Gadgets: Kalorik 4-in-1 Combi Mixer
Gadgets that perform multiple functions can be really hit or miss: Either they do a great job of saving space and consolidating expenses, or they under-perform and disappoint. Oddly enough, the Kalorik 4-in-1 Combi Mixer falls somewhere in between. Its four functions—electric whisk, frother, chopper, and immersion blender—all work well enough, but having independent appliances would probably be a better bet for most cooks.
The Kalorik Combi Mixer's spine, so to speak, is the stick that plugs into the wall and connects to the various tools. Though all the attachments have a clear spot on the nicely designed carry-all tray, the stick itself doesn't, which seems like a strange oversight. It takes away from the sleek look and creates clutter, which are two significant cons. My other main gripe is how awkward it was to connect it to the chopper—the parts don't all click into place, so it's almost a balancing act to get everything to line up properly. With that in mind, loading the chopper cup for several consecutive uses gets to be a bit of a chore.
But here's the good news: For each of the functions, when you get them to work, they do their job pretty well. Well enough that once you own the multi-chopper, you won't feel the need to replace any one function with its own individual tool.
The general efficiency of the gadget makes it worthwhile for certain people, but most likely not for all. The low price tag ($32.61 from Amazon.com) means you get a lot of bang for your buck, and it's perfect for young cooks just developing their first collection of kitchen tools, or college students with highly limited space. The design may not be perfect, but without the stick it's fairly compact and attractive—just be sure that the short cord won't be problematic in your kitchen. In mine, it was nearly impossible to use the immersion blender without an extension cord. It's tough love, but it all works well enough in the end.