I bought this item after having it recommended to me by a friend, and at first I used it all the time, however as time has gone on it has been gathering dusk in my cupboard.
I don't believe that this is the fault of this particular brand of juicer, as it does have some great features, but more that, for me it has been a novelty item that involved too much messing about to use long term. This would have been the case with any juicer, but as it is bulky and can be difficult to clean, I have been less inclined to use it.
For those more dedicated than me; some of the best features include the fact that it juices whole fruit and vegetables with ease and like the previous reviewer highlighted, there is no comparison between fresh juice and that bought from a supermarket. The concoctions that I made and the health benefits that I saw were fantastic.
On the other hand, this juicer comes with a hefty price tag (approximately £100) and so it depends on whether you value the ability to juice whole fruits as being worth the extra money that you pay.
Having randomly seeing this particular Juicer in a catalogue one day, my mum decided she wanted one. At the time it retailed at around £110, which is quite expensive for an unessential appliance that probably wouldn't be used. She bought it anyway despite our best efforts of convincing her otherwise.
We've had the juicer now for about 2 years, and our predictions were spot on. At first it was used on a regular basis for about 2 or 3 months, and then the novelty wore off, now it sits collecting a hefty pile of dust in our kitchen. The reasons for this however, of which I'll explain in due course, do not lie with the Juicer itself, but with juicers in general. But for now I'll list its good points.
The juicer separates the juice from fruit and vegetables, and disposes of the fibre-packed pulp in the process (into another compartment). My parents particularly liked the aspect of the many health benefits the juicer offered, i.e. nutrients, enzymes, vitamins.
Before buying the Juicer, we frequently purchased Juice from our local supermarket. Having tasted them both, there is no comparison; nothing tastes quite like fresh juice. Even avoiding Juice made 'from concentrate', shop-bought juice, though providing some nutrition, is certainly a far cry from the real thing.
The Juicer spout is considerably bigger than most juicers, which saves the irritating process of having to cut up your ingredients prior to use. (We tested this by shoving large apples in - and hey presto! It worked). In terms of power, the motor in the Juicer, is incredibly strong, meaning the fruit is almost completely drawn from it's juices, and with a capacity of 67.65 oz you'll never be without a large supply of fresh juice.
I have to admit, we all started to get carried away as there are so many different variations to try. Two favourites of mine are: firstly a berry medley of strawberries (2 cups), blueberries (2 cups) and raspberries (1 ½ cups) and secondly a lemony apple recipe which uses 2 apples, 1 lemon, 1 small slice of ginger.
Moving on to the negatives, there were numerous faults with the Juicer. Firstly in terms of price, the appliance is quite expensive for an appliance that has such a small purpose. It is also quite bulky on our work surface (measuring at around Height: 42.5 cm x Width: 32 cm x Depth: 21 cm) and is quite heavy at 6kg. The noisiness is quite irritating, but it's only used in short periods and should be expected with a motor power of 450 Watts!
In my honest opinion, it also seems a shame to repeatedly feed huge amounts of fruit into a juicer to make a smaller supply of juice, and then dispose of the pulp produced in the process. Surely it works out healthier to simply eat the fruit in all its natural glory?
The worst criticism however, involves the nightmare task of having to clean out this machine of evil, after each single use. There are four main parts to take apart and clean, the worst nightmare is the thin wire mesh that separates and collects the pulp when in use, which is easier when using the brush included, I recommend also that you clean it out as soon as possible, as the longer left the harder it is to clean. In a household to which the extent of our chores rarely exceeded tidying our rooms (parents excluded) this mission was unbearable, and all hope of us ever using it again were gone, despite its good points.
So ultimately, in terms of quality, efficiency, ease of use, and an excellent supply of nutrients then I definitely recommend this item, that is however if you don't mind the expense and amount of cleaning involved.
This is the first juicer that I have owned and have to say that I am very impressed with the quality of the juice that we get, completely smooth - yummy - but overall it is quite hard work for what you get as there are so many parts that need washing, fixing together etc etc.
The pulp that is left is relatively dry but somehow does still seem to escape to places that it ought not to be. I think that it could be improved if all the parts e.g. the jug were integral parts of the machine rather than just resting against it but when we take the time to make our juice we really do enjoy it !!
The actual juicing process is incredibly quick, but the machine is very noisy. Taking all the pieces apart to wash is a pain and i suggest leaving to soak and then rinsing under a cold water tap to help get the pulp from the fine 'juicer' part of the machine.
Short name: Breville JE2