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I bought this as my first dabble in juicing after realising I get no where near my 5 a day. I didn't want to spend too much incase I didn't take to it, and after reading mixed reviews I decided on this one.
I maybe should have done my research a bit more thoroughly, as by 'whole fruit' I thought you could just put the fruit straight from the bag into the juicer- wrong! You do need to prep the fruit first, peeling, de-coring apples, top and tailing carrots etc, once this is done however the chute will fit whole carrots in, whilst rounder fruit like pears and apples can be cut in half once peeled and cored.
Juice wise, although I have nothing to compare it too, I think you do get a good amount of juice, and the pulp feels fairly dry afterwards, which must be a good sign.
When it comes to cleaning, the parts come apart easily enough, once I realised how! The instructions show you how to put the machine together, so you would work it out from this, however mine came pre-assembled so took some figuring out how to take it apart. Once you know how, it comes apart in seconds, and is reassembled just as quickly. More of the pulp does go into the pulp collector, but you will find that some sticks about the lid etc. This is easily cleaned though.
Overall, this is a great little juicer for a starter machine, and does exactly what it says!
I'd wanted a juicer for a long while and the new year gave me a perfect excuse to indulge myself. After all, it is a well-known fact that fruit and vegetables are very good for you and what better way to get in more of my 'five-a-day' than with a cool glass of fruit juice. I also believed that it may encourage the rest of my family to increase their daily intake too.
I chose the Andrew James juice mainly because of the price. It seemed so much cheaper than the other juicers available, costing only £45.99 from Amazon. I hoped that the price did not reflect on the quality.
On first inspection the machine seemed rather sturdy. It is made of stainless steel and the top looked good quality, not cheap and flimsy as I'd feared. There is also a decent sized tank for collecting the pulp of the fruit which is very easy and clean to use. The blades also seemed extremely sharp, although I didn't inspect them too closely, and I couldn't wait to put the whole thing together and get making those delicious juice drinks.
I was also pleased that the instructions were clear and concise and easy to use. The machine has two speed settings. (This is something that these machines often do and something I always find odd. I struggle to understand why anyone would choose the slower setting and want to wait longer for their juice to be ready.) It doesn't take long for each piece of fruit to be 'juiced' and the filter enables you to put the whole fruit in, stalks, pips and all. This makes it even more convenient to use.
The juicer uses about 3 to four pieces of fruit of vegetables to make a decent sized drink. This may seem like a lot and obviously will work out more expensive than buying a ready-made carton of juice. However, I believe that the nutritional value far out ways this and I like the idea that I can see exactly what has gone into the drink before giving it to my family. I also like the convenience that you only need to drink one of these a day and you have gone a long way to achieving your daily five portions, set out by the government.
My biggest grumble with this is the level of noise this machine produces. I personally find it very loud and certainly not appealing when juicing first thing in the morning. This is perhaps something that the manufacturers should consider carefully, as a quiet machine is a 'must' for me. It is also quite fiddly to clean. Although it is deemed dishwasher safe, I find that the fiddly bits still need cleaning by hand, as it is more than my dishwasher can handle. However, aside from this it produces delicious tasting drinks and the quality of the machine has not been compromised for the price.
I was a bit disappointed that my machine did not come with a recipe book. This would have been a nice touch and possibly inspired me to try other fruits and vegetables that I usually wouldn't.
So do I have a healthier family?? For the first few weeks, yes. Both my husband and daughter were keen to try the juices and inventing new recipes on a daily basis. However, soon the novelty wore off and, with all that washing up, the machine didn't seem quite so 'convenient' anymore. I still have the occasional juice but the machine is now almost redundant. I'm just glad that I didn't pay any more for my juicer.
I bought this juicer after seeing it recommended on the juice master site. Initially i had bought a jml? one from asda but it was horrible so i decided to pay a little more for a decent one. (note its only 39.99 at the minute on amazon)
Price.Its not a product i use everyday so i didn't want to spend loads of money on it.
The chute is big enough that you can put whole fruit in it, within reason . I mean you couldn't get la whole pineapple in
Its easy to pull apart to clean and stick back together again
You get a brush with it that makes cleaning easier.
