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.
The process Sunbeam is using for the Slow Juicer doesn’t appear to be quite as drawn out as what we experienced in the Oscar Neo Juicer, and while that model knocked the fruit around from different sections, crushing it as it travelled before finally forcing it through the comb filter, the Sunbeam takes on a much faster approach, crushing it heavily once and then pushing it through the filter.
This way of working means you get juice quickly using the “slow” method, but it also means the fibre pushed through the juicer retains far more moisture than what we saw in the other more expensive slow juicer, and the differences are literally night and day in this waste product.
Fibre expelled from the Oscar slow-juicer was practically dry, and if you put it in your mouth, you would spit it back out again, since it was entirely tasteless.
Sunbeam’s expelled fibre, on the other hand, obviously still has liquid in it, visible not just in the hand when touching it, but also in photographs, and when you put this in your mouth, it tastes kind of like baby food, and is still edible.
That’s a dramatic difference, and points out that Sunbeam’s slow juicer isn’t doing as heavy an extraction as competing products.
What it does manage to do, however, is simplify the process.
The Sunbeam JE9000 doesn’t have many parts, and putting it together — as well as cleaning it — is much easier than you might expect, and there are no blades to touch.
There is a compartment, a chute with protective cover, heavy black juicing screw, and comb filter, as well as two jugs built to go around the motor that sits beneath all of this.
Putting this together is as easy as fitting the right parts together and aligning arrows, while cleaning involves taking these apart, and running them either through hot water with the supplied brush (if you’re having trouble with the filter) and/or some soapy water.
You can also run water between juicing cycles, which will help to clean out the insides, as well as push out any remaining fibre before you give it a good cleaning piece by piece.
Because of these very small parts, though, it is therefore very easy to clean, and is also much more accommodating for bench space, taking up roughly half what another brand of slow pressure juicer took up when we reviewed it.
While most people are familiar with the centrifugal blade juicer, the slower pressure based juicer appliance is just now gaining momentum, and aims to get more juice out of that fruit than the slice and dice ways of the other type.
Sunbeam’s pressure juicer manages to accomplish this at a decent price premium, especially against the king of the hill model we tested from rival Oscar, which comes in at $200 more and occupies more bench space.
The differences between these models are noticeable, mind you, and while the Oscar is more expensive, it does a better job of crunching every last drop of juice out, while also affording you the ability to make noodles and breadsticks.
That said, if you’re buying a juicer to juice, we’re actually recommending the Sunbeam over the Oscar.
Technically, the Oscar does a better job, but its setup is more fiddly, with more bits and pieces and less room to work with in your kitchen.
The Sunbeam, though, is faster per batch of fruit, smaller, and easier to clean up, and those features, as well as the less expensive entry price, make it worth checking out.