How To Shop For A Juicer

If you’re in the market for a juicer, read this before you run out and purchase one.

If you're in the market for a juicer but don't know which one to get read this article which will highlight features to consider in addition to price.  #kitchenappliance #homegoods #greenjuice #juicer #shoppingforajuicer #omegavrt35 #brevillejuicer #jacklalanejuicer #juicing

I love juicing.  I actually started juicing back in 1997 when I talked to a fellow co-worker who had the most beautiful skin around.  She told me she would make and drink fresh juice on a regular basis and that is why her skin was so clear.

I was sold and ran out and bought my first juicer and was hooked ever since.  At the time I didn’t do any research on juicers.  I got the name of one, went to WalMart and purchased it.

Quite honestly – that juicer and I had some good times and it was very reliable and got the job done.

I wouldn’t recommend following in my footsteps that way.  Getting your own juicer is a major purchase so there are several things to take into consideration such as:

  1. Price point
  2. Noise level
  3. Effectiveness
  4. Easy clean up
  5. Size

Let’s get some things straight

First and foremost a juicer is NOT a blender.  There may be blenders out there that can grind up so well the end product is similar to juice but it is not the same.

Types of juicers

There are typically 2 types of juicers out there centrifugal and masticating.  Both have pros and cons in my opinion but here is what I know.

Centrifugal juicer

This type of juicer juices by whizzing around so quickly grinds up the pulp and extracts the juice from the produce.

Pros:  Very quick extraction, juicers tend to be more affordable, rarely clogs

Cons:  Can be extremely noisy, may not always extract the most juice

Masticating juicer

This type of juicer “chews” the product to extract the juice.

Pros:  Tends to quieter than other juicers, maximizes the amount of juice extracted

Cons:  Tends to be more expensive, takes longer time to juicer because it processes slower

Price point

I have seen prices for juicers range from $99 up to $1000+.  You really have to figure out your budget and stay within it.

You are sure to find a juicer that meets your budget.

Noise level

I have had juicers sound like an airplane taking off and one you can barely hear if the television is up too loud.  Figure out what level of noise you can tolerate and ask the question or try to turn on the juicer in the store to hear it.

Effectiveness

What I mean here is how well does it maximize the amount of juice extracted?  I have owned juicers that left wet pulp behind.

That tells me there was still juice left to extract and it was inefficient.  You want dry pulp discharged which is an indication it extracted the most juice from the fruit or vegetable.

I always feel the pulp afterwards.

Easy clean up

This is a big one for folks because people have the perception juicers are hard to take apart, put back together and clean.  I do not clean the juicer parts in the dishwasher – I use plain old warm/hot soapy water.

I rinse the parts with water and then let them sit in the warm soapy water for about 30 minutes to loosen the particles.  Then I take a brush and clean the parts with it especially the grate which tends to get food particles stuck to it.

Make sure you clean it thoroughly and remove all the food.  Then air dry and reassemble.

Some juicers have more parts than others so while shopping take it apart and see if you can reassemble easily and quickly.

Size

Juicers come in all shapes and sizes from vertical, horizontal, wide footprint and narrow footprint.  It really depends on how much space you have and what works best for your counter.

I noticed the size does not necessarily correlate with the weight of the appliance so remember that too.  Some of these juicers can be very heavy due to the various parts and mechanics needed to deliver quality juice.

Now that you have some idea of what to look for in your next juicer it’s time to GO SHOPPING.

Sometimes recommendations are an easy way to get started so here I share  4 juicers I have owned and my brief review of them (affiliate links).

Juiceman Jr. (Centrifugal)

Amazon.com: Juiceman Jr. Automatic Juice Extractor: Electric Centrifugal  Juicers: Kitchen & Dining

Mine looked very different than this back in 1997 but this was my very first juicer.  It got the job done, was easy to take apart and clean and I always had dry pulp.  One day it stopped working (after about 2 years) so I had to get rid of it.

Pros: 

Affordable (was like $70), easy to use, made a lot of juice, came with a recipe book, did not create extra foam in the juice

Cons: 

Noisy, hard to clean the grate (did not come with a cleaning brush), stained easily

Waring Pro (Centrifugal)

Waring Pro JEX328 Health Juice Extractor

I got back on the juicing bandwagon so my husband purchased this for me to get me back on track.  I saw it in Essence Magazine and it came highly rated.  I didn’t care for it at all!  It was noisy, always left wet pulp and also left behind pieces of fruit and vegetables.

Pros: 

Affordable, easy assembly, did not have a separate pulp chute container, it was all in one

Cons: 

Noisy, never extracted the maximum amount of juice, heavy, created way too much foam in the juice

Breville Juice Fountain Plus JE98XL (Centrifugal)

Breville® Juice Fountain™ Plus. View a larger version of this product image.

I upgraded from the Waring Pro and bought this centrifugal juicer.  I thought I had ARRIVED and I did.  This was the first high-end juicer I ever bought and I loved it!!!

It juiced perfectly, was easy to clean, came with a recipe book and the juice container also came with a lid to remove foam from the juice when you pour it.  I was in heaven!!!

That is one of the most annoying things about juicers – they can create extra foam in the juice that you have to then strain out.

Pros: 

Excellent juice extraction, juice container helps to remove foam from juice, effective, easy to take apart and clean

Cons: 

Noisy

Omega VRT350 (Masticating)

Omega VRT350 Heavy Duty Low Speed Masticating Juicer (Red)

Even though I loved my Breville Juice Fountain Plus JE98XL I was intrigued by the masticating juicer family. 

