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:
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.
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An in-depth review of the usage and internals of the Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus. Is this juicer worth consideration?
The Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus is a mid-high level range consumer juice extractor, with highlighted advertised specs including:
The Breville Line of juice extractors just look great. Lets be honest, if I were to choose a juicer just based solely from aesthetics, I would pick the Breville brand. It looks modern. The styling would fit most renovated kitchens, and hey, these juicers were featured on the documentary ‘Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead!” But besides their good looks, does this juicer justify spending the $150-200 they usually go for? Read on and we will find out.
The Breville JE98XL Juicer comes with a decent sized pulp container (enough to juice the mean green recipe doubled), plunger, disc filter brush, juice container and the body elements.
When I finally assembled the juicer, I was actually surprised at how large the footprint actually was. At 16″ x 9″, I found it a little large. I’m used to my trusty Waring Pro Extractor which has an integrated pulp container, and area for the juice container. Seeing as my countertop space is limited, I stored the pulp container and pitcher in my dishwasher till I needed to make juice. Because of its large footprint, keeping it assembled on my counter was out of the question.
The second impression I had was that the JE98XL Juice Fountain Disc Screen was MUCH larger than the Waring Pro screen I normally use. The shredding element was also slightly larger.
Next, I tried to stick the normal size apple I juice into the feed chute to see how much easier it would be if I didn’t have to prep the apples before using them (I normally quarter and core the apples I use). Unfortunately they didn’t fit. I still ended up quartering and coring the apples.
To make cleanup easier, use the small baggie you get from the grocery store when you buy your produce to line the pulp container before juicing. This way you won’t have to wash the collector when you are done. It also makes dumping the pulp into a compost bin much easier!
The Breville JE98XL Centrifugal juicer has two operational modes, a low (6,500 RPM), and a high (12,000 RPM). Breville recommends to choose the high speed (12,000 RPMs) setting for denser fruits and harder vegetables, and the low speed (6,500 RPMs) for leafy vegetables and soft fruit. I found however, that the low speed seemed to be just good (not great), at juicing the mean green recipe.
I found that when juicing kale, the shredding disc would get a little clogged with the kale fibers (much like the Jack Lalanne black Ultimate Power Juicer from Costco). This would also happen when juicing just green apples after throwing in a few of them. The cutting edges would clog and the apples would just sit there and slide on top of the shredding disc unless I leaned on the plunger and pushed with a decent amount of force to push the apples through. This wasn’t much of an issue with my waring pro.
This didn’t always happen, but it happened enough times for me to believe that this juicer was already headed for the “average” review. I eventually, like most other juicers, had to alternate between the easy to juice veggies like cucumber and celery; then back to kale and apples, to keep the disc from clogging.
Throughout the three weeks of evaluating this juice extractor, I would consistently notice the shredding disc become off balance with pulp that would catch on the disc. This would then cause the juicer to vibrate, rattle around, and make lots of noise. On my last day of evaluating the juicer, it became so unbalanced I believe the disc came off its seated position and the juicer stopped functioning…It even started to smoke! I thought it was broken but upon cleaning the parts and resetting everything, the juicer functioned back to normal.
Despite the problems I encountered, using the Low speed settings did a decent job with the mean green recipe, and produced juice which was relatively low in pulp.
Sound Clip on Low (Taken from 6ft away using the Tascam DR-100mkII at level 6.5 and High Gain.)
Using the High speed mode was, in my impression, like juicing with a jet engine. It was completely unsettling! Not only was it loud, but the vibrations and noise from the shredded up vegetables was actually kind of scary. :/ All subjectivity aside, the high speed setting really ate through the mean green recipe. Kale, green apples, and ginger were totally chewed up and juiced with little effort. The only issue that I found while using the High speed setting was the amount of stuff that gets everywhere. After a while, a tiny bit of juice begins to drip out from the joints where the top half meets the bottom half shell. Also, the blowback from the chute is much more powerful than when it is on the Low setting.
