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If you’d only look at the features and not the brand – 700 watt motor, 3” feed chute, stainless steel housing.
You’d thing that this juicer would cost around $150 but this only goes for less than $60!
One of the best bargains you’ll find in Amazon.
At first glance all these features are great, the large 3” feed chute means there will be less pre-cutting and the big pulp catch bin means you can make large batches of juice.
But there are some flaws that you have to look at and decide whether or not this will be the right juice extractor for you.
Features at a glance
- 700 watt motor
- Motor body has a stainless steel finish
- Two motor speeds – high and low for hard and soft ingredients
- Dishwasher safe
- Large 3” feed chute
- Very affordable for a wide mouth juicer
- Stainless steel body makes it less prone to stains
- Large 3″ feed chute means less prep
- Large pulp bin allows you to make large batches of juice without disassembling the machine
- Based on reviews you can only run this for only 3 minutes then let the motor cool down for 20 minutes which limits its usability
- So-so yield on leafy greens and citrus
- Short warranty
What to expect from the Chef Star Juicer?
While a lot of juicers in this price range will have sub-500 watt motors, this extractor from Chefs Star comes in packing a 700 watt motor that should be able to withstand the wear and tear that comes to juicing every day.
The body has a stainless steel finish that resists stains very well. Some of the exterior parts though is plastic. But you can’t nitpick with a $50 juicer can’t you, right?
It also comes with a large pulp collector that’ll allow this extractor to make large batches of juice.
This will work best on…
…Hard vegetables like beet and carrot as well as watery ones like celery and cucumber.
The two speed features allows you to adjust the speed between hard and soft produce.
Set it on high when you juice stuff like carrots or apple then use the low speed on softer ones like orange.
How long can you store juice?
Since this machine uses a fast spin cycle to force juice out of produce, lots of air goes into juice. So you won’t be able to store juice longer than 24 hours.
Anything longer than 24 hours, there’s a risk of spoilage.
For best results, you better drink it immediately after juicing to get the most amount of nutrition.
How much preparation is needed?
With the large 3” feed chute, there is very minimal chopping needed. You can put in a whole small to medium sized apple, carrot, orange and lemon inside there.
You don’t need to chop celery or collard greens, just stack them on the feed chute then turn the machine on.
The only ingredients you’ll need to cut would be pineapple, large apples and carrots, watermelon, basically large fruits or vegetables that won’t fit in the chute.
How much juice can it extract?
Efficiency is not this juicer’s strongest trait so expect average yield on hard fruits and vegetables and below average yield from leafy greens.
It will do well in juicing hard stuff like carrots or celery which is a strength of centrifugal juicers.
Is it hard to clean up?
Clean up should not be hard as long as you clean it soon after you use it.
As with all centrifugal extractors, the toughest part to clean would be the strainer and cutting disk combo. But it does come with a cleaning brush makes the task easier.
It’ll take less than 5 minutes to clean the whole thing.
What type of juicer is this?
This is a centrifugal ejector type juicer since it has a separate container for to collect all the pulp.
This allows it to make larger amounts of juice without having to disassemble the juicer.
How long is the warranty?
It only comes with a 1 year warranty on the whole juicer.
Is it BPA free?
Nope, unfortunately this juicer is not BPA-free.
This will only be very loud when you use the high speed setting, on low setting it won’t hurt your eardrums.
Chef Start does not state what voltage this juicer uses. But my guess is utilizes 110/120 volts since it is sold in North America.
- 8” x 15” x “12 (width x height x depth)
- Weighs around 10 pounds
The package includes
- Motor base (stainless steel finish) with locking arm and two speed power switch
- Cover and food pusher
- Pulp collection bin
- Juice jug (1 liter or 32 ounces)
- Cleaning brush
Based on the reviews I’ve read, the biggest concern for me is the cap where you can only use this machine 3 minutes at a time and have the motor rest for 30 minutes before being able to use it again.
This is the first time I read about this limitation. And if this is true, you won’t be able to make large batches of juice in a short period of time.
One consumer said that it was only good enough to make juice for two people.
In terms of yield, some consumers were satisfied with how much juice this machine was able to extract. Others aren’t so happy because of the very wet pulp they feel is a huge waste.
Some who tried to juice leafy greens with this weren’t very pleased.
Overall it seemed to do well on harder ingredients like carrots and will tend to struggle with softer citrus fruits.
Don’t use this on wheatgrass. If you want to make wheatgrass shots, a horizontal auger juicer will do a better job.
Where can I buy this?
You can buy this budget juicer in Amazon for less than $60! Yes, that’s right this juicer is that cheap. What’s more is you can get free 2-day shipping if you enroll in Prime. Even the free 30-day trial avails you of this privilege.
One think I like about buying in Amazon would be the extended warranty available.
This juicer would be great for…
…Folks looking for an affordable wide mouth juicer.
It has more than enough power with the 700-watt motor to go through fruit and vegetable in minutes.
The two speed feature, allows flexibility when juicing soft or hard stuff.
If you’re planning to juice only soft stuff like strawberry, you can save a bit on your electric bill by using the low setting. Then move over to the higher setting if you’re juicing stuff like carrots or apple.
It also has a large 3″ feed chute so you don’t need to chop as much.