1 love my fruit just as it comes - straight off the tree but I decided to buy a juicer after I bought a house in France. The garden that I inherited has 4 cherry trees, a large delicious yellow plum tree, 2 peach and 2 apple trees. There are also red and white grape vines, running the length of the garden. The reason I decided to buy a juicer was because of all the windfalls and the quantity of fruit that would go to waste if not eaten or juiced.
I decided to buy the Philips HR1858/97 from Amazon for £34.99 in one of their sales. I had the juicer delivered to my English address partly because of the free delivery and partly because most electrical goods are cheaper in the UK than France.
When the fruit harvested I had a great time collecting the fruit and juicing the ripest or the surplus. There are 2 controls depending on the fruit you are juicing. I invited my French neighbour to watch my juicing and to bring some of her own apples to try. Madame P is in her late 70's but always willing to try get involved in what her new 'anglais' neighbour is doing. She watched on incredulously as I added her chopped apples to the juicing bowl. The jug holds about 1.5L and was soon delivered as gorgeous apple juice into the jug. I have to say the noise was pretty horrendous and the cat hid under the kitchen table. We needed about 50 full bowls of fruit to get 5 litres of juice (Madame P and her neighbours wouldn't consider any type of juicing that was less than 5 litres!). The kitchen was a bit of a mess, our eardrums had taken a bit of a bashing and the cat needed valium, but what the heck, we both had 5 litres of fresh apple juice to show for our efforts! I have to say that the blade part of the juicer was a pain to clean and in the end I left it to soak in a little washing up liquid and used a brush.
I carried Madame P's 5 litres of juice across the road to her house for her. She insisted on showing me her large wooden apple press that she keeps in her barn. She hauled a 25kg bag of her garden apples into the trough, turned the handle a few times and the apples disappeared through the huge wooden cutters. Apple juice gushed out into a vat at the bottom and she proceeded to pour apple juice from the cute little wooden tap into bottles....
If you do not possess a huge apple or other fruit press I think you could probably get away with a Philips HR1858/97
I started a new health kick and decided that I needed to eat a lot more fruit and vegetables, although I am not really someone that likes eating a lot of fruit. So I decided that I should start drinking fruit juices, I purchased the fruit juices from my local supermarket, but I did not realise how expensive they were.
After a few weeks I decided to purchase a juicer as this would allow me to make juices in a wide range of flavours at a fraction of the cost. The Philips juicer HR1858 is great as it can juice any fruit or vegetables. It has a large feeding tube so that you do not have to chop all of the fruit before you put it into the machine like a lot of juicers. You also do not have to peel and core all of the fruits before putting them into the juicer.
This juicer has two speed settings, dependable on the fruit or vegetables that you are jucing. The juice jug can hold 1500 ml and is easy to clean as it can be put into the dishwasher.
I would not say that this is the greatest juicer that is on the market, but for £34.99 I think that it is worth every penny. Being able to place all removable parts into the dishwasher makes it easy to clean and ready to use again the following morning.
The machine is not the quietest one available, but I was expecting it to be a lot louder than it is, especially when juicing hard fruits. It is really strong and reliable whilst taking up a minimal amount of space on the kitchen work surface.
One of my favourite flavour juices is to make in the juicer is orange, pineapple and mango. Mango can be quite expensive but you only need a small amount as it has a great flavour, so a single mango will last a few days.
It's my first ever juicer and I don't regret choosing this brand at all.
The fact that a free book was included in the box did not help me decide what juicer to pick in the first place but once I'd opened the box and read the book, I was really pleased with the book (but that's another matter and this review is for the juicer itself).
The juicer is really easy to use, you don't need to peel fruit (apart from kiwi fruit (and mango maybe), the chute can hold a lot of fruit in one go.
People can be put off about cleaning the machine but they'll find the same problem with other juicers or similar appliances.
The best tip is to clean the juicer straight after use, dip all the bits in soapy water but then people will be pleasantly surprised to notice there are only 4 items which need cleaning and that's really little effort when you know all the goodness you'll get out this sweet little machine.
Fully endorsed by the Juice Master / Jason Vale, the Philips HR1858 Juice Extractor is the perfect product for those wanting to embark on a healthy way of life / This versatile juicer can handle hard fruit, vegetables as well as soft fruits / With its large 1.5 Liter pulp container, you can make more juice in one go / The extra large feeding tube easily takes whole fruits and vegetables, so you wont have to peel, core, de-seed or chop first / Short name: Philips HR1858/97