1,518 of 1,576 people found the following review helpful
on January 8, 2011
The first thing you should keep in mind is that it is one of the lowest price juice extractors out there. It's true that it has a small feed chute and that does mean that you have to cut up your veggies and take your time. The negative criticisms about this machine not being good for "continuous feed" and making too much pulp are most likely the result of trying to jam too much into it at one time. It even says in the owner's manual that if you are making carrot juice, put in only one piece at a time and go slowly. I cut my pieces so that the weight of the plunger is usually enough to push them through and I get great results. You just have to take your time and realize that this is a low-cost machine made for fairly light use, and you will enjoy it. Also keep in mind that if you clean it immediately, everything pretty much rinses off except the basket, which usually requires some help from a sponge. If you are in a hurry or plan to be a heavy user, spend more money and get a heavy-duty machine, but I find it to be fine for my occasional home use.
1,026 of 1,115 people found the following review helpful
on February 15, 2011
I wanted a new juicer, tried two Juiceman models and juice yield wasn't impressive and pulp a little too damp. I saw this one at Walmart and I thought "no way could a $30 juicer be great." I was wrong. It's more compact and I'm all for pulp-extraction but not if it's from an oversized container sitting on the back of it. If you're just making juice for one to a few people at once, you don't need it. This one has the right sized container and just rests within the body of the machine. It gets better: Because the feed chute ends very close to the cutting blade (a problem many juicer models need to correct) it doesn't waste chunks of produce. The pulp is drier than about 7 other juices I've owned or tried. I've been using it 1x/day for 2 months now. I still cannot believe this cheap juicer outperforms so many others. The only con is the feed chute is small so I'm cutting thicker parts of carrots in half, apples smaller, etc. No complaint as I'm usually just juicing for myself. Small sacrifice for a compact, quieter juicer. Other tip: clean the screen cold water gentle via a soft or baby toothbrush then store the brush inside the clean pulp extracttion cup if you want. Enjoy!
535 of 597 people found the following review helpful
on May 20, 2012
Love! Love! Love this juicer! I just did a week straight of just juicing. I was making about 4-6 juices a day and this machine worked like a champ. I juiced all kinds of things from carrots to apples, kale to sweet potato. Now yes the pulp contains a little more juice than I would like but I just let it sit in a strainer when I was done so get the rest of the liquid. I did over load the chute on kale once which made it shut off but I really packed it in and as soon as I took some out, it went back to juicing like a dream. Seriously worth the money if you are not sure how much/how long you will be juicing. I'm about to do a 15 day fast and will update at the end to let you know how the juicer held up. I do however wish the juice cup was bigger. I don't really use the one that came with it.
Ps: Small tip: When juicing a leafy green like kale or spinach roll them up like a cigar. It helps get the most juice out of the leaves. Happy juicing!
Update: Little guy is still juicing a year later. Would diffidently recommend for the cheap health nut. (3 years later and I just bought a new juicer, although this one still works just fine)
144 of 158 people found the following review helpful
on April 24, 2012
I guess I caught a sale. I got this for $30 and because I saw some reviews about the motor crapping out after a few uses, I picked up a SquareTrade warranty for $8. I figured for 40 bucks, I could see if the wife and I could get into this and we have. We've been juicing every day since we got this on 4/14/12. So far, we've juiced kale, yams, carrots, apples, oranges, grapefuits, lemons, celery, grapes, strawberries, kiwi, and pears. I have noticed that the carrots and yams make this thing work a little harder as I could get a hint of motor smell during the process. I just slice them up smaller and ease them in.
As far as clean-up goes, this thing is pretty easy. Everything is top rack safe, but rinses off easily right after use. The item that takes the longest is the strainer. With a steady stream of water, a small toothbrush, and your own method, you can get it clean in about 3 minutes. For lazy people like me, that's an eternity but for some reason, I don't mind doing it. A couple of strawberry seeds made their way into the teeth of the blades, but they weren't too difficult to remove. I needed a pin to get at one once, however. From what I have read of other juicers, clean-up is not as "easy" as it is on this one. So, I'm not in a hurry to upgrade just yet. We're pretty happy with this little guy so far.
If you are curious about juicing and don't want to spend a lot of money, this is the guy to get. If you're worried about it going out on you, get the warranty.
309 of 369 people found the following review helpful
on March 19, 2012
I have to say that this little juicer has been quite nice to work with and use (being that it's my first ever juicer). Now, if you for some reason get hooked on juicing please buy this with your eyes open.
- First, the motor will trully do a job onto a fruit if you put it down the chute, however if you try to do any collards or the like expect some lowering of the rpms as you shred anything.
- Second, this product has plenty of parts made of plastic. This of course would not be a trouble except that as you learn to utilize it, you will find that pieces start to get off alignment after a few months (I've been using this product almost every day for 6 months), specially the top lid and the peripheral plastic braces. Everything will still fit, but juice leaks are to be expected hence don't be surprised.
