Last January, I jumped on the usual 'health overhall' after an over indulgent Christmas and nought myself a juicer. Worried it may be a fad, I didn't want to spend a fortune only for it to live in the depths of a kitchen cupboard never to be seen again. After a short search on the internet I opted for the Cookworks whole fruit juicer primarily because at the time it was heavily discounted from its £50 RRP to a more sensible £30. I say this because although it is an acceptable juicer, I feel £50 was a slightly optimistic price for this particular model.
Overall it is a decent model for its price. It juices well, although after using my mums much snazzier Phillips juicer, I've come to realise that it doesn't extract quite as much juice as others on the market. I have over time realised that rather than wasting the pulp, I can add to yoghurt and blend to make really lovely yoghurts or even healthy ice lollys for the children in the summer months. If you can learn to use the waste then I find this disadvantage isn't really that much of an issue. The separate waste container means that dependent on the fruit you are using, you can easily use the excess pulp.
I expected the juicer to be really noisy, but for the job that it's doing its actually relatively quiet. The one snag for me is that despite having a large kitchen, I don't seem to have anywhere to put it due to its bulky size so it's out on the counter all the time, although this does remind me to use it more!
Cleaning the juicer for me is fairly easy as I put the shredding mesh in the dishwasher after use, however I would imagine for those that don't have a dishwasher, this particular part of the machine would be quite tiresome to clean by hand. It is really easy to disassemble and then put back together again after it has been cleaned. Do be careful with the blade though, it is really sharp for the price of the product!
When I bought the juicer from Argos, I remember reading a short comment on its website that somebody had had problems with leakages from the top; however I haven't had any issues with this at all, and would probably come to the conclusion that they hadn't assembled it properly! If you read these same comments (if it's still there!) don't let it put you off.
The powerful 600w motor means it can cope with anything you through in it, literally! It will hold 1000ml of fresh juice, which is more than enough for two people for the day. It has two speed settings, which means you can get used to what fruits can be juiced on what settings (it took me a while, despite sounding relatively straight forward!). Has non slip feet so it will stay put on the counter even when on its fastest speed setting and the safety lock, means there are no worries of accidents.
For what I thought may turn out to be a fad, I have used this machine so often over the last year that I am thinking in investing in an upgrade in the near future! This has really done its job well, and I would suggest that it is an ideal machine for those starting out with juicing. You can learn what you want from the product and like me always chose to upgrade in the future. I will be passing this on to a friend who is also new to juicing. Hopefully she'll get into it as much as me!
I have owned a juicer in the past but decided that I wanted a new one. I looked around and read up on quite a few reviews and still could not decide what to go for. The prices of juicers range from not very much to very expensive but is the difference in price worth it? I finally decided to try a cheaper juicer hoping that it would give me a good result and not be a complete waste of money. As with all new electrical items you always get a years guarantee so even if you did buy something and it ended up not working within the year you should always be able to get your money back. I then read the specification of the juicer and the manufacturers are so confident in its quality that they give it two years instead of one. This did help me choose and if it did break because of being a poorer quality to other juicers, at least I would be able to get my money back within the two years.
I looked at the cookworks juicer on the internet and liked the way it looked. It looks very stylish and I liked the fact that you can place whole fruit and veg in it without having to mess about peeling and cutting things up to fit inside the juicing funnel. The juicer is different to the picture displayed on this website. They have updated the juicer which now has a metal spout and has a black body instead of the silver.
