There are a number of reasons you might be drawn to buy a Hamilton Beach “Big Mouth” juicer. As the name suggests there is a large feed chute meaning some fruits and vegetables will fit right in without having to be chopped. You can juice whole apples if you want complete with the seeds. Okay, so that’s one reason for buying the Hamilton Beach 67608A. I should mention that there are many other juicers available with a large feed chute, so it’s by all means not a unique selling feature. The other reason you might buy this juicer is the price.
Hamilton Beach caters to the sub $100 juicer gang. Most of their juicers range between $50-$70 in price. You can pick them up cheaper on sale or second hand (not a good idea). The 67608A is a centrifugal model with a “powerful” 800 watt motor. So what do I think of it? Well it feels cheap and it doesn’t feel well constructed like say the Breville JE98XL does. Okay, that’s a more expensive juicer at $150 but it’s just a comparison. For the price (about $60 at the time of writing this), the Hamilton Beach 67608A excuses the cheap feel of the juicer.
So how does it do actually juicing? The answer is not bad (for the price). It’s a bit louder than the Breville JE98XL. The pulp is also a little wetter. That of course means less juice but only slightly. It powered through carrots, apples and celery. Not so much with kale though. It struggles with leafy greens as do all centrifugal but this model seemed to have more problems. The kale actually got stuck to the juicer basket and started to vibrate the machine. I quickly switched off and removed the cover to reveal the problem. Clumped together kale stuck to the side of the basket. Perhaps I won’t try juicing kale again with this juicer. That would be a deal breaker for me. I’d opt for the Breville JE98XL instead.