Living in a small home where space is a premium, my priority when searching for a juicer would be footprint, and everything else would be a bonus.
With the L’Equip mini pulp ejection juicer, not only will you get an extractor with a small footprint, but you’ll also get an excellent warranty for something in this price range.
It also has a decently strong 480-watt motor that spins the cutting disk at 10,000rpm. It only has one speed.
Features at a glance
- Stainless steel bowl, blade, and basket
- 480 watts spins the cutting disk at 10,000 rpm
- 3-year warranty for the blade and basket
- Ten year on the juicer and three years for the blade
- Weighs 11 pounds
- Compact design will fit in most kitchens (only 11.5” tall)
- Large 3″ feed chute
- Not BPA free
- Costs under $100 – a great budget juicer
- Long warranty on both the cutting disk and parts (three and seven years respectively)
- Made in Korea – where great juicers are manufactured
- Not as noisy as more power juice centrifugal juicers
- Sucks in a lot of air and oxidize juice fast
- Plastic locking mechanism could be an Achilles heel
- No juicing jug and cleaning brush included (you can buy them separately)
- Does not have a large feed chute like a Breville – more pre-cutting is needed
What to expect from the L’Equip 306150 extractor?
The L’Equip 306150 is a compact juicer that will fit on under most countertops because it measures 11.5 inches tall.
It comes equipped with a stainless steel bowl which is more resistant to staining and will be easier to clean when you compare it to juicers with a white plastic bowl.
Feed chute and safety locking arm
L’Equip didn’t specify the size of the feed chute but looking at the photos it seems to be close to 3” in diameter.
It comes with a pulp catcher, but it does not have any juice jug included, so you’ll need to buy your own or use a mason jar to catch all the juice.
Two plastic arms (one on each side) lock it in place, consumers have complained about this extractor not turning on even with the locking arms attached.
Just make sure that it is seated properly on the plastic cover so that it turns on.
Easy to clean
Everything comes off easily when you remove the locking arms so this will be easy to clean.
The cutting disk and strainer are made from stainless steel so it will resist corrosion well.
The manufacturer does not specify whether or not the plastic parts are BPA free. But there will be minimal contact with plastic because only the plastic part that produces will come in contact with is the plastic cover and feed chute.
The bowl is made from stainless steel.
Lastly, my favorite feature is the warranty – 3 years on the cutting disk and ten years on the rest of the juicer which make it a good buy.
This will work best on…
…Vegetables like celery, carrot, beet, basically fibrous or hard greens with a lot of mass and water content.
It will also do well with fruits like apple and pear.
It can juice leafy greens but not exclusively so you’ll need to follow a batch of leafy greens with something hard like carrots or celery to get the maximum yield possible.
How long can you store juice?
Since we’re talking about a centrifugal juicer here that spins at a fast 10,000 rpm, a lot of air will be sucked into the juice.
It oxidizes juice faster and spoils quickly. If you’re not putting it inside a refrigerator, you’d have to drink it immediately after extraction, don’t let it sit for more than 15 minutes if possible.
If you’re putting it inside the fridge, make sure to use an airtight container like a mason jar, overfill it and then cover.
This juicer should help the juice last for a day but don’t let it sit in there for more than 24 hours.
How much preparation is needed?
This extractor does not have a wide 3″ feed chute that you’ll find in juicers such as a Breville or Kuvings, so there is some pre-cutting needed but only on fruits such as apples or pear and maybe large carrots.
How much juice can it extract?
It can extract a pretty good amount if you’re juicing hard and fibrous stuff like apples and celery.
It will struggle in terms of efficiency when you juice leafy vegetables like kale or spinach.
I mentioned earlier that you need to bunch up leafy greens together and roll them like you would a lentil wrap, fourso it has more mass for the cutting blades to bite on, then follow it up with hard produce such as a carrot or beet.
When you push produce in make sure to do it slow and steady, this technique will give you the maximum yield possible.
