Jack LaLanne Juicer
Yesterday I looked at the Jack LaLanne juicer at Costco.
Anyone using this on a regular basis?
How long does it take to clean it up? I read the directions on "disassembly" and it seemed tedious. Especially if I'm using it 2 or 3 times per day.
So, before I purchase, any pros/cons from users?
I have the Jack Lalanne Power Juicer Deluxe and I love it. Will this be your first juicer? This is the 3rd that I have owned, one reason is that there are no small parts. There are a total of 6 parts that have to be cleaned. All of the juicers that I've used and seen have to be taken apart and cleaned. I don't think you can get around that part. It does a really good job of juicing, no peeling and the onlt time that I have to cut up anything is when I juice really large apples. One other thing, I purchaed mine on Amazon.com and paid $85 I have seen this for as much as $142.00. So make sure you comparison shop for which ever juicer you decide to purcase.
Hope this helps.
I love my JL juicer
In response to your question about a Jack LaLane juicer. I LOVE mine. I got my juicer at Costco for about 99 dollars. It came with extra parts and a couple of books wiht information, recipes etc. I have had it for about 3 months and I use it every day. Before I got the JL juicer I had a Juice Man juicer. I liked that one too. It broke so I upgraded. In comparison I like the JL juicer better because it juices green vegetables much better than the JM, and I get more juice from the same amount of produce.
I have found that the JL juicer is very easy to clean. I rinse mine with hot water after every use. I also was it on the top rack of my dishwasher periodiocally. ;)
We have the Breville, which I believe manufactures the JLL juicer as the models are very similar.
We simply leave it on our counter top and clean it after our last juicing, or in the evening, whichever comes first. It is too time consuming to clean after every juicing, and besides that everything is enclosed so nothing really dries on it. It rinses clean with hardly any effort.
It seems Jack LaLanne is the winner!
Thanks for all your thoughtful replies.
It's easy to get bogged down with masticating vs. centrifuge, fast vs slow, top dollar vs. not out of my range, etc.
Actually, I'm using a $14 Hamilton Beach from Walmart. It's been in the family for at least 4 years, (not used heavily for all that time!) and it does the trick. It cleans easily enough, but I did notice pretty wet pulp, and that was bothering me. Veggies aren't cheap, and I wouldn't want to waste anything if I didn't have to.
I'm thinking about the Jack LaLanne, because the Green Power is just out of my range and I'm probably not going to be juicing 4 meals a day forever. I have a 14 year old Vitamix that I love, and I make the "whole" juice once per day.
But it all gets so confusing - heat vs not heat, pulp vs no pulp, it's enough to make one's head spin!
Needless to say, your insight is very much appreciated!
I have the Jack Lalanne power juicer that I ;ve had since late Noveber. The only thing I hate about this and ALL juicers is cleaning ;)
But seriously, to juice greens, I bunch up the greens and stick them in--like dandelions, parsely, spinach, collard grees, cabbage ...........
It's been sturdy enought for me to juice apples everyday and put pices of watermelon with rind and seeds.
did you have any specific concerns?
I bought mine on sale for $99.00
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I've had just about every kind of juicer imaginable, and I ONLY use my Champion, it makes ice creams and sorbets, nut pates and nut butters, and really marvelous juice. The pulp is very dry when it comes out, and I make crackers out of the pulp, so there is no waste.
they cost about $200 new, but I've seen them on ebay for any where from $10 to $100 used, and they work the same, just some are white, new ones, and some are different colors, you can buy all the replacement parts for champion website, and clean up takes less than 2 minutes.
So this is what I would do, I have told many of my raw students about this, and every one of them, has been able to get a champion on ebay for under $100 and in new or new like condition.
Ah, more choices!
I'll have to look at the Champion. I haven't yet, but since you mentioned it, I'll check it out today.
Plus, I was explaining all this stuff to my son, and he already had 2 juice meals today, and it looks like my new juicer (whichever one I end up getting) will be getting substantially more of a workout than I originally thought.
That's a good thing!
Thanks again for all your advice, everyone!
Oh, by the way, pretty much in order of importance, my thoughts on a juicer are:
-ease of cleaning (3 minutes MAX for a person like myself is top concern)
-ease of use (cut veggies as little as possible, put in feeder tube, voila! Juice!)
