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 which is less powerful than the others chosen for this comparison, but it still 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.
As mentioned above, reviews on Amazon.co.uk for the Philips HR1832/01 Viva Collection Compact 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 Professional Whole Fruit Centrifugal Juicer
This VonShef Professional Juicer has stainless steel blades and a 990W motor that runs at both 1500 and 1800 rpm to tackle hard or soft fruits. It has an extra-wide 75mm chute to handle different sizes of fruit, a 750m jug to collect the juice and a 2L pulp container. It has an RRP of £64.99 but often you can purchase this VonShef juicer at more than half price!
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 do not think so! This juicer comes with a cleaning brush to help the process.
There are a few complaints with buyers saying that the VonShef juicer has burnt out or that parts break off, especially plastic tubes and handles. Quite a few mention that it does not extract enough juice from the fruit or vegetables and they are disappointed in their purchase. Positive reviews include good customer service, great at juicing hard vegetables and excellent value for money!
Andrew James Professional Whole Fruit Power Juicer
Lastly we take a quick look at the Andrew James Professional Whole Fruit Power Juicer which has an RRP of just £48.99, the lowest here. This juicer has an 850W motor so it is less powerful than the VonShef juicer, but more powerful than the Philips juicer. It looks very similar to the VonShef juicer but is slightly smaller in size. It too has a 2 litre pulp container but a smaller 1 litre juice collecting jug. The fruit chute is 75mm wide like the VonShef, and it too has two speed settings. Yes, the Andrew James Juicer and the VonShef juicer are very similar in specs as well as looks.
Andrew James claim that their juicer is easy to clean but not all the buyers would agree. A cleaning brush is provided to help you. In general, reviews of this product are good, but as with the other juicers compared here, their seems to be a few problems with machine failure and parts breaking off. Others also complain that it does not produce enough juice and the extracted pulp is still very wet. However people love the price and many say that this juicer is very quiet, especially those that have used juicers from other manufacturers in the past.
Which Electric Juicer would we buy?
If we were just getting into juicing, here at Kitchen and Cookshop, we would most probably plump for the Philips HR1832/01 Viva Collection Compact Juicer (£54.99). 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 Andrew James as manufacturers and their products are enjoyed by thousands of people. The two juicers here are much cheaper than many others available so if you’re just beginning juicing then either of these electric juicers would be a good inexpensive purchase but there seem to be too many breakdowns or fragile parts for our liking. At the time of writing (November 2017) the Andrew James Professional Whole Fruit Power Juicer (Out of stock) currently costs more than the VonShef Professional Whole Fruit Centrifugal Juicer (Out of stock) but these prices change frequently so check the prices often and aim to get an even better bargain!
After comparing these juicers, one thing that I find common to all is the problem of machine failure. Perhaps these 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!