Cuisinart CJE-500 Review: Compact and Easy-to-use Juicer

Cuisinart CJE-500 Review

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What We Like

  • Simplified one-touch on/off operation
  • Efficient mesh filter and blade assembly
  • A large feeding tube for fast juicing
  • Dedicated juice and pulp containers
  • Compact and easy to clean

What We Don’t Like

  • Forms a bit of froth
  • Elevates aeration slightly

Bottom Line

The convenience and ease of operating this affordable juicer complement its powerful low-noise motor for fast and continuous juice extractions.

Introduction

If you’re looking for a powerful and easy-to-use juicer, the Cuisinart CJE-500 is a wise pick. It has been built to offer you superior operating convenience alongside excellent juicing performance.

The juicer is easy to assemble and operate with its one-touch on/off button. It comes with dedicated containers for juice and pulp collection and runs while maintaining low noise levels. You won’t break a sweat cleaning the unit. The process is fast and hassle-free.

Cuisinart CJE-500 Review

Cuisinart CJE-500

Performance: Powerful Motor and Quick Juice Extraction

Your Cuisinart CJE-500 is powered by a 400-watt motor that delivers consistent performance to support fast and continuous juice extractions.

The extraction process is optimized by a high-quality mesh filter basket and blade assembly for efficient fruit and vegetable grinding. This assembly ensures maximum juice extraction from the pulp and with as little effort as possible

Starting the juicer has been simplified so that you don’t waste any time there. It comes with a one-touch on/off push button with a well-lit blue LED to indicate when the juicer status, contributing to its ease of use.

Also, the juicer’s feed tube is notably large, to minimize the time and effort you’d otherwise spend in resizing ingredients such as fruits and vegetables. You only need to do occasional pre-cutting in the case of large fruits, but even then, it is not time-consuming. And a food pusher has also been included to help with guiding the ingredients properly into the juicer.

When it comes to juice collection, there is a decent 16-ounce pitcher included. It especially comes in handy when you want to make single-serving juice. And to reduce the chances of spilling and messing up the counter during juice extraction, there’s a container that collects up to 40 ounces of pulp and is removable for easy emptying.

Design: Compact and Space-Saving

This juicer is designed to support you and your family’s healthy lifestyle without sacrificing valuable counter space with its compact build.

It offers a nice balance of usability and performance so that you can enjoy quick nutrition-rich juice without spending too much time, space, and effort making them. You’ll be pleased to know that the pulp container, juice pitcher, and other components are easy to assemble for fast juice extraction.

In addition, the flow spout on the juicer is adjustable, to help direct the juice toward the pitcher more efficiently without any spillage. Just ensure to always open it before juicing, and close it before removing the juice pitcher.

The power cord is also short, and there’s a lot of benefit to this design choice. Its length prevents cord entanglement, which is common with many appliances. The short cord also reduces the chances of accidental tripping.

There’s a safety bar that’s been included and placed strategically to prevent the juicer from starting before the cover has been placed firmly. It is a precaution that safeguards your unit’s motor mechanism from damage, and the ingredients from spilling.

And because the unit is compact and weighs slightly less than 10 pounds, it will suit most kitchens, even those with small counter spaces. It also doesn’t demand a lot of storage space, especially when you store it disassembled.

Loudness: Keeps Noise at The Minimum

The CJE-500 implements a slicing and grinding mechanism, which is not as loud as the gear or auger designs that have more moving parts. This one makes a decent attempt at low-noise operation even with its 400-watt motor.

Expect the juicer to be no louder than your regular blender, and because of its fast juice extraction, you are likely going to be running the juicer for a short interval at a time, hence no uncomfortably long exposure to noise.

As a tip to reduce noise, ensure that during the extraction process, your juicer’s base is resting on a firm surface, such as a countertop. As the motor rotates and the slicing action begins, wobbling can occur on unstable surfaces, causing an elevation in the noise output.

Ease of Cleaning: Dishwasher Safe Components

Ease of cleaning is another factor that brings out the convenience in this juicer. Its parts have been designed for easy disassembly during cleaning. You can take apart the pulp container, the juice pitcher the cover, filter basket and blade assembly, which are all dishwasher safe.

If the dishwasher is not an option, cleaning these parts is still fast and easy. Simply wash them in hot, sudsy water, where a combination of the heat and spraying force both dislodges the pulp and cleans it off.

To further enhance the cleaning process, a brush has been included to remove the excess pulp from the filter basket/blade assembly and lid. It is recommended that you do the cleaning after every use because if the vegetables and fruits are left to dry, they can harden and make the removal process tougher.

As a precaution, avoid immersing the motor housing in water or spraying water to it directly. To clean it without risking damage to the electrical components, wipe using a damp sponge or paper towel.

Price: Great Value for a Budget Price

The CJE-500 is a pocket-friendly model priced at less than $60, which is a major bargain given the immense value it offers in terms of extraction efficiency and operational convenience.

That said, this brand does offer some other competing juicer models that rival this one, including the cheaper Cuisinart CCJ-500, which is more compact and lightweight. However, it is slightly underpowered and does not come with the CJE-500’s mesh basket filter/blade assembly that is more efficient at juice extraction.

Also, there’s the more premium CJE-1000, which produces 1000 watts of power with 5 speeds for juice extraction versatility. But for these performance enhancements and higher-capacity juice and pulp containers, you pay much more for the juicer; almost 3 times the cost of the CJE-500.

When it comes to affordability, performance, and ease of use, this juicer is an easy winner, and choosing one is a no-brainer.

Verdict

A juicer that balances performance, usability, and convenience for fast and continuous extraction of nutrient-rich juice. 

The Cuisinart CJE-500 was designed for those who desire convenience and ease of operation from their juicers. Its mesh basket filter/blade assembly ensures efficient extraction while the unit’s construction simplifies use and cleaning.

Specs

  • Product Name: Cuisinart CJE-500
  • Product Brand: Cuisinart
  • Product Dimensions: 11.00 x 9.00 x 13.00 inches
  • Power: Corded-electric
  • Power Source: 120 volts, 400 watts
  • Juice Pitcher Capacity: 16 ounces
  • Pulp Container Capacity: 40 ounces
  • Material(s): Plastic
  • Warranty: 3 years (limited)
  • Product Weight: 9.48 pounds

Key Features

  • A powerful 400-watt motor for efficient juice extraction
  • Efficient mesh filter basket and blade assembly
  • Simplified one-touch on/off push button with LED indicator
  • Decent 16-ounce juice pitcher and 40-ounce pulp container
  • The large feed tube minimizes food preparing and pre-cutting
  • A manually-controlled adjustable flow sprout for drip prevention
  • Easy to disassemble and clean

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