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A juicer is a must in my house, for as long as I can remember mum has made carrot and apple juice every weekend so when the old one we had packed in, she picked up a new one from phillips.
We found this juicer easy to set up, the instructions were clear, and it doesn't take too much space on the kitchen counter. Also it looks lovely in your kitchen.
The juicer itself is impressive, it absolutely annihilates everything that it gets, from ice to whole apples. I love that I don't need to chop food before it goes in, it just goes in. It also produces a lot of juice, about 1.5x the amount we got from our old juicer. The waste is much less too. Clearly this juicer is just incredibly efficient (which you would expect from a new age fancy dancy phillips juicer). Finally, and one of the most important aspects, It's pretty easy to clean. It comes apart wonderfully, with all the fruit and vegetable pulp compacted together, so you can just pop it into the bin. My mum loves it and so do i.
a great way to make our carrot and apple juice on weekends.
I thought buying a juicer would be a good way to help me towards consuming the recommended 5 fruits a day, so chose this Philips model on the basis of its attractive price (around £70) and popularity.
On opening and assembling the juicer it is immediately evident that it is well made. The main unit is very weighty and has an attractive metallic finish. Also included in the main body are a 'bucket' for dry fruit waste and a lid with a cylindrical tube though which fruit or vegetables and pushed. There's also a jug for collecting the juice.
As you'd expect, given the weight of the juicer, it is very powerful and will juice an apple in literally two seconds even on the lower setting intended for softer fruits.
Obviously I can't comment on the taste of the juice as this depends on the quality of what you put in, but I was disappointed in the volume of juice that comes out. In my experience it takes around five apples to make a half-pint glass of juice (the same goes for oranges, pears, etc). This may be on a par with other juicers, but I was disappointed to see the amount of damp waste that the juicer discards in the waste bucket. From what I could see a considerable amount of juice could be gotten from this waste as well, so this juicer doesn't seem to efficient is this respect.
It must be said, of the juice it produces, this juicer is excellent and very fast. It may just be me, but there appears to be too much waste churned out.
It is also time consuming to disassemble the juicer, but fortunately washing up is not too much of a problem given the dishwasher-safe nature of this product.
If you're thinking about buying this you need to ask yourself if the fuss of assembling and disassembling the device is worth it for the amount of juice you'll get. If your intending to spend a lot on fruit and make lots of juice then this is ideal.
Personally, however, I prefer smoothie makers as all the fruit is used, and you ultimately get more out.
Yay! Summer mornings are great anyway, with the birds singing and the sun bursting through your window, but when you are able to leap out of bed and enjoy a glass of fresh orange juice... well it doesn't get much better, does it?
I've had my Phillips juicer for six weeks and I'm rather smitten.
It's uncomplicated and looks great, just how I like my women... errr... I mean kitchen appliances!
The marketing blurb promises the following:
1. Make more juice thanks to micromesh filter - True! Although it can be a pain to get clean, it does exactly what it's designed to do.
2. No pre-cutting needed thanks to extra large feeding tube - True! Although personally I like to buy very large oranges, so I do actually cut them down. Takes seconds though so it's hardly an issue for me.
3. Clear juice thanks to juice jug with foam separator - True! Lovely and clear every time!
4. Fast juice thanks to 650W motor and 2 speeds - True! But be warned that it's a tad noisy.
5. Continuous juicing thanks to large pulp container - True! I can't argue with that!
6. Dish-washer safe for quick and easy cleaning - Guess what? It's true! Although I do like to give the removable parts a good rinse under the tap first.
So all positive so far....
However, as much as it's pretty straightforward to operate, I have to say that I found the initial set up a bit fiddly, but then again, I'm not renowned for my dexterity!
The instructions are easy to follow, and now I could probably strip it down and re assemble it blindfolded, although I wouldn't recommend it what with it having blades and all.
The whole unit is quite compact and could be stored away neatly in a convenient cupboard. Personally, I keep mine on my worktop, as it's used two or three times a day and to be honest, it does look rather stylish.
All in all, I'm pleased as punch with my juicer. It's the third juicing appliance I've owned and it's definitely the best, so I'm more than happy to recommend it.
Mine cost a little over £50.00, but shop around and you might find it a little cheaper.
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My mum is a health freak like me and for Christmas, my sister and I received this juicer from her, along with a long list of juice recipes and their benefits. I'd never given much thought about juicing before since I didn't have time to spare, but I have to say that this juicer was much quicker and more efficient than I imagined it would be. The only thing that takes time is the cleaning bit- but otherwise, it's really quick to make a tall glass of juice. It's also very easy to use- which again leads to saving time. I would even say that it's easy enough to use even for people who are in a hurry in the morning.