I also found that with the High (12,000 RPM) setting mode, there was more pulp in the juice. Probably because the stuff goes flying around inside the juicer at higher speeds allowing more of it to pass through the disc screen.
Sound Clip on High (Taken from 6ft away using the Tascam DR-100mkII at level 6.5 and High Gain.)
In order to test efficiency, I ran the pulp through again after the initial juicing. On very inefficient machines, the pulp will still be wet and contain a substantial amount of juice (on my Waring Pro, it gives me anywhere between 8-16oz!). I was not disappointed and found that the amount of juice left over was very little at 2.5oz when my initial juicing produced 35-37oz. Just using simple math, I figure the juicing waste of this juicer is around 6.5%.
After getting used to this juicer for several weeks, I found that it was one of the easier juicers to clean. The materials the housing and assemblies were made of proved to be simple to wash and scrub, and in most cases I just needed to rinse it. How easy it is to clean is entirely subjective, but I would say it is about the same as the Jack Lalane, especially if using a baby bottle brush. Most crevices and surfaces are easily accessible and do not have strange protrusions or lips which cannot be easily brushed. The only exception to this would be the juice spout on the lower assembly, but using the baby bottle brush mini brush, it was a cinch.
I used this juicer for over 3 weeks before I felt I could give this juice extractor a good review, and I personally wanted to like it. However, I found that while this juicer looks nice, and makes you look like a juicing pro, the cost vs performance was about the same as a Costco Jack Lalanne ultimate power juicer. Since the Jack Lalanne juicer is only $99, you’re getting a much better deal for your money. In my opinion, a premium of $100 more for the high speed option isn’t worth it since it’s so loud and obnoxious. But it does get the job done…and FAST! I used the machine in low setting most of the time as it provided the best mix of sound comfort when I juiced.
The deal-breaker for me was the time when the juicer completely malfunctioned and started to smoke on me. No juicer should allow that to happen! If some pulp can unbalance the shredding disc screen and allow it to become unseated, I feel that is a bad design. Because of this, and the lackluster impressions I had from this juicer, I would say pass and get a cheaper Costco juicer.
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For a more bang for your buck (but don’t have a Costco membership), go with the Jack Lalanne Ultimate Power Juicer
This is a review of the Bella XJ-8K129 Juice Extractor, often sold at target, macys, jcpenny or as a no brand juicer on the internet. Is it worth consideration? Read more to find out.
The Bella xj-8k129 juicer has these manufacturer specifications:
The Bella Juicer (made by Intertek) looks great. It comes in black or white colors and is a very small compact unit looking much like higher priced units on the market. At its $60 price point, it looked like a great deal on the shelves. But is this juicer really all its cracked up to be? Maybe not…
The Bella xj-8k129 Juice Extractor comes with all the accessories one would want except for a cleaning brush. It felt a little cheap and plasticy like it could easily crack if dropped. The food pusher felt very light and of cheap quality.
The juicer is a compact appliance meant for juicing small individual portions. As such, the shredding disc/mesh screen assembly is on the smaller side.
Here are some other pictures of the juicer assembly:
For such a small unit, I was surprised at the larger feed chute which was designed into the extractor.
Even more impressive was that this bella appliance had two speed settings!
While the bella juice extractor looks great and seems to be a very promising value for the money (a two speed, 3″ feed chute, jack lalanne clone for only $60!), what I found was completely opposite my first impressions. In fact, I didnt even bother to review the second speed setting as getting through the first speed setting was, to say the least…an adventure.
This juicer sucks. After putting my second branch of kale through the feed chute, the juicer jammed up and started making extremely loud noises because the shredding disc became out-of-balance with pulp buildup. Ive seen this with other juice extractors before, but none this bad, and none this early in the juicing process. In fact, coupled with the cheap build of the unit, the vibration and noise created made me fear for my physical safety…no joke.
