Almost as important as the fruits and vegetables themselves, the juicer you purchase is undeniably one of the most important decisions you will make when you decide to juice. As I read reviews of the various juicers that are advertised on numerous infomercials, the same problems kept coming up. Not enough yield from the produce, hard to clean and durability. One day I happened to read a review a friend of mine wrote on his recently purchased Breville Dual Disc Juice Extractor. His review touched on everything I was concerned with.
“Surprisingly very easy to clean and the pulp is very dry;” was one comment that really stood out to me. The difference between the Breville BJE820XL Dual Disc Juice Processor and others was the 1200w motor. With this additional power comes additional expense; or does it?
I used a Breville with a less powerful motor and proceeded to crack the casing of the juicer within minutes. I soon learned that with less power comes more work and less juice. I was forced into cutting the produce down further so it would fit in the chute of the juicer and the amount of yield dropped significantly. A few months later I was in London and there was a fresh juice shop across the road from my hotel. The merchant had lots of fresh fruits and vegetables to choose from and customers were free to choose their own combinations. I picked my juicing ingredients and the shop owner set to making my juice.
I could not help but notice that he had a very cheap unit ; as a result he kept having to add more and more produce just so there would be enough juice to fill the glass. We started talking about juicers and he figured it was cheaper to keep buying $100 juicers instead of a $400-500 juicer because if the expensive juicer broke, he could not afford to replace it. What he was not considering is how much additional produce he is being forced to use with every juice he sells simply because his juicer is not yielding as much juice as it could be.
For me, I used the initial cost of the machine as an incentive to follow through and begin juicing; there was no way I could afford a $500 decoration for my counter top, it was going to be used. As of this date, I have been juicing for just under three years with the same juicer. There is no question in my mind that I have saved well over $500 with my purchase; not only in produce costs, but replacement costs as well. I have not personally known of anyone that has gotten three years of constant use from a $200-300 juicer. Save money in the long run, and get a proper juicer today. You will not regret it.
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