I will admit that I was downgrading with the unit, so my expectations are probably a bit off from someone that is buying a juicer for the first time. I grew up with a mother that loved juicing back in the 70s and invested in a Norwalk, the Cadillac of juicers. That unit is a 2 part process that first created the pulp which is placed into a muslin bag, and then is placed onto a hydrolic press which then extracts the just without any impurities, foam or "chunks". I have inherited this machine, and it is equivalent to what you get at a juice bar. That said cleaning that machine is a beast, and super time consuming so not great for daily juicing. I ordered this Breville because the reviews seemed solid, and I figured worst case scenario, I could press the pulp myself if needed... Which unfortunately, is exactly what happened. This juicer is very high powered, and rips thru veggies in no time flat. Cleaning this machine is a dream, and is very easy to make large quantities.. all of these are pros. The Cons are that the juice is somewhat thicker than what would would get from a retailer. Also, the juice has a foamy consistency, which I hate, so I needed to go the extra step of using a micro strainer to get rid of all of that thick foamy particles left in the juice. .. it was also messy, and made the process twice as long as needed. Again, this is a preference issue, so if you don't mid a thicker product, you would not be bothered by this. Out of curiosity, I took the pulp from my last juicing session, and placed it on the press of my Norwalk, and I ended up getting a full 18 oz of excess juice.. that is a ton! After needing to strain and repress my pulp, the overall time it took to get the desired consistency of juice I wanted ended up making me realize i should have just used the better unit in the first place. In the end, I would say if you are new to juicing, want something fast and easy, and don't care about wasting some of your produce.. this is the machine for you. If you are buying all organic product, and don't mind making larger batches that you can store a few days at a time.. I would recommend buying a masticating machine instead.
Jjust a few parts, easy to clean, its slow but that is to be expected of a masticating juicer as opposed to a centrifuge type. You have to look up the difference and know what you are buying. It was excellent and priced well.
This is my first juicer. I don't have anything to compare it to but I like it, it's not bad. You can't stick a whole carrot in there, you'd have to slice the carrot in half but thats okay, I don't mind chopping my fruits and veggies before juicing them. I'm glad I got it.
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