Alessi PSJS Juicy Salif Citrus Squeezer
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- Juicy Salif citrus squeezer in aluminum by Philippe Starck in 1990
- Iconic design of the 20th century that graciously welds form and function, with humor.
- Packaging: 1 piece in a box
- ALESSI collection
- 5-1/2 inch diameter, 11-1/2 inch height
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In addition to being visually stunning, this juicer is also a tremendous time saver. When guests see it in my kitchen, it saves me a lot of time that might otherwise be spent explaining that I am a gigantic, pretentious douche.
The form is indeed beautiful when you open the box, but the function is pretty poor. First, if you read the instructions inside the box, it makes clear this is only designed as a lemon squeezer. Don't call it a "citrus squeezer" on the website and box exterior if you can't use it for oranges and grapefruit. And, believe me you can't. You'll get almost as much juice on the wall and counter as you do in the glass since the juice will spray in every direction. Even when I very delicately spent a minute or so carefully squeezing a lemon half into a mug, there was a fair amount of lemon juice sprayed on the counter. This never happens with the simple glass manual squeezer we've had for years.
In short, if you want something that looks nice on your counter but barely works, this is the juicer for you. If you squeeze oranges and grapefruits with any regularity for a glass of juice, don't waste your time.
As a design object it is a classic and makes an interesting decoration in the kitchen, but that's where it stops.
Firstly, for all but the tallest of people, the working position when using this squeezer is most uncomfortable when you place it on a typical work top or kitchen counter - the place where 99% of users would logically place it. The height of the device itself, added to the height of the counter, places the squeezing position at a height that makes it difficult to really exert the required amount of pressure and control.
This is exacerbated by the fact that the tripod design has a tendency to tilt when you put pressure on it anywhere but centered, so you have to hold it down firmly with one hand and even when you do, it is still not easy to prevent it from wobbling when you're rotating the fruit on it.
The shape and size of the squeezing end is fine for limes, but most other citrus fruits are considerably larger, and the juice inevitably squirts out the sides and onto the counter, appliances, your shirt, or whatever else may be in your general vicinity. Though most of the juice runs down the squeezer and drips off the little tip on the bottom into the container as it should, there is usually a bit of a mess when you're done.
Trying to 'cup' the fruit with your hand over it to prevent this, simply ends up diverting the juice, so that it runs down your palm instead of down the shaft of the juicer.
The shallow grooves (by comparison to most typical squeezers), awkward position for proper pressure and size & shape of the squeezing end, all result in an inefficient squeeze of all the juice. Most $2.Read more ›
So don't buy this product if you like fruit juice, but certainly do buy it if you like design... personally I love it.
Wikipedia has a useful small article on the Juicy Salif:
It is solidly built and although it may not be the most practical squeezer (the citrus juice will splash around your container if it is not large enough), it has never left my counter-top.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
For the geeks among us this looks like a bacteriophage. Cool item in the kitchen that works exceedingly well.Published 6 months ago by Bill Fleming
Amazing design, one of all time staples, however I am not even tempted to use it as an actual citrus squeezer. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Georgios Cheliotis
Just like the first one we saw in Kentuck Knob near Falling Waters. Love it. Also doubles as a spaceship for 50's & 60's retro Buck Rogers films.Published 7 months ago by Billy the Kid
Wonderful design for a very functional kitchen toolPublished 8 months ago by Craig, no longer in Burlingame
While this is a great juicer, I like it more as a conversation piece. It looks like a UFO has just landed on my kitchen counter. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Jenn P.