Bella XJ-8K129 Juicer Review – Often sold at retail Stores
This is a review of the Bella XJ-8K129 Juice Extractor, often sold at target, macys, jcpenny or as a no brand juicer on the internet. Is it worth consideration? Read more to find out.
The Bella xj-8k129 juicer has these manufacturer specifications:
- Features: Wide feed tube, 2-speed control
- Wattage Output: 700 Watts
- Number of Speeds: 2
- Material: Plastic
- Includes: Instruction Manual, Juice cup
- Care and Cleaning: Dishwasher Safe Parts
The Bella Juicer (made by Intertek) looks great. It comes in black or white colors and is a very small compact unit looking much like higher priced units on the market. At its $60 price point, it looked like a great deal on the shelves. But is this juicer really all its cracked up to be? Maybe not…
Bella XJ-8K129 Unboxing:
The Bella xj-8k129 Juice Extractor comes with all the accessories one would want except for a cleaning brush. It felt a little cheap and plasticy like it could easily crack if dropped. The food pusher felt very light and of cheap quality.
The juicer is a compact appliance meant for juicing small individual portions. As such, the shredding disc/mesh screen assembly is on the smaller side.
Here are some other pictures of the juicer assembly:
For such a small unit, I was surprised at the larger feed chute which was designed into the extractor.
Even more impressive was that this bella appliance had two speed settings!
Bella XJ-8K129 Operation:
While the bella juice extractor looks great and seems to be a very promising value for the money (a two speed, 3″ feed chute, jack lalanne clone for only $60!), what I found was completely opposite my first impressions. In fact, I didnt even bother to review the second speed setting as getting through the first speed setting was, to say the least…an adventure.
Bella XJ-8K129 Low Speed:
This juicer sucks. After putting my second branch of kale through the feed chute, the juicer jammed up and started making extremely loud noises because the shredding disc became out-of-balance with pulp buildup. Ive seen this with other juice extractors before, but none this bad, and none this early in the juicing process. In fact, coupled with the cheap build of the unit, the vibration and noise created made me fear for my physical safety…no joke.
At first, I thought it was just a fluke, and this pulp buildup vibration issue should not occur again. However, branch after branch caused this juicer to jam and vibrate. The experience was so unsettling I told my 2.5yo to back away from the counter as I was using the appliance. I have never before used a centrifugal extractor which caused me this much emotional pain to operate.
I tried to capture the experience on video, but this doesn’t do the juicer justice. It was really worse than it seems on the video below:
When the juicer wasn’t gunked up and off-balance, the unit sprayed pulp everywhere. It sprayed it in a 360 degree circle like a bomb blast! A juicer really shouldn’t have this problem, but the engineering of where the top half meets the main housing is not designed well, causing this to happen.
At this point, everything in me screamed “STOP REVIEWING THIS JUICER!” but I had to complete at least the efficiency test despite all the crap that was now on my counters, shirt, floor, and cabinets.
For those of you who are interested, I decided to record the noise output from the juicer before it touched any fruits or vegetables.
Sound clip on low (Taken from 6ft away using the Tascam DR-100mkII at level 6.5 and High Gain.)
Sound clip on high (Taken from 6ft away using the Tascam DR-100mkII at level 6.5 and High Gain.)
Bella XJ-8K129 Efficiency:
The juicer tends to froth the juice and aerate its contents with a lot of bubbles. On the first juicing pass the output was about 29oz.
In order to test the efficiency of this juicer I ran the pulp through again after the first juicing pass. On inefficient machines, the pulp will contain more juice and thus give a higher juice output on the second pass compared to more efficient juice extractors.
The second pass produced 8oz of juice. Doing some simple math, the percentage of juice wasted is 27.5%. Not great.
Bella XJ-8K129 Cleanup:
I found a few problems when cleaning this juicer. 1. The creases of the plastic formed during the manufacturing stage would allow the juice to seep into its crease and stain the plastic. 2. The pulp spray which affects the surrounding work area where one juices. Below is an example of how the plastic crease facilitates staining.
This staining also happened with the white plastic underside of the shredding disc/mesh screen assembly.
I could see how after an extended period of use, this juicer (assuming you can get through the first time) would eventually stain quite badly and look awful.
However, the rest of the cleanup process is what cracks me up the most. Not only do you have to clean the juicer, one also needs to clean the counter tops, countertop backsplash, floors, and do a load of laundry after use. Who in their right mind would release such a terrible product!?
Bella XJ-8K129 Conclusion:
After juicing with the Bella XJ-8K129 juice extractor I can honestly say that the Bella XJ-8K129 juice extractor is the worst juicer I have ever operated. Not only did it feel cheap and flimsy, it was subject to repeated pulp buildup on its mesh screen element which causes severe vibration and obnoxious noise. The emotional toll of using this extractor was awful, as these loud vibrations and crackling noises was extremely unsettling (I really did fear for my physical safety). The cleanup was the worst I have ever encountered; where cleaning meant, vacuuming, laundry, and wiping down the entire surrounding work area. Stainins were readily apparent after just even one use, no matter how much scrubbing was done. The whole review experience was so awful, I didn’t dare try to review the juicers high speed setting as I really didn’t want to clean my living room and hallways as well! 🙂
Do NOT under any circumstances, buy this juicer. If you have it, return it, and get any other extractor on the market. This thing is a disaster!!!