Product Type: Philips juicers
Newest Review: ... 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 everythin... more
Juiced a moment!
Member Name: SpiderDreams
Advantages: Quick, easy to use, easy to clean, dishwasher safe
Disadvantages: can't take oranges or fruits with large stones, VERY loud
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.
Summary: Excellent buy, worth the cost, great for getting your 5 a day quickly
|Ease of use:|