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5.0 out of 5 stars No Comparison to ANY Other Juicer in this price range
I had the Juiceman Pro 210 juicer and now this one. I alternate between being really into juicing to not juicing at all. So a $400-$500 investment in a single gear masticating juicer does not make sense.
I am currently into a 'really into juicing' phase, so much so that I overworked the poor Juiceman juicer a while ago.
Since I had no other point of reference at...
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3.0 out of 5 stars JE98XL Breville Juice Fountain
There are only a few reviews for this on Amazon. I purchased this machine yesterday. It was not from Amazon. I think the Juice is excellent. The machine is very easy to set up and clean.
My problem is that two fold. First I am not sure the screen will hold up for the long haul. My second is that I just juiced a Pineapple and half of it was froth. The same goes with...
Published on December 6, 2010 by Averagejoe
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5.0 out of 5 stars No Comparison to ANY Other Juicer in this price range,
This review is from: Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus 850-Watt Juice Extractor (Kitchen)I had the Juiceman Pro 210 juicer and now this one. I alternate between being really into juicing to not juicing at all. So a $400-$500 investment in a single gear masticating juicer does not make sense.
I am currently into a 'really into juicing' phase, so much so that I overworked the poor Juiceman juicer a while ago.
Since I had no other point of reference at the time, my only issue with the Juiceman Pro 210 was that the feeder was small. I did wonder what it would be like to have a juicer accept an apple or orange without having to quarter it. But that really was the only issue. No complaints with plastic or motor or quantity of juice.
This Breville juicer beats the Juiceman hands down in EVERY category that I can think of. It has the power, it's compact enough to fit where I need it to on my kitchen counter and more:
1. Speed Counts - I'm a busy mom. I work, I cook, I chauffeur and somewhere in there I need to find the time to juice. I can't wait 30 minutes for a machine to work through veggies and fruit *at low temperature* and 100% dry pulp to get my juice. I can take out 10mins. 5 mins to prep the veggies and fruits (I peel my organic carrots before I juice them as an example, or to peel oranges, or wash the spinach). 1 min to juice it all. Literally. 1 min. Regardless of what you throw at it. And I juice for four glasses at a time. And then 2-3 mins for cleanup. So the long pole in the tent is the prep - not dealing with the juicer - which is great.
2. Juice Quantity Counts - Could the juice output be higher with some of the higher end products? Likely. But the cost of the higher end items plus the extra time to wait for the juice is not worth it to me. The pulp for 'hard' produce like carrots and beets feels very dry to me with this juicer. The difference between the Juiceman and the Breville is really in how it deals with the soft produce. I had to run the soft produce pulp through the Juiceman twice and I got equal quantities of juice. With the Breville 98XL, it is so dry the first go around that it absolutely is not worth my time to deal with the pulp a second time. I figure I get about 5% more juice by running the pulp through again. If that's not a big deal to you, then don't worry about it. What is 5% of 4 oranges worth to you is the question.
3. Ease of Use Counts - The machine is simple to put together and take apart. You will have to work on cleaning any juicer. No getting around that, no matter which one you use. Cleaning this juicer is not complicated and easily done. I clean mine right after I juice and drink. Another trick to ease cleanup is to put a plastic grocery bag in your refuse container. It's one less thing to wash. Pick up and drop into trash or empty into compost bin.
4. Stability Counts - You don't want a juicer running around on your counter. The last thing you want is to juice two carrots or beets and have that end up on the counter and stain instead of in your juice container because the juicer isn't sturdy. This juicer held it's own against tough produce and I have never had issues.
5. Can it Juice Green? - By green, I mean can it handle leafy greens, which are a problem for most low-end juicers. Not this one. I juice spinach, red swiss chard and kale regularly. And stringy greens like celery as well. And it handles it all well.
6. Do I need to be a stud to handle this? - I've dealt with juicer scenarios where I had to use both arms and my body weight to push push push the produce through. Not this juicer. It gobbles up produce as I feed it in. Love that it's speedy and powerful.
So, don't think about it. Whether you're an all time juicer or a sometimes juicer, this is a great product for a good price.
