There may not be a perfect juicer for everyone, but this is the best I've owned, thus my rating. I've been on a quest for the past year, buying and then giving away various juicers and juicing attachments. I was about to give up and resign myself to keep purchasing some very good organic orange juice at our local store, but at $8.00 for a half-gallon, well, egads! So then I spotted this beauty. Wow, it shines, it has substance, it can be lifted up away from the corded base (and even stored in the fridge if you care to), and it's very simple to use and easy to clean. What more could you want?
The description about the appliance is accurate -- it has a base with cord that can stay put, you do your juicing, and you can then use the container to serve and pour, or put the little hard plastic cover on top to then store it in your refrigerator. To start juicing you just press -- it starts with that action, and will stop when you lift the citrus off the rotating cone. I've only done oranges but limes would be fine too. I don't know about grapefruit unless they're somewhat small -- there is only one juicing cone, one size is supposed to fit all. Sometimes the cone does reverse, sometimes it doesn't. I couldn't figure out what made it reverse but in the long run, that really made no difference in juicing.
Unlike some other juicers I've tried when the basket becomes too full of pulp, this one lifts out easily to be rinsed out and put back in use for continued juicing. The juice cone even has these little "paddles" that kind of stir the pulp around the basket while it's juicing/rotating, to make sure as much juice as possible drips into the container. Now that's clever and practical.
I bought several cases of Valencia oranges and the container can hold about half of one case worth of orange juice. If you want to do more than that, pour it into a beverage container or pitcher and keep going! I did, although juice is best when it's served that day. Just a little hint, although your fresh juice will be so delicious I bet it won't last much longer than a day.
Cleanup is a snap -- everything comes apart (and fits back in) quickly and easily, washes by hand quite nicely, but the instruction book implies you shouldn't put any of the parts in the dishwasher. You definitely wouldn't want to put the chrome/stainless/wood container in there because the underside shouldn't be immersed and the harsh dishwasher soap would ruin the "wood" look.
The one thing I didn't find terribly helpful was the area underneath the base to wind the cord before I put it all away. It was a bit of a struggle to wind it tightly, the end of the cord stuck out anyway, and then I had to undo all that the next time I used the juicer. So that winding/rewinding really was unnecessary. If you have more of these Krups chrome/stainless/wood appliances that you leave on your counter, hiding the cord would be a non-issue anyway. No points deducted for that.
Beautiful design and materials, top quality, easy to use and clean. Really, it is the best juicer out of a field of mediocre selections. I'm expecting this beauty to last years, not weeks like my others.