For years and years I used a Braun Citromatic juicer and I was quite happy with it. And then it broke (sniff, sniff). I was sad. Seriously. I took the Braun apart in an effort to repair it, but the cold hard reality is that the patient was dead. Rest in Peace, trusty Citromatic.
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!