Updated 22 Dec 2016

Optimum

500

Snapshot: The Optimum 500 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?

500
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$499

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Test results

Overall score
66
Juicing
?/10
Ease of use
?/10

Good points

  • Very good results for orange juice.
  • Very good results for apple juice.
  • Good results for green leafy juice.
  • Very good results for smoothie.
  • Small detachable parts fit easily in the sink for cleaning.
  • Has cleaning brush.
  • Has puree attachment.
  • Can also be used to process wheatgrass, and make tofu, nut milk, soy milk, ice-cream, nut butters and baby food.

But

  • Poor results for carrot juice.
  • No parts dishwasher safe.
  • Very narrow chute size so produce needs to be cut into small pieces.
  • Fiddly to assemble and take apart.
  • Strength required to remove auger.
  • Pulp can become jammed around filter and auger stopping processing.
  • Juice can drip from the spout.

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
$499
Type
Cold-press

Specifications

Average juicing time (min:sec)
3:32
Noise level (dBA)
58
Weight (kg)
6.5
Dimensions HxWxD (cm)
44 x 16 x 23
Jug capacity (ml)
1000
Pulp container (inside/outside)
External

Features

Dishwasher safe
No
Number of speeds
1 plus reverse.

More Info

Notes
From froothie.co.nz only. 10-year motor warranty. 5-year parts warranty.