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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:
When I worked in the Caribbean as a private chef, this was installed in one of the exotic kitchens I frequented. It was a work of stylish art yet it functions quite beautifully as a juicer that doesn't make a mess.
Just place a cup, glass or bowl underneath, then juice away with lemons, limes or oranges. The functionality is incredible. The bulbous shape of the juicer aims the juice into a nice neat stream. It doesn't splatter or make a mess.
It's also stylish for a bar. A very elegant way to splash some fresh citrus juice into the latest liquid libation.
It's a great conversation piece in any kitchen or bar, yet stunningly functional.
I used to have great fun with it by asking other folks "What is this?" The answers some minds come up with are hysterically funny.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Beautiful staple for any industrial design enthusiast, and it works! It's not just pretty...Published 3 months ago by Daniel C Woods
I've always wanted this juicer and finally broke down and purchased it...love the look and I couldn't be happier with it.Published 4 months ago by WSS
For beauty and functionality,in a kitchen, this product has it all! A 20th Century icon.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer