13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Some problems with stringy veg, but otherwise excellent,
This review is from: Champion 2000+ Masticating Juicer (Kitchen & Home)This is like the Harley Davidson of juicers -- it is a huge throbbing machine that, to start with, you wonder whether you are qualified to control. After a couple of weeks of juicing daily, I think I better understand its strengths and weaknesses now. For any veg, apart from ones with long stringy fibres, it couldn't be better. Carrots, fruit -- even veg as hard as beetroot -- go through with no problems. It will take most veg as fast as you can feed them in. It will take carrots, radishes and small onions whole, beetroot and apples in quarters. This really cuts down on preparation time -- no need to cut things into little sticks, like for the screw juicers. As another reviewer mentioned, a 1 litre Pyrex jug is perfect -- it fits nicely around the collector and catches everything with no trouble. The instruction book has some other useful tips and tricks.
Now for the stringy veg. Celery goes through quickly and easily, but they recommend you do the celery last. You can see why when you clean the machine -- the stringy fibres start to clog up the teeth and wrap around. Parsley is worse, and coriander even worse than that. Since the closest spacing of the teeth is about 1cm, I reckoned that if I cut the parsley to 5mm lengths it would go through okay, and indeed it did work much better like that. But I don't have the patience to do so much chopping, so now I have a GBP 30 Lexen manual screw wheatgrass juicer to use for parsley/etc. I think it is less work to clean the extra juicer than to do all the chopping. If you were doing just a bit of parsley, you could put it in last like the celery, though.
I've never had any trouble with warm juice -- it has always come out cold for me. It is hard to see how it could be warm, as the juice comes out almost as soon as the veg goes into the machine. However, if you clog it up with stringy veg and leave it running for 5-10 minutes trying to push more in, you can certainly get the pulp to steam -- it is powerful enough for that. But this isn't a problem once you understand how to use the machine properly.
Anyway, I think the key reason that people are enthusiastic about this juicer is that it makes juicing fun. Preparation time is the minimum possible, cleanup time is the minimum possible too, and it juices most veg as fast as you can feed it. If you've made a resolution to juice daily, I think the fun factor, short prep/cleanup time and speed of this juicer can really help maintain that momentum.