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Very good juicer for the price...
on November 11, 2011
In my search for a juicer, I borrowed this model from a friend. It is a centrifugal juicer with two speeds, high and low. It has a feed chute wide enough for three carrots or a small apple. The motor is powerful and quiet. It made juice with carrots, celery, cucumber, parsley, ginger, and lemon with no difficulty. I also frequently made pomegranate juice by dropping the seeds down the chute with the motor running on low for fabulous fresh pomegranate juice (takes a while to remove the jewel seeds from the pith, but the juice was great). The pulp bin contained only the seeds by doing it this way. I found that when I put the seeds in the chute before I turned on the machine, I got a lot of juicy pulp, but by dropping them in after the motor was running I got a lot of juice and the pulp bin full of dry seeds.
Like all juicers it has a large footprint on counter space. It comes with a covered pitcher that prevents the juice from splattering the kitchen. The pitcher also has a foam-skimmer top. The pulp bin snuggles up to the motor base (line the bin with a produce bag to avoid having to wash it).
The two things that I didn't care for were the plastic juice catcher part and the difficulty in taking it apart to clean. The part that catches the juice inside the machine is made of white plastic that stains easily from brightly pigmented fruits and vegetables. I would have preferred it to be made of stainless steel. That is only a cosmetic issue, but it was very hard to take the juice strainer out of the housing to clean the pieces. I had to lift up the spout and back of the catch basin to wiggle it out. This is why I removed one star from an otherwise excellent machine. I would avoid making juice because I didn't want to take it apart and clean it.
For the price it is an excellent juicer, but it might be worth paying extra money to get one that comes apart easily to clean if you are going to be using it everyday.
Extracts a lot of juice
Hard to take apart to clean
I ended up purchasing a Breville reconditioned Ikon for about $100 here on Amazon. It is really easy to take apart and clean, BUT it doesn't juice as well as the BellaCucina. Even on the lowest speed it can't do pomegranates. When I feed it leafy greens I just end up with a bin full of vegetable slaw. Hmmmm. Also, Breville is reluctant to stand by warranty. I dropped the juice collector (the part the shredder basket sits in) and it broke the first day I had the machine. Breville did replace the part, but let me know they were doing me a big favor, since parts aren't covered.