Product Type: Philips juicers
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Be healthy and drink your veg!
Member Name: leesah_m
Date: 30/01/13, updated on 30/01/13 (150 review reads)
Advantages: Makes getting your 5 fruit/veg a day easy!
Disadvantages: Cleaning takes time if you hand wash
I tend to stick to a similar recipe each time, but there are so many variations you can do. I bought the juicer from Argos (for £100), which was about £30 more expensive than amazon at the time (which was around £70) but I wanted the security of being able to easily take it back if there was a problem. With it being electrical you never know - but actually I've had no problems so all is good there. The good thing though, is that when I bought it from Argos it came free with a Juice Master book, full of recipes (although I must admit, I read a lot of the recipes when I got it and then never actually made any... but it's there if I want it and I'm sure I'll use it at some point when my normal recipe gets boring). So, what I usually make is a combination of something like this:
2 handfuls spinach
1 lemon (or a half if I don't want it too strong).
For me the above foods (as well as whatever else I may have in my fridge) would never make it into my diet in the quantity that they do when they go into my juice. Even if it did go into my diet, the veg, other than the spinach, wouldn't be raw and we all know raw veg is fantastically healthy and full of enzymes.. and all of that. For this reason I really can't recommend this juicer enough for people who don't eat as much fruit and veg as they perhaps should. I imagine it's a good way for some parents to trick their children into 'eating' healthier, too. When I make my recipe above, it just tastes like lemon.
Using the juicer is really easy. You just put the fruit/veg into the er... shoot (?) , turn on the juicer with the switch, and then push the contents down with the er... pushy thing (?) that's supplied, and then the juice comes out of the spout and into your jug (also supplied). That's about it really.
One important thing to mention is that when you turn the switch on the juicer, the juicer sort of 'jumps'. I had read a review that mentioned this before I bought it, but I didn't realise how significant it would be, so when I turned mine on for the first time, I wasn't prepared and the juicer jumped and the jug that was sat by it (waiting to be filled with lovely healthy juice) was thrown from the counter top and some of the juice that had already been poured into it was spilled on the floor (which annoyed me). Anyway, the simple remedy to that is to just hold the juicer when you turn it on, and then you can let go again straight after.
It juices really well and takes probably less than 30 seconds and although it's loud, it's not too loud - it's actually quieter than my blender. I don't have much to compare it to, since it's my first juicer, but I've heard that the amount of juice you get per fruit/veg is good for a juicer, too. You do get a lot of pulp (which is normal with juicers), it seems like a waste to it throw away, but if you look online there's plenty of suggestions of how to use it, so it doesn't *have* to be a waste. I just throw it away though because I can't be bothered ;)
The juicer has a few detachable pieces so you can take it apart afterwards and clean it, but it's really easy to take apart and reassemble. Once you've taken it apart (after juicing) you get to do the fun bit - cleaning it. In fairness it's really easy to clean, but because there are a few parts it's vaguely time consuming, so I don't like it. You would find this with any juicer though so it's not really much of a criticism. Actually, I think it's dishwasher safe so that solves that... but I always hand wash mine for some reason. The juicer is quite large and so takes up a bit of space, but that's only a problem if you're limited on space. If you have the space I'd say it's worth having this take up some of it.
The Philips HR1861 juicer IS expensive, as I said I bought mine for around £100 from Argos and it's currently £79 on amazon... but you definitely get what you pay for, it's a top quality juicer, and if you use it often you get your money's worth.
Summary: An excellent way to get more fruit and veg into your diet - truly recommend.
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