In addition to its powerful 1000-watt motor and patented “foam management system”, the CJE-1000 boasts many enhanced features and is available for an incredibly competitive price.
It can be easy to see high numbers in the name of a product and automatically think that it must be a great piece of machinery. This is why many companies add numbers to the names of their products – to fool you into thinking they mean something wonderful. Luckily, in the case of this particular juicer, the number 1000 actually refers to the motor’s wattage and it is a good sign of quality.
It can also be easy to see a name brand, such as Cuisinart, attached to a low-priced juicer and assume that it is a deal. Sometimes, though, good brands and misleading names are attached to poor-quality juicers. I have concluded that that is not the case for the CJE-1000. It appears that Cuisinart has done its best to bring the quality we expect from them and infuse it into this juicer. The major aim of this article to is to decipher whether the low price of this juicer reflects an amazing bargain or a low-quality build. Although I have already told you my conclusion, read ahead to understand how I came to it.
A 1000 Watt Wonder
In discussing juicer motors it is important for you to know the different kinds of motors which are often placed in juicers. A 700-watt motor may sound impressive if you are unaware that a 1000-watt motor is often used as well. Similarly, a 1000-watt motor may sound wonderful if you are unaware that 1400-watt motors are often used. In the case of juicers, 1000 watts appears to be a sort of upper threshold. The most powerful motor you can find for a juicer hovers around the 1000-watt mark, just like the motor found in this juicer.
A motor this powerful is likely to stand up to the high speeds necessary for juicing with a centrifugal juicer. It is also likely to withstand the demands of someone who juices regularly and in large batches. I would worry that a 700 or 800-watt motor would overheat and break down if used by someone who takes their juicing very seriously. In this case, however, I would not hesitate to recommend this Cuisinart juicer to such a person. I believe that you will be able to run the CJE-1000 for extended periods of time without a worry.
Foam Management System
Cuisinart is very much about their patented “foam management systems”. They brag about these systems in each of their juicer commercials and I would not doubt that it is likely printed in big bold letters on the packaging of their juicers.
So, what is a foam management system? Essentially, it reduces the amount of foam created during centrifugal juicing. I must admit that I was a skeptic when I heard about this system. Foam is a natural occurrence in the centrifugal juicing process, so I found it hard to believe that they had developed some sort of system which stopped it from happening.
My other concern was that it would somehow slow down the juicing process. However, I have seen it in action and was quite impressed at how well it worked. Despite the high speeds and soft foods used in the demonstration I watched, there were very little (almost imperceptible) amounts of foam created as the user juiced a significant amount of food in a very short amount of time.
Built For Large Batches with Minimal Fuss
As I have mentioned, the 1000-watt motor supports large batches of juice by not overheating or breaking down when used for extended periods of time. Many other factors make it easy to create large batches of juice with minimal hassle. For example, this juicer comes with a 2-liter pulp collector. I have previously expressed excitement about 10-ounce pulp collectors, so seeing a 2-liter pulp collector makes me feel overjoyed.
Part of what makes it difficult to create large batches of juice is the fact that you must stop every so often to empty the pulp collector. A pulp collector as large as this one means that you could create a rather large batch of juice without having to stop. In fact, you could create batches which are two to three times larger than those you could create in other leading 1000-watt juicers.
Indulge in Extras
Although this juicer doesn’t have all of the bells and whistles I have seen featured in other, more expensive, centrifugal juicers, it does feature a few important extras I am excited to share with you. Firstly, it features an LED light ring around the power setting dial. I must say that I am not sure what purpose this LED light ring serves, but it sure looks neat.
Another interesting extra is the way that Cuisinart has chosen to attach the extra-large 1-quart juice pitcher to the machine. Most other juicers do not feature attachable juice pitchers, making the juice susceptible to being spilled and splattered. Adding to the list of extras are things such as removable, dishwasher safe non-electrical parts, large 3-inch feeding tube, and five speed settings.
Feedback from actual consumers has been mostly positive. Apparently, the pulp created by this machine is rather dry and the machine’s juice yield is much higher than that of many similar competitors. The only major complaints I can find are based around three issues. First, consumers have complained that this juicer is rather large and is not made for those with small countertops. This doesn’t mean there is anything wrong with the juicer itself, just that it isn’t made for certain countertops.
The second most common complaint was that refurbished versions of this juicer are breaking down, overheating and, quite simply, aren’t very good. Do not let these reviews deter you from purchasing the CJE-1000. Simply allow them to steer you away from refurbished appliances – they are often more of a hassle than they are worth.
The final popular complaint was that this juicer does not handle leafy greens very well. Instead of extracting juice from them, it shreds them and spits large chunks of them into the pulp collector. Unfortunately, this is just a regular problem when it comes to centrifugal juicers. You will have a very difficult time finding a centrifugal juicer which does not experience difficulties with leafy greens.
Many companies will create beautiful juicers with all the bells and whistles but neglect to put a very powerful motor in them – this is how they offer them for low prices. It appears that Cuisinart decided to do something a little bit different. Although a few bells and whistles are present, they appear to have focused their energy on the incredibly powerful 1000-watt motor they installed in each and every CJE-1000 Juice Extractor.
I began this review by posing a question: Is the Cuisinart CJE-1000 a steal of a deal or is it all hype? I have seen cheaper centrifugal juicers, but not with the abilities that this juicer clearly holds. All of the bragging, boasting, and hype about this juicer appears to actually be founded in reality; consumers have had very nice things to say about its ability to produce quality juice with little hassle. In the end, I believe that this juicer is worth much more than it is currently being sold for. If you have the counter space to accommodate the CJE-1000, I recommend picking one up.