The latest Juiceman Juicer Pro has been redesigned with new features and boasts stainless steel styling, 3 speeds, a child safety mechanism, LCD display and a larger feed chute.
You may remember Jay "The Juiceman" Kordich from his 1990's late night infomercials. He's in his 70's and still going strong, and this latest Juiceman Juicer holds up to his reputation. Read on to find out if this is the right juice extractor for you...
The Juiceman Juicer has long been a favorite with American households.
This latest model holds up to the quality standards. It has a strong 1000 watt motor, practically oversized compared to many other juicers in this price range. That motor makes juicing a fairly quick process.
Using the JM503 Juiceman Juicer Pro is convenient. The designers obviously put a lot of thought into this latest redesign with new features like titanium coated cutting blades (typically only found on higher priced models), a childproof safety feature, convenient cord storage and a stainless steel filter.
It is a simple juicer model, in the moderate price range, but they managed to sneak in quite a few bells and whistles that make using it a pleasure. It follows the standard centrifugal design but in a beautiful no-stain stainless steel casing. You place your fruits or vegetables into the feed chute and press them down with the plunger. The produce then hits into the titanium blades and is chopped and mashed before entering the stainless steel filter. The filter separates the pulp and voila, a glass of fresh juice is ready to drink.
The process is simple compared to masticating or single/twin gear juice extractors, and faster as well (a plus for those not wanting to spend all morning getting a glass of juice prepared).
One of the handiest features is a fairly large sized feed chute. You can place small apples whole into the juicer without having to halve or quarter them, that equates out to less time spent chopping and preparing your produce.
It also has a handy 3 speed adjuster, so you can change speeds depending on what type of produce you are juicing. This makes it easy to switch between soft items like berries and citrus to hard items like carrots.
So the Juiceman gets high scores for intuitive user friendliness. Now what about clean up time? It's stainless steel body wipes down with a cloth and the few removable parts are dishwasher safe. The parts are very easy to take apart for cleaning and put back together again. (a big plus!) The filter, as with most juicers, is a little more difficult to clean. However it does come with a handy cleaning brush which helps the process.
Overall we give the Juiceman Pro JM503 a maximum five lime review rating out of five possible. It is intuitively designed for easy use, clean-up and assembly. It's also darn pretty to look at!
So, how does the Juiceman Pro Juicer perform? When you're looking at juicers, performance means juice yield. That refers to how much juice is extracted from a piece of produce. Centrifugal juicers typically have a slightly lower yield than masticating juicers, twin gear and single gear juicers.
The Juiceman Pro, being a Centrifugal design, is naturally not going to match up to those higher yields from those different types of more expensive juicer extractors. However, in the centrifugal class the Juiceman gets a good yield. It produces around 30% more juice than the bargain basement $30 to $50 juicer models on the market, and exceeds similarly priced Jack Lalanne juicers as well. It definately surpasses the Magic Bullet for juice yield.
While your pulp won't be paper dry with this model, it won't be sopping wet either. All in all, the juice yield is better than average for a centrifugal design.
So what about other performance issues? Common drawbacks for a juicer in this price range are motors not powerful enough to handle the job and difficulties juicing a wide range of produce. The Juiceman Pro Juicer handles both of these issues like a champ.
It's 1000 watt motor is much stronger than many other juicers in this price range, where you'll commonly see 500, 600 and 700 watt motors. As a result it doesn't bind up on harder produce like carrots, beets and ginger.
Additionally it succeeds where many juice extractors in it's price range fail: it can handle a wide variety of fruits and veggies. It does greens (excluding wheatgrass), citrus, soft fruits, hard fruits, soft veggies, hard veggies, and the "popular but super-hard on weaker engines" ginger.
This juicing variety may not sound like a big deal until you start reading juicer reviews for other models. Many brands have failings and drawbacks when it comes to different types of produce, the most common involving citrus, soft fruits, ginger, greens and wheatgrass. For a juicer under $200 to handle all of these (except wheatgrass of course, which most frequently needs a dedicated wheatgrass juicer) is quite a feat of engineering.
So what's our final opinion? We're going with five limes out of five on our reviews and ratings scale. The fact that it comes with such a powerful motor and can handle such a variety of produce makes it an all-star in our opinion.
Durabilty. Hmmm, titanium cutting blades anyone? The Juiceman Juicer Pro comes with titanium coated blades. In the under $200 category we haven't found this feature anywhere else. In fact it only starts appearing in the Breville Juicers with the Breville Juice Fountain Elite model, which carries the hefty price tag of $299. So it's surprising and delightful to find this feature in the Juiceman JM503 at an MSRP of $179. What's the ruckus about? The fact that they are titanium coated means they will last much longer without dulling compared to stainless steel counterparts. It's a nice touch!
The 1000 watt motor is also an extra touch one wouldn't expect to find in an under $200 juicer model. It means less strain when juicing, which translates to a stronger lifespan for the motor. How durable is the motor? We looked and were hard-pressed to find anyone complaining of burned out motors with the Juiceman Juicer Pro JM503. We did run into a few folks who've had the same Juiceman Juicer for close to 20 years. In a lower-priced juicer line like this one that spells confidence!
Then there's the stainless steel casing. Mmmm it's pretty! Not just pretty but practical as well. Finally an end to orange stained white plastic juicer casings. This stainless beauty will wipe down easily with a cloth and retain that "straight from the factory look" for many years to come. That equates out to no time spent trying to scrub orange stains from the outside of your juicer.
There's gotta be a downfall right? Right? Every juicer has a downfall and the Juiceman line of juicers has one. Replacement parts aren't available online from the manufacturer website. They can be found at many online juicer shops, but sometimes folks prefer to get their parts straight from the company instead of through a third party. It also raises the question of how long parts will be available. Since the Juiceman Juicer line frequently redesigns their juicers and offers new models, it may be difficult to buy the right sized filter ten years from now.
There's also that silly warranty period. 1 year? We have to roll our eyes. Way to stand behind a product Salton! (Salton manufactures the Juiceman JM503 Pro.) In an industry that features 5 and 10 year warranties, the 1 year warranty is a bit of an insult.
So, even though Juiceman Juicers have a very good track record for durability, we are deducting 1 lime from our review for the short warranty and not so easy to get replacement parts. Our final vote for durability? We give the JM503 pro a four lime review rating out of five limes possible.
The Juiceman Juicer Pro JM503 is a nice little beauty with lots of great features and very few drawbacks. We actually prefer it over the other t.v. infomercial brands of Magic Bullet juicers and Jack Lalanne juicers. It's an attractive model with a strong motor, good durability ratings, and it can juice a wide variety of produce. In it's price range it's one of our top picks, with the closest competition being the Breville Juice Fountain Ikon BJE510XL at a similar price tag of $199 MSRP.
The Juiceman Pro is good for folks with busy lifestyles who want a quick glass of fresh juice with minimal fuss. Uber-serious juice enthusiasts, those looking for maximum yield, minimal heating, or the ability to juice wheatgrass should take a look at some of our single gear and twin gear juicer reviews instead. But for most people, the Juiceman Juicer Pro is going to be a great fit!
Our final say? It's a strong and attractive machine that's quick and easy to use. It's one of the best for performance, functionality, and durability. Add in the extra features like titanium blades, sexy stainless exterior, and 3 speed options and you'll see why it's in our Top Choice Award category. The final say? Just short of 5 limes out of 5 limes total.
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