The Price = = = = = I received this Kenwood Juicer as a gift; however looking around on the internet it is quite hard to find it for sale at many online stores. Amazon did sell it, but now state the item is currently unavailable as do many other online stores. It usually retails for around £20, and I managed to see a couple on eBay at price from £10, although it is worth noting that most for sale on eBay are refurbished or in used condition. Specifications = = = = = = = = * Compact centrifugal juicer for removing juices from hard fruits/vegetables * Two speeds for hard and soft fruits * Easy to clean * Stainless steel permanent filter, easily removed for cleaning * 0.4 litre pulp container can process up to 1kg of apples * Safety lid interlock for added safety * Cord storage prevents flex trailing on the worktop * Chrome finish with black trim The Design = = = = = = First thing I noticed about this Kenwood Juicer was its nice modern design and its compact size. It looks at like a mini spaceship you would see in a modern day sci-fi movie! The body has a chrome silver finish, as well as black coloured plastic top and controls. The silver and black colour effect makes it look very stylish and in my opinion makes it appear a lot more expensive than actually is. It has a transparent plastic cover that is located at the top half of the juicer which has a thick cylinder shape plastic tube enclosed. The Kenwood brand name is located in stylish font below the transparent cover. Experience = = = = = = The Size & Weight *************** The Kenwood Chrome finish is a nice change from the usual white plastic design you find on most juicers, and with this chrome effect it also matches our kitchen finish very nicely and the best thing about it is that it looks expensive when in fact it is cheaper than most plastic juicers on the market. The Juicer is nice and compact in size and measures approx 27 cm in height, 17 cm wide and 17 cm deep. The size makes it really easy to fit on my kitchen work top or cupboard as it hardly takes up any room, and another great thing about it is that is quite light weight weighing around 2 kg , meaning it doesn't require much effort for me to transport it to and from our kitchen cupboard. Cord Length & Inserting Food ************************* The power cord for this juicer is also a reasonable length, which is ideal as the last thing you need is a juicer that feels like it is tied to the wall! It makes it easy to move around and use. Once the plug is connected to the mains on the wall, you then insert pieces of fruit or vegetables into the circular hole located at the top of the juicer and choose either the low speed or the higher speed juicer option. The appliance has two speeds to choose from, with the lower speed being best for softer fruits and vegetables and the higher speed being designed to juice harder fruit and vegetables. Speed Settings & Results ********************* The lower speeds are good for soft fruits and vegetables such as oranges, grapes, and tomatoes, and the higher second speed works well on mangos, apples, carrots etc. I find that the speeds do work fairly well, however I do however have to dice the pieces of the harder fruits and vegetables before I put into the juicer as from past experiences it doesn't juice as well if you insert thicker chucks of hard fruit. The lower speed works great and juices contents in seconds, while even at higher speeds the harder tougher food objects take around a minute. Despite needing a little effort on my side to chop up the fruit into small pieces, the juicer does produce decent results. To be honest if I had spent over £60 on this juicer than I would have been disappointed and would have expected the juicer to do all the hard work, but as it was a gift and retails at only £10-20 its performance does match the price spent. Another tip is not to rush the process, and not to push everything through the whole in one go, as I find the best results come when you take your time and allow the juicer to gradually take in the contents through the circular hole. This does also make it a little time consuming, only enabling me to insert a few pieces of food at a time due to the small sized hole. The device isn't too noisy, which could be due to the less powerful motor and only having two speed choices. Transparent Cover *************** The transparent plastic cover allows clear view of the juicing process, which enabled me to control the input of the contents more precisely and also acknowledge when I need to stop the juicer or increase speed. The instruction manual is very useful and is something that should be read before using this appliance as it clearly states which speed is best for which type of fruits. Cleaning ******** The juicer is easy enough to clean, the lid is removable and therefore I usually just wash the appliance by hand. Being small in size makes it a lot easier to wash, as there isn't any really heavy parts or attachments to clean through. The chrome effect body is easy to wipe down and looks nice and shiny once done. The plastic attachments can also be washed in dishwasher, however I find it easier and faster to wash by hand. Conclusion = = = = = = Overall this is a decent juicer that does make nice soups and juices, but not without a bit of effort on your half and some time as well. However the price makes it more than worth the few niggles I have with it and therefore would rate this 4/5.
