BLACK+DECKER CJ625 Review
Pros: Low pulp, different reamers for different sized fruit
Cons: Loud, low juice yield
The CJ625 finished in the middle of our citrus juicer shootout, impressing us with the low amounts of pulp it created. However, it couldn't quite match the yield and quiet operation of the Proctor Silex 66331 Alex's Lemonade Stand and retails for a bit more.
Since citrus juicers are a relatively simple product with only one main functions, 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 — about the same as the Cuisinart, but 10 mL less than the Proctor Silex.
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 a bit more than the Cuisinart and quite a bit more than the Proctor Silex.
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, less than the 475 mL of the Cuisinart and 500 mL of the Alex's Lemonade Stand by Proctor Silex.
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 — approximately 10 mL less than the 410 mL of the Proctor Silex model and just a hair less than the Cuisinart.
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.
The BLACK+DECKER CJ625 is a solid bet if you are considering a citrus juicer, though we would recommend the Alex's Lemonade Stand over it, but the CJ625 isn't a bad choice if you find it on sale for less than the Proctor Silex model — if you don't mind the noise.
— David Wise and Austin Palmer