The Champion Juicer has been a reliable mainstay manufactured in the U.S.A. since 1955. There are two models, the Champion 2000 Consumer grade, and the Champion 2000 Commercial grade. This review is for the household model.
The Champion Juicer 2000 is a powerhouse that can juice all types of fruits and vegetables (wheat grass and greens with some difficulty). In addition to it's juicing capabilities it is a multi-purpose machine that can create nut butters, sorbets, sauces, baby food, ice cream, purees, muesli and salsa. With the optional champion grain mill attachment it can grind coffee, spices, all types of flours and corn meal as well.
It's a brute of a juicer that stands the test of time, extracts a decent amount of juice per pound of produce, and offers more functions than many other juicers on the market.
The Champion Juicer makes juicing easy. The pulp is ejected from the bottom of the cutter casing, so there is no need to stop and remove pulp halfway through your juice project.
To juice, all you need to do is put fruits or vegetables into the top feed chute and press down on the produce with the pusher. The pulp will come out of the bottom of the casing, while the juice comes out of the juice spout.
It does have a wide juice splash zone so you will want a wide, low container for catching your juice, rather than a regular sized glass.
Cleaning up is where Champions get more difficult. There are five parts to clean; the filter screen, the pusher, the cutter, the cutter casing, and the juicer body. The cutter casing and cutter must be removed from the body for cleaning.
The filter screen must be cleaned immediately to remove the juice remnants from the holes, otherwise they will bind to the screen.
A small brush is recommended for cleaning the filter screen, as a sponge isn't going to clean the screen holes very well at all.
The shaft must also be cleaned and oiled after each use. You can use a natural oil, like coconut or olive, but it's an extra step that adds on a few more minutes to the clean up time. None of the parts are dishwasher safe.
At 26 pounds weight is also a factor. You won't want to store it in a cupboard and pull it out at juicing time. It also requires some strength to juice. The elderly or people in a weakened state should definitely consider another model.
Because of clean up time and weight, we've deducted two limes, giving the Champion 2000 Juicer a three lime rating for ease of use.
So, how does it perform? The Champion 2000 is a masticating juicer with a twist. It actually has a three part process. First it grates the produce, then it masticates (chews) the pulpy chunks to break down the cellulose. It finishes with a mechanical pressing process that extracts the juice from the pulp. This three part process is very effective for breaking down fruits and vegetables and turning them into juice.
The process, as with all masticating models, does heat up the juice slightly. But not nearly as much as centrifugal style juicers do. Heated juice destroys active enzymes. With the Champion juicer, the cutter operates at 1425 RPM, (a very slow speed for a masticator) so the heating is minimal. The minimal heating can also be easily avoided by: continously putting produce in the feed chute, giving the engine a break after fifteen minutes, chilling your produce before juicing, or adding an ice cube to the chute every few minutes. In our opinion, the Champion's heat level is very minimal for a masticating juicer, and taking any one of the precautions listed above will remove this disadvantage.
The juice yield for the Champion is better than any bargain basement juicer available, but not as good as some other models in it's price range. The biggest drawback to the Champion's performance is it's inability to juice greens and wheatgrass. You can force it, by mixing in a touch of greens with your other harder vegetables, but it's not designed for this and your yield will be low. Overall we give the Champion Juicer 2000 a four lime rating for performance.
The Champion 2000 is one of the most durable juicers available. It's common for them to last fifteen, twenty, even twenty five years. Their motors are especially well-regarded, and it's rare to find anyone who's had a Champion motor blow out on them.
Even if it happened, replacement parts are readily available at moderate prices, even replacement motors are available! With very few parts, and all of them solidly constructed, you will most likely only need to replace the cutter and perhaps a few filter screens every five years.
If your top requirement in a juice extractor is durability and reliablity, Champion is the top choice. We give them a five lime rating for durability.
If you know you want to use the extra functions available, like making fresh fruit sorbets and homemade nut butters, the Champion Juicer is a top pick. Or if your most important factor is getting a dependable workhorse juicer, you can't do better.
On the other hand, if you won't be using the extra functions of the Champion, or if you want to juice greens and wheatgrass, there are other juicer models on the market that will perform much stronger as a stand-alone juicer. Whenever you combine more functions into a machine, the main focus can get lost. In the case of a Champion, it doesn't extract quite as much juice as other brands in it's price range, it's harder to clean, weighs a ton, and lightly heats the juice as well. Take a look at the Green Star or Omega instead.
Champion Juicer Instructions
Lost your instruction manual? Read these instructions for how to use the champion fruit and vegetable juicer.
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