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Power Juicer Pro – Is It For You?
The Jack Lalanne PJP Power Juicer Pro has a quiet 3600 rpm motor that has a lifetime warranty. Not too many companies offer a lifetime warranty on any part of their products, so that in itself says that the company stands behind their juicers.
Made of stainless steel, the only plastic parts are the pulp catcher and the food pusher, making it easy to clean and nice looking if you wanted to just leave it out on your counter for daily use.(3.6 / 5)
Is Clean-up Easy?
Speaking of the pulp catcher and clean-up, the easiest way to keep it clean is to put a plastic bag in the pulp catcher with each use. The pulp goes into the bag so you can either toss it in your compost bin, freeze it for use in something later, or put it in the refrigerator to use in salads, soups, or even add a little back into the glass of juice for some added fiber.
Cleaning the power juicer is easy, as each piece comes apart and can be rinsed in your sink, or as I do in nice weather, take the parts outside and hose them off, then finish washing them in the sink by hand. All the parts are safe to put in the dishwasher except for the motor housing.
On the Jack Lalanne PJP Power Juicer Pro, the blade is not attached to the filter, making it easy to remove and clean after each use.
There is a tool that comes with the juicer that is used to attach and remove the blade. The important thing to remember when attaching the blade is to not tighten it too tight. This could break the screw peg.
(Quote by Jack Lalanne: “I drink 6 or seven glasses of water a day. I also drink vegetable juice. And I have at least 5 or 6 pieces of fresh fruit everyday and 10 raw vegetables.“)
Some Tips For Getting the Most Out of Your Juicer:
- Do not add ice or water to your juicer. This would cause an overflow of liquid in the receptacle with nowhere to go but out the sides, making a mess. If you want more liquid in your drink, just add it after you have it in the glass or pitcher.
- When juicing leafy greens such as spinach or kale, roll them up in something with a harder shell such as a green pepper. You can cut the pepper in half and stick the greens within and then run it through the Juicer Pro. You can also wrap the greens around something like celery or carrots. Don’t put them in loose or they’ll just go into the pulp catcher.
As I read through the reviews on Amazon and other sites, it seems that a lot of people really love this Jack Lalanne juicer and have had no problems with it.
But there are many others that have been disappointed and seem to have either received a lemon of a juicer (pardon the pun) or have possibly mis-used it, causing it to stop working properly.
(For those who don’t know who Jack LaLanne was, I inserted a picture here. He was the ultimate fitness guru in the 1900s and early 2000s, promoting exercise and proper nutrition through such things as drinking home made fresh juices. He died in 2011 at the age of 96.)
A Few Things To Remember in Order To Keep Your Juicer Working in Top Shape:
- Let it run for about 10 seconds when you start it up before putting any produce in it.
- Do not put any produce down the chute before turning the motor on.
- Don’t force any fruit or veggies down the chute with an excess of pressure. Let the blade do its thing as you gently put pressure on the plunger. You can wiggle the plunger around a little if it seems to need a little help. Getting impatient and trying to force the food to go through will possibly overheat the unit and cause it to shut down. It does have a thermal cut-off safety switch that will shut the motor down if it overheats so the motor doesn’t cease up for good. You should be able to re-start it after 10 or 15 minutes, but obviously you would want to avoid this happening.
- Do not put pits of any kind in this Jack Lalanne juicer, as this could damage the blade and the unit as well.
- Don’t put over-ripe produce in the unit, as this will create too much pulp and possibly cause the machine to get clogged.
- Don’t try to juice bananas or avocados, as these do not have actual juice in them and will plug up the machine. If you want to add them, do it after you have the juice made and blend them in by use of a blender.
- And as mentioned before, do not pour any liquid into the juicer.
If these simple rules are followed, you should not have any problem with the Jack Lalanne Juicer Pro. If you ever need any replacement parts, you can find them at http://www.powerjuicer.com/power-juicer-parts-accessories.php
What Does This Juicer Run Price-wise?
It’s always best to check Amazon for current prices, but this juicer does sell for a decent price.
- Can add whole fruits and vegetables as long as they fit in the chute without forcing, although you may want to peel some fruit such as oranges first to avoid the acidic taste that you would get from the rind.
- No-drip pour spout that you can remove to clean
- Stainless steel mesh filter basket
- Has a large capacity pulp collector
- It is fairly large at 17″ tall, so you’ll need a decent sized counter space for it
- Doesn’t juice greens as well as a masticating juicer but works well with all other veggies and fruits
- It will clog up if you try juicing any produce that is over-ripe, try to make too large a quantity of juice at one time, or stuff too much produce in the chute
- Doesn’t produce as much tomato juice as other juicers using the same amount of tomatoes (according to consumerreports.org) compared to several other juicers
- According to many reviews, the customer service at www.powerjuicer.com leaves something to be desired. If you do need to return a juicer to them, it will cost you $29.99. However, if you purchase from Amazon and need to return it, I believe their return shipping fee is a bit less than that. Amazon has great customer service and there shouldn’t be any problem returning a defective juicing machine, but it honestly is rare to get a bad one in the first place.
My own Jack Lalanne juicer lasted through a couple years of heavy daily use before the blade got dull enough to need to be replaced.
All in all, if you’re looking for a decent juicing machine, the Jack Lalanne PJP Power Juicer Pro has helped a lot of people start to live a healthier lifestyle through juicing. For the price, it’s a good juicer, although there are better ones out there that will cost a bit more.