In my younger years one of my favorites is orange juice. As I got older, my taste buds matured as well and my preference for orange waned and shifted to grapefruit.
What do these two fruits have in common? Both are citrus fruits and if you want to start living a healthier lifestyle, you have to stay away from store bought juices because it contains added sugars.
If you’re old school you can buy a reamer but that takes a lot of work.
This is where the NOVIS Vita Juicer comes in. Not only can this product juice citrus fruits, it can also morph into a centrifugal juicer with a simple tool change.
NOVIS advertises this as a 4-in-1 machine but really it’s a three in one machine that is a juicer, citrus extractor and a smoothie maker.
It is quite price at around $400 (more or less) but it does come with a 10 year warranty on the motor and 3 year warranty on the parts.
Can this be a viable replacement to the Vitamix juicer, let’s find out.
A quick look at the features
- Has 3-in-1 functionality – juicing, pureeing and citrus press
- Drophold spout prevents juice from leaking out (this is similar to the spout found in the Jack Lalanne juicer)
- BPA free
- Parts are dishwasher safe
- Single on/off switch makes this very easy to use
- 10 year warranty on the motor / 3 year warrant on the parts
- Versatile machine capable of making citrus juice as well as green juice or smoothie (no other machine in the market can do all three functions)
- Very few working parts means it is very easy to clean
- Sleek design does not take up a lot of space
- Decent 3 year warranty
- Very expensive
- Oval shaped feed chute still necessitates chopping
- Poor yield for leafy greens
NOVIS is a relatively new comer to the scene based in Switzerland.
This product is a first in terms of combining the functionality of a citrus press juicer, a centrifugal juicer and blender.
The key to this functionality is the interchangeability of the different parts to achieve the function you want to do…
If you’re familiar with the Dyson cordless vacuums, this has the same kind of feel only this one is an extractor not a vacuum cleaner.
In essence this machine has 3 in 1 functionality. It is a juicer, citrus extractor and smoothie maker.
The compact design will save you space and the single control user interface makes this almost idiot-proof.
At the heart of this machine is a 240 watt motor that spins the centrifuge at 2,000 rpm and the citromax at 150 rpm. The centrifuge refers to the centrifugal blades while the citromax refers to the citrus reamer.
The spout where the juice comes out is very similar to the Jack Lallane juicer where you can push it up to prevent it from dripping.
Citrus fruits, hard fruits, fibrous vegetables and leafy greens, you name it this can extract juice from a variety of sources. The only downside I see is the amount of juice you’ll be able to extract (more on that later).
You can pretty much make any natural drink you want – citrus juice, smoothie and even green juice.
One not on making smoothies – you cannot use frozen vegetables or add ice because this machine does not have any blades. You can only make smoothies using fruits and vegetables at room temp then freeze them afterwards if you want to turn it into a health sorbet.
The only thing that this machine probably won’t be able to extract juice from wheatgrass unless you put in a whole bunch and sandwich it with a fruit like apple to get maximum yield.
Here are some things you can make with a Novis juicer…
1. Green juice with spinach, romaine, parsley, pear and lemon.
To get the most out of leafy greens you’d have to crumple it together, insert it in the feed chute then push it down with something solid like a lemon or pear. If you’re using organic lemon, it’s okay to include the skin.
2. Pineapple with the skin
Make sure to buy organic pineapples if you’re planning to juice it with the skin and make sure to wash it thoroughly to rid of any soil that can cause food poisoning.
3. Fresh lemon and beet vinaigrette
If you love your salads this is a must try recipe.
4. Wheatgrass juice
Even though I said it is hard to juice wheatgrass, apparently you can make one with a NOVIS with the puree attachment.
They would recommend soaking wheatgrass in water before juicing it but remember if you’re planning on taking wheatgrass shots or making a lot of green juice, a wheatgrass juicer would be a better alternative.
5. Almond milk
This is one of my favorite parts of a Novis juicer. You don’t need to buy a nut milk bag to separate the pulp from the milk – NOVIS does it for you!
Since this machine uses 2,000 rpm for the centrifuge attachment, you cannot store juice for a very long time.
That’s because a lot of air goes inside the juice as the blades spin. More air coming in means faster oxidation and spoilage.
The reamer part only rotates at 150 rpm so you can probably store citrus juices for a few days refrigerated.
For extracting from citrus fruits, this machine scores high points because an electric reamer will do a better job than a manual reamer because the motor spins it for you.
The amount of yield will probably depend on the freshness of the fruit and how hard you press.
There are several techniques in getting the maximum yield from citrus fruits.
Utilizing this machine like you would a centrifugal juicer would not net a good yield its fundamental design prevents it from doing so.
The benefit though is you’ll be able to make your juice at a faster pace because generally centrifugal juicers go through produce faster.
So you will have to weigh your priorities here, if you want something easy to use and fast, go with this but if you prioritize yield over speed then go with a masticating juicer.
The last function of this machine is the smoothie making part and as far as yield goes expect it to be the same as it would in a blender but you’d have to chop the ingredients first because of the oval shaped feed chute.
Yes, the plastic components of the NOVIS are BPA free.
Disassembly is relatively easy so cleaning this shouldn’t take long. It does not come with a brush though so you might want to consider investing in one.
In centrifugal juicer mode, this machine is noisier than a masticating juicer but the good news is at only 2,000rpm this wouldn’t be as noisy as a Breville juicer.
Most consumers were happy with this extractor. The feature they liked most is the versatility, easy interchangeability of the parts and the best part for me, easy cleaning.
Believe me if it’s hard to clean, you won’t use it as much.
As you’ve seen in the videos I shared above, this machine can do a lot from squeezing citrus, to juicing fruits and veggies to making nut milk. This one pretty much does it all.
Perhaps the biggest complaint would be the inability of this to juice leafy greens with any sort of efficiency. If you’re looking to juice a lot of greens then stay away from this product and instead look at these.
This is the downside of the Swiss army concept of the NOVIS. It won’ do one thing particularly well, except for juicing citrus.
Don’t expect masticating juicer type performance from this.
Where can I buy this?
You can buy this in Amazon for less than $400. And it’ll come with the free 2-day shipping if you join Prime. Amazon also sells extended warranty of up to 4 years if you want that extra peace of mind.
You can also buy it from NOVIS USA through this link.
This is a jack-of-all-trades type machine that combines the functionality of a citrus extractor, centrifugal juicer and smoothie maker in one nicely designed machine.
It is a great investment for people looking to make a lot of citrus based drinks like orange or grapefruit juice naturally.
The downside to a machine that does it all is that it isn’t very good at one particular area. As with any centrifugal juicer, you will get not so good yields when juicing leafy greens so if you’re the type who likes to add a lot of leafy greens you may want to go with another option instead.
And also this machine will not be able to handle frozen stuff. If you like to blend frozen veggies or fruit go with a blender instead.
But if you are okay with these limitations then by all means invest in the $500 or so for this versatile and beautiful piece of machine.