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This is the shiznit juicer
June 28, 2016
STOP your search. No, I'm serious. What are you looking for in a residential citrus juicer? You want it to extract as much juice as humanly possible -- I've saved an entire orange per cup; to be easy to use - no need to read instructions; even more important, to be easy to clean -- it has 3 removable parts, no more than that, butter; and MOST IMPORTANT of all, you want it to be inoffensive!This little thing -- now listen closely -- plays to the tune of a pleasing low hum while it drains your orange to the very last drop. It's like, hmmmm, it's like you could have a baby starting to wake up at the end of your counter and roll over for another 30 minute nap while you make your morning juice. I'm not playing. Before I landed on this yoga-esque, namaste, sound machine, I went for the infamous proctor-sylex because of some idiotic review I read about its performance. It was all about its juice extraction incomparability. I was sold. Here it is: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008BBCZ3K/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1What the reviewer failed to mention is the thing sounds like a concrete grinder with a torn up wheel bearing tearing through sand amplified with a megaphone. I mean, who the hell on the production team thought that was ok?! Oh, one more thing, the little spout snaps up so when you remove your glass it doesn't drip....HELLO, genius!!I'll admit, i didn't do a side by side juice content test. You already think I'm nuts, but I'm actually not THAT nuts...just get this thing already, and thank me in the next life.
Juices in a jiffy
June 4, 2016
This citrus juicer is a tough little squeezer! I've run a couple batches of oranges, lemons, and limes thru the juicer so far and I am impressed with the power of the motor. Like other folks, I can't squeeze extremely tight on the fruit but there are ways to compensate and still get a great yield. I left the oranges out on the counter instead of keeping them in the fridge before juicing. I also rolled each piece of fruit around on the counter a little before cutting them in half. These tips will help you in maximizing the juice you can capture with the least amount of downward force required. I am able to wobble each husk around until I feel the juicing cone rubbing back in my hand which tells me I got all the juice.I had no problems with dripping as long as I tilted the unit to the side a little when I was pouring. This ensured all the juice has run off the small spout before I flip it back up to close the drain valve. I did not have problems with any juice getting down into the top of the unit either. Everything was contained in the juice tray (lower black disk that contains the juices from above strainer and also has the drainage spout). I did have a small problem with the drain hole leading down to the spout becoming backed up with pulp so I would have to clear the hole each round to make sure I was getting all the juice to drain. Minor issue really as there is no screen in the hole and access to it is not a problem.The unit runs quiet and it seems to be well-shielded. The sturdy base gives this juicer a light yet solid feel. The overall dimensions make this a convenient device to keep on the counter without being overbearing in gobbling up space. A manual cord storage area is found in the bottom. I found it a little awkward to use and just kept the extra cord on the counter. You do have to fight the flat cord thru a slot in the base so that base can sit flat and properly on its feet - minor issue.I've only used the smaller cone so far, but there are 2 cones included with the unit. The larger cone would work with larger oranges and grapefruits and the smaller cone works with everything else. Just use whichever fits for the fruit and squeeze away!The strainer tray/ring doesn't come close to catching the pulp. Yes, a lot of pulp is in the strainer, but a lot gets by the open slots, too. You will need additional strainers if you don't want the pulp when using this machine.I'm pleased with my purchase and hope the device lasts which at this point it appears it will.
Best easy juicer!
February 17, 2016
I love my new Epica juicer. It's so easy to use and cleanup is a breeze. I don't think I can ever go back to store bought orange juice. One large navel orange yields me about 8 oz of juice. I like that it comes with two cones ( one fits on top of the other so just pop off the top one to use the smaller cone) one for larger fruits and the other for smaller like lemons and limes. I have owned big juicers but they were a pain to clean and took up so much room. This fits nicely on my counter. it's a great product and made by a small American company and I highly recommend it.
January 29, 2015
Fantastic product - efficient, quiet and so easy to operate and clean. We now have fresh orange or grapefruit juice every morning - squeezed by my 8 year old!!
