When I initially researched juicers, I was overwhelmed. The majority of consumers judged the appliances based on efficacy and ease of cleaning.
I discovered there are two types of juicers: masticating and centrifugal.
Masticating juicers are more expensive and use a single gear or auger that breaks up the fruit and vegetable fibers, resulting in more fiber, enzymes, vitamins and trace minerals in the juice. Centrifugal juicers spin at high speeds, grind the fruits and vegetables, and then force the juice away from the pulp.
After 5 years or so, the blades became dull and the time came to replace the unit so without hesitation, I purchased the newest Hamilton Beach model.
Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Pro Juice Extractor 67650 Overview
- Retail price $79.99
- 9.3 x 13 x 16 inches
- 3-inch wide chute
- 8.8 pounds
- 800 watt motor
- Dishwasher safe parts
- Includes recipes, tips, juicing cup, and cleaning brush
- One year limited warranty
I love the wider chute because I don't have to spend as much time chopping up fruits and vegetables.
Disassembling the unit after use is straightforward. Since I tend to juice a few times a week, I've streamlined the process. The key is to washing the five pieces as soon as you are done so the pulp doesn't dry up and become difficult to remove.
The cutter/strainer screen is tricky to remove because you need to pinch the rim and rotate it until it comes loose. I rinse it and then place it in the sink.
Next, I rinse the separator with the juice sprout. I don't wash the bin until after I've deposited the pulp into my compost bin.
Since I've already rinsed with hot water, all the juice and pulp has already been removed.
I always leave the cutter/strainer screen for last.
Then, I rub the outside. Finally, I carefully use a corner of the sponge to remove any remaining bits of pulp.
I've gotten to the point where I can wash the fruits and/or vegetables, chop, juice, and wash the juicer in about 15 minutes.
If you are on the market for an reasonably priced centrifugal juicers, I highly recommend the Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Pro Juice Extractor.