I have had this juicer for around a year and a half now and I bought it because I was on a health kick at the time and had heard about juicing and how good it is for you. This juicer was one of the cheapest that I came across when I was looking around for one, and after comparing it to the others I decided to buy this one as it had the best reviews and looked nicer than the others in the same price range.
I purchased the juicer from Amazon and paid around £48 if I remember correctly. It is not currently available on amazon but looking online now I can see that it is available from a variety of shops, with prices ranging from around £45 to £75. Believe it or not this is quite cheap for a whole fruit juicer and a lot of others that I've seen are well over £100. Although this is a good juicer and it does what I need it to do, it is not perfect, however for the price that I paid I think it is good value. I got a freebie with my juicer too - a diet book by Jason vale called 7 pounds in 7 days.
Philips have got quite a wide range of juicers and when I was comparing them all, this one was the cheapest which is why I chose this make over the others. The juicer is a whole fruit juicer which means that you don't need to peel or chop up your fruits and vegetables before juicing them, you just drop them down the chute. The juicer is not the most expensive or nicest looking juicer as it is white, which I think looks quite cheap compared to the other Philips juicers which are available in a wider range of colours such as silver, which looks much more expensive.
This white one however isn't ugly and although it is a bit cheap looking it doesn't look really cheap, it is just very basic. The juicer when I first got it came boxed and you get a plastic jug which the juice goes in to, I also got a pulp separator which was a plastic thing that went over the jug and separated the juice but I somehow lost this, which means I have to use a spoon to get all of the froth and foam off of the juice. The other attachments are the pulp collector which goes at the back, a plastic base which attaches to the main part of the machine, the metal part which grinds up the fruit/veg - this has got a mesh thing around it and it is very awkward to clean.
There is then the plastic shoot part which is basically like a large plastic lid with a chute on the top, this covers the top of the machine and also the top of the pulp collector and it is secured by two things either side. It is important that you secure this properly else I think there would be a lot of mess if you juiced without it properly secured. There is then a plastic spout which is removable so it can be cleaned, this is quite awkward to slot in at first but I got the hang of it quite quickly. You also get a large plastic tube which is textured at the bottom. This is used to push down the fruit and vegetables.
The juicer has got a dial on the front which you can turn either left or right, the left one is for soft fruits and vegetables (for example: oranges) and hard fruit and vegetables such as cucumber, celery and so on. You don't need to hold the dial down - all you need to do is turn it to the setting you want and once you've finished juicing turn it back to the default setting in the middle which will stop the machine from juicing.
The machine is very easy to use, it plugs in to the wall and when you want to use it you turn the dial to the high power or low power setting. The juicer is loud and it is very powerful, it can juice a whole cucumber within about 5 seconds and it can also juice whole apples very easily. The only thing I've had a problem with juicing is spinach but I've found that if I sandwich the spinach in-between two apples a lot more juice is extracted, if I don't do this a whole bag of spinach will produce about a tablespoon of juice whereas if I do, it will fill about 1/3 of the jug. You can juice almost all types of fruit and vegetables in the juicer however you can't juice bananas or avocados because the texture of them clogs up the machine.
Taking the juicer apart takes no more than 2 minutes but cleaning it takes me at least ten minutes, the mesh part is the most awkward to clean. This is what really lets the juicer down because I enjoy making a juice and my son enjoys watching me juicing as he likes seeing all of the different colours of the fruit and veg coming out, but the clean-up is time consuming and not very practical when I am in a rush and I can't really just leave it until I get home from work as the pulp will dry in the mesh, so it needs cleaning pretty much as soon as you've juiced. I've found that by putting a plastic bag in the pulp collector (a tip I came across online) this minimises the mess quite significantly. I have seen a few tips online which include making huge batches of juices and then freezing them, which means you get lots of juice but only need to clean the juicer once which I think I might try.
Overall, this is an affordable, powerful juicer which is durable and very good quality. I have had mine for over a year and it is still in good working condition, the motor hasn't burnt out or anything. The juicer does have a few marks on it which show up because of the bright white coloured plastic, these are from juicing beetroot and not cleaning it immediately afterwards. Apart from that my juicer still looks almost as good as new, I've had no problems with it at all and for the price that I paid I've been happy with the quality.
The juicer is not 100% perfect in that it is loud, awkward to clean and it doesn't juice leafy vegetables very well unless they are sandwiched between a couple of apples, and also I do need to use quite a lot of fruit and veg to get a jug full of juice so it is a more expensive way of drinking juice but it is a lot better for you as you can also juice vegetables as well as fruit and the juice is fresh so if is full of live nutrients & vitamins.
Something that I have also noticed is that the pulp is always quite wet rather than dry which shows that the juicer has not extracted all of the liquid it could have done which all of the more expensive juicers do, but considering the price I think that the amount of juice that it does extract is a good amount and not too much goes to waste. All in all I am going to give this juicer 4 out of 5 stars, and I recommend it.
I purchased a juicer about two years ago to do a 7 day juice diet and start to live a healthier lifestyle. My husband laughed and asked if this was going to be the same as all the other kitchen gadgets I have bought over the years - gathering dust in the cupboards!
