We bought this juicer 4 years ago as an upgrade from our first 25 pound Lidl juicer when we realised we were serious about juicing. It cost us 80 pounds from Amazon and came with a free Juice Master 'Simply Juice' book. We have used the juicer more or less everyday since then, sometimes 5 or 6 times a day when we're on a detox diet, and it's still working perfectly.
The chute is a 'Whole Fruit' chute, which means in practise that you shouldn't have to cut up any fruit except extra large apples, which just don't fit in. The juicer is super easy to use, and can make 6 cups of juice in 5 minutes. It has two speeds, the lower one for juicy fruit like pineapple, and a higher speed for apples, beetroot etc.
Washing up is easy when done immediately after juicing- just remove the lid and rinse with hot water, remove the blade and clean with the special brush, rinse the jug. I always put a biodegradable bag in the fruit pulp container so I just take that out and throw it away...less washing up!
Problems? None really. My mum has the same juicer and she uses it twice a day and after two years the fruit juice started to splatter on the walls where the blade became blunt. She rang customer service and they sent a replacement juicer, and when that one went the same way after a year and a half they sent another one! So a big thumbs up for Philips customer service.
So yes, we don't expect this juicer to last for years, if you use it twice a day expect that after two years it will be showing signs of wear and tear- keep your receipt!
Notwithstanding this I would heartily recommend this juicer- great for weight loss as well!
I do try to be healthy though I can see this is probably viewed with scepticism due to the very fact I bought myself a self-vacuuming iRobot (review written)! However I do try and one way was the purchase of the uber-cool Philips Whole Fruit Juicer.
We originally had a juicer that conked out and due to all the faff you had to do to the fruit in the first place such as peeling and seeding etc not to mention the hassle of pulling the machine apart to clean fiddly blades and hard to reach areas... I had no interest in getting another. Until someone mentioned this little beauty!
My partner had already been hounding me to be healthier and that 5 a day blurb had reared its ugly head. So we threw some money out to get this juicer and I moved from sneering sceptic to actual user of the machine (a big deal since the only thing that really gets my attention in the kitchen is the kettle!)
Now it is bigger than most juicers I have seen and so takes up more space, however it is worth it! The main part of the juicer is this weighty cylindrical section in the centre. At the top of this is the area the fruit gets pulverised in and then at the back is the waste bin that fits neatly against the juicer.
There's a rather sharp spout at the front and you get a plastic jug with hinged lid that sits perfectly against the spout to catch all the juice. The jug has a scale on the side and also has a foam guard. This is a plastic shield that sits inside the jug.
To top off this machine is a plastic transparent shield that covers the juicer and bin area and includes what looks like a chimney. The shield is held sturdily in place with two clip arms that keep everything nice and tight.
You also receive a fruit plunger which is this cylindrical piece of equipment that fits perfectly into the "chimney section" that allows you to push the fruit down.
The controls are easy enough, a twisty knob that goes from off to speed 1 or speed 2. That is it!
For cleaning it comes with a small plastic brush with soft white bristles.
Finally, it comes with a great recipe book - The book is The Juice Master: Keeping it simple by Jason Vale, a wonderfully thick and colourful recipe book that gives not only recipes but details about the vitamins the fruit contains and the benefits of the different juices.
If you are not used to a juicer I recommend reading the book first to give you an idea of recipes. If you are making smoothies most need a base fruit that has a lot of fluid content such as apples or pears. (personal tip, add some lemon juice drops to the jug before you juice any apples as this stops the juice from "browning")
Use is simple, take some fruit and drop it through the chimney, the rule of thumb is if the fruit fits easily into the "chimney" it can go in whole and does not need to be chopped up. This means no cutting, no seeding, no peeling or slicing! EVERY part of the fruit goes in, stalks, pips and skin.
You can put fruit in right up to the top of the chimney and then switch it on. The "fruit plunger" can be put in the top that stops things flying out (I doubt that would happen!) but it allows you to push the fruit down onto the blades.
The two settings are used for different fruit. For larger denser ones such as apples and pears, put the juicer on the higher setting while soft fruits such as berries go on the lower setting.
The machine decimates the fruit. The waste bin fills up with the skin, pips, stalk and meat of the fruit that can't be juiced. All the juice then spills down into the jug, this is where the foam guard is useful. Once the jug is full of juice, slide the foam guard in before you pour it out and the majority of the foam remains in the jug. A very handy feature!
