erik mattheis offered up some interesting articles ... >>"A masticating juicer tends to be a lot more quiet, less messy and >>easier to clean." >>http://www.juicingbook.com/centrifugal-masticating-juicers >>"Cleaning a masticating juicer is not as simple to clean as a >>centrifugal one" >>http://www.joyfuljuicer.com/best-masticating-juicers.html Neat articles. Did you notice that at the very end of the 2nd article it talks briefly about a "super angel" brand masticating juicer as being "extremely" easy to clean? I think it even links to a review of the 3500 model. Naturally, however, it also mentions that brand as, uh, rather pricey as well. [Ouch! The 5500 model is 5X the price of the value leader brand recommended in the first article!] Cheers, RonL.