Functional, nice looking, easy to clean, relatively small and affordable
November 5, 2013
After doing endless research on electric and manual citrus juicers, I settled on this one primarily because it had great ratings and was relatively inexpensive. Since it's the only citrus juicer I have ever owned, I have no comparison.Pros:1. Inexpensive.2. Aesthetically pleasing: nice profile, brush stainless steel finish, well-proportioned.3. Doesn't take up too much space on the counter.4. Easy to clean - just rinse.5. Easy to juice - just press.6. Reamers come in two sizes.7. No switch to worry about - just press the fruit to activate.8. Quiet motor.Cons:1. The fruit splashes during juicing. Not a big deal, but something to keep in mind. I tried juicing with the plastic cover on, but this prevents you from being able to apply pressure to various points of the fruit to get maximum yield.2. The function that allows you to lift the spout and "lock" the juice from pouring into a glass seems nice, but the silicone element that plugs up the hole when the spout is lifted also gets pulp stuck on it and the hole gets clogged preventing the juice from coming out. I could do without this feature altogether.One more thing to keep in mind is that juicing is not as easy as it appears in some video reviews. Especially when juicing large grapefruits, you have to constantly work the sides of the fruit towards the reamer or else not all pulp will be juiced out. So it's not just a pressure to be applied from the top, but also from the sides for maximum yield.Overall, it was a very good buy that I'm very pleased with.-------------Update: Added a star (4->5) after a month of use. I subscribed to Florida oranges and have been juicing almost every day. It really works and cleans up great.
This is a Winner!
September 9, 2013
I have been juicing two 5-pound bags of lemons every couple of weeks with an OJex Xpress hand juicer. The juice is stored in half pint jars in the freezer and there's always a container of lemonade in the fridge for a family member who is prone to kidney stones. I ordered the Epica Stainless Steel Electric Citrus Juicer last week and have only used it once but that was enough to love it! I juiced 10 pounds of lemons in one third the time it took using the hand press. The Epica is sturdy and heavy enough to stay in place and a quart liquid measuring cup fits nicely under the spout. I was concerned that pulp and seed buildup would slow down the process but the smaller of the two reamers has "wings" which sweep pulp and seeds to the outside of the strainer so the juice flowed steadily from the first lemon to the last; I just rinsed the strainer under running water between the first and second bag of lemons. Being able to close the spout on the Epica between the two bags of lemons is a BIG advantage; it kept my counter top free of the sticky juice that splashed over it every time I used the manual citrus press. The larger of the two reamers, placed over the smaller reamer, worked great juicing some valencia oranges I had on hand so I suspect it might actually be on the small side for any but small grapefruit. Cleanup was a breeze! The strainer is large enough that a run under water completely cleared it of all pulp and seeds. A quick wash of the juicer parts that come in contact with the fruit and juice in hot water and Dawn and it's ready to go next time. The Epica does have a small footprint so it's welcome to sit out between uses. Finally, my Epica electric juicer was NOT provided by the manufacturer. I purchased it and deem it well worth the price! Shhh... don't tell... I like the Epica juicer so much that I've purchased two more to give to adult children for Christmas.
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this citrus juicer is a good deal. It is powerful enough to handle large ...
March 4, 2017
For the cost, this citrus juicer is a good deal. It is powerful enough to handle large oranges, the spout is high enough for a decent size collection vessel; the automatic push-down switch is convenient and works well; the spout valve is convenient for dripless carry to the sink; the removable working parts are easy to clean although pulp occasionally needs an extra push when trapped in the sieve; the base is stable; it is easy to assemble and take apart; it is reasonably attractive. Small cons: it is NOT quiet in use; the base slot for the power cord takes some maneuvering to work well; separating the large from the small reaming burr is sometimes challenging. But overall, we are very happy with it. We hope the noise from the gear train does not mean it will fail prematurely.
March 1, 2017
We have three orange trees and a lemon tree, so we need a juicer that will be a work horse! This works great so far...we've processed 5 gallon buckets full of fruit into juice with just the right amount of pulp in a matter of minutes. The machine has plenty of power and doesn't sound like it's working too hard. The only down side is that I don't think you can adjust it for pulp, so if you don't like any pulp at all, you'd need to strain the juice....but why? ;-) The machine was delivered quickly, too.
