4 Stars By Luna Media on 2011-12-03
Good for the money
My wife and I have been using this juicer on a regular basis for a few months now, so we have good idea of what it can do. This is a good juicer for semi-regular use making quantities of a quart or less. We ask a lot of our juicer making four or five quarts at a time a couple of times a week. After about four months of regular use, we've noticed that the cutter/basket is getting a little dull, so we aren't getting as much juice from our produce, and it doesn't cut as quickly. The good news is that replacement baskets are only $12 on the Hamilton Beach website. This compares to around $50 to replace the Breville equivalent part. The bad news is that I just went to order a couple and they were out of stock, so I'm stuck with the dull one for now. For this reason I'm giving four stars instead of five. I may change that to three if they don't get the cutter/baskets back in stock soon. Update: The Hamilton Beach website now has them in stock. I ordered two and they were quickly delivered.
We've notice the following about using the unit: If you plan to do larger quantities, you might want to consider a more upscale unit. Depending on what you are juicing, you'll usually need to clean the cutter/basket to maintain efficiency after a quart or two. After that the screen tends to get clogged and you'll loose some juice into the pulp bin. Apples, cucumbers and the like do fine without clogging the screen, so I start with those. I'll do the carrots last since the pulp seals the little holes in the screen pretty quickly. Pineapple and ginger fibers seem to get caught in the cutting teeth, so I also do these at the end. The top also slowly fills up with pulp, and you'll need to clean it to keep going after a couple of quarts of juice making. Just pop the top and scoop it out (make sure the motor stops spinning before you remove the top); you can do a more thorough cleaning once you're done. Again, if you're just making a quart or two, none of this should be a problem.
Cleanup is fairly easy if you do it right after juicing. Most of the pulp rinses right off, but the cutter/basket takes a little scrubbing, and you want to be meticulous because once the pulp dries, it's really hard to remove.
Some folks have complained about the pulp in the juice. We actually enjoy the texture and prefer it this way. It seems like we're drinking something substantial. Just to be clear, it is still very much juice/liquid, it just contains some pulp too. We especially enjoy juicing a couple of beets into the mix for the flavor and the rich red color.
We make larger quantities of juice each time, because we don't have the time it takes to scrub and prepare the fruits and veggies every day, so we keep some in the fridge for the busy days. It's recommended that for maximum nutritional benefit you drink the juice right away, but it seems to keep and taste good for up to three days in the fridge. For folks that do daily juicing of smaller quantities, this unit should give good service at a very reasonable price.
Note: When I first plugged it in, I couldn't get it to turn on. After fooling around with it for a few minutes, I discovered that the top latch arms must be secured in very a specific way or it won't start. This is a safety measure to ensure that it won't start with the cutter/basket exposed. Now that I know what I'm doing it starts right up every time. Make absolutely sure that you have the top exactly in place before you send it back as DOA.
4 Stars By C Parker on 2012-04-11
I purchased this juicer after reading the book "Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead" in which they recommend very nice juicers ranging from $300-$400+. After checking Consumer Reports in which this Hamilton Beach juicer is one of their recommended buys, it seemed to be a no-brainer. This thing rocks! Leftover pulp is dry dry dry, I can't imagine any other juicer doing a better job of extracting all the juice. And it doesn't matter what it is - apples, oranges, cucumbers, carrots, leafy greens like spinach and kale, it makes juice of them all with ease. And clean up is a snap (and I HATE appliances that are not easy to clean, and usually end up not using them just so I don't have to clean them). This juicer comes with a handy little brush that gets in all the little spaces and cleans the filter with little to no effort. Very few pieces - just rinse the 4 pieces with hot water and brush clean the filter and that's it! Easy peasy.
The one reason I didn't give it a perfect 5 stars...
No container included to catch your juice, you must use your own receptacle which is a pain if you're making any more than one large coffee cups worth. You have to do multiple cups of multiple veggies and fruits and mix them all together in the end.
Couple cleaning tips: Spray the pulp container lightly with pam or non-stick spray lightly before using and the stuff will slide right out. And, after all juicing is done, put a small amount of hot water through the juicer - this makes the filter much easier to clean.
5 Stars By j.t. on 2015-07-05
I Love the Hamilton Beach 67601A Big Mouth Juice Extractor (Updated)
Like everything that I get from AlumiGogo, I bought this Juicer on my own accord and nobody has paid me to give this review. The Long and short of it is that I love this Juicer.
