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Reviewed in the United States on November 4, 2019
This juicer is on the low end of the slow juicer spectrum. While it may be an affordable option, it is lacking in practicality. For instance, this juicer has several different speeds, reverse, soft fruit, hard fruit, self-clean and ice cream. The soft fruit and hard fruit settings are on a valve that is part of the juice bowl. The valve is referred to as a seasoning valve in the user guide. Its purpose is not defined in the guide, and I can't determine what it's for. I can see how it moves when pressed, but the why of it escapes me.
What I find impractical about this juicer is the different speeds for soft versus hard food items. There's no explanation on what the purpose of these speeds are or how they are to be used. So I assume that if I want to process a hard item like a carrot, I'm to turn the dial to hard fruit and also turn the seasoning valve to hard fruits, and then switch to soft if processing lettuce or peaches. Why? I don't know. This isn't practical if trying to juice a combination of hard items and soft items, and I found it to be annoying and just used the hard setting for everything.
I having a Kuvings slow juicer and the recommended method to process different food items is to alternate between the soft and hard items, ending with the hard items which will help to force the softer items through to the pulp cup. There are no different speed settings other than forward and reverse.
The AmazonBasics Easy Clean Juicer comes with three strainers, a course strainer, a fine strainer and an ice cream strainer that is used to process frozen fruits into an ice cream like concoction. Generally, the fine strainer delivers less pulp than the course strainer. The high end slow juicer that I'm familiar with, Kuvings, only has a fine strainer that is used for all fruits and vegetables that are appropriate for juicing. I used the fine and course strainer, and the course definitely delivers more pulp to the juice than the fine one. I liked the course strainer as I'm not opposed to having pulp in my juice. I have not used the ice cream strainer.
The juicer has a self-clean mode that seems pointless. It's not like a blender where soap and water can be added to the blender cup and processed until the food particles are removed from the top and sides of the cup. The parts to the juicer have to be hand washed right away. The strainer holes get clogged with pulp and have to be brushed away under running water. The manual does not provide any information on the use of this setting.
The juicer has a wide chute which accommodate whole apples. I cored my apples and happily dropped them down the chute. It works fairly well, but I had to stop the machine, unplug it and take the top off to remove chunks of apple that either stayed on top of the screw or was wedged between the screw and the juice bowl. There were a few nice size chunks that didn't get processed, so cutting the apple is probably the best course of action.
Overall, this is an inexpensive juicer, but it has too many unnecessary features that will make juicing a chore. The wide chute is okay, but I found it didn't process my apples as well as when I cut the apples and processed them, and apple pieces would get wedged between the screw and the juice bowl. I also like the addition of the course strainer. The juice and pulp cups are some type of plastic. I thought my turmeric would stain them, but so far it hasn't. The user guide is minimal not very informative. It's really bare bones to say the least.
The machine juices well enough for the price, and it will be ok as a starter, but if you're in search of an upgrade from a centrifugal type juicer, I would pass on this one, and get a different brand like Kuvings or Hurom.