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Philips Viva Cold Press masticating slow juicer
Pros: XL feeder chute, modern design, juice tap, efficient
Cons: small pulp container, long footprint
Star rating: 4.5/5
Masticating juicers have a reputation for being sluggish and over-engineered. But despite its corkscrew mechanism, the Philips delivers a full glass of juice in one minute and combines stylish design with great functionality. Out of all the juicers we tested, this came out on top to be crowned ‘best cold press juicer’.
The main body is black and narrow in width, with silver detailing and button-activated juicing function. The extra large transparent feeder chute adds to the overall contemporary feel of the juicer and takes small apples whole, reducing your overall prep time.
Each section of the juicing arm fits into one another and locks firmly into the main body. Juicer ‘arms’ can often feel wobbly when tackling harder ingredients like carrots. But this wasn’t the case with the Philips, which munched away at solid vegetables as easily as small green kale.
There’s a reverse function for the corkscrew mechanism which would be convenient for dislodging any stubborn chunks, although we didn’t encounter any.
Our favourite thing about the juicer is the quality of the juice it extracts, which was smooth and well balanced in flavour. It’s a good idea to alternate your ingredients strategically to help pulp move through the juicer with ease. For example, a crisp apple will help any fibrous pulp left behind from kale or ginger.
You’re provided with two tubs with the Philips machine, one for catching pulp and another for the juice which has a one litre capacity. This jug has useful measurement markings of “ml” and “fl oz”.
Usefully, both containers fit within the juicer’s existing footprint, so once the machine is put together, you won’t have to make further space on your work surface. The pulp container could be bigger and it’s worth keeping an eye on if you’re planning to batch juice in one go as it may need emptying.
There’s a tap attachment on the spout to help prevent dripping once you’re ready to remove the juice container, which is really handy as drips are a common mess-maker with juices.
In fact, convenience is a major pro with this machine. All sections are easy to remove, safe to handle and dishwasher safe. Plus the it comes with five recipes to get you started.
If you’re looking for an everyday juicer which combines contemporary style with great functionality, the Philips HR1889 Viva is a great option to consider.
Juice quality: 4.5/5
Ease of cleaning: 5/5
Ease of storage: 4/5
Additional features: 3/5
Overall rating: 4.5/5
Item weight: 4.48 kg
Product dimensions: 13.6 x 36.2 x 36.1 cm
Auto shutoff: no
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