Jack LaLanne juicers are probably best known from the series of infomercials that turned them into a fad over the past 20 years. Jack LaLanne’s original Power Juicer promised easy nutrition for the average consumer.
The current lineup of Jack LaLanne juicers makes a lot of the same promises that the original model did: no hassle, prep-free, easy-to-use juicers for quick results!
Of course, these claims are all aimed at people who are new to juicing.
If you’re a serious juicer, you’re probably wondering whether these juicers are more than entry-level gimmicks.
We were, too! That’s why we put in some real research to see whether Jack LaLanne juicers are up to snuff for ardent juicers who will put them through their paces every day.
After all, ease of use, efficiency, and durability are the hallmarks of an elite juicer. These are the 3 things Jack LaLanne juicers claim to be best at. Let’s see how they stack up with ordinary household use!
In this guide, we’ve compared the three most popular Jack LaLanne juicers on the market.
Our in-depth reviews will break down all the important features, and give you a sense of the differences between each model.
We’ll show you how these models fared with real juicers, outside of the television studio. We’ve compiled the consensus of online reviews from buyers who have actually spent time with these machines, to see what they have to say!
Before we get started, here’s a quick look at our 3 selections:
Best on a Budget
Reviews of the Top Jack LaLanne Juicers
This compact version of the original Jack LaLanne power juicer provides most of the same functions as the full-size model at a lower price and with a smaller footprint. It’s the least expensive of the LaLanne series, and is a very popular model for giving as a gift!
The 3600-rpm induction motor is powerful enough to handle anything from carrots to apples to celery. It’s marketed as “whisper-quiet,” and Consumer Reports proved this claim in their lab tests.
The motor is covered by a lifetime warranty. That’s pretty impressive in the juicing marketplace, especially for a centrifugal juicer. By contrast, more expensive Breville juicers only come with a warranty period of 1-3 years!
The pulp collector is extra large, and attaches to the body. It’s not awkward to store, and it’s big enough to hold all the pulp from a juicing session, so you don’t have to pause to empty it in the middle of juicing.
Most of the parts are dishwasher-safe, saving you cleanup time. The only part you’ll have to scrub by hand is the juicing screen, which comes with a brush to help you out.
It’s very easy to use. The Express makes a very good first juicer, since it runs on only one setting and comes with a helpful instructional booklet.
There’s a locking safety arm over the whole juicer, so it’ll only turn on when you’re ready to juice.
This model has very mixed reliability ratings. Some previous buyers had trouble with the motor after a few months of use. However, any motor issues should be covered by the warranty.
It can’t handle greens or wheatgrass. If you like to make lots of green juice, this isn’t the juicer for you.
Some previous buyers said it leaves fairly wet pulp. We’ve found that both the Express and Deluxe models struggle with soft fruit, and tend to waste more of the juice from tomatoes and citrus.
Good Housekeeping’s reviewers found that the Express moves around a lot while it’s juicing. Because the housing is lighter plastic, it doesn’t have as reassuring a feel as the higher-end models.
The Deluxe model offers an impressive upgrade in fit and finish over the Express model for a pretty minimal price increase. This machine looks and feels more professional and commercial-grade than the Express, still without breaking the bank.
Under the hood, the Deluxe is pretty similar to the Express. It uses the same “whisper-quiet” motor, which runs at the same 3600 rpm. Like the Express, the motor on the Deluxe is covered by a lifetime warranty.
The Deluxe has a larger capacity pulp bin than the Express. This makes it a better choice for extended juicing sessions. Its body is also bigger, so you’ll be able to juice more produce at a time.
The stainless steel body looks much nicer than the Express. It’ll stay bright and shiny for years. Plus, it’s more resistant to cracking or warping.
The juicing chute is the same extra-wide size as the chute on the Express.
The motor shuts off automatically to protect against overheating. That’s a key safety feature that’s missing on the Express model. The automatic shutoff prevents a lot of the motor burnout issues that some Express buyers wrote about in their reviews.
It still leaves pulp fairly wet. Like the Express, it’s not suited to juicing greens or herbs.
Some previous buyers commented that while the stainless steel parts look nice on the outside, all the interior housing is still made from plastic.
Our favorite Jack LaLanne juicer is this Anniversary Edition. It’s a lot more versatile than the Express or Deluxe editions, thanks to its variable speed settings.
