SKG is not a new name, and its masticating juicers have been well-loved by juicing aficionados long before juicing became the hype it is today. In this article, we will take a look at the SKG A10, one of the most popular masticators from the brand.
SKG Juicer Review: The Defining Features of the SKG A10
How It Works
As typical of masticating juicers, the SKG A10 makes juice by crushing and pressing the fruits/vegetables using a cone-shaped auger with plastic “blades” running around and along it.
Following the activation of a 250-watt motor, this auger spins at 36 revolutions per minute (RPM), which is a very low speed even for a “slow” juicer. With this, little if any heat is generated during the juicing process. The cold-pressing means maximum preservation of antioxidants and enzymes in the juice.
What It Does
As a masticator, the SKG A10 can process a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. It has no problem crushing from the hardest of roots such as carrots, ginger, and turmeric, to soft leafy greens like kale and spinach, which its centrifugal counterparts aren’t built to handle.
It can’t “juice” mushy fruits like berries or bananas, but if you freeze them, it can make them into tasty sorbets.
The SKG A10 is designed to cater to users with different juicing needs. It has a large flip-over feeding chute (3.15 inches) that allows it to take whole apples and oranges, and a smaller, long chute for celery or carrot. This eliminates the need to cut everything into fine little pieces, which is a pain for most masticator users.
Clogging isn’t a problem at the feeding/crushing phase. That said, when something gets stuck, there’s a Reverse function you can use to unjam it.
The slow juicer comes with two strainers: one with fine holes for lighter juice and one with larger holes to allow more pulp into the juice for when you want a little more fiber in your drink.
With two feeding chutes and a very small pulp chute, clogging tends to happen at the pulp rejection phase. As the exit is clogged, the pulp slowly gets back into the juice. When this happens, even the fine strainer can’t help. There’s a stainless steel filter to reduce pulp and froth, but you will have to keep cleaning it up, which significantly slows down the juicing process.
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The SKG A10 comes with all the accessories you will ever need— there’s even a brush for cleaning. All plastic parts are food grade and BPA-free.
The detachable parts are unfortunately not dishwasher-safe, but they’re not terribly difficult to hand-wash anyway. It’s best to wash them with warm soapy water immediately after use, before the pulp dries up and become hard to clean.
The manufacturer offers a 2-year warranty for this machine.