Planning to live a healthier life? One way to start is to ditch the soft drinks and switch to liquids made from fruit. The new Philips QuickClean Juicer aims to make juicing easier thanks to a fast motor and some parts which promise an easy clean.
One of two new juicers released this year by Philips, the QuickClean 800W is an appliance with a big motor and an extra large chute for feeding fruit and veggies in larger chunks.
Made up of several parts, the QuickClean prides itself on being easy and quick to clean. These parts include the feeding pusher, lid, blade with pulp filter, juice collector, and built-in pulp container. All of these parts can be easily removed and cleaned with either warm water and soap or by using a dishwasher.
At the base of the unit, you’ll find the massive 800W motor and driving arm built into a stainless steel bucket, with a wall plug and knob for two different speeds and off.
Philips has included a jug with units of measurement printed on the side, as well as a lid for the jug with a foam separator built in. Using the lid is optional.
A spout accessory is also included, allowing you to ditch using the jug and run the juice straight into a glass.
The box also comes with a nifty surprise, and that’s a 250 page book, “The Funky Fresh Juice Book” from Jason Vale, a man who is touted to be “The king of juicing.”
A small colourful recipe guide is also included, as is the manual and warranty information.
With an 800W motor, you better hope that this thing can turn solid fruits into liquids, and we’re happy to report that it can.
Once you’ve given all the parts a quick clean – something you should do with every appliance after an unboxing – you simply assemble the removable parts on the heavy stainless steel encased bucket base, pull the locking arm into place against the lid, and plug it in.
Fruit should be cut into manageable chunks, but you can actually throw in pieces almost as large as a whole apple, thanks to the extra large chute.
When the fruit is cut and ready to be juiced, pile them into the chute, and put the fruit feeding block in place over the chute to stop your fruit from flying out when the ultra fast cutting blades spin up. From there, you merely push the feeding block down, forcing the fruit into the blades and sending juice spiraling out into your jug.
The juicer features two juicing settings – “1” and “2” – each of these being used for different strengths of fruit. For soft fruits like grapes and berries, use the “2” setting. If the fruit you’re juicing is much harder, like an apple or a carrot, use the “1” setting.
When we were using it, we found it best to switch the juicer off when we needed to throw more fruit in the chute. The few times we didn’t, the ridiculously fast blades would make the fruit chunk dance and sometimes go flying out, with juicy spatter erupting from the juicer and landing on anything around.
If you can get used to that, you’ll find the QuickClean manages to kill a kilogram of carrots in under a minute, making it easy to enjoy carrot juice – or any other kind of fruit or veggie juice – in no time.
Philips says that its new juicers are much easier to clean, basically requiring you to pull the parts out and wipe them down. The box even says “clean up within a minute”, so that should count for something.
In our experience, however, we were cleaning for around five minutes. After making a delicious blend of apple, carrot, and ginger, we detached the metal base from the pulp container and lid section, brought it to the sink, and proceeded the clean the removeable parts one by one.
In the blade section, however, we noticed that we had fibre from one of the fruits stuck firmly in place, and even after running it under water or wiping it with a cloth, we found the fruity bits weren’t budging.
We don’t recommend running your fingers over the sharp blades, and Philips actively tells you in the manual to avoid using scouring pads, so that pretty much leaves you with fibre in the joints until the next time you make juice.
After a bit of testing, we found that it was easy to remove any residue by running half a cup of water through the appliance before the next juicing.
Outside of this, the juicer is easy to clean. The juice-less pulp can be found in container, ready to be scooped up and tossed away into a compost bin. The metal sieve around the blades does use much smaller holes and is quite easy to clean, requiring you to rub away the tiny pulp and rinse it under the tap. Remaining sections – like the lid, feeding pusher, and juice collector – can all be washed by hand or thrown in the dishwasher.
Fruit that lacks strong fibre may end up with an easy one minute clean, but chunkier fleshy ones may leave you at the sink just a little bit longer.
If you’re after a juicer that can pulverise fruit into a tasty beverage, the Philips QuickClean certainly has your name on it, but be aware that you may have to spend more than a minute in the kitchen cleaning it up.