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.

Solo Star JuicerOn 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

Output nozzles - clockwise - Fettucini, homogenizing, juicing, sphagettiAssembly 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 juice outlet.

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 juicer body.

Single AugerThe 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 in

  • 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 juicers

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: