BLACK+DECKER CJ625 Review
Pros: Low pulp, different reamers for different sized fruit
Cons: Loud, low juice yield
Since citrus juicers are a relatively simple product with only one main function, these appliances don't quite warrant our typical full review. Instead, we did tons of research, then picked the three most promising citrus juicers to fold into our existing full-size juicer review. We compared the amount of pulp produced and juice yield for each product when tasked with juicing limes, grapefruits, oranges, and lemons, with the results of the BLACK+DECKER shown below.
For our first test, we assessed the abilities of each product at juicing limes. We set this juicer to its low pulp setting, then juiced 3 small limes on each product. Before measuring the amount of juice produced, we strained out the pulp, even though in the case of the BLACK+DECKER, there hardly was any pulp.
The BLACK+DECKER yielded between 85 and 90 mL of lime juice — close to the most of the group.
We did a similar procedure for our lemon test, tasking each appliance with juicing 2 average-sized lemons. The BLACK+DECKER again had extremely low amounts of pulp, but this time had the highest yield, producing around 150 mL of strained lemon juice.
This was by far the best yield of the products we tested in this category.
The performance of the BLACK+DECKER dropped a little bit in our orange juice test. While this product does juice oranges in a very similar way to the Proctor Silex, it produces much less pulp, but also has a much lower yield. For this test, we used 3 medium oranges. It generated 425 mL of strained orange juicer, which was a bit less than some of the competition.
For our final juice test, we scored how well each product did with juicing grapefruits, using two large ones for our test. The BLACK+DECKER again did very well, generating almost no pulp when using the low pulp setting, the lowest of the group. It again had the lowest yield, but only by a small amount.
Ease of Cleaning
For our last evaluation, we compared the difficulty in cleaning each of these products. Fortunately, these are all significantly easier to clean than the full-size juicers and all the juicers are dishwasher-safe for the top rack — with the obvious exception of the motorized base. However, we did find that it is much harder to remove the pulp screen on this juicer than it is on either of the other two products.
We think this is a solid citrus juicer that gets the job done and would happily recommend it.
— David Wise and Austin Palmer