by Garrick Dee
Updated December 14th, 2018
Centrifugal juicers have a nasty reputation of being noisy machines.
In fact a lot of people describe it as like being a jet engine taking off your kitchen.
That’s because most brands use upwards of 10,000rpm to shred produce and extract juice from them.
The PJP power juicer from Jack Lalanne takes a different approach…
…they’ve lowered down the speed to a quieter 3,600 rpm.
Based on the videos I’ve seen and reviews I’ve read, it is quiet. Almost as quiet as a slow juicer but not quite which still is impressive considering this is a fast juicer.
Features at a glance
- Wide 3” feed chute
- Stainless steel finish (even the feed chute is also stainless)
- Stainless steel mesh filter and cutting blade
- Motor only spins the blade at 3,600 which makes it one of the more quiet centrifugal juicers in the market
- Motor has a lifetime warranty
- Detachable pulp collection bin
- Has built-in safety features
- Lower rpm makes this quiet compared to other brands
- Large feed chute
- Stainless steel finish is resistant to stains
- Lifetime warranty on the motor
- No-drip juice spout means cleaner tables after juicing
- Not good for leafy greens
- Even though it has a large pulp collection bin you are limited to extracting just one to two cups of juice before you need to clean the strainer
- Assembling the cutting disk to the strainer can be a little tricky – you have to be careful not to over-tighten it
- Weak motor tends to bog down and stop when you feed too much or apply too much pressure
What to expect from the Jack Lallane PJP?
The first thing you’ll notice with the Power Juicer Pro is the all stainless steel finish of the motor base. Heck even the feed chute is made from stainless steel (other brands are made from plastic).
This is nice because steel does not stain as easily as plastic. In fact it is stain resistant.
Its juice spout can be tilted which is a nice feature. This prevents messy clean up from drips after you’re done juicing.
It is unclear how many watts the motor uses. I checked in Amazon and one consumer said that it had roughly 350 watts.
Unlike other juicers that use at least 6,500rpm, this juicer only rotates at just 3,600 rpm combine that with a good insulated motor base you have a quiet juicer that rivals a slow juicer in terms of quietness.
This will work best on…
…Watery fruits like strawberries and apple, hard vegetables like beet and greens with some mass like cucumber.
Here are a couple of videos demonstrating how it works on these mentioned ingredients.
Juicing strawberry, beet and broccoli…
How it performed on apples…
Like with most centrifugal juicers this will struggle with leafy greens but there are techniques that consumers have shared to extract a little bit more from them.
One is to roll the leafy greens into a cylindrical shape, as big as the opening of the feed chute as possible.
What you want to achieve here is create as much mass as possible for the blades to chomp on. Do this technique with all types of leafy greens, yes wheatgrass included.
How long can you store juice?
Make no mistake that this juicer will still suck air into juice despite the lower than average 3,600 rpm cutting disk.
I’d say the longest you can store juice would be 24 hours but you have to store it in an airtight container like a mason jar refrigerated.
But like I’ve always said, it’s best to drink juice as soon as you extract them from fruit and vegetables to get the maximum benefit of juicing.
How much preparation is needed?
You’ll notice in the two videos above that the beet and apples where chopped. But you really don’t need to because with the 3” feed chute, you can fit in a small or medium sized apple or been in there without chopping.
Some people are concerned with the seeds of the apple containing cyanide that’s why they chop it but as long as the apple is fresh and washed well there is no need because little bit of it will not harm you at all.
Hard ingredients like beet may bog the motor down a little bit, chop it into half or quarters will help the motor not strain too much.
How much juice can it extract?
You’ve heard about the claims of Jack Lalanne making 30% more juice than other juicers.
Take it with a grain of salt as the juicers they’re comparing it to are most likely inferior juicers with weak motors and small feed chutes.
Here’s a comparison between a Jack Lalanne juicer and an Omega Big Mouth…
Take note that the Jack Lalanne featured here isn’t the same model but it has the same motor as this one so their yield will be the same.