- Third: Be wary of the some of the plastic parts being utilized. A lot of the fixtures used around the rotor are made of plastic. The fixture for the rotating metal juice blades is also made of plastic. Now it doesn't take a genius to imagine that under some use, over many months, these parts will either break or worse yet, become part of your master juice creation. Nothing that a toothpick can't fix by taking these shards out of the way but be aware of the possibility since it happened to me.
- Fourth: Warranty claims. So let's say that you love this juicer for all of the goodness you can drink with it, however you find that the previous three listed comments create an unsafe or unusable product and decide to call Black and Decker for a warranty claim. Guess what, they want $7.50 for them to replace the product. How about that? Let's just say that Black and Decker have let me down with this experience and although I will send the $7.50 for a juicer that is literally breaking up apart before my eyes I will not easily forget the details shared here.
Hope this helps somebody. I do love this juicer but probably will look for another one in less than a year since the products don't seem to have a long lifetime.
27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on February 6, 2015
I Looove this! For a cheap juicer, this is amazing and I've had one in the past that has cost over 100.....to be honest, I don't even remember if the juice was slightly more liquidy but I don't think it was. I much rather this cheaper one and some people mentions that the passageway to put the fruits and veggies and is tiny, Will big deal in most cases don't you cut the fruit anyway? I always remember cutting it to some extent when I used to use an expensive juicer...so yes it is tiny but big deal it's part of the prep if you wanted less expensive one, well worth the sacrifice! I also had $100 Neutra bullet in that thing stinks, it was advertised is pulverizing the juice so it is fine well the kids hate it and don't like the texture. My son loves fruit but he basically eats broccoli and corn on occasion in those the only veggies he will do...u til now!! I haven't even looked up a good recipe, I have just put in what we've had. The kids absolutely love putting the veggies in, it is safe even if they stuck their fingers in it would not reach but obviously I'm right there anyway they don't stick their fingers in. I cut up the fruit, they put it in and I push it down. They get to see how we are making our juice and then they get to drink it and they love it. I like veggies but even I would not have had all of this this morning: two carrots, an apple, an orange, two mini cucumbers, half a pineapple and a bunch of spinach leaves....but this morning this is what we all had! Years ago when I had an expensive juicer I never liked all the waist, so I was excited about the Neutra bullet and thought I would get to drink more...then we don't end up using it in my son hates it to....I guess for the occasional frozen smoothie it's okay, but we don't really want to drink that every day...you want fresh juice with no pulp. So at least the access from the juicer will make a good compost pile, and it is definitely keeping us taking in more fruits and veggies than we normally would. I love it, well worth the price. Sometimes people get kitchen appliances and find that they don't use them all that much, like me with the nutra bullet, however this low investment it is so worth the price and it's a compact size so it's great who wants his large bulky thing on the counter. So happy with this buy!!!!!!!! Was nervous about going with the cheapest one I could find because I did not have the extra money, but I am so happy I got this one and am loving the juice. Strong motor, can handle any of it. You may have to cut the stuff so it fits but it's not a lot of extra chops, and it's not like you have to finely cut things up or something....I just do like four chops and the carrots and toss them in!
98 of 120 people found the following review helpful
on May 19, 2012
I ,too, saw the Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead movie and also Food Matters and became motivated to try something new in the way of Improving my health. After initially settling on the Omega J8006 Nutrition Center Commercial Masticating Juicer, Black and Chrome at $300, my wife didn't think it was worth it on a trial basis and wanted me to check Craigslist for a better deal. Instead, I chose to research cheaper models and focused on this one. I bought it for $30 at Wally World and actually spent more on an initial drawer full of fruits and veggies than I did on this appliance. It is fully assembled and easily taken apart for an initial cleaning. I made the same Mean Green that the dudes drink in the movie as my first juice. 4 leaves of Kale, cucumber, apples, lemon, and ginger. It isn't such a big deal to cut these up small and I think people are complaining about it a bit more than it is worth. Took me 10 minutes max to prepare everything. I used a plastic bag to catch the pulp to avoid some cleanup and I used a large measuring cup with some ice in it in place of the included juice cup under the flow spout. Juicing went smoothly. Cover the hopper to prevent flying debris. My 2 year old pulled up a chair and started helping me feed stuff down, so the small chute kept me from worrying too much about her little hand getting too far down in there. After all of it was fed through, i had about 3.5 cups of juice including the ice, so good thing i used an alternative cup. Based on some other reviews, I had a new toothbrush at the ready to aid in cleaning. Cleaning was not at all difficult nor more time consuming than anyone has let on in other reviews. The only thing that surprised me was that there was some dry pulp that somehow ended up under the tray/spout near the motor spindle. I will be more careful lifting the tray off next time to prevent that. This stuff might be the reason some people have trouble with the motor burning out. It would certainly affect the performance of the machine if you let that build up and dry out under there. It was really easy to clean that out. As mentioned, that pulp and all of the pulp in the waste canister was exceptionally dry. Those reviewers that claimed differently were doing something wrong. I would give it the moisture level of chopped garlic. As for the juice, it was clear, not cloudy, and there was some froth on top. The juice was not foamy so I wouldn't think twice about storing juice in the morning for enjoying throughout the day. The Mean Green was not as bad as I thought, but that doesn't mean that it was wonderful tasting. I finished it rather quickly and feel filled up enough. I am currently planning to drink two or three of these daily and maybe have a sensibly portioned meal at dinner time. I will ween myself off of caffeine slowly over the next few days, and if things go well, I may go militant and do a weeklong juice fast. We'll evaluate how the initial cleansing goes as well as my energy level before making that call. So far, I am really happy with only spending 10% of what I initially planned. This juicer on its first use is everything I need it to be. I'll keep this review up to date over the next few days and weeks. Currently, 45 minutes after downing the mean green, i can feel it in my tummy. It is not uncomfortable at all, but it is a different feeling since i don't usually eat veggies, especially raw ones. I will keep you all posted on these feelings as well ad my satisfaction (I hope) with this product. Until next time!