The contents of the jug do need to be stirred when finished because the juices often pour out in layers. A good mix makes a great smoothie/fruit juice.
Everything with the exception of the main juicer section is dishwasher safe. However the waste bin will usually end up with large chunks of pulp, these would need to be scraped out and put in the (compost) bin or if you are very creative, mixed with butter, seed and made into bird cakes for the garden birds. (In fact the pulp that is saved can be used in muffins and other food so there is so much less waste).
The blade section can be added to the dishwasher, but its mesh sides don't wash that well in a dishwasher. This is where the plastic brush comes in, the soft bristles help to sweep away the clinging particles when you wash it in the sink.
The main juicer section is mostly protected by every other part of the juicing machine so doesn't get very dirty, and the small mess it can get just use the brush (wetted) to clean it.
This machine is best cleaned immediately if you don't use a dishwasher as it can be harder to clean once the fruit juices/pulps have hardened.
~Points to consider~
* There is still SOME chopping / peeling depending on the fruit such as:
* Oranges and tangerines etc need to be peeled before being added. (though personally, I prefer to juice these with a normal juicer myself.
* Anything that is too big to fit down the "chimney" needs to be cut small enough to be added.
* Anything with a big stone like a plum or peach needs to be cut and the stone removed first.
* If you buy frozen berries etc, always leave them to thaw fully before putting them in this juicer otherwise they will all end up in the waste bin section.
However the amount of fruit and veg that can go into this juicer without any extra work makes the above issues not that big of a deal.
An absolutely brilliant product that has really helped me increase my "five a day" without even trying! Not to mention I am now "drinking" vegetables I would never normally eat as some recipes mean that fruits and veg I don't like can "hide" within the smoothie.
A great purchase if you have children who don't like eating fruit or veg as this makes it a much more enjoyable for them.
Cleaning is minimal because there are just a few pieces that come apart easy and even better if you have a dishwasher.
We bought this juicer one year before our wedding and lost huge amounts of weight using it. We love it.
The juicer was recommended to us on the Juice Master site and although it was pricey when we got it at £100 we've never regretted it! My mum got a cheaper juicer which is SO slow in comparison to ours and gets far less juice from the ingredients. I know this (should you be wondering) because of the difference in pulp that is left in the bin!
The juicer features a feeder tube that is big enough to feed apples into whole, which was a huge time saver ~ no chopping, just pop them in and whoosh, apple juice!
There are two speeds for the machine so that you can juice hard and soft fruits (although softer fruits didn't make as much juice for the money, I'd like to add...berries nearly bankrupted me!).
The juice comes out into a handy 2 litre jug which has a special seperator and the pulp spins off into a bin off the side. I line mine with a plastic bag and then just hike that out to put in the bin, which makes for a much easier clean up...otherwise you have to reach in and scrape it all out by hand!
Apparently you can put it in the dishwasher but I don't have one so I can't really comment. However, the only issue I had with this was the cleaning of the part that juices the fruit. It is a nightmare to clean by hand. The machine comes with a brush but it gets stuck on the blades and getting the tiny little bits of pulp out of the micro mesh is awful. Just when you think they're all gone, you see more. So, ashamedly I make my husband clean it.
I bought this juicer a few months back which was my second purchase of a juicer. I had the first one for a couple of years but thought I would get an upgrade to something nicer before the summer months.
I purchased the juicer online at amazon which set me back about £80 which is a real bargain. It comes with an operating manual which gives you all the details you need to know when ready to use.
The design is very nice indeed which is made of stainless steel for the base unit and plastic which is transparent for the additional jug.
The unit is rather large so try and ensure you have enough kitchen space to use it in aswell.
The juicer comes with the base unit a jug, differnt type of blades in cutting instruments to make the perfect juice.
I clean my unit by hand and it is very user friendly because it comes apart so yo can clean all parts seperately.
I use my juicer for lots of healthy shakes after I have been to the gym, its a lot easier as I used to use my blender up until recently which doesnt do such a thorough job. If I am using large pieces of fruit I will generally cut the pieces up as small as possible so that the machine gets a helping hand instead of getting clogged up.
The unit is very easy to use you just simply take the top off and put your fruit or veg in and push down the black top. The on off switch is just a push button which is easy to use.
