At first glance the juicer seems very light and flimsy (which is what i would expect from b&d). Although it’s small size is a plus for kitchen counters which are filled with so many appliances these days. It got every bit of the juice and pulp (i like a lot of pulp so i haven’t tested it with little or no pulp) and strained it automatically and effortlessly. I used to use a one of those chintzy plastic hand strainers that would clog half way through an orange, requiring further straining by hand. But this one kept pushing everything through to the pitcher. If you squeeze one or two glasses of juice a day at the price i highly recommend this. If you need to juice large amounts daily as others have mentioned this would probably give you hand fatigue and you would need a professional model costing much more. I gave it a 4 instead of a 5 because of it’s light construction and so not being sure how long it will last. But for under $20 it does the job well.
For the price, the citrus juicer can’t be beat. I’ve had it for about a month and fresh oj every day. It’s simple to use & easy to clean. March 2012 update: i bought this in 2008 and it still works great.
I am on the master cleanser and it requires alot of fresh lemon and lime juice. I was doing this by hand but that became a pain in more ways than one. I ordered this inexpensive little juicer and it is so wonderful. I love the way it completely hollows out the fruit. You can adjust the amount of pulp as well. Its easy to use right out of the box and very easy to clean. It only takes me 10 mins to cut the fruit, juice it and wash the juicer.
Black & decker cj525 citrusmate plus citrus juicer: i was given my original one as a gift, used it very happily for a year and a half, and then it unfortunately fell out of the cupboard and cracked the bowl. Replacement parts do not seem to be available. But that is no matter as replacing the whole unit is probably cheapest, especially with amazon prime shipping in place. “everyone knows” that fresh squeezed is so good, and this inexpensive juicer does the job. Just don’t push it too hard—it is all plastic.
- So far, so good AFTER SEVER YEARS! 🙂
- I love this juicer and will never go back to drinking pasteurized juice
Black & Decker CJ525 CitrusMate Plus Citrus Juicer
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- Large 1 liter (34 ounce) pitcher
- Adjustable pulp control
- Automatic self-reversing reamer with stirrer
- Easy-pour spout
- Small and large cones for lemons / limes and oranges / grapefruits
This is a wonderful juicer–i thought it might be too slight since it is very inexpensive, but i bought it because the brand is good so we thought we would try it. It is plenty powerful enough but the wonderful part is that it is so quiet. That is very hard to find in a juicer. We are so pleased we are buying a second one to have in reserve in case this one goes out of production by the time we wear it out–we live in florida and use it daily for about 6 months of the year when oranges are in season.
I used one of these on vacation, found out how easy they are to use and clean, and bought one. Now i have fresh-squeezed orange juice almost every day. Takes just a few seconds to rinse the parts off, and the oranges cost about the same as an equivalent amount of bottled (and inferior) juice.
Your product is the best juicer i ever owned. Price was right and it puts the expensive juicers to shame. My cuisinart never worked right from the beginning, and i paid about 3x’s the money. Your product is highly recommended by me. ********************************.
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Found that the juicer works quite well. Has strong enougn motor, and both the reversable action, and the modifiable pulp control were great. Flimsier than my older work horse, it remains to be seen how it holds up. 95, it doesn’t have to last forever.
Bought this over a year ago, and been using it regularly – definitely daily in summer. It has been performing very well, and thanks to this, we stopped buying orange juice from stores – we buy oranges and make our own juice. It is so easy that even my kids make juice themselves. The bi-directional rotation causes the juice to extracted without leaving much behind. I would recommend this to anyone that likes fresh squeezed juice. I bought one for us, and one for parents, and no problems on either one.
It’s a little clunky to use, but sure saves your wrist, especially if you have an entire bag of oranges or limes to squeeze. Pulp strainer is kind of useless,and tends to get clogged with seeds and pulp. I just removed it entirely, then i use a wire strainer when i’m done. I’ve had mine for 4 years and it still gets a pretty good workout.
