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ElectriQ HSL600 juicer
Pros: value for money, small, efficient
Cons: white design, small feeder chute
Star rating: 3.5/5
Appliances Direct (£49.97)
We were pleasantly surprised at the innovative design of the electriQ machine, which was one of the first to have a see-through juicer component.
Being able to watch the fruit and veg from input to output, as it gets fed in through the funnel and squeezed through the cold press mechanism, adds to the whole experience, and should get kids interested in helping out.
It’s easy to assemble – the components fit together logically and look like a big pencil sharpener. If you want a bit of extra guidance there are clear, easy-to-read diagrams in its manual, along with some simple juice recipes.
Once switched on, this model comes with a quiet motor and made less noise than most of the machines we tested.
The feeder funnel isn’t huge, so there’s a fair bit of chopping up involved for harder fruits like apples. We quartered the ingredients when testing, though carrots could be fed in whole with a bit of persuasion.
The output of juice was relatively good quality – clean and fresh with a slightly pulpy texture.
This white design shows any splatters from juicing – not a bad thing when it comes to wiping the machine, as it's easy to see every drop. The provided little brush with coarse bristles is also useful for cleaning the finely meshed juicing attachment, not an easy task due to its shape.
You get two storage containers, one for catching juice and another for gathering discarded pulp. Because its juice spout faces down, you’ll find that juice continues dripping through after the juicer is has been turned off, so it’s worth keeping a damp cloth or piece of kitchen roll underneath if you’ve removed the containers.
Despite its simplicity, the electriQ offers the ability to make soy, almond and other nut milks. Its small and lightweight size mean its easy to store.
At under £70, this model is excellent value for money. Although we found the machine harder to clean than some other models, it's perfect for anyone new to juicing.
Juice quality: 3.5/5
Ease of cleaning:3/5
Ease of storage: 4.5/5
Additional features: 2/5
Overall rating: 3.5/5
Appliances Direct (£49.97)
Item weight: 5.1 kg
Product dimensions: 18.3 x 21.4 x 41.5 cm
Auto shutoff: no
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