Solo Star Juicer review
The Solo Star juicer uses a single auger to crush the juicing produce and squeeze
the juice out. The single auger turns at a low speed (80 RPM) thus producing
juice with a high nutritional content. The Solo Star but has an advantage over
the twin Gear models reviewed (including the Green Star - it's more advanced
sibling ) in that it is a good deal cheaper.
first inspecting the Solo Star it seems to be of a durable construction, a 5
year warranty on the motor and plastic parts is included. The body is covered
in easy to wipe plastic, as are most of the other parts. The only problem with
the construction was the small panel that fits around the on/off/reverse buttons
that was not stuck down properly although this did not affect the juicing capabilities
of the machine. Two collection vessels are included which fit neatly under the
juicer, one for pulp collection, one for juice collection. The juicer also comes
with a Pulp strainer, foam strainer and cleaning brush.
The set up of the single auger mechanism is almost identical to the Z-star
manual wheatgrass juicer except that the Solo Star is electrically powered.
If fact a Z-star expansion kit is available to purchase seperately which contains
the Z-star body, G-clamp and handle. This Z-star expansion kit when combined
with your Solo Star's parts enables you to create a complete Z-star manual juicer.
This is ideal if you want to be able to travel with your juicer or when you
want to juice only wheatgrass.
the juice from this outlet can tend to contain high
levels of pulp that needs sieving before consumption
of the Solo Star is relatively straightforward, the juicing chamber that houses
the single auger locks to the main body. As well as juice the Solo Star is also
capable of making sorbets, pate and sauces and comes with a homogenizing screen
and nozzle for this purpose. The nozzles effect how the pulp is ejected from
the juicing chamber. The juicing chamber contains two juice outlets, the first
filters out juice during the initial crushing stage, depending on the produce
used, the juice from this outlet can tend to contain high levels of pulp that
needs sieving before consumption (unless you don't mind pulpy juice). The second
outlet releases juice that is obtained by a secondary crushing stage where the
pulp is compressed against the juicing screen. The stainless steel juicing screen
contains small holes to allow juice through. The pulp is then ejected through
the nozzle at the end of the juicer. When homogenizing, a plug blocks the first
For first use I tried a juicing staple of carrots and apples with the juicing
nozzle. After a few apples the juicing chamber quickly became clogged up and
no pulp was being ejected, the juicer needs disassembling, cleaning and reassembling,
not a good start. The juice produced was also more like apple sauce then juice.
After repeated efforts I replaced the juicing nozzle with the homogenizing nozzle
and this resulted in a considerable improvement with pulp now being successfully
ejected. This resulted in a less pulpy juice although with apples especially
the juice contained far more pulp than with any other juicer tested.
The produce feeding chute was of a similar size to the twin gear models reviewed.
Produce had to be fed through the juicer relatively slowly compared to the Champion
and centrifugal juicers. Juicing with the Solo Star tended to be a rather messy
affair as juice would frequently drip from between the juicing chamber and the
auger on the Solo Star is of a good size that results in greater juice extracting
efficiency then smaller single augers. The low speed (80 RPM) of the auger results
- less heat transfer to the juice which helps preserve enzymes
- less air being mixed into the juice which results in less oxidation of
the nutrients contained within the juice.
- less motor noise which results in the Solo Star being one of the low noise
A reverse gear is available on the Solo Star that can be useful when trying
to ease blockages.
Although not the greatest for juicing soft fruits and vegetables, the Solo
Star did a good job of juicing leafy greens and wheatgrass with a good juice
yield and relatively small amounts of froth.
Disassembling the juicer was again quite simple, the juicing screen was sometimes
hard to remove but using the reverse switch for a few seconds helped and pressing
on just one side of the screen also seemed to ease its removal.
Cleaning was more comparable to the twin gear juicers than the centrifugal
models. Most of the parts rinsed easily enough but the juicing screen was very
fiddly and quite time consuming to clean thoroughly.
Our overall feelings on the Solo Star are that there are better fruit and
vegetable juicers out there. If you are interested in the Solo Star we would
recommend you look at the Samson 6 in 1 juicer which as well as being a popular single auger juicer, is also capable of mincing, making
pastas, homogenised produce etc. Another alternative high quality single auger juicer is the new Oscar VitalMax Juicer.
Other models reviewed in this juicer comparison series include:
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