Waring Pro JEX328 Juicer Review
A thorough review of the Waring JEX328 Health Juice Extractor. Is it worth purchasing?
The Waring JEX328 Health Juice Extractor is an entry level juicer with the following manufacturer specifications:
- Brushed stainless steel housing
- 32-oz. stainless steel juice cup
- Extra-wide 3-inch feed chute
- Limited Five Year Motor Warranty
- Product Dimensions (D x W x H): 10.75 x 8.75 x 13.75”
Weight: 8 lbs.
This juicer looks good with its brushed stainless steel housing, has a small footprint, and comes with a nice stainless steel juice cup. Its priced right for those who are new or looking to get into juicing, but is it worth purchasing or going with another juice extractor? Keep reading to find out…
The Waring Pro JEX328 Juice Extractor comes with a nice stainless steel juice container (I use this for my other juicers as well!), and tiny brush for cleaning the spout hole.
I noticed the parts for this juicer to be on the smaller side. The disc screen compared to the Breville JE98XL disc looks to be on the tiny side.
However, the fully assembled appliance fits nicely on a counter top, and allows for easy storage in a cupboard. At 10″ x 9″ wide, this juicer takes up very little room and looks pretty great on a counter. One will notice that the disc housing (batch bowl) also acts as a pulp container, which keeps the juicer footprint to a minimum and eliminates the need for a completely separate pulp container.
The second most notable detail is the chute opening. Its much smaller than the 3″ openings I have come to being used to. In fact, the openings only allow for apples which are quartered and the pieces sliced in half once more. It calls for added prep time for cucumbers as well, as they need to be sliced thin and skinny in order to fit.
The Waring Pro JEX328 centrifugal extractor was actually quite a surprise to operate. It only operates on one speed, and it juiced the mean green recipe without too much trouble. In fact, Kale was no problem for the disc to eat through (which I initially believed where it would have the most trouble). In fact it ate through everything from apples, to ginger without too much of an issue. The motor would slow down slightly when pushing through apples, but surprisingly did not clog the shredding disc, or halt the machine. I was pretty impressed that this little machine kept its disc screen and teeth free from most pulp buildup and from clogging.
What also surprised me was that the juice this extractor produced seemed a little greener than what I was getting with the other juicers (such as the Jack Lalanne). It could totally be a subjective observation or be related to the ingredients which I used, but I truly believed the juice was consistently greener and a little richer looking than what I observed with other juicers. My thought on this is that because this juicer handled Kale particularly well, the darker green the produced juice would be.
The Waring Pro juicer while being compact, was not the quietest juicer we’ve ever tested, I would rate it at about average. It also sounded a little harsher than I was used to, reminding me of the sound of some of my woodworking tools. Click the link below to hear a sample of the juicer running.
Sound Clip (Taken from 6ft away using the Tascam DR-100mkII at level 6.5 and High Gain.)
Output and Efficiency
In order to test efficiency, I ran the pulp through once more after the initial juicing. On very inefficient machines, the pulp will contain a substantial amount of residual juice and thus produce a large amount of juice on the second juicing pass. The first pass using the mean green recipe produced a typical amount of juice (this depends on size and quality of ingredients juiced which varies from day to day), about 32oz.
On the second pass, I was able to get about 6-7oz of juice. That’s quite a bit! Doing some simple math, I figure the juicing waste of this juicer is about 21.8%. Not good at all…
The JEX328 was also not the easiest juice extractor to clean without the use of a bottle brush. After one is done juicing, the pulp is left on the outermost circular portion of the body housing (batch bowl). Most can be removed by holding the housing upside down over a plastic bag and giving it a few whacks while rotating the body. The remainder can then be scraped out with a butter knife or fork. Its a little messy, but with practice its no different than a pulp container bin like the ones used in the Jack Lalanne or Breville models.
The cleanup is about the same as other juicers with a bottle brush. But without the bottle brush, cleanup definitely takes a little bit more time as one needs to fit their hand into the crevices of the batch bowl pulp container housing. Also, without a bottle brush I found it difficult if not impossible to thoroughly clean the juice spout cavity.
For only $50-$60, the Waring Pro JEX328 centrifugal juice extractor is a small, capable, and nice looking appliance. It is not the most efficient machine we have tested, and wastes about 21-22% of the juice from the fruits and vegetables which it processes. Although the motor is only 400w’s the unit is not a quiet machine, nor a loud machine (see above sound sample), but should be OK for those who need a compact unit which can process kale, celery, apples, lemon, cucumbers, and ginger with no issues (the mean green recipe), and it seems to handle Kale particularly well.
The only inconvenience this extractor has inherent in its design is the small feed chute opening. Because of this, one must prep the fruits and vegetables more thoroughly by cutting the pieces smaller to fit. Speed of use and cleanup is about average (when utilizing a bottle brush to clean the housing), without the bottle brush, cleanup is a little cumbersome with large hands, and near impossible to do thoroughly (juice spout cavity). The Waring JEX328 is a no frills, no nonsense juicer which gets the job done. Its neither elegant, nor troublesome, and for the several months I reviewed it, it was a very reliable, stable, and solid performer. If you can live with the inefficiency and juice waste and just need a compact juicer, this is a decent choice.
Click to find out decent prices for the Waring Pro JEX328 Health Juice Extractor