Kuvings B6000 Whole Slow Juicer Review
The Kuvings B6000 is the latest generation of upright masticating juicers to hit the market. With two distinct improvements, this unit has already made quite a name for itself. It comes with a wider feed chute, which allows for larger pieces of fruits and vegetables to be dropped into the machine. This can drastically cut down on prep time. It also features a tap on the juice spout to help minimize accidental dripping and spills.
This model is also designed with an even slower moving motor to help protect juice from oxidation and heat build up. Kuvings has really tried to advance the vertical masticating juicer to new heights, and the B6000s (“S” refers to the color, silver) has set itself apart from others in its class.
Owner scores have been a little mixed thus far. Since it is a newer model, the starting price is quite a bit higher than other juicers and this is a big sticking point for some. It is not a perfect machine, and for the price some owners had higher expectations. However, for a space saving vertical unit, the B6000 is a definite contender.
Feed Chute: This has always been a drawback of masticating juicers in general, and the B6000’s wider feed tube is the first seen on a vertical masticating machine.
End Cap: This simple addition can make a world of difference in keeping the area free of drips and spills while juicing.
Quiet: Operating at slower speeds than traditional masticating juicers, this model is quite easy on the ears.
Price: The B6000 is one of the more expensive juicers currently on the market.
Overheat Protection: In theory this is a great safety feature, but it can get quite annoying if you overwork the juicer and the unit shuts off automatically.
Clogging Issues: Like most other vertical style masticators, this unit is prone to having pulp jam and clog the machine if not careful.
3″ Feed Chute: With a large opening, the need to cut fruits and vegetables into smaller pieces in order to fit into the machine is virtually eliminated. Feed whole apples, carrots, cucumbers into the machine with ease. This makes the entire juicing process simpler and more convenient.
240Watt Motor: A powerful motor that operates at just 60RPM (as opposed to the 80RPM typically seen in masticating juicers) helps protect the juice against nutrient loss and oxidation. “Slow” juicing that provides a high quality end product.
Smart Cap: This helps keep juice inside the juicer when needed instead of dripping all over the counterop or floors.
Durable Materials: The auger, which is used to squeeze and press the juice out of the pulp, is made of an ultra strong plastic. Everything that comes in contact with the juice is also made of durable, safe, and easy to clean materials.
Leafy Greens: If you are planning to juice a lot of leafy vegetables such as lettuce, kale, cabbage, and even wheatgrass, this masticating action of this juicer offers great juice yield.
Cleaning Tools: Kuvings tried to make clean up a breeze by including two different tools to help get the job done quicker.
Being a newer model, the number of customer reviews is somewhat limited when compared to others juicers that have been on the market for years and have a proven track record. Having said that, the Kuvings B6000 has gotten a somewhat mixed reaction from users so far. It still scores well overall, but for the price there have a number of users who were somewhat disappointed. Some of the very good and the very bad aspects of the juicer most often voiced by owners include the following:
What Owners Like
Improved Feed Chute: The main reason that a lot of owners buy this particular model is for the larger feed chute, and they find that they are glad they did. They like not having to cut produce up into smaller bits to use the juicer and have found that it has indeed saved them time.
End Cap: Such a simple and novel feature, but one that is a huge plus for users. We often wonder why other juicers have not implemented it yet.
Juice Yield: Owners find that it gets quite a bit of juice from various fruits and vegetables, and it does a great job on leafy greens.
Noise: One aspect that gets fair share of praise is just how quiet the unit is while juicing. This is a huge benefit for those that like to juice without having to worry about waking up others who are sleeping.
Clean Up: The included rotary screen cleaning tool is unique to Kuvings juicers, and users find it to be a great benefit when cleaning their juicer after use. It also comes with a brush for the other parts.
Sorbet: This juicer also features a basket attachment that enables the machine to make sorbet. A few users have tried some of the recipes that come with this juicer and really like this added bonus.
What Could Be Better
Cost: This is one of the more expensive juicers currently on the market which brings with it very high expectations. Any type of issue, big or small, will lead to disappointment faster in this scenario. There have been a few owners that were hoping to be “WOW’d” but ultimately they were not.
Pulpy Juice: Masticating juicers typically have more pulp end up in the juice and this particular model is no different. Some users who did not like this aspect found that running the juice through a strainer was a simple solution, but it required an extra step and added more time to their juicing process.
Clogging: A few negative reviews resulted from the juicer getting jammed, especially when juicing stringy or fibrous vegetables such as celery. Even with a wider feed chute, these types of foods should still be cut up into smaller pieces before dropping them into the juicer.
Over-heating: When the motor gets overworked and heat builds up, the juicer has a safety feature that will automatically turn off the machine to let it cool down. Some users had issues with this happening too often for them.
The Kuvings B6000 has seen some major improvements that have made it an attractive option for those looking for a vertical masticating juicer. These types of juice extractors are great space savers, especially in kitchens without a lot of counter space. With a wider feed chute, a smart end cap, cleaning tools, quiet operation, and decent overall performance, the B6000 has really tried to set itself apart from other upright masticators, like the Omega VS843R. For the most part, it has pulled this off. However, for the price, you might be better off with a wider horizontal masticating juicer, as these tend to give slightly better results.
The B6000 has gotten some very nice reviews from owners and it is one of the better upright models we have come across. Users tend to rate this in the mid 4’s out of 5 stars. If you are searching for a top notch upright masticating juicer, the Kuvings Whole Slow Juicer is an excellent choice.
With the B6000, Kuvings tried to create the ultimate vertical style masticating juicer by improving on areas that were lacking with these types of machines. By implementing a wider feed chute, and introducing a smart cap to the end of the juice nozzle, the B6000 has made some great strides to set it apart from others in its class. It is not perfect, but it is still an excellent performer, especially for those looking for a an upright masticating juicer.