-versatility (able to do greens, wheatgrass, fruits...everything juice!)
-efficiency (not wasteful of juice, enzymes, all the healthy stuff)
That's about it.
There are a lot of factors, but I'm not expecting perfection.
Oh, QUIET OPERATION! How can I forget that? It has to be very QUIET. And not hopping around on the counter.
Some wish list, eh?
Jacki the Breville has been by far the best for me personally. I do have the Champ (which we used before the Breville) and many things come out wet, plus the machine tends to heat up and labor with tougher vegetables. You can't put in whole celery sticks without the strands winding around the cutting blade. The hopper is a lot smaller than the Breville too. With the Breville, there is very little chopping involved, it takes whole apples (the kind you get in 3# bags), carrots, etc. It yields a lot more juice with a silkier consistancy. It does an amazing job with peeled oranges - comes out like an Orange Julius. However, I haven't been able to do things like parsley. No one juicer does it all. Ones that are good with greens are bad with apples and carrots.
You really have to look at what you are going to be juicing. If you want to be juicing greens & wheat grass, you'll probably want one of the twin gears, like the Samson or Green Star. If you want carrots & apples, I recommend the Breville. The Champion is great to do all around things like ice cream and nut butters, but if you have a good food processor, you don't need a Champ.
I believe Discount Juicers has a comparison chart to help you decide which juicer does what best.
Hope that helps.
My 2 cents worth
To add my 2 cents worth, I own a Jack LaLane juicer. The lady I work for and take care of had a Champion juicer. I used it every day for about 3 months juicing for her. I hated using it. It was very hard to clean, very heavy, the pulp came out wet, greens and green vegies clogged it up, as well as apples. In comparing the Champion to the Jack LaLane juicer--the Jack LaLane juicer produced more juice from the same amout of carrots than the Champion.
Thanks for letting me share!
Pretty interesting. About a year ago, my sister in law ordered the JLL juicer. I brought over my champion and we had a juice-off. The JLL did exceptionally better on oranges, apples, carrots in juice texture and yield and it killed the Champ on tomatoes. It ran a lot quieter too. The Champ was a bit easier to clean up though. My Breville (very similar model) came with a cleaning brush, I don't know if the JLL does. I wrote an article on it, and gave it to Michelle on the From Sad to Raw site, and she posted it somewhere. I can't locate the article on my computer, but if I do, I'll be sure to post it.
Originally Posted by Old Fashioned Oats
WOW, I've had my champion juicer for about 4 years, and It takes me about 2 mintues to clean, just one twist and a quick rinse under the faucet, it only has about 4 parts, wipe off the crank shaft, and voila' clean.
I've never had it bog down on me even once, and I use it constantly.
The pulp comes out of mine dry as a bone, won't even stick together.
Now, I will admit this is my second one, the first one I had, must have had a seal missing or broken, as it leaked juice all over the counter, and it was a disaster, so I took it back to the store, brought this one home, and it works perfectly.
And I teach using this one, so students have abused it and my grandkids too, and it still works great.
I love the easy cleanup, I mean no scrubbing with a tooth brush to clean the little teeth, no screw drivers to mess with, nothing sticks, it all just takes one quarter of a twist and it comes apart.
I clean mine every time I use it, so maybe mine doesn't get a buildup or residue, I can't think of any other thing that would make it difficult to clean.
But then I love my vita mix, and many people say they don't like cleaning them, I just put in 1/2 a blender full of water, and 1 drop of dish soap, and turn it on, and rinse, it's instantly clean.
But I only use mine for raw fruits and veggies, nothing else.
When I was making alot of oily salald dressings, it did take some scrubbing by hand to clean, so maybe that's it.
RP do you have the industrial one? My friend had the industrial one and she said it never heated up on her at all, but she ended up getting a twin gear anyway because she wanted to do wheat grass. Funny, after she saw my Breville she had to 'one up' me and get the deluxe Breville, lol. I have the household model, that could be why I have the problems I do with it. I'm thinking of putting it on ebay since I don't use it anymore.
Thought I'd let everyone know I saw these at Costco tonight for $99.