The Best Juicers — a Review

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Juicer Review

Juicer Review and Price Chart

By Margarita Persico

Trying to figure out which juicer to buy can be overwhelming. I remember when my mother purchased her first juicer. We went to a health food store in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and bought the only model they had. We had never seen a juicer before when we lived in mainland USA. In the 70s there were a few machines to choose from. Now the list of brands and models seems endless.

Before buying or even researching about juicers, ask yourself a few questions:

  • Are you looking for a juicer as a lifestyle change or just for juicing?
  • What do you want to do with the juicer? Juices, ice cream, grind grains, process vegetables for soups, baby food and nut butters? Or do you plan on only juicing?

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Juicers are divided into 4 major categories: masticating, centrifugal, press and twin gears.

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Champion – masticating juicer (Photo: Daniela Caride)

Masticating Juicers

With masticating juicers, your fruits and vegetables are juiced through the auger’s crushed and squeezed method. You can homogenize hard vegetables and frozen fruits. For example, I used mine to grate hard vegetables such as carrots, beets and yuca, to make raw pie fillings from apples or sweet potatoes and to make frozen fruit treats, which I call “ice cream.” Some masticating brands juicers are Champion, Omega and Samson.

Juicers that are not masticating may be cheaper, but won’t offer so many possibilities.

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JACK LALANE centrifugal juicer (Photo: Margarita Persico)

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Centrifugal Juicers

With centrifugal juicers you can juice hard vegetables and fruits, but you cannot juice leafy greens, soft fruits or can make frozen treats. These juicers have higher operating speed RPM many heating the juice, but sell more because they are affordable. Popular centrifugal juicers are Breville, Hamilton Beach, Jack LaLanne’s Power Juicer, Juiceman, L’Equip and Omega 1000. The juice produced from these juicers is for immediate consumption.

At the Hippocrates Health Institute (HHI), a leader in the field of natural and complementary health care and education, they have been juicing for over half a century since 1956.

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Norwalk Juicer, press (Photo: Margarita Persico)

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Juice Press

A juice press is used for maximum yield and low to no oxidation of juice. A well-known juicer presser is the Norwalk. To make a juice press affordable, some purchase a standalone press to use in conjunction with a masticating juicer such as the Champion to extract maximum juice. Some juice pressers are the Ito Juice Press, Samson Brands Welles Press or K&K Press.

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Green Star Elite 5000 – twin-gear juicer (Photo: Discount Juicers.com)

Twin-gear Juicer

A twin-gear juicer triturates the juice by rubbing, crushing and grinding the fresh fruits and vegetables with a double gear (the masticating juicers have a single gear called auger’s) producing the juice. You can make vegetable and fruit juices and baby food. Unlike the masticating and centrifugal juicers, you can feed leafy and soft produce, but feeding hard vegetables such as a carrot may be a challenge since it is hard. This equipment is built for juicing softer and leafy vegetables. To juice hard vegetables it is a little challenging and you need strong hands to push.

“We look for an easy to use and easy to clean juicer: one that juices slowly, as to not over-heat the juice and kill the living enzymes; one that provides the driest pulp and the most juice.  We do not recommend using a blender,” said Jenna Hoffman, from the Hippocrates Health Institute in West Palm Beach, Florida, “because pure juices (without the added pulp and fiber) are more absorbable by your body.”

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Green Power Juice Extractor 1304 exclusive to the Hippocrates Health Institute (Photo courtesy Hippocrates Health Institute)

A juicer for more than juicing

I recently had a friend over for lunch. She was amazed at how delicious the dessert was. It was like having ice cream but better – with no calories from refined sugar, cream or milk. Vegan and delicious!

This ice cream, without the fatty cream, is also my favorite summer dessert recipe.  The Norwalk (a heavy-duty vegetable juicer) I’ve owned for 10 years can also make “ice cream” from frozen fruits. Before the Norwalk, I owned a Champion for over 15 years, which also did great ice cream dispensing in a swirl. But before these two, I owned centrifugal juicers purchased at health food and department stores in New York and New Jersey. I couldn’t make nut butters, frozen treats nor grind up vegetables for soups. The ejected pulp from the centrifugal juicers have much nutrients left, which I used for my trees and compost bins. It was a great fertilizer.

If you only want a juicer for frozen desserts, you might want to rethink your options. Would you spend a fortune just for frozen treats? Below are some popular brands, the prices and what they offer. And below those is a chart.

Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite – $200 – $399US*

The Breville is a centrifugal, stainless steel, 1000-watt juice extractor. You can juice but cannot use it for making frozen treats or homogenize.

