Juiceman JM400 Juiceman Jr. Review: Cheap Alternative to an Omega

If you’re new to juicing and want an affordable alternative to more expensive brands like Breville or Cuisinart, the Juiceman JM400 would be a decent alternative.

It has a decent 700-watt motor and two speeds for soft and hard produce.

Along with it, it has a 3″ feed chute, less pre-cutting, great time saver.

If you’re familiar with the name Jay Kordich, he is the man behind Juiceman but there was a period between 1994 and 2013 that the Jay Kordich was not involved with this brand as they sold the rights to the Juiceman brand to Salton Inc. in 1994.

And this model I believe was manufactured by Salton that’s why it isn’t listed in the juiceman.com website.

I added this bit of information here just to give you a glimpse of its history.

Anyhow, let’s continue on with the review on how this product worked based on real-life consumer’s experiences.

A quick look at the features of the Juiceman JM400 Juiceman Jr.

  • 700-watt motor
  • 2 speeds for soft and hard produce
  • Chrome-plated housing and a see-through cover
  • 3” feed chute
  • 3/4-quart juice jug included
  • Comes with a cleaning brush
  • It is dishwasher safe but only on the top rack
  • Non-skid rubber feet
  • 3-year warranty
  • Not BPA free
  • 10-3/4″ tall

The good

  • It has a wide feed chute which means less pre-cutting and less time needed to prepare
  • Two speeds for soft and hard fruit and vegetables
  • Strong 700-watt motor
  • Decent yield for hard and watery produce

The Bad

  • Small juice jug and pulp catcher means you can only make small batches of juice at a time
  • Some quality control issues based on reviews
  • Very noisy
  • So, so yield on leafy greens
  • Produces lots of froth

What to expect from the Juiceman?

This juicer isn’t as susceptible to stains as other juicers because it didn’t use white. Instead, the manufacturers used a chrome plated finish that looks like silver.

Powering this is a 700-watt motor with two speeds, Juiceman though did not specify the rpm for both speeds but I think it is above 6,000rpm because it is very noisy.

The juice spout does not sit up high so you can’t place tall containers to catch juice which is a bit of a downer but it does come with a 3/4 quart juice jug which is only good for only one person.

Juiceman JM400 Features

This will work best on…

…Hard, watery and fibrous vegetables and fruit like beet, cucumber, apple, beet, pineapple, etcetera, etcetera.

The wide mouth means you don’t have to spend 30 or so minutes chopping them just to fit a small feed chute.

This is great if you’re a busy mom, dad or entrepreneur who values time.

Take note that there are two settings here, a low setting for softer produce like orange, pineapple, and leafy greens.

Use the high setting if you’re going to juice the hard stuff like carrot or beet, this setting also works well with celery.

How long can you store juice?

You cannot store it for more than 24 hours because this machine uses high rpm that sucks in a lot of air into the juice that oxidizes it.

It would be best to drink it fresh after extraction to get the maximum nutritional benefit.

Do you need to chop?

Normally it would take to between 15 to 30 minutes washing and chopping produce to fit in my Hurom slow juicer.

With the wide feed chute of this model cut that time down to around 10 minutes because you will not need to chop a small or medium-sized apple, orange, pear or beet.

You don’t need to chop up leafy greens or fibrous vegetables like celery.

How much juice can it extract?

Just about the average of what centrifugal juicers can extract.

It does a pretty good job for hard and fibrous fruits and vegetables like celery, carrot, and apple but will be less efficient with leafy greens (you’ll have to bunch them up to get the best possible yield).

This would be a good machine to use to make fresh pineapple juice fast from fresh pineapple minus the preservatives you’ll get from canned varieties.

Is it hard to clean?

Fast extractors like this Juiceman should not be hard to clean-up. It will take less than 5 minutes to clean up.

The toughest part to clean would be the cutting disk and strainer and it comes with a cleaning brush that makes this task easier and you won’t need to spend to spend an extra $7 on a decent cleaning brush.

What type of juicer is this?

This is called a centrifugal juicer because it uses a combination a high speed spinning action and shredding to force juice out of vegetables and fruits.

It has a separate catch bin for the pulp so it won’t be as messy to clean up.

How long is the warranty?

Amazon does not state the length of warranty but I’m guessing it’s just one year.

Is it BPA free?

Nope, unfortunately, it is not BPA free.

Noise

As you have seen in the video I featured, it is very noisy and not the juicer you want if you live in an apartment or condominium where neighbors are close by.

If you need something quieter, look at the Jack Lalanne juicer that uses a lower rpm but produces much less noise.

Dimension

  • 10” x 14-1/2” x 18” (width x length x height)
  • Weighs around 11 pounds

Product Specification

ModelJM400
Feed chute size and shapeRound

3" in diameter
RPM
(revolutions per minute)
n/a
Juice collector capacity
capacity not specified
Pulp collector capacity
capacity not specified
Disk type Stainless steel
TypeCentrifugal juicer
Juice vegetables?
Juice fruits?
Cant it make nut butter?No
Can it make sorbet?No
Can it grind coffeeNo
Can it process foodNo
Dishwasher safeYes
Warranty1 year
Voltage110/120-volts
Motor700 watts

The package includes

  • Chrome-plated housing (with a 700-motor inside) with non-skid rubber feet
  • Cover with a see-through lid (3” feed chute)
  • 3/4 quart juice jug
  • Pulp catcher (capacity not specified)
  • Cleaning brush
  • Food pusher

Consumer Rating

Reviews here are really contrasting, consumers who gave a high rating really liked it and those who gave a low rating really hated it.

Folks liked this product because it was easy to put together and not expensive. Some even said that yield was pretty good.

Consumers who hated it said it broke within the first few uses so there are quality control issues.

One consumer mentioned that it caught fire after juicing 20+ apples, I don’t know about you but 21 apples? It is a bit too much in my recipe book.

According to a lot of reviews I read, the JM400 is very noisy – one commented that it’s like a small jet aircraft in your kitchen.

Also if you’re juicing a lot of fruits it can be a bit messy to clean up.

This won’t be the most efficient juicer out there so don’t expect slow juicer type yields here and expect a very frothy and foamy juice so you’ll probably need to pour it on a sieve to separate the foam.

One issue worth mentioning would be the cutting disk rubbing against the strainer assembly. That rubbing has resulted in bits of plastic going into juice.

I’m guessing this is a bad batch from the factory since so few made this complaint.

This is just something to look at when you’re using this juicer just in case.

Where can I buy this?

You can buy the Juiceman JM400 from Amazon for less than $200 and avail of the free 2-day shipping if you sign up with Prime. One thing I like about buying from Amazon is the availability of an extended warranty (up to 4yrs).

To Wrap Up

This juicer would work great for people looking to get into juicing with a tight budget.

It costs under $50 and has some features that are available in more expensive brands like the wide feed chute and two-speeds.

Even with the “Juiceman” brand on it, I can’t find this variant in their website so I’m not sure if they still make this.

If you follow the history of this brand there was a period (1994 to 2013) where the Juiceman brand rights were sold to another manufacturer and this might be one of the last models that that manufacturer produced hence it’s an omission from the current website so warranty could be an issue.

But if you buy from Amazon, this shouldn’t be a concern because you can purchase extended warranties (up to 4 years) for less than $5.

Overall this is a decent choice for people looking for a budget juicer but you’ll have to put it to use right away to see if you’ll experience any of the problems that consumers have so you can return it just in case.

If you want a more stable brand, go with more expensive ones like Breville or Cuisinart, the later has a longer warranty.

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