Squeezing juice by hand if you only need a few tablespoons is no big deal, but if you want to make lemonade for a crowd, create your own drink mixers, or just use a lot of fresh juice, reviewers say the electric Black & Decker Citrus Juicer CJ625 is a must-have. Those who undertake fruit-juice-only fasts – or live with a citrus tree -- say it can even keep up with heavy loads two or three times per day. This unit was previously known as the CitrusMate, and is often still found under that name.
Puts the squeeze on. Experts and owners say the dual cones of the Black & Decker CJ625 get every last drop of juice out of oranges, lemons, limes and grapefruit. They also love the CJ625's adjustable pulp strainer, which lets you flip a switch to adjust how much pulp gets through – and given how hotly some people contest the pulp versus no pulp issue, it's not much of a surprise that this feature is a hit. Most say that it performs very well over multiple batches without slogging, but a few find that you need to allow it to cool off when juicing large quantities.
Simple to assemble, use and clean. The Black & Decker CJ625 doesn't take up a lot of counter space, and the built-in, wrap-around cord storage in the base of the unit is one of the most popular features with reviewers, who appreciate a dedicated cord management system in such a simple appliance. Professional testers praise it for its easy assembly, disassembly, and cleaning. It receives the highest marks given for ease of use in one comparative test, and owners agree that it couldn't be simpler. The clear container has highly visible measurement markings, and the pour spout makes it easy to transfer juice to even small-mouthed containers.
Surprisingly sturdy. The Black & Decker CJ625 receives the highest mark possible for construction in one comparative expert test -- quite a compliment for a plastic appliance. There are a few complaints from owners that the juicer quit working after weeks or months of use, and a couple say the plastic components broke after a few months, but, in general, this juicer gets very high ratings for sturdiness and long-term durability. Overall, owners and experts alike say this is a great value for the price. The CJ625 is backed by a one-year limited warranty and we found a lot of praise for Black & Decker's friendly, helpful customer service.
Nick Guy gives the Black & Decker CJ625 a thorough review, testing it with an impressive number of citrus fruits and comparing it to other, similar products. He also speaks to other experts about this type of juicer. He concludes that, for the price, you can't be the CJ625's performance.
Review: The Best Citrus Juicer, Nick Guy, Jan. 22, 2014
2. Cook's Illustrated Magazine
Cook's Illustrated tests the Black & Decker CJ625 as part of a roundup of five electric juicers. Although this is an older review, the product has not changed significantly, making this a test that still has value in spite of its age.
Review: Electric Citrus Juicers, Editors of Cook's Illustrated, July 2008
The 3.7 star rating on the Black & Decker CJ625 is a bit misleading. Several of the recent low ratings have no explanation or make no sense. Overall, it receives more than 400 4- and 5-star reviews out of more than 640 reviews, complaints include durability issues and noise. Most say it's a great alternative to a manual juicer.
Review: Black & Decker CJ525 CitrusMate Plus Citrus Juicer, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of July 2014
Walmart.com owners of the Black & Decker CJ625 are happier than those at Amazon.com. More than 180 give the juicer a score of 4.3 out of 5 stars. More than 90 percent of owners here add that they would recommend this product to a friend.
Review: Black & Decker 1-Quart Citrus Mate Juicer, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of July 2014