We have been making more sensible food choices as a family since the over indulgence of Christmas, and as well as including a lot more exercise into our lives, we have all been swimming several times throughout the week and I have signed up to do the Moon Walk – Walk The Walk in May and have been aiming to get fit and healthy for that challenge, it has been really inspiring to change my daily routine to train for the Moon Walk (half marathon) as the whole purpose of the walk is to raise money and awareness of cancer, and cancer research.
So when the opportunity came to review a Bella High Power Whole Fruit Juicer I jumped at the chance as this would only enhance our efforts to become a healthier family. We have been trying the Bella juicer out over the last few weeks and have made good use of it as not one single day has passed without making a fruit or vegetable juice!
Bella are a leading American brand who have a range of stylish, functional and contemporary small appliances within their collection. Bella has launched in the UK with the view to showcase the British consumers the “Bella Lifestyle” the innovative, bright, colourful addition to your kitchen.
What We Thought Of The Bella Juicer
So once I had stocked up on plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables and given the Bella juicer pride of place in our little kitchen, all that was left was to test it out, and test it we did! I was never short of help to do the actual juicing as my daughter’s had a fascination with the juice extraction itself, and were always happy to lend a hand to made a new juice concoction.
Once I had read the instruction manual and was ready to go, it was really simple to navigate around the juicer, and what I liked was the fact that the feed tube is big enough to be able to put whole fruits and vegetables into, which in turn saves you time when you are juicing for the family. Once you have chosen your fruits and vegetables to juice, (and cut to size where necessary) you just add them to the feed tube, turn it on and use the long food pusher to push the it all though though to the filter and blade units giving you the pure juice within seconds.
You can either use the High setting for harder produce such as beetroot, carrots or stringy celery or use the Low setting for softer produce such as apples, oranges and pears. We used a combination of the two, and the beauty of it is that you can switch freely between the two without having to turn the whole machine off and on.
When the juice comes out in the juice collection jug, it has a clever froth separator (which does just that!) and also juicing spout fits neatly into the jug to ensure no spills while juicing.
One of the features that I do like is that it is a very easy to clean machine, and the parts are dishwasher safe. When you take it apart after using, wash the parts and dry them and then replace to use for the next juice, really it’s only five minutes, so this in itself is a huge benefit, because it means that you do have time to have fresh juice and clean up very quickly so you can get on with your life. The fact it is dishwasher safe is a bonus but it is so quick to clean the juicer you won’t need to.
The Bella juicer itself is on rubber feet so no slipping around on the kitchen counter’s and this keeps the unit nice and stable, which is good when the motor is running. As we have used the juicer every day over the last few weeks it has had a thorough test, and it has performed really well for us, juicing well, easy to clean and store and surprisingly lightweight.
The juices we tried at first were quite conventional but since we started we have got a bit more adventurous and now are incorporating beetroot, ginger, sharon fruit and parsley and I am amazed at how tasty they are and what a difference the juicing journey has made. My skin feels less dry, I have lost weight (hooray!) and I generally feel more energised, as we all do. We have been quite stringent in sticking to the new regime and have replaced 1-2 meals with juices for us adults, and for the children I make a juice to go with their breakfast which is mainly fruit based and with their evening meal I make a juice which is mainly vegetable based. We have really enjoyed and benefited from this review of the Bella juicer and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend juicing and the juicer itself to anyone as it has really made a positive healthy difference to us as a family.
I found that using bio-degradable composting bags was a real time saver for cleaning the juicer, you just have to line the pulp basket on the side of the machine with a bio-degradable bag and this collects all the pulp neatly away without having to clean it out each time, saving time and mess.
- 1000 watts.
- 2 variable speed settings for soft and hard fruits.
- Takes whole or large pieces of fruit – no pre-cutting needed.
- Includes recipes in the instruction booklet.
- Removable stainless steel micro-mesh filter.
- Removable stainless steel blades.
- Safety locking handle and safety switch.
- Very easy to clean with dishwasher safe parts.
- 1 litre juice capacity.
- 2 litre pulp container.
Priced at £149.00 you can find out all the details of where to buy and the full product specifications on the Bella Housewares website. I think for the price it is good value if you do intend to use the machine on a regular basis, it is a well appointed, lightweight machine which performs really well even with the regular use we have given it over the last few weeks. Cleaning the machine after use was not the laborious chore that I first anticipated, as it is simple to dismantle, wash, dry and put back together and really only takes about five minutes. Using the juicer has become as much a part of our day as the early morning coffee for us and I am very happy to add that we have all embraced the opportunity to feel and become healthier with all the nutritious juices we have been making.