There are times when you don't feel like getting the larger juicer machine out just to make a simple fresh orange juice first thing in the morning, and that is why I decided to purchase the Kenwood JE260 Juicer. I got mine a few years back for around £18-19 however I can't quite remember where I purchased it from, it was a well-known appliance store either Argos or Currys!
* Disassembles for easy cleaning
* Juice bowl with spout for easy pouring
* Powerful 25w motor for effortless juicing
* Juices a wide range of citrus fruits including oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruits etc
* Cord storage prevents trailing flex on the worktop
* One touch operation for simplicity and ease of use
* Translucent juice bowl for easy viewing of juice level
* Transparent dust-cover to protect the product when not in use
* Two way rotation for efficient juice extraction
* Stainless steel filter for strength and durability
The Kenwood Juicer is small and compact in size measuring approx 19 cm high, 14 cm deep and 17 cm wide. It has a simple white plastic glossy finish for the juice jug which holds the collected juice, and a juice bowl that has a spout at the top. The white transparent juicing tool is positioned at the top centre of the juicer just next to the spout. There is also a transparent cover included to place on top of the juicer when not in use. It is powered using a 25 Watt motor which is enclosed inside the body of the juicer and runs from the electrical mains using the power lead. The juicer also has a power cable storage facility.
Size, Weight & Storage
One of the main reasons for buying this juicer was for its compact size and ease of use, I wanted something that I could use first thing in the morning for making our fresh juices without too much faffing around or washing up, and found this to work great on making simple fresh juice. The size makes it very easy to store away into cupboards, or alternatively as I tend to it nearly every morning I have this out on my work top already, and really doesn't take up much room at all. It has a cord storage facility so when not in use the cord can be stored away and therefore doesn't get in the way on the kitchen worktop. The juicer is also very light weight and only weighs approx 0.935kg, therefore it's easy to transport and pour out the contents when finished juicing.
How to Use
The juicer is very easy to use, simply plug the appliance into the mains and then cut an orange in half (or any other citrus fruit into halves). Then place the fruit on top of the transparent juicer part on the surface of the appliance and apply slight pressure, to enable the motor to start juicing the fruit contents into the jug holder. The juicing process is very quick for example it only takes a few seconds to juice one orange, this is great as making my small family glasses of orange juice is easy and quick to do. I like that you really don't have to apply much pressure for the fruit to get juiced; this allows me to have better control over the process and also a lot less messy. The top area collects all the pips and seeds, so you don't have to worry about those annoying bits getting in your drink, so all you have to do once the juicing is done is pour out the contents from the juicer jug into glasses using the spout as an outlet and your ready to drink your freshly made juice! The spout is well designed, it ensures that there is no excess spillage during the pouring process and is big enough so that you get a good amount poured out.
It makes great juices; all the citrus fruits I have used are all juiced perfectly by this juicer and the results are so much nicer and tastier than having the supermarket concentrated versions of juices. The juice has the consistency you would expect from fresh juiced fruit, no large lumpy bits just pure juice!
Quiet or Noisy?
The juicer is very quiet during operation, it is a lot quieter than larger juicers and only gives off a slight motor sound when on. The 25 Watt motor provides enough power for juicing citrus fruits and soft fruits well, however I mainly stick to juicing oranges while using this juicer.
The juicer is very easy to clean, which is great when using in the early mornings! It is easy to disassemble so the parts can be put into the dishwasher to clean or alternatively cleaned by hand which is just as easy.
Overall this is an excellent simple juicer to use, very simple to operate and perfect for making early morning citrus juices. It is also very easy to clean and is dishwasher safe, and best of all is reasonably priced. This juicer gets full ratings from me.
We have owned one of these basic Kenwood Juicers for a couple of years now and it is fair to say it actually gets used much more frequently than our other, bigger juicer (which is also a smoothie maker). This one is easier to clean and quicker to assemble than the bigger one and because I also bake a lot it is handy to have it around for quickly extracting the juice of one or two citrus fruits (mainly oranges and lemons in my case but also the occasional lime).
We bought this for £17.99 from Argos and I believe you can still find it (probably a slightly modernised version) for around this price tag.
The electrical cord on this item is fairly short, which is a little annoying as you have to use it very close to the socket, however the cord cleverly wraps back around the base when it is not being used which makes it neater and more easy to store. There is no on or off button but rather the juicer starts when you press the fruit onto the spinning top section, the pressure is what triggers it and it stops when you lift the fruit away, this is actually surprisingly handy and convenient, especially when you have juicy hands!
The juicer sections spins one way and then the other (in between bouts of pressure) and is very effective at extracting juice which runs down into the section underneath, the pulp is caught in the upper part (as are any seeds) so this is a very convenient way to quickly seperate these parts of the fruit. One orange half only takes around 20 seconds (if that) to be turned into juice and seeds/pulp.
