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Mueller Ultra-Juicer MU-100 Review

If you are looking for a solid all-around appliance that won't break the bank, we think this is a good option
Mueller Ultra-Juicer MU-100
Credit: Mueller
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Price:   $70 List
Pros:  Dual-speed, good with soft produce, good juice quality
Cons:  So-so with carrots, beets, struggles with leafy greens
Manufacturer:   Mueller
By Austin Palmer and David Wise  ⋅  Oct 14, 2021
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  • Juice Quality - 25% 6
  • Soft Produce - 20% 7
  • Hard Produce - 20% 5
  • Leafy Greens - 20% 3
  • Cleaning - 15% 6

Our Verdict

While the Mueller Ultra-Juicer is far from the best juicer we have tested, this bargain option holds its own — especially considering its more affordable price. It created above-average juice cocktails and had great juice yields for both soft and hard produce. It's also solidly easy to clean, but didn't do the best with leafy greens — common for many juicers. Overall, however, we think this is one of the better middle-of-the-road options for anyone searching for a deal.

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Pros Dual-speed, good with soft produce, good juice qualityExcellent at juicing hard produce, easy to clean, great juice qualityExtremely easy to clean, great at juicing leafy greensStrong motor is good for juicing hard produce, large pulp container, custom scrubber eases cleaningInexpensive, decently easy to clean, good juice quality
Cons So-so with carrots, beets, struggles with leafy greensSubstandard at juicing leafy greens, lackluster soft produce performanceSubpar at juicing hard and soft produceMinute yields with leafy greens, juice can be gritty and foamyAverage juice yield
Bottom Line If you are looking for a solid all-around appliance that won't break the bank, we think this is a good optionThis machine earns our praise for delivering an excellent performance at juicing hard produceWhile this isn't the best product overall, it is the best option for juicing leafy greens on a budgetA premium model with a strong motor that is excellent at juicing hard produceA solid juicer with a very reasonable price tag, this represents one of the best values in our review
Rating Categories Mueller Ultra-Juice... Breville JE98XL Jui... Aicok Slow Masticat... Hamilton Beach Big... Hamilton Beach 6760...
Juice Quality (25%)
6.0
7.0
6.0
5.0
6.0
Soft Produce (20%)
7.0
5.0
4.0
5.0
5.0
Hard Produce (20%)
5.0
9.0
4.0
8.0
5.0
Leafy Greens (20%)
3.0
4.0
7.0
4.0
5.0
Cleaning (15%)
6.0
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6.0
Specs Mueller Ultra-Juice... Breville JE98XL Jui... Aicok Slow Masticat... Hamilton Beach Big... Hamilton Beach 6760...
Model # MU-100 JE98XL AMR521 67850 67601A
Type Centrifugal Centrifugal Masticating Centrifugal Centrifugal
Warranty 2 Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 year 3 year
Dimensions 16" x 8.1" x 16" 9" x 16" x 17" 17.1" x 13.1" x 8.9" 14.5" x 14.5" x 9" 14.4"1 x 7.8" x 11.46"
Reverse? No No Yes No No
Dishwasher Safe? Filter blade Yes, most parts Yes Yes Yes

Our Analysis and Test Results

We like that the Mueller Ultra-Juicer has a larger feed chute for bigger pieces of produce and that it has dual speeds to maximize your juice yield from both hard and soft produce. However, this model struggles with leafy greens.

Performance Comparison


If you are looking for a juicer at a bargain, this is a good option.
If you are looking for a juicer at a bargain, this is a good option.
Credit: Laura Casner

Juice Quality


The Ultra-Juicer got off to a bit of a rough start with our "Can't Beet It" beverage, composed of apples, carrots, celery, beetroot, cucumber, and ginger root. We found the final drink to be a little on the watery side and the taste to be just a bit more bland tasting than when we made this beverage with some of the other juicers. However, we appreciated that it produced minimal to no pulp and the drink wasn't at all gritty.

Performance improved quite a bit when it came to our romaine, apple, and orange drink. The texture was a bit pulpy, but the taste was refreshing and light — albeit with strong romaine overtones. It was definitely on the thicker side and had just a small amount of foam. The Ultra-Juicer did even better with our final blended juice cocktail. Our judges gave it very high marks both in texture and taste, though it had plenty of pulp.

We also noticed that this juicer struggled quite a bit with sweet potatoes and beets. Additionally, the motor would bog down with larger chunks of produce, forcing us to cut smaller pieces than other models required.

