Top positive review
Great at this price point, but limited
October 18, 2011
I've had this juicer for five years, and for its class of juicer, I really like it. I bought it to replace a bottom of the line Juiceman that got lost in a move. I've used other similar models when visiting friends and family as well. In comparison to similarly-priced juicers, this Waring model is far superior in my view. It is reliable, reasonably simple to clean, and as efficient as you can expect a centrifugal juicer to be. If you are looking for a entry-level juicer at this price point, you won't be disappointed.
That said, be aware that it does not do away with the limitations typical of this style of juicer, most notably that it does not do a good job with leafy greens. Other issues: the basket that collects the pulp is not large and is internal, so more than two hearty servings or so of juice require opening the whole unit and clearing out the pulp. Also, even carrots and apples are not that efficiently pressed. You can certainly put the pulp through a second time, but again, it requires stopping and reopening the entire machine. Like centrifugal juicers generally, it does spin at high speeds, which has not so desirable impact on the quality of the juice produced, the noise level, and amount of foam generated. These, however, are typical issues with centrifugal juicers. Cleaning the juicer is better than average on the tediousness scale for similar style juicers in my opinion. The parts are mostly black plastic or steel, so there is little to no staining and fairly easy cleanup for those parts. I actually love the steel juice collector. Feels much better than plastic and is very durable. The one tricky part on cleanup, as always, is the sieve in the pulp basket, which tends to collect fine pulp and needs to be cleaned thoroughly with a brush. Still, even this was not as bad as other comparable juicers I have tried. Given the cost savings, it may still be worth your while to put up with these limitations.
When I first bought it, I was on the fence over whether to buy this one or one of the more expensive models, as I knew I really enjoyed juicing. In some ways I wish I had forked over more money, as I did just upgrade to an Omega 8004 juicer to handle the greens and wheatgrass that I craved but could not really swing with this one. (Can't say enough about the Omega 8004, by the way. It rocks.) Still, this spunky little guy was very inspiring. The more I juiced, the more I wanted to juice. It is still going strong after very consistent use, and I plan on handing it down to someone who is starting out on the juicing adventure. If you are really not sure, it may be worth the cost if only to know for sure whether you need something more. If you already know that you will be juicing greens regularly, I would not recommend it. But if you want a basic, inexpensive, and reliable juicer that does a decent job with carrots, apples, citrus, ginger, and the like, it will definitely do you. To get beyond the above limitations, you are going to have to shell out much more than this.
NOV 2016 UPDATE: I've had this juicer for ten years now, and it is still going strong. For the money, you would be hard pressed to find a better general juicer. I moved up to an Omega juicer for myself five years ago, because I needed more efficiency in juicing greens. Still, I kept this one as well, as we are away from home several months a year and I like to leave the kitchen equipped for house sitters. It works great still and has more than earned the price I paid for it. It is a really good starter juicer.
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