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Before getting a KitchenAid juicer and sauce attachment, you need to have either a bowl-lift stand mixer or a tilt-head model. It’s compatible with any of the KitchenAid mixers with a working power hub.
What I love about the brand is the assortment of accessories available for their range of stand mixers. Some of my most favorite attachments are the pasta roller and cutter set, meat grinder, grain mill, spiralizer, and the slicer/shredder set.
One unique feature the KitchenAid juicer has is the filter basket. You don’t just get a pair of them. You have three pulp filter baskets at your disposal. There’s a standard pulp filter for a pulp-free juice. You also have a high-pulp filter with bigger holes. And there’s also a specialty filter for making sauces.
The first thing I noticed about this product is the auger. It’s like a food processor-juice extractor combo. I haven’t seen anything like it, which is not necessarily a good thing. It makes juicing more complicated and made me question its juice extraction efficiency.
I won’t make this introduction any longer. I’ll discuss every single detail about the KitchenAid juicer attachment in the succeeding sections.
For now, let’s take a look at its pros and cons.
- An excellent option for those who own a KitchenAid mixer
- 3 pulp screen sizes
- Dishwasher safe parts
- 72 hours juice life
- It’s a bit pricey for an accessory
- Not ideal if you don’t have a KitchenAid Mixer
- Higher RPM than traditional slow juicers
- Short product warranty
Is the KitchenAid Juicer easy to use?
The KitchenAid Juicer Attachment is not your average slow juice extractor. Sad to say, it’s not that easy to operate. The challenge lies in how the machine is built to work with the stand mixer.
First of all, it’s suspended from your countertop. It doesn’t look like a heavy-duty machine that can withstand too much pressure.
The second issue that’s going to give you a hard time is the auger design. It’s the only slow juicer with a blade assembly. I believe it has something to do with the higher revolutions per minute (RPM).
They need to ensure that fruits and veggies are small enough when it gets through the juicing chamber. Otherwise, large chunks of produce, especially those fibrous ones, will compromise the integrity of the juicer.
In short, it’s not as straightforward as conventional slow juice extractors.
Is it easy to clean?
This part is probably the redeeming quality of the KitchenAid mixer juicer attachment. All the components except for the drive assembly can go on the top rack of your dishwasher.
However, you still have to brush off the fibers from the pulp filter manually. Another component that you need to pay attention to is the auger-blade assembly. It’s sharp, so please be careful when cleaning it up.
Wash your juicer right away to prevent juice residue from hardening. It’s going to save you a ton of headache.
See the KitchenAid Juicer Attachment in action:
To see what I mean, here’s a quick video demo of the KitchenAid KSM1JA.
KitchenAid juicer and sauce attachment is a juicing accessory for any of the brand’s stand mixers. It can fit both bowl-lift stand mixers and classic tilt-head variants. It’s ideal for making basic juice recipes and as well as creamy sauces. The KitchenAid juicer comes with a full-year product guarantee.
The KitchenAid slow juicer attachment spins slightly faster than most of the cold press juicers that I have reviewed. The ideal speed for a slow juicer to be efficient at extracting juice from leafy greens is 50 RPMs or lower.
KitchenAid mixer juicer spins at approximately 200 RPM making it less ideal for making green juices. It’s not as fast as a centrifugal juicer, but having that kind of speed negatively affects juice extraction efficiency.
Overall, it’s still better than a centrifugal juicer, but it’s not as great as most of the leading slow juicers.
What Kinds of Produce Can it Juice?
The KitchenAid slow juicer is best for dense produce and citruses. It can also process leafy greens, but the thing with high-RPM slow juicers is it’s going yield less volume.
Denser produce includes sweet potato, cucumber, cilantro, garlic, ginger, fennel, pear, pumpkin, cauliflower, pineapple, apple, carrots, asparagus, watermelon, bitter gourd, pepper, yakon, turmeric, broccoli, celery, and beets.
You probably have to cut these items into approximately 2-inch sections to fit the feeding chute.
It can also work very well on citruses like grapefruit, oranges, tangerine, limes, lemons, etc., without the rinds and seeds. If you prefer some fibers into your citrus juice, this is where the high-pulp screen will come in handy.
As I’ve mentioned, the Kitchenaid juice extractor has a little bit of an issue processing leafy greens like lettuce, peppermint, beet greens, brussels sprout, collard greens, basil, spinach, kale, dandelion greens, cabbage, and parsley, etc.
Making a green juice is doable, but you just need to keep in mind that it will not give you the same volume as other leading slow juicers.
On the bright side, you can also make sauces with this juicer attachment using the saucing screen.
All in all, it’s still quite impressive knowing that it’s just a mixer accessory.
|Type||Cold Press Juicer|
|Brand/Series||KitchenAid Stand Mixer Attachments|
|Rating||3.8 out of 5|
|RPM||~ 200 RPM (depending on the speed of the mixer)|
|Juice Shelf Life||72 hours|
|Dishwasher Safe||Yes, except for the drive assembly|
|Chute Size||~ 2.5 inches|
|Dimensions (LxWxH)||9.65 x 7 x 11.6 inches (24.5 x 17.78 x 29.5 cm)|
|Best for Juicing||Soft & Dense Produce, Citrus Fruits, ??Leafy Greens|
|Application||Home & Personal Use|
As much as I love KitchenAid mixers, I can’t really give my seal of approval for the KitchenAid slow juicer and sauce attachment. Hopefully, they’ll consider releasing a standalone model that won’t be limited by the constraints of the mixer.
Until then, here are some of my highly recommended cold press juicers.
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