When life brings you multiple juicers it is time for a scientific comparative review.
I was sent a Sage by Heston Blumenthal nutrijuicer last year, which was closely followed by a gift of the Cusinart Compact Juicer. The third juicer was the Phillips Avance bought to the trial by our friend Monica.
It is just the type of kitchen geekery we all enjoy!
Being freelance means that we are both fortunate enough to have a free range lifestyle and we can split our time between the Fuss Free London flat, and Ed’s sister’s weekend house; in the Cotswold Water Park, just south of Cirencester. It is a perfect arrangement; we are not ready to completely leave London, but we love our weeks in the countryside, long walks; amazing light for photography – I consistently take some of my best photos there – and time to hang out with the ever inspiring and energising Monica and her super adorable dog Rocky.
Having had much discussion the night before, over wine and a magnificent Epoisses; which I had bought back from France the week before, (its sheer magnificence had led to the person next to me on the tube sitting with her nose buried in her scarf), the juice off criteria were set.
- Volume of juice
- Time to juice
- Temperature of juice
- Time to wash up
We selected carrots to be juiced and bought a large bag in the supermarket, weighed them out into 500g portions and left to chill in the fridge.
The stage set, Monica juiced, I timed and took the temperatures. Ed drew the short straw and was on washing up duty.
All the juicers are very easy to use and assemble. Simply switch on and go, made for very easy juicing.
Interestingly all the juicers produced almost exactly the same amount of juice (see the photo below), but the Sage and Phillips were twice as fast as the Cuisinart juicing in 15 sec and 16 sec respectively, where the Cuisinart took 30 seconds. Noise levels for all three machine were about the same.
The Sage boasts minimal heat transfer when juicing, and its juice was 1C cooler at 10.6C then the juice from the Phillips (11.6C) and the Cuisinart (11.4C).
Coming to the all important clean up, again the Sage and the Phillips tied within two seconds of each other at an average of 3mins 16 seconds of sink time, with the Cuisinart taking an extra minute to wash up. Looking at the appliances the Phillips is certainly the most dishwasher friendly with the fewest crevices to catch water in.
So, very little difference in the amount of juice – and the more expensive juicers are appreciably faster. We noticed that the Phillips has the smallest footprint when you juice directly into a glass rather than the jug supplied with the machine, but the Cuisinart is the shortest and is more easiest stored in a kitchen cupboard
For the experienced or serious juicer we recommend either the Sage or Phillips budget depending, and for the beginner or occasional juicer the Cuisinart.
The carrot juice was delicious mixed with a little ginger beer as a beta carotene boost!
Many thanks to both Sage for theNutrijuicer and Yeo Valley for the Cuisinart compact.