I bought this one after seeing a Philips model in action over Christmas at a relative's house. Did a bit of research, as you do, and this one ticked all the boxes, especially on price. Well, you never know if this kind of thing is going to be an expensive fad or not!!
(I considered the juicing attachment for our leading brand food processor, which was at least double the price of the Jago ENTS-01, and the manufacturer doesn't tell you it isn't recommended for citrus fruit - but the reviews did!! One of the other options was nearly 4 x the cost!)
I took it out of the box and set it up, all fairly obvious, even without English instructions*, those supplied were in French and German only.
*The supplier has been emailed to ask for English instructions - apparently (from previous reviews) this is something they are trying to address. I have since emailed JAGO24 UK myself and they have said that English instructions are not available. Service support, apart from that has been good.
I had to buy a European to UK adaptor, but this was my fault as I didn't realise when making my purchase that I could have asked the supplier for a UK adaptor and they would have provided one free of charge! (See the product listing page)
Nice tidy unit and well constructed. My wife, who always prefers to read the instructions first, started to juice in no time, even without any instructions. Dismantling for cleaning was relatively easy, we found a plastic spatula (the type for cleaning around cake mix bowls) brilliant for clearing away most of the debris. I would mention at this point that on first use the `debris' was quite dry, unlike some competitors, who reviews have stated that not all the juice was extracted. The level of juice extraction does depend on the type and quality of fruit and vegetables used though. As we weren't sure which parts were dishwasher safe, we washed in hot soapy water. I have to say this wasn't an issue on a weekend, but to prepare the fruit, juice it, dismantle and clean, won't be something we do on a work morning. Probably better to at least prepare the fruit the night before and keep in the fridge, or juice it the night before and add a bit of lemon juice to reduce oxidation / discolouration. Again, best to store in the fridge overnight in a glass container.
Useful Facts / Tips:
* Two speed settings - low speed (1) seems to be for softer fruits, such as watermelons, grapes, tomatoes and Cucumbers, and high speed (2) for harder fruits, apples, carrots and beetroots.
* Use speed 2 if you are juicing a mixture of softer fruit and harder to juice items like lettuce, harder vegetables etc. Also feed the items in alternately to help extract the juice from the more difficult items.
* Size (in use) 40cm W x 20cm D x 39cm H. Feed tube is approx. 70mm in diameter, which is about the size of an average peeled orange. Power cable is approx. 1 metre in length. As far as I can tell from the French Instructions, you should use it for no more than 3 minutes continuous use and then allow 20 minutes for the motor to cool down. In practice you will probably find it more of a start/ stop process, especially if combining different fruit and veg.
* Has anti slip feet with suckers, which really do grip on smooth counter tops! Seems to be well-balanced with little vibration and so far has been surprisingly quiet.
* Clear plastic jug, with measuring increments, starting at 200ml and then every 100ml up to 1 litre capacity. Removable lid for easy cleaning, with separator (to hold back the froth which is always caused by juicing).
* Comes complete a brush to aid cleaning of metal mesh and juicing/grating plate.
* Get yourself a couple of Juicing books, there are lots to choose from and they will give you lots of idea's and hints and tips. Some will provide information on what the benefits of certain fruits / vegetables are and even give recipes to help with problems like migraine, digestion, memory and skin problems to name but a few.
* Lemon juice will stop discolouration and act as a preservative if you want to juice and keep it chilled for a few hours (i.e. done the night before, for breakfast, or prepared in the morning to drink throughout the day.
* If you find the froth distasteful, the lid does seem to hold most of it back; by pouring the juice into a glass and drinking with a straw, you are drinking from the bottom of the glass, so can avoid any froth.
* Our first attempt was carrot and orange, not complicated or expensive - but delicious! 1 large carrot (my wife topped and tailed it and scrubbed, but did not peel) and 1 large juicy orange (peeled but with pith on) per person/serving. Tip: Cut any fruit or veg that doesn't fit easily in the tube, or if it is too tall. Speed 1 was used with gentle but firm pressure applied to the black presser tube. Voila! Done. You will have approximately 250ml, to serve, poured over ice if desired.
UPDATE - We have just tried Mango and Pineapple through the Juicer and both worked on speed 1. As they were quite ripe, the remaining pulp was a lot wetter this time, but the unit still extracted a reasonable quantity of juice.
UPDATE - See the additional info. under "Comments"
Here are some tips I picked up from another site, using another brand of juicer.
You can use the juicer for fruit and vegetable juice.
*Speed 1 is especially suitable for soft fruits and vegetables such as watermelons, grapes, tomatoes and cucumbers. (The Jago has actually coped with smaller good quality carrots on speed 1).
*Speed 2 is suitable for all other kinds of fruit and vegetables such as apples, carrots and beetroots.
*Do not exert too much pressure on the pusher, as this could affect the quality of the end result. It could even cause the filter to come to a halt.
*Never insert your fingers or an object into the feeding tube. (Very good advice when you see what it does to the fruit!! There again if you are silly enough to stick your fingers into it you probably should not own one!!!!)
*If the pulp container becomes full during use, switch off the appliance, carefully remove the pulp container and empty it.
*Reassemble the empty pulp container before you continue juicing.
*After you have processed all ingredients and the juice flow has stopped, pour the juice from the jug into the glass. If the foam separator is in the juice jug, a lot of the the foam is removed from the juice.
*Use fresh fruit and vegetables, as they contain more juice. Pineapples, beetroots, celery stalks, apples, cucumbers, carrots, spinach, melons, tomatoes and grapes are particularly suitable for processing in the juice extractor.
*You do not have to remove thin peels or skins. Only remove thick peels, e.g. those of oranges, pineapples and uncooked beetroots.
* IMPORTANT - If you want to juice fruits with stones, remove the stone before juicing.
*Apple juice turns brown very quickly. To slow down this process, add a few drops of lemon juice.
*Fruits that contain starch, such as bananas, papayas, avocados,figs and mangoes are not suitable for processing in the juice extractor. Use a food processor, blender or hand blender to process these fruits. (Our experience is that ripe mangoes can be juiced, if skinned and stoned - but don't do more than one at a time).
*Leaves and leaf stalks of e.g. lettuce can also be processed in the juice extractor.
*The juicer is not suitable for processing very hard and/or fibrous or starchy fruits or vegetables such as sugar cane.