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on 21 November 2009
The main juicer unit is solid metal and heavy. It feels as though it will match the manufacturer's claims of lasting a lifetime. The basic unit is also not as large as I perceived it would be from the video on the Amazon site, which is quite a relief. It can be tucked away on a corner of the work surface without occupying too much valuable space; having said that, it looks good enough to warrant being left out ready for action. After all, an appliance put in a cupboard often becomes neglected as you have to overcome the barrier of removal and set up before you are able to start using it.
Assembling the product was very straightforward and intuitive; although a quick start guide is included, I didn't need to refer to it. Putting it together took around 5 minutes from first opening the box.
Preparation of items to be juiced is straightforward. Remove peel that you would not eat (such as pineapple) but leave it on where you would (e.g. apples). Then you just need to make the fruit small enough to fit down the feeding tube, which is large enough to take a whole apple. I cut a pineapple into four segments and produced two glasses of juice in seconds. Apples just went in whole and were therefore much easier. The pulp is extracted and fed into a large container that sits at the rear of the main unit and the juice is collected in a jug, which has a useful insert that removes foam from the juice as you pour (the insert is removable for cleaning and does not have to be used if you prefer otherwise). Once you have finished, the juice outlet on the machine is designed so that it can be lifted up to prevent juice dripping out, which is a nice feature.
There are two speeds available for processing the fruit, a slower speed (1) for soft fruit like strawberries and a faster speed (2) for harder fruits like apples.
Feeding fruit through the juicer is simple. Pop it in the feeding tube, press lightly with the `pusher' and, after some light resistance, the fruit goes through the mechanism and the juice is produced.
I have used a citrus juice attachment on my Kenwood Chef to produce orange juice for a long time, so know that freshly squeezed juice at home surpasses any that you can buy from a supermarket, but I was literally blown away by the taste of the juice that I produced with this. It was so easy to do and the juice was pure and absolutely delicious. The juicing process produces a foam, which the jug is designed to exclude as the juice is poured into a glass. This foam however is definitely worth trying - for example it is very zesty/tangy from oranges, delicious and light from pineapple and only worth avoiding from apples (as it discolours so quickly and turns brown).
Nothing about this juicer feels flimsy, even the plastic parts are thick and robust and really do feel as though they will last a very long time. The manufacturer provides a five year guarantee, with a 15 year guarantee on the motor for added reassurance.
Having enjoyed several different glasses of juice, I felt an impending sense of doom that the pay off would have to be in the cleaning. However, cleaning the unit was a pleasant surprise, even though I did not do this for around 30 minutes after last use. I took the unit apart, finding that the pulp tray contained only a very dry cakey mixture (rather like the consistency of fat balls for birds), so there was no chance any juice had escaped the jug! Everything that gets `dirty' is removable (with one small exception) and I found that all most of the parts needed was a rinse under a slow running tap and they were clean. The filter was slightly more tricky but a brush is provided for cleaning and again, under a running tap and brushing from the outside (pushing the pulp back through the filter the way that it had gone in) it took less than a minute to get that to pristine condition as well. The housing under the filter lifts out as well for the same easy cleaning. The only part that needed to be wiped was on the main housing situated under the spout - just with a piece of kitchen paper.
Only three recipes are included and that is a pity because the ones that are there (Carrot & ginger with lime, Beetroot & Carrot, Cucumber & lemon) are very nice combinations that I would not have tried myself. A few more would have been a nice touch.
* Solid metal casing
* Robust plastic parts
* Impressive level of juice extraction
* Very easy to put together and use
* Extremely easy to clean
* Reasonably quiet in use (as quiet as pulping an apple can be)
* Attractive and not too large
* I really cannot think of any at all. Even cleaning has to be rated as a pro with this machine. I suppose the only negative is that it would have been nice to have a few more suggested recipes - but I am certainly going to enjoy experimenting with my own combinations.
I honestly believe that anyone who received this machine would be totally happy with both the ease of use, effortless cleaning and the fantastic results.