You literally only have to dump the fruit in and it comes out as juice on the other side. Someone from the company came to give mum a demonstration when she purchased around seven of these juicers and he said that it wasn't necessary to wash the fruit/vegetables since the outer part get crushed and has to be thrown away- but I personally prefer to wash it first. Using it is extremely easy: You have to set it up by correctly placing the small bin at the back and the bit to collect the juice in the front. I have to admit that it took me quite some time to learn how to assemble it the first time, but after that it got much easier. Then, you have to put the fruit/vegetables in the long tube and close it while pressing the button to crush it all. What I don't like, however, is that the tube is not that large so sometimes I have to cut fruits like apples and oranges in half before I can fit it in. Philips claims that this has an extra large tube where you can put your fruit in without cutting, but personal experience taught me that this works only for really small fruit! However, on the positive side, there's no need to peel the fruit which is fine by me. During the juicing process, the juice slides down in the beaker and the remaining crushed pulp gets thrown in the bin which is at the back. I personally saw that placing a plastic/paper bag inside the bin makes it easier to clean afterwards since I only have to remove and throw the bag full of crushed pulp away and just rinse the bin a bit.
The tough cleaning part, however, is with the tube. It contains a metal juicer with plenty of blades and tricky corner and since the fruit gets crushed with it, you can guess how quickly it can get dirty. I found that using a toothbrush (clean of course) is a really rapid and efficient manner to clean that particular bit since the bristles get between the blades and clean everything out. The rest of the juicer remains relatively clean so I only wipe it with soapy water. When I'm in a hurry in the morning, I just juice the fruit/veggies and put the juicer to soak so I can wash it when I get back in the afternoon.
This one is supposed to juice your fruits/vegetables to the maximum since according to Philips; it even draws out the juice from the peel. I have no idea if peel juice is really included in my glass, but I can certainly say that plenty of juice does come out: Only this morning I used half a cucumber, two oranges and two apples and I was pleasantly surprised to see that I got around two and a half (tall and wide) glasses of juice. The crushed pulp is also very, very dry when it comes out at the other end so you can see that it definitely draws maximum juice out.
What I will deplore, however, is that this juicer can get rather noisy so other people living with you might not appreciate being drawn out of their sleep early morning!
This is also dishwasher safe and comes with a micro mesh filter. You have to however, dissemble it before putting it in the dishwasher, which is why I prefer cleaning it by hand. The speed setting can go up to really fast but I personally prefer slower settings since it's less noisy. It also is a little heavy and I definably would not say that this is suitable for travelling.
But overall, I will certainly recommend this juicer. This is my first one so I cannot really compare it to the others, nor can I guarantee that it's the best out there. But I can definitely say from personal experience that it's fast and efficient and if you use a toothbrush and soapy water, it's also very quick and easy to clean.
This is currently available on Amazon.uk for £55.00
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The Philips HR1858 / 50 juicer does exactly what it says on the tin - it's an excellent juicer.
It comes with a 2l measuring jug (complete with foam seperator) as well as a manual and a recipe book. It's very easy to juice, and you only have to peel oranges, mangoes etc. Then you just stick them in and it quickly pulverizes them and out into the jug comes the juice. It seems to get most of the juice out of the fruit, as the pulp afterwards is dry.
The main problem with juicers is that they're very difficult to clean. The Philips is quite easy - you dismantle, rinse and then put it back together. It takes about 5 minutes to clean, but you must clean it immediately after making the juice, because otherwise the pulp dries and it takes ages to get off.
Overall, this is a good juicer. It's powerful and makes very good juice. What more could you want?
I like gadgets, some things I buy (the ice cream maker, candy floss maker, milk shake maker etc) get used once and put into the cupboard and forgotten. I'd fancied having a juicer for a while, new gadget and I like fresh juices. I was in Makro and saw the Phillips HR1858 on Special,it was about £50 (incl VAT), the list price is £99.99 although you can get for around £65. It was a pure impulse buy.
So my new toy and I arrived home together, only pausing to call in at Saindsbury's, on the way home, to get some fruit to juice. Like a little kid I ripped open the box to get at the contents.
It came with what looked like a really useful instruction book, fairly well written, although there were a couple of extra bits of paper with two lines of information on each. It was if they'd written the instruction book, had it printed and suddenly realised that they'd forgotten something. It was all printed on recycled friendly (so very eco friendly). There was also a free book written by Jason Vale (one of the gods in juicing apparently ) - on how to lose 7 pounds in 7 days and they weren't talking about sterling...Were they trying to tell me that I'm fat and need to lose weight...
