If you’re looking for a quality juicer, Kuvings is a brand worth considering. It’s one of the top-rated brands on the market, and has specialized in high quality appliances — including both centrifugal and masticating juicers — since 1978. The appliances have won awards around the world, and Kuvings has become a household name in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Australia.
The Kuvings Whole Slow Juicer B6000S is one of the top-rated Kuvings products, so of course I had to test it out for myself. I’d heard many people telling me that this juicer is a worthy competitor to my favorite (the Omega J8006 and Omega J8004 Nutrition Center), one that offers quality at a reasonable price.
As someone who makes a lot of juice every day, it stood to reason that I needed to see what the Kuvings Whole Slow Juicer Elite B6000S had to offer. I got my hands on one and put it through my “7-Day Juice Test” to see how it would do. You can read the results of my research below, but suffice it to say the Kuvings Whole Slow Juicer Elite lived up to many of my expectations.
Sure, there are a few flaws (there’s no such thing as a perfect appliance), but it delivers decent quality, operates reliably and produces delicious juice. The price tag may be a bit higher than I’d like — it’s one of the pricier juicers I’ve tested — but as you read my Kuvings Whole Slow Juicer reviews below, you’ll see that it’s a good option to consider.
Note: You will find alternatives to the B600S with the label “Kuvings Whole Slow Juicer B6000W.” That “W” only refers to the color (it’s white, instead of the silver of the B6000S). The motor, design, and parts remain the same on both models.
This is a “slow,” or masticating, juicer, which means it uses a screw or auger to crush the produce rather than blades to slice it. Masticating juicers take longer to turn your produce into juice, and they tend to have a higher pulp content. However, masticating juicers produce less heat, so there is less degradation of the antioxidants, enzymes, vitamins and minerals in the juice. This gives you high-quality juice with a long lifespan.
What makes the Kuvings juicers unique is the patented screw. This unique technology increases the power of their masticating juicers without speeding up the process. It actually slows the crushing and squeezing down to 60 RPMs to minimize heat, but without sacrificing the power to turn even harder and high-fiber produce into juice.
|Juicer style||Slow/masticating juicer|
|Motor Power||240 Watts|
|Dimensions||9 x 8.2 x 17.6 inches|
|Kuvings Whole Slow Juicer Warranty||10 years|
|Voltage||110V (220V available)|
|UL- and cUL approved||Yes|
The Kuvings juicer is designed to produce high quality juice from raw fruits and veggies. However, it can also be used to make ice cream and sorbets. All the parts needed to assemble the juicer come in the box. According to the Kuvings Whole Slow Juicer instructions manual, the list of parts includes:
Note: There are no Kuvings Whole Slow Juicer replacement parts in the box. To find those, you’ll have to search Amazon. However, Amazon only has a few parts available.
The assembly of the Slow Juicer is fairly simple and straightforward, and the user manual will tell you how it’s done.
It takes a bit of practice to get the juicer up and running. The design lacks the simplicity I like, but after a few tries I learned how to assemble the juicer within a few minutes.
The B6000 models are all identical in terms of internal components, but the letters (S,R,W, etc.) change according to the color of the juicer:
The B6000 (both S and W) is one of the top-rated Kuvings models, but the brand does have a few other options to consider. Let’s take a look at a few of the manufacturer’s other juicers:
The C7000 is a cold-press juicer, which means it crushes the juice at a much slower rate than the B6000 model. It takes longer to make juice, but there is even less heat produced. The design is nearly identical: the same wide feeder chute, powerful motor, and sleek functionality. However, the price tag is $50 higher just for the cold-press juicing function.
The NJE-3580U is a masticating slow juicer just like the B6000 juicer, but with a horizontal design rather than vertical. The RPMs are also a bit higher (80 vs. 60), and the motor loses a bit of power (down to 170 W). The feed chute is half the size of the B6000S, and the NJE model can’t be used to make smoothies or sorbets. However, the price tag is 50 percent of the B6000S, making it a good entry model for someone who wants to start juicing at a lower cost.
The motor power on the NS-950 juicer is similar to the B6000, as is the design. However, it operates at 80 RPMs rather than 60, and it lacks the greater functionality of the higher-rated Kuvings juicer. It’s a lower priced option that will run close to $60 less than the B6000-S.
