Jack LaLanne Power Juicer Pro
Is it a Really a Professional Home Juice Machine?
The Jack LaLanne Power Juicer Pro is one of the 5 centrifugal juice extractors advertised and recommended by Jack LaLanne in TV commercials.
With sleek stainless steel finish, surgical stainless steel blade, and non-drip spout the Power Juicer Pro looks like a premium quality home juicer at affordable cost. Is it really that good a juicer as shown on TV?
Let’s examine in detail all the features, pros and cons and the most frequent problems reported by users.
Review – Features, Performance, Complaints
Owners of the Jack LaLanne PJP Power Juicer Pro either love or hate the appliance. There’s rarely an in-between opinion, and this stands for each Jack LaLane Juicer model. In such cases one has to be very careful and do a thorough research before buying.
Fortunately there are quite a few user reviews available on the Power Juicer Pro, so you can find out about all the pros and cons, but in our opinion extreme reviews (both the bad and the good) should be taken with a grain of salt.
The Power Juicer Pro is no doubt not the best centrifugal juicing machine out there because you can get better performing units for approximately the same price, but if you can get it for half of its retail price then go for it.
What Can You Juice with it?
Pros & Cons at a Glance
All Jack La Lane models are advertised as high performance juicing machines that extract 30% more juice from the same produce than other similar units.
Reading so many complaints in consumer reviews, regarding the limitations of Jack LaLanne juicers, including the Deluxe model, however should make one cautious before running out to buy one of these units.
Motor Power: the Pro has the same weak 250-watt motor as the other Jack LaLane models. It spins the blade+mesh filter only at 3600 rpm which turns out to be not sufficient for efficient juice extraction according to users.
TIP: The Juiceman Junior (JM400) Juicer (sells for around $70 – $100) is operated by a 700-Watt motor and juices a wide range of fruits and vegetables with ease.
The L’Equip 215 XL Big Mouth Juicer is small, compact unit powered by a 900-watt motor that spins at much higher rpm than the LaLanne juice machines and sells for the same price as Jack LaLanne’s Power Juicer Pro.
What Does the Pro Juice?
Similarly to other centrifugal juicers, the Power Juicer Pro doesn’t juice wheatgrass, herbs and leafy greens (isn’t designed for this job neither are any of the other centrifugal juice machines, for juicing wheatgrass and greens you need a low-RPM, auger juicer (single or twin-gear) or a dedicated wheatgrass juicer.
It is Good at Juicing…
Average Juicing Performance with
Not Good at Juicing…
Problems – All Jack LaLane Juicer Models Have Them
Using the Jack LaLanne Power Juicer Pro
The most appreciated features of the Power Juicer Pro are the stain-resistant stainless steel construction and the large feed chute (3″ wide).
The stainless steel finish lends not only a sleek look to the appliance, but it is much easier to clean than the plastic models. It won’t get stained by colorful fruits and veggies (oranges, carrots, and beetroot). Furthermore, all parts excluding the motor are dishwasher safe.
The wide feed tube reduces preparation work (less cutting), but many other better-quality centrifugal units have this feature (L’Equip 215 XL, Breville Juicers, Omega Big Mouth Juicer).
Assembling the unit is pretty straightforward, although tightening the blade to the motor base with the crescent tool (and unlocking it during disassembly) is again a common design weakness in all Jack LaLanne juicer machines that makes using them awkward.
The conclusion is that there are other comparably priced juicers that have a more sophisticated design and simpler assembly-disassembly process.
Clean-up is pretty simple and can be done in a couple of minutes.
Rinse all part (except the base with the motor-this needs only an occasional wipe with a damp cloth) well in running water right after you finished juicing (and drank the juice).
Use a kitchen brush to scrub the strainer.
Put a plastic bag in the pulp bin to catch the pulp, this way you don’t have to wash the bin.
All parts, excluding the base, can be cleaned in a dishwasher (top rack placement).
Cleaning the Juice Spout
Find the removable juice spout locking mechanism on the bottom side of the receptacle. Note: Juice spout will be in the locked position.
Unlock the spout by turning the locking mechanism counter-clockwise, lining up notch with juicer spout hinge pivot arm.
Lift up juice spout carefully from receptacle and remove to clean.
Reattaching the spout:
Insert juice spout back into original position and turn the locking mechanism clockwise to lock into place.
IMPORTANT: When reattaching juice spout back into original position make sure juice spout is in the locked position and tightly secured before use.
What Comes with the Jack LaLanne Power Juicer Pro?
Note: the Jack LaLanne Power Juicer Pro and the other JLL models don’t come with a juice jar unlike many other similarly priced brands of juicers. This again shows that the JLL juicers provide less value for the same money than other juicers in this price category.
Conclusion – Should You Buy the Jack LaLanne Power Juicer Pro?
Although the extremely negative reviews should be taken with a grain of salt, the many problems reported by users of the Jack LaLane Pro show that it isn’t the best performing juicer you can get for your money.
At least the Pro model has real stainless steel finish, an improvement from the Deluxe model’s SS-like chrome housing, it still has the same limitations and design as the rest of the Jack LaLanne Juicer line.
We only recommend it if you manage to find one at real good bargain price, otherwise save a bit more to get a high-quality juicer that works as well in reality as it is advertised. See recommendations in the table below.