If you’ve been looking for a new juicer, then you’ve probably already come across the Philips HR1861. This Philips machine is quite the best seller, and therefore tends to come at the top of most people’s shopping list. Philips have recently introduced a new model (the slightly more expensive Philips Avance HR1871) so we thought it would be a good idea to take a look at this model and see if it is still worth going for.
Nobody could accuse this of being an ugly device. It has an anodised aluminium body, and has been finished with a brushed metal look that is both stylish and easy to keep clean.
Philips HR1861 Fruit Juicer Review
The outside of the juicer is therefore fingerprint resistant, and completely scratch proof. This juicer should fit nicely in pride of place in any kitchen. There’s no chopping involved when using this juicer. You can simply feed it whole fruits and vegetables to juice, which is great as it makes it all the more convenient to get your 5 a day!
It comes with a powerful 700 watt motor, which has two speeds. A control on the juicer allows you to adjust the speed in order to juice either soft or hard fruits and vegetables. The machine has anti-slip rubber feet on the bottom so that, with all this power, the juicer doesn’t shake itself off your work surface!
Also included is the Philips “patented micro-mesh” filter. Whilst this sounds quite impressive, there is very little information on exactly what makes this mesh better those in other juicers. However, it’s made of stainless steel, and is by all accounts very easy to remove and clean (as are the rest of the removable parts, all of which are dishwasher safe).
The machine comes with a 2 litre pulp container which should have more than enough room for all the debris, and also included is a 1.5 litre jug to catch the juice. A simple but nifty little trick that the device has up it’s sleeve is the way that the lip of jug fits directly onto the spout of the machine. This means the jug is going to catch all of the juice easily; no mess, and no waste!
A separate foam filter can be attached to the jug to filter out foam for a clearer juice. This is removable though, so if you do prefer a cloudy juice then there is no need to use this filter.
Also thrown in is a little juice recipes booklet to get you going, which we think is a very handy addition. We tend to think of the obvious when juicing, such as apple or orange juice, but any seasoned juicer will tell you there is a world of refreshing and delicious flavour combinations to discover with your new juicer.
Philips HR1861 Aluminium Whole Fruit Juicer Features and Specifications
- 700 watt motor – 2 speeds for juicing both hard and soft fruits and veg
- Juices whole fruits – no need to chop your fruit
- All removable parts are dish washer safe
- Handy 1.5 litre jug attaches directly to the spout – no mess, no waste
- Brushed body – scratch resistant and fingerprint proof
- Juice recipes booklet included to get you going juicing your 5 a day!
Customer Feedback and Reviews
As usual, no review would be complete without a close look at what the people who bought the machine are saying about it. Over 93% of customers rated it with 3 stars or more. Over 86% of customers gave it a glowing review of 4 or 5 stars. Despite this there are a couple of reasons that we aren’t recommending this juicer, so do read on!
People generally found the machine a nice size for leaving out in the kitchen, which is a plus, as some other juicers do tend to be a bit bulky. It’s also quite light too, so if you do want to put it away in a cupboard it shouldn’t be a problem to get it out for daily use.
The vast majority of people were very happy with the way that the HR1861/00 dealt with the fruit and veg they fed it, finding that apples, carrots, pineapple and the like went through with ease. You simply throw the fruits one at a time into the feeder chute, and push them down gently with the provided tool.
It seems that the pulp that is left behind can be quite wet, and feeding it through another time might be necessary to make sure you don’t cause any waste. We don’t personally find this a massive problem, however undoubtedly this doesn’t happen in higher end juicers. We see this as part of the trade off of buying a cheaper model.
Customers generally found it nice and easy to clean too, provided you do so straight away. This is common with all juicers; if you leave them for too long after use, the fruit and veg pieces dry and it becomes much harder to clean. Simply drop the various pieces into hot soapy water when you’re done, and then they wipe clean easily with the aid of a running tap.
But as we said, we’re not recommending this juicer. We can’t deny that the vast majority of customers appear to be very happy with their purchase, so we’re not claiming that this is a bad juicer, but there are a couple of issues which mean that we think you’d be better off looking elsewhere.
Plastic Lid Problems
We noticed a worrying trend whilst examining the customer feedback. A significant number of customers had experienced the plastic lid breaking. Whilst this had not occurred to the majority of customers, it had been reported enough times that we picked up on it as a common problem. After a little more research into the issue, it seems that this can happen when either too much fruit is added at once, or too much pressure is applied when pushing the fruit through.
At the bottom of the chute which you feed the fruit into, is a plastic notch which is there to prevent the plunger from spinning along with the fruit. It seems that if too much fruit is in the chute, or too much pressure is applied by the user, that the force of the plunger straining against this plastic notch is simply too much and the plastic chute breaks.
Whilst this should not occur under normal operation (if you don’t put in too much fruit, and don’t apply too much pressure), we don’t feel that it should be left up to the user to guard against this. If this can happen at all then, for our money, the lid is not made of a suitable material. For a mid-range juicer, this is simply unacceptable in our opinion.
Messy Pulp Gets Stuck in HR1861
Another common thing that was commonly reported (by both happy and unhappy customers) was that a lot of pulp tended to get stuck on the lid, instead of being collected in the pulp bin. Again, this was not mentioned by the vast majority of customers, but was a common enough complaint that we noticed it quickly when taking in the various user comments.
A lot of people were still happy with the juicer despite this, so you’d need to weight up wether you think this problem is likely to irritate you. Again, we don’t think this is an acceptable flaw in a mid-range juicer that is going to set you back £100.
For these reasons, we’re not recommending the Philips HR1861 juicer. Why run the risk of the plastic lid breaking when you can get a comparable juicer for half the price that doesn’t have this problem? The Andrew James Juicer is as efficient at extracting juice, is half the price, and there are no reports of its lid breaking! Whilst we’re not recommending this juicer, we would like to stress once more that this is our personal opinion- the vast majority of customers were very happy with this Philips juicer.