Product Type: Philips juicers
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Let the juice give you a boost: Philips HR1861
Member Name: db5vry
Advantages: One of the best juicers available today
Disadvantages: None of any particular note
I've found in my time of using juicers that they are often hit or miss products. I bought one for around £20 from Argos as a Christmas present a few years ago, though when we tried it (to make a apple/orange juice combination) it was amongst the most vile liquid I'd certainly tasted in my life.
I've had friends who have had juicers that give much cleaner and interesting tastes - the sort that does not make you want to spit what you've just drunk back out! I'd decided to go for something more towards the top of the pile because I'd always wanted something that enabled me to just whip up a delicious tasty glass of random fruit juice at my convenience. I feel that's what I get with the Philips HR1861.
Onto the product itself: in real terms, it's around the size of a kettle - possibly a little larger. Considering its size, it doesn't make the loud noises that I became accustomed to (albeit for a very short time) with my older juicer. I would say that it in fact makes around as much noise as my kettle - and that's actually being as harsh as I could possibly be.
Do you need to be a mechanical engineer to be able to take this apart to clean? Not in the slightest. I've found it pretty straightforward, the instructions that came with it were helpful if you find yourself struggling. Cleaning it is fine, pretty much on a par with anything else in your washing-up routine like saucepans or baking pans. If you have a dishwasher, then it's compatible and safe to use it with, but if you don't then it's no trouble cleaning it the manual way. There is also a purpose-included brush to help you to clean the metal basket, I think Philips has made it as easy as possible in this respect, which is very convenient.
The most important question for people looking for a juicer: "what does the juice taste like?" You'll be pleased to know that it tastes brilliant, and the most obscure combinations (carrot, orange and lemon for example) may sound weird, but taste distinct and enjoyable. Granted, not everyone's going to enjoy what I would (some may even faint at the idea!) but it only goes to convey the endless possibilities available to those using this juicer. One point of note against this is the use of balanas or avocados - I don't believe they work so well, and avoid using them. I feel this may be down to the starchy nature of the fruits. I'm no biologist, but I feel that the juicer may have some form of trouble breaking fruits or vegetables of this composition down. I wouldn't call it a design flaw as such, I'd just think of it as a non-feature of the product. With many of the juicing commercials I've seen (possibily all) I don't see them using any bananas; perhaps this is the case with all products of this type.
You'll be pleasantly surprised how much juice it gets out of a single apple - apples are my most used fruit with this juicer, and I find pure apple juice to be as refreshing as any drink I've ever tasted. Use Granny Smith apples for best results - it adds that extra bit of vigour to the taste. The jug that is supplied with the juicer is generously big, so don't be too worried about that aspect. The tube is large enough to allow for many fruits to be juiced in whole, which makes it easier for people who dislike cutting or chopping their fruit in order to fit them inside. Preperation doesn't really have to be taken into account, unless you're using very large items.
The only negative things I have to say on the subject of this juicer are that once you've finished, it may still be subject to small drops coming out of the filter which might soak your kitchen surface, or wherever you have placed your juicer over. It's nothing you can't clean up in seconds, but just a minor irritance. The other thing is on the subject of pulp: it's wetter than what you'd expect and it's also very fine, so one thing that you may choose to do is place a small bag in the pulp container in order to avoid any further mess and/or save on cleaning time.
This juicer, like any other quality juicer on the market, helps anyone who uses it to lead a healthier lifestyle with a greater deal of ease than they otherwise would have been able to. Some struggle to incorporate five fruit and vegetables a day into their diet, and owning a good juicer takes a great difficulty away from it. It not only helps you feel better about yourself, but it also gives you a considerable boost of energy which can be felt long after you've started using it.
Summary: The benefits of this machine are too much to sit there and not get one!
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