For me, the Kenwood JE356 Juice Extractor is one of those products that I bought with the best of intentions, to improve my fruit and vegetable intake every day and hopefully also improve it for my family, but it's spent most of it's life in the cupboard because I haven't used it nearly as much as I envisaged I would. I bought the juice extractor about 3 years ago for £26.99 on Amazon - although having had a look today for the current price on Amazon, I notice that it's not available. I would imagine that this is the kind of product however that you can pick up secondhand because I suspect many people buy it and then don't use it - not because it's not any good, but simply because best intentions often fall by the wayside unfortunately! It's a nice looking juicer and I would imagine it would fit into any kitchen. It looks quite sophisticated with it's chrome body and then the black trim that accompanies it. In addition to this, unlike many electric juicers, it's not very big and so it's not going to take up tons of room if you do keep it on the work surface. Some of them look like massive industrial juicers that are just that practical for home use because of their size which then turns the juicer into an inconvenience rather than the convenience it should be. Using this juicer is easy and it's certainly not rocket science. Having said that, it's also not as convenient as I'd like it to be and it could take quite a long time to juice enough fruit to get enough juice to put on the breakfast table.....hence it's been in the cupboard for so long and I've resorted to buying cartons of fruit juice! In order to use it, it's just a matter of removing the entry port and then putting in the fruit or vegetables into the main compartment and the pushing down on this part to juice the fruit. It sounds simple....but the amount of fruit you can put in at any one time is pretty limited and so there is a lot of start - stopping which can get a little tiresome. In addition to this, you do need to chop of the fruit / vegetables into small chunks so that it can physically get into the juicer in the first place, and bearing in mind the amount of fruit you need to create enough juice, this can be very time consuming. It does have a filter in it so all of the scummy bits of the fruit and any pips etc. are filtered out and so the juice is always nice and smooth - and this filter can be cleaned as and when needed. Pouring the juice from the juicer is also not an easy task and tends to be quite messy.....which again, as the juice is precious after all of that effort, it can be a bit soul destroying to loose any of it to pouring it out. I've took to pouring it first into a large jug and then into a glass because I found I lost less juice this way. Overall, the juice this juicer produces is nice.....without any bits in it. But the convenience of using the juicer is just not great and it really is a hassle that I can do without!
I bought the Kenwood JE356 Juicer when it was on special offer for £20 about a year ago. I had always wanted a juicer to make fresh fruit juice but had never got around to buying one and when I saw this for such a great price I decided to treat myself to it. Other than the price what sold me on this juicer was its looks as it is very good looking. It is made from chrome and has a black trim. The shape is very modern and I thought it would look sleek and sexy on my worktop and would help give my kitchen a more expensive modern look. Although it looks fantastic I found myself only using it a few times as it was a frustrating experience to use. To use the juicer you just need to remove the top part and put the fruit in it and then push it down to squeeze the juice from the fruit. The hole where you put the fruit is tiny and it means that you have to spend ages cutting everything up small enough to put it in which is time consuming and annoying. I would much have preferred one that had a bigger hole which allowed to just shove big lumps of fruit in as if you are trying to make juice on a regular basis then it soon becomes tedious having to cut everything up so much. Once the fruit is in the hole however it juices quickly and easily and it has two different speeds to use depending on whether you are using soft fruits such as oranges or hard fruits such as pineapples. Fresh juice tastes amazing but it is expensive to use this machine. It takes around 6 apples or oranges to make one small glass of juice and then you are left with loads of pulp as well. My biggest gripe about this juicer though has to be the spout where the juice comes out. It is so badly designed and is far to close to the body of the juicer and when you are trying to pour the juice it dribbles all down the glass and the juicer and onto the worktop which not only makes a mess but considering it takes so much fruit to make a glass of juice it is just more waste. Cleaning the juicer is easy and it comes apart and the pieces can be run under the tap with the exception of the main part which houses the electric motor which has to be wiped clean with a cloth. I definitely wouldn't recommend this juicer other than if you just want a nice looking gadget for your worktop. It is expensive and fiddly to make a glass of juice and messy to pour it when you do. It might taste nicer but I would prefer to just buy myself a carton of juice from Tesco than be bothered to use this all the time.
