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KitchenAid KJE500CR Juicer and Citrus Press, Chrome
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- Stainless-steel juice extractor basket is dishwasher-safe
- Quiet yet powerful heavy-duty motor
- Included shaped spatula specially designed to aid cleaning
- Wide metal spout pours juice easily; tapered edge for minimal splashing
- Citrus press includes two cone sizes
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Juice yourself a glass of carrots or pour fresh OJ for a brunch crowd with this topnotch KitchenAid juicer/citrus press combo. Quiet yet powerful, the juicer grinds fruits, vegetables, and berries at just 1800 rpm, so juice foams less and keeps all of its nutrients. The stainless-steel extractor basket has a strong construction, a sharp cutting surface, and fine holes, so juice flows through, but fibers and pulp stay behind. Constructed with a hinged lid that doubles as the fruit pusher, the press contains two juicing domes that nest together for compact storage. KitchenAid's metal spout has a tapered edge for minimal splashing, while the power switch is easy to turn on or off, even with a wet hand. The unit's motor base is heavy-duty without unnecessary bulk, and its rubberized feet resist slipping and scooting. For handy storage, the power cord wraps underneath the machine. An included spatula simplifies the cleaning process, and all removable parts--bowl, basket, press, cones, and lid--are dishwasher-safe. --Emily Bedard
Top customer reviews
- The juicer does not normally vibrate or dance all around the counter as some have reported. It weighs a whopping 14lbs so MOST of the time it operates very smoothly, no vibrations or dancing. BUT, when you remove pulp from the juicing blade/ basket, then go back to juicing, it becomes a different machine. Until the pulp gets rebalanced, its Mr. Toad's Mad Ride!! I could barely keep the machine on the counter by wrapping my arm around the base (I am not kidding). The pulp should quickly rebalance itself and you will be back to normal, but its almost unbelievable the torque the machine has until it does and it wants to move.
- Is it hard to clean? YES....ALL JUICERS ARE HARD TO CLEAN!! You are dealing with wet, sticky, pulp stuck in a mesh screen, what do people expect? It comes with a ... plastic spatula looking thing that helps. I think they should have a contest to guess what the spatula thingee's other sides are for, but one side does fit the shape of the blade and helps to clean. Otherwise, get a dish brush and quit whinning about cleanup.
It also looks like that robot on Mystery Science Theater, so how can you go wrong?? If you want a juicer, buy this one!
What a nice surprise to find this so easy to use! We juiced carrots, broccoli, and onion and enjoyed two cups of juice after about 20 minutes. We were careful to watch for "shaking & moving" described by others. After a cup of juice, we saw just a little movement, so we emptied the extractor & began again with more veggies & got one more cup wihout any more movement.
Next time, I don't think it will take us as long to get two cups of juice, because we will be more confident that the juicer is safe to use & load it faster.
Also, it was not difficult to clean--used our kitchen sink sprayer with cold water to loosen the fibers, then warm soapy water to remove the oils.
Juicing has been recommended to us & I hope we will use this frequently!
Upon receiving my KJE500, I tried juicing some carrots. I cut two fairly large carrots in half and started to feed them into the juicer. Fairly quickly (after 1 carrot), the shredded carrots got unbalanced and the machine started to shake a little bit. I decided that this wasn't too bad and continued with the second carrot. Whaoooo horsey!! Halfway into the second carrot, this machine developed a mind of its own started to vibrate wildly and spin around the countertop spilling juice out its spout.
Although this machine was well-built & cute I had to send it back. (Note: KitchenAide recommends emptying the basket if it gets out of balance. I didn't think I wanted to have to empty the basket after each and every carrot.)
As the other reviewers have noticed, this juicer is overall great - it's 10x easier to clean than any other juicer I found, and it really extracts a lot of juice from whatever you're juicing.
Unfortunately, once you get it loaded up with pulp, it can become unruly. Remember the tazmanian devil cartoon? This thing is actually worse. Imagine a turbine spinning at many thousands of RPM, and then losing its footing. I am a 190lb man, and once it starts shaking, it's all I can do to keep it from going ballistic when holding it *with both hands*!
The shaking starts after 1 cup's worth of carrots, so while you could conceivably empty it when it starts shaking, you really don't want to, since you just started juicing. If you're just making juice for yourself, you'll *probably* get away unscathed, but if you're making more than one person's worth, you'll have problems. Worst of all, the shaking starts suddenly, without warning (and I have several broken glasses to prove it). I have seriously considered bolting the thing down to the countertop.
If you can live with the product's violent behavior (and as bad as it is, I *still* feel like its benefits outweigh this major design flaw), you'll love the machine. Now, kitchenaid just needs to design a version where the pulp is ejected so it never builds up to cause the shaking. - DROdio
I still have my Kitchenaid mixer and love it dearly, but in my mind, they don't have what it takes in juicers.