Samson Green Power KPE 1304 Review: Great for Leafy Greens

Now, you’re ready to make the next and upgrade your masticating or centrifugal extractor.

But there’s one problem, a good quality twin gear juicer will easily cost over $500.

Tribest’s GS-3000 and GS-5000 comes to mind but what if I told you that I’ve found a twin gear juicer that will perform nearly as well as the other two I mentioned above and you don’t have to spend $500?

Samson’s Green Power KPE-1304 costs just under $500, cheaper than Tribest’s twin gear juicer by at least $100!

It also doesn’t take up as much space which is an excellent news for people like me who don’t have a large kitchen.

Features at a glance

  • Twin gear juicer – uses counter rotating stainless steel gears to crush and extract juice
  • These gears rotate at 160 rpm
  • Can juice hard vegetables, leafy greens, wheatgrass, fruits, etc.
  • Aside from making juices it also can make sorbets, nut butter, coffee grounds and grains
  • Comes with a magnetized 1-liter juice jug
  • Very quiet – only products 60 decibels
  • 10-year warranty on the motor, 5-year for the operational parts

The good:

  • Great yield
  • Great price for a twin gear juicer
  • Versatile – you can make more than juices
  • Produces less pulp and foam (particularly from leafy greens)

The Bad:

  • Steeper learning curve compared to a horizontal auger juicer
  • Some effort is needed to push produce through the feed chute
  • Shorter warranty on the operational parts

What to Expect from the Green Power KPE 1304?

It has the same twin gears found in the GS-3000 only it’s a tad bit smaller and based on reviews, it performed better than the Samson 9006, a juicer that has outperformed the bestselling Omega 8006 in terms of yield.

This means is that this juicer will give you great yield and more juice from every ounce of vegetable and fruit you put in.

Green Power KPE1304 Features

In addition to the features I highlighted above, it comes with a blank plate attachment that allows you to process food and make homemade peanut butter, baby food, and sorbets.

The two gears have magnets inside them that Samson claims to reduce oxidation and allow you to store this for up to 72 hours.

This gives you the option to prepare a large batch in advance for the next three days which is great news for busy folks who can’t juice every day.

It also comes with a wooden and plastic plunger. I prefer using the wooden plunger because even if the gears scrap off a small chunk of wood, it is a food grade, and it’ll go out along with the pulp and not inside the juice.

This will work best on…

…Green leafy vegetables like wheatgrass, spinach, arugula, etc. because the two gears are efficient in extracting juice from these types of vegetables.

It sucks in ingredients like wheatgrass, but for more fibrous stuff like carrots or celery, you’ll need to exert some effort and push it through.

So if you have any form of arthritis, avoid getting this juicer, a self-feeding juicer like the Omega VRT or Hurom HU-100.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSWVPs4WIK0

John Kohler says that this can extract juice from wheatgrass, but you’ll have to mix in other ingredients.

If you want to make pure wheatgrass shots, a horizontal auger juicer the like 8006 or Samson 9005 will do a better job.

It can also juice fruits but take note that it may struggle with softer ones like orange or pineapple because it will need something harder to push the pulp out.

Produce rotation is key to getting the most extraction here.

It also comes with a crush screen attachment that will help make baby food, pasta, sorbets, jams, nut butter, etc. which makes this a versatile food mill so to speak.

How long can you store juice?

Samson says that you can store it for up to 72 hours because the gears have magnetic and bio-ceramic technology that will extract more nutrients and reduce oxidation.

Of course, the best practice would be to drink juice fresh out of a juicer, but this is an excellent option for professionals who don’t have time to prepare every day.

How much preparation is needed?

You don’t need to cut green leafy vegetables because the cutting teeth in the gears will do that for you, but for produce that doesn’t fit the 1.5-inch feed chute, you’ll need to pre-cut. Stuff like apples, cucumber, beet, and large carrots will need to be chopped.

Prep time will depend on the ingredients included in the recipe; if you have more ingredients like beet or apple included, more prep time is needed.

How much juice can be extracted?

Yield is very impressive as it was able to extract around 100cc more than the Samson 9006 from 8 ounces of wheatgrass and 2 pounds of carrot.

