Our first impression of the baby food maker was that it looked cute. Nice light green color and a good looking design. However we were quickly disappointed when we opened the box and tried to use it. There are photo instructions on one page, and written instructions on the next page, which made it a little challenging to flip pages back and forth to try to figure out how to operate it. Might have been better to have photos with text explanations underneath.
We had a very difficult time understanding how to open the lid. First of all, it opens towards you, rather than away from you – so this felt like an unnatural motion. Then we wrestled with it for a good 5-10 minutes and after much frustration, finally got the lid to open. The written instructions do say that it might be difficult to open the lid for the first few times – but it was still frustrating to try to get it to open. We kept wondering if we were going to do something wrong and break it.
Once we got the lid off it was smooth sailing. We decided to go straight to blending option (rather than steaming and then blending) since we had ripe bananas on hand. We cut and put a banana in the bowl, reassembled the machine, plugged it in and turned it on. We appreciated the simplicity of the knob, which allows you to choose the desired speed and hold the knob for as long as you want the blades to rotate. Just let go and the blades stop. We were surprised that the appliance blended better than our blender. There were some larger pieces of banana stuck on the inside walls of the bowl, but we unplugged it, opened it up, pushed the food down with the spatula that was provided, and then finished blending.
The compact size and quality of blending are definitely a plus. It’s a little bit difficult to open and close, so does not get full stars. Overall a pretty good machine.
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