PS: Centrifugal juicers do not heat up your produce any more than masticating juicers. There have been studies done on this. Look them up. Plus - a masticating juicer takes 20-30 mins to 'chew' through the fruit and veggies to make juice. That means the first piece of juice would have been oxidizing for 20-30 mins before I could drink it. So really - the centrifugal juicer is quick, saves you money, saves you time and is easy to clean.
Update: Dec 31st
I still love this juicer. I usually juice twice a day. It handles all produce well. The ONLY issue I have had is with juicing pineapples. It seems to leak a little underneath the plastic, probably because I am putting in a lot of the pineapple in at the same time. The overflow of juice inside the juicer as it is being poured out into the container probably accounts for the minor leakage. In other words, slow down when juicing a large quantity of a super juicy fruit or veggie(I juice an entire pineapple sometimes) by alternating with less juicy produce, or give the juicer an extra 5-10 seconds to empty itself into the container.
Update March 1st
Still loving it! :)
Update Nov 2nd
I've had several people ask so reporting that yes, I am still loving this juicer. :)
672 of 699 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow Juice Fountain,
This review is from: Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus 850-Watt Juice Extractor (Kitchen)The Breville JE98XL was our replacement to our decade old Jack Lalanne Juicer. Wow, what a difference. If I had known what I was missing I would have made the switch a long time ago. We get a lot more juice out of our fruits and veggies with the Breville than with the Jack Lalanne. I can only imagine how much money was wasted over the years by not getting everything out of our produce. The Breville also makes quick work of juicing. Before, it was a major event to create enough juice for my family. Now it takes minutes. Clean up is super easy as well. And with the fitted juice catcher, no more mess to clean up like with the Jack Lalanne.
One more comment on all those downers who gripe about high revolutions killing the enzymes. Yes it is true, but to a very small degree. And the time I save with the Breville is well worth the small faction of enzymes I may lose.
I have been juicing for over a decade and this is the best machine I have used. I am once again excited about juicing, thank you Breville!
400 of 431 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected, but still great!!,
This review is from: Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus 850-Watt Juice Extractor (Kitchen)Just like a lot of you I just had to try juicing because of Fat Sick and Nearly Dead documentary. I absolutely fell in love with this movie, as well as the narrator. He was so inspiring, I just had to try. When I was about 10 or 12 I fell onto this kick of being a vegetarian, and well lets just say it stuck for about 12 years. My parents purchased me a juice man juicer for Christmas because of an infomercial I always watched, well it was not as easy as it was on TV. Therefor I only juiced about 5 mts and put it back in the box, never to be taken out again. It was just a pain. I happen to run across this guy on Craigslist for 50.00 bucks and thought why not, I really need to get back to juicing, or at least try it again. I just finished my first round of juice and here is what I think about it.
- You get a lot of juice out of the produce that you use
- Easy to use
- EFFORTLESSLY CLEAN UP ( I love it )
- Not much cutting involved, well none at all really. Just remember to extract the large seeds from the fruit and you should be fine.
- Easy to take apart, and put back together
- Use a produce bag to put in the back bin for even easier clean up.
- Not as loud as everyone makes it out to be
- Does not move while motor is spinning
- Safety features so you won't accidentally chop off your fingers. Always a plus
- When you place the produce in the machine, sometimes it comes back up because of how fast the motor is spinning ( maybe someone could tell me how to not let this happen )
-Again when I put produce down into the machine it sometimes splatters out the side and from the top. I again don't know if it is me, or just how the thing works
- The pulp was not as dry as other reviewers say, but not as wet as my old juicer. It was not a big deal really. Next time I will just throw the pulp in the juicer again to see what happens. This time I did not do that.
Overall I love the way the juice tasted, and the fact that I don't have to cut anything up really. I think next time I will just buy a whole bunch of stuff and juice a HUGE pitcher so I don't have to mess with this every day, and see if that works better for me. For 50 bucks, I say money well spent. I don't know if I would keep it if I had to pay 150.00 dollars for it. I will continue to juice, at least for awhile and see if I get better at it. Most people who buy it love it so much. I want to love mine as much as all of you.