This is both cheap and fast, the two things that make centrifugal juice extractors such a popular choice. You get 11,000 RPMs of processing speed and a powerful motor, but the juice will only last for a few hours before spoiling.
The Silent Juicer SC operates at 80 RPMs, with the same 240-Watt motor that delivers high power. The operation is quieter (40 to 50 decibels), and the price tag is about $50 lower. However, it lacks the durability and reliability that makes the Whole Slow Juicer Elite models the best of the Kuvings juicers.
I spent about 10 minutes poring over the instructions manual and trying to figure out how to assemble the juicer. The manual’s instructions are fairly clear, but it took me a few minutes to figure out which parts went where and in which order. I found the Kuvings juicer to be much more complicated than I anticipated.
I did notice that there is a bit more pulp in the juice — a problem common with masticating juicers. The crushing process doesn’t separate all the pulp from the liquid, so there will be pulpy bits floating in your cup. I personally like the pulp (more fiber to my juice), but some people may prefer a less pulp.
The good thing about the Whole Slow Juicer is that it has excellent extraction power. I tested the pulp collected in the waste cup and found it to be surprisingly dry. The juicer wasted less liquid, meaning there was more juice in my cup for every piece of produce I juiced.
In some ways the Kuvings Whole Slow Juicer is easy to clean, but not so much in others.
For a quick cleaning, the juicer comes with a rotating brush that will clean the strainer and the inside of the juicer cup. I simply poured a bit of water into the juicer and set it to run for a minute, and rotating brush did the work of cleaning it.
Thankfully, the plastic parts are all BPA-free and dishwasher-safe. I prefer to let the parts soak in warm water and soap for 15-30 minutes at least once a week just to be completely certain the juicer is clean. Washing the juicer parts by hand also increases the longevity of the appliance.
One of the great things about the B6000S is that it’s designed to be a quiet appliance. Compared to many of the juicers I’ve reviewed, I’m pleased to say the Kuvings juicer is among the quietest of them all.
The masticating juicer produces less noise than most other appliances, but Kuvings has included noise-reduction technology that cuts the sound even further. If you’re looking for a juicer to use while carrying on a conversation in the kitchen or living in a one-room apartment, I’d recommend the Slow Juicer B6000-S.
If you’re looking for the best prices on the Kuvings B6000S, Amazon is your best bet. You get the same 10-year warranty, home delivery, and reliable operation, but at a significantly lower price (10-15 percent lower) than with other retailers.
However, you can also find it at Costco, Best Buy and Bed, Bath, and Beyond. Those living in Canada will be able to purchase the Kuvings juicer on Amazon Canada, and Amazon UK has a model with the correct voltage (220 V, versus North American 110 V) for international use.
Refurbished appliances may seem a tempting option for anyone who wants to produce high quality juice without paying the full price for their juicer. I have purchased more than a few refurbished juicers myself, and I’ve found that they usually end up breaking down far more quickly than they should.
For this reason, I always prefer to buy them new. The price may be higher initially, but the cost in the long run is much lower. A brand new juicer with a longer warranty (10 years in the case of the B6000S) delivers more years of reliable operation.
Here are a few of the tricks I’ve learned about using the Kuvings Whole Slow Juicer effectively:
As you’ve seen by the review thus far, the Kuvings Whole Slow Juicer B6000S is definitely a juicer worth considering. It delivers quality, reliability, quiet operation, decent motor power, and excellent juice production.
If you’re not totally sold on the Kuvings juicer, here are a few other options you may want to consider:
The Hurom juicer is a more affordable option, yet it delivers reliability on par with the Kuvings model. The vertical design ensures maximum juicing power in a fairly compact design. The Hurom juicer includes the same screen and wiper system as the B6000-S, but it lacks the 10-year warranty (on second generation models). However, I’ve found the Hurom juicer much easier to assemble, and the price tag is about 10 percent lower than Kuvings’ juicer.
The Green Star Deluxe will run you about 20 percent more than you’ll pay for the B6000 model, but it’s a high quality appliance that can produce a lot of juice in little time. It’s a heavy-duty juicer that’s designed for daily use, and you’ll find that it offers a good deal of versatility that Kuvings just can’t match. For many, though, the high price tag is something a bit too difficult to overlook, so they may end up going with the cheaper B6000-S.
