Champion Juicer – Could it Be the One and Only True Masticating Juicer?

Champion JuicerWell, that’s what one person had to say in his review of the Champion Juicer on Amazon.  I’m not so sure that’s true, but the point was that he had used this juicer for many years and claimed it was the best masticating juicer he’d ever used.

It’s definitely a workhorse that will last through many years of constant use.  It’s run by a heavy duty General Electric  motor, GE being one of the foremost producers of top appliances and life-changing innovations for generations.

What Kind of Features Will You Find on the Champion?

It has:

  • a 1/3 HP 540 watt GE motor
  • a fairly large feed tube at 1 3/4 inches
  • a blank for making sorbets, baby food and even nut butters
  • a single horizontal cutter that runs at a high speed of 1725 rpms.  This is faster than most masticating juicers.single horizontal cutter

How Easy is it to Use?

Unlike a twin gear juicer, you don’t have to put your weight into pushing down the tamper.  It doesn’t self-feed, and you do have to use some pressure, but not anything that couldn’t be done by a child or an elderly person.  The high speed single cutter has cutting blade teeth on one end of the spinner and an auger on the other.

The food first goes through the cutting end of the blade, grinding it up for processing and compressing it so that the juice goes through the holes in the screen into the pitcher or bowl underneath.  The auger end pushes the pulp out the far end into another bowl, which as with other juicers, you can line with a plastic bag to catch the pulp and deposit it in your compost pile.

What is the Champion Juicer Made of?

Champion Juicer G5-PG710 - BLACK Commerical Heavy Duty JuicerChampion Juicer G5-PG710 – BLACK Commerical Heavy Duty JuicerUnlike the less expensive juicers, this one is made of Dupont nylon , which is like hard plastic but stronger and shouldn’t break or crack if dropped.

It comes in either black or white on Amazon, but if you take into consideration the staining potential of carrots and beets over time, you might want to invest in a black one that would hide the stains. It’s also possible to remove the stains with some bleach, if you’d prefer a white one.

The tempered stainless steel blades should never rust or separate.

Where is it Made?

Unlike most juicers that are made in China, as of this writing Champion is one of only two companies offering juicers made in America and all parts are FDA approved.

(The other company offering American made juicers is Nutrifaster.)

The first Champion Juicer came on the market in 1955, so this company has been around for a long time.

How Much Does it Cost?

As of this writing, it is selling on Amazon for less than $300.

What Kind of Warranty Does it Have?

Although it has a 10 yr. limited manufacturer’s warranty, it only has a 1 yr. warranty on the cutting blade and the screens.  There is a 3 yr. warranty on the motor and a 5 yr. warranty on the juicing parts.

That does seem a bit confusing, but you could always contact the company for clarification on that.  Champion Juicer phone # 866-935-8423

How Large is it?

It’s a heavy duty juicing machine, weighing in at about 20 lbs. so you probably will want to have enough counter space to keep it out all the time if you plan on juicing every day.  Otherwise, it’s pretty heavy to have to take out of a cupboard every day.

cThe dimensions are: 19 x 7.8 x 12 inches

Will it Juice Wheatgrass and Leafy Greens?

For a masticating juicer, the Champion does not do as well as you might expect with wheatgrass and other leafy greens.  There is a wheatgrass attachment but the reviews on that have not been good.  I don’t think I would invest in that.

You can still juice greens, but it is a fairly slow process and you might have to run the pulp through the machine 2 or 3 times.  So if greens and wheatgrass are your main preferences, you might want to try the Tribest Green Star Elite GSE-5000.

How About Assembly and Clean Up?

Assembling this juicer is very simple.  Everything just kind of snaps in place and is easy to remove for cleaning.  There are few parts to clean and should only take a few minutes.  Using a bottle brush helps clean the screens and the teeth on the cutter.

You can not put the vinyl juicer parts in the dishwasher.

Any Negative Aspects?

Like with all the juicers I have been reviewing, there seem to be good and bad products.  Some people report that they are getting a lot of foam from their juicing experience.  Some people actually like the foam, others don’t.  A simple way to remove the foam is to simply pour the juice through the included sieve once you’re done juicing.  Others reported very little foam.

As stated before, it doesn’t do very well with wheatgrass. Other stringy produce such as celery.  It’s best to run celery through at the end so the strands aren’t clogging things up while you add other ingredients.

There were reports of wet pulp and having to run carrot pulp back through the juicer to get more juice.  Others say their pulp is very dry.

I think there are factors involved that may include anything from a manufacturer defect to simply not cleaning the screen completely, which could result in more pulp getting in the juice, which was another complaint.

A Couple of Tips

Don’t put too much produce in at a time – just do continuous processing of the fruit and veggies, to keep it from clogging up.

Before each use, rub a small amount of coconut oil or olive oil on the gear shaft to keep it from sticking to the blades.

The cutter blades are sharp.  Don’t run your fingers across them when cleaning.  Use a brush.

To Summarize

This is a top of the line juicer that I would recommend to anyone wanting to mainly juice fruits and vegetables, along with making sorbets, sherbets or nut butter.

I wouldn’t recommend it to someone wanting to do a lot of wheatgrass juicing or leafy green juicing, although it’s possible to use this juicer for those purposes.  For wheatgrass juicing I would recommend a regular wheatgrass juicer.

I think the price is reasonable for all the extra uses besides just juicing.

Be sure to read the instructions carefully about greasing the gear shaft and cleaning the screens in particular.  I strongly believe that problems occurring with this juicer are either factory defects or user mistakes such as not fitting something together right or over-filling the produce chute or not getting the screen clean enough.

Overall, it’s a well-built, long-lasting juicer that should meet most juicing needs.

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