The people giving this juice extractor a good rating, obviously are not serious about juicing, and/or they've never experienced a good juice extractor like the ones made by Omega, Champion and Hurom, etc.
Recommend this product?
If you are a serious juicer, please don't get this machine, cause trust me, you WILL be disappointed.
I'm no newbie to juicing.. I've been juicing for 15 years with an Omega 1000 or better and have been using my roommate's Jack LaLane juicer while I get replacement parts for my Omega, which only needs some new parts due to my fault.
This machine certainly is not of high quality. I wouldn't even call it mediocre. This juicer has a weak motor and is not for serious juicers. It cannot handle cruciferous veggies like carrots, kale, broccoli on a regular basis. I can't believe Jack LaLane would ever endorse his good name to this heap of junk. It is built very cheaply with plastic that stains in a heartbeat and cracks and splits shortly thereafter.
A lot of Juice and pulp gets in-between the jam where the lid fits on the machine and it dribbles out and makes a mess. The manufacturer says this is normal. Pfffft. Whatever. Much of the pulp that is produced from shredding fruits and vegetables gets stuck in weird corners of the expulsion chute and doesn't come out and drop into the waste receptacle, making it somewhat difficult to clean. Gee Tristar (the company that makes or markets the machine) have you ever heard of rubber gaskets or seals?
Another thing I'd like to mention about this machine is this: When you are pushing things through the food chute the juicer spits a lot of the juice out instead of pouring it out, which isn't exactly desirable. I want the juice to go into the measuring cup or glass, not on my clothes or on the floor, etc..
The only metal you'll find on this juice extractor is on the shredding disc. The rest is CHEAP plastic. I wouldn't wash any of the parts in the dishwasher regularly.
Power Juicer? What power? If you put a whole apple in the large feed chute, many times it stops the motor cold. And if you normally juice a lot of cruciferous vegetables, yeah, the way you obtain the kind of juice that's good for you, the shredding disc will get dull in about a month. Then you must spend another 30.00 to replace it. There have been many times when I've been using this machine and apples get stuck in the feed tube, or I'm juicing carrots and the motor stops. This machine is a heap of junk. It juices whole apples SOMETIMES, the apples that are Ken and Barbie sized. Also, if you stick a whole apple in the chute many times it leaves a slice of apple at the bottom that can't be reached with the food pusher and will not go through the machine. The reason I'm making so much noise about apples is because on the commercials they say, "Oh and look, it juices whole apples, so you don't have to waste time slicing them." What a crock. "Well gee Jack, did you know that it's not good to be consuming a lot of apple seeds?"
One time I was juicing something, I think it was celery and something else. The stringy fibers of the celery and carrot got wrapped around the disc and in-between where the food pusher gets close to the disc and it fused the lid and pusher together so that it was effectively stuck and couldn't be removed. I had to remove it by wedging pliers in-between it and loosening it with very hot water. :\ Great craftsmanship.
Pulp comes out wetter than it should be, considering how great this juice extractor claims to be.
This item is made in China and comes with a 1 year warranty. Any good machine usually has a 3 year warranty or better, with a few exceptions.. My KitchenAid blender is still kickin' even after 5 years. It came with a 1 year warranty.
Maybe I'm just used to machines that are made better than what most of the masses are used to, but after experiencing this machine, I certainly wouldn't spend my money on it. After all, for what it costs ($99), this machine pretends to be a medium high quality machine. It's not. I'd rather spend twice as much and get a real juice extractor with a 15 year guarantee, instead of a 1 year warranty.
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Amount Paid (US$): 99.00