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This review is from: Z-Star Manual Juicer (Kitchen & Home)
I requested this for christmas as I am aiming to go off grid and dislike buying juice due to lack of recycling facilities for juice cartons.
Other reviews I read on the net regarding this product sounded promising, but having used the juicer, I am disappointed.
The main 3 problems are
1) Although there is a container to collect the juice, there is no container to collect the pulp and no way to rig your own container up to catch it as it comes out from quite high up. You have to be really quick and catch the pulp in your hand (whilst turning the crank) before it falls into the juice container below.
2) It cannot cope with soft fruits at all, they just end up sitting in the barrel of the juicer until you tip them out into a sieve and mash them through with a spoon (defeats the purpose, don't you think)
3) You have to have an area of worktop with no cupboards or recessed cupboards under to clamp the juicer to. With a standard worktop you won't be able to clamp it in far enough to make it stable.
If my family had managed to buy this for £30.00 I would have thought 'fair enough'... but at the price it is sold for, it is disappointing in the least.
Unfortunately I don't know of a better manual juicer at present, so my advice is either wait (you may wait a long time) or get an electric one.
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Initial post: 7 Jun 2008 08:29:14 BDT
MR MS says:
well it's for wheatgrass really and not anything else.
In reply to an earlier post on 17 Oct 2008 21:18:27 BDT
Could you possibly justify your comment, with factual quotes from the manufacturer / retailer if possible, as this juicer was not represented as a single genre juicer when I bought it.
Incidentally, I would like to add to my original post that it is nigh on impossible to get replacement parts for this juicer as the retailer refers you through to the manufacturer in America, who (in my experience) ignores any emails from the UK.
So my advice would be, don't bother - unless you consume enough wheatgrass to justify the price and never break anything ......
Posted on 29 Jan 2010 13:19:17 GMT
I was just about to buy this - then read your comment (voiceofreason). Thanks. Someone else, somewhere else said a similar thing about the pulp, so based on that and yours I'm sadly not going ahead. I'd like an efficient manual wheatgrass juicer so am disappointed. I have the cheapest one at the market at the moment which does work but has various drawbacks (flimsy, difficult to turn handle, juice squirts out from unexpected places!). By the way (MR MS) I understood that this juicer is for other juices, which is part of what attracted me to it. I've had a Champion Juicer for years, v efficient, no complaints except that it's unsuitable for travel being v heavy, plus it's electric. I was excited about buying a travel friendly multipurpose sturdy manual juicer that does wheatgrass AND other juices so, boo, back to square one!
In reply to an earlier post on 5 Dec 2010 19:13:16 GMT
Last edited by the author on 5 Dec 2010 19:13:59 GMT
J. Jackson says:
Spare parts ARE readily available in the UK, speak to Juiceland who stock them, they are also available from the UK distributor if they dont have them in stock. This juicer is capable of juicing fruits and vegetables as well as wheatgrass. It's just that all slow speed crushing juicers (including electric ones) struggle juicing soft fruits, not just this one. Imagine trying to exert pressure against something that has no resistance, the soft fruit gives way too easily. Try feeding soft fruits through with harder produce, thats how everybody else with a slow speed juicer copes.
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