This was my first juicer and I bought it because the review I read said it was simple to use and good for beginners.
You have to chop up your fruit/vegetables first - unless it is something small like grapes, as the chute is tall and thin. There are two speed levels at which you can juice. The first speed is for softer fruits like plums and the second is for harder products like carrot. It juices them really quickly although you are advised to push down on the funnel shoot slowly. The machine is quite noisy but is so quick to use that it doesn't really matter that much. It vibrates quite a lot too, so needs to have a strong solid surface.
The pulp is taken to a seperate compartment. The pulp has a tendancy to clog inside the machine, rather than reach its supposed destination. When this happens some juice leaks down through the machine and it gets into a real mess. I would say this happens with about half the pulp you produce. It is possible to re-use some of the pulp you end up with, depending on the fruit. Occaisonally the funnel does not totally press the fruit into the grater section so you can be left with unjuiced chunks left in the funnel. The juicer comes with its own jug which has a divider down the middle and which seperates the froth from the pure juice if you want - I just drink the froth too, though, as its full of vitamins!
The juicer is easy enough to clean. You will need a little brush for grating section, which gets really clogged up and one is not provided - I bought a toothbrush which does the job fine. Otherwise, every other part simply requires a rinse as it is all smooth plastic. It is a quite big machine but used often in my house! I got mine from Amazon for £36.00 which is reasonably cheap for a juicer.
I bought this Moulinex juicer about three years ago, in an attempt to be healthy, and drink more fresh juices. At first I used it a lot, as it was a novelty. Since then, I have used it intermittently, and it is currently on top of the fridge freezer.
I found that the juicer is very good value for the price, (I paid £50.00 in Debenhams). There are other juicers on the market that cost a lot more. It makes a decent amount of juice quite quickly and takes most fruit and vegetables easily. You do have to chop up larger fruits, such as apples and pears, to enable them to be fed into the juicer, but this does not take too long to do.
The only drawback is that the juicer has quite a lot of parts that have to be fitted together, then washed after use. I found that washing some of the parts was a little tricky, as the fruit and vegetable fibres got stuck in the juice extracting piece, and did not come out easily, even after soaking and vigorous cleaning. This could be quite time-consuming if the juicer was used each day to make fresh juice, as is recommended for the maximum health benefits.
When not in use, the pieces all fit together neatly, and it does not take up a lot of room. I will definitely be using the Juicemaster again in the future, as I love fresh juice, but it can be quite time-consuming washing all the parts, when you don't have a dishwasher.
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