Black & Decker JE2200B Review

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This small yet powerful juicer features one-handed operation, dishwasher-safe parts, built-in cord storage, and a stainless-steel strainer. The consensus: good for the price.

It comes as a surprise to some users posting Black & Decker JE2200B reviews that this low-cost juice extractor is so well-made and effective. The machine has accumulated a 4-star rating on Amazon, with more than 1,300 user reviews, and puts up similar showings on other retail sites.

A 400-watt motor powers a stainless-steel cutter/strainer, which spins and presses produce to extract juice and eject pulp from fruits and vegetables. The integrated pulp container in the back conserves space and its large size cuts down on juicing time by reducing, if not eliminating, the need to stop and dump the container and start again. The machine also comes with a juice cup, which can hold up to 10 ounces -- clearly marked with measurements -- and has a spout for easy pouring.

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In our reading of user reviews for the Black & Decker JE2200B Fruit & Vegetable Juice Extractor (starting at $30, Amazon), we repeatedly came across versions of the caveat "for the price," as in, "This juicer is great for the price." Avid juicers who want a super-speedy experience or plan to juice large quantities might want to spend a bit more. But for consumers who just dabble with juicing, this machine might be a perfect fit. Users generally appreciate not only the price but also the ease of use and assembly, the compact size, and the dryness of the leftover pulp (dry pulp means more juice has been extracted).

Good Housekeeping Research Institute awarded this juicer a grade of B-, noting that it excels at juicing carrots; it's simple to use, thanks in part to an excellent owner's manual; and most of the parts are dishwasher-safe. The cons, according to GHRI: This model is slow for a centrifugal juicer, can't wring much juice out of an apple, and has a very small feed chute, which requires users to chop vegetables a good bit before juicing. Users commenting on Amazon also mention noise, with one reviewer comparing it to a leaf blower. Nonetheless, as cheap centrifugal juicers go, this is a good bet.