Bodum Bistro Electric Two Speed Citrus Juicer (Off-White)
- Limited Bonus version includes two free Pavina Grip Glasses
- Available in black, orange, red, green, and white
- 1 Year
A glass of fresh juice in the morning is one of the healthiest things you can do for yourself. That is just one of the many reasons you're going to want the Bistro Electric Citrus Juicer for. First, the Bistro sits higher than other juicers so you can finally fit more than a thimble-sized glass under your juicer. Now you can enjoy a nice tall glass of juice you can never get too much of a good thing, right. Another good reason: a drip-stop that keeps the juice from dripping all over your kitchen counter and making a sticky mess.
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*It's easy to take apart and wash, and the relevant parts are even dishwasher safe.
*The glasses are very nice (if a bit thin), stackable, and bigger than I expected. They're the highlight of the product, actually. (Update: Both glasses spontaneously broke within months. They weren't dropped or otherwise subjected to any trauma that I know of. One developed a mysterious hole near the bottom, and the other suddenly developed a large, leaking crack near the bottom.)
*The juicer cone is not very aggressively constructed. I found that I really had to push hard and wiggle the orange around a lot to get it going.
*The juicer does not turn very quickly. I think using a manual juicer would be just as quick.
*Though this juicer is 100 watts, it bogs down and strains if you push very hard (which it cautions you to not do).
*The "cyclone function" does not come anywhere near to extracting "all" the juice from the pulp, as they claim. It's only a little faster than the regular juicing speed, and it did pull out a bit more juice, but I was still left with a heap of sopping pulp in the strainer.
*Because the performance of this juicer is really not much better than a manual juicer, it might seem that it would be useful only for someone who would be juicing a lot of fruit at one time. But, per the instructions, you can only use this juicer for three minutes before you should stop and let it cool down to "room temperature." (I never sensed that it was getting hot, so how could I tell when it had cooled?) Given how long it takes to juice a single orange, you might be able to juice two oranges (one glassful) at the most before having to wait. This isn't a machine that will let you blaze through a bag of oranges and produce a pitcher of juice as breakfast cooks.
Overall, the Bodum Bistro juicer does indeed juice and is well designed for easy cleaning, but considering its price, large size, and so-so performance, I can't recommend it. Amazon offers other juicers that are highly rated and cheaper. In an electric, you might consider the very reasonably priced (and far more versatile) Black & Decker CJ525 CitrusMate Juicer, the even cheaper (and higher powered) Oster 3186 Juice-n-Serve Automatic Citrus Juicer or the Tribest Citristar Juicer; or go low-tech and cheap and try the aggressive cone on the Oxo Good Grips Citrus Juicer.
This citrus juicer is exactly like the small glass hand citrus juicers that my mother and grandmother used in the 50's and 60's, except with a motor! I personally love simple basic kitchen things and this juicer is very simple. The quiet motor is completely sealed in the base. The top has the old style wedge shaped form that the halved orange, grapefruit, lemon or lime sit on. All you do is hold down the fruit half on the wedged form, and it spins the juice out, just as if you were twisting it on the old fashioned hand held types. There is also a dome cover that you can place on top of the citrus fruit half, and when you push down on the dome, the motor spins the rest of the juice out of the pulp at a higher speed. Pushing on the fruit half or the dome is actually the on/off switch. If my mother or grandmother had this in the fifties and sixties they would call it a wrist saver!
I use this juicer more on a weekly basis, than daily. If oranges are on sale, I'll make a full pitcher of orange juice. If lemons are on sale, it's lemonade. Grapefruit juice is delicious as well- not to mention a great calorie burner for anyone wanting to keep their weight down. This juicer is limited to citrus fruit only- it's not a juice extractor which juices everything. We had a juice extractor years ago, and they are very expensive and harder to clean than this simple basic juicer. The few parts are easily removed and cleaned in your dishwasher or by hand. There are no sharp parts to clean.
For anyone who loves basic, simple appliances that create basic plain citrus juices, you will enjoy this Bodum juicer. Both the juicer's plastic body and the set of juice glasses have a rubbery covering for a nice firm grip. I love the great bright colors they come in as well- they really brighten up your kitchen!
I went about looking for a replacement and it seemed as if Braun was no longer a good option for me. After agonizing over which juicer to buy (and I truly did agonize over the decision), I finally settled upon the Bodum Bistro 2 speed electric juicer.
As it turns out, I made the right decision.
I read another review that stated something along the lines of, "Although this juicer has a 100w motor, it's not really that powerful and I can stop it from by turning by pushing too hard." Well, while some people *could* stop the motor if they really tried, for the most part, that's not going to happen. I have not stopped the motor, or even slowed it, by using it as designed. Sure, if I grab the spindle, I can stop it while slightly hurting my fingers. But the point is that it's a 100 watt motor, which *is* among the most powerful in class. I can't imagine that most could stop or slow it under normal use. So with all due respect to the other reviewers, I think that their remarks are misleading and don't let those comments worry you.