Epica juicer, a great purchase
December 16, 2016
I have two massive lemon trees and very large orange tree in the yard and concerned how to do all the required juicing. The Epica juicer meets my needs quite well. I have been using it daily for over a week now. It is fast, efficient, and relatively quiet. It appears to be well built. Some reviewers have complained about the spout breaking. Yes, it is plastic and has a fragile feel, but I believe is sturdy enough when used properly. I did note that seeds would sometime get into the collection tray and block the juice drain. If a seed is lodged in the spout, it cannot be closed. Trying to force it closed would likely break the spout. It does appear to be easily replaceable if damaged though. My oranges and lemons have a lArge amount of seeds. After four or five oranges, the steel tray should be removed and the accumulated seeds dumped out otherwise seeds can be thrown out into the plastic collector and then block the drain. After experiencing this a few times, I now watch the tray and the flow.and when the seeds accumulate, I take a moment to dump them and then keep juicing and have had no problems. The reason for 4 stars, I have had this for less than a month and the design of the the steel tray is a bit shallow, leading to the frequent dumping of seeds. That is am observation rather than a criticism. I would buy this unit again without hesitation and would also consider it as a well priced gift.
Great machine but for smaller quantities of citrus
December 1, 2016
On the plus side, this is a real efficient juicer, and gets all the juice out of the fruit.On the con side, if you have a big baskets of oranges or lemons to juice, this machine won't blast through that amount. The motor cuts off when it feels it's getting too warm, and you have to wait 20 minutes or so for it to come on again.I got an email from the company suggesting :"• Press the reamer for up to 15 seconds, then let it rest for 15 seconds. After 5 minutes of use, let it rest for 3 minutes." Well, I'm an impatient person so when I'm juicing a basket of oranges or lemons from my trees, I'm not going to work 5 minutes and let the machine rest 3 minutes. However, I did keep this machine because I like its ease of use and I do have a 2nd juicer. With a harvest of several baskets of oranges and lemons, it's a 2 person job anyway. But how many people have that circumstance?I ordered a simple Black and Decker juicer from Amazon (a "most popular" rating and around $17) as the second juicer. It did juice a hamper of citrus without complaint, though it wasn't quite as powerful and efficient as the Epica. It was, however, a lot less temperamental and didn't cut out to cool off.The Epica is a fine machine though, and probably will do very well for the usual customer who juices citruses. I'm somewhat unusual, since I have 32 citrus trees on my property which results in some overwhelming quantities of citrus certain times of certain years.
Juicer Beast with a Short Tail
September 21, 2015
Great product and functions as advertised. This is by far the most powerful yet quiet orange juicer I have ever owned. It was so close to being THE orange juicer but the power cord is ridiculously short. It's almost a joke how short it is. I just don't have an extension cord laying around in my kitchen so it was a hassle putting the machine on a few cookbooks just to be able to plug it in and use it. I still have yet resolved this problem...hence, I cannot give it a solid 5 star rating. I do still love it though..this thing is a beast with a short tail, unfortunately!
Still think it's great though and It's made better than the Black & ...
April 15, 2015
Four stars because I've only used once and because I thought it would be a little more powerful & faster. Still think it's great though and It's made better than the Black & Decker models sold on Amazon. (Just returned one.) The sieve section here is metal. It's a good deal quieter also. The juice bowl is black. The spout is a nice feature, just DON'T FORGET to close it before you start unless you put a cup/bowl under it! You simply click it up & it holds the juice inside till you put it down again...then the juice pours out. It's cool to see exactly how much juice you get from each item - say a tight small lime, for instance. I think it will last. It's heavy. Instructions say if it overheats it has an auto-shut off to protect motor. (Also says to run 15 sec. and wait 15 sec.)