The Philips HR1865 really does a good job but I find it a little bit noisy, I thought that it would make almost no noice but this just isn't the case. It does a great job though and maybe my expectations are too high as for me it was an upgrade which I had waited a while to purchase in place of my existing juicer machine.
A great piece of equipment which really does help me too be healthy and maintain a healthy diet.
I got this one Christmas for the family to start having some healthy morning juices before heading off to school/work.
I got this one because it seemed to be one of the best available although not the cheapest. I have been using it for a year and honestly is sits on the kitchen counter for 11 out of 12 months of the year!
There are a lot of pieces to set up at first so It would be a bit annoying having to set it up before each use. I just leave mine sitting there in kitchen though. It does take up a lot of workspace sitting idle on the counter. The cord is also about a foot long. A scrubbing brush was included for cleaning but still takes a lot of time with all the little bits of pulp getting stuck in every corner. The outside can get dusty but doesn't mark with fingerprints as it is plastic and brushed steel.
It is very loud so you wouldn't want sleeping babies upstairs using this! It does a great job at filtering the pips and skin. You don't need to chop everything up either. I usually do cut an apple in half but on the manual it says you don't even need to do this. It does make great juice but I wouldn't store it in the plastic jug as it tends to stain.
It's big compared to other juicers and comes with a little jug that you place by the spout where it collects the juice. I hold this just before sometimes the juicer spits the juice out with force and could knock the jug calling a disaster!
I would recommend this juicer as it does make excellent juice and Philips is a great brand also. It would last for years! It may not suit you if you have a small kitchen with no place to store it or if you don't want too much noise in your kitchen!
I first bought this juicer when I decided to do yet another mad diet, needless to say that didn't work, however I do still use this item on a fairly regular basis it's a great way to get some of the kids 5 a day in with great ease. It comes with a recipe booklet by the juice master Jason vale which has some very nice recipes in it. It also comes with a 125ml juice jug, the pulp container has a 2 litre capacity so you can juice loads in one go. It also has non slip feet so It doesn't move about when you are juicing which is handy. There are two speed settings for when you are juicing different textures of fruit and veg. The feeder tube is really big so you can just chuck it all in with no chopping, and it's dishwasher friendly so you just take all the bits off and load them straight to the dishwasher and they come up great. It's a nice modern looking juicer in chrome and black and I think a great buy.
We bought the Philips juicer in a mad post-baby diet fad as an upgrade to our smoothie maker and just wish we had upgraded sooner.
We found the juicer in our local Makro for £80 + VAT, which was a fabulous price. I believe they are now retailing at around £130. The juicer comes with a book by the 'Juice Master', Jason Vale. The book has some great recipes and some impressive juice solutions to all manner of body complaints. We followed his juice diet and lasted 2 days before we were tired of taking a horrific selection of vegetable based juices into work! I would recommend the juices book but the full juice detox diet is only for the brave and determined (I am neither!)
Anyway, I digress - back to the juicer.
The machine itself is a large silver and black contraption, which is pleasant enough on your counter top but is a little heavy to lift in and out of the cupboard every day. Hence, if you wouldn't keep it out then it might be a little too easy to get fed up of hefting it in and out so it could end up consigned to the unused gadget section at the back of your cupboard.
There are 3 sections to the juicer - the main motor body of the machine, the mulch box at the back and the lid area with the mesh filter plus chute. The jug simply rests around the exit chute, ensuring there is no splatter or ridiculous need to catch the juice in a cup as it flies out.
The 700 watt motor is incredibly powerful and makes very quick work of even the hardest of apples. The noise can be quite loud but due to the sheer power it only takes seconds to juice 3 apples so the noise is short lived. The extra large chute is designed to be able to fit apples in whole and states it juices the whole fruit. This claim is largely true and fruit doesn't need preparing to juice but if your apples are very large then they may need chopping in two before popping down the chute.
The mulch disposal area is huge and we have never managed to even nearly fill the 'bin', even when we were fad dieting and preparing around 4 litres of juice for the day ahead. The bin is easy to clean, even if left to 'mature' throughout the day after a breakfast juicing session. However, the mesh filter is not such a dream to clean as this can end up caked with very dry pulp. The machine does come with a brush for this purpose but it can often need soaking to release the pulp and is best done as soon as possible. Unfortunately the juice produced by the machine is so yummy that it tends to disappear very quickly and the time in relation needed to clean the filter can be a little offputting.
