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I have to be honest I bought this purely because of the aesthetic looks rather than as a practical product so I have been very pleasantly surprised at how good a piece of design it actually is when it comes to juicing citrus fruit. Resembling a spider with the body perched on three spindly legs this is not a cheap product, I paid £40 for mine which just shows that it is not exactly a cheap product for what is a manual juicer which just happens to look pretty cool.
It stands 29cm high with a 14cm diameter and is made from aluminium. To use you simply halve the fruit, stand a glass below the center point of the body of the juicer and then grind the fruit down onto the rather sharp point of the juicer, the juice then flows down the grooves of the body of the juicer to the lower point and then into the glass. It is very effective and does a good job of extracting all of the juice from the fruit and delivering it into the glass below.
It is not suitable for the dish washer so cleaning is best down in the sink with warm water and then leave it to dry naturally or use a tea towel which is what I do to ensure it stays in the best condition possible as it is an attractive item in my opinion. if you are going to buy this then primarily it is more about the design rather than the actual performance, don't get me wrong it is an excellent juicer and very efficient but given the cost it is all about the quality of both the design and the quality of the build for me. An indulgence? Well yes it is but a coll indulgence that I really like.
I am an avid Alessi collector, so when I received Juicy Salif as a gift, I was overjoyed and it hasn't disappointed.
It is a design statement, I have it on my dresser and it has prompted many a comment from visitors, asking what it is, is it an alien!
Juicy Salif is a juicier. It works extremely well. It is a great, thought out design. You place Juicy Salif onto a plate or a wide bowl, then you cut your fruit in half, orange or lemon in my case, you then put the piece of fruit on the top of the gadget and turn the fruit round, applying some pressure, and the juice runs down the grooves on the body of the gadget into the receptacle below!
It works really well and although it may sound messy, it isn't. There is no gimmick to it, it just works as a juicer should. They are easy to clean as you can just wash them in the washing up bowl!
I love the gadget and have bought a number of them since as wedding gifts for friends.
I would recommend them to all.
The juicy what now? I can hear some of you asking right now. Yes, thats right, it's the Juicy Salif, a lemon squeezer designed by Philippe Starck for the design company Alessi in 1990. Alessi, if you have never of them are an Italian design house who specialise in household items. They frequently work with famous designers to create some rather wacky and unique product that tend to cost a fortune. Step into any high-end design shop and you are sure to find a few shelves dedicated to them.
Many moons ago I studied design at art school, and at the time Philippe Starck was a bit of a design celebrity, I even wrote an essay on him! During a study (ahem...) trip to New York in 2001, I was looking to buy a couple of rather unique souvenirs by which to remember my trip. Whilst visiting the MOMA (Museum Of Modern Art), I happened upon the Juicy Salif in its shop. Now, the Juicy Salif has nothing to do with New York, but it's such a unique shaped design, that every time I see it, it reminds me of my great time in NY. At the time I believe it cost me approx. $80, which at the time with a reasonable exchange rate worked out at about £50. This is still approx. the price they go for these days, but you can find them online for £40 or so if you are lucky.
I guess before I discuss how it actually works, I have to talk about the look of this object. Is it a three legged space spider? Is it a rather disturbingly shaped sex toy? Who knows what Monsieur Starck's inspiration was? I have to agree that its design is not exactly standard for a lemon squeezer, but that is why I love it! It may be over twenty years old now, but its sci-fi curves and polished aluminium finish won't look out of place in even the most ultra-modern kitchen. There were also black, and gold versions created, but they are pretty had to come by these days.
So how does it actually work? Well, have you ever heard of the term 'Form follows function'? Basically, this famous design mentality suggests that in every item, its function, and how well it preforms said function should always come before the look of the object. I.e. make it work well before you go making it look pretty. It's safe to say that Philippe Starck does not adhere to this philosophy, as the aesthetics of this lemon squeezer were defiantly put before its function.
To use the squeezer, you have to place it over a cup or tumbler, preferably on as tall and as wide as the space under its legs will allow, and squeeze the lemon over the top of the ridged, teardrop shaped part. The juice then drips down into the cup. Or at least that's the plan...in practice it's not as simple as that. The lemon juice has a habit of going everywhere...down the legs, and down the side of the cup. The other problem is that the seeds will often fall into the cup, as there is no strainer to catch them. Its not always messy, its just a bit pot luck if the lemon juice goes where its ment.
