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Very unhygienic and impossible to clean properly
on 1 May 2012
This machine is based on forcing the juice through a very fine mesh filter. The shape of this filter, the plastic ribs that reinforce it, and the acute angle at which it is fixed to its support ring, and the fineness of the mesh, all mean that it is very difficult to keep completely clean, no matter how much you poke a kitchen sponge into the acute angle and no matter how much you rub the surface of the mesh.
It's very advisable, therefore, to take the machine apart and thoroughly clean all its parts, including the filter, under a strong water jet, as soon as you've made a smoothie as if you don't, the large quantities of fruit and veg residue are likely to solidify/dry out, making cleaning even more difficult than it already is. Luckily the water pressure in my kitchen is very strong.
And take note of the comment by someone else here that little bits of fruit/veg tend to get stuck in crevices, especially in the pouring spout, and especially the mesh. If you're not careful those leftover bits will just stay there and rot, and become an unwanted ingredient in your next smoothie. Not good.
When you take the machine apart, you'll have a whole dish drainer stacked up with very large components, leaving no room for anything else.
I imagine this machine cleans OK in a dishwasher but not everyone has a dishwasher.
All in all I must confess that this machine had me wondering who designed it and what was going through their mind; all the meetings they must have had and all the prototypes and testing they must have done before deciding to put this machine into production - because there are some very obvious things wrong with it - as I have described above.
All in all I'm not happy with this machine because of the hygiene issues and because rather than grinding and blending everything you put it, it attempts to extract juice only, leaving behind very large quantities of fruit and veg that haven't gone into the drink - wasting all the goodness.
No good. I trashed this, kicked myself for wasting so much money, and bought a BREVILLE 800W instead: a proper blender than doesn't leave behind any wasted ingredients.