Is it a Really a Professional Home Juice Machine?
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.
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.
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…
- Apples and other Firmer Fruits (pear), Carrots, Celery, Beets – mostly high juice volume and dry pulp.
Average Juicing Performance with
- Oranges and other Citrus Fruits, Pineapple – pulp is a bit wet, doesn’t extract as much juice as it could.
Not Good at Juicing…
- Ripe, Soft Fruits (kiwis, mangoes, berries) and Soft Veggies (tomatoes) – the soggy pulp and tiny seeds tend to clog the filter holes.
Problems – All Jack LaLane Juicer Models Have Them
- The produce pieces often jump out of the chute if the plunger isn’t in it.
- Many times there are slices of produce on the blade at the end of juicing – a proof of inefficient juicing.
- The spout is at too low: only a smaller, 8-ounce glass will fit under it.
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.
- Method of Juicing: centrifugal, automatic pulp ejection
- Motor power: 250 Watt (0.33 horsepower)
- Revolution speed: 3600 rpm, 1 speed setting
- Material: stainless steel housing, blade and mesh filter
- Feed tube: 3″
- Dimensions (H x W x D): 16″ x 12″ x 15.5″
- Weight: 15 lbs.
- Colors: stainless steel finish base, receptacle, and top, plastic pulp bin and plunger
- Price range: $100 – $150.
- Warranty: limited lifetime warranty on motor, 90 days on other parts.
What Can You Juice with it?
- Fruits: yes, but not good with softer fruits/ripe peaches, berries etc.
- Citrus: yes
- Vegetables: yes, problems with softer veggies (e. g. tomatoes)
- Leafy Greens – no
- Wheatgrass – no
Pros & Cons at a Glance
- adequately juices firm fruits (apples) and vegetables (carrots, celery, beets),
- large feed chute (there are several other better juicers with wide feed tube. e.g. L’Equip 215 XL Big Mouth Juicer)
not as efficient at juicing as shown on TV, in some cases the pulp is considerably wet,
doesn’t work well with softer items,
the pulp bin doesn’t align well with the lid resulting in pulp spitting all over the place
spout is at two low – a larger glass won’t fit under it meaning that you have to stop juicing or switch glasses if you want to make more than 8 oz juice.
jamming problems (you have stop the machine, unplug it and try to resolve the clogging or you have to take apart the machine).
produce pieces tend to jump out of the chute if the plunger isn’t in it
anti-drip spout is troublesome to clean
plastic screw peg to which the blade and the filter is attached can break easily (one user says that it broke within 1 year, he bought another of this model thinking that his wife didn’t use the first unit properly and the second juicer’s peg also broke within a year))
noise – although the motor is fairly quiet, the juicer can be pretty noisy during operation.
short warranty (90 days) on other parts than the motor, most other juicers carry at least 1 year warranty. Even if you have problem within the warranty period and are entitled to a replacement unit you are to pay the shipping costs (cc. $60).
Ease of Use/Cleaning:
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?
- Base (contains the motor) with locking arms
- Receptacle (stainless steel)
- Mesh filter (stainless steel)
- Blade – stainless steel disk, grinds the produce
- Lid with Pulp Guard and Chute – stainless steel
- Pulp Bin – collects the pulp that comes out at the back of the machine
- Pusher – plastic, for pushing down the produce pieces in the chute
- Tool (Crescent shape) – for tightening and removing the blade
- Manual and Recipe Booklet
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.
Alternatives to Jack LaLanne Machines
- Acme Juicers - the 6001 Juicerator by Acme has a strong 1/4 HP motor and the whole unit comes with a 10-year warranty. Although the Acme Juicerator costs more but it is far more efficient and dependable than any of the Jack LaLane’s Power Juicers.
- Hamilton Beach Wide Feed Chute Juicers – 800-watt motor operates the big mouth centrifugal juice extractors by Hamilton Beach.
- Waring Profesional JEX450 Juicerator – strong 850-watt motor and 3″ wide round feed chute ensures quick, efficient juicing.
- Waring Pro JEX 328 Professional Juice Extractor – 400-watt motor runs this automatic centrifugal juice extractor.
- Juiceman Juicers – are similar to the Jack LaLane models but are of better quality.