Juiceman JM480S 1.1-HP 2-Speed All-in-One Automatic Juice Extractor and Citrus Juicer with Integrated Pulp Container
Product By Juiceman (10 customers reviews)
- All-in-one juicing versatility with a juice extractor and citrus juicer combined
- 1.1 HP (800 watts) of power with high/low speed control
- Juice extractor features 3" wide mouth feed chute and integrated pulp container; citrus juicer features 2 juicing cones for small or large citrus fruits, plus a custom juice pitcher
- Snap-up juice spout help keep drips off counters; dishwasher-safe parts make cleanup easy
- Measures 17 by 12 by 9-inch; 2-year limited warranty
Product DescriptionEnjoy all your favorite fresh juices with ease with an all-in-one automatic juice extractor and citrus juicer combined. With 1.1 HP (800 watts) of power and high/low speed control, you'll enjoy maximum juice extraction on all your produce from berries to rind-on pineapple. The citrus juicer attachment features 2 juicing cones for small and large citrus fruits. An integrated pulp container takes up less space on your counters, while a custom juice pitcher makes measuring or serving easy. The 3-inch wide mouth feed chute lets you juice more with less precutting, while the snap-up juice spout helps keep drips and spills off your counters. All this, plus dishwasher-safe parts for easy cleaning and built-in cord storage.
I happily squeezed several lemons. All appeared to be well. The unit quickly (and loudly!) really cleaned out the inside of each lemon half. However, we waited and waited for the juice to come out. It never did! It just pooled inside the unit, and there is no way to get the juice out of it. I have no idea what is wrong with it; the parts in question do not move. I had to tilt it upside down (mind you, a container with no middle) to get it out. Also, the storage is very awkward. You have two top units, and one small base to store it on, which tends to topple.
I am not inspired to use it on more complicated fruits and vegetables if it can't get lemon juice into the container.
By P. MSakamoto (Saratoga, California USA)
The Juiceman appears to be a great value at first. This appliance looks and feels sturdy and comes with two types of juicer. One is the classic "spinning cone" that you press a half a citrus against. It's essentially a motorized version of the glass juicer that we have just about all used at one time or another. The other juicer function is the "juice extractor" which the configuration pictured in the Amazon website photo. This is the way we spent our testing time, in this configuration, and we were frankly kind of disappointed. The Juiceman produced juice, but it produced a LOT more pulp. I found I could get about as much juice by hand squeezing the pulp at the end of an extraction than the extraction itself. Seemed odd. We followed all the instructions, and our observation is that the recipe yields in the instruction book are optimistic at best. In general, it seemed to take us about twice as many apples to make a cup of juice as suggested in the book. It seemed to take about three times as many carrots. In talking with friends who had more experience with this kind of unit, we found that they had a couple of recommendations: 1. Make sure you have only the freshest, juiciest fruits and vegetables and that you soak carrots and celery in water before use; 2. The several times more expensive juicers exist because they work better. Upon checking some web sources, we found that most of the folks who are really happy with their juicers, whatever the brand, seem to gravitate towards the $300-500 kind. Wow! This Juiceman is $79. So, a way to look at it is, how much extra fruit and vegetable can you buy for the added couple hundred dollars? Probably enough that you'll get tired of juicing before you make up the difference. A poor way to look at it, I'm sure, but here is why I say this.
The Juiceman is not fun to clean. Juicing carrots seemed to leave a glaze on the surface of the extractor cup, which is a spinning steel and plastic bowl inside the machine. It has sharp spurs on the bottom of the cup to grind off bits of fruit and vegetable which are then centrifuged against the fine screened sides which allow the juice to fly out into the collection area of the unit when in operation. We went through half a Costco bag of carrots, four apples, a bunch of spinach, four large celery stalks, etc. This required emptying the pulp bin about four times. We got well under a pint of juice altogether. In fact, the four of us were using shot glasses to share the output. When we finished and I went to do final cleaning, it was very hard to remove the filmy glaze on the bottom of the extractor cup. I soaked it overnight in water. The next day, it was still had to scrub off. I used a toothbrush for the task. They supply a cleaning brush in the kit, which is essentially a stiff toothbrush, too. The other parts didn't have the filmy glaze, but there are a lot of parts to clean. The next hardest cleaning task is the plastic labyrinth that leads the juice out of the spout on the front of the unit. You absolutely need a brush or other implement to reach into these spaces to clean unless you have skinny fingers. Whatever you do, don't let this plastic thing sit after use - you need to clean it immediately. The rest of the pieces are more or less like cleaning a food processor.
I suppose the bottom line here is that I now appreciate why commercial fruit and vegetable juices are not cheap, especially the "organic" health food types. If you must have this kind of appliance, do a lot of checking beforehand and buy enough juicer that you'll be happy with it. This one is not enough unless you have other uses for all the pulp and have enough time to be inefficient about producing juice.
By Ashley L. Sheppard (Philadelphia, PA USA)
I really like this juicer so far. It's small and looks nice, whereas my last juicer was huge. This one looks good sitting on my counter-top. It's also more useful than my last juicer because it has two attachments so you can do regular juicing or citrus juicing.