The specifications of this juicer are
2 years warranty
2 variable speeds
motor overheat protection
non slip feet
dishwasher safe parts
stainless steel filter and blades
froth separating jug
0.8 litre jug capacity
I purchased the juicer and bought some carrots, apples, broccoli and limes too so I could try it out straight away. After opening the box the juicer is mostly put together for you. All I had to do was place the pulp plastic bin behind the juicer and that's all. Reading the instruction booklet it says to wash all of the parts of the juicer that will come into contact with the food. I quickly did this which took me seconds and then put the juicer back together which was very simple. I then began to juice. I placed 2 apples, 4 carrots, 1 piece of broccoli and half of a lime inside the juicer which was set to the lowest setting. There are two settings, the first is slower and the second is faster, the booklet says which setting to place the juicer on for different fruits and vegetables. The juice then flowed into the plastic jug which is provided. I then mixed the juice together and hoped it would taste good. I was pleasantly surprised as the juice tasted very nice and for the quantity of fruit and veg I had placed inside there was a lot of juice from the machine. I then looked at the pulp at the back of the machine and again I was very surprised. The pulp was virtually dry. I did not expect this quality on a cheaper machine.
I then started to think that this was quite a good juicer. It was not overly loud and was quieter than I had expected it to be. Now the dreaded part, the washing up. I started to take the machine apart which is very easy. You have two clips, one at either side, which clip off to enable you to take the machine apart. I then ran the different parts under the tap and they cleaned very easily. After allowing the parts to dry I began to put the machine together again and after around 30 seconds, that was it, finished.
I have to say, I am glad I did not go for a more expensive juicer as I think it would have been a waste of money. This juicer cost me £30.00, I know I have it for at least two years, hopefully more, but if anything happens before this I know it will be replaced or a refund will be given. It looks good, it gives a lot of juice from what you put in and it is easy to clean. I am really happy with my purchase and glad I decided to go for the cookworks whole fruit juicer.
Just a quick update, I have been using the juicer for quite a few weeks now and I have used it every day. I can say that I am still very impressed with it and have been enjoying fresh juice every day that tastes great. Cant rave about this juicer enough.
I just got this product at Argos for £30, along with £5 for product warranty, which is great considering there are hardly any juicers in this price range. I primarily bought it to make fresh juice for my baby. It is rather large when fully assembled and has at least five individual components that need to be assembled before juicing and washed after juicing, however, it is quite easy to clean. It extracts the juice very well and the pulp remaining is quite dry. The pulp itself goes to the black container on the side which makes cleaning very easy. It comes with a closed transparent container for juice collection that fits very well at the collection spout, so there is no leakage either. I am very pleased with this product, it is well worth the money spent. I think I will be using it more than I anticipated, would definitely recommend.
Having wanting to try juicing out for ages now I saw this little juicer advertised on TV. Philips is a trusted brand so I thought I'd give it a go, plus it would be a healthy drinks option for the kids too.
What can I say but it's excellent value for money at just under £25, and looks pretty attractive too. It's dead easy to set up and comes with instructions and recipe ideas to get your juicing habits off to a flying start.
You simply pop your fruit into the top and the powerful 600 watt shreder rips through your choosen fruit with very little effort indeed. You can choose one of 2 speed settings depending on what fruit or veg you pop into it (the instruction booklet will help you decide which setting is best.)It's not the fastest juicer but then it's a juicer for beginners I'd say. It's not the quitest of machines but then again it's not that noisy. The rotator is a good size and extracts what it can out of the choosen vegetable or fruit. I did find that it sometimes leaks, no idea why this is so, but probably due to the slight vibration
Fairly straight forward to clean, but the shredding mesh it a little tricky. The pulp jug that sits on the motorised base is easy enough to take of whilst the mesh pops out with no hassle. I wouldn't leave it overnight to clean as this can be tricky as I;ve learnt on several occasions.
Overall the deisgn is ok, but then it's a budget juicer. If you're looking for something with better build quality and more functions please go for something with a heavier price tag. But I find this model to be suited to my needs at the moment.
