The name Jack LaLanne is one everyone in the fitness world will immediately recognize. Also known as “the Godfather of Modern Fitness” and “the first fitness superhero,” Jack LaLanne inspired billions of people to live healthier, fitter lives. His writings on the physical and nutritional culture of America have revolutionized the way people look at fitness.
Is it any surprise that he put his name on a line of appliances intended to help you eat healthier? Since he endorsed the brand back in 2002, the Jack LaLanne line of juicers has become one of the best-known brands on the market. More than two million of these Jack LaLanne juicers have sold, so it’s definitely an option I wanted to consider when getting into a juicing habit.
This is a juicer designed for speed and power — just like the man himself. It’s a centrifugal juicer that chops through your fruits and veggies and turns them into delicious juice. There are many pros and, unfortunately, plenty of cons as well. My Jack LaLanne Power Juicer review below will get into the details of the benefits and drawbacks of using this juicer.
I think this juicer could be a good option for those looking for a low-budget centrifugal juicer to get started juicing for the first time. However, despite its name, the Jack LaLanne Power Juicer Pro isn’t the juicer for those who want to make much juice.
Read on to find out everything you need to know about the Power Juicer.
The Jack LaLanne Power Juicer is a centrifugal juicer. Centrifugal juicers are an ideal option for those who want to make a lot of juice in very little time. The high speed of the blade (3600 RPM, in this case) shreds the fruits and veggies. Centrifugal force presses the pulp against a strainer, extracting the juice while keeping the pulp trapped inside the juicer. The result is a much faster extraction of the fresh fruit and veggie juice than a masticating juicer.
If you’re the kind of person who doesn’t have a lot of time to spend juicing, you want a centrifugal juicer. The high-speed design can produce a full cup of fruit and veggie juice in as little as a single minute. However, if you’re looking for quality, masticating juicers are your better option.
|Motor Power||250 Watts|
|Size||6.5 x 6.5 x 15.5 inches|
|UL- and cUL approved||Yes|
If you take a look at the specs above, you’ll see that the warranty is pretty good: a limited lifetime warranty on the juicer overall. However, it’s difficult to get in touch with customer service to obtain the replacement parts. In many cases, the parts are only covered by the 60-day money back guarantee. Despite the the high wattage of the Jack LaLanne Power Juicer, the many RPM and decent design, I find the unclear warranty makes me uneasy.
The juice maker is designed to produce juice and only juice. There are no extra fancy attachments to help you make pasta, ground meat, or baby food. It’s a simple juicer, as you’ll see by the Jack LaLanne Power Juicer parts list below:
The good news is that this is a fairly easy juicer to assemble. The Jack LaLanne Power Juicer manual comes with a step-by-step guide to putting the juicer together. If you’re not clear on the steps to follow from the Jack LaLanne Power Juicer user guide, I’ll happily tell you how to do it:
If the juicer is properly assembled according to the instructions in the Jack LaLanne Power Juicer manual, there should be no vibrations, grinding or clunking. If you hear any odd noises besides the whirring motor or the blade crushing the veggies, disassemble the juicer and make sure the blade is tight and all the parts are seated properly.
Not sure the Power Juicer is the juicer for you? It’s certainly one of the best-selling of the Jack LaLanne Power Juicer models, thanks to its stainless steel exterior, affordable price tag and powerful motor. The Express and Deluxe are both decent options, but neither can quite match up to the Pro.
Let’s take a look at some of the other models to consider:
The primary difference between the Power Juicer Pro and Deluxe is the exterior. All of the internal components remain the same (3,600 RPM, 250W motor), but instead of the brushed stainless steel of the Pro, the Deluxe offers a mixture of sleek steel and classy black plastic. It’s just as effective at producing juice as the Jack LaLanne Power Juicer Pro, but at a slightly lower price ($20 to $30 lower).
The Power Juicer Express is made entirely of plastic, so it lacks the durability of the Pro and the Deluxe models. A lot of users have complained that it breaks too easily, though they all love its compact size and sleek design. The Pro is the more durable model, yet the Express is priced higher than the Pro.
The Jack LaLanne Power Juicer MT–1020 is an entry-level juicer that is among the lowest–priced centrifugal juicers on the market. Some might take its low price tag as a sign that it’s not quite up to snuff, and the all-plastic exterior suffers from many of the same defects as the Power Juicer Express. However, with its built-in safety features and powerful motor, it’s a good first juicer to try.
The Model CL-003AP is on the low end of the quality and price scale among the Jack LaLanne Power Juicers. It’s roughly half the price of the Power Juicer Pro, but it lacks the durability of the stainless steel model. Customer reviews are less than encouraging, citing a host of problems ranging from build quality to poor assembly to terrible customer service.
The Fusion Juicer is Jack LaLanne’s 100th Anniversary Edition, and is designed with a much more powerful motor (800W vs. the 250W Power Juicer motor). The Fusion Juicer is more affordable than the Power Juicer, but it’s made entirely out of plastic.
If you’re going to go with a Power Juicer, your best option is the Pro. Its design may not be perfect (as you’ll see in the “problems” section below), but it’s the most durable and best priced of the Jack LaLanne juicer models.
As you saw by the instructions above, it’s fairly easy to assemble the appliance. It should take you no more than a minute or two to put all the parts together, tighten the blade, add the lid and close the locking bar.
When I tried to assemble the parts, I nearly sliced my fingers on the incredibly sharp blade. I highly recommend you use the crescent tool to tighten the blade and avoid injuries. It took me all of 10 minutes to open the box, assemble the juicer, and make my first cup of juice. Thanks to the power and high RPM of the centrifugal juicer, you can make a full cup of fruit and veggie juice in under two minutes.
