Jack LaLanne Power Juicer Elite
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
Although the Power Juicer Elite seems to be the most advanced among the JLL models, it received the same mixed reviews as the other units (Classic, Express, Deluxe and Pro). Some are extremely happy with its performance and the juice quality, others say that it’s “a piece of junk” and doesn’t worth the money.
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.
Try to gather as many objective information as possible before buying the juicer. Search for tests and comparisons with other similar juice extractors, and if you find one in the same price category that received better reviews then go for that one.
Jack Lalanne Power Juicer Elite, Model PJEL – Review
What Can You Juice with it?
Pros & Cons at a Glance
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?
- 1Soak soy beans in water for 8-12 hours.
- 2Put 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.
- 3Cook it for 5 minutes.
- 4Drain 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
- 1Attach the E-Z Loader to the feed chute of the assembled juicer.
- 2Put a heat resistant glass under the spout to catch the soy milk.
- 3Plug in the machine.
- 4Turn on the juicer.
- 5Add 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.
- 6Pour 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.
Clean-up is pretty simple although it requires some work but this is the case with all other juicers. Once you get used to the process, you can done it in a few minutes. If you don’t like manual washing then, after a thorough rinsing, put the parts, except the base, on the top rack of the dishwasher
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?
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