After much juicer research, i purchased the cj525 with cook’s illustrated’s high marks being the deciding factor. Unlike some reviews seen here, i’ve found this juicer to have all the torque i need; whether it be grapefruit, various oranges, typical meyer lemons or persian limes- i’ve not had any issues. My main concern was the ability to juice tiny key limes; would the reamers be too large to facilitate?.Yes, they are too large but using two hands to hold the key limes steady proved to work just fine. Not as comfortable as one-handed orange work but much faster than a hand reamer which had become tiresome long ago. I wonder why i didn’t buy this sooner, especially with all the time i’ve saved (zesting the key limes notwithstanding). Regarding the pulp filter– i typically do not rely on it and simply keep the filter wide open, which still filters the seeds. Afterward, depending on the context like key lime pies or champagne mimosas, i just pour the juice through a fine strainer and i’m good-to-go. To sum up: this has provided much more torque than i expected, and i’ve pushed fairly hard.
To whoever said this was a “toy”. Sure, the motor on this sounds weak, but it does exactly what it’s supposed to do, and easily. I made 32 ounces of orange juice in 15 minutes. Anyone who’s made orange juice before knows that it takes a lot of oranges to make 32 ounces of orange juice. It took me 4 pounds of oranges- so exactly twice the weight of oranges, to make 32 ounces. The orange juice tasted great. It also juices lemons, limes, and grapefruits.
I have 2 black and decker citrusmate plus juicers; one for each of my homes. One house is in florida, so the juicer gets lots of use since we have orange trees. It is not an expensive item, but works great. I have given 2 as gifts and recommended them to florida neighbors. Everyone loves this juicer, and they are easy to use and clean. I also use them for making lemon and lime pies.
We have a lemon tree, so use it so often to make lemonade. Would buy it again and highly recommend it, especially because of the ability to set the pulp indicator for the desired amount of pulp.
I got this because i wanted to make freshly squeezed oj at home. This works wonderfully and i am now able to enjoy fresh oj anytime i want and not having to pay premium price at breakfast joints. I got this product awhile ago and it is still working beautifully.
I have a lemon tree so have more lemons than i know what to do with. I did not have a juicer so purchased this from amazon so as to juice the lemons. I did make a couple of lemon pies. I like this juicer very much. It is easy to set up, easy to clean plus you have a choice of lots of pulp to no pulp. The pitcher has measurments on the side so it is very easy to just squeeze the amount of juice needed. I highly recommend this juicer.
This is actually the first product review i have written, but i was so pleased with this product that i just couldn’t resist writing about it; best $25 i have spent in a while. If you are someone who enjoys a cocktail now and then, this is a must-have for your bar. I make mojitos with some frequency in the summer, and i swear i was getting carpal tunnel syndrome from squeezing so many limes with a manual juicer. This juicer makes quick, easy work of juicing citrus fruits, and i have also been really impressed with the quantity of juice that is extracted. I love that it has two different sized reamers for different sized fruits. It also has plenty of power – something that took me by surprise (despite the great reviews, i was expecting the motor to be pretty anemic; not so). The other great feature is that it senses the pressure when you put a fruit on the reamer and starts and stops automatically. Not difficult to clean either. Can’t recommend highly enough.
I’ve had this for a few weeks now. I juice 2 lemons every morning with it. On occasion, i’ve also juiced some oranges. It works very well, but is sometimes a little tempermental on the reverse action. But, it sure is saving my arthritic wrists.
Juices citrus goods very well. Far superior for doing that versus most every other device and i’ve tried a vitamix and a jack lalane style version. Lemons, limes oranges = this is the way to go.
This little citrus juicer works like a charm. It isn’t incredibly fast, but when you consider the price, it is a purchase i don’t think you’ll regret. I made lemonade with a dozen lemons in 15 minutes. If it takes you longer than that to make lemonade, then you’re most likely missing digits from your hand or limbs from your torso.
I purchased this juicer 5 years ago thinking it was so cheap that even if it only lasted a few months it would be a better value than my previous two juicers. It still works as well as new. My only complaint is that the container warped when i washed it on the bottom shelf of my dishwasher with the sanitize cycle. I just bought another one and never did that again. I’m sad to see this model is no longer available and hope that the newer b&d models are as good as this one.