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on September 10, 2012
I don't understand all the positive reviews. I was so excited to get this juicer based on everyone's glowing recommendations. I actually bought mine from Macy's during a one day sale. Based on the review and with the price I was excited. Taking it out of the box I was pleased (nice looking) but that was shortlived once I got into the instructional manual. What a joke, never seen such a poorly written 'manual'. Had like 3 simple recipes and never did give complete instructions on how to USE the juicer optimally (except to say don't use for more than 5 min consecutively). Also, mfg warranty is only 6 months (better than Lalanne 90 days but worse then Breville's 1 yr). I have been juicing using a vitamix and squeezing though a nylon bag so imagine my surprise when I got 1/3 LESS juice using this AND 4 times more pulp leftover. Futhermore, the pulp had whole chunks of apple left in it and was soaking wet. (I could squeeze it through my hand and juice came out). I tried rerunning the pulp through the juicer but it didn't make a difference. In all fairness I've never used another juicer so maybe in comparison this one is ok, but seems to me that at the very least the pulp should be dry and not whole pieces of food left in it. Also, using the same recipe in the vitamix my juice is green from the stalk of romain lettuce. In the juicer very Little of the lettuce was juiced and the juice color stayed orangish red from the carrots and apple. Just seems very wasteful to me to leave so much wet pulp. I also juiced 7 carrots and one small clementine orange. I put the leftover pulp in my nylon bag and squeezed out by hand another 50 ml of juice. On the plus side really love the thought that went into the cup design to reduce foam and cleanup was pretty simple. Hope this helps. (BTW, I would have given it 1 star but figured since I haven't compared to another juicer I would at least give it 3 stars).
UPDATE: 9/20 I purchased a Jack LaLanne's juicer from costco to compare. The Jack one is MUCH quieter but it yielded a little less juice. (I used a mixture of lettuce, spinach, orange, grapes, and a zuccini) Also, the storebound one is easier to clean (the lalane you have to use a tool they provide to remove basket), it has a nice cup receiver, and it has two speeds. This one is much powerful as well (800 watts versus 250). I still don't like how much waste there is with either one ( I can squeeze and inch of more juice from the remaining pulp). I think I'm going to stick with my vitamix.