I am Italian and my boyfriend is Salvadorian, which means our kitchen is a central point in our home. Both of our cultures prepare food with a lot flavor, so we find ourselves finely chopping and squeezing produce on a daily basis. Because we enhance so many of our meals with lemon or lime juice we wanted to buy a hand held citrus juicer that could withstand daily use. The first one we bought broke after two weeks. We did some research and ordered the Chef'n FreshForce Citrus Juicer; two years later we are still happily squeezing all the lemons and limes we get our hands on!
The dual-gear design of this juicer increases the power when you squeeze the handles together. This feature is the main differences between this product and other hand held citrus juicers on the market. How I have experienced this is that I get more juice from the fruit while using less effort. When I take the juiced lemon out it has almost dry pulp left on the rind which indicates that all the juice has been squeezed from that lemon. Usually it would take a forceful grip to get that result with other hand held juicers.
Every time I use our juicer it feels like it is brand new. There is no feeling or indication that it is losing its function or becoming less stable. I use this juicer for on average four meals a week, using 3 lemons or limes each meal; cut those citrus in half to juice them and once could calculate that I operate this juicer on average 24 times a week. That is roughly 96 times a month and 1,152 times in one year...holiday dishes not included! I have owned and used this juicer at this pace for two years and it is as effective and sturdy as the day FedEx placed it on my porch. In the event that I manage to break this product it comes with a lifetime warranty.
The rounded handles, gears and juice filter are made of a hard plastic which the company states is BPA and melamine free. The screws and press are sturdy metal. The metal does increase the weight of the product, however it is still easily held and operated in one hand. Ours has gone through the dishwasher high temp wash and heat dry cycle with no damage, melting or morphing.
As mentioned above I have cleaned this juicer in a high temperature dishwasher and it has held its integrity. Most often I hand wash it because the product is easy to thoroughly clean. The gear opens to an angle that allows easy sponge access to all of the juicer's parts. Rinsing the juice, pulp and soap away is also made easy because of the open angle allowed by the gear. There are no pieces of this product that you can not fully see accept for where two stabilizing screws fix the press to the handles. I like that I can see all of the parts in case pulp is caught somewhere and needs to be rinsed away. Overall its design reduces the chance of bacterial breeding grounds.
The juicer fits easily in our 3” high drawer. The bottom of the juice filter has two nodules which help prop the juicer upright and keep it from sliding all over or jamming the drawer.
Chef'n FreshForce citrus juicer allows making fresh citrus beverages easier than ever. Margarita and lemonade lovers rejoice. This juicer produces 20 percent more juice than conventional hand-held juicers. It has dual gear-mechanism that increases pressing power. It has easy-to-squeeze handles. Hand wash is recommended.