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March 13, 2017
Edited: After 3 months of usage, motor easily overheats and ceases to work. Wait a little and turn it back on to have it working, not at the same rate. This has become quite bothersome even now to juice 36oz of orange juice it tends to heat consistently.You would think the pressure of your hand to the orange is causing this to overheat. NO, that is not the case.____________________________________________First ImpressionPerfect Product, juice 2 times a week with this, and its easy to clean, assemble, disassemble, and juice.Motor could be stronger, but thats just my preference
Mine is a "MacGyver Special"
January 27, 2017
I ordered the Epica juicer based upon the great reviews I read on Amazon. Mine arrived a couple days later and after a simple assembly - it would not work. After an hour or so of reading and re-reading the instructions (how hard can this be?) it was clear that this device wasn't ever going to work. The motor "axle" must be pushed down to turn the motor on, i.e. push on the fruit and the motor turns on and off you go. Well, not on mine. There was no way the shaft cover was shallow enough to engage the switch. I finally "MacGyver-ed" it by carefully stacking four hexagonal nuts the same dimension as the motor's axle, carefully slid the shaft cover over the nuts and axle and presto, we have a juicer. It's a kludge, but the juicer now works and makes juicing fresh fruit fast and easy. Clean up is also a breeze, as long as I keep track of those four hex nuts. Without them, the juicer is useless. One last thing - Customer Service isn't open on the weekends, so when you're most likely to need them, they're not answering the phone.
Before you buy know this:
November 5, 2016
Sooo I was totally thrilled about my upcoming juicer. However this product has a few flaws.1) I have to put a small piece of the orange peel inside the clear cones to connect to the push down piece to get it going. Kind of defeats the purpose because it's suppose to fit perfectly without my adding the peel.2) It runs hot pretty quickly. You really have to let it rest for a period of time. Put it this way, you can't decide one day you bout to go in on your juicing skills. It will take all day and little added arthritis.3) The small juicing hole gets clogged easily due to the clear rubber piece that's kind of blocking it. I believe that piece is suppose to help with juice leakage, but we can do better than that.
January 29, 2016
The juicer is very well made and is easy to use. It is easy to clean and store. The one drawback is that the motor easily overheats and the unit shuts down. Once it cools down it restarts. But I probably would not buy again. At this price motor overheating should not be a problem.
Briefly worked but will request a replacement (UPDATED)
May 2, 2015
The Epica juicer appears to be well built and has nice aesthetics. My last juicer, cuisinart, lasted for 10 years and was only replaced with this Epica because I lost one if its removable parts. I've used the Epica 3 times. The first two times it worked fine, in fact it seemed more powerful than my old cuisinart and produced well; however, on my most recent and 3rd use, it emitted a burning smell and lost some if its power. I'll try it again tonight to see if it does the same thing, and if so, I will return it for a replacement. I believe this product has potential to be a 4 or 5 rating, and I will update my review with fewer or more stars depending on my customer service experience.UPDATED 5/16/15 - I'm impressed with Epics. I received an email form a company representative shortly after this review explaining that they'd like to make things right. They asked me to ship my juice back for a new one. They wrote that the company stands behind its products and wants me to be satisfied. Due to work obligations, I have not been able to ship the juicer back, but I will do so soon. I have added a star simply because of their excellent customer service so far. I will update my rating again after the experience is complete.
Great machine, loved it but you cannot buy parts if you lose a cone or strainer.
April 15, 2015
Love this powerful juicer! I now have fresh squeezed orange juice every morning! It's very easy to clean and maintain. I accidentally lost the cone in the disposal and crushed the garbage. Found it! The top larger cone was cracked but the small one underneath remained intact! I might order the larger cone for future use. So glad I bought this after reading other reviews!I'm adding on a note for those interested in purchasing this citrus juicer. I called the manufacturer, I was unable to buy another cone. I had to buy a whole new machine just to get the cone! I was ok with using the smaller one, but ended up accidentally tossing the strainer and the last cone in the trash compactor! It's easy to do, trust me, when you clean it, the strainer has seeds/pits so you tip it into garbage, not the disposal! So now, I have to buy a whole new machine. I would give this a better rating had they allowed me to buy new parts.
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The good things about it
April 20, 2017
I have had this product for one year and do not use it that often. The good things about it? Good strong motor. The bad? You see the part that spills out the juice? If for some reason it lightly falls into the kitchen sink, it breaks!! Why? That metal part that dishes out the juice is held together by cheap/plastic and another bad? You cannot purchase parts anywhere for this machine so that even though your motor is great, you can no longer use your machine....If anyone out there has had the same issue but able to use this machine with some other top parts, then please let me know.... otherwise, it is joining the ever-growing garbage dump.