Functionality-wise the juicer works well. The citrus juicing is great; it got a good amount of juice from the oranges and limes I've tried and it's easy to use in this way. The citrus juicing attachment is easy to clean, and the juice tasted great! It had just a little bit of pulp and tasted like juice from market. The regular juicing attachment was just slightly more difficult to use, but still worked fine. It seemed like it was working very hard to juice some of the stuff I put in, but succeeded in the end. I do recommend using big pieces, because smaller pieces did not get juiced as well. There was some pulp left that seemed wasteful.
Cleaning was not bad at all. Easier than other juicers; everything rinsed right off most of the pieces. Also, initially setting up the juicer wasn't bad, just make sure not to get confused between the two attachments.
Overall, it's a good product and I would recommend it.
By Karen Joan (Texas)
I have never used a juicer before (other than an old hand press we had when I was a kid). I've never even been particularly interested in owning a juicer before (they can be so expensive), but when this JUICEMAN JM480S 1.1-HP 2-SPEED ALL-IN-ONE AUTOMATIC JUICE EXTRACTOR AND CITRUS JUICER WITH INTEGRATED PULP CONTAINER became available at such a great price, I had to give it a try. And, mostly, I am glad I did. The JUICEMAN JM480S 1.1-HP 2-SPEED ALL-IN-ONE AUTOMATIC JUICE EXTRACTOR AND CITRUS JUICER WITH INTEGRATED PULP CONTAINER is very easy to use, cleans up quickly, and produces absolutely delicious and refreshing juice.
The first thing we tried was orange juice. The JUICEMAN instructions were straight forward and quite clear, and the juicer and citrus attachments when together in a snap. We used a large bag of smaller juice oranges, about 20, I think, costing $3.30 a bag. In almost no time, we had about a quart of the freshest and tastiest oj I have ever had. My family does not like any pulp, so we also used the integrated pulp catcher, which performed its job perfectly. There was not a drop of pulp to be found. (I suppose if you like the pulp, you can stir it back in to your juice!). Not a drop was wasted, either; those orange rinds we clean as whistle when we were through. (If I were truly thrifty, we would have frozen all those rinds to use later as zest. Oh well, live and learn.) Clean up was a snap; just rinse the larger juicer parts of in the sink, and the smaller ones can fit in the dishwasher. Done in seconds and ready for our next juicing adventure.
The next thing we created was my personal favorite, lemonade. We started with a large bag of lemons, I'd say about 12 in all, costing $ 3.50. This time, my 5 year old daughter decided to help her dad. I was concerned about her juicing the lemons; after all, the parts spin very fast. But I should not have worried; she did a great job, had lots of fun, and was very proud of the juice that she produced. Again, the lemon rinds were squeaky clean at the end; nothing was wasted. We just added water, sugar, and the juice of two oranges (old family recipe), along with lots of ice, and voila, the best lemonade ever! What fun!
Overall, I have to say that the JUICEMAN JM480S 1.1-HP 2-SPEED ALL-IN-ONE AUTOMATIC JUICE EXTRACTOR AND CITRUS JUICER WITH INTEGRATED PULP CONTAINER is a terrific product, very reasonable priced. I do think, however, that you need to watch the seasons and the prices of the fruit you are juicing, and buy the fruit at its cheapest. Our quart of orange juice, while healthy, fresh, and delicious, cost more than a ½ gallon of Valencia orange juice made fresh at our local market. Be that as it may, the entire family loved the JUICEMAN JM480S 1.1-HP 2-SPEED ALL-IN-ONE AUTOMATIC JUICE EXTRACTOR AND CITRUS JUICER WITH INTEGRATED PULP CONTAINER, had lots of fun with it, and really, really enjoyed the wonderful juice. One other small point, the JUICEMAN JM480S 1.1-HP 2-SPEED ALL-IN-ONE AUTOMATIC JUICE EXTRACTOR AND CITRUS JUICER WITH INTEGRATED PULP CONTAINER is bulky with lots of pieces. This means you need quite a bit of space to store it.
Our next attempt will be apple juice, I think. My kids are fiends for apple juice, and they can't wait to make their own. And, quite frankly, neither can I.
By Jennifer (MA)
I am thrilled with this product. I've been using juicers for a very long time. Most are easy to clean and dishwasher safe, but very time consuming to peel and cut up the fruits for good juicing of citrus. The wider mouth is nice, but still doesn't seem to fit a good fist sized apple, but cut in in fourths and you're good to go. Basic juicing is simple with this machine, but I love the citrus attatchments. I'm a huge lemonade/limeade maker. I have bunches of kids over and they all love my "ades" so this machine saved me a TON of work. Hand pressing citrus or peeling it stinks, but this machine handles all of it with ease. I've used it quite a few times, tossed the pieces into the dishwasher and stored in the cabinet under the counter. Quick and easy. As other reviewer's have already mentioned, this unit is very sturdy without being to cumbersome. Nice appliance all the way around.