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The Le Duo Juice Extractor is small and stylish enough to leave out on a work surface all the time (which should encourage you to get your daily dose of juice), and the powerful motor does a good job of juicing just about anything.
The juicer bowl fits over the base and locks firmly into place; there are no latches or arrows to remind you how to unlock it and it does lock very firmly so you need to push hard to get it off again. The spout on the side lets the juice pour straight into a jug or glass-though it's not quite high enough to fit a pint glass under.
There are two attachments that fit on top of the juicer bowl: a press for citrus fruits and a juice extractor for any other kind of fruit. The citrus press has a large cone for grapefruit and a smaller cone for oranges; limes and lemons are a little too small to juice effectively but the press is strong enough to let you push down firmly on an orange to get all the juice out.
The juice extractor has a fairly narrow feed tube so you'll need to chop apples and pears into quarters. Push them down the feed tube and the juice pours out almost immediately; the grater shreds the fruit finely and centrifugal force pushes the pulp up against the fine mesh at the side, straining the juice into the bowl. It copes well with fibrous produce such as pineapple, melon or even ginger, and it filters out pips, stalks, skin and seeds. The weight of the motor stops the juicer moving around unless the basket gets really full, and the speed of the motor presses the juice out of the fruit, leaving you with fairly dry pulp to scoop out.
Cleaning is the tedious part with any juicer and you do need to scoop out the pulp before it dries on, but the spatula fits perfectly into the basket so you can get the worst out very quickly. All the removable parts are dishwasher safe if the pulp does get stuck on; even the spout comes out of the bowl if you need to clean it so you're ready to get juicing again quickly. Mary Branscombe