Product Type: Philips juicers
Newest Review: ... not last. I got my husband to set the juicer up as he has more patience for this type of thing! He said that it was easy to put togeth... more
Member Name: fredderfy
Advantages: Good filtration, nice design, easy to take apart
Disadvantages: Expensive, can be hard to clean the mesh, fruit can be expensive
I purchased this sleek stainless steel looking juicer a couple of years ago for £99 from Argos. At the time, I thought it would be a great accessory for my kitchen. When I first had it, I used it quite a lot, but eventually it petered off and now it just sits in the back of the cupboard. However, it's a really useful gadget and you can make an array of different juices with it. My favourite is pure pinapple or pure watermelon juice.
The juicer has three main components. The pulp container, the central part and then the jug which comes with it. The jug is quite large and has a panel inside which filters the froth when you're pouring the juice out. It also comes with a handy little cleaning brush which helps to clean the mesh part and blades. The top of the juicer is securely attatched by the side clamps, which are easy enough to remove once you need to clean it.
When you're ready, you pop your fruit in the feeding tube, which is big enough to take whole apples/oranges but you will need to cut up things like pineapples and melons. The skins can be left on but I recommend removing them off of hard things like pineapples to preserve the sharpness of the blades. You are able to push the fruit down using the part that sits inside the feeding tube. The pulp is then siphoned off into the pulp container (which I recommend lining with a sandwich bag with handles for minimum cleaning) whilst the juice flows out through the spout and into the jug or cup, whichever you prefer.
Cleaning the appliance is relatively easy. Unclamping the top of the juicer allows you to take that part off and clean it, which then enables you to remove the mesh and clean that part and the blades, plus the funnel part which leads to the spout. The trickiest part to clean is the mesh, but using the cleaning brush provided makes it easier.
This is a great product if you intend to use it regularly, however, if it's an impulse purchase like it was for me, it's likely to be sat in your cupboard for months on end until you remember it's there. The juices it makes are very tasty and it's filtration is very good, so I think it's worth the extra money. However, the fruit can be quite expensive as you need about 3 or 4 apples to make a decent sized glass of apple juice.
Summary: Good for if you're going to use it on a regular basis
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