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Default Oreck® Vertical Hand Mixer

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This is a mystery item. I bought it because of the name and price. Marked down from $99.99 (keep reading) to $29.99 - and Oreck has a fine reputation in its field. HOWEVER. Like ALL mixers it is made in China. (please let me know if you have found one that isn't) The packaging is like the Beatles White Album. Inside is a mixer. There is also a stand, 3 sets of beaters and a booklet that says almost nothing. NO indication of watts, which is what I was intested in. Curious to see if this mixer has the power to plow through a tough dough, I looked on the Oreck website. The item is not listed. I called Oreck and found that this was a FREE GIFT they gave to customers who purchased one of their expensive vaccuums. They slapped their name on it but have NO INFO on it AT ALL. Their promotion ended and now its up for grabs to any retailer who wants to sell it. (So forget that "marked down from" price. This was a give-away.) The weight distribution seems good (the motor is positioned over the beaters) - I gave it 2 stars... It might be a 5 star champ, but I haven't tried mixing with it yet, and may return it. Though for $30 I guess its worth the craps shoot. But dont think you are getting an Oreck quality appliance...Just another piece of Chinese electronics. I'll write more as the holidays approach.UPDATE---VERTICAL HAND MIXERI used the mixer today to make Popovers - A REALLY light batter. Some of the design features are good. Good balance, the cord hinges so the mixer can be set down on the counter in between uses, the little storage stand is nice and there is a cord strap. There are 5 speeds marked on the mixer - but there are actually 11 speed positions. Now the tricky part. It is hard to move the Speed/On/Off bar - even harder if your hand is a little oily. AND!! I finally got through to someone at ORECK who was familiar with this product. She claims that this has 70 Watts of power! The $19.95 Hamilton Beach mixer has 225 Watts.... most others are a little higher. So - unless she was confused about input and output - I expect to break this on my first year of use... Holiday Cookies and Pastries are demanding! Luckily there is a one-year warranty. I am keeping my receipts.
This Oreck Vertical Hand Mixer does it all! SAVE BIG! Whipping, beating, blending, mixing and stirring. 5 total speeds with easy, soft-touch controls for tailoring the mixing action directly to the task at hand. And you get 3 different sets of heads... beaters, whisks and dough hooks. How does it handle? The lightweight 3 lb., 1 oz. frame is balanced, and the comfortable easy-grip handle and extra-long pivoting cord keep you in control. Measures 7 1/2 x 9 1/4 x 8 1/2"; Arm-saving heel rest when not in use; Beater eject button; Attachments wash up easily in your dishwasher; Mixer body wipes clean; 65" cord with polarized plug. Order Today! Oreck Vertical Hand Mixer

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