The chute on this juicer — that’s where you insert whatever you want to juice — is 3 inches wide, or enough to fit half a medium-sized beet or a small apple. This cuts down on prep time, making this machine a good pick for anyone who wants a glass of juice within five minutes. Some reviews of this machine noted that it was slower than machines with more power (like the ones we tested in the $$ and $$$ brackets), which stands to reason, but it still makes a damn fine glass of juice in under two minutes, putting it neck-and-neck with its higher-priced competitors in this category.
We tested apples, beets, kale, celery, and carrots, and this machine’s 800 watts were more than sufficient to create perfectly smooth juices in every combination. Some of the juicers we tried tended to be more efficient at extracting juice from one type of fruit or vegetable than another — which resulted in, for example, kale stealing all the thunder in our kale-apple-celery juice (such a diva). The Hamilton Beach had no such problem — the fruit and vegetable flavors were well-balanced in every juice we made.