18 December 2018
Bottomline: It’s a great product which juices very well. I’ve used it for more than two weeks now and here’s my feedback.
Fruits: apple, orange, tangerine, pineapple, pear, pomegranate, watermelon along with its rind(green shell); All came out very well.
Vegetables: Carrots, beetroot, cucumber, bottle gourd, spinach, coriander, mint, tomato, turmeric, ginger, lemon, basil, cabbage, red-cabbage; All came out very well.
Sprouts: green grams, chickpeas; Both came out very well.
The very first time I juiced, it was a complete cocktail of vegetables and fruits. The output was almost 70%, 1.4 kg or approx. 1.4 litre on an average comes out of 2 kg raw material in a vegetable cocktail done by a fresher. Since then, I’ve seen a range of output, from 70% to 80%. Quality of juice is really amazing. Level of froth generation is minimum. Aeration of the juice is minimum, leading to very low oxidation, and hence a longer shelf life of the product, at least a few hours. The taste is very good. The pulp is quite dry and is mostly fibre, although sometimes I feel that a few drops are going waste in the pulp, which can probably be squeezed using some device. However, when I see the juice output of more than 1 litre, I don’t worry much about those few wasted drops. The juice is actually normal in temperature, it’s not even warm from the operation.
The parts can be cleaned in under five minutes. The strainer cleaning accessory is the most useful item in the box for cleaning, and it has to be used after every use without fail. The brush is also designed uniquely to clean the crevices of strainer and other parts properly. Cleaning is not messy. However, remember to clean all 5 parts immediately after juicing operation for this 5-minute claim to hold true.
The power cord is meant for a 16 Amps socket (power point, in lay man terms), therefore, either use a wall socket or get a 16A extension (I’m using the extension where I live these days).
The machine chops off everything into little pieces and ultimately into a paste using the nicely designed augur and steel strainer. Although it makes some sound when the hard items are masticated, it feels that the product will last a long time. Fingers crossed here.
Method of juicing
The most important aspect of this vertical masticating machine is the process of juicing. The operator needs to alternate between soft and hard items when juicing a cocktail of vegetables, for improving output ratio. This comes with experience, and also after viewing some youtube videos out there. Just type the model number on youtube and search. For more videos, search for vertical slow juicer on youtube. Also, the claim of the machine for being “whole slow juicer” is quite close to real. I’ve put whole raw material of everything that could fit into the chute, and it works. The exceptions are long fibrous substances, such as greens (spinach, coriander, mint), which I definitely cut into small pieces before dropping down the chute. This prevents the fibres from clogging the interiors and I can prolong the extraction time without cleaning the strainer. Also, after having tested the machine with whole raw materials, I actually cut the thick ugly looking carrots and beetroot before dropping down the chute, just to treat the machine with some love and care. Do not forget that it cost a bomb for a juicer by any Indian middle class standard, to spend 20K in a country where the most expensive centrifugal juicer costs under 6 or 7K. So despite the claim of being a “whole juicer”, the really big and hard items I’m chopping up. Also, when you purchase raw material, choose the hardest and freshest of the veggies, not the wilting and withering ones. The harder and fresher the raw material, higher is the efficiency and output of the machine. Store juices only in glass bottles, and never ever in plastic.
I purchased the smoothie strainer in addition to the juicing strainer. However, because of almost negligible instruction videos out there, haven’t been able to use it even once. Kuvings needs to put out more videos on youtube, and also detailed description and usage instructions for the smoothie strainer. There is some instruction available though, I’ll try it when I find some leisure time I guess.
I’m using this juicer three times daily. Early morning fruit juice – pineapple or watermelon – watermelon gives almost 80% output. Vegetable juice cocktail for my lunch, which I prepare in the morning itself and store in a glass bottle and carry to office – 1.4 kg or approx. 1.4 litre on an average comes out of 2 kg raw material. Evening quick juice using just one or two veggies. Total time taken for juicing 2 kg raw material is less than 15 minutes, then cleaning takes another 5 minutes, preparation time can be around 15 minutes or more depending on the quality of raw material. This is a very good product, which I’ve been trying to buy for more than 2 years, and finally got one.
I sent a message to Kuvings service centre, and they made it a point to call back at the earliest to resolve my query. It seems they’re sure of what they’re doing. Not all after sales service in India are convenient.