Review: Sunbeam Slow Juicer (JE9000)
Pressure juicers tend to come with a price hurdle, but Sunbeam’s Slow Juicer not only gets it right on price, but also overcomes that whole “slow” thing, too.
Different from other products in Sunbeam’s juicer range, the JE9000 is a product that does away with the blades normally found in juicing appliances.
Rather than rely on multiple sieves and rotating blades, the Slow Juicer uses the slower pressure juicing system, which pushes the fibre against a wall and crushes it with a heavy turbine-like juicing screw, a process which aims to leave more nutrients in the resulting drinkable product, while leaving the waste easy to dispose of thanks to the dryness it should have.
Sunbeam’s Slow Juicer does this with a heavy motorised base with three settings on a switch on the handle, including on, off, and reverse.
The JE9000 comes with two jugs designed to sit at each of the spouts on the juicing compartment, one of which will be used for expelling the juiceless fibrous mush, and the other of which will see drops of juice emerge.
The motor is encased in a plastic body that sits below everything, driving the juicing screw used above it and keeping everything locked in at the compartment level.
Juice is apparently better for you when the fruit is run through the slower pressure based system because of how many nutrients aren’t being discarded, but the price of these newer style of machines is often the barrier.
Sunbeam have called its pressure juicer a “slow juicer,” but that seems to be a reference to the style of juicer it is: a slow pressure-based juicer, requiring the fruit to be pushed against a heavy screw mechanism, and crushing it, pushing the fibre through a filtration comb so that you get as much juice as possible.
When you use the Sunbeam, however, you find that the term “slow” seems misplaced here because this thing is anything but slow.
Switch it on and start loading chunks of fruit through the chute and the machine whirs into action, loading the ingredients directly into its crushing compartment, which we’re calling the pulverisation bay.
The mechanism that will crush the fruit is heavy and turns slowly, and if anything gets jammed, you can rotate it the other way by flipping the on switch the other direction past off.
Once fruit makes its way into the compartment, it spends little time in a solid form, the black juicing screw pushing it against the filter very quickly and pushing out the fibre in one place, while the juice pops out of another.
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