Black and Decker JE2200B Juicer Review
This is a review of the Black and Decker JE2200B 400w Juice Extractor. Read more to find out if this juicer is worth your hard earned money!
The Black and Decker JE2200B juicer has these manufacturer specifications:
- A 28-oz pulp collector
- A 300-ml pitcher that captures all the fresh-squeezed juice
- 400-watts of power
- Removable and dishwasher-safe parts including the stainless steel blades and strainer for easy clean-up and maintenance
- Dual safety locking mechanism and non-skid feet ensure ease-of-use and ease-of-mind
- Built-in-cord storage
- Transparent lid
- 2-year limited warranty
The Black and Decker fruit and vegetable juicer is an extremely compact unit (smaller than the waring pro juicer), aimed at consumers who may just juice small long objects such as carrots, celery, or cucumbers. Its $30-50 price range makes it an attractive small kitchen appliance, and its black and stainless steel color scheme makes it an attractive unit to be left on a kitchen countertop. But is the je2200b centrifugal juice extractor worth the money? Read more to find out…
Black and Decker JE2200B Unboxing
Upon opening the box, the I was struck by the small size of the JE2200b juicer. It was very light, compact, yet still felt somewhat solid for its size. It came with everything that is needed to begin juicing various fruits and vegetables, but it did not come with a cleaning brush.
To say this juicer was smaller than the waring pro, I was not mistaken. Take a look at the size of the shredding disc/mesh screen.
Upon unboxing I believed the Black and Decker juicer was not meant for heavy usage…After looking at the shredding disc/mesh screen and the feed chute opening, I was now certain of it.
To give you more of an idea of how tiny this juicer is, check out the pictures below
Black and Decker JE2200B Operation
In order to use this juicing machine, I realized I would need to cut apples into eighths, and cucumbers into thirds (lengthwise), in order to feed it into the food chute. I really didnt come to understand just how small the feed chute was until I started to juice when I realized most of the vegetables I would try to fit in the chute would not, until I cut them smaller. Even large celery sticks seemed to fill the opening of the chute!
Juicing with this appliance took a lot longer than I expected as the size of the chute limited the amount of material which could be juiced. For example, I needed to break off each branch of kale and insert each branch individually for the kale to fit. At times I needed to break the branch in half and ball up the fluffy leafy portion of the kale for it to fit. I was not too enthused with having to do this tedious work in order to juice my mean green recipe. Overall, it took double the time to finish juicing the recipe!
At times I found the actions of pushing food into the chute would rotate and move the je2200b juicer base in a way for the spout to miss the juice container. I found myself needing to correct the positioning every few actions, and at one time didnt notice the pool of spilt juice when I wasnt paying attention! I suppose this just comes with the territory for having a very light and compact juice extractor.
Despite the extremely tiny feed chute and the limitations it imposed on the size of the fruits and vegetables juiced, the juice still stopped functioning two times when juicing this one recipe. It was a mechanism of the safety feature where if the top housing cover becomes loose, the machine will turn itself off. However, this feature is so sensitive, the machine would turn itself off even when the locking latches were still fully closed and the top housing cover was secure. Bad design, who wants their machine to constantly turn off when juicing!?
Black and Decker JE2200B Efficiency
In order to test the efficiency of the Black and Decker juice extractor, I ran the mean green recipe through once, and then ran the pulp from the first pass through again. For inefficient juicer appliances, the second pass of juicing the pulp will have a high juice content compared to higher efficiency juicers.
For the first pass I got a very low 20 oz. Despite the fact that juice output varies based on ingredient water content, I found this to be shockingly low. I prepared myself for the worst on the second pass.
When handling the pulp from the first pass, I already knew the juicer was a very ineffiencent machine as it was very soggy and heavy. After juicing the second pass, I received 8 to 9 oz.
Doing some simple math revealed that this Black and Decker JE2200B juicer while being compact, wastes 40% of the potential juice from the fruits and vegetables one would put into it. 40% is a horrible figure…one might as well just squeeze the juice from the vegetables with their bare hands! LOL.
Black and Decker JE2200B Noise
The noise output on the juicer is actually very manageable, with no emotional discomfort or feelings of danger. CLick the sound clip below for a sample of what it sounds like.
Sound Clip (Taken from 6ft away using the Tascam DR-100mkII at level 6.5 and High Gain)
Black and Decker JE2200B Cleaning
Cleaning the JE2200B was an inconvenient experience. Not only did it not come with a brush small enough to clean all the little orifices of the juicer parts, but the design and pulp buildup created within the juicer itself added to pulp being dropped around the kitchen counter, on the juicer, and in the little nooks and crannies present on the juicer base.
As you can see from the pictures above, the juicer suffers from having many surface areas to clean. This is present within main juicer body, and also on the top housing cover. Without a bruh with long bristles it was difficult to clean the areas and allow the pulp to wash free. Additionally, removing the pulp container caused much of the built up pulp to fall down and around the work area. Upon removing the top transparent housing cover, caused the pulp to drop into the small areas on the juicer base. Normally, cleaning a juice extractor base is simple as wiping it down with a paper towel. However, the Black and Decker JE2200B needed to be turned upside down, blown out, wiped clean, and more to get all of the pulp particles out and off the appliance. It was inconvenient and took up more time and effort.
Black and Decker JE2200B Conclusion
The JE2200B fruit and vegetable juice extractor is priced competitively and low enough for people who are on the fence about juicing who may want to give the whole “juicing thing” a try. However, its my belief that using this juicer would cause more people to drop out of juicing long term because of the inconvenience and time/effort required to operate and clean this juice extractor. Preparation time was doubled as cutting all the ingredients required them to be sliced thinly, and small. Operation required adjustment every couple of pushes to account for the movement of the juicer base from the normal food pusher actions. Cleanup required more effort as the plentiful orifices and many different and uneven surface areas presented additional actions to clean in order to fully remove the pulp. Cleaning the base was difficult as well. The worst aspect of the juicer however was the 40% waste of juice this extractor exhibited. Not only do you get less for your money in terms of juice, one spends more if the old adage “time is money” is taken into account.
Dont be fooled by the low initial price of the unit. The terrible efficiency and time/effort needed to clean and operate the Black and Decker JE2200B in the long run will negate the purchase. Spend a tiny bit more money on a slightly higher priced model (like the Jack Lalanne Power juicer ultimate), and get more bang for your buck.
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