The Omega VRT330 is a vertical juicer like the B6000 model, but built with Omega’s quality of design, durability, and ease of operation. The Omega juicer has excellent motor power, operates at 80 RPMs, and can turn just about any produce — no matter how hard or soft — into juice, nut butters, baby food and sorbet. You get greater versatility out of this juicer, and at 60 percent of the price of the Kuvings model.
I’m a huge fan of Omega juicers, and it’s mostly thanks to the J8006. This particular Omega juicer is the most reliable appliance I own, and its 15-year warranty is proof of that. It’s durable, user-friendly, and built with a durable stainless steel exterior that looks gorgeous in a modern kitchen. The price tag is also noticeably lower than the B6000S. The only downside of the J8006 is the tiny feeder chute, which makes it more time-consuming to juice.
I’d have to say the most prominent problem I discovered with the Kuvings B6000S is the fact that it clogs so easily. It has a harder time crushing very high-fiber produce like celery or wheatgrass. You have to be careful to mix hard, soft, and fibrous produce when juicing to avoid clogs. Be sure to listen out for any signs the motor is straining. Turn it off, let it sit for a moment, then switch it to reverse to clear out the jams.
Here are a few other problems discovered by fellow users on Amazon:
This is an excellent appliance when used for its primary purpose: making juice. You can use the B6000S to make juice using most fruits and veggies (check through our juicer recipes to find delicious, nutritious juices you can make).
Thanks to the 10-year warranty, the low RPMs and the powerful motor, the Kuvings Whole Slow Juicer delivers quality with every cup. For those (like me) who enjoy making natural fruit and veggie juices every day, you’ll find that the Kuvings masticating juicer is a good option to consider.
Now, be warned: very few juicers are designed to handle VERY soft produce, such as overripe bananas, berries, or stewed tomatoes. In fact, juicing produce that is too soft can increase the risk of clogs and can seriously damage the juicer. The more the pulp builds up in the juicer instead of draining out, the higher the pressure. Eventually, you could end up with a broken juicer on your hands.
I always recommend alternating between hard and soft produce. Hard produce (like carrots, ginger, green apples or pineapple cores) can help to clean out the interior of the juicer, while soft produce (like berries, peaches, red apples or melons) will provide the highest quantity of juice. By mixing, you get more juice while reducing your risk of damaging the appliance.
The B6000S isn’t designed to make almond butter, but it can be used for almond milk. However, as the instruction manual makes perfectly clear, you MUST soak the almonds in water for at least four to six hours before juicing. Soaking the nuts will soften them, making them easier for the juicer to process.
You can use more than just almonds to make nut milk in the Kuvings B6000S. Cashews, peanuts and walnuts can also be turned into delicious nut milks, perfect for those one dairy-free diets. As long as you soak the nuts first, you can turn pretty much anything into a delicious nut milk.
The Whole Slow Juicer is specifically intended to make sorbets and ice creams. You can run frozen produce through the juicer and produce your own delicious fruit or veggie-based sorbets and ice creams.
My advice: let the produce defrost for a few minutes before running it through this juicer. The model is capable of crushing frozen produce, but it will be easier on the motor if you allow the produce to thaw out a bit first. Defrosted produce will also drip out of the juice spout and fill the cup more quickly. You can always place the sorbet or ice cream back into the freezer for a few minutes to re-freeze.
You’ll find that the B6000-S is more than capable of handling most leafy greens. However, you need to be careful with kale, wheatgrass and celery. The stringy produce can get wrapped around the base of the screw, effectively stopping it from spinning. If you don’t disentangle the fibrous strings, you can burn out the motor.
The slow juicer isn’t a “nutrition center,” so it won’t be able to handle stewed foods. You’re better off using a food processor or blender to turn very soft veggies or fruits into baby food. If you try to use the Kuvings juicer, you run the risk of over filling the container. The internal pressure can lead to cracks and damage the appliance.
Is the Kuvings Whole Slow Juicer B6000S the best on the market? Definitely not. However, it delivers decent quality, reliability and an excellent design. That wide feeder tube is definitely going to make it easier for you to juice with less time spent chopping your produce.
The Kuvings juicer isn’t without its flaws — overheating and shutting off, difficult assembly and disassembly, and a high price tag — but overall it’s a decent option to consider. Perhaps not quite on par with my personal favorite (the Omega J8006), yet a good back-up choice if you want to try another brand.