Purchased from Amazon for £24.99
This is a great juicer! I have had a few juicers which you have to cut the fruit and vegetable down quite small, but this is excellent as you can literally put the entire fruit in so long as it fits down the wide tube. It quickly juices carrots, apples, broccoli even beetroot and ginger. Great for making a healthy breakfast juice for all the family. It comes apart very easily to clean and I put all the parts in the top tray of my dishwasher after an initial rinse to clean off the pulp. It is a little noisy especially if juicing harder vegetables but its so quick that its not on for long. It has two speeds and a large capacity container which collects all the seperate pulp. I bought mine from littlewoods which was a little more expensive, if you shop around though its available in Argos and other stores for a more reasonable price. I would recommend this juicer for people with a fast paced life and who want healthy fresh juice on a regular basis.
We purchased this product from Argos about 14 months ago, at the time i was on a juicing diet (one of many fads) so this was a must have gadget for me. I must admit the diet didn't last too long, but the juicer is still going strong and i occasionally use it to juice fruits and make soups. It was pretty easy to set up, i did have to wash out all the trays and the parts the food came into contact with before i first used it though- it had a layer of what looked like dust from the box, however i usually wash these things before i first use them regardless so i wasn't having to go out my way to do so.
*Safety switch and handle
*Juices whole pieces of fruit
*1 litre juice capacity
*2 litre pulp capacity
*Stainless steel blades
*Easy to use controls
*Tube to press down the fruit and veg to be mulched
*Easy to clean, simply remove both capacity trays and wash them in hot soapy water.
*Juices foods and vegetables to a lovely texture, i can sneak carrots in juices for my son and they are juiced so well he doesn't even taste them.
*Looks stylish on my kitchen worktop
*The pulp left over is pretty dry, not much juice left to waste unlike some other juicers
*Juices foods really fast, without having to peel or chop them into tiny pieces
*Seems such a waste to have so much pulp leftover, i cant help but wonder if all the nutrients are contained it it! However i have herd of people using the pulp in things like muffins and cakes.
*Slightly bulky, not good for anyone with limited storage space.
Great product, ideal for anyone who has a love for fresh juice and home made soups. Great price, just as good as the more expensive brands and looks great too.
My Cookworks Signature Whole Fruit is a product I have come to end up rather addicted to, simply because making your own delicious, healthy juice is both very fun and easy to do, while tasting much better and naturally being a lot better for you than those you buy in the store... I bought my Cookworks machine for 25.99, but I`ve seen it costing even less at argos and amazon at times, so it really is a great product for a low price!
So far, I`ve made juice from vegetables and fruits such as apples, oranges, carrots, pears, bananas, kiwis, strawberries and tomatoes, and I am very pleased with the refreshing, "real" taste that this machine provides your juice with, I really enjoy the idea of drinking juice without having to consider how much sugar or other added stuff I end up giving to my system, as this is fresh juice, nothing more, nothing less! Using the machine is very easy and logic, there`s two settings on the machine, one for soft fruits and one for fruits with a harder texture... What I like to do with the leftover pulp, is adding it to cakes, muffins and homemade bread etc.., as this adds a very nice flavor to whatever I`m baking! When making your juice, be clear on the fact that you shouldn`t use it for too long at a time, as there`s the danger of the machine getting too warm, so long intervals between use is recommended! If you are wanting a juice that is one hundred percent smooth, this machine is likely to irritate you a bit, as there will always be a fragment of pulp in the juice, not much, but still noticable... When making the use, the pulp goes into a large tray and the juice itself into a container that holds 1 litre, meaning that you can make a lot of juice in one go...
Now, there is one disadvantage that must be mentioned; this machine is a hazzle to clean, it really has managed to annoy me quite a bit! I wash the entire machine by hand, and it is time consuming when washing thoroughly and making sure the machine is completely clean, which logically is very important! The thing is, the pulp tray manages not to collect a hundred percent of the pulp, which leaves you to try and clean away the remaining pulp from the system of the machine, and this will take some time and patience!
