Is it an Outstanding Fruit & Vegetable Juicer?
The Power Juicer Elite differs from the other Jack LaLanne juicer models in that it has soy-mik technology (a bit of an exaggeration) should you wish to prepare milk alternatives (soy milk, almond milk, rice milk, coconut milk) with it.
The design of the Power Juicer Elite is a bit different too: the top with the chute is slightly tilted. Other features (motor power, etc.) are the same as that of the other models.
Features, Performance, Complaints
As we already mentioned in our review on the Power Juicer Pro, when the opinions are either negative or positive then one should be extra cautious.
Juicing Efficiency of the Jack LaLanne Power Juicer Elite
The Elite is operated by the same 250-watt motor as the other LaLanne machines. Is it enough power for quick, efficient juicing?
Some users are satisfied with the motor output and experience no problem in the speed or efficiency of juice extraction.
Others however claim that it isn’t powerful enough. It’s a fact that there are similarly priced juicers with higher-output motors on the market.
For example the Juiceman Junior JM400 is driven by a 700-Watt motor and doesn’t cost more than any of the JLL Power juicers.
What Does the Elite Juice?
It juices harder fruits and vegetables well, some have good results with softer fruits (peaches, mangoes, kiwi, berries) too, although the manual of the unit doesn’t recommend using overripe produce because extraction is not good, and too much wet pulp can clog the machine.
Soy Milk Technology – Does it Work Well?
There’s an attachment called E-Z Loader when you are making soy, rice or almond milk.
It is in fact only a plastic pitcher that can be attached to the feed chute on the juicer top and helps adding the seeds. It has a special trap door allowing you to feed the various seeds without popping back out from the feeder.
It is not a Powerful Technology for making soy/rice/almond/coconut milk as claimed on the Power Juicer website.
How to Make Soy Milk with the Power Juicer Elite?
- Soak soy beans in water for 8-12 hours.
- Put 8 oz.-8 oz. of water in two pots, bring them to the boil.. Add 1 teaspoon baking soda to one of the pots of boiling water and add the rinsed soy beans.
- Cook it for 5 minutes.
- Drain and rinse the beans, then add them to the second pot of boiling water, add 1 teaspoon baking soda, cook for 5 minutes, drain and rinse.
Milk Extraction in the Power Juicer Elite
Attach the E-Z Loader to the feed chute of the assembled juicer.
Put a heat resistant glass under the spout to catch the soy milk.
Plug in the machine.
Turn on the juicer.
Add the soy beans through the E-Z Loader along with 4-6 cups of hot water. If the soy milk is too thick add more water, if it is too watery try juicing some more soy beans again but use soy milk instead of water.
Pour the milk in a pot, bring it to the boil then reduce the heat and let it gently simmer for about 20 minutes while stirring to prevent it from burning and getting stuck to the bottom of the pot.
Problems – All Jack LaLane Juicer Models Tend to Have
Pulp collector doesn’t fit flush to the back of the machine – the pulp will be spat all over the place.
Spout is at too low (accessories offered for extra cost – cc. $20 + $7 shipping include a juicing platform that raises the juicer so that it will accommodate taller glasses). Why not design the machine so that a large 8-oz. cup fits neatly under the spout in the first place?
Using the Power Juicer Elite
Putting together the parts is quite easy, although tightening the blade to the motor shaft with the crescent shaped tool then loosening it at the end of juicing is an awkward design element common in each Jack LaLane juicer models.
Jack Lalanne Power Juicer Elite, Model PJEL – Review
- 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 (L x W x H): 16″ x 13″ x 16.5″
- 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
- Leafy Greens - no
- Wheatgrass – no
- Makes soy milk, rice milk, nut milks
Pros & Cons at a Glance
- adequately juices firm fruits (apples) and vegetables (carrots, celery, beets),
- wide feed chute (there are several other better juicers with wide feed tube. e.g. L’Equip 215 XL Big Mouth Juicer).
the pulp bin doesn’t align well with the lid – the pulp will fly 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).
Soy Milk technology isn’t as powerful as advertised.
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))
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).
Inefficient Customer Service – in many cases the customer service was unable to help those who called them regarding some problem with the juicer. They often refer to the manual or give other useless advice.
Ease of Use/Cleaning:
Put a plastic bag in the pulp collector to catch the pulp, this way you don’t have to wash the bin. Just lift the bag and put the pulp in a composter or use it for making dog biscuits or thickening soups.
Cleaning the Juice Spout
The Express, Deluxe, Pro and Elite models have non-drip spout which might be useful because it prevents dripping of juice but it is tricky to clean.
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 Power Juicer Elite?
- Base (contains the motor) with locking arms and screw peg
- Receptacle with removable non-drip spout
- Mesh filter (stainless steel)
- Blade – stainless steel disk, grinds the produce
- Lid with Pulp Guard and Chute – black plastic, covers the receptacle with the filter basket and blade in it
- E-Z Loader Attachment with E-Z Plug – can be attached to the feed chute to help feed the soy beans rice etc.
- Pulp Collector – catches the pulp that comes out at the back of the machine
- Pusher – plastic with chromed top, for pushing down the produce pieces in the chute
- Tool (Crescent shape) – for tightening and removing the blade
- Manual and Recipe Booklet
An accessory kit can be bought for extra cost (cc. $20 + $7 shipping cost) that includes a juicer platform, a cleaning brush, a measuring cup, a recipe booklet and an overflow platform. 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 it?
You can find juicers in the $100 – $150 price range that are more sophisticated and efficient and rated better by users than the Power Juicer Elite or the other members of the JLL juicer family.
See recommendations in the table below.
Official website of the manufacturer: Power Juicers
Alternatives to the Jack La Lane Power Juicer Elite
- 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 Big Mouth Juicer, Model 67650 – inexpensive automatic centrifugal juicer powered by a 800-watt motor.
- Waring Pro JEX450 Juicer with Wide Feed Chute – another good-value fast centrifugal juice machine that costs less than $200.
- Waring Pro JEX 328 Professional Juice Extractor – 400-watt motor runs this automatic centrifugal juice extractor.
- Breville JE900 Juice Fountain Professional Juicer – a powerful centrifugal machine with a 600-Watt motor that sells for around $100 – $150.
- Juiceman Juicers – are similar to the Jack LaLane models but are of better quality.