I’ve had this neat little machine sitting and working in my kitchen for a few weeks now, and it does still get used at least twice a day. With winter approaching I decided that vitamin-packed fresh juice was the best way of keeping those sniffles at bay (it’s a lot more convenient to drink a glass of juice than to munch through 3 apples or 5 carrots). And it’s delicious too! You will, however, not save any money. Homemade juice probably costs as much as premium juice from the supermarket – but it’s so much fresher and you know what went into it. As an example of cost: one small pineapple, cost 60p in the market, made a pint of juice. 6 small Oranges, cost 50p, also made 1 pint of juice,
The model I chose after a some research (and inspired by the OPs on CIAO) was more expensive than most the juicers available on the high street, though it’s price is mid range if one includes the available high-range juicers than are available from specialist outlets and the internet. What I liked was that it really spins the pulp to extract all moisture from it, instead of spinning it only a little before collecting it in a separate container in the machine.
To produce the juice, this machine, unlike many others, collects the fruit pulp in its spinning drum, so extracting a maximum of juice. The pulp, when removed feels quite dry. It’s of a compact stylish streamlined design and comes in a number of coloured finishes (white, green, yellow, blue) or for an extra 20 pounds, in black and chrome. It's of a sturdy design, has a really heavy motor which makes it sit solidly on your worktop.
It’s got a 250W professional grade motor which is very quiet, makes a lot less noise than my (manual) coffee grinder, so it’s not a problem using it in the morning for fear of waking everyone up. There is only one speed, which seems to be adequate, it deals with hard vegetables as efficiently as with oranges.
The lid comes with a reasonable sized feed chute so that you have only have to quarter small apples, medium carrots need no chopping at all, thicker ones slicing once down the middle. There is generally no need to peel any fruit of veg, the juicer can cope with most things you trhow at it (special tip – add a ½ inch piece of ginger (per glass) to your apple juice, juice ther ginger first – great and warming in winter)
The juice runs from a spout to dispense juice directly into your glass. This little spout that projects from the body is a useful feature – I put the glass straight under it – not extra jug to wash up afterwards. Or use your own jug, the spout is at a height that will easily allow for a pint jug to slot under it. It also has a neat ‘drip stop’ feature which allows you to interrupt the flow of juice when swapping glasses, or after you have finished juicing. The spout can clog up when making ‘pulpy’ juice such as mango, tomato, or orange, so you’ll need to watch it a bit more closely for those.
It comes with a Citrus Press attachment with a large and a small cone to cater of grapefruit as well as lemons, which is really useful if you wish to juice citrus fruit, as you won’t have to peel and slice them. You can, however also juice oranges etc at the same time as other fruit, by preparing them and feeding them into the juicer without the citrus attachment, which saves on washing up.
It says that all parts are dishwasher safe. I can’t verify that as I don’t have one. However, the one thing that is important is that the pulp and juice residues are cleaned from the juicer before they get the chance to dry (or even go mouldy – horror). This means that you have to wash all removable parts as soon as you can, so unless you run your dishwasher several times a day it seems somewhat impractical to put it in the dishwasher anyway. It comes with a special shaped cleaning spatula which helps you scrape the pulp from the drum. There are only a few parts to wash, and they seem to have been designed to avoid nooks and crannies that could collect residue by being inaccessible. The drum itself is a bit tricky to get clean, tiny bits of ground fruit will remain inside, however hard you rinse. They are easily collected with the teatowel, or will fall out when the item is dry. All plastic parts are of a good quality material that does not yet show any signs of staining despite being abused with colour intensive veg such as carrot or beetroot on a daily basis.
Capacity: I found that for average fruit (apples, oranges, carrots) it will make about a pint of juice before the pulp container needs emptying. As the pulp collects in the rotating drum, the machine will start vibrating if it is too full / unevenly loaded, just like a clothes spinner. That point appears to be roughly when you have reached two glasses of juice for harder fruit or veg. For fruit with higher water content this is not an issue. You will get a glass of juice from 2 large or 3 small apples. 3 med oranges, or 5 average carrots.
Instructions booklet: It comes with a spiral bound instruction manual. All parts and operations are illustrated and explained with full colour photographs. It lists fruit and vegetables with their main vitamin contents and minerals. At the end there are also a variety of recipes, which should inspire you to produce more than just plain apple or orange juice.
Safety: It has several safety locks which will stop the motor if the machine is not correctly assembled or the lid not locked. The grinding drum has very sharp points - obviously - and care is therefore required when washing it up. I found a small household brush to be really useful
So – it’s an item I would recommend – though make sure you will really be using it regularly. If I didn’t have space for it on my worktop I would probably forget it in the cupboard. You will also be needing to buy more fruit and veg, as you use quite a lot in juicing.