Hamilton Beach 67650A Juice Extractor – Full Review
The Hamilton Beach 67650A Big Mouth Pro Juicer offers convenience and quality at an affordable price. Designed to process fruits and vegetables quickly while maximizing yield, it is suitable for juicing a wide range of greens, vegetables, and fruits. It features an attractive design, allowing you to leave it set up on the countertop if you like, and at about 10 pounds, it has a robust feel.
Like most of today’s home juicers, this one is really easy to set up. Operation is pretty much foolproof, and cleanup is not terribly difficult and there are many parts that can go right into the dishwasher. I’d like it if a larger juice container came with it, but the high spout makes it easy to direct the flow of juice into a larger container of your own.
The juice that emerges from the Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Pro is good. A bit frothier than what you get from a masticating juicer like the Omega models, and with a little more pulp than what I’ve gotten from higher-end centrifugal juicers. I don’t mind either, as the product is still far superior to commercial juice blends and everything that comes out is healthy.
These are just a few of the most important things to consider when comparing the Hamilton Beach 67650A Big Mouth Pro Juicer with other models. Read on for more specifics as well as insight the pros and cons that come with owning and operating this juice extractor.
Easy to Assemble
Take a look at the owner’s manual before you get started, as it shows you how all the pieces fit together. Once you’ve put this juicer together the first time, you’ll find that it is very easy to assemble. Some other reviewers have complained that the blade is a little difficult to disengage when disassembling, noting that it takes some practice to get it off. As this appliance processes food at a high rate of speed and as the blade is incredibly sharp, I view this as a plus rather than a minus.
Big Mouth Design Speeds Up Juicing
Some of the best juicers on the market have wide mouths, while other popular juicers have smaller openings for produce. Because I am often in a hurry, I prefer the wider mouth versions and here’s why: you don’t have to spend a lot of time cutting and prepping fruits and vegetables before dropping them into the chute for juicing. Small apples and pears, average-size carrots and cucumbers, tomatoes, and summer squash like zucchinis are some of the things I’ve put through this juicer whole. Larger apples, big beets, and other things like melon or pineapple obviously have to be cut down to size before being sent on their way.
I have noticed some other reviewers mentioning that this juicer wastes produce. I have not had a problem with this, and I am thinking that there might be some user error on the part of reviewers who’ve mentioned that the pulp that comes out is wet rather than dry. Yes, the pulp is wetter than what you’ll get out of a masticating juicer like the Omega, but it really is not bad. I’ve found that this juicer works best when it is not overloaded. Put one thing down the chute at a time and allow it to juice almost completely before adding something else. Overloading the juicer causes centrifugal force to send things flying into the waste compartment before all the juice has been extracted.
Also, it’s worth noting here that this juicer is not suitable for squishy things like bananas and avocados. These things don’t have much moisture and will end up being wasted if you try to put them through the juicer. If you want a smoothie with banana or avocado, make some juice, then mix it with the banana or avocado in the blender. Same goes for frozen berries. These cannot go into the juicer, but they are perfect for adding icy chunks of deliciousness to a smoothie made with fresh juice.
The juice that emerges from the Big Mouth Pro is delicious. It tastes just as good as juices I’ve paid top dollar for at juice bars, and it rivals juices from other, higher-priced centrifugal juicers. I will say that the juice has more froth than what comes out of some of the other juicers I’ve tried. If you dislike the foam, you can easily skim it off. There is a little pulp in this juice too – less than what you’ll get with a masticating juicer, more than what you get with some other centrifugal juicers. I like the pulp and feel it is nutritious. If you dislike it but don’t want to spend a lot of money on a juicer, consider pouring the juice into your glass through a strainer. This takes just a moment and adds very little to cleanup while allowing you to enjoy fresh juice from an affordable juicer.
Makes Things Other Than Juice
Not many juicer manufacturers recommend using their products for things other than making fresh fruit and vegetable juices. This is one area where Hamilton Beach stands apart from the crowd: The Big Mouth Pro Juice Extractor is powerful enough to make soy, almond, or rice milk. Soaking one cup of soybeans, rice, or raw almonds in four cups of water for 24 to 48 hours isn’t difficult, nor is pouring the soaked items, one cup at a time, down the chute. The nondairy milk that emerges is just fantastic. I imagine you could make oat milk, cashew milk, or coconut milk using a similar process, however this isn’t something the manufacturer mentions.
