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Aicok Slow Masticating Juicer ReviewPrice: $220 List | $109.99 at Amazon
Pros: Extremely easy to clean, great at juicing leafy greens
Cons: Subpar at juicing hard and soft produce
Bottom line: While the Aicok isn’t the best product overall, it is the best option for juicing leafy greens on a budget
Finishing roughly in the middle of the pack, the Aicok Slow Masticating Juicer is rather remarkable on the whole. It has an exceptionally high list price, but is usually found for much less at major retailers. It is easy to clean, had decent juice quality, and does a great job at extracting juice from leafy greens, but fell a little short in our hard and soft produce metrics.
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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results
The Aicok scored slightly better than the Hamilton Beach Big Mouth, our Best Buy award winner. The Aicok is much easier to clean and has a much higher yield with leafy greens, while the Big Mouth has an edge with other types of produce — and usually costs about half as much. The performance of the Aicok is exceeded by the Breville Juice Fountain Elite, though this juicer costs about $200 more than the Aicok.
To rank and score these products, we bought all of the best juicers available and tested them head-to-head to find the winner. We scored the performance of each product in each of our five weighted rating metrics, with the Aicok's results detailed below.
Comprising the largest part of the total score, our Juice Quality metric is responsible for 40% of the total score for each appliance. We used three different juice blends to evaluate each product, judging the taste, texture, and thickness of the final product produced by each machine. The Aicok did alright in this group of test, earning a 6 out of 10 for its slightly above average performance.
For our first test, we used a juice cocktail known as "Can't Beet It", which consisted of the eponymous beetroots, as well as apples, celery, cucumber, carrots, and ginger roots. The Aicok produced an acceptable drink that tasted fine, though the celery flavor was slightly overpowering. The texture was a bit watery, but there was less pulp produced than the Omega.
For our next assessment, we used a juice recipe that included romaine lettuce, apples, oranges, celery, and cucumbers. The Aicok did much better in this test, tying for third place overall. The juice was still a little on the thinner side, with citrus and apple flavors being much more predominant than in the drinks made by the other products.
For our third test, we used a recipe that included apples, beetroot, carrots, oranges, and sweet potatoes. The Aicok finished out this metric with a relatively lackluster performance, with lots of pulp and an overwhelming beety taste.
Accounting for 20% of the total score, our Soft Produce metric tested the yield and quality of juice produced from each appliance when using softer fruits and veggies. We used apples, oranges, cucumber, and celery as our representative types of soft produce. The Aicok didn't do amazingly well in this metric, earning a 4 out of 10 for its performance.
This product did particularly poorly at juicing cucumbers, having the lowest yield of the entire group. It created about 50 mL less juice than the average, though the juice was pulp-free. It did a little better at juicing celery, only yielding about 10 mL less than the average amount. There was very little pulp or foam produced and the juice didn't separate out rapidly, like it did with other juicers.
The Aicok delivered a substandard performance at juicing oranges, creating a slightly less than average amount of juice. There was about a half inch of foam created, but it was pulp-free. This product finished out this metric with an average performance at juicing apples. It had a decent juice yield and no separation, though there were mild amounts of pulp and foam produced.
Responsible for 20% of the score as well, our Hard Produce metric evaluated each product on the same criteria as before, though carrots, beets, and sweet potatoes were substituted for our representative produce types. The Aicok again gave a somewhat mediocre showing, earning a 4 out of 10 for its efforts. This put it towards the back of the pack, but it still outperformed the Tribest Slowstar.
The Aicok struggled a bit with juicing carrots, having a yield well below average. There were also mild to moderate amounts of pulp in the juice. It did a little better when juicing beets, but it still fell just shy of the average yield. There were still mild amounts of pulp and foam created.
For the final test of this metric, sweet potatoes, the Aicok was about average. It yielded a decent amount of juice, with only mild amounts of pulp and foam.
Similar to the above two metrics, our Leafy Greens set of tests also comprised 20% of the total score. Different from the above the metrics, the Aicok did very well, earning a 7 out of 10 and tying for the second-highest score overall with the Tribest Slowstar. We used kale, spinach, and wheatgrass as our representative greenery for each test.
The Aicok did a good job in our first test for this metric: juicing wheatgrass. It yielded 3.5 mL of juice, less than the 4.3 mL of the Hamilton Beach and the 5 mL of the Omega, the top performers of the group.
The Aicok carried this performance into both our kale and spinach tests, doing well in both. It had an above-average yield of kale juice, but there was a decent amount of foam created. The same held true for spinach juice, both in terms of yield and foam generated.
For our final metric, worth the remaining 15% of the total, we judged the difficulty in cleaning out each juicer. The Aicok scored quite well, earning a 9 out of 10 and tying for the top score. The various components of the Aicok that require cleaning after use are dishwasher-safe, making it very easy to clean. For those without a dishwasher, it also is quite easy to clean the various parts by hand, with only the lid having one spot that is slightly harder to clean. This product even includes a cleaning brush, but we found it to be a bit flimsy.
The Aicok feels like it is priced accordingly to its performance, both middle-of-the-road.
The Aicok is an average juicer that wasn't our favorite, but didn't disappoint. It's a good budget option for those that really want a masticating juicer over a centrifugal one or for those that really like juicing leafy greens, but there are much better performing juicers out there, as well as better options if you are shopping on a budget.
— David Wise and Austin Palmer
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