Category Archives: Citrus Juicers

Want Fresh Orange Juice? Check Out This Citrus Juicer

Hamilton Beach 96700 Commercial JuicerIf you’re thinking of starting up a juice bar or small cafe, or maybe you already own a small deli or restaurant business and would like to sell freshly made citrus juice, you’ll want to check out the Hamilton Beach 96700 Commercial Electric Juicer.

It measures 10 1/4″ by 10″ by 18.5″ high. Weighing in at about 28 pounds, it’s very stable on any surface because of its low center of gravity.  It looks smaller in the picture than it really is, but because of its vertical build, it doesn’t take up much counter space.

 

4.8 Stars (4.8 / 5) 

With three different sized reamers, you can quickly juice lemons and limes with the small reamer, oranges with the medium-sized reamer, and large grapefruit with the large one.  Although the reamers themselves are hard plastic, they have a stainless steel insert that should keep them going strong for a long time, even with heavy usage.

The 3 amp motor is quiet so even if you wanted this juicer for your home, you would be able to operate it without bothering anyone else in the house.

This juicer only has one speed, which is pretty darn fast.  The reamer spins quickly and after cutting the fruit in half, you simply hold it firmly over the reamer, pressing down to get the most juice you could possibly get from a fruit.

You do need to be careful not to let your fingers come into contact with the reamer and it’s probably a good idea to not let small children use this juicer for obvious reasons.  I haven’t heard of anyone actually doing any damage to their fingers or hands from the reamers, but of course it would hurt.  So it’s just something to be aware of.

This Hamilton Beach Juicer is really a nice looking juicer to have sitting out on your counter or in a juice bar.  It has a cast aluminum housing with an acid resistant dark blue finish.  The strainer is made of polyacetal copolymer, a synthetic polymer used in precision parts.

One nice feature is the curved out space for just about any type of glass, pitcher or bottle you would want to put under it to catch the juice.  There’s an 8 1/2 inch clearance from the counter to the pour spout.  A lot of juicers only have a small space for a specific sized glass or pitcher, which limits your juicing capabilities.  So this is a plus for this model.

Another little feature that most other juicers don’t have is a covered ON/Off switch.  This helps keep juice or sticky fingers from causing the switch to become sticky with use.  Without the seal, moisture or other matter could get into the switch area.  This cover is easy to wipe clean and will keep the switch working perfectly over time.

How Much Does it Cost?

The price at Amazon seems reasonable to me, especially if you want to purchase it for commercial reasons.  Having freshly made orange or grapefruit juice with breakfast is always better than store bought and would be great to put on a menu.

How Easy is it To Clean?

There are only a few parts to disassemble, so clean-up is quick and easy.  And with the acid-resistant finish on the base, there shouldn’t be any discoloration or damage done by the acid in the citrus fruit you use.  You can simply wipe the housing off with a damp cloth.  The other parts – the reamer, strainer, bowl and cover – can all be washed in warm water or put in a dishwasher.

The stainless steel pour spout is also easy to clean.

What Kind of Warranty is On This Model?

There is a limited 2 year warranty on this juicer for parts and labor.

What Kind of Quantity Can This Hamilton Beach Electric Citrus Juicer Handle?

The pulp strainer on this juice machine is rather large and will hold quite a bit of pulp before needing to empty it, so you can juice several oranges one after the other.  The strainer is pretty good at keeping the pulp out of the juice, but there may be a small amount that still gets through and possibly even small seeds such as from lemons.

If you want completely pulp-free juice, you may have to strain it through a nut milk bag strainer
or a stainless steel conical strainer.

Some Cons to Consider Before Buying

One thing I already mentioned is the fact that you do have to be careful not to let your fingers come into contact with the fast-spinning reamer while juicing.  Because of this, it may not be suitable for children to operate, whereas some other juicers are perfectly safe for children to use under adult supervision.

Naval oranges seem to have an abundance of pulp so you may have to unclog/empty the strainer more frequently when juicing a lot of these oranges.

There is only the one speed, which is full throttle, which actually may be a little too much power for the occasional home fruit juice drinker.  However, this con for the home user is more of a plus for the cafe or juice bar owner because of being able to quickly fill several glasses in a short time.

What Are a Couple of Tips to Using This Juicing Machine?

  • Don’t put too much pressure on the fruit when reaming – this could cause the motor to overheat.
  • Make sure the unit is turned on before putting fruit on the reamer.  The motor needs to be running at full speed before putting pressure on it or it could damage the unit.  Also, if you were holding a piece of fruit on the reamer and then turned on the power, it might even jolt the fruit right out of your hand.

Summary of the Hamilton Beach 96700 Commercial Electric Juicer

If I simply wanted a citrus juicer or if I had a juice bar, this would be one juicer I would purchase.  With the potentially high yield of juice you can get, the sturdiness and longevity of the unit, and the ease and speed of extracting the nutrition filled juice, plus the sleek look of this juicer, there just aren’t enough negative aspects to outweigh these benefits.

Yes, you may need to strain it an extra time if you want totally pulp free juice, but that wouldn’t take long to do.

This juicer is made in China.

Official website for replacement parts –  http://commercial.hamiltonbeach.com

>Click Here to Purchase This Juicer From Amazon or to Find Other Juicers<