At first, I thought it was just a fluke, and this pulp buildup vibration issue should not occur again. However, branch after branch caused this juicer to jam and vibrate. The experience was so unsettling I told my 2.5yo to back away from the counter as I was using the appliance. I have never before used a centrifugal extractor which caused me this much emotional pain to operate.
I tried to capture the experience on video, but this doesn’t do the juicer justice. It was really worse than it seems on the video below:
When the juicer wasn’t gunked up and off-balance, the unit sprayed pulp everywhere. It sprayed it in a 360 degree circle like a bomb blast! A juicer really shouldn’t have this problem, but the engineering of where the top half meets the main housing is not designed well, causing this to happen.
At this point, everything in me screamed “STOP REVIEWING THIS JUICER!” but I had to complete at least the efficiency test despite all the crap that was now on my counters, shirt, floor, and cabinets.
For those of you who are interested, I decided to record the noise output from the juicer before it touched any fruits or vegetables.
Sound clip on low (Taken from 6ft away using the Tascam DR-100mkII at level 6.5 and High Gain.)
Sound clip on high (Taken from 6ft away using the Tascam DR-100mkII at level 6.5 and High Gain.)
The juicer tends to froth the juice and aerate its contents with a lot of bubbles. On the first juicing pass the output was about 29oz.
In order to test the efficiency of this juicer I ran the pulp through again after the first juicing pass. On inefficient machines, the pulp will contain more juice and thus give a higher juice output on the second pass compared to more efficient juice extractors.
The second pass produced 8oz of juice. Doing some simple math, the percentage of juice wasted is 27.5%. Not great.
I found a few problems when cleaning this juicer. 1. The creases of the plastic formed during the manufacturing stage would allow the juice to seep into its crease and stain the plastic. 2. The pulp spray which affects the surrounding work area where one juices. Below is an example of how the plastic crease facilitates staining.
This staining also happened with the white plastic underside of the shredding disc/mesh screen assembly.
I could see how after an extended period of use, this juicer (assuming you can get through the first time) would eventually stain quite badly and look awful.
However, the rest of the cleanup process is what cracks me up the most. Not only do you have to clean the juicer, one also needs to clean the counter tops, countertop backsplash, floors, and do a load of laundry after use. Who in their right mind would release such a terrible product!?
After juicing with the Bella XJ-8K129 juice extractor I can honestly say that the Bella XJ-8K129 juice extractor is the worst juicer I have ever operated. Not only did it feel cheap and flimsy, it was subject to repeated pulp buildup on its mesh screen element which causes severe vibration and obnoxious noise. The emotional toll of using this extractor was awful, as these loud vibrations and crackling noises was extremely unsettling (I really did fear for my physical safety). The cleanup was the worst I have ever encountered; where cleaning meant, vacuuming, laundry, and wiping down the entire surrounding work area. Stainins were readily apparent after just even one use, no matter how much scrubbing was done. The whole review experience was so awful, I didn’t dare try to review the juicers high speed setting as I really didn’t want to clean my living room and hallways as well! 🙂
Do NOT under any circumstances, buy this juicer. If you have it, return it, and get any other extractor on the market. This thing is a disaster!!!
An in-depth review on the Juiceman jm480s All-In-One 800w Juicer. Read more to find out if this juicer is worth purchasing.
The Juiceman JM480S all in one juice extractor is a medium level juicer. It has these manufacturer specifications:
The JM480S (made by Intertek) all in one juicer is actually two machines in one, a juice extractor and a citrus juicer, which can be adapted for either applications with the included attachments. Whats novel about the Juiceman juicer is the ability to change to either a citrus juicer or a regular juice extractor with the swap of a few parts. Its has a small footprint, since it is engineered with an integrated pulp container, and also has the versatility of operating with two speed settings. But is the Juiceman JM480S juicer actually worth consideration? Read more to find out.
