With the large number of compact juice extractors in the market, it can be difficult for customers to make a choice. This review takes a look at the Cuisinart CJE-500 Compact Juice Extractor, which is one of Amazon.com’s most popular products of its kind.
About the Cuisinart CJE-500 Juicer
Cuisinart is a leading home appliance brand trusted for its heritage and quality. As is expected from this household name, the pitcher is priced affordably at less than $80. It can hold up to 16 ounces of juice. The machine can be used for juicing not just soft foods and leafy vegetables, but also denser vegetables and fruits. A separate pulp container and an adjustable flow spout are features to note.
The machine weighs 9.2 pounds and measures a compact 11.5 by 1.8 by 14.2 inches. The juice can be extracted into the 16 ounce pitcher or into an 8-ounce glass. It is a centrifugal juicer that operates at 500 Watts of power.
The CJE-500 is used by guiding the food to be juiced into the feed tube with a snug-fitting food pusher. The feed tube is modest and suitable for the machine’s compact size. The flow pipe can be manually adjusted to prevent a mess while juicing.
The juicer is handy for juicing a variety of fruits and vegetables. Some of the uses that have successfully been made and reported include juicing apples to produce pulp for apple sauce and juice (the juicer separates seeds easily), raw beets, carrots, pear etc.
Softer veggies like kale may be difficult to juice unless it is mixed with other wet greens like spinach. Some users have found that the Cuisinart juicer is not very effective in completely extracting the juice from soft greens.
The machine is pulp-free, and the pulp from operation is collected in a separate container that collects up to 40 ounces of pulp. After use, the machine can be separated into six parts for cleaning. Parts to be cleaned include the pulp container, the mesh filter basket, the juice pitcher, blades, food pusher and the top cover. The parts can be hand-washed and the machine comes with a brush to clean the blades.
Pros & Cons
If you’re looking for a solid, noiseless juicer with a small footprint that can juice a variety of soft and hard fruits and veggies with easy cleanup, the CJE-500 is highly recommended. It may not be the best juicer for using with leafy greens. However the affordable price tag on a juicer this small is rare and overall, this machine is a worthy model to consider when purchasing compact juicers for your home.