This is where the Jack LaLanne models suffer a bit. If you watch any Jack LaLanne Power Juicer instruction video, you’ll find that it takes a lot longer to disassemble this juicer than many competing models.
According to Jack LaLanne’s Power Juicer instructions, cleaning must be done after every use. If I’m making a simple fruit juice, I’ll usually run water through it to flush it out. But if I’m going to make a juice with very high-fiber produce (like carrots, celery, or kale), I have to disassemble it and wash it by hand.
To disassemble the juicer:
- Remove the pusher from the feeder chute and lower the locking bar.
- Remove the lid and pulp collector.
- Using the crescent tool, unscrew the blade counter-clockwise. Be careful not to cut your fingers when you remove the blade.
- Remove the filter.
- Before removing the receptacle, make sure the drain spout is in the upright position. This will avoid leaks and spills if there is any liquid that has not yet drained out.
It seems easy enough, but it can take a surprisingly long time. If I’m in a hurry, it can be quite annoying to have to clean the juicer. The design and assembly makes me wish I had an easier-to-clean model like the Omega J8006 juicer.
The good thing about this juicer is that all the removable parts are dishwasher-safe. The blade, lid, pulp collector, filter, pusher and receptacle can all be run through the dishwasher to ensure they are clean. You can use a clean, damp cloth to wipe down the motor housing.
For a centrifugal juicer, this is one of the quietest you’ll find. Most centrifugal juicers are noisy beasts — as loud as a blender or food processor. However, the Jack LaLanne models are all designed with a surprisingly quiet motor. You will have to close the kitchen door to avoid irritating people next door, but it’s not as noisy as your other kitchen appliances, perhaps even on par with your average masticating juicer.
For those looking for a Jack LaLanne Power Juicer replacement blade, filter, receptacle, or pulp collector, the best place to look is Amazon. You can find the various parts at a cheap enough price that it’s worth replacing rather than simply buying another low-budget juicer.
Some people recommend buying pricier electronics and appliances refurbished in order to cut costs. However, refurbished products aren’t the most reliable and usually tend to have problems even after being sent back to the factory.
If you’re not certain the Jack LaLanne Power Juicer is your best choice, there are many other brands to consider. You can choose from among the top-rated centrifugal and masticating juicers we’ve listed below:
This uber-stylish centrifugal juicer is more expensive than the Jack LaLanne juicer, but there’s no denying it’s a much higher-quality appliance. The 1000W motor packs a punch and spins the blades up the 13,000 RPM.
This dual-speed juicer makes it easy for you to work with hard and soft fruits, and you’ll love how durable the stainless steel appliance is. It’s also easy to assemble and disassemble. Definitely a good alternative to consider if you don’t mind paying a little more for quality.
This juicer comes with an 850W motor that can shred anything you put into the extra wide feeder chute. You can get a single cup of juice in just seconds, and you get a much drier pulp than you’d expect from the Jack LaLanne Power Juicer.
The stainless steel cutting disc is as razor sharp as the Power Juicer’s, and the juicer comes with safety features built into reduce injuries. It’s only slightly more expensive than the Pro, but has much better customer ratings.
If you’re looking for quality, there are few juicers that can compare to the Omega J8006. It’s pricier than the Jack LaLanne model, but you get higher quality juice no matter what you run through it. The 15-year warranty ensures that the juicer delivers many years of reliable function. The masticating juicer will produce minimal heat and friction, meaning your juices will last for longer.
Unfortunately, despite the marketing hype used to promote the Jack LaLanne appliance, it doesn’t quite live up to the high standards I’ve come to expect from my juicers. Here are a few of the more common problems I and fellow Amazon customers have found with the Jack LaLanne Juicer:
As you can see, it’s not the most reliable of the centrifugal juicers currently on the market. After just 30 days of use, I exchanged my Jack LaLanne Power Juicer for the Breville 800JEXL Fountain Elite.
One of the great things about Jack LaLanne juicers is the fact that they come with a recipe book. You’ll find the Jack LaLanne Power Juicer recipes give you a lot of ideas on how to mix and match fruits and veggies to make delicious juices. The recipes will also give you an idea of what you can make with the juicer.
If you’re going to use the juicer for softer fruits, veggies, and berries, make sure to follow the softer produce with harder ones. This will reduce the risk of clogs. Don’t juice bananas or avocados — they’re too soft and will turn to mush, clogging the juicer.
Like most juicers, the Jack LaLanne Power Juicer has a hard time with high-fiber produce. Veggies like celery, kale, and wheatgrass have very stringy fiber, and those strings can get caught under the blade. If you juice only high-fiber foods, you could end up overworking and burning out the motor.
If you’re going to juice wheatgrass, kale, or anything with a lot of fiber, make sure to mix in high-juice fruits and veggies as well. Carrots, apples and oranges can help to wash away some of the fiber, reducing the risk of damaging the motor.
Unlike some of the other juicers we’ve reviewed on this site, the Jack LaLanne juicer isn’t designed to be a nutrition center: it’s not going to make pasta, baby food, breadsticks or grind meat. It’s not the best choice for making almond milk, either. You have to soak the nuts overnight before juicing, and even then you still don’t get a lot of liquid.
If you’re looking for a quality juicer at a very low price, the Jack LaLanne Power Juicer is a decent option to consider. It’s not too costly, is designed well and offers reasonable value for the money you’ll spend.
That being said, if you want high quality and don’t mind paying a bit more, consider the Breville 800JEXL Fountain Elite as your best choice of centrifugal juicer. It’s a much more reliable appliance far less likely to break down with regular use.