Although I am not a fan of centrifugal juicers, I understand why many people select them over masticating juicers – they are cheaper and they work faster. I plan to take an unbiased approach to this review. I assume that you are actively interested in purchasing a centrifugal juicer and plan to help you figure out if this is the right centrifugal juicer for you.
The 800-watt Hamilton Beach 67608A Juice Extractor gives you exactly what you can expect for its price. It is nothing extravagant. Unlike some more expensive juicers, it cannot create other types of food and does not include a particularly incredible ability to separate foam from juice. Still, it does its job effectively, efficiently, and without tiring quickly.
One Tough Motor
This juicer features an 800-watt motor designed to handle the day-to-day grinding and extracting of both soft and hard foods. You shouldn’t need to worry about using this juicer often or for extended periods of time. The 800-watt motor should be able to withstand the work of juicing medium-sized batches of juices derived from hard foods or large batches of those made from soft foods. Smaller motors, such as a 600-watt or 700-watt motor, would not be able to work that long without overheating. Still, it isn’t a 1000-watt motor, so be sure to give it time to cool down between uses and try to not use it to create ridiculously large batches of juice.
Difficult-to-process foods, such as carrots and other hard foods, shouldn’t be much of a problem either. This 800-watt motor should be strong enough to power the high RPMs required to properly break down these types of foods in a centrifugal juicer.
Choose The 2-Speed Option
Despite the saying, ‘More is better,’ I have come to find that more usually is not better; that is, unless you are talking about the number of speeds available on your juicer. The more speed options you have available to you on your centrifugal juicer, the better you are able to adapt the speed to the type of food you are juicing. For example, high speeds can create a lot of excess foam when juicing soft foods – slow speed settings are best for this type of food. Low speed settings will fail to fully break down hard foods, leaving a lot of the juice hidden away inside – high speeds are best for this type of food.
The Hamilton Beach 67608A is available in either a one-speed option or a two-speed option. Of course, the two-speed option is slightly more expensive, but not so much as to warrant choosing the one-speed. I usually promote saving a dollar when you can, but I believe that the extra little bit of money will be worth it in this case.
The one-speed version of this juicer operates at a rather high speed and will likely over-process soft foods and leave behind mountains of foam. In contrast, the two-speed option will allow you to alternate between RPM rates designed for soft foods and those designed for hard foods. As an added bonus, the two-speed version of this juicer comes with a larger juice collector cup which has been marked with measurements.
Bring Simplicity Home
This Hamilton Beach juicer makes preparation, juicing, and cleanup quite simple. Its large feeding tube means that you can easily juice entire apples and oranges. Unlike many other juicers, you will not need to waste much time cutting up foods before you can begin juicing them.
Another thing which often slows down the juicing process is stopping to empty the pulp collector. As the machine breaks down the foods, juice will run into the juice cup while the extra remnants of food will go into the pulp collector. The pulp collector cup on this juicer is not only extremely easy to remove (it is essentially external), it is also extremely large, which means you will not need to empty it near as often as the pulp collector cups included with many other juicers.
Last, but certainly not least, on our list of convenience factors is the fact that this particular juicer is rather easy to clean. Like many other centrifugal juicers, most of the non-electrical parts of this juicer are removable and can be placed safely inside the dishwasher. For those harder to reach places which are not dishwasher safe, Hamilton Beach has included a special cleaning brush designed to fit into every nook and cranny.
Consumer feedback for this juicer was mostly positive. Only three major concerns were raised, two of which can easily be written off as regular occurrences for centrifugal juicers. The two complaints common to most centrifugal juicers were that the pulp is often wet and there is a significant production of foam. Unfortunately those two downsides are just the price you pay for the speed of a centrifugal juicer. I suspect that the foam problem was less of an issue for those who had purchased and properly used the two-speed option.
The third complaint is unique to the Hamilton Beach 67608A Juice Extractor. Apparently, this juicer bounces around as it attempts to break down hard foods. This isn’t a major concern, more of an annoyance, but is still something of which you should be aware.
Overall, the Hamilton Beach 67608A is an average centrifugal juicer. It has many of the same benefits and drawbacks as other mid-level centrifugal juicers. Its 800-watt motor can capably create the power required to break down many foods and is likely to stand the tests of time and daily use. I would not recommend this juicer if you intend to create extremely large batches of juice at one time, as the 800-watt motor may not be able to handle this extended usage.