Product Type: Philips juicers
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Robust and easy to clean juicer from Philips
Member Name: julwhite
Advantages: Easy to clean, strong design, free book with 100 juicing ideas
Disadvantages: Not all the juice removed from fruit
This review is for the Philips HR1861 juicer, which I purchased in order to try and get a more healthy fruit intake, and the product can also be used for smoothies or juicing down a range of products before using them for cooking.
On receiving the product, I found that the packaging was quite substantial and it is a relatively large machine which takes up a sizeable footprint in the kitchen. It looks very robust, and the packaging quality was good. On opening the package, I found the juicer itself of course, but also a cleaning brush and a juice jug. There is also a book included which has 100 juicing recipes and ideas.
The juicer needed only a small amount of assembly, and this took under a minute. There are instructions included which seemed comprehensive, but it's unlikely you'd need any help in setting the machine up. I was very pleased with just how efficient this whole process was.
I've had a juicer before, which was a cheaper and less robust machine than this one, but what I did notice was that the pulp produced from the older machine was a lot dryer than produced from this Philips model. It's almost as though this machine is too powerful and pulps a lot of the fruit very promptly, before all the juice is removed. It's not a great waste, but I did feel that the wet pulp showed that not all the juice was taken out of the fruit that could have been.
The packaging states that the machine can make 1.5 litres of juice with the enclosed jug, and that 2 litres of pulp can be stored. This is a good amount which I found sufficient for my needs. The packaging also notes that the machine has a 700 watt motor, and that there are two speed settings depending on the hardness of the fruit you're juicing.
In terms of the quality of the juice produced, I was very impressed, and I was entirely satisfied with this. To be honest, I'm not sure I'd really be able to note the taste difference between a high quality juicer and a cheaper one, but the juice was pure and good tasting!
Machines like this can be let down by having numerous parts which are hard to access, and thus nearly impossible to clean. Pleasingly, this machine didn't have that problem, there were only a small number of parts, all of which can be placed in the dishwasher. The parts are easily accessible, easy to clean, and so it's quick and easy to clean the machine after using it.
The machine retails at around 99.99 pounds, but is currently available for 65.68 pounds on Amazon including free postage, or a little less on eBay. You shouldn't have too many difficulties picking up this model at a reasonable price around this level, which is competitive to similar products on the markets.
Overall, this is a well thought out machine, it's effective and fast, and east to put together. Thought has been put into making sure that cleaning is easy, and the machine feels quite robust. The pulp wasted seems to be a bit more than the previous machine I had, but it's not a big problem, and I would recommend this product.
Summary: Recommended for price - good excuse to have a healthy drink
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