The Hamilton Beach 67601A Big Mouth Juice Extractor arrived already assembled inside the box. All I did was remove the plastic and little cardboard pieces that protected the sides and certain parts of the unit. The box contained the Juicer, a Manual, and a cleaning brush. On page 4 of the Manual, it shows and lists the parts & features of the unit. This particular model does not come with a Juice Cup (at least mine didn't) (which is not a problem at all). So, once you receive your order, remember to check if you have everything you need to operate the Juicer.
I went ahead and washed the parts that can be washed, and wiped the rest that I couldn't wash. The Juicer is very easy to put together as it is to take apart (for cleaning).
The motor is very strong. I was able to feed into the chute fruits & vegetables with the Food Pusher with no problem. What really impressed me is the amount of juice it is able to extract from the produce. The juice was smooth, no tiny seeds or particles or remnants of the produce in the juice that came out of the Juice Spout--which is what I expect from a juicer. There's some fizz, but if you stir the juice, it easily incorporates.
The unit is very easy to clean. The cleaning brush that came with it was very useful when cleaning the Stainless Steel Micro-Mesh Strainer Basket; but you can also use an old toothbrush. I say this because an old toothbrush has softer bristles than the (free) cleaning brush that came with the Juicer. I used the cleaning brush today, but will use an old toothbrush moving forward. The washable parts of the unit can be cleaned very easily by running it under the faucet (that's what I did), and wiping the non-washable parts with a wet, soapy, paper towel to soften any sticky residue, then wiping it again with just a wet paper towel to remove the soap. The Manual states that the washable parts are dishwasher-safe, so you can do that, too, if you like.
I am attaching some photos to show the following: (1) that there are no broken parts; (2) that the unit came complete with all its parts and already assembled; (3) that it is easy to take-a-part and clean, and then easy to put back together; and (4) the first couple of juices I made from whatever I have in the fridge.
The pitcher contains 3/4 of a cantaloupe; and the large mason jar contains one regularly-sized Fuji apple and six large ripe strawberries. They were delicious! :-)
Update: I made a Banana & Strawberry juice, and found that while it did extract juice from the bananas, there was left-over pulp from the it. I think this juicer can be "pulp-y" if softer produce is used. I'll find out as I try-on recipes from the books that I got, and will let you guys know. At any rate, I still love it.
I hope this helps anybody who is in the market for an easy-to-use, easy-to-clean, strong/powerful juicer that extracts a lot of juices.
5 Stars By Huntington H. on 2017-11-21
never "juiced" or really ate a vegetable & I'm in my 40s so I knew I needed do something & the whole vitamin thing can be pretty confusing & I figured why not just go to ...
Little about me, never "juiced" or really ate a vegetable & I'm in my 40s so I knew I needed do something & the whole vitamin thing can be pretty confusing & I figured why not just go to the source. It does the job & for $40 I can't imagine what justifies one of these over $100. It eats whatever I throw in it. I do broccoli, carrots,sweet potato,apples, pineapples, etc.. no problem. Only minor thing is a tiny amount of veggie gunk sneaks out side lid.. but ehh.. other complaints of cleaning.. I'm like put it in perspective.. your basically preparing a meal & the clean up takes 2 minutes tops. If you cook a meal how long does that take to make let alone clean all the dishes. I use mine daily for months & it's awesome. I wanted to invest a small amount since this was new to me and didn't know if id like it so why buy a expensive one. But I'm completely happy with this. And honestly, after you drink your vegetables.. you feel it.. like a crisp sharpness.. it's crazy.. not to say I still don't eat Doritos and pizza but now this is my daily routine.. and I spend about $7 On fruit and veg and it lasts abiu t 3.5 days.. go buy this!!!
3 Stars By ViPer on 2016-05-23
... model did not come with the cup but I love it. I will be using it every other ...
This particular model did not come with the cup but I love it. I will be using it every other day pretty much and this will do nicely. I tried a few items in the juicer like apples, grapes, oranges and carrots. The apples cannot fit whole as there is a slight bump in the hole that prevents the apple from going in but I just cut the apple in half, no big deal. Other than that it gets all the juice out. The only thing I would recommend is having a tall cup to collect the juice as it can spatter some as it comes out the chute. LOVE IT!!
Update...i have used this about 20 times for the past year and yesterday I tried to use it and it would not turn on...i will contact manufacturer and update u soon
5 Stars By Princess on 2013-06-14
Sooo easy to use and clean!
I read all the reviews and felt a bit discouraged; but I had already bought the product so I just bit my tongue and accept it that I had already bought the darn thing.
