As soon as I learnt about Jason Vale, aka ‘Juice Master’, I wanted to get myself a juicer, but not any type of juicer, a slow juicer. As Jason explains it in his book ‘SuperJuice Me!‘:”This type of juicer creates much less heat friction, which usually makes for a better quality juice and keeps the juice for longer.”
Slow juicers tend to be quite expensive comparing to the fast juicers with the prices starting at over £100 so when I saw Aldi’s Ambiano slow juicer for sale at £39.99 I thought that was an amazing deal. I really wanted to have it and I then got it as a present from my fiance for my birthday.
Before I tell you what I really thought of Ambiano slow juicer from Aldi, let me highlight why juicing is good for you:
- You consume more minerals and vitamins naturally, reducing the need for certain supplements
- Fruits and veg are rich in antioxidants which prevent disease and help you deal with environmental toxins (they are anti-ageing as well)
- Juicing helps you get one of five/ten a day and more (many people struggle to consume enough fruit and veg)
I previously wrote about juicing for weight loss and health here – here you can also read my honest thoughts about juicing.
And now onto the review..
Aldi Ambiano Slow Juicer Review
I’ve never had a slow juicer or any type of juicer before so when I first started using Aldi slow juicer I didn’t know what to expect. There was no other juicer I could compare it with. Nevertheless, I had an open mind about it and was hoping for a good experience.
To assemble all the parts together I carefully read all the instructions and followed them. The first time I put it all together was a little bit tricky – I wasn’t sure how everything was supposed to fit in. Am I supposed to hear some clicks? How do I know I put all the parts together correctly?
I figured it out at the end. I had to make sure everything was put together properly otherwise the juicer wouldn’t work. This safety mechanism is a good thing as otherwise you risk damaging the juicer.
When assembling the juicer you shouldn’t force anything. If it feels forced you probably haven’t slotted in the parts together correctly and you need to adjust them. To avoid any issues make sure you assemble parts in the order which is described in the Instructions booklet.
The juicer is very simple and doesn’t have many settings which makes it easier to use I guess. You have an ON button which sets the juicer in action and then the off button which turns off the juicer. You also have the reverse button (R) which reverses the motor. This is useful when the food becomes stuck.
The feeding tube
The feeding tube is not that large and for optimal extraction you should cut food into pieces no larger than 5cm. For hard fruits and vegetables it’s recommended to cut them into 2cm cubes.
Cutting fruits and veg is probably my least favourite thing to do when using this juicer. It can take a bit of time when I want to make lots of carrot juice. I understand that there are juicers out there where you don’t even have to cut the foods, you just feed them in as a whole. But everything has a price… I am quite happy to do this for the price we paid.
The juicer doesn’t remove all the fibre from fruits and veg and this is actually what I love about this juicer. You get some bits with a juice but these are all good for you – fibre is great for your stomach and many juicers completely remove it. It’s actually better if you can add some in if you can.
I know some people prefer their juice to be smooth but I am not one of those people.
On the packaging it says that the juicer is easy to clean but is it?
Yes, there are parts which are really easy to clean but when it comes to the bowl, it may be a little bit tricky. The pulp tends to get stuck in the beginning of pulp outlet, just underneath a yellow rubber pad. Luckily, with a juicer you also get a cleaning brush which is very handy for this. I use the end of it to dislodge the stuck pulp while rinsing the bowl under the running water. This works well enough but on occasions I have to spend a little bit more time poking into the pulp to get everything out.
When cleaning, you also need to pay more attention to the strainer and again the cleaning brush is very useful for this.
The final verdict
All in all, the Aldi slow juicer is a great value for money and if you want a better-quality juice but don’t want to spend over £100, then this juicer is definitely for you. It’s not perfect but still, it makes a great juicer which I am happy to recommend. Alternatively, you could look at other budget-friendly juicers, just check the Juicerkings site for recommendations.
If you would like to buy Ambiano juicer, Aldi brings it to their stores all the time so look for it in your local store to see whether it’s available.