Jack Lalanne's Power Juicer Deluxe in a gorgeous stainless finish capable of juicing anything in a single bound. What's not to love?
Wait... back up a minute. Stainless finish? That's what the ads say, so most folks would assume this is a stainless steel juicer. The sneaky truth is it's silver colored plastic. Hmmmm. One tricky little detail. Are there other tricks in store with Jack's Deluxe Juicer? Read the rest of our review to find out why this might not be the best juicer choice out there....
Jack Lalanne's Power Juicer Deluxe looks so easy to use in those infomercials. Doesn't it? But what's it like when the glamour of t.v. is over and you've got the juicer sitting on your kitchen counter?
This 250 watt centrifugal juicer doesn't make the grade compared to others in its price range.
That undersized motor (not mentioned in the infomercial or on the website) just doesn't have the vroom-vroom to keep up with it's job: making a glass of fresh juice.
It requires careful handling to get a glass of juice out of this extractor. Example: alternating pulpy soft fruits with hard fruits to avoid clogging the filter basket. If you don't take this step you'll likely see juice overflowing and running down the outside edges of the juicer body, straight towards the motor housing.
It also doesn't pack enough punch to handle hard vegetables like carrots, beets, and ginger with ease. Or the ability to handle pulpy fruits like papaya and pineapple either.
Hmmm. A juicer that clogs from the pulp of a tomato? Doesn't sound that easy to use does it! That translates out to a lot of stopping, cleaning out the filter basket and starting again.
What about clean up time? It's pretty decent in this department with dishwasher safe parts and not too many parts. About standard for a centrifugal juicer, but there's a little tricky thing that relates back to that "stainless finish".
Dishwasher safe parts evidently doesn't include any parts of the juicer that have the painted silver color. Run them through the dishwasher and you're likely to see the thin layer of silver paint peeling off within one or two washings.
This problem is only in the Jack Lalanne's Power Juicer Deluxe model, not the Power Juicer Classic with a solid white plastic housing, or the upgraded Power Juicer Pro which features actual stainless steel.
Other limitations (that appear in all the Jack Lalanne Juicers) is the low juice spout. The juicer comes with no fitted juice catcher, so you have to use your own glass to collect the fresh juice. The spout sits so low however, that only the smallest tumbler sizes will fit under the spout.
Most folks that do home juicing want a big glass of juice for their efforts and it is a pain to pour the little glass into a big glass, then make more juice, pour the little glass into the big glass, then make more juice....etc, etc.
It's either that or drink from many little glasses!
There's also a design flaw in the fact that juice tends to spray out of the juice spout, sending droplets of freshly squeezed juice that were intended for your glass all over the kitchen counter and cabinets instead. It means cleaning up the kitchen instead of just the juicer!
Positives include the large feed chute which means less time chopping vegetables, but you'll find that on many centrifugal juicers in the same price range.
For ease of use we give Jack Lalanne's Power Juicer Deluxe a minimal 1 lime out of 5 limes possible juicer reviews rating.
Performance could help Jack Lalannes Power Juicer Deluxe. So how does it do? We already mentioned the issue with what it can and can't juice. It's a tricky little beast and seems to handle so many produce items with difficulty.
When you open up the owner's manual you'll run into the list of "don't juice" fruits and veggies. Then you'll see the "instructions" for how to juice others. It includes things like running a pulpy fruit first (like strawberries) followed by a hard fruit (like pears). But what if you don't want pears or apples mixed in with your strawberries? Hmmm. Too many limitations.
There's also the little matter of the owner's manual suggesting that you not juice "overly ripe" fruit. This kind of translates to "ripe fruit". Any juicer that comes with this kind of list for do's and dont's means the manufacturers obviously know about it's design faults and brought it to consumers anyways. Not very cool.
That little 250 watt motor gets in the way as well. There's not enough pick up and go on this juicer to get the job done. Compare it to the Breville Juice Fountain Ikon at just a little more cost which features a huge 900 watt motor. Or take it down a notch and compare it to the snappy Juiceman Junior with 700 watts of power, a real stainless steel exterior, two speed control, and ability to juice a lot of variety of produce for 99 bucks and you'll be wondering how Jack Lalanne and the marketing company behind him, Tristar are able to make the claims they do!
250 watts just doesn't cut it. Jack Lalanne's Power Juicer Deluxe reads like the Cadillac of juicers on their sales page, but in reality it compares to the just getting started $30 juicers you can find at places like Walmart.
I'm not even going to get into the juice yield claim about it extracting 30% more juice than other juicers. I've covered that in my two reviews of the other Jack Lalanne juicer models as well as here, Why we give the entire Jack Lalanne juicer line a don't buy warning. Suffice it to say, it extracts the same amount of juice as those little $30 juicers, and extracts less juice than most other centrifugal models in its price range.
Performance? If we could, we'd hand out a zero. But we always do a minimum of 1 lime. So here it is, 1 lime juicer review rating out of 5 possible for Jack Lalanne's Power Juicer Deluxe.
Is it just the silver colored finish that has durability issues in Jack Lalanne's Power Juicer Deluxe? We wish it were true. However, this is where the Jack Lalanne Power Juicer story takes a sordid little turn.
It's one thing to mislead shoppers about the finish of the juicer, and about the juice yield. It's another to put this juicer on the market for sale with so many durability issues.
The biggest all around issue this juicer has is widespread motor failure. We ran into 1 customer review of someone who had actually had their Deluxe Power Juicer for longer than 2 years and it was still going strong.
Many, many customers have experienced motor failure within a year, and some within the first use. There are too many instances for this to be a fluke.
Yes, there's that lifetime limited warranty. But realize you need to pay shipping both ways to take advantage of that warranty to the tune of 60 bucks. Not very likely on a $150 purchase.
Also, the warranty doesn't cover any other parts failures, and there are a lot. One of the most notable is the little plastic screw that connects the cutting blades to the housing of the juicer. The plastic screw fails frequently, making the entire juice extractor unusable.
Another faulty area is the rim around the top of the juicer where the cover is attached. The spin of the filter basket causes the plastic rim to flake off (into people's juice!). Want some plastic with your health kick? Yuck!
There's also the little matter of the produce plunger cracking frequently, so it fills with water that is difficult to get back out again.
The bottom line is that Jack Lalanne's Power Juicer Deluxe is a cheap as-seen-on-tv made in China product that is designed well at one thing only, putting money in Jack Lalanne's and Tristar's (the marketing company that created the Power Juicer) pockets.
Durability is less than non-existent for Jack Lalanne's Power Juicer Deluxe. Our final tally is a shameful 1 lime out of 5 limes total for the durability juicer reviews rating.
Jack Lalanne's Power Juicer Deluxe has joined our hall of fame as a juicer that we don't recommend for anyone. We actually slap it with one of our rarely handed out The Best Juicer Reviews Don't Buy Warnings.
Our overall verdict? 1 lime out of 5!!!
With both of these lines you'll get real stainless steel, high wattage motors, dual speed functionality and a lot more durability.