The parts all fit together easily and equally this device is very easy to clean, all the sections come apart and can be washed with normal soapy water. It is amazing how much juice this will extract and the ease of use makes it a kitchen must have for me, not if you are juicing to drink the juice so much (as it would seem a bit laborious) but certainly when needing juice from 1 oe 2 fruits for cooking and baking.
I love fresh orange juice in the mornings and during the day when I feel like an energy hit, there's nothing like a good drink of freshly squeezed orange juice with a lemon mixed into it, it revives your vitamin level and helps you feel a little more alert. I bought a juicer for the mornings as I found that drinking juice instead of coffee woke me up just as well and made me feel better and not sluggish like coffee does once the initial caffeine hit has worn off.
I bought a Kenwood JE260 Juicer from Curry's for £17.99 it comes in a small box and is a simple plastic design that you get a good instruction booklet with, it's easy to follow and the parts on the juicer are dishwasher safe. The colour of the juicer is white and it has three parts to it, the bottom part is the bowl where the juice collects when juicing your fruits. The top part looks a little like a hand held juicer and this is where your cut up fruit goes to be juiced, it's a simple easy to use device. Then there is a plastic see through cover to put on the top part when it's not in use, this is to keep dust and dirt out of the top part. Like this idea as it keeps the juicer clean.
To juice fruit is very easy, just cut it in half and pop it on the top part off the juicer and the machine does the rest, it is quiet so there's not a lot of noise coming from it when it's in use and you don't really have to push hard on top the top of the juicer when you want your fruit juicing. The juice then collects in the bottom part of the juicer which has a handy spout for easy pouring.
It can easily do oranges, lemons and limes but the other fruits may be a little tricky but still can be juiced, you just have to hold them steady over the top part.
I like this juicer as it is easy to use and fast to juice, it's handy for your juice in the morning and it collects the juice for you at the bottom for easy pouring into a cup.
It's also very easy to clean and the bowl can be rinsed out and wiped clean whilst the upper parts can go into the dishwasher.
This has been a good appliance for me and I'm happy to recommend it to you, it comes with a years guarantee but you have to fill in a form and send it off to get the guarantee. I always forget but it has been going strong on a daily basis for about six months now, so I can't see it going wrong.
A great kitchen appliance at a great price.
I try and eat and drink as healthily as I can and I am always looking for ways to sneak extra portions of fruit and veg into my day whilst looking and tasting good. I picked up this juicer when it was reduced in Tesco. It was quite cheap and there were a lot more expensive ones for sale which looked much more capable, but I can never seem to resist a bargain.
I also bought a bag or oranges and rushed home to give it a go.
The appliance comes in a nice small box and is neatly tucked away, so is easy to cheap and store if you don't have much space.
There are not many bits to it so it is easy to set up and easy to pack up without missing pieces (as I always do with my blender). It was nice and simple to assemble and no fiddly bits which you feel like you might snap soon rendering the whole product useless!
To make orange juice you cut the oranges in half, and sit the half over the cone and let it twist until it juices. The bowl underneath collects the juice. The more juice it has extracted the harder you push the orange down until it has no insides left and then you throw the shell in the bin (or the compost heap or whereever you keep these things).
The process itself was nice and easy to extract juice and much better than a fully manual one. However, the sieve type feature which stops too many lumps getting into your juice soon clogs up and I found myself emptying it very regularly. All in all it took about ten minutes (at the least) to make a pint of juice. I also noticed I went through a whole pack of oranges to do this, which was quite costly.
So... the juice was yummy and healthy, but the cost and time used were quite high. Therefore this is great to use for a treat, but not an everyday tool.
My mother sent me this juicer when I was at uni because I love freshly squeezed orange juice.
The juicer has a simple design, it has 6 detachable functional parts (a dust cover, cone, strainer, juice collector with pouring lip, power unit and cord wrap). The cord is roughly twice the length of my forearm and the base of the juicer is about the size of a side plate. I always leave it out on the working surface and it takes up no space at all (do remember to cover it with the dust cover provided!) All the components of the juicer, except the bottom power unit, are dishwasher safe, which is great because I think some parts of the product are hard to reach/ clean if hand-washing eg, the bottom or the conical ridged center of the juicer.
The juicer works just like your traditional version except the rotatory motion (clockwise and anti-clockwise) is electrically powered and not hand-powered. The machine is not too noisy when used, there is only one power setting and for reference, it takes about 2 minutes to get a full glass of orange juice, but it depends largely on the what species of orange you are using. It could get slightly messy if you have a very big, juicy orange but other than that it gives steady and stable performance.