Its quite durable... well no problems so far and i'm rather clumsy
Its not very noisy..It does make some noise when you are juicing but there are worse ones to buy. I would say its about the same as a blender etc and its not like you have it on for very long at a time.
It looks quite nice as well and not cheap
Its not the smallest machine. I tend to do a juice diet/fast a couple times a year and the rest of the year it just sits out as too big to stick in a cupboard.
It doesn't take out all the possible juice and i find that if i put the pulp back through the chute again i always get more out.
Any machine like this is going to be messy;A good way round this is i stick a carrier back in the black detachable part and it catches most of the pulp.
You don't get a recipe book with this- not really a major problem as you can get so many from the internet.
I would recommend this because it does what it says however it can be quite costly to make fresh juice and smoothies etc. I do think this is a much better alternative than some of the "proffesional" ones where you can pay more than £300.
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Here is another amazing device from Andrew James for few of those lazy people like me ;) Its too good. The best part is you don't have to chop the fruits or vegetables. Just peel off the skin and throw into the jug and the juicer takes care of the remaining process. Amazing, isn't it? I bought it recently and I am so much in love with it. It also works very clean. It wouldn't make any mess as there is a special jar to collect the pulp and just dismantle that jar to clean the pulp. Very comfortable and no mess! It has got two rotation levels but however speed you choose to rotate it wouldn't create any vibrations while holding the jar, so lot more comfortable. Another important quality for me is the model and its appearance. It looks way too stylish for its low cost and definitely forms a show object in my mom's kitchen :)
The idea of a juicer hasn't always come to my head when i think of health drinks, up until recently when i realized the health benefits of making your own sugar/processed substance free fruit juices.
I went to the local home appliance store , set out to find a juicer, and the first thing that caught my attention was the "Andrew James Whole Fruit Power Juicer," as it has a catchy name, and also is very aesthetically pleasing and easy on the eye.
Although the relatively low price compared to other juicers, it has a high power output of 850 KW, so i decided to take a gamble, as this product was a lot cheaper.
The juicer runs extremely smooth, especially taking the price into consideration, it is very user friendly and good looking. The only negative i can come to think of, is the loud noise it makes. This is not a problem, as the time to make the juice is very short.
I would recommend this product to anybody who is interested in buying a juicer.
I've been toying with the idea of buying myself a juicer after watching the film, Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead last year. I'd been keeping an eye on a few different brands of juicers on amazon, and I read a review on an appliance website that suggested that the one I wanted was prone to the plastic cracking, and it suggested I take a look at this one instead.
The Andrew James Juicer looks just as stylish as other juicers with its nice silver and black finish. It was a brand I had not heard of before, but I noticed they make other small kitchen appliances too so I was happy to take a gamble on the brand, particularly when this 850 watt juicer was only £30 and not the £60 of equivalent models. Other than size, the only other difference I can see is that it is a stainless steel machine rather than aluminium.
The juicer has several parts to it, and it is a little larger than some of the models available, but I decided I wasn't that fussed about it being a bit bigger as long as it did a good job. Its worth considering the size of your kitchen though and where you will keep it as it is 25cm long by about 22cm wide at the widest point, and then 40cm tall when assembled as shown in the picture. In pieces, it takes the height to 25cm.
The main body of this contains the 850 watt motor. On the top of the machine is the filter and the cutting blades which are pretty sharp. There is then a pulp collector (the black section) to the left of the machine, and pipe outlet to the right where you sit your collecting jug, or when not in use you can put a cap over the outlet pipe. There is a cover that goes over the whole of the top of the machine with an feeder tube to put your fruit and vegetables in, and a rod to push your food down to where the blades are. To use the machine, you need to make sure that the metal clip goes across the top of the plastic cover to keep the lid on tight and stop pulp flying everywhere.
In use, this is a handy machine as it has two speed setting depending on the hardness of your food. The lower setting spins at 1500rpm, and is adequate for citrus fruit and softer fruits like apples, peppers or spinach. I then find the faster setting of 1800rpm is much better when I put in harder items like cabbage or carrots. I find that I don't feel the machine vibrating so it is easy to use, and it has non-slip rubber feet which make it sit firmly in place on my kitchen bench when in use.
