This Chef’n squeezer intrigued me from the start. Its unique design is based on what the brand refers to as a “dual-gear mechanism.” Essentially, it relies on a gear wheel and a pair of hinges to function.
Ease of use: This device required some effort to use during my initial try, although when I repeated the evaluation with a lemon that was slightly riper, it led to a significantly smoother squeeze experience. Beyond that, very little juice spurted from the sides, and a limited amount of pulp made it into my glass, which I found to be surprising since the holes at the bottom of the device were larger than that of the other squeezers I evaluated.
What I like about it: The Chef’n juicer is easy to grip thanks to the nylon handles, and it’s especially convenient when juicing multiple lemons in one sitting. The well where the fruit sits is deep enough to hold the fruit’s juices when squeezing, which means that it reduces the amount of juice that might spritz out from the sides.
It’s also worth noting that the well is detailed with ridges, which makes it easier to remove the lemon half after a squeeze. Most other models feature a smooth metal finish that either suctions the citrus or causes it to slip and shoot out. There are also two small legs at the base of the juicer, which allow it to rest on the counter without tipping over when not in use. It’s all about the details.
What I don’t like about it: I found that the pros greatly outweigh the cons. When working with an unripe lemon, this juicer required a little more effort to use than some of the others I liked, and it got a little messy as well. But the same can be said of most other squeezers. At times, a seed or two got stuck in the crevices of the handles, which have indented wells, and I had to fish it out with a knife. With all the little nooks and crannies in the device, hand-washing meant that I had to get into all the gaps to ensure that it was properly cleaned.