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This compact masticating juicer from Ninja is a good choice if you're just getting into juicing. Read our full review to find out how it performed in test.
We know and love Ninja for its impressive blenders, so it’s no surprise the brand has made the leap into the world of juicers. This is a masticating cold-press juicer. For those who like to understand how their appliances work, the clear plastic offers an insight into the inner workings of this model – you can watch your fruit go from a solid ingredient to juice.
True to form with Ninja products, this one comes with added features, like interchangeable filters to allow you to choose how much pulp you let through.
A clear and useful manual is provided with a graphic detailing exactly how to put this juicer together. There are only five parts to fit, and they all come together with a satisfying click. The interchangeable filters are clearly colour-coded and take up very little space when not in use.
There's quite a bit of prep involved when using this juicer; it’s not like the self-feeding models on test, which can process whole apples. Here, the feeding chute is just 4.5cm across, so fruit and veg will need to be chopped fairly small before juicing. You’ll also need to be on hand to feed ingredients through.
The compact nature is a plus though if you don't have a lot of counter space: it’s slim, short and takes up very little space.
Two jugs are provided, one to catch the juice and one for waste. The juice jug isn’t very large at just 500ml, and you wouldn’t want to fill it to the top as it slots precariously under the machine.
Disassembly is simple and we're glad to find that all the component parts can go straight in the dishwasher for easy clean up.
For our kale, ginger, carrot & apple juice, we use the fine filter and enjoy smooth, lump-free juice. We try it again with the medium pulp filter and there is a definite texture that wasn’t there on the first test, signifying the value of different filters. The juice has a green tinge to it, but isn’t as vibrant as some of the other juices made. But, the juice does have tell-tale earthy notes that come from kale.
With the high pulp filter, we juice two oranges. These have to be cut up to fit through the chute. The juice is clear and has the definite texture of orange juice with pulp. We are disappointed by the small amount of juice that comes out: there's noticeably less than we were able to make with other juicer models using oranges from the same pack. When we inspect the pulp, it's significantly damper than expected. This unfortunately indicates that there is still juice that could have been processed.
Although we aren’t left feeling short-changed (there's still plenty of juice), having seen the yield of other models, this is a slight disappointment.
The Ninja manual details where to take the juicer for environmentally safe recycling. While not detailed in the manual, the Ninja website has a dedicated section for spare parts, 12 of which are currently available.
A detailed recipe book comes with this juicer, which also features a couple of recipes that use the waste pulp.
Although the box and some of the padding for this juicer are recyclable, a lot of the parts come wrapped in plastic.
If you’re just getting into juicing and need a compact, inexpensive model, this Ninja cold-press juicer is a small but versatile piece of kit.
The manual is detailed, making it great for first-timers. While this model didn't yield the amount we were hoping for, no ingredient was left unprocessed.
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