Well I had received my juicer just yesterday and immediately went straight to juicing...and, boy I am so glad I purchased this! It juiced efficiently, easy to take apart (once you figured out how to) and very easy to clean! with or without the plastic bag trick. Yes it was a bit loud, it sound a liiiiiitle bit like someone vacuuming the carpet, but it's not a big deal or THAT horrendously loud.
It juiced to death out of my kale. HOWEVER for some fruits and vegs, I feel like it doesn't 100% take out ALL the juice. The leftover product...was almost like a dry mash potato consistency, almost like "dry" pudding even, it's kind of moist, but I managed to fill up a lot more than a cupful! So I'm pretty content as a beginner juicer. If you're a HXC juicing manic, this may not be the product for you I guess.
Overall, I can dig it. :)
4 Stars By Closeraven on 2016-11-02
Good product-but DO NOT BUY USED
Good, but just don't get used. This is cheap enough as it already is. When I opened it up I got a nice breath of dust. It could have easily been cleaned, at minimum just wipe it off with a paper towel with or without water - maybe even add some soap? I'd expect an item that's advertised as close to "like new" or "good" to not be covered in dust.
Anyways, the product juiced fine for about 2 weeks occasional use until it broke. The malfunction was pretty weird. It was juicing about the amount of half a carrot, then it rumbled loudly/way louder than it already is, it was slightly working (except it released pulp in the juice) before the vibrations made it bounce behind the cup making a huge mess.
I believe this is a good product, but I urge you to just get it new. It's cheap enough as it is. There's a reason why the used models are in the $20s.
I am looking into better centrifugal juicers in a higher price range once I'm able to save up enough money. Any suggestions?
5 Stars By Croppled1 on 1969-12-31
I agree very good value for one that cleans up easily .
With 1500 reviews it is impossible to say something new . Worked well , still going to buy a nutria bullet for the soft stuff . Metal tabs on this one are better then plastic on other Hamilton Beach Juicers . Does hard fruits and vegies very well . Soft not so great but ok . Bag in pulp bin makes it easy to clean . Blade and screen not too bad to clean as it comes with a brush or I use my own bottle brush under running water . I am very glad I did not spend more this is great and left enough in my budget for a Nutri bullet 900 too . Together they are fantastic for making healthy drinks and foods . Very pleased well worth trying for a introduction to juicing while you learn .
Update well here is something new . I saw many people had trouble removing the blade assembly . I have a flat blade screw driver about 8 inches long . I put it under the lip and turn it so that the flat part then gently raises the blade cup so I can remove it to clean . I just keep it next to the juicer and work it around until my fingers can lift out the blade assembly . Works great . I saw they have a tab on the brush too . I am surprised how easily that screen cleans up under streaming water with the brush . I juice a full plate of vegtables and fruits , clean up the machine and put everything away in less then 15 minutes . Feel great . This machine is very easy to care for , the hardest part is removing the screen and blades gently and I just told you a great way to do it .
I am currently using Kale , Apple , carrot, cucumber , seedless grapes , tomato, celery , blueberry , pear , peach , and cherry . It costs about $7 a day to make enough to fill the machines juice container with this mix with how I add them in . Blueberry's are very expensive so I only use a few to stay in budget .Still looking for ginger root to add to my concoction .
5 Stars By Teri on 2014-03-19
Everyone should have one.
OMG. I just received my juicer today and from reading all the reviews i was expecting to have to wear earplugs to use the thing as well as doing some serious cleaning post juicing. Well it isn't silent but its not amy louder than my Vitamix really. As far as clean up I had a soapy bowl of warm water in my sink to toss all parts in and I didn't even need to do that. A scrub under running water post juicing left parts as clean as new!! I don't know what I was expecting. It is awesome. While i was waiting for it I watched Fat Sick and nearly dead on Netflix and now I think I may go on a juice fast.
4 Stars By Lorena Bowser on 2017-08-15
this is a good one, but if you can afford it (I ...
If you are looking for an economical juicer, this is a good one, but if you can afford it (I cannot), I would recommend a more expensive one, or a cold press juicer. I say this only because there is quite a bit of fiber left after juicing with this one, and it's very moist. I feel as if I'm throwing away some good nutrients with the fiber. It does, however, juice very well and gives a good quantity of juice with a minimum amount of veggies and fruits. Extremely easy to clean under the tap with hot running water, but I suggest washing the juicer parts with hot soapy water after use, to avoid any contamination between juicings. Overall, a good juicer for the price.