Still, I find this machine a great addition to my kitchen, it makes delicious and fresh juice from all types of berries, vegetables and fruits, in spite of a pain to clean very easy to use! The size of it is anything but minimalistic, so if you`re kitchen counter isn`t all that big, this will probably vacant your entire counter! But for those enjoying a glass of fresh juice in the morning, this product is superb!
I have to say, having owned this product for just over a year now I have been fairly impressed, given that it was only £20 in the argos sale.
The Aesthetics - The model is fairly pleasing to the eye, with a nice silver surround at the top followed by a pleasant but slightly cheap looking black plastic surround. The attachments are easily removed and cleaned, plus being compact make it significantly easier to store away in a fairly compact space, relative to its working size.
The Usability - this really comes down to ones personal preferences. As a household with a dish washer the attachments can easily be put in the dishwasher, but take up a fair amount of space. So it is far easier to make 2 to 3 days worth of fruit juice, and place in the fridge! Cleaning could be somewhat challenging on a daily basis!
The Quality - Overall I am fairly impressed given the £20 price tag for the device - it is definitely worth waiting for the sale, should this be a luxury over necessity. However the only downside I have found is that the surrounds scratch easily. So the device is somewhat delicate from that perspective.
The Reliability - It runs perfectly well, even for large quantities, and has not overheated in the year of use.
The Summary - Go and buy it, but wait for the sale!!!
I managed to pick this juicer in an Argos sale for bout £20, about a year ago. Let me tell you it was an absolute bargain at that price. I have used it once a week, every week since I bought it.
Initial set-up was a breeze, it was up and running in no time whatsoever. Whole fruit can be juiced, which saves an enormous amount of cutting up. Just pop it into the Shute an switch on to one of the 2 speed setting and away you go. The difference in speed settings in negligible, both seem to work fine whatever the fruit.
Other people have moaned about it's size, not quite sure what they were expecting here, it is about the width of a toaster and the depth of 2, not exactly massive, about what you would expect really. Clean-up is not that difficult, have a bowl of wahing up liquid ready before you begin, then as you unassemble each piece quickly rinse it under the tap then dunk it in the water and put it on the rack to dry. That it really, the only piece that is a little tricky it the Cutting/sieving part, this can get clogged up a little, all that you need is a bottle brush to get into all the mesh holes, or if like me are a little lazy, dunk it in the washing up liquid then stick it in the dishwasher. Not exactly hard work.
You can make the juicing into a real family occasion, my 2 children (4 &2) love it. They get so excited, when I walk in from work on a Friday they shout out its juicer day. They help to put the fruit in, help wash the bits up and of course love the end result. If your children love their fruit, they will love this, if not it might be a great way to introduce different fruits into their diet.
One cautionary note, be prepared to have all your juice come out an orangey brown colour, all my juice seems to be this colour. I also bought an expert book about juicing, if i'm honest I have never really tried any of the recopies, instead it is usually just a case of bunging everything in. This is also a good way of getting vegetables into your children, just slip a couple into the juicer you can never tell that they are in there, although some are better then others, last week I tried to juice some Brussel sprouts and barely managed to get a drop of juice come out.
One last tip, if you intend putting your juice into your fridge to drink over several days add a squirt of lemon or a a squeeze from a Jiff lemon as this keeps it fresher for longer.
I love this Juicer and if you know what to expect then you will too.
I got this in a clearance at Argos for £18 - which was a bargain. I got the extended three year warranty as well for £5, which was still a bargain under the normal price of around £30.
Setting it up is easy. The manual recommends taking it apart and putting it back together again a few times, which makes the process easier. There are two strong plastic clasps which hold the whole thing in place firmly when juicing. It is bulky, and will take up quite a bit of the worktop space.
There is a chute at the top from which you can just place whole pieces of fruit in - no need to peel, except for citrus fruits. There are two settings - one for soft fruit, and one for hard fruit. From my experience, it tackles both with ease. The juice comes out into the capacious container, and the pulp goes into the large pulp tray. They pulp can be reused as mulch, or even baked as a tasty snack (so I am told - I have yet to try this). The juice is never completely smooth, although leaving it to stand for a while will allow the sediment to settle for those who are picky about such things. It is not recommended to use this for more than 5 minutes at a time to prevent overheating.