Stops and starts after about 18 oranges.
March 11, 2017
We did 18 oranges and it stopped. We waited 25 minutes and it started working again. So we did 6 more oranges and it stopped again on the 7th. So we do not want to start and stop and start and stop. By the way 20 oranges equals 1/2 gallon of fresh squeezed orange juice.
January 19, 2016
Pros: very nice design, compact, quiet.Cons: doesn't last long! I like to make a jar of orange juice at once for our family. I noticed first couple of times machine would get really hot after about 10-15 minutes of juicing. Third time I used it, it just stopped working. Since I liked it so much, I decided to reach out to manufacturer for a replacement and they were nice enough to send me another one, but I still had to pay return shipping (almost $20). New unit was no different. It died after few uses... this time I had no desire, nor time or patience to deal with it any longer, I just threw it away. So, if you plan on using it for a glass of juice at the time, this might work for you. Otherwise, you'll be throwing money like I did.
41 got me a 5/8" OD nylon bushing (spacer) that i tapped inside the plastic extension shaft with a deep dish socket to the perfe
December 28, 2015
OK, i bought mine USED from Matrix Wholesale LLC. It came DOA (dead on arrival) with orange juice residue still inside. The problem was that the plastic extension shaft had been pushed too far down on the drive shaft and the internal plastic "shoulder" was broken or worn away. The previous owner was obviously a gorilla.A trip to Home Depot and $0.41 got me a 5/8" OD nylon bushing (spacer) that i tapped inside the plastic extension shaft with a deep dish socket to the perfect height/depth. This little jewel now works like a 5 STAR item. I deducted 3 STARS for having to clean out the OJ residue, for it being sent to me DOA in the first place, and for having an obvious design defect (that internal plastic shoulder that wore away) that will fail on other people's machines in the future. People that have commented that their motor stopped working, may be experiencing this plastic part wear issue which prevented my motor from running. However, I do like mine (now) and expect it now to last forever... Yes, I'm now glad i bought it!Also for those people worried in some of the other posts about BPA (Bisphenol-A) being used on the clear plastic parts (its a hardening agent for plastic) its a negligible risk. My son is a Bio-Chemist and laughed when i posed that question to him. He was aware of that controversy said its a 3rd order type risk at worst. If you give up all known toxins like potato chips, hamburger, cigarettes, and women's cosmetics, then you can obsess about Bisphenol-A.
A weak motor
October 31, 2015
I wish I had known about the 15 second rule before I bought this juicer. I would have purchased a more expensive one with a much stronger motor. This motor is weak, the reamer turns slowly, and having to stop juicing every 15 seconds to prevent burnout is a big nuisance. Oranges can be juiced faster by hand. Definitely not for a large family.
February 26, 2014
Read the caution on the back page of the manual that comes in the box! This juicer can only be run for 15 seconds and then has to rest for 5 minutes before using again. Fine if all you are juicing is enough for one glass, however, if you have a citrus tree and want to use it for more than 15 seconds, look for another juicer. Would not recommend it. It burned out after the third use. Waste of money.
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Squeezing by hand is better by far.
July 16, 2016
Used this for the first time today, purchased a few months ago to be prepared for the citrus season. Well, like all the others who were swayed by the reviews, I bought it and now I wish I had bought a $14 juicer. I had planned to do my orange tree, I am talking boxes of fruit and gallons of juice that will take years with this piece of junk, that stops ever few minutes to cool down. For the last 20 years I used a hand press and wanted an upgrade. NOT... The ONLY thing good about this juicer is, it is pretty, it is quiet, It is designed with a nice spout that drains directly into a measuring cup, but it doesn't work, so who cares. DO NOT BUY this unit. So very disappointed. Hope I can return for a refund
June 4, 2016
When I got this juicer, it took a lot of pressure to activate the juicing motor, so much that the motor would lock up unless I was very careful. It was a real struggle to juice anything. I finally realized that the rotating juicer element was scraping against the sieve when I pushed down, and only whenever I pushed it a little further did the motor activate. Then I looked underneath the unit and saw that the flimsy plastic housing on the bottom was cracked (it must have arrived this way, since a chip of plastic was missing and I hadn't seen the missing piece anywhere). All the pressure you put on the juicer is transmitted through the motor to this poorly designed bottom which sits a half inch above the countertop, rather than directly to the countertop. (The stress caused by the motor moving around during shipping I guess was enough to shear the plastic so that the motor was pushing out through the bottom.) Since it took me two months to realize that this was the actual issue, I can no longer return it; I've now got to fabricate a filling for the bottom to prevent the motor from popping out of this herniated plastic.
