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Healthy Choice 1000W kitchen mixer ebay australia review unboxing Lenoxx MMX150

A new recent WP_20170909_13_19_02_Proacquisition from eBay that arrived last week  is the bargain “Healthy Choice” branded 1000W power kitchen aid style stand planetary action kitchen mixer with 5lt stainless steel bowl, splash guard, egg whisk, mixing beater (k beater), dough hook and for some reason, a plastic spatula.  (Who knows why they bothered with a spatula!)

The instruction manual was even useful because it was written in understandable English for once!

The mixer also goes by the name of the Lenoxx 100oW MMX150
It was a present for the lass, who dearly wanted to make up a very special cake.

When picking up the box from big W using the very convenient click & collect service, we were a little concerned that the box the mixer came in was made of old cardboard and duct tape… but inside, the normal retail box was revealed, with the packaging still sealed, suggestive that we had received a brand new item for our money, as had been promised.(phew!)

WP_20170909_13_05_37_Pro  The machine inside the retail box was well packaged, with moulded styrofoam, and silky plastic baggies on all accessories, cords etc to prevent scratching, so it easily survived it’s probable role as the ball in the aussie post and woolworths distribution centre football match it probably went though on the way to its destination.

Visually and aesthetically, it’s a handsome machine, especially considering the bargain sub-$150 pricetag, and that we used one of ebay’s regular 20% off discount codes when using paypal.

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Build quality is not half bad for the price, with thick cast alloy attachment accessories (pictured above), a stainless bowl of a decent gauge which is not flimsy, and a pretty solid and high quality feeling “business end” on the planetary mixing action (see image below), and thoughtful design additions like VERY VERY sensitive and sticky suction cup feet, which, to my amazement, somehow even managed to develop a death like grip on the lightly oiled chopping board I initially perched it on for inspection.

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WP_20170909_13_22_28_ProMy only criticisms are fairly minor, in that the outer case of the machine itself and it’s controls aren’t of particularly heavy weight plastic-all the quality engineering and manufacturing budget for the machine clearly went into the essential working parts.

 

I’d say if it fell off the bench, or you were a bit rough with the controls there’s no doubt that it would end up cracked or broken- it’s not built for an abusive environment.

That said, most people look after their appliances, and it has those amazing sticky feet I mentioned earlier which would prevent any inadvertent kitchen kamikaze antics from this device- there’s no way it can “walk” and buck off the bench while unattended.




Notes on operation-

The control dial indicates four key speeds of operation- off, MIN, MID, and MAX, with about 10 apparent graduations in between, creating a theoretical 40 speed mixer.

In practice however, the mixer has about SIX main speeds, and the dial is digital, not analog in nature- What does this mean in english though? i.e. the position of the dial dictates a “target” speed for the machine- unlike on old sunbeam units like your grandma probably still uses, where moving the dial INSTANTLY feeds extra power immediately to the motor, or brakes the motor immediately, the digital controls on this machine are a fair bit more indirect- there are probably some fancy electronics in there which protects and STOPS the motor from being overloaded, or braking too sharply, causing damage to the motor and drivetrain- a very good thing!

What this ultimately means though is that this machine should last longer because the way the chef dials the controls abruptly simply cannot cause damage to the machine- it protects itself from abuse.

For example, smashing the dial up to MAX, from stationary, with the dough hook wodged in some very thick cake batter, will result in the machine Sloooowly working up to maximum speed at a rate that isn’t bad for the motor- the inbuilt intelligence in the unit also makes the mixer less prone to stalling when working hard, overspeed, or overheating.

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Australian standard electrical compliance and manufacturer status.

Upon turning the machine over, a clearly legible, silver sticker on the base shows an RCM mark, which should be a clear indication that the machine has been professionally tested at an accredited test lab, and paperwork relating to the safety of the machine has been compiled- the mixer is clearly NOT a dodgy grey import, of questionable quality that is likely to kill you through electrocution, or burn your house down.

The RCM mark, and the fact that the machine was imported by a reputable electronics company, Lenoxx, which has been around for a long time gives the consumer a great deal of confidence that this is a quality and safe product, whose manufacturer warranty is likely to be honored if there is a problem.


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Lindt Cafe does it again- 50% off Pick N mix! & $3 100gm Lindt blocks

A small update to draw attention to one of my all time favorite bargain deals, Lindt cafe Pick & mix discounts!

This was at the Melbourne CBD store this week- over 18 different varieties to choose from, most of which are NOT available at major supermarkets and confectionery stores, unless on  seasonal special edition pack.

Sadly, they don’t include the little individually wrapped blocks anymore in the mix- i stuffed quite a few kilos of chocs in the largest christmas edition box they had available last year. :(

Lindt has even brought out Liqueur and brandy flavoured balls, which are quite delicious.

Keep your eyes peeled for my planned post in the next couple weeks on each and every one of the new and wild, fruity, boozy and crispy flavours of Lindt balls that are now available at the cafe sites.

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For the block lovers, a 3 for $9 deal is also in full swing! Again, there are a few rare and hard to obtain flavours available, which you cant get anywhere else but the cafe as far as I know.

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$1 per litre- Cheapest Fuel In Ballarat- Discounted offpeak deal

WP_20170716_18_42_53_ProWe all love a bargain- and ridiculously cheap fuel in Ballarat isn’t easy to come by at all- look for discounted fuel, and often it’s a raw deal, where you have to buy a heap of overpriced groceries to get a few measly cents off the already inflated pump price.

The other night, coming back from grabbing a delicious burger and HSP at I love burgers and Kebabs in Wendouree, I found a genuine deal, with an extremely cheap price.

At the metro Pertroleum, Wendouree, the pump price for regular 91 RON unleaded fuel was a teeny 103.3 cents per litre at metro fuel, Wendouree.  (We dub this place “Indian fuel” because there is always a nice, smiley indian bloke at the counter.

I almost always get fuel here because it’s consistently the cheapest unleaded fuel for my car in Ballarat, and the quality is just fine- never had a problem with my car.

Recently, they replaced the bowsers, and pumps, so if anything, quality and purity shoudl have improved over the last month or s0.

I haven’t seen prices like that since is was a little kid. Must be a price mistake, right? cheapest_fuel_in_ballarat_metro_petroleum_wendouree_indian_fuel_unleaded

I pulled in, and grabbed the hose, and checked the pump price- yep. 103.3 cents per litre for unleaded in Ballarat.

That represents up to a whopping 20% discount off the woollies servo only just up the road.

Filled up 55 litres- $56.81 paid at the counter, no problem. Asked the guy at the counter why so cheap? he said that their distributor, mobil was running an offpeak promotion for a limited time.

Anyway, the discount petrol deal probably wont last long, so get onto it before it vanishes!!

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