genius !

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