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VonShef 990w Professional Juicer review: This high-maintenance VonShef packs a ton of juicing power

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MSRP: $99.99
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The Good The VonShef 990w Professional Juicer is powerful enough to extract a decent amount of liquid from citrus and has a wide mouth which accepts small to medium-sized whole fruit. The machine can also juice leafy vegetables like kale in a pinch and has two speed settings.

The Bad The VonShef 990w Professional Juicer uses parts that aren't dishwasher safe which must be hand-washed. The juicer's design is unexciting and its strong suction-cupped feet make it a pain to move around the kitchen.

The Bottom Line For a little less than competing appliances the VonShef 990w Professional Juicer handles fruit well, won't choke on kale, but is a chore to clean.

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6.4 Overall
  • Performance 7
  • Design 6
  • Features 7
  • Maintenance 5

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Packing a 900 watt electric motor, the $100 VonShef 990w (roughly £70 in the UK or AU$140 in Australia) is proof you don't have to spend an arm and a leg to own a capable juicer. It's quite efficient at wringing delicious liquid from oranges, limes, apples and other citrus and hard fruit too. On our tests with oranges, the machine scored a high juice extraction percentage of 65.9 percent (based on average remaining pulp and juice yield)

The VonShef even has the ability to separate some moisture from fibrous greens such as kale. I measured an average kale juice extraction percentage of 40.5 percent, the second highest result so far within my group of five centrifugal extractors.

The biggest drawback to the VonShef though is its many parts which are not dishwasher-safe, making it a headache to clean. Not counting the main unit that houses the appliance's power cord and motor, its food chute, lid, centrifuge bowl, filter tray, etc., all must be washed by hand.

By comparison, other similar machines from Breville, Hamilton Beach and Black + Decker have components sturdy enough to toss into your dishwasher's top rack and take a wash cycle in stride. The VonShef 990w's basic black and gray color scheme and plastic parts also feel a bit cheap. If luxury looks and feel are your priority in a centrifugal juicer, you're better off choosing the handsomely crafted, compact (and dishwasher safe) $100 Breville JE200XL Compact Juice Fountain. To those who care more about performance, I suggest the $80 Hamilton Beach 67601A Juice Extractor, which juices like a champ.

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