I've actually read the book from cover to cover. Apart from a few rather bizarre and incredibly expensive juicing recipes it is full of some nice recipes and some really helpful tips about using a juicer. I've never actually owned one before. The two most important tips I think are firstly don't put it in a cupboard. If you do it'll be like the candy floss maker, you'll forget about it and never use it. So mine lives on the work top next to the Kenwood Chef mixer. Secondly and most importantly always clean it as soon as you've used it. It is actually really easy to clean the Juicer, you dismantle it rinse some of the bits under hot water, the filter takes a bit of scrubbing with a plastic brush. Wipe the machine down job done in about 4 minutes. The instruction book gives a detailed breakdown of how to clean it. If, however, you don't do immediately and let the pulp dry it takes ages to get it off.
It also has a Manufacturers' 2 year guarantee. You need to keep the original receipt in case of a claim under the warranty.
The HR 1858 is a whole fruit juicer which basically means that unless its a large piece of fruit/vegetable that most stuff can be juiced whole. It saves messing about cutting it up. Most, with the exception of things with thick skins - oranges, pineapple, grapefruit etc, is juiced with the skin on. I have to say I wish that it could handle oranges with the skin on but it can't. There are certain types (not many it has to be said) of fruit that it can't handle. There's a list in the instruction book but its' basically bananas, mangoes, papaya, avocados and figs). Apparently its' all to do with the starch in them.
The juicer has a 650watt motor, so its' actually quite powerful. It works on a centrifuge. It gets an incredible amount of juice out of both fruit and vegetables. It seems to be really efficient in that way. When I've emptied the pulp container, the pulp feels almost dry.
The juicer is two speed, the lower speed tends to be for soft fruits raspberries etc with the higher speed for harder fruits and vegetables (apples, celery etc). There is a list in the instruction book. The instruction book also, rather helpfully identifies which vitamins are in which fruit/vegetables. As you may have gathered it juices fruit and vegetables. I've made some really flavoursome (that's a nice word) mixed fruit/vegetable juices.
The Juicer is heavy it weighs just over 4.1kg (around 9Llbs), it also has suckers on its' underside to secure it to the work surface, to stop it moving when it juices - it can vibrate a bit. The problem tho' is that it can be quite difficult to move sometimes, it could be difficult for someone who is elderly or disabled.
It is also quite high, 38 cm (15") so you need quite a bit of height clearance both to store it and also to use it.
Getting back to the box. The Juicer is, as usual - the campaign to cut down on packaging starts here!!! - wrapped in polystyrene and plastic. It comes in a number of different bits. The Base unit, which is the heavy bit, in my case, is white plastic ( you can get this model in stainless steel). A separate pulp collector that is actually really useful. It holds a lot of pulp, around two litres in volume - which is a lot of fruit and vegetables. It's unlikely that you'd need to empty it mid juicing.
A jug for collecting the Juice. This holds 2 pints and has measuring markings on the outside. It also comes with a lid and a foam separator (you have to click them into place - its' all the instructions). A Juice collector (basically it collects the juice from the filter and then funnels it into the jug), a Filter, a lid with a feeding chute and finally a pusher.
After reading the incredibly easy instructions. I washed the washable bits and assembled it. Now as I've said before I am not mechanically minded but this is a doddle. Assembly takes thirty seconds. You put the juice collector onto the base, put the filter into the top of the collector, twist it in, put the pulp collector onto the side, put the lid on, secure the lid with two really easy big white clips. Put the jug underneath the spout and its assembled. Switch on at the plug. Job done. It takes longer to type it than it does do it.
The actual juicing is a doddle, its' all in the instruction book, but basically you just drop the fruit/veg in and push it though slowly (you get the most juice out that way) or even just put another piece of fruit in (that pushes the one beneath into the filter). I've juiced all sorts of stuff and produced some really great juices. I didn't ever realise how nice pear juice was. The Juicer comes with a pusher to feed the fruit/veg into it. There is no way that small fingers could get anywhere near the business end of the Juicer. It does make a bit of noise when its' juicing- but that's half the fun - you can hear it happen. Kids love to have fresh juices made. It is great to see the look on a 3 year olds' face when you present him with a glass of strawberry juice (well strawberry with a bit of pear to sweeten it) and then have to show him how it works because he tells you that it can't be strawberry because you eat strawberries.
It also vibrates a bit but the suckers on the underside hold it secure.
It's a healthy, and cost effective, way of producing extremely nutritious drinks (even the sugar in the fruit is the right sort of sugar).
Do I use it. Yes. At first it got used every single day, if it moved I tried juicing it. After a while I calmed down a bit and now I use it on average three or four times a week when I create a super healthy drink of apples, Carrots, Apples,Celery, Oranges, Pears and Beetroot. Finishing the juice off by adding some dried Spirulina (a superfood). It takes great.
The only genuine criticism of the juicer is that I have is that I have to peel the oranges. It is possible to buy juicers which take unpeeled fruit but they cost lots more. It is actually the best impulse buy I ever made and probably one of the best buys. I would recommend the Juicer to virtually anyone, just be aware of the weight.
Short name: Philips HR1858