I've been juicing for years. I own 2 other juicers (a masticating juicer Green Star GS1000 Twin Gear Juicer
and another centrifugal juicer, the excellent Philips HR1861 Whole Fruit Juicer, Aluminium
. This new Philips juicer may well be my favourite.
I've been loyal to my old Philips workhorse for years (so much so that, when the first one fell apart after years of heavy use, I replaced it with an identical one). It's very quick, making a juice door-to-door in 15 minutes from plugging in the juicer to preparing the fruit and veg to cleaning the machine and sitting down with a glass of fresh juice. It's quick and efficient, easy to use and sturdy.
This new Philips juicer (the next step up from the Philips HR1836/01 Viva Collection Compact Juicer, 1.5 Litre, 500 Watt - Brushed Aluminium
which has a smaller 500W motor) shows where juicing design and technology have developed in the years since I began juicing: it has the same size motor (700W), the same wide chute that takes whole apples, but takes up just over half the space on the worktop. It also comes with a self-rinsing feature which really speeds up cleaning. It's a really well thought out bit of kit that's a pleasure to use and produces lovely fresh juice.
My tips for happy juicing are:
- Buy a juice recipe book such as Juice Master Keeping It Simple: Over 100 Delicious Juices and Smoothies
- Clean your juicer before you sit down to drink your juice: that way, you won't come back to caked on pulp after you've finished drinking your juice
- Focus on juicing vegetables, only really adding fruit as part of recipes (taking the fibre out of fruit will just give you a sugar rush). Juicing recipes are really delicious.
Top tips for chooosing a juicer:
- Don't go for a tiny cheap juicer: it'll only be slow, fiddly to use, give wet pulp (and therefore take more fruit & veg ... and hence be expensive to run) & will end up in the back of the cupboard
- Start with a centrifugal juicer around this price range; masticating juicers are only for dedicated juicers who are committed to juicing regularyl. My masticating juicer makes the best quality juices, especially of green leafy vegetables, but only if I've got 45 minutes to spare, which generally I haven't. It does get the most juice from fruit and veg (the pulp is very dry). It's the slowness of the whole process that means it's saved for best though.
- If you want to make juicing a part of your life, you're more likely to do so if the juicer sits on the side the whole time rather than being tucked away in a cupboard, so whichever juicer you get will need to have a footprint that'll fit on your kitchen worktop
- Full-size 700W motor
- Full-size jumbo feeding tube
- Suction feet that really do grip onto the work surface effectively
- Small footprint
- Whizzy self-rinsing function that makes cleaning quicker and simpler than many other juicers
- Comes ready-assembled with a quick start guide printed on the inside lid of the box
- The locking arms are plastic rather than metal - they look and feel sturdy, but only time will tell
- Only 1 speed (though I can't really remember being that bothered by having 2 speeds on my usual juicer)
- Small internal pulp collecter (rather than a large one on the side) - this is what makes the footprint so much smaller
Note on the black and brushed aluminium models:
- The black model has a black plastic body, black spout, black locking arms and black trim on the to of the feeding tube. The brushed aluminium model is identical except the body is brushed aluminium. To my taste, there's a bit too much black trim going on and I'm not sure black really fits with my kitchen, but that's a matter of personal preference.