Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Premium Review
Pros: Strong motor is good for juicing hard produce, large pulp container, custom scrubber eases cleaning
Cons: Minute yields with leafy greens, juice can be gritty and foamy
Manufacturer: Hamilton Beach
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|Pros||Strong motor is good for juicing hard produce, large pulp container, custom scrubber eases cleaning||Extremely easy to clean, great at juicing leafy greens||Inexpensive, decently easy to clean, good juice quality||Dual-speed, good with soft produce, good juice quality||Inexpensive, easy to clean, wide chute for minimal food prep|
|Cons||Minute yields with leafy greens, juice can be gritty and foamy||Subpar at juicing hard and soft produce||Average juice yield||So-so with carrots, beets, struggles with leafy greens||Poor juice quality, introduces a lot of solids, "wind tunnel" effect shoots produce back out|
|Bottom Line||A premium model with a strong motor that is excellent at juicing hard produce||While this isn't the best product overall, it is the best option for juicing leafy greens on a budget||A solid juicer with a very reasonable price tag, this represents one of the best values in our review||If you are looking for a solid all-around appliance that won't break the bank, we think this is a good option||This simple centrifugal model is easy to clean, but has serious design flaws related to operation and durability|
|Rating Categories||Hamilton Beach Big...||Aicok Slow Masticat...||Hamilton Beach 6760...||Mueller Ultra-Juice...||NutriBullet 800W Ju...|
|Juice Quality (25%)|
|Soft Produce (20%)|
|Hard Produce (20%)|
|Leafy Greens (20%)|
|Specs||Hamilton Beach Big...||Aicok Slow Masticat...||Hamilton Beach 6760...||Mueller Ultra-Juice...||NutriBullet 800W Ju...|
|Warranty||3 year||2 Year||3 year||2 Year||1 Year|
|Dimensions||14.5" x 14.5" x 9"||17.1" x 13.1" x 8.9"||14.4"1 x 7.8" x 11.46"||16" x 8.1" x 16"||8.8" x 9.4" x 16"|
|Dishwasher Safe?||Yes||Yes||Yes||Filter blade||Yes, most parts|
Our Analysis and Test Results
As a "premium" version of the award-winning Hamilton Beach Big Mouth, the Big Mouth Premium Juice Extractor is powered by a stronger, 850 watt dual-speed motor for more dialed juicing options depending on the produce. It still features an oversized pulp container but also includes a stainless steel lid lock, a 40-ounce pitcher with a "frother separator," and a cleaning brush specially designed to scrub the filter.
This is perhaps the most important aspect of our testing since we all have the same goal of producing a delicious and nutritious glass of fresh juice. We used three different juice recipes — comprised of various fruits and vegetables — to evaluate the juicing performance of the Big Mouth Premium. The oversized pulp container makes it easy to experiment with a large variety of ingredients without fear of having to empty it halfway through juicing. You can easily switch the dual-speed motor between low and high settings, which allows for a seamless transition between different types of produce that may require more or less power to process.
The juice is fed through an adjustable spout into a 40-ounce pitcher — combined with the oversized pulp container, it is obvious that this centrifugal model is specifically designed to process large amounts of juice at one time. The included pitcher features a "froth separator," which we particularly appreciate because the juice trends towards the thinner side, often accompanied by a rather significant amount of foam. The filter does a great job of keeping pulp to a minimum, but depending on the recipe, juice can be a bit gritty despite a well-blended taste. Overall, the Big Mouth Premium offers an average juice quality consistent with its price point.
This centrifugal model features a 3-inch wide chute that can accommodate all but the largest apples. This "wide mouth" feature is what makes the Big Mouth series so popular, and we very much understand why: feeding whole foods to a juicer significantly cuts down on prep time.
Based on the results of the less extravagant base model, we didn't expect much by way of soft produce production from the Big Mouth Premium — though we did hold out hope since this model features a dual-speed motor with a low setting. Averaged across four types of soft produce, unfortunately, this model only produced average yields. While the juice was only mildly pulpy, it was surprisingly foamy — juicing apples and oranges produced an average of 1 inch of foam.
Thanks to a powerful 850-watt motor, the Big Mouth Premium excels at extracting juice from hard produce. This is certainly a stand-out metric for this particular juicer because it can produce juice yields on par with some of the highest-rated juicers we tested. That means you can expect the Big Mouth Premium to produce more juice than directly comparable centrifugal models, using the same amount of hard produce.
Not only does this have positive implications for your budget, but you can extract more juice with less food preparation, thus saving you both time and money. For those who are particular fans of carrot juice, the Big Mouth Premium produced, on average, as much if not more juice than the most expensive juicers in this review — including both centrifugal and masticating models. Although a juice may contain moderate to high amounts of pulp (depending on the type of produce used), it is unlikely to have very much foam.
Without a doubt, the biggest downside to an otherwise quality value juicer is the extraction capability of the Big Mouth Premium when it comes to juicing leafy greens. Though not quite the lowest yields — including lower outputs by some more expensive models — this centrifugal juicer should not be considered if you are looking for a model capable of juicing wheatgrass, spinach, or kale.
Even though spinach was the exception to this generalization, the Big Mouth Premium produced bottom-rung yields for most green juices. For wheatgrass specifically, this juicer wasn't able to squeeze out more than a few droplets, and it's very unlikely it would yield much more even with large amounts of wheatgrass.
After chopping up and shredding produce, the discs and filters of many centrifugal juicers can be quite a pain to clean. Fortunately, the Big Mouth Premium includes a specially designed "Easy Sweep" brush that locks onto the strainer to sweep away the bulk of the produce. While this tool helps clean the filter portion, we still much prefer a small, single brush with tough bristles for effective scrubbing of the discs specifically. The oversized pulp container has rounded edges and is large enough to easily maneuver your hand into to scrub. While there are some tight spots here and there, all of the components are dishwasher safe, which always simplifies this process.
While the original Hamilton Beach Big Mouth earns our pick for best overall value, the Big Mouth Premium may be worth the small extra expense. In particular, the slightly more powerful, 2-speed motor improves upon versatility. And the included pitcher, or more importantly, the froth separator inside of it, helps remove pulp and other solids for a cleaner, more refreshing juice.
If you are looking for a juicer that looks clean on the countertop and is even easier to clean up after juicing, the Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Premium presents a fantastic value for a mid-level model. Excellent for hard food and particularly easy to clean, this premium centrifugal juicer is certainly a step up from the base model.
— Aaron Rice