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on August 8, 2013
We've run the gamut of top of the line juicers. First the Breville 1000w 800JXL which wasted 90% of the green leafy produce that we wanted to juice. Then the Omega 330VRT which clogged constantly no matter how small we cut the produce or how we alternated the different types of produce during a juicing session. It also produced a lot of foaming and the juice was a little gritty.

Finally, we purchased the Green Star GSE-5000. We've been using it weekly for over a year and are extremely happy with it. Takes about 30min for us to juice what turns into about 12 cups of green juice. That includes washing the produce and cleaning the machine afterward.

The GSE-5000 produces a great volume of juice per amount of produce, and the juice is clean and smooth like water.

Our trick to cleaning this machine is to run a whole lime and a whole lemon through it at the end of the juicing session. This gives the juice a nice lemonade-type taste, AND keeps the internals from getting all stained green or orange, or brown. We clean the machine immediately, and never allow it to sit dirty. The trick to cleaning the juicing screen is to run cold water over it, and scrub it out with the supplied brush, from the inside. This breaks off all the little pulp fibers that are stuck in the holes of the screen. Then scrub the outside. The pulp just comes right off quickly via this method in about a minute.

Would I love to own a Super Angel? You bet, but I'm not willing to spend $1,200 just to get 3% more volume.

Here's the ingredients for a typical green juice session:
2 bundles (how it comes bundle in a grocery store) of Kale, usually the dark blue green "dino" kale, and the "russian red."
1 bundle of chard, usually "Rainbow"
1 bundle of cilantro
1 bundle of parcely, but only once a week
2-3 celery stalks
2-3 carrots
1 cucumber
1 orange/red/yellow bell pepper
1 green apple
1 whole lime
1 whole lemon
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on June 17, 2013
We purchased the GSE 5000 juicer June 4, 2013. I spent MANY hours watching videos (DO check out YouTube, you will learn HOW to Use and Clean all the juicers quickly and easily!!!), and comparing ALL the juicer models out there.

The Green Star juicers are the brand you want when you are SERIOUS about the QUALITY of your juice. Period.
"Fast" juicers basically obliterate the cellular structure of the fruits and vegetables. While this will give you juice quickly, it also destroys micronutrients through the brute force of the extraction, as well as the additional oxidation of the juice by the air introduced through the high speed blades.

"Masticating" juicers, particularly the currently popular "Vert" models, ARE better, but are still more gimmick than function. The reviews for these praise the better extraction, but MANY problems appear to occur due to the cheap construction of the devices, particularly the screen, which seems subject to breakage. These models have a LOT of plastic parts that are INTEGRAL to the machine, rather than just covers...

Now, the Green Star Elite GSE 5000 does have plastic, but the mechanical plastics are STURDY, DURABLE, and RIGID. The only thinner plastic part would be the unit housing cover. This, with reasonable care, should not crack, break, or otherwise fall apart easily. Since it IS an expensive piece of equipment, DO treat the parts with care, regardless how well constructed they are...

If you find this juicer "difficult" to clean or assemble, you simply should not be using any appliance more complicated than a spoon. Seriously. "DIFFICULT" IT IS NOT!!!

There are only SEVEN (7) parts to take off or put on. VERY EASY. Almost Idiot Proof.
The ONLY difficult parts to assembling it are:
1) making sure the augers are correctly aligned, with the "one dot" gear tooth between the "two dot" gear teeth of the other auger, and
2) Slightly rotating the twin augers when pushing them into the juicer body. They have to turn ever so slightly to align, but again, it is NOT difficult. Just gently "wiggle" them as you continue to gently push, and they will go in.

Do yourself and your juicer a favor, and cut your carrots into chunks no longer than about an inch. They will NEVER jam if you do. This goes for almost any vegetable. While the Green Star IS powerful, you purchased it to JUICE, NOT to cut the vegetables up and juice.
Also, if you take the extra time to cut the veggies before juicing, you will find that you will have to use FAR less pressure to push them into the juicer. (FWIW, I ALWAYS use the plastic, NOT the wooden pusher - It is DESIGNED not to reach all the way down to the gears, so you will NOT grind any plastic off - ignore that warning in the videos!!!)

Get a small bowl, and when the bowl is full, you have enough for a glass of juice.
If you are new to juicing:
1) Add ice cubes to your juice. The colder the better when you start, TRUST.
2) Add a bit of water to dilute it if the taste is too strong - It can take a bit of getting used to.
3) Keep a can of frozen Juice Concentrate in the freezer, and add a small spoon to juices that are too "green" to help make them a bit more palatable.

Carrots are your juicer's best friend. Put a piece or two after every soft veggie to help push the pulp through.

Every complaint about the Green Star screens is due to people NOT cleaning them promptly (within 30-60 minutes).
If you rinse and wipe your juicer FAITHFULLY and QUICKLY, you will never have a screen problem.
The Green Star 5000 comes with two brushes, and I have also found that a new toothbrush can do the job of them both pretty well.
The screen, which is the hardest part of the juicer to clean, collects fiber on the end where the pulp comes out. This is one reason cutting your produce into small chunks is strongly suggested.
Start by brushing the inside of the screen to loosen fibers. Then brush the outside of the screen to remove the loosened plant fiber. It shouldn't take more than a minute or two, tops.

