Summary: Have had two of these fail in the space of just over 4 months. The second one lasted a shorter time than the first one. Both blenders were not subject to heavy use but on both occasions the motor unit suddenly stopped working as it was blending a light sauce. Has never even been used to mash potatoes or anything that might cause strain on the motor unit. This is not the first recent Kenwood purchase where the motor has failed not long after purchase.
Summary: I just picked the Kenwood Triblade HB711 from my local Waitrose store (delivery time was excellent even on the Easter weekend). Dying to try it, I thought I'd make a cottage pie using the masher attachment. I must admit I was sceptical about how good the mash would be as I usually use a potato ricer. I drained the potatoes and let them cool slightly, chucked them back into the saucepan with some milk and butter and hovered over the pan with the Kenwood in hand.