The jug that comes with the machine is a great size and comes with a foam remover that allows you to pour a smoother juice out of the jug as it siphon off the foam, which is an inevitable product of high powered juicing. However, make sure you don't leave it in while actually juicing or the result will be a jug full off froth (I speak from experience as I have done this 7 or 8 times myself - if only I learnt from my mistakes eh!)
The juicer is expensive but I can't see this as a disadvantage due to the sheer quality of the machine, it's ease of use and versatility. It is worth every penny and you really do get what you pay for.
Cheaper juicers tend to need fruit and veg to be prepared whereas with this juicer you really can just fling it in. The chute is significantly wider than a standard juicer and the motor power is beyond amazing. If you fancy one of these but have seen a different juicer for cheaper I really would recommend paying the extra for the Philips - it really is the king of all juicers.
Sadly, I can't give the juicer a 5 in every section due to the cleaning (if Philips are reading this then please make a new specification machine which is either self cleaning or comes with a little man in the box who will clean it for you!)
I love this juicer but found that after a month I got bored and poor trying to keep up with using it. It works out so much cheaper to buy pure juices in the shops. Also it became an effort to clean it all and put it back together. It is bulky too so it is sitting on my side at the moment as I have nowhere to store it.
Last summer I thought I'd give juicing a try. I chose this particular juicer because of the fact you can just put whole fruits in (rather than having to chop them up first) and because it seemed to come in fewer pieces than other machines around, which woudl hopefully mean cleaning and reassembly woudlnt be too much of a nightmare.
It is really really good.
It has two settings, one for soft frutis (e.g. strawberries) and one for hard fruits (apples, beetroot, carrot etc). Most apples and pears fit down the little chute without needed to be chopped, larger fruit/ veg like beetrootneed to be chopped, but only into half or quarters if they are massive specimens!
As with (virtually) any juicer citrus fruits need to be peeled first and fruits with stones need to be destoned manually. The juicer will deal with apple cores and pips etc no problem.
The jug is really good too as it separates the small amount of scum that inevitably comes out along with the juice.
Cleaning is OK, but definitely best to do it straight away. A brush is supplied to help you get in hard to reach parts. Having not used any other juicer I can't compare if it is easier to clean, but I get the impression that it is, although there are some tricky bits.
I believe it can't handle things like kale, wheatgrass etc but things I have sucessfully juiced include; apples, pears, oranges, peaches, kiwis, strawberries, beetroot, cucumber and lettuce. I wouldn't particularly recommend the last two.
This is a wonderful Juicer, I bought mine on Amazon for £89.99 and it was delivered without too many issues. The box is fairly large and the machine comes with a book by the Juice Master which is fairly large and a great introduction to the world of Juicing.
The machine itself looks fantastic, sleek and silver, its large and takes up a decent amount of space on the kitchen sideboard but it is well worth it.
There are a number of items in the juicer which need to be cleaned before use, including blades and choppers, there is a jug that also comes with the machine that you use for the juice to fall into, it includes a small divider which ensures no lumps go through it.
The machine is decent as all the items used can be put in the dishwasher to be cleaned which is really convenient, although its also really easy to clean by hand.
So, to use the machine, you switch it on, take off the large black tube at the top, ensure the jug overlooks the pouring nozzle and start feeding fruit into the main tube, you then push the black tube down to squash the fruit (or vegetables) and then wait for the juice to come out. Its not too loud and works really easily, its worth chopping larger fruits like Pineapple to get the best out of it, and you need a reasonable amount of fruit to make the juice, but its so worth it, the juice is fresh and every combination i've made has tasted wonderful so far, it is a real energy boost and a great, easy way to get your 5 a day.
Its reliable, quiet, easy to use and I think it will be a good long term investment for me.
We´ve had this model for nearly a year now and it still does a fantastic job, it is easy to clean, gets through all kinds of fruit and vegetables with ease and also scoops up the waste to ensure you only get the freshest parts of the fruit. It still looks great and while it takes up too much space on the sideboard, I think it was well worth buying and can see us getting at least another 2-3 years use out of this excellent top of the range juicer.
I've had this juicer for a year now. It has 2 speed settings of which I only ever use the most powerful so I don't see the need for 2. The Juice jug is a decent size but not the most robust. Cleaning brush is handy to get at all the bits left after the process. All removable parts are dishwasher safe which isn't as useful as it sounds because it's easier to wash by hand since the pulp gets everywhere and blocks the dishwasher filter.
