Cuisinart CJE-1000 Juicer Review – Is It Worth It?

Cuisinart CJE-1000 1000-Watt 5-Speed Juice ExtractorFor the price, the Cuisinart CJE-1000 1000-Watt 5-Speed Juice Extractor is a good middle of the road juicer.  I’m going to start right out by saying the most complaints about this juicer are that it doesn’t produce the driest pulp and doesn’t seem to produce as much juice as expected.

However, the main thing to remember about buying a juicer or any product for that matter is that you’re not going to find one that’s 100% perfect in every area.  They all have their pros and cons, and a juicer that costs less than $150 is probably not going to be as wonderful as one that costs twice as much.

4.2 Stars (4.2 / 5)        And as always, there will be those individual products that have factory defects.

This is a centrifugal juicer, so the pulp will not be as dry as a masticating juicer.  But it also has 5 speeds, which is more than most juicers.  It’s important to read the directions as to which speed to use for which pieces of produce.

My guess would be that using the slower speeds would actually produce more juice and dryer pulp.  But with 5 speeds, it would be easy to think that juicing on the highest speed would produce the best juice.

Some Features of the Cuisinart Juice Extractor

  • 3″ wide produce chute so many fruits and vegetables can be placed in it whole.
  • An adjustable flow spout specifically designed to keep from dripping.
  • Plastic side latches that allow easy assembly and dis-assembly.
  • A separate foam filter disk that goes under the filter basket to prevent most of the foam from getting into the juice pitcher, plus a foam separator that goes in the pitcher.
  • Housing is stainless steel while most of the other parts are plastic and are safe to wash in the dishwasher on the top rack.
  • Includes recipe book, instruction manual, cleaning brush, a 1 quart pitcher to catch the juice in and a 1 liter container for the pulp.
  • The control dial has a blue LED light to help see the correct settings.LED light on dial
  • All parts that come in contact with food or juice are BPA free

Price

You can find the current price on Amazon by clicking the button below.   It’s running for approximately $149 on the Cuisinart website , where you can also find replacement parts.

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How Big is It?

The measurements are about 15.4 x 11.8 x 19 inches and it weighs about 14 lbs.

Ease of Cleaning

As with all juicers, you should always clean your juicer immediately after use, even before you drink your juice (unless you anticipate a long clean-up).  Having said that, this juicer is easy to clean if done right away.  It doesn’t take long for pulp to dry on the filter and make it difficult to scrub off, but if cleaned immediately and using the provided brush, it should be a breeze. Most of the parts can be cleaned in warm sudsy water or washed in the dishwasher, but I find washing by hand is the best since sometimes dishes will sit in the dishwasher for quite some time before running it and by then the food particles will be stuck pretty good on the items.

The provided cleaning brush should only be used on the filter basket and should not be used on the outside of the housing, nor should you use any product with ammonia or a scouring powder as these will scratch and mar the finish.

Also, remember to put a plastic produce bag in the pulp container before use to make it super easy to get rid of the pulp, preferable dumping it in a compost bin or saving it to use in soups, muffins or other recipes.

If you’re new to composting or want to get started, check out this site about composting.

Noise Factor

This is one of the quieter juicers, making it fairly safe to use while others are sleeping, unless they’re light sleepers such as myself.  Remember, anything with a motor is going to make some noise.  But compared to other juicers, this one is quiet.

Some Things to Remember When Using This or Any Centrifugal Juicer

  • Never try to juice bananas.  They don’t have any juice to extract and it could actually damage the juicer.  If you want a banana in your drink, make juice with other fruits and veggies and then combine the juice and the banana in a blender for a great smoothie.
  • Make sure to read the instructions on how assemble the unit so you can be sure it’s put together correctly.
  • Read the directions for using which speed for which fruit or vegetable.
  • Don’t overfill the food chute as this can cause jamming.

Complaints

As I mentioned before, reviewers had some complaints about lots of juice in the pulp, so they weren’t getting as much juice from the produce as would be expected.  That can be frustrating, since what you’re after is the juice. And produce, especially organic, can be kind of spendy if you’re juicing on a daily basis.

One thing that could possibly slow down the amount of juice coming from any one piece of fruit or vegetable is a build up of pulp in the filter basket If the juice amount seems to be slowing down, stop the juicer and clean out the filter basket to see if that helps.

You might also try running the pulp back through the machine again if there seems to be a lot of juice in the pulp catcher.

But if you’re worried about not getting enough juice and don’t want to run the pulp back through to get more juice out of it, you might want to consider a slightly less expensive centrifugal juicer machine, such as the Jack LaLanne PJP Power Juicer Pro  or a more expensive masticating juicing machine, such as the Kuvings Whole Slow Juicer B6000S.

Another negative comment about this Cuisinart juicer is that the lid is slightly difficult to clean because the brush isn’t small enough to get into the crevices to be sure it’s clean and free of bacteria build-up.  You might need to hand wash it and maybe look for a small brush at your local Walmart of other store.

Does it Have a Warranty?

Yes, there is a limited 3 year warranty on this product.

Can the Juicer Run With the Pour Spout Closed?

No.  You should never run this juicer with the pour spout closed.  You can adjust it to a smaller opening if you want less foam, along with using the foam filter disk.  Then when you’re done juicing and have turned the machine off, you can close the spout before removing the juice pitcher so you won’t have drips on your counter.

Some Tips About Juicing

Drinking freshly made organic juice is the best way to quickly get nutrients into your body.  Eating whole fruits and vegetables can take up to an hour to digest while drinking them can take about 15 minutes for the nutrients to be digested and absorbed into the body.  And of course organic produce doesn’t contain the synthetic fertilizers and chemicals that can have an adverse effect on our bodies.

Remember to remove any hard pits or seeds from any fruit you put into the juicer.  They can damage the machine.  Also, it’s a good idea to remove any rinds that you would not normally eat, such as with pineapples or melons.

The pulp from juicing is a great source of fiber, so it can be used in cooking or even blended into a smoothie.  The recipe manual that comes with the product also contains ideas for using the pulp.

With this 5 speed, you should juice soft produce on the slower speeds.  Also, put leafy greens between other pieces of fruit or veggies to get the most juice out of them.

Carrots and beets can be used to balance out the bitterness if you’re just juicing vegetables.  Apples are also great for adding a little sweetness.

Summary

To summarize, the Cuisinart CJE-1000 1000-Watt 5-Speed Juice Extractor is one of the best juicer machines in its price range.  The 5 speeds give a lot of options for juicing different ranges of firmness of  produce.  It’s one of the quietest juicers on the market.  The foam catcher can keep the foam out or if you want foam in the juice, you can also adjust for that.  It will leave less of a mess on the counter because of being able to close the spout after juicing.

But you may find more juice in the pulp (which may or may not be fixed by juicing at lower speeds and making sure the filter is cleaned out) and less in the juice pitcher.

Personally, I think it’s a pretty good buy.

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