It’s also a bit bigger, and comes with accessories like a pitcher and deluxe juicing guide, which the cheaper models don’t have.
The Anniversary Edition is the only Jack LaLanne juicer with multiple speed settings. You can turn the motor up to blast through carrots, beets, and apples. Then, turn the motor down to juice greens and juicy fruit without wasting as much juice in the pulp. This makes the Anniversary Edition the most versatile model by far.
It has the same wide, 2.8” feed chute as the other Jack LaLanne models.
It’s the only Jack LaLanne juicer to ship with a juice pitcher/measuring cup. The pitcher has a built-in froth separator and handle, and fits perfectly under the spout.
The non-drip spout lifts up and locks onto the body, so that you won’t get any drips on your counter between juicings.
The pulp collection bin is extra large, even more so than the Deluxe. It also has a built-in handle for easy emptying!
The large, clear cover over the housing means you can see more of what’s going on inside the machine as you juice. This helps you make adjustments and prevent clogs. You can see when the juicer needs a little more time to work. This is ideally suited to people who know what they’re doing with a juicer, and want a bit more control!
The Anniversary model comes with a deluxe instructional booklet and guide. It’s full of recipes and tips, which will inspire experienced juicers and help new juicers get started on their nutrition journey!
There’s not as much stainless steel on this model as the Deluxe model. We’d think a more expensive juicer deserves a bigger upgrade in terms of build quality. Some previous buyers said the Anniversary model felt cheaply made.
Which Jack LaLanne Juicer Should You Buy?
The Express model is certainly the best value of the LaLanne lineup. For such a low price, it’s very powerful, and comes with a lifetime warranty on the motor.
The Express makes a decent gift juicer for people who want to encourage someone else to get started juicing without breaking the bank.
Even though it’s inexpensive, it’s much better than its competition in the $50-$100 range.
However, since the Deluxe model is only slightly more expensive and features major upgrades in build quality and capacity, we only recommend the Express to the most cash-strapped buyers.
The Deluxe model offers stainless steel housing and a bigger juicing chamber than the Express model for very close to the same price! We also found that previous buyers had fewer reliability issues with the Deluxe model. We recommend that buyers on a budget go for the Deluxe, as it offers better bang for your buck than the Express
The Anniversary model is by far the best of the three for a serious juicer.
Its variable motor speeds make it the most versatile Jack LaLanne juicer, and it’s the most well-equipped.
It’s the only Jack LaLanne juicer that will perform well with soft fruits and citrus.
We think it’s even better than the cheaper models as a gift, since it comes with all the add-ons a new juicer needs. It has a deluxe instruction book with plenty of recipes, and the included pitcher. The Anniversary Edition makes a great gift from one elite juicer to another!
Decide on your budget:
Jack LaLanne juicers are all available in a pretty close price range, from about $75 to $125.
We recommend spending as much as possible, since the more expensive models offer some key upgrades. They have more metal parts, bigger capacities, and variable speed settings.
We also found in our research that the more expensive Jack LaLanne models have better reliability, although the warranty periods are the same.
Know what you’ll be juicing:
The Jack LaLanne models aren’t for the most adventurous juicers. They don’t do a great job on greens, wheatgrass, or citrus.
If you’re going to be sticking to the staples (apples, carrots, celery, pears), you’ll find a LaLanne model more than satisfactory. However, they do limit your nutritional palate somewhat.
Previous buyers said the LaLanne models do a decent job with softer fruits like berries or grapes only when they followed up with something hard and fibrous afterward. That’s proper juicing technique, in any case.
If you’re a more adventurous juicer, and want to be able to juice soft fruits without worrying about efficiency, we recommend the Anniversary Edition. It’s the only Jack LaLanne model with a low-speed option. That’s really what you need for soft fruits and greens.
Don’t expect miracles:
When we did research into the extraction rates of the LaLanne juicers compared to the competition, we came up with some mixed results.
The Jack LaLanne juicers do produce more juice and less waste than competing juicers when it comes to apples, pears, carrots, etc.
However, these juicers lag behind when it comes to softer fruit like tomatoes and citrus. You can see the results of a Consumer Reports lab test here: http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/video-hub/appliances/kitchen/claim-check-jack-lalannes-power-juicer/16497315001/76205494001/