“Breville has the easiest centrifugal juicer use, quietest motor and great durability. Their home models are nearly commercial quality. The Elite model is the best one to use and features stainless steel and die-cast metal parts and a 1000-watt motor vs. 900 watt for Icon; is worth it the extra $100. It is centrifugal, so it is very fast to use and clean. Its features a feedhole the size of medium apple, so juicing is fast,” says Rawbert Reid, owner of Organic Garden Café in Beverley, Mass. For more details on other juicers, see chart below.

CHAMPION Juicer – $227 – $300US*

The Champion is a masticating juicer. It has been around since the 1950s. You can juice fruits and vegetables and make “fruit sauces, baby foods, nut butters, ice cream, sorbets,” and can even juice wheatgrass and other greens with a special attachment. I used to make vegan banana, blueberries and raspberry “ice cream” with my Champion juicer – the recipe that impressed my friend. The following week she purchased a Champion herself, and she is totally in love with it, making strawberry, banana and raspberry ice cream.

JACK LALANE POWER JUICER PRO – $149.97* (plus shipping and handling) Can purchase at major stores in the USA or from their website.

The Jack LaLanne’s Power Juicer (the Pro model) has a big “mouth,” which makes it less work to cut up veggies and fruits. As with any centrifugal juicer you can juice but cannot use it for making frozen treats such as “ice cream,” nut butters or homogenize vegetables. The draw back, it doesn’t yield as much juice as the Omega 1000 or Norwalk. It jams, and the plunger sometimes gets stuck.

NORWALK – $2,495.00 US* – sold directly by Norwalk Juicers

The Norwalk juicer is in a different league. The juice is pressed with less oxidation. It was first manufactured in 1934 for Dr. Norman Walker. Since then it has continued selling. It has a two stage juicing process: First the vegetable is broken down into a “mush,” placed into a cloth bag and then pressed. Pressing yields more juice and nutrients than any other juicing method. You can juice, make sauces, nut butters, everything the Champion does. Juice pressing and quality are the selling points with the Norwalk preferred in places such as the Gerson Institute, a non-profit organization educating on cancer and chronic degenerative diseases healing alternatives. The Norwalk doesn’t juice wheatgrass well, though they say it does, but it is great for everything else. You can upgrade your Champion juicer to press quality juice by adding a press to the juicing process, similar to the Norwalk. With the Norwalk, though, only stainless steel makes contact with food.

“The Norwalk juicer gives you 50-100% more juice containing 3-5 times the vitamins and minerals than juice from other machines,” according to the Norwalk Juicer website.

“I have heard, on multiple occasions, that the Norwalk is a pretty heavy-duty, amazing machine,” adds Hoffman.

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HHI sells the Green Power Juicer 1304 and the Omega Juicer 8006, both affordable machines. (For more information check chart below.)

OMEGA 1000 – $170 – $200US*

You can purchase at major stores in the USA such as Bed, Baths and Beyond, Linens ‘n Things, Zappos.

I loved my Omega 1000 because it kept the juice cool and it was small enough to travel with. And I did travel much with it to the Caribbean and Central America. But unlike my Norwalk or Champion, one cannot make frozen treats from this juicer, the same drawback for me with the LaLanne or Breville.

CLEANING JUICER

As with all juicers, cleaning takes a few minutes more than I would like. The most frustrating ones to clean are the centrifugal ejection. Regardless, it takes me no more than 10 minutes to clean the most difficult ones.

JUICER’S OTHER USES

Picking a juicer is a matter of choice, need and taste. If you are looking for a juicer only to juice and not for frozen treats, therapeutic or serious health reasons, I recommend a juicer like the Omega and does not heat the food during processing. If you are looking for a machine to juice wheatgrass, vegetables and make frozen treats such as ice creams and nut butters, you might want to check out the Green Star, Sampson 9000 and Omega 8000 are an all in one machine. Some juicer can also make wheat grass juice, mince and chop, grind, soy milk extruder, frozen dessert, nut butters, baby foods, and make pasta. See chart below for more information.

To sum up, some people buy the Norwalk because they are treating a health condition, want to improve their health, or rather juice their vegetables to get the high yield and nutrition content including vitamins and mineral. But if you want the Champion or Norwalk juicer only to make healthy desserts, you can try the Yonanastm Frozen Fruit Treat Maker ($50US). I haven’t tested it myself, but the average review rating at Amazon say that out of the 172 customer reviews, 115 were very happy giving a rating of 5 (the maximum), aside from being noisy many were satisfied. The overall average rating was 4.

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Omega 8006 (Photo: www.hippocratesstore.org)

“I believe the single gear Sampson 9000 and Omega 8003 are easier to use than twin gear models like the Green Star and they DO handle wheatgrass in addition to being several hundred dollars cheaper,” shared Rawbert Reed, from Organic Garden Café,  who adds,

“The Norwalk Press is a whole other level of quality and yield.  Clearly the best, juice lasts the longest and you get all of juice in your yield, but at $2,495, budget is obviously the concern here.”

