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I bought this juicer after trying an orangex juicer that broke on the 4th orange I put through it. My Hamilton-Beach juicer has lasted through a whole bag now, so here’s the scoop:
1) Rack & pinion action effectively transfers the applied force to the squeezer. There’s no off-axis force so you don’t have to worry about the whole darn thing tipping over when you bear down.
2) Gratifyingly simple to disassemble and clean.
3) The metal grate’s edges are machined smooth – - no worries about getting cut (one of the problems I had with the orangex product).
4) When you remove your juice glass, a drip cup swings into place to keep residual juice drippings off your countertop. That is a very user-friendly design element.
5) The mechanism does a good job of extracting all of the juice.
6) The resulting juice did not have any hint of strong citrus oil.
For a product that bills itself as “professional grade”, it seems like it could be easy to overpower & break something if you ‘hang on the lever’. I would not be too overzealous about squeezing the last drops if dealing with a grapefruit or a really big orange, for fear of breaking something. But for lemons, limes, and standard size oranges it seems just fine.
While the unit doesn’t weigh very much, it’s pretty tall — about 20″ in its fully-down, storage position — so storage may be an issue for some.
I’m glad I got this one.
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I tried some cheaper pressure juicers like arcosteel and typhoon. Although these two got the idea, they were far away from jucing oranges (they can do lemons and limes OK). Thyphoon got some design issues though. Hamilton Beach is good for small and mid-size oranges (haven’t tried large orange or grapefruit yet). It has enough power and capacity to get all the juice out. I can get one glass of juice from two oranges whereas it took three oranges with arcosteel and more with typhoon.
HB has larger and stronger pressure cup that gets the job done. The strainer has little round holes all over the place so juice finds its way down. Others had fewer but larger holes which allowed the white stuff inside the orange get into the juice but also smashed the orange against nonperforated surface. HB’s strainer holds the pulp stuck inside wall which can be later scraped and put bak into the juice or discarded. It is not the intention to callect pulp this way probably but I usually scrape it and put it back to the juice for extra fiber.
I also noticed that juice is sweeter because there is lees skin oil. With others, there was more oil and that made the juice taste bitter. I guess it is related with the number of holes being more in HB. Therefore, there is less pressure on the skin.
It is easy to clean. You need to line up the groves and edges to disasemble. Drip collection cup works like charm.
Everytime I squees oranes with HB, it think about what I read once from another review “juice galore”. If you tried others, you will like this one. I didn’t give 5 stars because it is not perfect (1- squeezing arm stands in lower angle at the time of squeeze, not an efficient angle to use your muscles efficiently if it sit on a normal height countertop, 2- it may not have the same efficiency with larger oranges and grapefruits, and 3- it is kind of expensive but thanks to Amazon.com I got a very good deal). Hope this review helps.
The juicer works well and the other reviewers have got it right. I just wanted to add two observations to buyers. First, the juicer is very tall so it doesn’t fit underneath you kitchen cabinets. Second, there is a limit to the size of the fruit you can juice. The only oranges I could find at first where large eating oranges and although they could be juiced not all of the orange was juiced. When I started using valencia oranges which are smaller and tangerines it completely juices the fruit.
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