I like how simple it is to use and how simple it is to clean. The small size and nice design are good bonuses. Google says the current online retail price is about £40, which does sound a little expensive, especially for infrequent usage. I would suggest wait for a good deal and check out other models as well because some of them are multifunctional (does other fruit & veg), but this as an orange juicer does indeed do its job well.
I have enjoyed making smoothies for several years now, and I have always used either fresh orange juice from a carton, or cranberry juice from a carton as the base to which I add my fruit. In fact while there is nothing particularly wrong with this method, as orange juice in cartons comes from concentrate, I have often wondered how good it actually is, compared to the real fruit. Unless you get your oranges on trays of four from overpriced food stores, then arguably the real fruit will come in cheaper too.
There isn't actually a juicer on the market that will do all kinds of fruit and vegetables. In fact I have four juicers in my collection (vegetable, citrus, wheatgrass and regular blender - for smoothies) I find they are the most useful of all kitchen appliances - no other modern gadgetry generally finds its way into my kitchen. I make my fruit smoothies in the blender part of my food processor, but of course this is not adequate for citrus fruit.
The Kenwood JE270 is a citrus juice extractor that does what is asked of it, and comes in at an affordable price. You can actually pay £100s for a citrus juice extractor, which would seem like overkill for anyone other than a commercial outlet. In fact the Kenwood JE270 retails for around £15 from the electrical retailers and you may find it slightly cheaper on line.
Assembling the extractor is simplicity itself. The base unit is on a fairly short electrical cord, and the specially shaped jug slips over the central plastic spike. There is a silver tray to catch the pulp, and finally the domed citrus squeezer shape on the top. There is no on/off switch with this type of appliance, instead the extractor is activated by pressure - when you push the orange half down on the squeezer, the appliance spins around gently and extracts the juice.
There are two main advantages to using this citrus extractor instead of a traditional lemon squeezer. Firstly the amount of juice that can be extracted from the Orange (or other fruit) is significantly more than what could be achieved manually. Any extractor worth its juice will have a two way alternated rotation, meaning it will spin one way, and then the other. This helps to yield the most juice from the fruit, for far less effort than trying to do the same thing manually. The second most important advantage for me has been the time element. If I had to get up and manually squeeze four oranges before I can put that juice into the blender to make a smoothie maker, then I would probably be more incliined to stick with the carton orange variety.
Obviously the juicer will cater for lemon and lime and is adequate for this too, although it is unlikely that many people would have a need to juice those fruits in quite the same volume as oranges..
The metal tray separates the pulp from the juice and it is possible to squeeze around 3-4 oranges without having to tip the build off away, as it builds up around the squeezer. This is not really a problem for smoothie making, although preparing fresh orange juice for breakfast for several people obviously takes a lot more oranges! Technically this is what is referred to as Pulp rejection.
A very important factor when buying a juicer is usually the ease at which it is cleaned. Again I think this simple extractor makes life very easy. There are the three components, the jug, the glass squeezer, and the metal pulp catcher tray, and all three of these can be put in the dishwasher without any problem. the base unit itself rarely gets messy and can be wiped down with a soft damp cloth if any pulp does attach itself to it.
The final factor is probably the storeability. Mine tends to live on the kitchen worktop next to the food processor and the veg juicer as it gets used regularly. However if you do want to store it, then the small 6" diameter and height of the appliance make this straightfoward and the cord can be "retracted" around the base.
I have owned this juicer for well over twelve months now and as it is a very simple appliance then there is very little that could go wrong with it. If you are thinking of introducing more fresh juices into your diet then I don't think you will regret a purchase, particularly at this price.
A fantastic little gadget with a fairly good design. It comes in white and chrome both are the same price. The chrome version looks really well. It is compact which is great in that it can be kept on a work top without taking up acres of space. It is relativly quiet and speedy and perfoms well on both citrus fruit and veg. It is let down by the collection beaker which you position below the jucier. this never seems to get close enough to the machine causing dribbles. Also the beaker is unstable and easily toppled!!! Whilst it is not diswasher safe it is very easily cleaned. A recipie leaflet would have been an advantage. Basically a super machine let down by the poor beaker design.
The Kenwood Stainless Steel Citrus Juicer juices a wide range of citrus fruits including oranges, lemons, limes and grapefruits / It features a transparent dust cover to protect the product when it is not in use / cold storage to prevent flex trailing on the work-surface / 2 way rotation to maximise juice extraction / one touch operation for simplicity and ease of use / extra durable stainless steel sieve and filter / simple disassembly for easy cleaning / juice bowl with spout for easy pouring / powerful 25W motor for effortless juicing / translucent juice bowl for easy viewing of juice level / Short name: Kenwood JE-270