******* UPDATE 7/15/12**********
So, I have been really trying to get used to this whole juicing phenomenon, turns out it is AMAZING. I had a little rough start with my juicer, just like all of you had I am sure. It is a bit of a learning curve but I ABSOLUTELY LOVE MY JUICER. As stated above I would never paid 150.00 for it. I lied. I would DIFFIDENTLY pay that money for this wonderful machine. I have worked with the cons, and neutrals of the juicer and it has worked beautifully.
Cons - Stuff comes back up the tube. Fix: So, yes the motor is extremely fast and things come up, it is just how it works. So I take a handful of fruits and veggies and put them down the tube and quickly cover the top with my palm, just till the product goes down a little. Then I use the pusher to make sure they are all properly juiced. Problem solved.
Splattering juice - Again, because of the fast motor juice gets sprayed. Fix: Fruits with high juice content such as pineapple and watermelon I tend to cut the chunks up smaller and put them in one by one. Yes this take a little longer but cuts down on the amount of juice that overflows. I just would rather go a little slower than clean half my counter top.
Neutral - Pulp not as dry. Fix: I think that was pure user error. I went back and touched the pulp and yes it is a little wet but then I tasted it and it had ZERO flavor. That means that every ounce of juice that could come from it in fact did come from it. No need to put it through the juicer again, it is a big HASSLE trust me and super messy. Just use it in compost or put it down the garbage disposal like I do. I always add a quarter of a lemon to the leftover before I put it in the disposal now my kitchen always smells like fresh fruits.
I don't know how I have ever lived without this item. I know that I will always have a juicer for the rest of my life. Such a worth-wild investment !
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5.0 out of 5 stars The JE98XL Breville Juicer is 'simply' a Magnificent Transformer!,
This review is from: Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus 850-Watt Juice Extractor (Kitchen)In January I started researching all the various manufacturers & type of juicers available for a Juice-Detox that I started on February 1st, and that I have used two or three times a day, seven days a week, since then.
After extensive research, I concluded that whatever model of juicer I purchased should be a Breville because of their designs, quality and reputation. I then based my decision on each of these factors: Centrifugal, Efficiency (extraction & pulp collection), Power, Multi-Speed, Ease of Use (use, cleaning, reassembly), and Price (under $250). This narrowed it down for me to a JE98XL sold by Amazon for $159.00. As a bonus, I then bought one that was factory-reconditioned (like new) for just $79.00 with 2 day free shipping via Amazon Prime!
My xxJE98XL is a relatively quiet powerhouse! On low speed it is about the same db as a high quality, double insulated, 1.25 hp Sink Disposer in use. Rarely have I chosen to use the higher-speed except for beets and sometimes carrots when I feed a handful of whole carrots in the feed-chute. Apples (cored) or 2 or 3 smaller whole (topped) carrots have been fine on the lower speed with no noticeable stress on the machine and great extraction.
It's still kind of amazing to me to see the amount of juice it extracts from veggies like brussels sprouts, asparagus & even parsley! When I was researching centrifugal-juicers, I was concerned about how well they would do with (soft) oranges, grapefruit, strawberries, tomato's, etc. and my Breville does... Great!
I've learned to let the machine do the work by gently and slowly pushing the produce down the chute and with produce like spinach, radishes or grapes, I try to get a handful in at once.
For the majority of all the 28 different veggies and fruit that I juiced with it so far, the pulp is, and has remained, a `spongy-dry' consistency. For tomatoes, oranges, grapefruit, etc., the pulp is a `spongy-semi dry' consistency. Virtually all of the pulp is juiced and practically tasteless to me, but I sometimes add some back into my juice or raw soups as a fiber filler.
I wrote above "simply a Magnificent Transformer!" because it simply Is. My Breville Juice Fountain Plus is all of these qualities. But I am also referring to what it has been like incorporating the xxJE98XL and juicing into my daily life & routine.
For, 17 days now, it continues to be: Efficient. Easy to use. Quick clean-up. And also: No hassle. Massive nutrition/low calorie diet. Great tasting. Increased energy and stamina. Better sleep and concentration and with the added (or subtracted)bonus of my dropping 15 lbs and 4" off my (beer) gut while honestly having never once been hungry after a meal or desire for any snacks in-between... It's simply been a magnificent (Life) transformer for me. Best wishes!