Included with the juicer is everything you hope a juicer would include. Brush (although a little cheapy), decent juice container, and all the attachments you need to run the extractor. For the purposes of this review, I will not be reviewing the citrus juicer attachment and instead just focus primarily on the juice extracting functionality.
The shredding disc/mesh screen is only slightly larger than the waring pro shredding disc/screen (which is pretty tiny).Which tells me this unit is not meant for serious juicing, but is geared for rather light/small one person individual portions.
Much like the waring pro juicer, the JM480S utilizes an integrated pulp container instead of the more common separate bucket-type used by other higher capacity juicers (like the Jack Lalanne Power Juicer Ultimate).
The feed chute is a nice 3″ wide, but it still requires one to quarter and core the apples (coring the apples is optional but I like to do it…those pesky seeds!). At least one doesn’t need to cut the apple into eighths like with the waring pro.
Using the JM480S extractor was a decent experience, I didn’t have any “wow” first impressions other than it had two speeds (for a juicer this compact). It performed well with the mean green recipe, and actually seemed to propel the celery, kale, and cucumbers by itself. I noticed there was very little effort involved in pushing down the ingredients, and the apples were no exception (which I was initially expecting it to do), there were no stoppages or slowdowns. Overall this juicer eats veggies quite nicely, much better than the waring pro, jack lalanne power juice ultimate, and any of the target (bella, dash – both made by Intertek) juicers.
First I tested the juicer on the slowest speed. There was a little vibration on use, but nothing which caused me any apprehension. When juicing the kale, I noticed that the base of the juicer would rotate when I pushed in a branch. The torque of the juicer coupled with its lighter weight would cause the base to rotate slightly when a stationary object like the kale branch would hit the shredding disc. It was not really an issue, but I would still need to adjust the base every so often so the spout would pour into the juice container so it would not spill on the subsequent kale insertions.
Noise Level on low speed:
I found the noise level was acceptable and not obnoxious or excessively loud.
Sound clip on low (Taken from 6ft away using the Tascam DR-100mkII at level 6.5 and High Gain.)
Efficiency on low speed:
The Juiceman JM480s did a decent job in juice output with a total of 28oz (juice output depends on many variables, such as water content of vegetables, and efficiency of the juicer). In order to test efficiency, I run the pulp output from the first pass through again to see how much juice it still contains. On very inefficient machines, the pulp will still be wet and contain a substantial amount of juice (on my Waring Pro, it gives me anywhere between 8-16oz!)…Turns out this juicer is about average in juice waste efficiency.
The second pass netted me about 5oz of juice. Doing some simple math, I found that the amount of juice this extractor will waste is about 17.85%. Thats not terrible, but definitely not great.
Next I set up the juicer to juice the mean green recipe once more, but on high speed. The results were a bit smoother as I did not have to adjust the base from it rotating unintentionally when inserting kale or any other vegetable into the chute. The higher speed made quick work of the kale, celery, apples, cucumber, and ginger with no hesitations, jamming, or weird vibrations. It was a pleasant and physically easy experience. Better than my Jack Lalanne!
Noise Level on High Speed:
The noise and vibration were not much of a problem, and I felt comfortable using the JM480S appliance. Impressions were average if not favorable.
Sound clip on high (Taken from 6ft away using the Tascam DR-100mkII at level 6.5 and High Gain.)
Efficiency on High Speed:
Next was to find if the efficiency on high speed was comparable to the units low speed output. I typically dont like to use the high speed setting on juicers as it ejects lots of the pulp AND juice content…meaning much higher juice wastage. What I found was that the high speed performed almost identically to the low speed setting. I got a total of 32oz (output varies according to ingredients and juicer efficiency).
On the second pass, I got a total of 6 oz. So doing more simple math, I calculated that on high speed, the juicer will have a slightly worse (but really negligible), juice waste of 18.75%. I was surprised that the juicer still maintained a fairly consistent efficiency even on a higher rotational speed. I was expecting waste to be 20% or higher!
