The design features two strainers including a fine strainer that is recommended for use with vegetables to make ‘clean’ juices. There is also a secondary coarse strainer that has bigger holes in it to make it better suited to thicker ingredients such as bananas and strawberries for making smoothies and soups. You will need to cool the soup before you insert it into the machine, however. And while the noise levels remain at a comfortable 81dB for most soft fruits, when a piece of chopped up apple is inserted the noise levels raise considerably.
Pros: Cap stops spillage; stylish Smeg designCons: Price; small feeding chute
Price: £500 | Check price on Amazon | Currys
Philips MicroMasticating Juicer
A good all-rounder that gets the nutrients from your fruit
Type: Masticating | Height: 16cm | dB: 85
With its claim to extract up to 90% of the fruit you put inside, the Philips Avance Micro Masticating Juicer (£329) can make nutritiously satisfying drinks. Its specially designed juicing screw squeezes out every last drop into your cup, opening up and breaking down the fruit cells that hold all the goodness.
Unlike some bulky centrifugal juicers we’ve tried, the slim design of this masticating model measures just 11cm in width. It also has sleek and understated stainless-steel styling, which means that as well as being practical and compact, it makes an attractive statement on the worktop. While it takes a little while to piece the juicer together, the instructions are clearly illustrated, but you do need to ensure the juicer is locked into place properly before it will start – it took us a few attempts before we had mastered the art. As well as comprehensive instructions, you’ll find a booklet inside the box with 40 recipe ideas for inspiration.
What we love about this juicer is that it is versatile and can take on a large range of vegetables and fruit including bananas, strawberries, tomatoes, watermelons, oranges and also smaller, more fiddly, ingredients such as wheatgrass, pomegranate and nuts. Handy for some of the suggested recipes including ‘Bunny Delight’, which suggests juicing chilli pepper, red bell pepper, celery, carrot and tomatoes, and ‘Love it Up’, which features kiwi, raspberries, pomegranate, apple, carrots and lemon.
We found the juicer to be really quite powerful yet average in sound while in use; we measured 85 decibels when making our carrot, apple and ginger juice, which was comfortable on our ears. While it does pack a punch, you do need patience to use this juicer and wait for the juicing screw to work its magic.
We also liked the large feeding tube, which means you can add quite a few chunks of fruit and vegetables to the top of the chute in one go. While they don’t need to be tiny, you do need to make sure they are chopped to a suitable size, however. When we used it to make a green juice, the Philips juicer struggled a little with the larger vegetable pieces such as the broccoli florets, so we made sure we cut them down into manageable chunks before inserting. The pear also needed to be chopped into small pieces, but overall the Avance model did well to crush the ingredients effectively and make a good-looking juice with minimal froth.
Pros: Practical and stylish; extracts 90% of fruit; easy to clean Cons: No container to catch juice; little fiddly to piece together at the start
Price: £329 | Check price on Amazon | Currys | Philips