Cleaning is somewhat messy. The pulp tray will get the majority of the fruit, but if you have something tough, like carrots, a few particles will escape. Not that much, so that a wipe of the surrounding area with a damp cloth will do, but that it does happen is somewhat annoying. It comes apart easily, and is dishwasher safe, so from that point of view it seems to be ok. For those who don't have a dishwasher, like myself, it will be cumbersome to clean.
Personally, I think this serves well as an introduction to juicing, so that people who are curious about juicing can try this, but for people who are serious about their juicing and want to do it every day or so, I would recommend a masticating juicer such as the Philips Professional Aluminuim Juicer (HR 1861) - which is quite expensive at £90ish, but worth it if you really are serious about juicing.
We bought this for £30 in a bid to increase our fruit intake with fresh fruit drinks. After the novelty factor wore off I was left with a pain to clean cumbersome machine that takes up a lot of space in my kitchen and never seems to look clean!
I'm pleased it was £30 and not anymore because I've now put it away and can't see me getting it out again unless for special occasions - if then.
I don't see the point in the two speed setting as I don't think this is a necessary feature / function. I didn't find it overly difficult to use and have to admit it did do a good job of juicing/blending.
This product does have its plus points though for anyone who is willing to persevere with the faffing about, mainly the two lire capacity - its great to be able to make a lot of juice at once then refrigerate it for later.
I wouldn't recommend this to anyone unless they were sure they would use it regularly enough to warrant having it on the sideboard for any length of time, but to perhaps invest in a small juicer etc
I bought this juicer with a view to making lovely fresh juice in a jiffy. I have to say that I wish that I had not bought it. I think that it is too big. It sits on my work surface taking up far too much vauable space. It gets dusty and needs wiping over constantly. When in use i feel that it makes far too much washing up. It is messy and complicated to clean. The juice is fine but I feel it is all too much hassle to use.
I also feel that its casing etc looks and feels a bit flimsy,though I guess I got what I paid for as this juicer is not particularly expensive. The juicer is also very noisy. My children however think it is wonderful (they dont have to wash up after using it ). If you have plenty of space to hide it away and dont mind washing up the components then it is an ok juicer.
I've had this juicer for about six months now. I previously had a smaller smoothie maker and wanted something that I could just chuck fruit into whole. Overall it is a good product and it can tackle most fruits very efficiently. It has two speeds, one for soft fruit like oranges or mangos and one for hard fruits like pineapples. At the beginning it did get a bit clogged up with fruit when I was processing a large amount, however, I think this was mainly due to my impatience and not the machines capability. Overall it has made me some great tasting juices quickly and easily. It doesn't give you a completely smooth juice but I personally think this is the point of fresh fruit juice. It's easy to clean and you can pop it straight in to the dishwasher without have to worry about carefully washing up the blades.
I have had this juicer for about 2 years now. I bought it from Argos and it was about £30 at the time. I bought this after I had been using a smaller one as I liked the fact you could put whole fruit in rather than having to cut everything up.
It is very easy to use you just drop the fruit in the shoot at the top and it pours the juice into a jug attached to the side, and the pulp into a container for easy disposal.
The downside to this juicer is that it doesn't separate all of the juice from the pulp so the juice can feel like it has little bits in. I don't find this to be a problem but others might.
It is easy to take apart for cleaning and can even be put in the dishwasher, and has 2 clips - 1 either side to keep it closed so that your fingers don't go near the cutting blades.
It has 2 speed settings one for soft fruit i.e. bananas and strawberries and one for hard fruit i.e. pineapple. I have used pineapples many times in mine and it does it quickly and doesn't find it tough to do at all.