Cleaning the Juiceman extractor turned out to be pretty intensive. The parts were complex and contained a number of crevices, nooks, and crannies which water/juice/debris could find its way into. The first area of this was the food pusher. While a nice feature, the small food chute which accepts a food pusher insert allows moisture from juicing to enter in. It would therefore need to be cleaned with each use.
The next area of concern I encountered was with the integrated pulp container and body housing. Why would a juicer contain so many flanges and tiny areas to clean!? As seen below, there are three main sections, which means 6 total vertical surfaces to clean (and only on the inside portion!). Even using my bottle brush (which always makes cleaning easier), I wasn’t able to thoroughly clean the unit. Instead I had to resort to using the supplied toothbrush, and a scouring pad to get into each nook and cranny. This meant three total tools to clean one individual part. Not good. Cleanup took about double the time it normally takes me to clean a juicer.
Cleaning the other parts were pretty typical and I did not encounter any notable cleanup issues with the rest of the Juiceman appliance.
For me, the dealbreaker on whether or not a juice extractor is recommended is with the units efficiency and ease of cleanup. If the juicer performs well on average but is a pain to clean, I would look elsewhere. There are plenty of machines which have designs which minimize cleanup, maximize usability, AND produce decently efficient machines. This cuts prep time (3 inch chute), improves usage (no jamming), and lowers total time spent juicing (cleanup).
The Juiceman JM480S is a machine which felt average to me. Its noise levels were not too high nor low, it had some vibration but was not excessive. The unit also had a few quirks with torque on low speed, but it wasn’t something to really complain about. It was a well built machine, and I admired the low footprint of its compact design. Juice output waste efficiency was average at best, but the dealbreaker for me was the difficulty in cleanup.
No unit should have so many troublesome parts which slow down the cleanup process. Juicing is really 20% juicing and 80% cleanup! Unless you really NEED the citrus juicing conversion capability that this juiceman all in one can provide, I would steer clear and look for a juicer which facilitates easy cleaning, as cleaning is a major factor whether or not the appliance will be repeatedly used in the future…who wants to spend their entire day at the kitchen sink?
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:
* 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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This is a review of the Black and Decker JE2200B 400w Juice Extractor. Read more to find out if this juicer is worth your hard earned money!
The Black and Decker JE2200B juicer has these manufacturer specifications:
The Black and Decker fruit and vegetable juicer is an extremely compact unit (smaller than the waring pro juicer), aimed at consumers who may just juice small long objects such as carrots, celery, or cucumbers. Its $30-50 price range makes it an attractive small kitchen appliance, and its black and stainless steel color scheme makes it an attractive unit to be left on a kitchen countertop. But is the je2200b centrifugal juice extractor worth the money? Read more to find out…
Upon opening the box, the I was struck by the small size of the JE2200b juicer. It was very light, compact, yet still felt somewhat solid for its size. It came with everything that is needed to begin juicing various fruits and vegetables, but it did not come with a cleaning brush.
To say this juicer was smaller than the waring pro, I was not mistaken. Take a look at the size of the shredding disc/mesh screen.
Upon unboxing I believed the Black and Decker juicer was not meant for heavy usage…After looking at the shredding disc/mesh screen and the feed chute opening, I was now certain of it.
To give you more of an idea of how tiny this juicer is, check out the pictures below
In order to use this juicing machine, I realized I would need to cut apples into eighths, and cucumbers into thirds (lengthwise), in order to feed it into the food chute. I really didnt come to understand just how small the feed chute was until I started to juice when I realized most of the vegetables I would try to fit in the chute would not, until I cut them smaller. Even large celery sticks seemed to fill the opening of the chute!
Juicing with this appliance took a lot longer than I expected as the size of the chute limited the amount of material which could be juiced. For example, I needed to break off each branch of kale and insert each branch individually for the kale to fit. At times I needed to break the branch in half and ball up the fluffy leafy portion of the kale for it to fit. I was not too enthused with having to do this tedious work in order to juice my mean green recipe. Overall, it took double the time to finish juicing the recipe!
