This is a great juicer for a person who is not a lifestyle juicer but maybe just starting out. Juicers can get very expensive very quickly and, while I have no illusions that this will last anywhere near as long as a $300 Breville, for my sister who will use it for a couple of weeks a months when she's feeling bloated, it should last a good long while. The second consideration (other than price as this was a gift) was whether it was easy to clean. My mom had a juicer that my sister used and clogged up and left it "soaking" and it was never the same again. Juicers must be cleaned PROMPTLY and often the process of disassembling them can be daunting, especially for new juicers. This one comes apart with ease and rinses clean quickly. The only downside is that I can see that the quality is not the highest and you can see juice dripping off of the pulp that is left in the machine. The fix? Run the pulp through!! Not only does this maximize the amount of juice you get, it makes the pulp easier to clean out of the juicer when it's time to clean as it's more compact and drier. For the price, I think it was a great buy, my sister loves it and unless it conks in less than 2 years, I got my money's worth :)
I absolutely love this juicer. I put off buying this juicer due to cost, although I have looked at this product for several years. I had a different variety of juicer that juicers much slower that I had read was better because it supposedly "protected" the vitamins in the juice better because it did not create so much heat. However, I disliked using that one because it took so long to cut up all the veggies and was much harder to clean. The Breville is wonderful to use, juices very fast, and is very easy and quick to clean. I absolutely love it and now have juice almost every single day.
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.
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