My problem in this review is - how do I rate a design classic, that looks fantastic, is still in demand twenty plus years after is creation, but functions rather poorly? I love this object, for me it's as much a piece of sculpture, a conversation starter ("WTF is that three legged thing in your kitchen!?") and a reminder of a great holiday, sorry I mean study trip to New York. Sometimes an object can transcend its original purpose to become something more. (Hmm, that sounds like some arty rubbish I used to write years ago at uni...) It's certainly not cheap either, especially considering sticking a fork into half a lemon and wiggling it about does pretty much the same job.
Sod it. I'm going to give it 5 starts because it looks ace! (Sorry to all the level-headed people out there)
Most will view this as an extravagant buy or a novelty at RRP £47 and, in part, they would be right. It's chic design does look great on your counter top & is popular with the kids who perceive it as something space aged, but this just makes juicing (& fruit) popular with them which is more valuable than it's price.
Aside from entertaining the kiddies, I have used this to juice a variety of citrus fruits - lemon, lime, grapefruit & orange - for recipes or to make fresh juice without any added sugars like the shop bought one.
My previous juicer was glass & that sealed it's fate. One wrong move & it was to be found in a 100 pieces on the kitchen floor, but with the Alessi Juicy, there is no chance of that. Its sturdy design means you can put some real elbow grease behind it & really extract all of the juice.
All that's required for this product is a bowl to catch the juice & is one unit, with no removable parts. Very simple to clean - either soap & water or put into the dishwasher. It also won't stain or chip.
So apart from looking good, it's function is equal to that of electronic, more pricey versions.
Summary: Extravagant, works well but recommended!
Well what a great Christmas I had this year, I got a whole stack of brilliant presents, and this Alessi Juicer was one of them. I really couldn't work out what this could be when it was all wrapped up, but once opened I was really impressed with both the look and feel of this juicer. I think perhaps my parents realised that I was spending a small fortune on fresh orange juice at the supermarket, so in turn decided to spend a fortune buying me this, the juicer RRPs for around £45, so it's not really a cheap option. Having said that this is a manual juicer, so you won't be using any electricity to run it, and might even burn a few calories squeezing those oranges.
So everyone can see that the juicer looks really good, and it feels well made and sturdy, I'm very pleased with this funky addition to my kitchen. However, what you all probably want to know is does it do it's job well? I can happily confirm that this is a really good juicer, it's at the right height for me to easily squeeze oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruit etc and it all drips neatly into a jug or bowl put underneath it. It is also really straightforward to clean and has no moving part etc that need to be fiddled with.
There isn't really much else to say about this product, it looks great in my kitchen, it works and is easy to use and it's really easy to keep clean. All in all a fantastic product from Alessi....although put it on your Christmas list, if you think that it is expensive!
No matter what you buy from Alessi, you receive the utmost modern, stylish and impressive design, so pure and classic in lines and look that it manages to take your breath away just by looking at it! This Juicer from Alessi is no different, but simply a proof of amazing ability to make something original and unique, with designers obviously owning quite an eye for detail, style and originality! this is a classic beatuty, but question is, does it actually do its job, making juice that is?
I bought this fancy, fun juicer for 44.99, which yes can seem quite a high price for a gadget such as this one, but then again, sometimes you just have to have something that catches your eye, and that was the case here! I was amazed by the classic, clean and pure design, and now, after having tested its functionality, I can say that it works very well too! This is a citrus squeezer that easily allpow you to squeeze lime, lemon, oranges and so on, and I have made a lot of orange juice using this, not really thinking that it`s too much work or hazzle! Yeah, I know that the juice machines of today are superb, I know this because I have one, but this citrus squeezer mixes design and functionality in such a tempting way that I couldn`t resist! It`s a classic, timeless tool created with a modern eye, and I do think it will look very nice on all kitchen counters, regardless of style and design! The gadget is easy to use and very easy to clean ( by hand ), and if you want to get your friends or family an original, fun gift, this is a good choice!
I have no reason to complain about this citrus juicer in any way, recommended without hesitation!
A design masterpiece you can use everyday. One of the most famous Alessi items this citrus juicer is the centrepiece of any kitchen. The designer Philippe Starck was born in Paris in 1949 he is one of the most original and creative designers of our time. He has obtained many important acknowledgements such as the Grand Prix National de la Creation industrielle and the Honor Award of the American Institute of Architects he considers himself as "a Japanese architect an American art director a German industrial designer a French artistic director an Italian furniture designer". Citrus-squeezer in aluminium casting mirror polished. Diameter: 14 cm Height: 29 cm