Updated 21 Nov 2014

BioChef

Atlas

Snapshot: The BioChef Atlas is a cold-press juicer with 1 speed plus reverse and an external pulp container. How well does it juice and is it easy to clean?

Atlas
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$420

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Test results

Overall score
65
Juicing
?/10
Ease of use
?/10

Good points

  • Very good results for orange juice.
  • Excellent results for apple juice.
  • Good results for green leafy juice.
  • OK to assemble and take apart.
  • Has cleaning brush.
  • Has puree attachment.
  • Can also be used to make baby food, sorbets, nut milks, smoothies and ice-cream.

But

  • Just OK results for carrot juice.
  • Not dishwasher safe.
  • Very narrow chute.
  • No cord storage.
  • Can be fiddly to align the auto-cleaning brush, filter basket and auger.
  • Pulp can become jammed (which stops the processing).

How we test

Overall score includes:

Juicing (30%)
Ease of use (70%)

We processed a kilogram each of carrots, apples and oranges — and a “green leafy” combination of spinach, kiwifruit, pear, cucumber, mint and celery. We measured the quantity of juice produced and checked its texture and consistency. If a juicer claimed to be able to make smoothies, we made a banana, pineapple, mango and strawberry smoothie. The smoothie score doesn’t contribute to the juicing score.

We assessed how easy and safe it was to “feed” the juicer, assemble and take apart, collect the juice, remove the pulp, and clean the juicer. We also checked whether juice dripped out of the spout after processing, and whether there was any splashing or leaking while juicing. We also measured how noisy the juicers are but this doesn’t contribute to the overall score.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$420
Type
Cold-press

Specifications

Average juicing time (min:sec)
2:13
Noise level (dBA)
61
Weight (kg)
6.2
Dimensions HxWxD (cm)
42 x 28 x 11
Jug capacity (ml)
800
Pulp container (inside/outside)
External

Features

Dishwasher safe
No
Number of speeds
1 plus reverse.

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