Below is a chart with the most popular juicers:

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TYPE NAME INFORMATION COST* WEBSITE My Opinion Material RPM
Mastication Champion (10 year warranty) Manufactured since the 1950s. You can juice fruits and vegetables and make “fruit sauces, baby foods, nut butters, ice cream, sherbets”, and can even juice wheatgrass and other greens with a special attachment. (Check Welles and K&K Presses below.) $200 – $300 www.championjuicer.com Very Good Metal, plastic, and wood plunger 1725 rpm
Mastication Omega 8006 (15 Year Warranty) Uses: Vegetable Juicer, Fruit Juicer,  Wheat Grass Juicer, Mincing/Chopping, Grinding,  Soy Milk Extruder, Frozen Dessert, Nut Butters, Baby Foods, Extrude Pasta $349.99 – $299.99 http://www.hippocratesstore.org/root/omega-120v.htm Would love to try it.  80 RPM’s
Press Norwalk (12 year warranty) Manufactured since 1934. Pressing provides more juice and nutrients. You can juice, make sauces, nut butters, everything the Champion does except wheat grass juicing. Juice pressing and quality are the selling points with this machine. $2,495.00 www.nwjcal.com Excellent Stainless Steel construction in areas in contact with food, wood plunger grinder runs at 3450  RPM
Press Ito Juice Press A small manual press used in conjunction with the Champion juicer as an alternative to the Norwalk. $99.00  http://discountjuicers.com/juicepress.html Fair aluminum Manual
Press Samson Brands Welles Press or K&K Press A manual press used in conjunction with the Champion juicer as an alternative to the Norwalk.  http://www.bestjuicertobuynow.com/samson-brands-welles-juice-press-peoples-juice-press/ Good with Champion juicer Metal and plastic. Check with vendor
Press Yonanastm Frozen Fruit Treat Maker For pressing frozen fruits into smooth texture like ice cream. Sold at many stores in the USA. $49 – $69 www.yonanas.com In theory it seems good. Would love to try it. Plastic
Centrifugal Juicers Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite  (1 Year Limited Product Warranty) Easy-to-clean components, extra-large 3″-wide (7.6 cm) feed-tube, $$299.99 http://www.brevilleusa.com/die-cast-juice-fountain-elite.html Good for the money Rawbert says :The Elite model is the best one to use and features stainless steel and die-cast metal parts and a 1000-watt motor.” 13000 and 6500 rpm
Centrifugal Juicers Omega 1000 (10 year warranty)  For juicing only. Uses a paper filter for easy cleaning. $199 – $250 http://www.omegajuicers.com/ Good Stainless Steel 3600 rpm
Centrifugal Juicers JACK LALANE POWER JUICER PRO & CLASSIC $100 – 149.97 http://www.powerjuicer.com/?gclid=CPSQxtqJi7ECFQFx4AodfBURcg Fair The Classic’s outer houseing is plastic. 3600 RPM
Centrifugal Juicers L’Equip (10 year warranty, 3 on basket) Centrifugal ejection; 3″ big mouth feed chute, 2/3 HP $139 – $99 http://www.lequip.com/catalog.php?ctgy=Juicers Would love to try it. Stainless Steel bowl, blade and basket. 10,000 RPM
Twin gears Green Power  (Warranty: motor 10 years, parts 5 years) General purpose juicer similar to other twin gear juicers. $499 – $399 http://www.my-greenpower-juicer.com/about-us/ Would love to try it. Plastic and metal parts 1500 rpm
Twin gears Green star & Green Star Elite GSE-5000 “pressing” style juicing with twin gears. Can juice everything. $630 – $430 www.greenstar.com Would love to try it. Plastic and metal parts 110 rpm
Twin gears Green Power Juice Extractor 1304 exclusive to the  Hippocrates Health Institute (5-Year) “Easy to clean and convenient to use” “Extraction of ion-vitalizing fresh juice” “Multi-functional cooking aid” “High quality juice extraction with low noise” $489.00 http://www.hippocratesstore.org/root/equipment/green-power-juicer-1304.htm#!prettyPhoto Would love to try it. 160 rpm

* Prices at the time the article was written (July 2012). The prices will vary depending on vendor and when purchased.

Notes

On My Opinion: I have been using juicers for over 30 years.

If you have a health concern you should seek your health-care provider’s advice.

Review By Margarita Persico

Originally Published on: Jul 13, 2012 @ 1:29 by www.thehealthydish.com - researched by Margarita Persico

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    • December 19, 2013 at 9:26 PM

      Thank you for your kind words.
      Regards and warm wishes,
      Margarita

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