I have had little experience of juicers in the past, but I bought the Kenwood JE56 Juice Extractor after the first few hot days of Summer this year. Drinking ice cool fresh juices in the Sun is unbeatable, as I had previously experienced on exotic holidays in the past. Affordably priced at around £30 and from a well-known brand I remained modest in my expectations due to the basic design and spec on the packaging. Upon removing the juicer from the box I felt it was of a reasonable size, it came with a reasonable length of wire and the crome design set it apart from other models I had looked at which were generally cheap looking with their white plastic finish. Overall the simple lines and quality finish leaves you with a rather stylish kitchen gadget! To use the juicer I simply plug it into the mains and start juicing! The one minor annoyance is that the hole at the top of the juicer into which you put your fruit isn't that generous, so I do need to chop the fruit up into small chunks. This isn't too time consuming though, but it isn't ideal. The clear plastic body of the juicer allows you to see how things are progressing, and the juicer soon makes light work of anything you throw into it! The juicer has two speeds and I wouldn't say it is quite as powerful as juicers I have seen at my friends' houses. The instructions supplied with the juicer informed me that most fruits can be juiced using this juicer, including tougher fruit such as pineapple. The juicer obviously extracts juice from the fruit, and leaves you with the pulp which cannot get through the filter. As the juicer isn't as effiecient as it could be, I often squeeze a bit more juice from the 'waste', this can also be used for cooking and especially when baking cakes. There are three sections to the juicer, the main chrome body of the juicer must be cleaned by hand due to it containing the motor and obviously the flex. The lid is then easily removed and either washed by hand or in the dishwasher, likewise with the clear plastic block that is used for pushing the fruit into the juicer. Overall I am more than happy to recommend the kenwood JE356 Juice Extractor to anyone looking for a simple to operate and basic juicer to make easy and very fresh juice. I am not a big fruit eater, but with this juicer I am consuming a lot more fruit which gives me a healthier option. With such a compact design it is ideal for those that won't use the juicer very often, as it takes up very little room either on the workspace or in a cupboard.
I haven't been overly impressed with this juicer. I should point out here that I haven't tried any other juicer and I think to be honest, it's juicers in general that I don't like. But I'm afraid, this is the one I have, so this is the one that will feel my wrath!!! You have to cut fruit and veg up pretty small in order to fit them in the aperture at the top. This is quite time-consuming, especially as you need such a large quantity of fruit and veg to make just one glass of juice. The juice comes out pretty neatly I guess but it doesn't just go in the glass, bits run down the sides as well. This might be me not paying enough attention though! The biggest downside for me, and this applies to all juicers, is the amount of fruit and veg pulp that is caught in the sieve. I know it means the juice is smooth but it seems like such a huge waste. I usually sit there with a spoon and eat it up just for the vitamins! Also it's a nightmare to clean. The sieve part on ours is permanently grubby because no matter how much a soak and scrub it, the holes are just so small that inevitably there are still bits stuck to it that you just can't clean off. The final result is delicious and healthy but surely a blender would be better and you could have a smoothie with all the pulp still in it, which is far healthier and there's less waste.
I was given my Kenwood Juicer as a present many years ago now, and although it's spent some time in the back of the cupboard (don't all gadgets really)! When it does see the light of day its pretty good and still functioning well. Juicers have progressed a lot since I first received this and are less messy, easier to clean and take more fruit at one time - so I'm lead to believe. It does juice well and I've made many amazing-and disgusting concoctions in it. Never again will I try Celery juice! I did an experiment and bought £1's worth of apples and £1 worth of already squeezed apply juice. I got two and a bit glasses of juice from squeezing my own compared to 8+ glasses of the already squeezed one...but my juice tasted much better, would have been much more healthy, contained more vitamins and gave me a 'good feeling' that I'd done it myself. As fruit prices rise, its definitely not good value, unless you have your own fruit growing outside or access to cheap fruit. I find, no matter how hard I try, that it leaks down the side of the glass as it pours out leaving a nice mess and some waste. It's really awkward and time consuming to clean and fits in very little fruit at one time, so lots of time is spent chopping the fruit into small chunks. Time consuming, messy, awkward, non cost effective..yet I love it!
IT sounds so easy...get some suptuous fruit, pop it in a juicer and there you have it a healthy drink that would make Gillian McKeith proud! Not so with this juicer. After spending a good 8 minutes chopping the fruit into small enough pieces to squeeze into the small fruit shoot (as it were), and then pushing it gently down into the spinning grate that grindes and pulps the fruit, you are left with a very humble juice drink. For best reults you would probable need at least five pieces of fruit and/or veg to make a small cup full. Then the best is yet to come...trying to wash this thing! That takes another 15 minutes as all the little bits of fruit, veg and pulp get wedged in the grate! Most of the time not every piece of food stuff is removed. I suppose all that washing up could make you burn a few calories!
