The Motherloot Blog: Product Reviews

Fusion Juicer Review

For the first time ever, I got the opportunity to try making my own juice with the new Fusion Juicer. Walmart sent me the Fusion Juicer to review for my blog to share how this appliance can help a health-conscious cook in the kitchen. Since it is my first time trying a juicer, I am excited to share with you my review of the Fusion Juicer that is available at your local Walmart store.

Is Assembly Difficult?

This juicer is simple in construction and assembly for putting it together and taking it apart when making your juice. The lever on the front can be pulled up to pull everything in place, or pulled down to disassemble the juicer for cleaning. The back contains a receptacle for all of the pulp leftover after juicing and the front contains an extra large feeder for feeding your fruits and veggies into, a clear receptacle where you can see your juice actually being made, and a non-drip spout where you can comfortably rest a cup underneath for your juice.

How Do You Clean It?

All the pieces can be placed in the top rack of your dishwasher for easy washing unless you have a dishwasher that runs extremely hot and are concerned with warping, then you may want to wash these pieces by hand.

How Well Does It Blend?

I gave a new juice recipe a spin in this juicer and pictured here is exactly what I fed through my juicer. I did not peel my carrots or celery, but did peel my ginger and lemon, and cored the apples before putting them in the juicer,  as was recommended within the manufacturer’s booklet. All of these items blended beautifully in the juicer. What was most surprising to me about this process was how quietly the juicer ran and how easy it was to feed these items into it.

The spinach was the only thing that did not, perhaps, all get blended in, but I think it is more of a trial and error user error, because it is recommended to chase these greens down with a juicier fruit or veggie to help the greens really juice well into your juices.

The booklet that comes with the juicer really helps to break down what order to place these items in as well as what is recommended for leaving the skin on or what you should cut before placing it into the juicer.

What About the Pulp?

After juicing all of my fruits and veggies, this is what was in the back of my juicer. For the frugal chef looking to really maximize her grocery budget, you can use the juice pulp to incorporate into other recipes. As someone who is always looking for ways to make her grocery dollars stretch, I love that you can use this pulp in a variety of other recipes.

How Does the Juice Taste?

I was able to get these two glasses of juice from my recipe (coming soon over on The MotherLoad) and the juice was perfectly blended and delicious. Overall, the most impressive features about this was how easy it was to clean up, the simple assembly process of the juicer, as well as the quietness of it. I can’t speak to the longevity factor, but as a first-time juicer, this was so easy to use and created impressive results for the price!

Suggested Retail Price: $119.00

Available At: Walmart

Review: BISSELL DeepClean Premier Carpet Cleaner

I have always been a huge fan of BISSELL products and I am excited to share my review of the new BISSELL DeepClean Premier Carpet Cleaner. The BISSELL DeepClean Premier is one of the newest additions to the BISSELL cleaning tool lines and, as all the other products I have purchased from the company, I have to say that this is one of my new all-time favorites. When I show you the results from my cleaning adventure, you will see why.

This carpet cleaner is of a moderate size (roughly 25 pounds) and comes with smart attachments for deep cleaning spots or for cleaning your upholstery in your home. The front offers a simple and straight-forward bucket design that has a small spout where you pour 5 ounces of your carpet cleaning solution and then you simply fill the generously sized bladder (1.25 gallons)  of the unit to the fill line with water.

The on button is in the middle of the front of the unit and once you start it, you can begin cleaning your carpet with the dual powerbrushes that offer ten cleaning rows that can help loosen and remove the dirt in your carpet. Push the trigger button on the back of the handle and it releases the cleaning solution, then go back and forth over the carpet to suction up the solution where the dirty solution from your carpets will reside in a different compartment in the reservoir of the unit.

I tested the unit in our front room which adjoins the entry of our home. It is where no matter how many times I tell people not to walk through with their shoes on, someone inadvertently forgets something and treks through with shoes on through this room.

I could see immediate results, both on my carpet itself, and in the top of the unit as the dirty water was suctioned in. I had to hold back on my impulse to soak the carpets in cleaning solution once I started seeing all of the dirty solution pull in. The brushes did a great job of loosening dirt.

