If you already have a KitchenAid stand mixer, you'll likely be aware that it's relatively versatile. It can be fitted with various attachments to help make your life a little bit easier. The Masticating Juicer and Sauce Attachment, which I'll look closely at in this review, is growing in popularity with KitchenAid fans.
KitchenAid is a brand which offers a lot of support. You'll find their branding across a vast number of everyday products. Their standing mixer ranges are massively popular, even years after their initial launch. But does this juicer and sauce add-on do anything to enhance the experience? Let's take a look.
Overview of the Features
- Dimensions: 9.7” × 7” × 11.6”
- Weight: 4.8lbs
- The device comes with a one-year warranty on a limited basis. That means KitchenAid will replace parts if you find them to be faulty within the first year.
- Most parts are dishwasher friendly. According to the manual, only the drive assembly should be kept out of the washer.
- This accessory is compatible with almost any standing mixer in the KitchenAid line.
- It arrives with three separate pulp screens. These can be used to produce juices and jams of varying viscosity.
- It has a citrus juicer attachment, which is stated to help make orange and pineapple juicing easier on you.
- There is a full manual provided with recipe ideas to help you get started.
- The juicer has a feed tube designed with extra width in mind. This helps process a greater variety of fruit and vegetables.
- This package also comes with a waste container and a pitcher.
What Makes It One of the Best?
- Each pulp screen has a different level of refinement, which means you can go as thin or as thick as you like for jams and decide how much pulp you’d like in your juices.
- It appears to be a convenient size for most people. KitchenAid stand mixers are, on the whole, built to be a snug fit. Therefore, it stands to reason this add-on is also reasonably easy to store.
- The manual provided is relatively comprehensive. There are plenty of parts which go into building this accessory, and it’s a good thing there are clear instructions provided. It also lets you know how to best clean your juicer.
- You can run most of the parts through the dishwasher. That might sound like something all kitchen accessories should be capable of, but it’s not always the case. You’ll need to scrub using a brush provided for more substantial staining. It’s best to disassemble and get the pieces in the dishwasher as soon as you can.
- Many people state this juicer gets a lot more out of fruit and vegetables than most standalone models, after all, the juicer is a slow masticating juicer which first slices then processes.
- This add-on complements the KitchenAid mixer range pretty well and would be the perfect masticating juicer option if you’ve already got a KitchenAid stand mixer at home. Since the mixer has variable speed settings, you can juice and puree at your own pace. Speed 4 - 6 is what I would suggest you work with.
- It appears to be pretty capable with a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. The wide tube is designed to support this. Most users suggest it cuts down a lot of preparation time and fiddling around.
Features I Don't like About It
- It’s very complex to put together and take apart. KitchenAid users, even the happiest ones, seem to agree on this. There’s a reason the guide goes into so much detail. It seems easy enough to take apart and put back together with practice though.
- Some of the parts can have trouble fitting together. That relates to the point above, but it seems to be a common concern with users. For around $200, many people expect their accessory to be airtight and easy to use.
- It can be noisy. It’s common for users to complain that this juicer can be heard grinding through even soft food. That’s a good thing, you might argue, as it means it’s pushing for maximum juice. However, if the noise does bother you, it could take some getting used to.
- There may be issues with clogging when you are new to it. While the wide feed tube can cope with a lot, it seems some users experience serious clogs when they push too much down the chute. Slow and steady and the job is done very well.
- It can get messy. There are reports that unlike some juicers, this attachment may have a habit of spreading its work around. But this is not a problem with the juicer itself. This is what tends to happen when the gasket is not firmly in place (in the pulp chute).
I Would Buy It If:
- I already owned a KitchenAid standing mixer and didn't want to have to buy a whole new unit. This accessory saves a lot of space.
- I intend to make a variety of juices, sauces, and soups.
- I was looking for a masticating juicer with good juicing potential getting as much out of my fruits and vegetables as possible.
- Somewhat noisey kitchen accessories are not a concern, especially if it means they produce better results.