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Cuisinart CJE-1000 ReviewPrice: $150 List | $129.99 at Amazon
Pros: Makes great blended juices
Cons: Struggled with leafy greens, harder to clean
Bottom line: While the Cuisinart did great with our trio of juice cocktails, it fell short in almost every other test we conducted
Based on its stellar performance in our Juice Quality metric, we initially thought that the Cuisinart CJE-1000 had a strong chance of winning an award or even claiming the top spot. However, the Cuisinart's performance swiftly waned throughout the remainder of our tests, eventually finishing in the lower half of the pack. This is a great product for making mixed juice cocktails, but had very poor yields when juicing soft produce, hard produce, and leafy greens. This product is also a little pricey relative to its performance and is one of the harder models to clean, making it far from our favorite juicer.
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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results
The Cuisinart was narrowly outperformed by the Hamilton Beach Big Mouth, the winner of our Best Buy award. The Hamilton Beach also retails for significantly less than the Cuisinart, costing less than half as much. The Cuisinart did barely outperform the Gourmia GJ1250, besting it in terms of juice quality and hard produce yield. However, the Gourmia also costs significantly less.
To judge the proficiency of these products and score their performance, we bought the best juicers currently available and tested them side-by-side. We evaluated each juicer in five weighted rating metrics, with the performance of the Cuisinart CJE-1000 described in the sections below.
Taking credit for 40% of the total score, our Juice Quality metric is the most heavily weighted of the group. We used a trio of different juice recipes to judge the performance of each product, evaluating the texture, thickness, and taste produced of each drink produced. As mentioned above, the Cuisinart delivered an excellent performance in this metric, earning an 8 out of 10 and tying for the top score overall with the Omega.
The CJE-1000 did an excellent job in our first test — a mixture made up of beets, carrots, apples, celery, cucumbers, and ginger root known as "Can't Beet It". It produced the best beverage of the bunch, creating a smooth and creamy drink that was the tastiest.
The Cuisinart carried its excellent performance into our next test: a juice primarily made up of romaine lettuce, apples, and oranges. This juicer again delivered the best performance of the entire group, creating our favorite version of this drink. The texture was silky-smooth with no pulp whatsoever and tasted great.
Performance dropped a little with the third recipe, the "Sunset Blend". This drink has apples, carrots, beets, oranges, and sweet potatoes in it. The finished drink had some pulp in it, but still tasted great and had a fantastic texture, equivalent to the Omega.
Comprising 20% of the total score, our Soft Produce metric evaluated the yield each product got when using various types of soft produce, such as cucumbers, celery, apples, and oranges. We also judged the quality of the juice created, noting how much pulp or foam it had, as well as if it separated out quickly. The Cuisinart delivered a lackluster performance, earning a 5 out of 10 for its results.
This juicer did very poorly at juicing celery, generating an amount of juice well below average. However, there were only mild amounts of pulp and minimal separation. The Cuisinart did a bit better at juicing cucumbers, generating an above average amount of juice with practically no pulp.
Performance dropped in our orange juice assessment, with the Cuisinart creating less than the average amount of orange juice. There was no pulp and only moderate amounts of foam. It finished out this metric with a solid performance in our final test: juicing apples. The Cuisinart generated about 20 mL of juice above the average and only had mild amounts of pulp. However, the juice separated out relatively quickly and there was a decent amount of foam created.
Similar to the previous metric, our Hard Produce metric also accounted for 20% of the total score. We also used the same criteria to score the performance of each product, though this time we used carrots, sweet potatoes, and beets as our representative hard produce tests. The Cuisinart again delivered a mediocre performance, earning a 5 out of 10.
In our first test, juicing carrots, the CJE-1000 fell a little short, generating a below-average yield, about 10 mL less than the average amount produced. However, there were only mild amounts of pulp and foam produced.
This product did a little better at juicing beets, yielding almost exactly the average amount of juice. There was no pulp produced, but moderate amounts of foam. The Cuisinart performed about the same in our final assessment for this metric: juicing sweet potatoes. It generated an average amount of juice, with only mild pulp and a tiny bit of foam.
Similar to the previous two metrics, our Leafy Greens metric also takes credit for 20% of the total score. The same criteria were again used to score each product, with juicing kale, spinach, and wheatgrass comprising our trio of tests. The Cuisinart did very poorly in this metric, earning a 2 out of 10 for its efforts — the worst of the entire group.
Starting off, the Cuisinart did an abysmal job at juicing wheatgrass, essentially failing to produce any juice at all. It did a little better with kale, as it at least created some juice this time, but it only yielded about half as much liquid as the average.
This product's performance improved further when tasked with juicing spinach, but it was still one of the worst products overall in this test. It again yielded well below the average amount of juice and produced a little bit of foam.
For our final metric, accounting for the remaining 15% of the total score, we compared the difficulty in cleaning out each product after use. The Cuisinart is relatively more difficult than many of the other models to clean out, earning it a 5 out of 10 for its lackluster showing.
This model does include a high-quality cleaning brush and has components that are dishwasher-safe, though it is a bit difficult to clean by hand. Both the strainer bowl and the pulp container had some hard to reach places that are a bit trying to clean manually.
It is hard to recommend as a value option as it is relatively expensive and scored quite poorly overall.
While this product did score well in our first metric, it fell relatively flat in subsequent tests, finishing close to the bottom of the group. The Cuisinart isn't our favorite and we would struggle to recommend it, but it does make excellent mixed juice cocktails, so might be worth considering if that is all you are planning on doing with it.
— David Wise and Austin Palmer
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