Jack Lalanne Power Juicer Ultimate Review
A thorough review of the Jack Lalanne Power Juicer Pro/Ultimate. Does this juicer live up to the hype?
The Jack Lalanne Power Juicer Pro/Ultimate has these manufacturer specifications:
- Non-Drip Spout
- Stainless-Steel Mesh Filter
- Surgical-Quality Stainless Steel Blade
- Whisper-Quiet Operation
- Special Patented Extraction Technology
- delivers up to 30% more juice than other juicers*
- High Performance 3,600
- RPM Induction Motor with a lifetime warranty
- Extra-Large Round Chute
- Super-Sized Detachable Pulp Collector
- Dishwasher Safe
* Amounts of juice will vary depending upon ripeness and size of different fruits & vegetables and results will vary for different juicers.
I purchased this Jack Lalanne juice extractor from Costco for $89.99 and noticed it was the same juicer as the Jack Lalanne Pro model, I suppose that in order to sell to Costco, they had to differentiate the models and instead gave this model the “Ultimate” title. Like many of you, I am cautious of any product that is advertised on TV and especially marketed as gimmicky as the Jack Lalanne brand of juice extractors. I really wanted to know if this juicer at its super low price, while incorporating features of much higher priced and marketed models would live up to its reputation as the “Ultimate” juicer. After using this extractor for a while, the answer really did surprise me!
The Power Juicer Pro/Ultimate is a juicer that seems to be built to compete on a level with the likes of the Breville or Juiceman brand of juice extractors. Same essential design and form factor, with the separate pulp container and a spout which empties into a separate juice container. The appliance comes with everything you see in the picture below, but does NOT come with a juice container. I found that a little strange and at first believed that I had missed it when unpacking the unit. Upon searching and reading the box details, I found no mention of the juice container…sucks maybe that’s how they could sell it for such a good price. It did come with a nice angled brush, a juice recipe book, and a strange tool for installing and removing the shredding disc.
Unlike many juicers out on the market, the shredding disc and mesh screen are not one integrated unit. They completely separate items which can be removed and cleaned independently of each other (maybe a foreshadowing of frequent replacement?). The shredding disc/mesh screen assembly is not friction fit, and instead screws in place to secure the shredding disc to the mesh screen, which secures it to the motor spindle and keeps the housing locked down (see below).
The fully assembled screen/shredding disc/housing is sturdy and solid…maybe this method has something to do with how large the mesh screen is. I figured this juicer was ready for volume!
The feed chute is nice and large which minimizes prep time since one doesn’t need to cut the fruits and vegetables into small pieces. One is content to just quarter apples, and cut cucumbers in half for use with this large diameter opening. Pushing Kale down a larger diameter chute is much easier, and speeds up the juicing process.
Once everything is tightened down and the top cover locked into place, the juicer is ready for use. Normally, I use a plastic bag to line the pulp container, but found that when I did so, small bits of kale would fly out from the exit passageway and rest on the top cover of the extractor. I had to fold the plastic bag over in a way which blocked this debris from coming out (whether this a testament to the juicers power or design, i’m not too sure). Either way, it was a minor nuisance, as the rest of the juicing process with the extractor was very pleasant and impressive.
The Jack Lalanne Power Juicer Ultimate/Pro is single speed so juicing was pretty straight forward. There were a few times when I shoved a handful of kale into the feed chute and had the motor slow down, only once did it slow to almost stopped. I attributed this to my overly aggressive testing procedure (the manual also states that care should be taken to not apply too much pressure to the ingredients or this may occur), and not the weaknesses of the juicer. The Ultimate juicer did a fine job of juicing the mean green recipe and allowed it all to be done very quickly.
It slowed down a tiny bit with large amounts of kale, but apples, celery, cucumber, were no problem for it. The process was pretty easy. I found it helpful to quickly rotate the feed press Left and Right while applying downward pressure. This seemed to loosen and facilitate the shredding of the ingredients in a way which didn’t necessitate large amount of downward pressure should clogging occur. I did find the Jack Lalanne Juicer to be average or slightly below average in juicing kale.
After several months, the juicer tended to clog when juicing kale which forced me to constantly cycle between kale and celery or an apple to keep clogging to a minimum (this might also be one reason why the shredding disc and mesh screen are separate…so the user can purchase replacement units separately).
As you can see, if the shredding disc teeth become duller with usage, the more it would clog as it already has signs of ingredient fibers gunking up the teeth.
I was shocked when I flipped the power switch and heard a very faint whirr from the motor on this unit. I literally exclaimed “wow!” at the sound, or lack thereof emanating from the Power Juicer. In all the reviews weve done, the Jack Lalanne Power Juicer Ultimate was the quietest juicer ever.
Sound Clip (Taken from 6ft away using the Tascam DR-100mkII at level 6.5 and High Gain.)
I thought to myself that maybe this was the reason the shredding disc/mesh screen was of the screw-on instead of the friction-fit type and it had something to do with reducing the vibrations and rotational balance which contributes to additional noise. It would be great if some Jack Lalanne engineers could comment on this.
The Jack Lalanne manufacturing specs mention that the extractor delivers up to 30% more juice than other extractors. I assume this is on the first pass of juicing. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it did indeed produce slightly more juice than typical…about 2oz more. Whether or not this is 30% cant be verified as the type/amount of ingredients one uses for a recipe varies with each use. I was able to get about 39oz with the first pass.
In order to test the Jack Lalanne Power Juicer efficiency, I ran the pulp through a second pass. On inefficient juice extractors, the second pass of pulp juicing will yield greater amounts of juice compared to higher efficiency juicers. On the second pass I was able to get 4oz. Doing some simple math showed that this juicer wastes approximately 10.25% of the fruits and vegetable juice it processes. Definitely not bad at all.
Cleaning the Ultimate juicer was not an issue. each individual piece comes off and is easy enough to clean with a bottle brush. The only areas that I found needed a little more TLC were the flip out juice spout (the juice could seep underneat the rubber stopper), and the top cover flanges (they created a sharp corner angle where pulp could sit and hide). A little water and a little more agitation cleaned it right up. Cleanup is quick and easy, just swish the bottle brush in a circular fashion to clean the main housing, use the supplied scrub brush to clean in a counter-clockwise fashion the shredding disc, and submerge the mesh screen underwater while scrubbing both sides of the mesh. Rinse and youre done. Definitely on par with the Breville line of juicers.
I was initially bummed out that the Jack Lalanne Power Juicer Ultimate/Pro did not come supplied with a juice container, amd required the use of a tool to secure the mesh screen and shredding disc. However the juicer itself functioned brilliantly, although not as powerful as some of the Breville offerings, the unit was EXTREMELY quiet and pleasant to use. Personally I would rather have a quiet machine which needed a little more push than an obnoxiously loud but powerful machine which would chop through everything. This centrifugal juice extractor is a great balance between power and comfort in terms of usability, and provides all the conveniences of a upper level juicer. Easy to clean, whisper quiet, dirt cheap, and great looking team up to make this juicer a definite best buy. It has now become the extractor I use personally because of its value. Despite the shredding disc getting clogged after the teeth dull a little, I still believe the features are worth its price.
The Jack Lalanne Power Juicer Ultimate is a great value of for the money. I now use it as my own personal juice extractor. You can find it for less than $100 and it outperforms many other juicers! The best part of it…its whisper quiet!
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