Product Type: Philips juicers
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Philips HR1861 - its not Philips, its mine!
Member Name: danny691
Advantages: Easy setup and operation, simple cleaning, powerful motor, great looks.
Disadvantages: Expensive, but worth it.
We all have gadgets and kitchen appliances that lay dormant in a cupboard cluttering the place up. Gifts that were recieved and hardly ever used. The juicer is high on such a list of items a lot of us own but which we hardly use. Now and again we have the urge to eat more healthily and the juicer is a great way to help you atowards your five a day. I have owned mine some time now and get fairly regular use from it.
The Philips HR1861 looks the part. The juicer is well made and both feels and looks robust. The brushed stainless steel finish on the main body of the juicer gives a very professional and expensive look, it has to be noted that this isn't a cheap and cheerful machine though. Priced at around £80 online I bought it after a lot of deliberation. Juicers can cost anything from under £20 to over a hundred pounds, so it is always best to work out what your needs are before purchase.
Philips is a well-known brand and is one I can trust for both quality and value for money. The looks are obviously a major selling point as it does look the part. The 700W motor is of a healthy power and has some much needed grunt. There are two speed options. You may think this is disappointing, but I find it adequate and the juicer does handle most things I throw into it. The juicer can handle fairly large chunks of fruit, and nothing I have put down the chute has been a problem for the powerful device. Harder fruits such as apples and pineapple are cut down to size reasonably well and I am most impressed with the juicing power to hand here.
When I first began using the juicer it was very simple to set up and operate. I did look over the instructions to see if there were anything glaringly obvious I had forgotten to do, but setup and operation are a doddle. There is a large jug that comes with the juicer which is ideal as it can hold a good amount of fruit. This is simply put into the front of the juicer. There is then a pulp collector which catches the pulp from the fruit, allowing you to do a lot of juicing before it needs emptying. The pulp collector also ensures that fruit juices are very clean and pulp-free. If you don't like bits in your freshly squeezed fruit juice then the HR1861 could be for you!
Cleaning the juicer is also an important consideration. As the main jug and pulp-collector are easy to access and remove this makes the job much easier, and there are no fiddly areas that are difficult to clean either. The seperate componants are dishwasher safe, so this is another bonus if you have one of these. I often just rinse the various items straight after use, as there is nothing worse than cleaning off dried orange pulp.
Although the price may seem a little bit steep I still think this juicer is worth the money. Juicing is simple and the motor is powerful enough to handle even hard apples and pineapple. The juice extraction is also very efficient, meaning that you get as much juice from the fruit as possible. The design is also very clean and sexy, meaning it could happily sit on your kitchen worksurface without having to hide it away. I award the Philips HR1861 a full 5 Dooyoo stars as it is an excellent all-round juicer.
Summary: Efficient juicer that will encourage you towards your five-a-day.
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