For ANYONE who complains about the amount of time to use or clean this juicer, stop and consider the time and energy you would use to prepare and clean up after a regular meal. This juicer extracts MORE juice than any other model except the weird, cumbersome, and expensive Norwalk. And that puppy makes prepping your fruits and veggies into a religious ceremony...
And clean up for the Green Star is no more difficult than washing your blender or food processor. Easier in some ways, no sharp blades to look out for.

This juicer is an investment, and will change your life in regards to how you look at juicing. Grasses, leaves, even weeds are now part of our diet (Lamb's Quarters are so common, yet SO nutritious - my husband shakes his head, but knows to leave them alone when he sees them, so I can juice them!).

The additional cost will make up for itself in the LESS WASTE of juice from your produce, and the WIDER VARIETY of plants that you can put into this machine.

With a modicum of care, and a smattering of common sense, you should have NO problems, and YEARS of enjoyment with your Green Star. I know I am having a blast!!!

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on January 3, 2015
I love this juicer! I juice several times daily. I love the fact that the gearing technology claims to prolong the nutritional value up to 72hrs. My juices never get stored that long, but I am now able to take several with me to work, so I can have fresh juice all day. It works great on leaf lettuces, apples or hard produce like carrots and gives me more juice from my produce, as compared to my previous centrifugal juicer. Other reviews complained about the clean up, but I don't think it is bad at all. After I wash my produce is a large stainless bowl, I just fill it will hot soupy water to rinse my juicer parts. I do pre wipe out the excess pulp into my discard bowl before rinsing the parts.The juicer comes with cleaning brushes, but I also ordered the OXO Good Grips Deep Clean Brush set, which works great to clean the gears and screen. I have it all cleaned in about 10 min. This juicer is well worth the investment!!!
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on January 10, 2017
Great machine - Much better yield of juice than other juicers I've tried. It is a little more time consuming to clean, however, as their are more parts to clean but the quality of juice is better, so I don't mind the extra time to clean.
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on November 2, 2014
This juicer makes very good quality juice and great sorbets! I would not recommend the juicer to anyone who wants to make juice from fruit. This juicer is great for greens. It juices pretty slowly and the clean up is a little bit of a pain. This is a juicer for someone who cares more about quality than time. I bought the green star book along with it and I'm hoping it will open plenty of new ways to use this awesome investment.
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on May 13, 2013
I owned the GS-2000 before this one and after a house fire, I was needing to buy a new one. (the other one obviously didn't survive the fire). I loved the model I had before, but didn't like the time it took to clean it or the way that the pieces were tightened on. So, I was a little hesitant on buying another one, but, I knew that this was the BEST juicer for my money. So, I looked at all of the models again. I opted for the GSE-5000 because of the way that it snapped together rather than screwed together.
After using it for a couple of weeks, I am amazed at how much easier it is to put together, take apart and clean. The cleaning is much better because of the new design and the materials that come in contact with the juice/vegetables/fruits. Overall, this model makes things much easier in comparison to the other model. I LOVE IT! Thanks for making a good product and for extending the warranty!
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on February 11, 2015
If you are new to juicing or have been eyeing this beauty for awhile... I say go for it. Yes, the price is hefty, but as soon as you make a veggie-fruit juice with it, you will know that it is a phenomenal value. Extracts highest yield of anything... well, not my Super Angel, but that is $1300 these days. Guaranteed to last problem free for what 10-12 years? Can produce baby food, nut and grain milks, and frozen sorbet type desserts and so much more. This product does not need my infomercial support. You will love it. Use as directed.
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on January 3, 2017
After seven years of going the smoothie route it was time for the next level... Juicing. I have had it for two years now. Use often. I did my research and for the nutritional benefits... this was my pick. It's an investment so I took my time researching and reading reviews even outside of Amazon. One thing that kept coming up was the cleaning. People seemed to not appreciate the time it takes for this juicer. BUT I noticed that nearly all of those comments came from folks who had other juicers previously. That made me want THIS juicer even more. I thought, "This is my first juicer, I won't know the difference. Ha!" Let's face it, they were doing comparisons. Those other juicers nearly all oxidize the produce more than this machine. Good things normally take more time. :) I love mine! Never in a cupboard. Permanently out on the kitchen counter.
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on December 22, 2012
This is my first experience juicing. After doing some online research I settled on this model because one batch lasts for up to 48 hours without a significant loss of nutrients. As a busy professional, I cannot juice everyday. I was very apprehensive the first time I juiced and expected it to be an arduous experience; however, it took only minutes to juice the veggies and fruit! I was pleased with how much it yields and it seems any combination of veggies and fruit concoction is tasty and delicious... Even those veggies you wouldn't expect, like cabbage. The flavors are amazing, especially if you add some fresh ginger. I agree that cleaning the juicing screen isn't a cinch, and that's why I didn't rate this a five, but I believe the taste and overall convenience of this juicer are definitely a plus.
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on November 7, 2015
This is our fourth Green Star Elite. The first one for us and the other three for our off-springs. Am so impressed with how dry the pulp comes out. Tried other machines and had to reuse the pulp over and over again. The filter is always fun to clean, but worth the effort. Picked up the first one after my second bout with melanoma. It has not returned since we started juicing. Go kale.....
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