I bought one of these today, I have always wanted a juicer, I love juice, however, I am in turmoil when reading the list of ingredients in so called 'juice', from concentrate, not from concentrate, acidity regulators, juice drinks. I just want juice. This is the answer, just juice. The design is simple you put the fruit & veg in the top and the juice comes out the side. It al comes apart to clean, though the blades are difficult to get the mush from. The only real complaint I have with this is the spout the juice comes out of. Due to the poor design it splutters and juice runs down the side of the juicer and the glass. Not a major problem for a cheap juicer, just irritating. Today I have made peach & apple, kiwi & carrot, kiwi & banana, and plum. I then had an idea to use the mush of the carrot left over from the juice to make baby food (a liquidiser or blender would normally do this, but this is the new juicer!!) I added onion & green bean to the carrot, cooked the mush quickly and added the juice. Quick cooking time to retain vitamins. The juice on it's own tasted a little odd. I have to be honest & say I won't cook the baby food that way again, I will stick to juice. I like it and can see myself drinking a lot of juice for a couple of weeks before it goes in the cupboard with the rest of the electrical items which become too time consuming to use or clean.
This Kenwood juicer is at the cheap end of the market and this is reflected in the quality. Ideal for the beginner, this model offers a cheap and attractive way to fill up the cupboard with more never-used-gadgets. For the more serious juicer, this model would not be highly recommended by most. Lets start with the looks. The JE356 is a modern, stylish machine that would not look out of place in any modern kitchen. Finished in a chrome effect, the reflective body is contoured with a distinctive flair. When first purchased, care should be taken to admire the styling of this juice extractor as it is an absolute nightmare to keep this way! I love looking in the style maazines and dreaming of the perfect abode. In the real world, these ideas make great magazines. The juicer continues with a see-through lid and black plastic stuffer thing. When complete, the juicer is actually quite nice to look at. The domes of the stuffer (sorry, I don't know how else to describe it) and the plastic lid are very modern looking. A popular idea with modern designers seems to be trying to recreate the home of The Jetsons and this juicer fits in with this idea. The plastic see-through lid does allow you to see the juicing process which is definately a bonus. You will undoubtably wonder at this when you first start to use this machine. Watching the fruit as it plumits to it's demise at the mercy of the threshing blades below might seem quite brutal but just remember how good the resulting juice is for you! The motor of the juicer is not the most powerful. It has two speeds and it is recommended that you read the instructions supplied before you use this machine as different fruits require different speeds. The motor is powerful enough to cope with apples, pineapples, mangos and other firmer fruits but I recommend that you take your time with these. Don't rush the juicer. The softer fruits are juiced with ease, perhaps too much so. The JE356 is great as a replacement to the traditional orange juicer. It will make a morning glass of juice a regular instead of a treat. However, the juicer is not as efficient as you may be used to with a traditional hand juicer. Where you can scrape every last drop out of an orange shell, you are left with a lot of pulp with this juicer. I recommend that you squeeze this through a sieve to extract maximum juice. Don't waste anything! The juice is directed effectively to a spout which is only big enough to accomodate a small glass. This is great if this is what you want but makes a jug of juice a bit of a carry-on. I recommend that you use this machine on a draining board of a sink unless you are obsessively tidy. There are drips after juicing which, when left, are sticky! Urgh! Apart from this, the juicer is actually very easy to clean. The simple construction makes disassembly easy-peasy. The main unit must be cleaned by hand as this is where the motor is. There are three detachable parts - the stuffer, the lid and the juicer. These are simple to locate and can be washed in the dishwasher. I recommend that you spend a bit of time on the juicer because the small holes, used to extract the juice, can collect a lot of the pith and pulp. If this drys on to the jucier, it can impair future use. I don't think there is a great deal left to say about this machine. It is made by Kenwood and so comes with an excellent reliability reputation as well as worldwide service and support. It is a stylish piece of kit and is reasonably priced for a juicer. I have had mine for a few years now and it works fine. I was set on having fresh juice every morning but soon adopted the "I can't be ar**d" approach. The beauty of this model, however, is that the footprint is very small. It fits into any cupboard and the cord wraps nicely in the cavity of the machine. If I can offer one word of warning to any NEW jucier, it is don't overdo the juice ! It might taste nice and you might like using the machine but if you are not used to a lot of fresh juice, you could spend the rest of the day juicing your bowels down the toilet. These machines are great for constipation! Also watch which fruits you mix as some combinations are not suitable.
Short name: Kenwood JE356