Saturday, 14 May 2016

Review - Optimum 600 Cold Press Juicer - The Ultimate Slow Juicer

I've got a new kitchen gadget. The Optimum 600 Cold Press Juicer. It's actually my third juicer in as many years. The first one was borrowed from my Mum and was a tiny wee thing from the 90's that you had to cut up the fruit/veg into minuscule pieces to feed into the tube. Cleaning it was a nightmare. I upgraded to one of my own which had a much larger feeding tube and could take a whole apple. This was a revelation and for as long as it lasted I was actually pretty happy with it. However towards the end of last year it died a death and I asked some of my food blogging colleagues what they would suggest as a replacement. The answer was a resounding recommendation for an Optimum Cold Press Juicer. A quick google to find out more and I was initially put off by the price tag. However when I watched the videos I was mesmerised by the auger which totally smashes up the fruit in a hypnotic manner. Watch for yourself and you'll see what I mean.



The Optimum 600 Juicer is a a cold press juicer as opposed to a traditional centrifugal juicer. Its low speed and squashing (masticating) action grinds your fruit and veg so that you get maximum juice and nutrients. 

What Comes In The Box?
  • 2 x 1.2 Ltr Juicing bowls/jugs
  • Juice tap and anti-drip cap
  • Spinning basket
  • GE Ultem Strainer and Screw Auger
  • Ice cream attachment
  • Base containing the 240W AC Brushless Motor
  • Recipe book and manual
  • Cleaning brush
I've had my juicer for over 4 months now so reckon I've given it a pretty thorough testing. By far the most noticeable thing about it is the sheer quantity of juice that it makes. It really does extract every last drop and more juice means more vitamins. The pulp is much drier that I was used to which means less waste and is a further visible sign of how much goodness is being extracted. There is particularly good extraction from leafy greens in comparison with what I'd had with the other machines. Celery and Pineapple can still be tricky because of their fibrous nature but chopping them up seems to help. Overripe pears need to be avoided as its not good in dealing with mush but that's pretty much the only thing I've had any clogging issues with. I've even completed one of Jason Vale's 5 Day Juice Fasts using the Optimum 600. Something that I couldn't have done with either of my previous juicers as I would have lost the will to live! It's actually a real pleasure to use.


The bugbare with pretty much all juicers is of course cleaning. The trick is to do it immediately after you've made your juice. If I'm going to be having another later on in the day I rinse it through with water which really helps. Otherwise hot soapy water and rubber gloves and it literally takes only a couple of minutes to wash. There's only really one tricky area which is at the waste outlet and for that you get a little brush with a handy hook on the end. Final piece of advice on the cleaning issue. Don't be stupid enough to go away for the weekend and leave it dirty. That would be a seriously foolish thing to do.


Pros...
  • So. Much. Juice.
  • Fascinating to watch!
  • Easy to assemble - simply line up the red dots
  • Quieter than traditional centrifugal juicers
  • No need to worry about what order to juice the ingredients in
  • Very little preparation/chopping of produce required due to large chute with internal knife
  • Less foam and less separation
  • Anti drip cap - no sticky worktop
  • Sturdy yet stylish design
  • Vertical machine means it takes up less room on your work surface
  • Can be used to make ice cream, nut butters/milks, smoothies and baby food (I fully admit that I haven't tried making any of these yet!)
  • 30 Day Money Back Guarantee – Including Return Postage
  • 10 Years Warranty On Motor & 2 Years Warranty On Parts
Cons... 
  • Cost. But well worth it in my humble opinion if you already know that juicing is for you. 
  • The spouts on the jugs only work if you are right handed (as pointed out by my leftie son!) 
  • The height of the machine (48.3cm) means it can't sit on my worktop underneath a cupboard, so do measure if that may be an issue for you 
  • I still have to clean it... 

Suffice to say I absolutely love my Optimum 600 Cold Press Juicer. If it was self cleaning it would be absolutely perfect. If anyone ever manages to invent a juicer that can do that they'll be a millionaire for sure! Tempted to get one for yourself? You can find out more and order one with a 30 day no quibble guarantee on the Froothie Website.


Disclosure
I am an Ambassador for Froothie and the links in this article are affiliate links which means that if you buy a juicer through them I will earn a small commission
I've not been paid to write this post but I did receive an Optimum 600 Cold Press Juicer for review purposes.
All opinions expressed, as always, are honest and my own. You can't fake enthusiasm so I only work with brands I really love and that I think my readers will too. 

4 comments :

  1. I've not had a juicer for years, probably nearly 2 decades! I wasn't impressed with that one and it's put me off for a long time, though I suspect they've moved on a lot, plus if I got a good one like this, it'd be better anyway. Tempted.

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  2. I have a small juicer that isn't very powerful, and I make sure to put small chunks of fruit and veggies in it worried it might get broken! The Froothie juicer sounds amazing though!

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  3. Inpressive that it extracts so much juice. Maybe I should get myself one as we are blessed with loads and loads and loads of apple trees.

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  4. Hi,

    Fantastic post you have shared. here.
    ​Ordinary juicers kill all the essential nutrients (especially the heat-sensitive ones) your body needs. You need a cold press juicer that meets all your nutritional needs especially for all you diabetics and cancer patients out there who need to boost up immune systems.
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    usefull for us.

    Thanks,
    Frank

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