208 of 261 people found the following review helpful
on January 30, 2012
A long time Yelper (feel free to follow me at silverspark.yelp.com), I figured it was time to start Amazon Reviewing. After recently watching "Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead," I was motivated to add juicing to my attempts at leading a healthy life. I almost had a heart attack when I found out that the juicer used in the documentary is over $300! Since I tend to flip flop between healthy life style strategies, I didn't want to invest a lot of money in a juicer. For $29.88 + Free Shipping with Amazon Prime and such rave reviews, I knew this was the starter juicer of my dreams.
This baby didn't disappoint. So far, I have made drinks with cucumber, carrots, apples, and celery. This juicer seems to do its job just fine.
-Easy to assemble
-Easy to wash (I STRONGLY recommend cleaning right after juicing, I just rinse most of the big pieces out and hit the blade portion with a dish cleaning brush and its done in 3 minutes tops!)
-Makes plenty of juice (I have not found that there is a lot of juice left in the pulp. I tried running the pulp again, just to see and I only got maybe 2 teaspoons extra.
-Compact size makes it perfect for small apartments like mine.
-If you don't want to bother with the provided cup the juice goes into, all the cups I own fit under the spout (this includes relatively large IKEA water glasses.
-Make sure you wash all the parts before making your first cup of juice, then run some water though it. Water might go everywhere when you attempt this, but it is worth it since There was quite a bit of dirt in my appliance. There is no instruction to do this, and you will be unhappy if your first cup of juice is poisoned...
-If you want to juice large portions of juice, the opening for feeding the machine is pretty small. For making 16-24oz at a time, it's no big deal to cut down the items so they fit (I find long skinny pieces more effective than cubes which bounce around and sometimes don't get juiced.) For carrots I try to do smaller amounts, just to not risk stressing out the machine.
-Don't try and use this baby when the baby is sleeping, your roommate is studying, quiet of any kind is needed. My poor guinea pig thought the world was ending the first time I turned it on. Luckily, he is used to it now.
The biggest benefit is I feel much healthier and have more energy since I started consuming juice from this machine!
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on December 3, 2013
So far, this little juicer is excellent ***for the price you pay***, but if you're juicing "all day" with it, there are some tips:
1. Just put in the carrots/celery "long" - don't chop them into pieces (the pieces just bounce around and don't really get juiced). Feed the carrots in slowly/gently, letting the blade do its work, and when you can't push them down anymore by hand, then switch to the food press thing. This also works well for cucumbers, sweet potatoes, and beets.
2. If you're doing something like parsley/chard/kale, it might be worth turning off the machine, packing in the pulp, and then pressing it through a second time. I doubled my juice yield from greens this way. Best method I've found for first run is to turn *off* the machine, pack down your loose greens (like parsley) till you have about an inch of feeder cup left (there's a feed cup/tube that goes down in from the "top" of the device), then pour on about 1/8 cup water (some will pour through, so what?), then push down the black food press (gently! just hold it in place basically), *then* turn on the device and begin applying the pressure required to get the packed greens pushed through the device. Greens with stalks like chard can just be folded over and fed through for the first run.
3. This juicer actually seems to have a little trouble with mushy fruits like tomatoes and peaches because they pass so quickly. Expect to run the pulp through to get max yield.
4. You *need* to clean the strainer basket at least every time you get a full "cup" (it comes with a graduated cup) of juice.
5. If it sounds like a wood chipper, you're doing it wrong! This juicer has a 30 dollar motor in it. If you're making it sound like a downshifting manual transmission, you're *going* to burn out that motor. Slow/gentle feeds...and try not to let the "pitch" of the whirring engine go down more than a half-step (if you can't discern this yourself, there are any number of cheap/free pitch apps for the average smart phone that can help you detect this lol).
6. It's a 30 dollar juicer. Expect it to *maybe* last six months to a year if you're using it every day. Seriously...if you're grinding hard things like sweet potatoes and carrots every day, you *will* wear this device out. Given the average commercial smoothie is 5 bucks or so (each) though, it's still a bargain.
197 of 248 people found the following review helpful
on November 3, 2010
I like the juicer a lot. The mouth of the opening is a little on the small side meaning that I have to cut the vegetable and fruits up small but other that that, it does what it should. It was easy for me to assemble and take apart. The cleaning is not an all day process. One word of advice is to buy a cleaning brush for the blade if you do not have a dishwasher.