Product Type: Jack La Lannes juicers
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Not a Wise Choice in the Long Run
Jack LaLanne Power Juicer
Member Name: thegoodguy
Jack LaLanne Power Juicer
Advantages: Large Chute, Powerful Motor, Lots of Juice
Disadvantages: Dies Out Very Quickly
The late Jack LaLanne lived for almost a hundred years. He credited exercise (which he showcased on his show 60 odd years ago) and healthy eating, in the sense he gained all the essential vitamins and minerals for his bodily functions. With many bad juicers out on the market, LaLanne put his name on this Tristar developed product, famously advertising it on those TV shopping channels we all secretly like to watch when there's nothing else on.
LaLanne and Tristar trumped all the other juicers out in the market, simply because they implemented new, yet obvious features. A quiet (and it actually is, until you drop something to juice in there) motor, capable of generating 3600 revolutions per minute makes erm, juice (and more than juicers with less rpm), out of most fruit or vegetable you toss in the chute. Personally, I had problems trying to juice pineapples, although that was only when I first bought this. Second of all is the chute itself. Tristar have made the chute wide, so you can drop most fruits whole. At the time of release, it was the best juicer in the market that had a wide chute.
The pulp collector did exactly what it's meant to do and with most of the pulp being very dry, you know the juicer extracts as much juice as it can.
The appearance of the juicer wasn't anything to get excited about. Because of the new features, it consequently made this a heavy and bulky piece of apparatus. Understandable, seeing as this was practically the prototype model of the next generation of juicers, but still, it takes a hell of a lot of space. White and boring is what I thought when I took it out the box. It definitely looked cheap, but at least it did the job well. In the box is a paper booklet containing juices you would have tried and attempted anyway. Not much imagination there, although it claims you can make muffins, bread, cakes etc. from the pulp. Crazy in an imaginative way.
Setup and detachment is incredibly easy. That is until you have to tighten the motor in place with a ridiculous piece of equipment. I don't even know what it's called and it left me at a roadblock the first few times I had to set it up, until I got the hang of it. Some of the parts are also dishwasher safe, although washing up liquid and a sink can do the job just as well.
For a prototype, it's been established as a good juicer. Unfortunately, it also acts as a prototype in the sense that it breaks down. When I left it running for a while, it would stop juicing. I allowed the motor to cool down and it would work again. Annoyingly, the juicer is advertised as having a cool running motor. A blatant lie from Tristar if I had to turn it off. This kept on happening with me until it completely died out. It only stayed active for roughly 15 months.
It's an old juicer and many better ones have been released since. If you juice regularly, there's many better juicers out there (such as the Philips HR1861 I reviewed). For people that are on a budget, this is incredibly cheap and worth buying. For people that juice once in a blue moon (like me), it's entirely your choice whether to purchase this.
Summary: Probably not a smart purchase, unless you're on a budget
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