It seems most efficient on fresher fruits and vegetables as they obviously contain more water as they are less dehydrated. Slightly older stuff will not juice as well and you end up with a bit more in the pulp collection bucket.
What I really like about the juicer is that you can put your whole fruit in. I don't stress about putting in things like a pepper with the stalk or the seeds, or an apple that has its core still. I trust that the filter will remove all this and send it to the pulp bin before my juice comes out of the machine. The only thing it recommends is that you peel citrus fruit before putting it in, and you don't attempt to juice more fibrous fruits like bananas. Its not a smoothie maker, so this makes total sense really.
This has actually been used a lot more than I initially thought. I had to google some recipes as the machine didn't come with a recipe book, but there is a wealth of information online so it is not a problem for me really.
The only negatives really are:
- the cost of the fruit to make a juice - say I was making apple juice for my family, I could easily use 2 apples each or more to make a decent size serving of juice for each of us of about a litre altogether. Obviously a litre of cheap apple juice comes in at a much lower price, but the difference in taste is amazing. It is possible to make cheaper juices by selecting cheaper types of fruit and veg, like carrots, which give a large liquid yield at a low cost.
- this is quite a pain to manually clean. It's all safe to put in the dishwasher so this would be easier, but we don't own one so we need to make sure this is washed up soon after use to make it easiest to clean. Partly this is due to the number of removable parts, but also the filter is a really fine metal mesh and the blades are really sharp. This came with a little brush to clean it and it does make it slightly easier, but I find it best to wash it under a running tap.
- the size of the chute - the manufacturer claims its big enough to put in a whole apple. I would say not really true unless you only buy the tiny kids apples. I find I get best results when I chop an apple into 4 at least. It seems to be quicker for me at least.
- there is some waste in the form of the pulp. This is compostable, and if I had a pure veg juice I could put it in a soup, or I could use some pulp in baking eg. I could put carrot and apple pulp into muffins. There are ways round the waste, and I should look into it more really so I feel better about it.
- the manufacturer claims this is fairly quiet. I've not used other juicers, but standing next to this its not exactly quiet, and the kids complain it is louder than the telly. It's only on for a minute or two at most though, so not exactly a real negative. Its on parr with using my hand blender.
- remember to put the cap on after use, as once you have juiced and remove the collecting jug, there always seem to be a few more sticky drops that find there way out and collect in a pool under the machine.
Positives for me are:
- my fruit and veg consumption has gone up. Before getting this machine I did eat veg, but I am fussy about fruit so I find that this really helps.
- the juice is really smooth with no bits so it is really easy to drink. Sometimes with apples in particular it can be a little frothy, but I don't mind this. (before buying the juicer I used my smoothie maker, and the gritty texture to the juice was undrinkable, so this really is brilliant for me. )
- my skin is honestly looking a lot better. Partly down to using a new cleanser, but I do think healing of my skin has been better down to increased vitamin intake.
- more regular bowel habits. My better diet has meant more trips to the bathroom, but I feel better for it. (Sorry if that is too crude for some. )
- my children already eat well, but they like the juices too and they are eating a slightly more varied diet so I feel like I am setting them up well in life.
Juices I have enjoyed - just to give people a starting point:
- 1 red pepper, 2 carrots, 2 oranges and a chunk of fresh ginger
- 1 apple, 1 orange, 3 handfuls of cabbage
- apple, pear and ginger
- 6-8 cabbage leaves, 3 carrots, 1 apple and a chunk of fresh ginger.
I thoroughly recommend owning a juicer. I think that it is a fabulous way to increase your intake of fruit and vegetables. It doesn't contain the insoluble fibre like eating the food, and it is also a little pricey to get your nutrients this way, but your body does benefit from how quickly these nutrients get into your body.
This particular machine may be cheaper than the alternatives, but I have found it to be hard working and very capable of making juice for a families needs. Its a bit of a pain to clean, but its speedy to get the juice to your family.