I’ve been on the hunt for the juicer of my dreams for a while. I need one that doesn’t struggle with the fibrous veggies I like to juice (like celery and kale), doesn’t choke on wheatgrass (my favourite juicing superfood), and breezes through hard vegetables like carrots and beats. And, above all, it must be easy to use and easy to clean. I’m basically looking for the Queen Bee of juicers.
I think I’ve found it.
For the next little while, I’ll be testing out the Kuvings B6000 Whole Slow Juicer. I’ll be putting it through its paces while I’m juicing up pitchers of “health in a glass” for the whole family. And the early reports are in – it’s looking pretty fine!
You should know that I’ve been researching juicers for a while, and I settled on this particular brand for a number of good reasons. I approached the company, and they were kind enough to provide a unit for me to review. And I’ll be telling you all about it in the next little while.
Why am I getting into juicing? I’m sure you’ve read about all the many health benefits. Fresh pressed juice is filled with highly-absorbable goodness and acts as a natural vitamin powerhouse, providing you with living enzymes, minerals, and antioxidants. It’s the boost I need to feel really energized. For me, things like fresh juice can take the place of less “perfect” snacks and meals, helping me eat better and avoid those cravings that encourage me to make bad eating decisions. The more healthy foods I introduce into my day, the less I have to worry about what not to eat. It’s pretty simple.
Have you seen the film Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead? It’s about Joe Cross, and how he changed his life through juicing. I watched it with some yoga friends, and what struck me is how amazing people looked after loosing huge amounts of weight through juicing. I find people sometimes look a little haggard or drawn after a big weight loss, especially if they’re older. And they often have an issue with saggy or loose skin. Not in this film. Everyone looked rejuvenated and revitalized. It made a big impression on me.
So I’m getting to know my new Kuvings Whole Slow Juicer. Why is the “Slow” part important? This is another name for an upright masticating juicer. Slow juicers produce less heat than traditional centrifugal juicers, which can be damaging to fresh nutrients and enzymes. Slow juicers are generally better with leafy greens, and quieter, too. So there are a number of advantages. The main disadvantage is the speed, but slowing down the process a little doesn’t bother me at all. It’s really a minimal amount of time, given that most of your time will go to prepping the fruit and veggies anyway.
Some features I especially love about the Kuvings B6000? It has a 3” wide feed chute, making the processing quicker and easier, and seriously cutting down on prep time. It’s big enough to fit an entire small apple – gotta love that! It also has an end cap over the exit spout, which means you can keep the juice in the bowl to help create a uniform blend as you process your different fruits and vegetables. It comes with strategically placed dots that help make assembly quick and easy. And it’s pretty quiet compared to some traditional juicers I’ve tried.
But my favourite thing? The rotary screen cleaning tool that comes with the unit makes cleaning a breeze. No more scrubbing and scrubbing under running water for much too long, saving time and money. Why is this critical? If it takes to along to assemble, use, and clean – I’m never going to use it. That’s just the reality around here.
Other features I like:
– design details like the rotation wiper that reduce pulp buildup and make the unit easier to clean
– Ultem strainer that is 8 times stronger than regular strainers to withstand wear and tear
– Unique auger design that chops and crushes produce before it reaches the strainer
– Smaller strainer holes to reduce pulp
– Slow 50-60 rpm speed, which is known as the “golden ratio” for the best tasting juice possible
– Powerful 240W motor
Here’s a little video I made that shows what came in the box with my Kuvings juicer. And I also show you how easy it is to assemble.
What’s next with my Kuvings? There will be lots of juice ahead. The entire family is into drinking it, so I’ll be making some big pitchers and experimenting with different combinations and flavours. And I’ll be sharing my favs, so be sure to check back for some great recipe ideas!