This juicer juices oranges and limes (I also use it for fresh margaritas) very fast. The juicing cone's shape is less sloped and more pointy than my Braun's and it juices quicker and better.
It also has a stainless steel strainer (or whatever you call it). Seems quite durable and looks a lot nicer than plastic.
The 2nd speed does indeed extract extra juice from the separated pulp. If you like your juice pulpy, just empty some of the pulp into your glass, so that's quite easy.
Clean up is super easy. At least as easy as cleaning my Braun Citromatic.
I like the look of this juicer. It looks like it was made by someone who knows something about contemporary design. Bodum successfully incorporated this design knowledge into a product that not only works really well but also looks great. Those good looks start with the bold colors and extend to the rubber textured material that covers much of the juicer's outer surface. It's not only a juicer that works great, but to my eye, it also looks better than any other juicer that I was able to find. It's got a bit of panache' in a sea of boring juicers.
It also comes with 2 nice-looking glasses which fit perfectly into the alcove into which the juice flows. These glasses are covered by a band of the same rubbery textured material that covers the juicer. Not only do the glasses match the juicer, but the textured rubber makes holding the glass more secure and ergonomic. Someone wrote that the glasses "broke spontaneously". They seem like perfectly normal glasses to me and mine certainly haven't broken "spontaneously" thus far.
I like the fact that this juicer comes with a 2 year warranty. I didn't examine the warranties of every other juicer, but my best guess is that most of the competition likely has a 90 day to 1 year warranty.
What's not to like? Well, the flip up drip spout seems flimsily made. Mine is fine and it probably won't break under normal use, but I could see how it could be a problem if you were rough on it. I don't plan on being rough with the juicer, so hopefully it won't be an issue. It's also slightly taller than I'd prefer, but that's not a biggie and I'm really just being nitpicky.
So it's really an extremely good juicer and one with a bit of cool to it as well. I strongly recommend it. I am surprised that it is *better* than my beloved and dearly departed Braun Citromatic and I feel like I lucked out by choosing the Bodum. I also feel that the price is quite fair for a juicer of this quality. 5 stars and highly recommended!
So I purchased this juicer about 2 weeks ago. After ten days of operation I am 100% satisfied.
It juices grapefruits (big and small) and orange of all sizes in a very efficient way. The motor is strong and it never stopped during operation.
It is very easy to clean (also dish washer safe) and all of the components are of high quality. The design is very slick and contemporary.
A nice feature is also that you can close the spout, so when you change glasses during juicing you won't have a mess from spilled juice.
The cable is long enough and it stores nicely underneath the juicer.
Another nice touch is that it comes with two matching glasses.
This juicer looks good, too, but it does not perform well. It actually performs pretty badly. I also own a Black & Decker CJ630 32-Ounce Electric Citrus Juicer, which is smaller, sports a no frills design and costs about half, but it outperforms the Bodum in speed and yield. Here is what I think about the Bodum Juicer:
1. Cool look & a fun design.
2. Easy to clean.
3. Large sieve.
4. Glass fits directly underneath.
3. The bonus glasses (An additional set of 6 is also available here at Amazon: Bodum Pavina Assorted Color 15-Ounce Glasses, Get 6 Promotional Set)
The Not So Good:
1. Very weak motor: Juicing an average size orange takes forever, and even then the pulp isn't completely removed. Getting most (not all) of the juice out requires a lot of hard pressing and shifting/wiggling the orange as well as squeezing it on the sides.
2. The so-called cyclone function (to get to all the juice in the excess pulp) does nothing - if cyclones were that weak, they would cause absolutely no damage :-)
3. The spout design works but seems to be designed flimsily. I don't think this would hold up to too much handling, there is just too much spiel there when folding it in and out.
I compared my Black & Decker and the Bodum side by side. The Black and Decker worked faster and cleaned out an orange half much better than the Bodum did, i.e. removed a lot more pulp from it. The only two things that I like better about the Bodum is the much larger sieve which allows for more pulp to collect before one has to scoop it out, and the ability to put a glass right underneath - no separate pouring required. But getting that 15 oz. glass to fill up takes so long that I for one am not willing to do this regularly (or ever). I know that the Black and Decker is not the answer either, don't get me wrong. It is perfect for juicing an occasional lemon, or for a glass of orange juice every now and then. It is not a full-size juicer. But the Bodum pretends to be one and in my opinion is not. I think they will need to go back to the drawing board with this one.