It is generally agreed by nutritionists and medical professionals alike that juicing is good for you, especially if you or those in your family are not keen on vegetables. Investing in a juicer can really improve your health if you use it sensibly and follow a well designed nutritional plan.
As you can see from looking at the products we have chosen below, you do not have to spend a vast amount of money to start living a healthy lifestyle. Electric juicers can range from £25 to over £300 depending on what you want to juice, in what quantities and with how much power, but our choices below all cost under £75.00. We feel that the three juicers we have picked are great for those that are just starting to juice their fruit and vegetables and who do not want to spend too much money as they begin this new venture.
Philips HR1832/01 Viva Collection Compact Juicer
Let us start by looking at the Philips HR1832/01 Viva Collection Compact Juicer. The Philips juicer is the smallest in size but still produces the same amount of juice so they’ve manufactured a miracle machine here! This electric juicer has a 500W motor that seems to perform very well. The design is modern, compact and stylish. The RRP of this juicer is £75, so it is the most expensive juicer here, but it is very highly rated so perhaps the higher cost suggests a high quality product.
The Philips compact juicer can make 1.5 litres of juice in one go and incorporates ‘QuickClean’ technology for easy cleaning in approximately one minute. Its transparent pulp container means that you can see your fruits and vegetables being juiced and it has mess free pulp collection. It also has a clever spout that twists to prevent juice dripping onto your counter top after you’ve filled your glass.
Reviews on Amazon.co.uk for this juicer are generally very good. There are some poor reviews where people have experienced total failure of the machine, sometimes in as little as one month or less. A common problem seems to be an arm part that is fragile and snaps meaning the juicer is rendered useless. Philips don’t appear to be particularly good at customer service either. Other complaints seem to be that the pulp is too wet meaning that it had not juiced well enough. Good reviews include buyers loving the compact size of the machine, the fact that it is easy to clean, and that it does produce very tasty juice.
VonShef Juicer Machine for Whole Fruits and Vegetables
This VonShef Juicer Machine has a 400W motor that runs at two speeds to tackle hard or soft fruits. It has an extra large feeding chute to handle different sizes of fruit, a 500ml jug to collect the juice and a 1.5L pulp container. With an RRP of £39.99 it is the cheapest juicer here, and it does have the smallest motor of the three, but it is still a well regarded juice machine.
It is a stylish looking juicer having a good looking stainless steel finish and the manufacturers claim that is easy to clean. It fits together well and all the removable parts are dishwasher safe. Most purchasers would agree that this electric juicer is simple to clean but some find it not quite powerful enough for their needs. Another good point is that so far there have been only a couple of complaints about breakdowns or faulty products, so it looks as though VonShef are improving on their already great reputation.
Duronic JE10 Whole Fruit and Vegetable Juicer
Lastly we take a look at the Duronic JE10 Whole Fruit and Vegetable Juicer which has an RRP of £59.99. This juicer has the most powerful motor here at 1000W motor but is a bit cheaper than the Philips juicer so let’s take a look at it more closely. It looks similar to the VonShef juicer in design but is larger overall and has a capacity of almost double. It has a 2.5 litre pulp container and a 1.1 litre juice collecting jug. The fruit chute is large (85mm wide) and it too has two speed settings.
As with all juicer manufacturers, Duronic claim that their juicer is easy to clean but not all the buyers would agree. In general, reviews of this product are good, but not great. As with many juicers sold, there seems to be a few problems with machine failure and people have complained that it does not produce enough juice and the extracted pulp is still very wet. However people love the affordability and many say that this juice machine is better than other juicers that they have purchased in the past.
Which Electric Juicer would we buy?
If we were just getting into juicing, here at Kitchen and Cook Shop, we would most probably plump for the Philips HR1832/01 Viva Collection Compact Juicer. It costs more than the others (sometimes double the price) but it tends to have less problems and is much more compact which suits our small kitchen. We like both VonShef and Duronic as manufacturers and their products are enjoyed by thousands of people, and the two juicers here are cheaper than the Philips machine so if you’re just beginning juicing then either of these electric juicers would be a good inexpensive purchase. The price of these juicers change frequently so check online often and aim to get a bargain!
After comparing many juicers – not just these shown here – one thing that I find common to all is the problem of machine failure. Perhaps these cheaper juicers have all been built to a low price point and a juicer simply needs to be built better to overcome the tremendous strains that are put on its parts.
If we were seasoned juice makers and we wanted to upgrade we would seriously think about purchasing a more expensive juicer, such as the very highly rated Sage by Heston Blumenthal – The Nutri Juicer Plus.
If you are just starting to enjoy the benefits of juicing, these books are certain to help you find the best recipes. They are full of tips and advice for juicing and dieting with juices and are available on Kindle devices and in traditional print. Enjoy your juicing!