This model has a larger feed chute but can get bogged down with...
This model has a larger feed chute but can get bogged down with large pieces of hard produce.
Credit: Laura Casner

Soft Produce


Starting with cucumbers, this juicer created 200mL of juice from 12 ounces of peeled cucumbers, with only a tiny amount of pulp and a slight bit of foam. This was a bit higher yield than the group average of around 180mL. With celery, the Ultra-Juicer generated an average amount of juice that had little to no pulp or foam but did separate.

The performance of this juicer improved a bit when it came to orange juice, yielding just a bit more than the average product. There was only mild amounts of pulp, but we did notice that the juice was very foamy. Finally, the Ultra-Juicer finished out this metric with an excellent performance in our apple juice test. It yielded considerably more than average, with negligible pulp and only a little foam.

The Mueller thoroughly impressed when it came to juicing apples.
The Mueller thoroughly impressed when it came to juicing apples.
Credit: Laura Casner

Hard Produce


Our next set of tests focused on juice yield for hard produce like carrots, beets, and sweet potatoes. We noticed a definite performance drop here for the Ultra-Juicer but it still finished about average overall compared to the rest of the products.

We got off to a solid start in our carrot juicing metric, with the Ultra yielding an above-average amount for 8 ounces of carrots. We got 105mL of juice from this appliance and little to no foam or pulp. Unfortunately, there were some chunks from the ends of the carrots that made it into our glass.

We got mixed results with this juicer when it came to hard produce.
We got mixed results with this juicer when it came to hard produce.
Credit: Laura Casner

Performance then plummeted quite a bit when it came to juicing beets. The Ultra-Juicer yielded quite a bit less juice than other models and had some non-trivial amounts of foam — though the juice was essentially pulp-free. We also noticed that it sounded like the juicer was struggling quite a bit with larger chunks of beets, though this did get better when we cut up the produce smaller than we usually would.

The Ultra-Juicer rebounded a bit with sweet potatoes, yielding an average amount of juice. It had mild amounts of pulp and just a bit of foam, but the motor again sounded like it was substantially struggling with the larger pieces. All in all, this juicer wouldn't be our first choice if you are looking for a product exclusively for hard produce.

The MU-100 did quite well with carrots, yielding an above-average...
The MU-100 did quite well with carrots, yielding an above-average amount of juice.
Credit: Laura Casner

Leafy Greens


Our final juice yield metric focused on how the Ultra-Juicer handled leafy greens. Unfortunately, we weren't very impressed with this appliance's performance, and it earned it one of the lower scores of the group.

If you are looking for a juicer primarily for leafy greens, this one...
If you are looking for a juicer primarily for leafy greens, this one might not be the best choice.
Credit: Laura Casner

This juicer struggled considerably with wheatgrass, having some of the lowest juice yields of the group. It barely made any juice, with none making it into the collection chamber without tilting the appliance. This juicer also didn't do much better with spinach. It yielded about 50mL of very foamy juice from 7 ounces of spinach, which was quite a bit less than the average yield of around 70mL.

This product struggled a bit with spinach.
This product struggled a bit with spinach.
Credit: Laura Casner

The Ultra-Juicer finished out this metric with an above-average performance when it came to juicing kale. It yielded slightly more than the average amount of juice from 4.25 ounces of kale, but it was slightly foamy.

Cleaning


Our last round of tests looked at how easy it is to clean the Ultra-Juicer once finished juicing. We found this to be a fairly painless process overall.

The Mueller Ultra-Juicer is one of the models that includes a...
The Mueller Ultra-Juicer is one of the models that includes a specially designed cleaning brush, which certainly makes cleaning it much easier.
Credit: Laura Casner

The filter/blade piece is dishwasher-safe; however, the rest of the components can only be cleaned in warm soapy water. This appliance includes a brush that is quite useful for cleaning, but bristles would get pulled out whenever they got caught on the disc. We also found the plastic shields to be a bit of work to clean if bits of produce dried in them, but overall this model isn't too hard to clean.

Most of the components aren't safe for the dishwasher.
Most of the components aren't safe for the dishwasher.
Credit: Laura Casner

Value


Overall, we think the Mueller Ultra-Juicer is a great option if you are shopping on a budget and want a juicer that performs decently well at most things.

Conclusion


While this centrifugal juicer didn't do the best with some types of hard produce and with certain leafy greens, we were overall satisfied with its performance — especially given its lower price tag.

Austin Palmer and David Wise