Good juicer on a budget!
Nov 20, 2012
a Very Helpful Review
by the Epinions community
Pros:Small so it's easy to store and wash, works well for occasional use. Price.
Cons:About 1/2 as much juice as higher-end juicers, more pulp, durability.
The Bottom Line: Great juicer for the price, you can't beat it!
For the price, this Black and Decker Fruit and Vegetable Extractor a good juicer. If you truly want a 5-star juicer then you need to spend over $100, but for occasional jobs and if you are on a budget, this will work great.
Recommend this product?
I have owned a Jack Lalanne juicer for years and it was wonderful, it worked well and left very little pulp. It was expensive, as I got it on sale for $80, but normally it's $120. The annoying part about that juicer was the size. It was so huge, with so many big parts, that they would take up the whole sink and dishwasher just from making one little juice.
The opening was also very large, so you could just throw whole fruit or veggies into the whole without even cutting it. Now with this Black and Decker Juicer, there are differences. The opening is very small, and I mean small. You definitely need to cut up your fruits and veggies. You also probably don't want to throw in seeds and all that, as the Jack LaLanne would separate them, I think this isn't durable enough to do that. This seems like no big deal, you wash your veggies and fruits and cut them smaller and throw them in. Don't stuff the opening with fruit or veggies, just feed one at a time and it works great.
The center really doesn't have a blade, but it uses a metal filter that spins so quickly that it juices your vegetables. It does leave the pulp a bit wet, when you mostly want as much juice from your fruits and veggies as possible, but for the price it works well.
Another difference I notice is that the Lalanne juicer would leave little pulp, making sure you got all the benefits from your fruit and veggies, nutritionally and you feel fuller as you drink more. The difference IS astounding, as the Lalanne juicer compared to another one will most likely have 3 times as much juice. That is what I notice about this Black and Decker Juicer is that the juice is very little, the pulp is a lot. This is NOT a big deal if you DON'T WASTE IT. If you throw the pulp out, then you are going to spend more money on fruits and veggies in the long run, you might as well buy a Jack Lalanne. If you use the pulp for other things, there is no waste. Here's a trick I do, I line the catcher pulp cup with a plastic baggie. I then do the fruits and catch the pulp in it, and seal it up and put it in the freezer. I then use the fruits for muffins, cakes, and other baked goods. It can go on top of yogurt even. I then line the cup again with a baggie again to catch the veggie pulp. That is the best part to me. I seal it up and freeze it, as it goes into my casseroles and soup. It's actually a good trick to get kids to eat their veggies by sneaking carrots, spinach, and other veggies into their macaroni.
So this juicer IS NOT perfect. There are certainly much better ones on the market. This works, though for gentle and occasional use and cost. I didn't want to spend the extra $120 right now to buy another juicer, so I went with this one. So far, I am pretty happy with it. I actually like SOME aspects better than the more expensive ones. For one, it is smaller and fits on my counter, instead of overwhelming it. It's easy to click open the sides and take apart and just throw in the sink to soak. Fruits and vegetables will STICK to the parts so easily, so soaking immediately after juicing IS A MUST (with ANY juicer). The parts are also smaller than my previous more expensive juicers, so it fits in the sink nicely and doesn't take up much space in my dishwasher. All the parts are dishwasher safe and easy to assemble again when you need to. The opening where the juice comes out is a small spout and works fine. The parts are easy to wash up and made of plastic. It's as easy as assembling (making sure the filter is in place properly), then locking it in place, plugging it in and flipping the switch. Feed it your fruits and veggies slowly and always be gentle and try not to jam or break it. It's sort of loud, as any juicer is. Don't leave it on unless you are feeding it fruits and veggies. Read the instruction booklet to find out the do's and don'ts. This also comes with a measure juice cup.
I won't be too sad when this gives out, as I only paid $36 for it and that INCLUDED shipping on Amazon.com. I like to throw everything in it from celery, carrots, spinach, lettuce, fruits, berries, apples and it does a good job getting the juice out. I was shocked at first, though at how little juice came out from an apple, some celery ribs and some carrots compared to my previous juicer. So it does use more fruits and veggis to get more juice, but again, SAVE THE PULP, so you do not waste any!
Overall, this is a good, occasional use juicer as it is not too large and the price is good.
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