Is it hard to clean up?
There are only parts to clean – the stainless steel bowl, cutting disk/strainer, pulp catcher and the cover.
All of these parts easily come off when you take off the safety locking arms that home them in place.
Here’s how the cutting disk looks like.
Underneath the cutting disk
See it in Action
John Kohler juices an apple/celery juice…
What type of juicer is this?
This is a centrifugal ejector juicer with a 480 watt motor that spins the blades at 10,000 rpm. It only has one speed.
How long is the warranty?
Unlike most other brands that only give between a 1 and 3 year warranty, L’Equip ups the ante by giving this a 10 year warranty on the parts and 3 years on the cutting disk.
Is it BPA free?
L’Equip does not specify whether or not this juice uses BPA free components. So I’m assuming it does not but there is only minimal exposure to plastic because the juicing bowl is stainless steel.
- 5” x 11.5” x 12” (width x height x depth)
- Weighs around 8 pounds
The package includes
- Food pusher
- The plastic cover and feed chute
- Stainless steel bowl and cutting disk/strainer
- Gray motor base that houses the 480-watt motor
- Pulp catcher
Where is this manufactured?
Despite being less popular than the Breville, it still received its fair share of rave reviews from consumers.
A lot of them ended up buying this because it was cheaper than the Breville and had a longer warranty. Plus it’s cheap – less than $100 in Amazon.
Consumers were pretty with the yield, even with leafy greens saying it was pretty good.
The compact size makes this suitable to bring with you while traveling. Also, people prefer a smaller juicer that will take less space on the countertop.
It has a smaller motor if you compare it to a Breville but it is strong enough to extract juice from hard ingredients. Just don’t feed it too fast.
Small motor = lower electricity bill
One plus of the low watt motor would be power savings and less noise. And because it does not consume as much power, you can use a battery to power this.
Cleaning is also easy because you don’t need special tools to remove the cutting disk unlike juicers like Jack Lalanne where you need a special tool to remove the cutting disk.
It does not come with a cleaning brush so you’ll have to buy a soft nylon brush for this purpose.
Stainless steel bowl will not stain
Juicing bowl is stainless steel and not plastic so it will not stain.
In terms of pulpiness, some folks say that it’s not but others say it is so this will be subjective.
This can be remedied by pouring the juice on a strainer.
Since this is a centrifugal juicer that spins at 10,000 rpm, expect bits and pieces of pieces of produce to be spin out from the feed chute. Make sure to cover the chute with the pusher to prevent this from happening.
Not as noisy
Even though it is fairly noisy, it won’t be as noisy as a blender or juicers with larger motors.
This can be subjective though – watch the video above and judge for yourself.
Small feed chute
Another complaint is the feed chute that isn’t round but an oval crescent shape that is slightly smaller than wide mouth juicers we have in the market.
This means more chopping on fruits such as apple or orange. But you won’t need to chop stuff like celery or spinach because it’ll fit in.
Overall, based on consumer reviews this product makes a good first juicer because it isn’t expensive and has a great warranty.
While it may not be the most efficient juicer around, it still does a good enough job for folks looking to incorporate a few glasses of fresh juice every day without spending too much time.
Where can I buy this?
You can buy this from Amazon but it won’t be brand new for less than $100. Since it isn’t brand new, you can’t avail of the extended warranty nor the 2-day free shipping from Prime.
To Wrap Up
This juicer would be great for people looking for a budget juicer with a great warranty.
It will extract as well as Breville without having to spend hundreds of dollars. And you’ll get a 10-year warranty.
Breville juicers only come with a one year warranty which is too short in my opinion considering the cost.
Don’t forget to buy a cleaning brush for cleaning the cutting disk and pitcher for juice. You won’t get these items inside the box so this is just a heads up.
Another Achilles heel would be the locking mechanism made from plastic that can break if you’re not careful.
Aside from those downsides, this so far is one of the best bang for the buck juicers available right now in the market.