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Gourmia GJ1250 ReviewPrice: $90 List
Pros: Inexpensive, reasonable performance in most tests
Cons: Subpar at juicing hard produce
Bottom line: This relatively inexpensive centrifugal juicer is on the whole, unremarkable
The Gourmia GJ1250 is a relatively low-cost, poor-performing juicer that is not anywhere close to our favorite. While it didn't display any striking deficiencies, it thoroughly fails to impress. We wouldn't really recommend this model, as there are significantly better models out there, both in terms of performance and value.
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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results
The Gourmia scored a few points less than the Cuisinart, but also costs about half as much. It matched the performance of the Tribest Slowstar, which costs about six times as much, making the Gourmia a much more preferable option. However, the Hamilton Beach Big Mouth outperformed all of these models, including the Gourmia, and retails for the lowest price.
We bought the top juicers available on the market today and pitted them head-to-head to score their performance. We conducted over a dozen different tests, distributed across five weighted rating metrics, with the performance results of the Gourmia highlighted below.
Earning the highest weight out of all of our metrics, our Juice Quality group of tests comprised 40% of the overall score for the Gourmia. We used a trio of tests to judge performance, making a different mixed juice cocktail for each one. The Gourmia delivered a mediocre performance, earning a 5 out of 10 for its results.
The Gourmia actually did a little above average in the first test of this metric, a beet juice mixture that also included apples, carrots, celery, cucumbers, and ginger root. The taste of the beverage produced was quite nice, but there was a ton of pulp, deteriorating the overall quality.
For the second test, we used a romaine, apple, and orange juice recipe. The Gourmia did about average, again creating a decent amount of pulp, but this second drink wasn't as relatively flavorful as the creations by other products. For the final test of this group, the Gourmia's performance dipped below average. This test was producing the "Sunset Blend", a juice cocktail consisting of beet roots, apples, carrots, oranges, and sweet potatoes. The texture was not very consistent, with the Gourmia creating a very watery drink that was interspersed with tons of pulp. The taste was also off, with the beets completely dominating the flavor and overpowering the other ingredients.
Next, we looked at the yield and quality of the juice produced by the Gourmia when juicing soft produce, such as cucumbers, celery, carrots, and oranges. This metric accounts for 20% of the overall score for each product. The Gourmia again delivered a mediocre performance, earning it a 5 out of 10.
The Gourmia started off with an acceptable showing at juicing cucumbers, generating about 12 mL more juice than average. However, there were moderate amounts of pulp and a mild amount of foam produced. This product continued this performance into our second evaluation: juicing celery. It had an average yield of juice, but this time with mild amounts of pulp and moderate foam generated. The celery juice also separated out relatively quickly.
Continuing its average performance, the Gourmia scored right in the middle in terms of orange juice yield, with only minimal pulp produced. However, there was a bit of foam created. The Gourmia finished out this metric with a relatively poor performance when tasked with juicing apples, producing a below average juice yield. The juice also rapidly separated and there was tons of pulp in the final drink, as well as a decent amount of foam.
Similar to the Soft Produce metric, our Hard Produce metric evaluated each juicer on the same criteria and also accounts for 20% of the total score. We used carrots, sweet potatoes, and beets as are representative hard produce types, with the Gourmia earning a 4 out of 10 for its relatively subpar performance.
This product did an alright job at juicing beets, yielding an average amount of juice with only mild amounts of pulp and a bit of foam. The story was the same with carrots, with the Gourmia producing just a bit less than the average amount of juice with mild to moderate amounts of pulp.
This product struggled to successfully juice sweet potatoes, generating much less juice than the average and creating mild to moderate amounts of pulp. It also created a small amount of foam.
For our next metric, we evaluated the performance of the Gourmia at juicing leafy greens. This metric also accounted for 20% of the totals score, with the criteria from the prior two metrics applied to the trio of tests that made up this metric: wheatgrass, spinach, and kale.
The Gourmia yielded a slightly above average amount of wheatgrass juice, creating 3 mL. The average was 2.5 mL, with the top performing model, the Omega.
Performance dropped a little in the next test: juicing kale. The Gourmia generated about 5 mL less than the average amount of juice, but it was free of foam. Finally, this product delivered an acceptable performance at juicing spinach, generating an average amount of juice, though there was a decent amount of foam.
For our final metric, we assessed the hassle in cleaning out each juicer after use. This accounts for the remaining 15% of the total score, with the Gourmia earning a 5 out of 10 for not being the easiest to clean. This model does have parts that are safe to clean in the dishwasher — a good thing, since some of the parts can be a difficult to clean by hand. The lid, strainer bowl, and pulp container all had some small nooks and crannies that were prone to trapping food and are a bit of a pain to clean. This model also does not include any sort of cleaning tool.
The Gourmia isn't really a great value, as there are other models that cost less and performed much better.
While the Gourmia didn't do a terrible job in our tests, it is hard to find a reason why you would select this model over other products, like the Hamilton Beach Big Mouth, a Best Buy award winner that costs less and performs much better.
— David Wise and Austin Palmer
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