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Good yield, lots of pulp and foam
on October 31, 2002
I got this juicer mail ordered directly from J&R. The service was excellent, I ordered Wednesday night and got it in VA on Friday with UPS Ground delivery for $[price]...
Bottom line - good juicer, but I ended-up with a Juiceman II for about the same price ($[price]). Read-on to find out why...
As I was not very happy with the yield from my new Juiceman II juicer, especially from softer fruits like some apples, I decided to try the Panasonic Juice Extractor. The results are as follows (see my review for the Juiceman II and Juiceman Jr at epinions.com):
- Carrots: The two extracted about the same amount of juice from carrots. I got 25-26 oz juice from each juicer using just over 2.6 lb of carrots in each. I did not have a scale, but used the carrots from one full 5 lb bag and a couple more carrots. I made sure the two juicers are getting the same amount of carrots by volume (by submerging the carrots in a bowl of water and making sure they displaced equal amounts of water for the two batches).
- Apples: The Panasonic produced just over 9 oz of juice, while the Juiceman did just under 8 oz from the same amount of apples (forgot how many). The Juiceman�s apple pulp felt more moist and contained large chunks of apples, while the Panasonic�s did not have any chunks.
- Beet root, tomato, cabbage: I did no measure amounts but both juicers handled them with ease.
- Power: The Panasonic is a bit less powerful (340 W I think), but has enough power to do all juices I tired and does not feel underpowered, nor did I need to slow down much at all. The Juiceman has the edge here though.
- Foam/Air: The Panasonic introduced more foam/air, because it rotates at above 13,000 RPM.
- Pulp: The Panasonic left considerably more pulp in the juice (the waste is generally drier too), to the extent I could feel it in my throat. If you like this � it might be an advantage.
- Taste: due to the less pulp and less air in the juice, I preferred the Juiceman�s juice. It was considerably smoother and with less foam (which may make it last a bit longer).
- Noise: both are about the same. The Juiceman gets out of balance usually at the beginning of the juicing cycle, then improves, while the Panasonic goes out of balance sometimes during juicing. Both do not shake excessively though and stay put.
- Craftsmanship: The Panasonic is made in Japan and the quality of all materials and the fitment is excellent. The Juiceman I think is about the same, but its white plastic seems to stain a bit easier, while its clear plastic is more resilient to stains�
- Opening for produce: the Panasonic has oval opening meaning I can put whole some extra thick carrots that I had to slice for the Juiceman. Both swallowed quarter medium sized apples in one piece, but larger apples needed to be cut to size for the Juiceman as the opening is narrower (even though it is longer).
- Clean-up: both are relatively easy to clean using a toothbrush (except for the stains from carrots). The Juiceman is a bit easier to clean if you use a plastic bag for the ejected pulp. The supplied cleaning brush with the Panasonic did the clean-up of the mesh a bit easier, but I thought it would wear the mesh too fast as the brush is very hard.
The verdict for me � I kept the Juiceman, returned the Panasonic. The main reason was the taste of the juice due to the amount of pulp and foam, but this is a personal preference. Performance wise � the Panasonic has the edge in being more efficient and might last longer. Also, it is more compact and nicer visually and is about half the weight so it is easier to carry. I wish I had bought the Juicelady on sale with the BreadMan + the Blender for $[price] instead of the Jiceman for $[price], but it is too late now � no Breadman bonus is available anymore (it was a 2 day sale at [store])