Easy Cleanup, Dishwasher Safe Parts
This juicer is just as easy to take apart as it is to set up. All of the removable plastic parts with the exception of the motor base are safe to put in the dishwasher. Hamilton Beach includes a special cleaning brush for the strainer basket. This makes cleanup pretty simple, particularly if you hold the strainer basket under running water while scrubbing. Using some soap and allowing the foam to lift the tiny particles off while you’re scrubbing is helpful as well. As with every other juicer I’ve used, it is very important to get to the cleanup process immediately after juicing, unless you want to spend an extra few minutes working. My advice is to prepare a sink full of hot, soapy water before you juice, then take the machine apart, empty the pulp container, and put all the pieces into the water while you have your juice. That way you get the fresh juice and you can clean up quickly afterward.
All the plastic pieces that go into the dishwasher can start to look a bit cloudy after several runs through the machine. Get around this problem by drying them to remove excess water spots. An extra-absorbent chamois-style towel is a great tool for keeping the juicer looking like new.
Some reviewers have noted that tiny particles of food fly from the air vent. I have not had this happen, but it’s something that will happen when you try to continue juicing after the waste container is full. This shouldn’t harm the machine but it is an additional area that will need to be cleaned. Wipe up with a damp towel after unplugging to be on the safe side.
Like many other newly designed juicers, the Hamilton Beach 67650A is quieter than its predecessors. It is louder than a dishwasher but makes less noise than the average blender. If you happen to live in an apartment or condo, you will be able to use it without your neighbors wondering whether you’ve got a 747 taking off in your kitchen.
“Is this juicer suitable for greens?”
Yes, works well with greens like chard, kale, spinach, and lettuce. You will need to roll the greens up into a ball before putting them through so that they actually juice. Also, you might find you get more juice from your greens if you moisten them with water first.
“Can you juice wheatgrass with this machine?”
No, you cannot use this juicer for wheatgrass. If you plan to juice a lot of wheatgrass, it might be worth it to get a small hand-operated wheatgrass juicer or go for one of the masticating juicers, such as the Omega instead of a centrifugal juicer like this one.
“Are juicing recipes included?”
This juicer comes with a few recipes and some juicing tips to help you maximize yield. Once you learn your way around the machine and are ready for new combinations, look online for more recipes. There are books, ebooks, and entire websites dedicated to juice recipes, so you’ll never get bored.
“Can I put citrus fruits through this juicer?”
Yes, it works on peeled citrus as well as citrus with the rinds still on. Be sure you are juicing organic citrus though, if you’re planning to have the rinds in your juice.
“Will this juicer handle heavy things like ginger, sweet potatoes, and beets?”
This juicer does a great job of powering through hard, heavy items like these. If you are making a juice with soft fruits or vegetables as well as hard ones, be sure that you put the softer items through before you do the harder ones. If you do the harder ones first, the filter has a tendency to become a bit clogged and you end up with quite a lot of waste.
“Is this a good juicer for fruits with pits, i.e. cherries, apricots, and peaches?”
Any stone fruits have got to have the pits removed before you start with the juicing process. If you accidentally put a nectarine pit through, for example, it will bounce around like a rock inside the machine, and that could possibly cause some damage.
“Are there multiple speeds?”
No, this juicer has just one speed.
The Hamilton Beach 67650A Big Mouth Pro Juice Extractor is a nice entry-level juicer that does what the manufacturer says it will. It works a bit less efficiently than some of the higher-end centrifugal juicers, but the juice it makes is delicious. As it is easy to assemble, take apart, and clean, it is more convenient than some of its competitors. It gets another point for convenience due to the wide mouth design, which allows you to put items up to about three inches across in whole rather than spending a lot of time cutting things into pieces before getting down to juicing. The Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Pro Juicer works well on a wide variety of produce, making it easy for you to reach your daily quota, whatever that might be! Do remember to read the juicing tips and instruction manual before you get started so that you’ll get the most out of the produce you decide to process. While this is not the nicest juicer I have ever tried, it offers good performance at a price that’s pretty much unbeatable.
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