~~UPDATE~~ (April 2, 2012)
This past Saturday (March 31) was the final day of my first diet ever; the 60 day Juice-Detox (Vegan) Diet that I started on February 1st. and my Breville xxJE98XL performed flawlessly & fabulous! I used and cleaned it on average two-times a day, for sixty days straight and it's still going strong. In addition I used a blender and a basic Cusinart food processor, but the everyday work-horse was my Breville Juice Fountain Plus. After two months, it remains: Efficient. Easy to use. Quick clean-up and simply Awesome!
And my bonus...
Lowered my BP & cholesterol levels significantly to "very healthy" levels. Energy increase. Usual construction/business/tech work but no added exercise. And 'no-brainer' journey from 6'1"/225 lbs. to 6'1"/184 lbs, dropping a total of 41 lbs, and 11.75".... gutterlostly :)
~~Update #2 (November 14th, 2013)~~
Quote: "The secret of getting ahead is getting started." ~Mark Twain
My Breville is still going strong every single week hence my 'veganly going jiggle~less' last year... ergo.. so am Moi!
Post my 60 day vegan detox last year: I am now practicing what I call a "modified Vegetarian diet that includes meat, fish, eggs (rare dairy. Moderate grains. Beer, vodka and No Styrofoam~Peanuts.
Plus, my Mom died unexpectedly in August and since then I have also been practicing a regular cardio, dumbells (no fancy equipment) at home exercise routine. 5 to 6 days for around a total of 5 hours of feeling less Grief and more Giidy'great a week.
Best wishes everyone. Bottom line: My Breville's been nutritionally an outstanding 'Counter-Balance' option in my Life! :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars All around, Amazing!,
This review is from: Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus 850-Watt Juice Extractor (Kitchen)I have wanted a Juicer so badly for a very long time, but the ones I fell in love with were $200 and up. As a first time juicer, I waasnt sure I wanted to drop that kind of cash to have it collect dust in the cabinet. And, I didn't want a low quality cheap one, because I hated to not get the most out of my produce when I juiced it. So, I held off till I was really sure and ready! And, this Juicer was the one I targeted!
First things first, appearance. This juicer is BIG. I was shocked at how big! It fits on the counter, but is very tall, and wont fit under standard sized cabinets on the counter. But, I am not too hung up on that. It's attractive, and fits in well with normal kitchen decor. The casing is smoke colored, and the pulp container isnt see through, which I like.
Secondly, Function. This thing is awesome. It really does make short work of apples, and larger items with it's large chute. It juices VERY quickly. I have read other reviews where people whine that it "slows down" sometimes on apples or hard veggies. Yes, it does on occasion. It's not because it cant handle it, it's most likely the angle. Simply let the pressure off of the hand pusher, patiently wait 2 seconds and try again. Absolutely not a problem. The High and Low setting is really nice, and it switched easily between the two for constant juicing. And, it's remarkably quiet. I expected (for it's size) it to have a very intense Jet Engine noise come out of it, and for it to Rumble all over the counter. It did not. It's noise level was very reasonable, and it did not so much as flinch on the counter when I turned it on. Solid as a rock in that respect.
Third, Clean-up. The tips of using a plastic baggie in the pulp waste container is a necessity, in my opinion. It makes cleanup so, so much easier and less messy! Those who said that cleanup was difficult or took a long time... I don't understand that at all. One would have to be completely braindead to spend longer than 5 minutes, start to finish, to clean this thing by hand. At, it's even dishwasher safe at that, if handwashing takes too long for you. Considering that this machine takes fruit and veggies, comlpletely obliterates them, spins a bajillion times per minute, and separates juice and pulp from each other... clean up is an absolute JOKE. I've made more of a mess using a knife to slice and orange and having orange juice all over the place. It's simply designed, everything locks and unlocks really easily, and no crazy nooks and crannies to scrub. My favorite feature is the easy cleanup. Its cleanup definitely wont discourage you from using it like some other models I have researched, where the fresh juice didn't justify the insane cleanup process. Honestly, if you simply rinse the parts under hot water immediately after you use it, there is virtually no cleanup.