Here’s the video of that juice off…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQ_jo-yLzjk

When you compare it to the Green Star GSE-5000, it yielded around 70 to 90 milliliters less, remember though that the Green Star costs more than $100 more.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bo6Xe8NAVCo

Is it hard to clean up?

The small juicing screen and gears makes this slightly easier to clean than a full sized twin gear juicer.

It shouldn’t take more than 5 minutes to clean up with the right tools which are already included in the package.

It comes with a cleaning brush that will speed up the process of cleaning the juicing screen and gears.

Is it dishwasher safe?

Samson does not specify whether or not this is dishwasher safe so to be on the safe side avoid putting this inside the dishwasher.

It won’t take too long to wash by hand.

Noise

It does not make too much noise, only around 60db, compared to a centrifugal juicer so noise isn’t an issue and you can use this even if you have small infants sleeping.

This will not wake them up.

Voltage

It comes in both 110 and 220-volt options.

If you buy it in Amazon, you’ll get the 110-volt version of this.

If you live outside North America and need the 220-volt version, you may need to purchase this directly from the Samson Juicer’s store.

Motor

It uses a 1/4 hp motor that spins the two gears at 160rpm which is slow enough not to oxidize the juice.

Dimension

  • 7.5” x 16” x 11” (width x height x depth)
  • Weighs around 13.7 pounds

Warranty

Samson gives a 10-year warranty on the motor plus five years on operational parts that include the gears, screens, juice catcher, plungers, adjustable end cap, etc.

Product Specification

ModelKPE1304
Feed chute size and shapeSquare

1.5" in diameter
RPM
(revolutions per minute)
160
Gear typeDual stainless steel gears with magnetic and bio-ceramic technology
Blank plate attachment
Sieve/strainer
TypeTwin/dual gear juicer
Juice vegetables?
Juice fruits?
Cant it make nut butter?
Can it make sorbet?
Can it grind coffee
Can it process food
Warranty10 years on the motor
5 years on the operational parts
Voltage110-volts (if bought in Amazon)
3-pronged
Operation time 20 mins
Motor1/4 hp

The package includes

  • Juicing base with 1/4hp motor
  • Juice catcher that has a pour spout that removes froth and some pulp
  • Magnetized 1-liter jug
  • Fine vegetable screen
  • Coarse fruit screen
  • Crush screen
  • Extra end cap
  • Wooden plunger
  • Plastic plunger
  • Cleaning brush
  • Pulp discharge casing
  • Owner’s manual
  • Video

Where is this manufactured?

This is made in South Korea.

Consumer reviews

Consumers loved the performance of this juicer because it was quiet and had a high yield, particularly green leafy vegetables.

Cleaning wasn’t too much of an issue as I had expected because the screen and gears were small. The cleaning brush was effective in dislodging pulp from the screen according to reviews.

The biggest negative was the need to push produce, particularly had and fibrous stuff like celery or carrots.

This was a big hindrance for the consumers who left low ratings, but they still loved the way the juicer performed.

Other complains involved the steep learning curve in using the outlet adjusting knob which can take a little trial and error, but it comes with a DVD that instructs you how to use this.

If there is too much backup, loosen it a little bit until you find the right balance.

Where can I buy this?

You can buy this from Amazon for less than $500, and it’ll come with the free 2-day shipping if you join Prime. Extended warranties are also available of up to 4 years if you want that extra peace of mind.

To wrap up

It is an excellent option for people looking for an affordable twin gear juicer that will not take a lot of space on the countertop.

If you want to incorporate wheatgrass to your diet, then this is the best twin gear juice for the job because it doesn’t create a lot of foam and there is very little pulp in the juice because of the fine juicing screen.

Remember though that it takes a little effort to push produce through the chute so people with weak upper body or with conditions like joint issues or rheumatism won’t be able to use this efficiently.

They’ll be better off with a vertical auger juicer like the Omega VRT or Kuvings Whole slow juicer that is self-feeding or has someone else juice for them.

Yield is the biggest reason you’ll want this juicer as it outperformed an already great performing Samson juicer.

It doesn’t extract as much as the Tribest GS-5000, but it isn’t by much. If you put the price into consideration, this would be a better value for money in my opinion.

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