It has been many months since I have cleaned these carpets, I am embarrassed to admit, but our own carpet cleaner broke and so we haven’t made carpet cleaning a priority. Experts recommend though that you deep clean your carpets twice a year (or more!). Let’s say it has been (ahem) awhile.

My favorite thing on the unit is the small hand tool that you can use to clean other areas in your home like your upholstered furniture, car interiors, or to freshen up your mattresses. I am going to be a cleaning fool with that handy tool.

After cleaning my front room, this was the sludge that had been on our carpet.

Yes, we have been living in absolute filth. No, we are not squatters.

I feel like we have fresh new carpets in our home and an investment in this tool would cost a fraction of having the professionals out twice a year to freshen up the floors.

Overall, I can find nothing that I did not truly love about this carpet cleaner. Once you get the hang of where all of the buttons and triggers are, it is easy and simple to freshen up the floors in any room of your home.

Thanks to BISSELL & Walmart for giving me the chance to review yet another vacuum. You can find a few other BISSELL reviews here like the BISSELL Versus Cordless Vac and the BISSELL Steam & Sweep Hard Floor Cleaner for a couple of other great examples of two more of my favorite BISSELL products.

Available At: Walmart

Suggested Retail Price: $188.88

 

Review: Garden Lites Souffles

Eating healthy can truly be a challenge, especially when you are a busy mom. To add to the dilemma of healthy eating, factoring in allergies and food sensitivities can make convenience food eating nearly impossible. As someone who has recently had to give up dairy and watch my carbs, I was so excited to give the new Garden Lites Souffles a try. If you haven’t seen these yet, they are available in the freezer aisle of your local Walmart, and offer a fresh approach to adding vegetables back into your diet.

These all-natural souffles are low in calories, include two full servings of veggies, and offer the quick convenience of having a healthy breakfast ready for you in mere minutes. More importantly, for our family, these are celiac-friendly, diabetic-friendly, heart healthy, and are vegetarian, lactose free, casein free, soy free, and are produced in a nut free facility. What more could you ask for when your family constantly is battling dietary restrictions.

The best part is that they come in loads of fun flavors that even the pickiest eater can embrace like a roasted vegetable, zucchini, and even a butternut squash souffle. When you are dairy and gluten-free, it can be hard to find filling options for breakfast. Lucky for me, these have been perfect and with a hot cup of coffee topped with almond milk, I am able to leave for  my day full and fueled with options that are not only healthy, but delicious.

Website for More Information: Garden Lites

 

Review: Cuties Juice

Am I the only one who is completely addicted to Cuties California Clementines  We buy a crate a week and I could eat them by the handfuls. I couldn’t wait to review the new Cuties Juice that has hit grocery store shelves and see if this Cuties Juice could be another fruit resource for my kids.

These little bottles of juice pack a healthy punch for kids. They have no added sugar, no artificial colors, no artificial colors, and no preservatives  Cuties Juices and Smoothies are all natural, and the 8 oz bottle is great for kids, with a 48 oz multiserve option that is perfect for the whole family.

Due to their petite size, they would be a perfect addition to a lunchbox or a nice snack option to take with you when you are out and about. Our family is always looking for healthy options that we can enjoy on the go. Although I love to offer my family homemade green smoothies for our morning breakfast option, some mornings are far too chaotic to get the blender out. I love that these come in a variety of flavors which include juices like Tangerine-Orange-Mango, Tangerine-Orange-Pineapple, and fun smoothie flavors like Rockin’ Red, Island Cuties, Monkey Madness, GoGo Green, Protein Power, Blue Blaster, & Dreamsicle. It is a nutritious convenience food option that I can get behind!

Sometimes when you offer nutritious options like these to your children, they don’t end up being their favorite thing to eat or drink. It can often become a chore to get kids to truly appreciate items that are packed nutritionally. Cuties Juice & Smoothies, however, left my kids begging for more. They got the chance to try all of the flavors and they loved every single one. They are already hounding me to get them more because they enjoyed all the flavors so much!

I guarantee your family will love these just as much as we did! You can find these little cuties, no pun intended, at your local Walmart store!

Suggested Retail Price: $1.89 (8 oz countainer)

Website With More Information: Cuties Juice

This is a sponsored post. I’m a participant in the Walmart Moms Program. Walmart has provided me with a product sample and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. Participation in this program is voluntary and the opinions stated above are entirely my own.