Updated 19 Dec 2018

Cuisinart

Compact Juice Extractor CJE-500A

Snapshot: The Cuisinart Compact Juice Extractor CJE-500A is a centrifugal juicer with an external pulp container. But does it deserve the limelight?

Compact Juice Extractor CJE-500A
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$299

Price comparison

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Test results

Overall score
68
Juicing
?%
Ease of use
?%

Good points

  • OK results for orange juice.
  • Good results for apple juice.
  • OK results for green leafy juice.
  • Some parts are dishwasher safe.
  • Good chute size.
  • Has cleaning brush.
  • Easy to assemble and take apart.

But

  • Just OK results for carrot juice.
  • Blade is accessible.
  • Expensive.
  • No cord storage.
  • Noisy.
  • Juice can drip from spout.
  • Some parts are bulky to clean in the sink.

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
$299
Type
Centrifugal

Specifications

Average juicing time (min:sec)
1:17
Noise level (dBA)
67
Weight (kg)
3.2
Dimensions HxWxD (cm)
33 x 26 x 19
Jug capacity (ml)
480
Pulp container (inside/outside)
External

Features

Dishwasher safe
Yes (may not be applicable to all parts)
Number of speeds
1

More Info

Notes
3-year warranty.