For the last 9 years we have looked for the best juice extractor on the market for the money. This has not only been to sell them but we wanted the best for our own personal use too. Back in 1996 I started with a Champion because I was told “it was the king of juicers”. It did not take me long to get rid of it after using it for several months. I put the Champion, Juiceman, Jack LaLanne's Power Juicer and all the other high speed juicers in this same category. None is really any better than the other one. Their claim to fame is they will juice a whole apple or orange at once, and they are fast. This is true but it is about the only advantage they have over juices that crush at slower speeds.
I knew right after trying my first twin gear juicer that it was the juicer of the future because it had so many advantages over the high speed machines so I decided to start selling them. My hunch paid off because they are now rated the best ones on the market for the money. I almost bought the $2000 Norwalk juicer but I found a test done in Canada that showed the Green Power had extracted the mineral content out of 5 different types of green leafy just about the same as Norwalk. After talking to several Norwalk owners (and selling them a twin gear) I am really glad I did not buy the machine. If you want to see the test done in Canada email me email@example.com and ask for the Green Power / Norwalk test.
This is what I discovered right after using the twin gear juicer for the first time.
1. I found the pulp to be noticeably dryer than the Champion juicer which I could easily squeeze juices from the pulp. I was not happy throwing out all that wet pulp.
2. The juice was cooler in the Green Power and I did not have all the friction and oxidation either. All the oxidation is bad for the juices. It is like an apple, when you cut it in half you see how fast it turns brown, which is because the air has come in contact with it and it is starting to rot.
3. I was very disappointed with the way the Champion did green leafy veggies, grasses and how the celery got rapped around the blade and got jammed up.
Note: We always highly recommend everyone incorporate green leafy juices in the diet because of very high nutritional values. It is surprisingly good when mixed with sweet carrot juice.
4. I could tell from the very first glass of carrot juice from my Green Power that it was sweeter and creamer juice than what came out of the Champion Juicer.
This is because the Green Power is extracting more of the sweetness/nutritional value from the pulp.
5. I noticed the juice from the Green Power kept longer in the refrigerator than the Champion. I am sure this is due to all the friction and oxidation the Champion produces.
6. The Green Power was much quieter (can listen to the radio) than the Champion and did not bounce off the counter like some spinning basket juicers do.
I think it is only fair to point out the two disadvantages of the Green Power Juicer. It takes a little longer to clean up than some other units on the market but I only have to juice twice a week because the juice will store so well – especially if you remove the air from the jar before storing it in the refrigerator. With the other high speed juicers you should drink the juicer right away since it breaks down faster, which means you have to clean the machine more often. I can clean up my juicer in about 7 1/2 minutes. Having a better cleaning brush helps with the speed of cleanup too. We have used a metal brush (does absolutely no harm) for years to clean the screen and twin gears. The other disadvantage is it is slightly slower and you have to use more effort when pushing carrots into the twin gears. I can juice 18 lbs. of carrots in 21 minutes! To me the advantages of the Green Star certainly out weights the few disadvantages!
Note: If you are planning to buy a Sampson Ultra, Kempo or Hippocrates twin gear Juicer see (Click Here) this page first.
The Green Star 2000 is our most popular juicer sold and the one we recommend. We feel the single geared juicers are the second best on the market. These may be best for people on a tight budget that don’t have a lot to spend. These juicers have alot of the same great benefits that the Green Star has. The single gears work by forcing the produce to the front of the machine and crushing it against the screen. These machines are not as heavy duty built as the twin geared juicers. We found that it takes about 30% more time to juice a carrot compared to the Green Star. One nice advantage to them is they do clean up in about half the time as the twin gear units. Tribest has been saying their Solostar ll juicer extracts juices better than the other single gear units so we decided to test them for our self.
Test Results on Single Geared Juice Extractors.
Note: We just tested the, Solostar ll, Solostar 1, Omega 8005, and the Sampson juicer.
We took 1 lb 10 oz of carrot and we juiced them in the four machines. Here are the results after we strained the juice.
Solostar ll 10oz
Solostar 1 8oz
Omega 8005 8oz
Cleanup time was about the same on all the units except the Omega 8005 which did clean up in about 30-60 seconds quicker.
All the slow crushing machines do a fair job on things like citrus, watermelon and pineapple. They do a poor job on things like peaches, plumbs and berries; we use the Personal Bender for them. We use the CitriStar for juicing citrus and the unit cleans up very fast. This may be a good choice for people with children who want fruit juices. Click Here for information on the CitriStar.
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