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Budget Juicer Comparison 

Many times we get the question, what's the best low cost juicer?   Are the ones you sell better than the ones at the local discount or department store?

Hopefully this web page will educate you about some of the "lower cost" juicers that are available.

All of the low cost juicers listed below are centrifugal ejection juicers.  They produce juice by first shredding the produce that is placed into the juicer, next the small shreds and juice that is released is centrifuged into a screen where the juice passes through the  screen, and the pulp is   "ejected" into a pulp collection bin.  This is where the similarities  on the low end juicers end.  The main factors to consider on some of the lower cost juicers:

  • Power of motor - many lower cost juicers have really weak (under powered in our opinion) that will not last for someone that is serious about juicing.

  • Warranty - Many "inexpensive" juicers may only have a 90 day or even 1 year warranty.  We feel this is just too short.  We prefer juicers with at minimum 3 year warranty or longer.  We believe a juicer should be an INVESTMENT, and like any investment, should last.

  • The quality of the machine - many of the "lesser priced" juicers are manufactured of mostly plastic.  We prefer ones with stainless steel construction.  Plastic will tend to stain over time, and carrots have a nice pigment (carotene) that tends to turn plastic orange. 

Juicer Braun MP80 Juiceman Jr
Lequip Mini Model 110.5 Nutrisource 1000
Picture braunmp80.gif (9710 bytes) The Juiceman Jr. The Lequip Mini 110.5 Nutrisource 1000
Extraction Method Centrifugal Ejection Centrifugal Ejection Centrifugal Ejection Centrifugal Ejection
Horsepower ? 1/4 1/3 HP 1/4 HP
Watts 250  Watts

410 Watts

480 Watts 200-350 Watts
RPM 9000 8000 10000 3600
Ejects Pulp Yes Yes Yes Yes
Size of Feed Tube ??? 2.5" x 1.25" 2.75" x 1.5" 2.75" x 1.5"
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Construction
of Juicing Screen and Grinding Plate
Stainless Steel Grinding Plate & Mesh Screen in Plastic Frame Stainless Steel Grinding Plate & Mesh Screen in Plastic Frame Stainless Steel Grinding Plate & Mesh Screen on plastic base
(no plastic frame)
Stainless Steel Grinding Plate & Mesh Screen in Plastic Frame
Stainless Steel Bowl No No Yes No
Continuous Juicing Yes Yes Yes Yes
See-Through top Yes Yes Yes No
Safety Interlock Switch ??? Yes Yes No
Juices Wheatgrass No No No No
Replacement Parts Available Available Available Available
Comments While looking at the Braun, we felt its a "mini" juicer.  Just look at the size of the cutting blade and strainer.. Its probably great for occasional juicing.. This is a "takeoff" on the more powerful Juiceman II juicer. The manufacturer lowered the hp and redesigned the unit a bit, and sells it for less. With its large feed chute, and simple design, the Lequip Mini is easy to clean and use.  The Stainless Steel bowl is a feature not usually seen in  juicers in this price range. The nutrisource 1000 with its lower rpm than the others is quieter than the other juicers, but does have a few more parts to clean.
Warranty 90 days 1 year 10 years 1 year
Your Price We do not sell this model We do not sell this model $99.99 $99.99
Retail Price $89.99 $99.99 $139.99 $169.99
You Save N/A N/A $40.00 $70.00

We hope you have learned more about budget juicers.  

The best juicer is one that meets your budget, and suits your individual needs.  Every person has different needs and uses for the juicer they will purchase.  Based on the following factors, we make the following suggestions about the two budget juicers we offer:

Factor Purchase Suggestion
Price The Lequip Mini and the Nutrisource 1000 (least expensive budget juicer we offer)
Want the most nutrients in the juice The Nutrisource 1000 with its low rpm (3600) will probably produce juice with the most nutrients.
Wants a high yield Both the Lequip Mini and the Nutrisource 1000 out perform other "budget" juicers we have tested.
Wants the quietest juicer In our tests, the  Nutrisource 1000 with its low rpm (3600) produced the least noise.
Color Lequip Mini has a stainless steel/grey look.  The Nutrisource 1000 is white in color
Power The Lequip Mini has a 1/2 horsepower motor. This is the most powerful motor in this class of juicers.
Best for Traveling The Lequip Mini is a bit smaller overall than the Nutrisource 1000.
Duration of Warranty The Lequip Mini has a 10 year warranty.

Note:
We believe that juice should be consumed right after they are produced for the maximum nutritional and enzymatic value.

Why don't you sell the lower priced juicers around $50? 

We have used many centrifugal ejection juicers.  We choose to offer the finest quality juicers to our customers.  We do not sell "department store" juicers, just so that we can sell every "price point".  We feel many juicers are "under powered" and will not last.   Instead, we choose to sell products that may cost a bit more, but will last longer and can handle the task of daily juicing.

Is it really worth spending $100 on a juicer? I was set on spending $50 for a juicer at a local department/discount store.

In my opinion, YES!  I can say that juicing HAS changed my life.  It was my first step in becoming healthier by lifestyle changes.  Many of our customers report weight loss, more energy and just "feeling better" after drinking FRESHLY made juices on a daily basis.  If you purchase a "cheap" machine now, and it breaks in 1.5 years (when it will be out of warranty),  you will need to spend another $50 on a juicer..  If you invest in a Lequip Mini, if it breaks down anytime during 10 years, it will be covered under warranty.   This alone in my opinion justifies the extra cost of the machine.  Many stores try to sell "extended" warranties.. We all know how much they cost...  Just purchase a juicer with a long warranty in the first place, and don't worry about the expensive extended warranty.  Generally juicers with longer warranties are built better, thus the long warranty to back it up.

Does the Lequip Mini and Nutrisource 1000 really produce a greater yield of juice than other "department/discount" store juicers?

Many "department/discount" store juicers have a really low wattage and horsepower, so are "under powered" and tend not to yield the highest quantity of juice. They will also tend to "bog down" under heavy load.  Both the Lequip Mini and Nutrisource 1000 have been designed to optimize the motor and RPM combination to maximize yield.   The motors in the Lequip Mini and Nutrisource 1000 are quality motors that are not generally found in less expensive "department/discount" store juicers.   Also read the article where we do a head to head juice off with the Lequip Mini and a Department store juicer!

Have any further questions that are not answered here?  Contact us!

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