If you were in the market for a juicer a year ago, a wide mouth vertical masticating juicer would cost close to $400 courtesy of Kuvings. Now you can buy a similar product for around $300 thanks to the SKG Wide Chute juicer.
Feature-wise it offers the same wide 3-inch feed chute that Kuvings has plus it has a strong 230 watt AC motor that SKG says will have enough torque to crush through whole fruits but like all vertical slow juicers.
You will still have to chop fibrous vegetables like celery or spinach into bite-sized pieces so it does not clog the small pulp outlet port that turns at a sharp 90-degree angle.
It won’t have as long a warranty of a Kuvings but you don’t have to pay as much upfront to enjoy the time-saving benefits of having a wide mouth extractor.
A quick look at the features
- Comes with a 3-inch feed chute so you don’t need to cut fruits like apple or oranges.
- Auger rotates at just 60 rpm
- Powered by a 240 watt AC motor that spins the blades at a slow 60 rpm that minimizes oxidation
- This juicer is certified by the FDA, UL, ETL, GS, ROHS, and CE
- BPA free components
- Comes with a handle so you can move this around easier compared to juicers without handles
- Backed by a 5-year warranty for the parts and 10 years on the motor
- Large feed chute requires less pre-cutting (at least for fruits) which means a lot of time-saving
- The strong motor has a good amount of torque
- Slow rotating auger means less oxidation
- Cheaper than a similar product from Kuvings
- Has a juice tap that prevents drips
- The juice that comes out has minimal pulp (based on video reviews)
- Despite being a wide mouth juicer you still need to chop fibrous greens like celery or it will clog
- Still an expensive juicer
- Warranty for the parts is shorter (maybe they could extend it to 7 years)
I think SKG manufactured this machine in lieu of the popularity of the Kuvings Whole Slow Juicer and they lowered the price to under $300 to get a bit of the market share.
They’ve added one feature that I feel like Kuvings is lacking which is a handle. These machines aren’t lightweight (it is a good thing) and if you’re moving it from one area of your home to another not having a handle can be a burden since you will have to use two hands to move this and the it can be an accident waiting to happen.
Feature wise both extractors are similar from the feed chute to the power. Both have 3” feed chutes, both similar sized motor. Kuvings has a brushless motor which will last longer, while the SKG uses a 230 AC motor. Since both have the same 10 year warranty on the motor, longevity should not be an issue here.
Both have also has a similarly designed auger. Take note however that this machine isn’t made in Korea but in China so if that is a concern for you, go with the Kuvings.
In terms of accessories included, Kuvings has motor, it comes with a unique strainer cleaning tool that I have not seen yet in other juicers and on top of that it comes with two other brush cleaning tools to help you thoroughly clean the jar.
The SKG on the other hand comes with a tofu strainer and a cleaning brush. If tofu making is your thing aside from making juices, this is a good option.
In terms of yield, I think both will produce around the same amount of juice and if there are any differences, it is negligible.
Let’s see how this stacks up against the Kuvings Whole Slow Juicer feature wise
…A mix of fruit and vegetables. Since it has a wide feed chute, it will save you time in terms of not having to chop stuff like apple, orange or cucumber.
If you want your juice recipes to be a mix of fruit and vegetables this is the good compromise between a centrifugal juicer and a horizontal auger juicer that has a smaller feed chute.
In terms of yield, it will produce more than any centrifugal juicer in the market, yes even the Breville.
But I have to warn you that despite having a wide feed chute, you still have to chop fibrous greens like celery or collard greens because it will clog the pulp chute that turns at a sharp 90 degrees.
Don’t say I did not warn you.
Since this machine uses a slow 60rpm, there is very minimal oxidation. If you store juice properly in an airtight container like a mason jar inside a refrigerator, expect it to be good for around 36 hours.
I can’t find any comparison videos but here’s a video to give you an idea how much juice this machine will extract from an apple…
Take note that this machine will extract pretty much the same amount as the Kuvings because both have similarly designed machines from the motor to the auger so any difference in terms of yield will be negligible.
Don’t expect this though to extract more than a horizontal juicer like an Omega NC800 especially from leafy greens.
Assembling and disassembling this isn’t hard and after a doing it a few times you’ll get used to it so cleaning isn’t a problem. You just have to make sure that you scrub the strainer well and clean it immediately afterwards so pulp does not dry up.
What type of juicer is this?
This machine is classified as a masticating or slow juicer.
Yes, SKG specifies that the plastic parts are BPA free.
Since the auger only rotates at 60 rpm, it isn’t as noisy as a centrifugal extractor and you don’t have to worry waking up your neighbours or scarring your kids.
Where is this manufactured?
This product is manufactured in Shunde District Foshan City Guangdong Province in China.
Since this is a relatively new product, there aren’t a lot of reviews but it got a really positive response from a lot of people who either purchased it or got a free sample. A lot of folks like the build quality – it was heavy and the parts look solidly built. Even the packaging got some praises.
Assembly was easy and learning curve wasn’t steep. First time users liked how easy it was to use.
In terms of how much juice it was able to extract, a lot of people say it was able to extract more than a centrifugal juice like a Breville and since it don’t suck in air like other centrifugal juicers, they were able to store it longer.
A lot of consumers who purchased this were first time users and they were quite happy with their purchase. Compared to the Kuvings it provided better value because it was cheaper by almost $100!
In terms of pulpiness, it was mixed some say it wasn’t pulpy while others say it had quite a bit of pulp. This is a highly subjective issue, if you find it pulpy, a simply workaround would be buying a strainer.
The best place to purchase this would be in Amazon where you don’t have to worry about warranty claims. Expect to pay a shade under $300 for this and you’ll get Free Shipping!
Another reason why I recommend Amazon would be the availability of an extended warranty for more peace of mind.
If you cannot afford the Kuvings this machine is the next best option. It comes with the same 3” feed chute, same powered motor, auger design and has a decent 5 year warranty on the parts and 10 years for the motor.
It’s a discounted version of the Kuvings minus the specialized cleaning brush and the blank plate attachment that will allow you to make sorbets. Oh, this is made in China not Korea where other premium brands like Kuvings and Omega juicers came from.