Good Points: This powerful juicer is quick to juice with the minimum of effort. Whole fruit such as apples and tomatoes fit easily into the feed tube. It's easy to assemble and there is a large pulp container to collect the waste.
Drawbacks: Juicing in general is pretty expensive because it takes so much fruit just to make one glass of juice. The cleaning of this machine takes longer than the juicing and this is probably why mine just sits in a cupboard gathering dust!
I have had my Phillips juicer for a couple of months now, and use it everyday. It's a great way to eat your 5 a day. The skin and pith of your fruit is whizzed into a tray at the back, and all of the juice and goodness goes into making your drink. It's incredibly easy to clean, and comes with a special, small brush for getting into the small bits. The plastic jug is also very useful, the grey lid keeps any splashes from going onto your kitchen surface.
It's great for reducing hard fruit, like apples and oranges, however, I would recommend keeping your old smoothie maker for berries and other soft fruits, as they tend to get lost in the juicer.
In short, you can make a delicious, and healthy drink and have the entire machine washed up and put back together in 5 minutes (I've timed it!) which makes being healthy just that little bit easier.
I brought into the whole juicing phrase because of Jordan - I'm not a huge fan of hers but her ability to shrink immediately after childbirth caught my attention (I admit I'm quite shallow) and so during my 2nd pregnancy I purchased the Philips HR1865 Juicer for £169, in readiness for the big diet once I'd given birth.
So, once my gorgeous baby boy had arrived, and I'd given my body enough time to recover, I weaned myself off the cakes and junk food and fired the Juicer into action
HOW IT WORKS
Apparently it has some centrifugal action going on - the fruit and veg get spun round fast enough to ensure all the juice is extracted. The large feeding tube where you put the fruit etc to be juiced is big enough to ensure that most things don't have to be chopped prior to juicing - although I have had apples get wedged - so I do tend to at least cut them in half and it doesn't require much effort to juice anything - the speed of the 700w motor ensures most items are easily pulped
The juicer comes complete with a jug and foam separator if you don't like to drink the foam that is created during the juicing - and it's easy to take it apart and stick in the dishwasher to clean - so there's no drawn out cleaning to put you off making any juices. The only part of the juicer that required more effort to clean was the mesh filter - but the juicer came with a handy brush that you can use to easily scrub that clean.
Looks are important (see, told you I was shallow) and this juicer fits in nicely with the rest of my kitchen appliances. It's stainless steel/black with an LED display - so it looks nice and modern. It's not too bulky either, so it can be left out on a work surface without getting in the way.
My Juicer came with a juicing recipe book (so I'm assuming all of these models do) and some of the recipes are really nice. They don't all sound appealing - mixing veg like spinach and carrots with pineapple etc - but once made most are palatable. One that was slightly too hardcore for me was the Broccoli/spinach combo. It tasted like dirt. You do get a lot of juiced squeezed out with this machine, so each juicing recipe usually creates enough juice for 2 drinks.
The diet plan that I was following recommended you replace all meals for a week with juices - which I followed for 3 days before the need to actually chew something overwhelmed me, and I started eating proper food. I just replaced 1 or 2 meals a day with a juice, usually at least breakfast each day - and lost 7lb in the 1st week, and then a steady 2/3lb in the following weeks. I reached pre-pregnancy weight within 6 weeks of starting - so I do recommend juicing for weight loss and the Philips Juicer is a great tool for helping with that. I still use the juicer most days - and my 5 yr old enjoys firing the veg down the chute - although he's not so keen on drinking the results!
I was given this juicer as a gift as I was one who always enjoys juice over whole fruits. Living healthy and eating healthy is a key part of our daily lives and to have something quick and efficient is what we need in our everyday lives.
This juicer is brilliant it does the job not only efficiently but also at speed so you can get on with your other chores without having to wait around. It does both fruits and veg and you can mix and match to create your own nutritious drink and to your fancy...
You always here about the 5-a-day but its not always realistic to have the portions they recommend. However it is possible with this juicer as you blend all your fives's into one and gulp it down!!
I have recently started experimenting with mine looking at different combinations of fruits and vegetables which may sound unusual at first but when you try it its a different taste all together. I have recently tried kiwi banana and Carrot. I must say it is rather a smooth drink but sounds weird to mix. Give it a go!!
Short name: Philips HR1865