Amazingly, I do actually use my juicer quite regularly and I think a lot of this is down to the fact that it is a good quality juicer. I decided to go for a Phillips juicer as I see them as a reliable brand and I went for the HR1854 as it was with in my price range at £75.
The juicer came in a large white cardboard box and when I opened the box I found six parts. I was a little worried, not being the most technically minded of people that I would struggle to put it together. This wasn't the case at all as it is very easy to put together and all the instructions are very clear.
This is a whole fruit juicer which means that with most fruit and vegetables you can juice them without lots of messing about chopping and peeling. Basically so long as you can get it into the wide feeding tube you can juice it. This is your first advantage as if there was more hassle involved preparing the fruit I think I would have given up pretty quickly.
The juicer comes with a jug to collect the juice and to operate the juicer you just put the jug underneath the tap to collect it. You then place your fruit and/or vegetables in the large feeding tube. You put the juicer on and push the contents through with a long white plastic tube. The fruit and vegetables pass through a fine mesh filter which is circulating at a high speed and this separates the juice from the pulp. The pulp is collected in a separate container attached to the back of the juicer.
As this description hopefully shows it is not difficult at all to use this product. I often use it more than once in a day. It can be quite noisy but you only have it on for quite a short period at a time so it shouldn't be too disruptive. The juicer is up to 550W and there are two settings, one for your softer fruit such as citrus fruit or pineapple and one for harder things such as apples and carrots. I haven't come across anything that has been a real problem for this juicer to get through and what I try and do is use the lower setting for all fruit and vegetables unless I really need the higher one. I find if you use the lower one you seem to get slightly more juice out of everything.
Now to the slightly more annoying bit - cleaning the thing! I think it's worth noting here than this is going to be a bit annoying with any juicer and I think this model is probably better than a lot. After you've finished you take the juicer apart and first of all dispose of the pulp from the container and any that has remained on any other parts. It's probably worth noting in these green times that the pulp can be used for compost, to make soup or I've even heard you can make face packs from it. Once you've done that all the parts are dishwasher safe so you can just pop them in there although you'll probably need to do the filter mesh by hand as it doesn't get totally clean in the dishwasher. I usually don't use the dishwasher, I do it by hand and it only takes five to ten minutes so although it's definitely the worst part it's still not bad at all. However, don't leave it, do it right away or it gets a lot harder!
One great tip I read is to make sure your juicer is on your worktop, not in a cupboard. I totally agree with this - if you put it in a cupboard you're not going to use it but if it's already set up and ready to go you'll probably use it more often. It's also compact enough that it should fits on the worktop in most kitchens. I know this because my old flat had the smallest, worst designed kitchen in the world and I managed to set it up!
I've got several juice recipe books but it's quite easy to come up with your own suggestions - you know what fruit and vegetables you like best. Some of course work better than others, I usually start with apple or pineapple as these give a lot of juice which go with a lot of other flavours. Yesterday I juiced strawberries and mango together which tasted lovely but didn't give a high juice to fruit ratio!
Finally if you fancy trying out this juicer it's actually come down in price quite a lot since I bought it so you can pick one up for £58.97 in Tesco or a bargainous £48.40 in Amazon. I'd say it's a steal at that price!
At a mere 550 Watts, the Philips HR1854 was always going to struggle in the newly developing league of the "super-juicer", but it has a few tricks up its sleeve...
We've all been there: Late at night, or possibly a Sunday when the local stores are closed for business, you fancy a juice. The fridge is bare, the bin is heaving with discarded Tetra packs. But the bin is not the only overloaded vessel in the kitchen - your fruit bowl is bulging with a host of delights, yet for one reason or another you don't fancy actually eating the fruit. Enter the HR1854.
With only 550 Watts at its disposal, the seasoned juicemeister may be tempted to walk by this rig. But don't be fooled! What appears to be super-linear blade technology, coupled with Philips' wealth of experience in this field yield amazing results. And the built in pulp ejection mechanism is almost unheard of in this price bracket.
Seriously, this must be near the top of any juicer wish list.
Wow what a juicer. I got this for Christmas and I have been making all different types of juice since. Very easy to use and when you need to clean it very easy to take apart a bit like lego and the other good thing is very easy to put back together again.There are two speed settings and in some ways rather basic and functional but it does not job. A pulp container to one said and a measuring jug to place on the other side of juicer to collect the juice. The maximium wattage is 500. The main part of the juicer is housed in white plastic so it is very easy to clean.The other advantage is that you can put whole fruit into the dispenser particularly fruit that does not need peeling.Also in with the juicer I had Jason Vale who is the juice master book with info on juice making and that he claims that if you only had fruit juice for seven days you could lose seven pounds in weight. Have not tried that yet still trying to sample various types of fruit combinations.
The colour is white with silver edging which does look very smart. It certainly blends in well with all my other kitchen appliances which are also white.
The cost is in the region £60 but it would be best if you shopped around to get the best deal.
I always wanted a juicer and it has been very useful to have and I love trying out different fruits and combinations also I think they are much healthier than shop ones.
550 Watts Juicer / Juicing has never been easier. This 550W juicer with its extra large feeding tube will swallow fruit and vegetables whole, without the need for chopping. It also has a juice jug that will keep your juice fresh for longer.