At times I found the actions of pushing food into the chute would rotate and move the je2200b juicer base in a way for the spout to miss the juice container. I found myself needing to correct the positioning every few actions, and at one time didnt notice the pool of spilt juice when I wasnt paying attention! I suppose this just comes with the territory for having a very light and compact juice extractor.
Despite the extremely tiny feed chute and the limitations it imposed on the size of the fruits and vegetables juiced, the juice still stopped functioning two times when juicing this one recipe. It was a mechanism of the safety feature where if the top housing cover becomes loose, the machine will turn itself off. However, this feature is so sensitive, the machine would turn itself off even when the locking latches were still fully closed and the top housing cover was secure. Bad design, who wants their machine to constantly turn off when juicing!?
In order to test the efficiency of the Black and Decker juice extractor, I ran the mean green recipe through once, and then ran the pulp from the first pass through again. For inefficient juicer appliances, the second pass of juicing the pulp will have a high juice content compared to higher efficiency juicers.
For the first pass I got a very low 20 oz. Despite the fact that juice output varies based on ingredient water content, I found this to be shockingly low. I prepared myself for the worst on the second pass.
When handling the pulp from the first pass, I already knew the juicer was a very ineffiencent machine as it was very soggy and heavy. After juicing the second pass, I received 8 to 9 oz.
Doing some simple math revealed that this Black and Decker JE2200B juicer while being compact, wastes 40% of the potential juice from the fruits and vegetables one would put into it. 40% is a horrible figure…one might as well just squeeze the juice from the vegetables with their bare hands! LOL.
The noise output on the juicer is actually very manageable, with no emotional discomfort or feelings of danger. CLick the sound clip below for a sample of what it sounds like.
Sound Clip (Taken from 6ft away using the Tascam DR-100mkII at level 6.5 and High Gain)
Cleaning the JE2200B was an inconvenient experience. Not only did it not come with a brush small enough to clean all the little orifices of the juicer parts, but the design and pulp buildup created within the juicer itself added to pulp being dropped around the kitchen counter, on the juicer, and in the little nooks and crannies present on the juicer base.
As you can see from the pictures above, the juicer suffers from having many surface areas to clean. This is present within main juicer body, and also on the top housing cover. Without a bruh with long bristles it was difficult to clean the areas and allow the pulp to wash free. Additionally, removing the pulp container caused much of the built up pulp to fall down and around the work area. Upon removing the top transparent housing cover, caused the pulp to drop into the small areas on the juicer base. Normally, cleaning a juice extractor base is simple as wiping it down with a paper towel. However, the Black and Decker JE2200B needed to be turned upside down, blown out, wiped clean, and more to get all of the pulp particles out and off the appliance. It was inconvenient and took up more time and effort.
The JE2200B fruit and vegetable juice extractor is priced competitively and low enough for people who are on the fence about juicing who may want to give the whole “juicing thing” a try. However, its my belief that using this juicer would cause more people to drop out of juicing long term because of the inconvenience and time/effort required to operate and clean this juice extractor. Preparation time was doubled as cutting all the ingredients required them to be sliced thinly, and small. Operation required adjustment every couple of pushes to account for the movement of the juicer base from the normal food pusher actions. Cleanup required more effort as the plentiful orifices and many different and uneven surface areas presented additional actions to clean in order to fully remove the pulp. Cleaning the base was difficult as well. The worst aspect of the juicer however was the 40% waste of juice this extractor exhibited. Not only do you get less for your money in terms of juice, one spends more if the old adage “time is money” is taken into account.
Dont be fooled by the low initial price of the unit. The terrible efficiency and time/effort needed to clean and operate the Black and Decker JE2200B in the long run will negate the purchase. Spend a tiny bit more money on a slightly higher priced model (like the Jack Lalanne Power juicer ultimate), and get more bang for your buck.
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