Stopped working during second use.
March 15, 2016
So I got this juicer delivered on Saturday March 12 2016. Buy a bag of oranges the next day and juice it. I'm super happy with the results. Today Tuesday March 15 2016 I buy 3 bags of small oranges to make some juice. When I get to the last orange in the third bag the juicer just stops cold. I unplug it and try a different outlet. Nothing. I touch the base and realize it's a little warm. I wait 30 minutes and try again. Nothing. I read a few reviews and some people did say it stopped working after the second use, well I'm another one. I'm gonna return it asap.
Powerful but poor detail design
April 26, 2015
We bought the juicer a couple of weeks back to juice Texas Grapefruit we have from our neighbors in Houston. And this tool has all the power needed for that. From that standpoint, we are very satisfied with our purchase. However, we were very disappointed when the little articulated spout broke from its hinges stands and made the juicer unusable. I tried to glue it back on, unsuccessfully as it looks like Superglue will not adhere to the black plastic. Anyway, the design of that detail is faulty. It is way to thin and feeble.We hope you guys can a/ replace the part and b/ beef up the design for future production.Regards,Antoine
I really liked this citrus juicer
October 13, 2014
I really liked this citrus juicer. It is quiet, extracts a lot of juice, and is easy to clean. But, the spout is almost the only moving part besides the motor, and is very weakly connected to the tray that collects the juice. It is a serious design/construction flaw. Without this spout, the juice leaks directly into the well for the motor. There's pretty much no way to get the juice into a glass without the spout, so without it, the juicer is essentially worthless. However, Iiked this juicer, so I tried to find a new spout assembly online. I was even going to buy two, just so I had a spare. How much could it cost, right? But when I googled "Epica", as a company it was nowhere to be found. This wasn't a good sign.Luckily, I kept the manual, and saw that the juicer is distributed by a company called Experian Products in New Jersey, with a phone number. I called, talked to a very pleasant rep, who said they personally couldn't take my order, but would pass my info along with a service request to the appropriate person, who would get back to me in a day or two. Two days later, I heard nothing, so I called again, and got exactly the same speech by the same rep. After two days, still no response. So, I called again, got exactly the same speech by a different rep (who was also very pleasant), and a week later, I still haven't received a response.But I have a response, which is this review. And it's a one-star.Experian Products of New Jersey didn't just have bad customer service, they had NO customer service. As result, the only thing my $35 juicer is good for now is extracting the juice of the #epicfail fruit.
"Don't Waste Your Money Like I Did"
May 27, 2014
Tried to juice 1 lemon. Immediately it clogged with the tiny seeds. Removed the seeds with finger and started again to let the juice drain into the cup. Clogged immediately. Finally had to remove the cup and pour the juice through a tea strainer in cup. Now for the orange juice. Thought well maybe these seeds will be bigger and not clog. Wrong! We had to pour the juice through the tea strainer again.. Sending this abomination back will cost more than it's worth. Threw it in the trash.
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1 year warranty
Favorite citrus fruits to refreshing juices in a snap
Easy one-touch operation
Juice pours directly into glass for continuous operation
Allows maximum extraction from the smallest limes to the largest grapefruits
Fine screen prevents clogging and is easy to clean
More juice yield and in less time than comparable models -Powerful, yet quiet 70-watt motor
Auto stop/start for one-touch operation
Dispenses juice directly into glass
Includes 2 reamers to fit all fruit sizes
High-clearance spout and fine mesh strainer for clog-free flow