Hamilton Beach 67601A Big Mouth Review
Pros: Inexpensive, decently easy to clean, good juice quality
Cons: Average juice yield
Manufacturer: Hamilton Beach
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Our Analysis and Test Results
The Hamilton Beach Big Mouth centrifugal juicer finished just behind the Aicok Slow Masticating Juicer in terms of scores. The Aicok is a little less work to clean and does better at juicing leafy greens, as it is a masticating juicer. However, the Big Mouth does do a better job at juicing hard and soft produce and retails for less than half of what the Aicok does. The Hamilton Beach outperformed the Cuisinart CJE-1000 by two points, is slightly easier to clean and handled leafy greens much better. On top of that, the Cuisinart is usually at least double the cost of the Big Mouth.
To score and rank juicers, we bought the best models available today and pitted them against each other in five weighted rating metrics. Each metric is weighted based on its significance, with the Hamilton Beach's results outlined below.
Taking responsibility for 40% of the total score, our Juice Quality metric is the most important of the entire group. We compared the taste, texture, and consistency of three different juice recipes to evaluate performance and score each product. The Hamilton Beach did quite well, earning a 6 out of 10 for its performance.
For our first recipe — a beet juice concoction consisting of beetroots, carrots, apples, celery, cucumbers, and ginger root — the Hamilton Beach delivered a middle-of-the-road performance. This model produced juice that had a great texture, but something about the taste just seemed slightly off compared to the other models we tested. It was definitely palatable, just wasn't our favorite and substantially less tasty than the beverages produced by the Omega or the Breville Juice Fountain.
The Big Mouth did much better in our second test, a recipe made up of romaine lettuce, apples, and oranges. The final drink was mildly pulpy but tasted fine — almost matching that of the Cuisinart's. The drink had a great texture — just slightly thicker than the Aicok, which was very watery. The Hamilton Beach finished with an alright performance in our third test, the "Sunset Blend" recipe. This drink was comprised of beetroot, apples, carrots, sweet potatoes, and oranges, with the mixture produced by the Hamilton Beach being very tasty, but with a slightly overpowering beet flavor. There was a decent amount of pulp and the texture was a little on the watery side, but all in all, the quality was above average.
Our second metric, Soft Produce, focused on the actual yield when juicing various types of softer food, as well as the quality of the juice generated. We used cucumbers, celery, apples, and oranges to judge performance. The Hamilton Beach delivered an overall average performance, earning a 5 out of 10 for its efforts.
The Hamilton Beach started off this metric with a solid performance at juicing cucumbers, tying for the second-best score of the group. It generated an above average yield of juice, exceeding the average by about 15 mL and produced only mild amounts of foam. However, there were moderate amounts of pulp in the juice.
Performance fell a little when it came to juicing celery, with the Big Mouth only producing an average amount of juice. This juice also had moderate amounts of pulp and foam and separated relatively quickly.
Moving on to juicing oranges, the Hamilton Beach failed to impress. The juice had almost no pulp, but it produced about 15 mL less juice than the average and there was a half inch or so of foam on the top of the juice.
This product did a little better at juicing apples, but not by much. It had an essentially average yield of juice, but there was tons of pulp in the drink. The juice also rapidly separated and there was a decent amount of foam on the surface.
For our Hard Produce metric, worth 20% of the total score, we evaluated how well each juicer did at juicing sweet potatoes, carrots, and beets. We used an identical set of criteria as the previous metric to score performance. The Hamilton Beach Big Mouth again delivered an average performance, earning a 5 out of 10 for its performance.
The Hamilton Beach started off this metric with a somewhat lackluster performance at juicing carrots, generating a less than average amount of juice. There were also mild amounts of pulp.
The Hamilton Beach did much better at juicing beets, actually earning the second-highest score of the entire group, only rivaled by the Breville Juice Fountain. The Hamilton Beach produced well above the average amount of juice with only mild amounts of pulp, though there was a decent amount of foam created.
The Big Mouth finished out with an average performance at juicing sweet potatoes, yielding an average amount of juice, though there were moderate amounts of pulp.
Equivalent to the prior two metrics, our Leafy Greens metric also takes credit for 20% of the total score for each product. We used spinach, wheatgrass, and curly-leaf kale for our assessments, again using the same criteria as before. The Hamilton Beach Big Mouth again delivered an average performance, earning another 5 out of 10 for its results. This put it right in the middle of the group.
The Big Mouth did amazingly well at juicing wheatgrass, earning the second-best score of the group, once again only outperformed by the Omega. The Hamilton Beach generated about 4.3 mL of juice, well above the 2.5 mL average and just slightly behind the 5 mL made by the Omega.
Unfortunately, performance dropped considerably when we tried juicing kale in the Big Mouth. It has a less than average yield, but there was only a minuscule amount of foam produced. This juicer also struggled with spinach, again having a lower than average yield, but this time producing about an inch of foam.
For our final metric, we judged the difficulty in cleaning each juicer. We looked at each component that had to be cleaned, noting any difficulties we found in cleaning them, as well as whether or not they are dishwasher-safe and if there is a cleaning brush included. The Big Mouth finished with a solid score in this metric, worth the final 15% of the total score, earning a 6 out of 10.
The Hamilton Beach does include a cleaning brush, but we didn't find it to be terribly durable, as it was already starting to lose bristles by the conclusion of our tests. However, the components are safe to clean in the dishwasher and none had any areas that are a huge pain to wash by hand.
The Hamilton Beach Big Mouth is a fantastic value, holding its own with models that cost hundreds of dollars more.
Earning the Best Buy award, the Big Mouth by Hamilton Beach is the best bet for those shopping for a new juicer on a budget. It does particularly well at juicing wheatgrass and beets, makes pretty good juice, and isn't a huge hassle to clean. Overall, it's not the best, but usually retails for about $250 less than the top scoring model.
— David Wise and Austin Palmer