The results in this juice off isn’t very encouraging for Jack Lalanne as it was only able to extract 2-1/2 cups of juice from 4 pounds of carrots compared to the 3-1/2 cups extracted by the Omega.
Is it hard to clean up?
Toughest part to clean would be the strainer and cutting disk. To unlock these part, you’ll need to use a special tool which for me is an unnecessary step. So this is just a heads up.
Be very careful not to lose this tool or you won’t be able to take it apart or assemble it again.
Watch the video to see how to clean this extractor…
On why they have to make it harder for consumers I don’t know, it’s been that way for all their juicers.
I hope they’ll make the cutting disk and strainer one piece to make it easier for consumers to assemble and disassemble.
What type of juicer is this?
This is a centrifugal ejector type juicer since it uses high speed to extract juice and it has a separate container to catch excess pulp.
How long is the warranty?
If you check Jack Lalanne’s website, they advertise this to have a lifetime warranty for the motor but it does not specify how long the warranty is for the other parts.
Checking Bed, Bath and Beyonds site, it states there that it has a “limited” warranty on the rest of the parts.
John Kohler said in the video above that it only has a 60 day warranty on the parts so it isn’t very long.
Is it BPA free?
Jack Lalanne does not specify if this juicer uses BPA free parts.
Compared to centrifugal juicers with faster motors, this juicer is definitely quiet as you’ve seen in the videos above but that comes at a price.
The slower rpm makes this more susceptible to bogging down when more than one piece of carrot in there so it slows down the process.
If you buy this in North America, you’ll get a juicer with a 110/120 volt plug.
You’ll have to buy a voltage regulator if you live outside North America or in countries that don’t use 110 volt power outlets.
- 12” x 17” x 18” (width x depth x height)
- Weighs around 15.6 pounds
The package includes
- Stainless steel motor base
- Pulp collector
- Mesh filter
- Crescent tool
- Cleaning brush
- Lid with pulp guard
- Removable non-drip spout
Consumer reviews have been mixed with this juicer, people who gave a high rating say that they loved how this product was quiet, gets good yield even from leafy greens, easy to clean and looks good because of the stainless steel finish
Some bad points
People who gave a negative rating plainly said that this juicer sucks.
They complained that the motor would stop working, parts break here and there, it leaks, has poor yield, and hard to clean.
There were also complaints about warranty claims because you’ll have to pay for the return shipping which is about $30.
Both side’s claims have some merit, let me break it down to you.
It is quiet than the average centrifugal juicer
This juicer is quiet because Jack Lallane lowered the rpm down to 3,600 which is both good and bad.
Good because this makes this a quiet juicer that you can use without worrying about waking up your neighbors in the morning.
Bad because the motor tends to bog down when you put pressure or you put a lot of hard ingredients in like carrot.
This slows down the time it takes to extract juice.
There will be a learning curve in this area of using it.
The clogging and leaking problem could be because consumers are trying to juice more than this machine can handle.
Avoid clogs by
Manual says that you have to clean and remove excess pulp after you juice a quart, anything more then you’ll risk clogging and leaking.
One other minor complaint is the low height of the spout where juice comes out, you cannot place a tall glass or pitcher underneath there but you can invest in a wide jug like Pyrex if you plan on making a lot of juice.
A few people said that if you follow the instructions to a tee it should not give you any problems and should run smoothly.
Where can I buy this?
Currently, this juicer is Available in Amazon but only from third-party sellers. This means you’re not buying direct from Amazon. So there isn’t an option to get the extended warranty and it isn’t eligible for the free 2-day shipping.
This juicer would be great for…
…People looking for a quiet centrifugal juicer that looks great on their countertop. Jack Lalanne makes this possible by slowing down the motor to spin at just 3,600rpm.
It really is quiet but it comes at a price. Motor bogs down easily and will struggle juicing whole fruits and vegetables without the motor stopping.
Since you can’t fill up the feed chute with hard ingredients, this slows down the juicing process and it’ll take longer to juice compared to a juicer with a stronger motor.
If your number one priority is having a quiet juicer but still have the ability to make juice faster than a slow juicer then this would be a good compromise.