Fourth, Price. This machine is a bargain for what it does. Great bang for the buck. Does the same as the more expensive ones, while blowing the doors off of the slightly less expensive ones it can be compared to.
Simply put, buy this one. It's fantastic.
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3.0 out of 5 stars JE98XL Breville Juice Fountain,
This review is from: Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus 850-Watt Juice Extractor (Kitchen)There are only a few reviews for this on Amazon. I purchased this machine yesterday. It was not from Amazon. I think the Juice is excellent. The machine is very easy to set up and clean.
My problem is that two fold. First I am not sure the screen will hold up for the long haul. My second is that I just juiced a Pineapple and half of it was froth. The same goes with Beets, carrots,Apples etc.... It also seems to suddenly slam the fruit into the top of the machine. The pulp does not go into the basket also. The pulp from carrots is much dryer than other fruits. The other fruit pulp can be squeezed by hand. It is like I wish I had a press as a back up to press the pulp. It is a waste in my opinion to have so much pulp left over and then all that froth.
Look I have done research on a lot of juicers and for the price this one seemed to be great. It is a centrifuge juicer and I realize they are at the bottom of the line as far as juicers go. I am going to return my juicer tomorrow and go for the big bucks. I am going to purchase a twin screw triturator and maybe with a press. I just do not like all that froth and with produce being so expensive... I am sure the savings will pay for the more expensive machine.
Recap: If you do not mind all the froth and wet pulp??? It is your choice. Cleaning and assembly is a breeze. However you will probably have to disassemble it and clean it twice before you can make a quart of juice(or more???). The pulp does not go into the pulp basket instead it gets stuck on the top of the inside before it makes it into the basket. Then there is that nasty froth again.....What can I say???? I also tried the both speeds to see if that would help. Does not help. Good luck. I hope this was helpful??? Wish I read my review before my purchase....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love our new juicer,
This review is from: Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus 850-Watt Juice Extractor (Kitchen)For the past couple of years we had been using a juiceman jr. We liked it but it was having difficulty holding up to all the juicing we began to do most recently. We did some research and felt that the Breville would meet our needs. I was happy to learn with the bigger mouth I didn't have to do as much prep work as I had been doing with the juiceman jr. Also, the Breville has two speeds and a booklet that has great recipes and suggestions. Relatively easy to clean and put back together. We have used it everyday and is holding up to all the various fruits and vegetables we are juicing!
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4.0 out of 5 stars 980xL Juicer,
This review is from: Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus 850-Watt Juice Extractor (Kitchen)I bought JE98XL Juicer for my wife and have had it about 2 months. This is our 1st Juicer so i'm no expert just reviewing what I have found.
1) After some research found that the 98xL replaced the 950 Breville because the motor was bad in the 950.
2) Juices carrots,whole apple and kwi,celery, ginger root very well.
3) softer things like bananas,small berries, fresh parsly and spinach NOT so well they get thrown into the pulp container. try to put in together with harder things to juice together. Some things (grapefruit) I just squeeze the juice in.
Fruit juices all taste good, lots of sugar and no fiber, remember you throw that away (pulp). The Vegetables ones you need to experiment on for a alright taste.
Overall I think a good juicer takes 2-5 minuts to rinse everything. Would be nice to be able to reuse all the pulp which I just throw away.
I would like to try a juicer that sqeezes the juice out.
119 of 143 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Compared to the Omega, this one is ok,
This review is from: Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus 850-Watt Juice Extractor (Kitchen)I bought the Breville centrifugal juicer and the Omega masticating juicer to give them both a hands on try. Both are well built, semi-easy to clean, and deliver great juice. It is best I detail their performance below.
Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus 850-Watt Juicing Machine $149.99
Fast juicing (can juice whole apples or 5 carrots at once)
Excellent instructions with included recipes
Pouring cup contains a froth catcher
Excellent price for the quality or product
Heats the juice slightly making it warmer
Does not juice wheatgrass or any leafy greens
Moist pulp means juice and nutrients are lost and wasted
Cleanup can be time consuming due to the amount of parts and fine mesh screen that requires full scrubbing each use
Pretty loud, comparable to a food processor
Enzymes are broken when juiced in a centrifugal juicer
Only does juice no other uses other than juicing
Looks = 4.0
Speed = 5
Juice output = 3
Juice quality = 3.5
Cleanup = 3.5
Noise = 2.5
Total score = 3.5 out of 5
Omega J8005 Nutrition Center Single-Gear Commercial Masticating Juicer
Easy to clean up
Juices wheatgrass and leafy greens well
Keeps juice at original temperature (cold)
Preserves full nutrients of juice while reducing oxidation (a bad thing)
Includes attachments to make pasta, baby food, ground coffee, and more
Slower processing due to small chute
Juice container smaller
More prone to clogging if fed too much at once, has a reverse button incase though
Instructions lack juice recipes and detail
Looks = 4.0
Speed = 3
Juice output = 4.5
Juice quality = 5
Cleanup = 5
Noise = 4
Total score = 4.25 out of 5
Overall I would highly recommend purchasing the Omega J8005 Nutrition Center if you are serious about juicing. With the ten year warranty I feel confident that this will be on the counter in my kitchen for years to come. The juice it makes is so good my 2 1/2 year old loves it! We fib and tell her it's apple juice or pineapple juice when there's greens mixed in and she loves it. I returned the Breville feeling somewhat guilty returning a product as fine as it is. If you have the money go for this Omega, if you are on a budget and greens are not a priority then I would say the Breville is an excellent choice!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Breville JE98XL>>>jack lalanne juicer,
This review is from: Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus 850-Watt Juice Extractor (Kitchen)I saw fat, sick and nearly dead and thought I could try juicing. I'm 27 years old and I don't eat many veggies so I thought I could try this and be somewhat healthy. The price was a bit too much so I bought a jack lalanne juicer from Costco ($80). I loved it. I would get a good amount of liquid from carrots, apples, cucumbers, celery and even cactus. I couldn't get much out of spinach and kale even when I would roll it up like suggested.
Cons- large, bulky, and about 5-8 minutes to hand wash. On a whim, I returned it and bought a Breville JE98XL ($150) from Amazon.
WOW. It's a beautiful machine. but who cares about looks.
Pros- smaller than the jack lelanne and you can just hear the power when you turn it on. It actually sounds louder than the jack Lelane power juicer.
Juice content: I can't really tell if i'm getting more juice from it and the jack lelanne but i'm definitely not getting any less. BUT!!- I did notice the pulp extracted is a lot DRYER than the Jacklelane. I guess that means i'm getting more juice in my drink than in the garbage.
clean up is WAY easier- about 3-5 minutes hand washing and rinsing. if you do this every day the time you save up really ads up.
cons- Amazon.com keeps changing its price. I suggest you wait until it drops back down to $150 or buy it from zappos.com No reason to pay more for this when its only a 10% better than a JackLelane power juicer.
In the end, Breville makes the better machine: smaller than the jack lelane, easier to clean up, and the pulp extracted is drier. I just wish the price would stay consistent. wouldn't pay more than $150 for it. at least the Jack Lelane power juicer was only $80 and well worth the price.
March 1- 2012
I have used this machine at least once a day since I purchased it fall 2011. Even my roommate uses it. The machine is still working well. Not a single functional problem.
Aesthetically the plastic is pretty stained but I don't really care. I knew it was going to happen no matter how well I hand clean it.
I have given up juicing leafy things like SPINACH and KALE- just kept getting tossed out no matter how well I would pack it in or what speed I used. Instead, I put some kale or spinach in a blender with orange juice and water. I juice the hard stuff: apple, carrots, cucumber, and celery. Then I just mix them both. Best of both worlds really.
I'm still happy I got this machine...but I feel like I just got caught in a sales gimmick from "Fat sick and Nearly Dead". Instead I should have waited and bought a Blendtec or a Vitamax- with one of them I would be able to put all the veggies and fruits and blend it without losing the healthy fiber a guy like me needs.
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