I first heard about this juicer by watching a video by FullyRawKristina as she made this delicious blueberry almond milk with her Omega VRT350.

I wanted one right then and there!!  I tried juicing almonds in my Breville and it produced more almond flour than actual milk.

I am extremely happy with my purchase and it is the juicer you see in all of my Farmivore juicing videos.

Pros: 

Quiet, extracts the most juice ever, easy to clean, comes with a cleaning brush

Cons: 

Did not come with a recipe book, chute gets clogged regularly, creates foam so you have to strain the juice

So there you have it.  If you have any questions please leave it below and I will answer.

Which juicer do you own or want for yourself?

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58 Replies to "How To Shop For A Juicer"

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    RFC
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    November 4, 2014 (9:13 am)

    Great post! The hardest part for me about juicing is the cost of the produce; it boggles my mind that a whole bag worth of fruit and veggies is squeezed down into a cup of juice. I always felt so wasteful with all of that pulp.
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      Diatta
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      November 4, 2014 (11:42 am)

      You can make pies and soup with the pulp or use it in smoothies.

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    Cassi
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    November 4, 2014 (10:19 am)

    The boys complain about my blender so I don’t think the juicer would be much different noise wise LOL
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      Diatta
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      November 4, 2014 (11:41 am)

      There are some quiet ones.

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      Aaron
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      November 9, 2014 (3:05 pm)

      Blenders and Juicers make TOTALLY different noises. There are a very few select juicers that are loud (namely Centrifugal juicers, Breville and the like). But most of them are very quiet. It all comes down to the motor, slow juicers spin at about 80 Rotations per Minute. Blenders and Centrifugal juicers spin at over 8,000 Rotations per Minute. That’s what makes them noisy.

      If you get a slow masticating juicer you won’t have problems with noise. The noise can be comparable to whisking eggs, or some other non-silent activity in the kitchen.
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    Toni
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    November 4, 2014 (10:39 am)

    Great post! I had a nutripro juicer, which I was given for free by the company, I loved it but it died after a year. I haven’t invested i a new one yet, right now I am using a nutribullet. I will definitely refer back to this post when I am looking to purchase a new one!
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      Diatta
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      November 4, 2014 (11:41 am)

      Died in a year oh no!!!!

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    Deborah
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    November 4, 2014 (12:19 pm)

    great options at all price points nice review
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    dawn
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    November 4, 2014 (12:56 pm)

    Nice! Thanks so much for the share!

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    Patricia
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    November 4, 2014 (1:09 pm)

    Great list of things to look for. I have a Breville which was a gift, and which is serving me fine now, but top on my wish list is an Omega. Thanks for sharing this!
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      Diatta
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      November 4, 2014 (3:20 pm)

      I loved my Breville but the noise level not so much. Love love love my Omega VRT350.

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    Stephanie
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    November 4, 2014 (1:13 pm)

    Great post! I have a juicer that is sitting on a shelf collecting dust. I originally bought it for my husband. I may have to dust it off and get back to juicing again!
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      Diatta
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      November 4, 2014 (3:19 pm)

      Dust it off baby!!!

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    Joanna
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    November 4, 2014 (2:12 pm)

    Great post! Right now I just use a Ninja blender for everything, but I’m interested in juicers. I also am curious about the pulp issue – do you do anything with yours? Or just toss it?
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      Diatta
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      November 4, 2014 (3:19 pm)

      I discard mine but you can actually make plant food from it or use in smoothies.

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    susan quackenbush
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    November 4, 2014 (3:50 pm)

    Great post and perfect timing! I am in the market for a new juicer.
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      Diatta
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      November 4, 2014 (7:38 pm)

      Susan then use these tips to help you find the right one for you.

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    Amber
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    November 4, 2014 (4:56 pm)

    Great review! I know my first juicer was a hand me down which was the perfect way to get started. I up graded to a Breville when my first juicer died on me and it has been amazing! Being able to put whole pieces of fruit through the shoot really speeds up the juicing time.My Breville really isn’t even that loud, the biggest draw back on it I would say is the price point.

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      Diatta
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      November 4, 2014 (7:37 pm)

      Amber my Breville sounded like s plane taking off. Lol

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    Stephanie November 4, 2014 (6:50 pm)

    This is a great post! I have been debating on getting a juicer and when I do I will use some of these tips/advice. Thanks for sharing.

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    Jamie King
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    November 4, 2014 (7:44 pm)

    Wish I had read this sooner, we adopted a juicer from a friend and NEVER use it. It’s so big, so clunky and so HARD to clean! 😉 oops.

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    Kisa Johnson
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    November 4, 2014 (9:13 pm)

    I’ve wanted to get a juicer before, but always get frustrated in the search in trying to figure out what to get that will best fit my needs. Thank you for sharing this with us!
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    steph
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    November 4, 2014 (11:14 pm)

    I love my Breville juicer. It is a bit noisy but as it’s my first one, I have nothing to compare it to.
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    Rachel November 4, 2014 (11:18 pm)

    I own and love my juicer… I just need to unpack it to use again 😉
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    Tiffany Hathorn
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    November 4, 2014 (11:58 pm)

    Thanks for sharing these tips because I definitely would have just bought the cheapest thing and probably regretted it, lol
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    Nicole
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    November 4, 2014 (11:52 pm)

    Thanks for the tips and list. I am thinking bout getting one this Christmas.
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    Michelle F. November 5, 2014 (12:32 am)

    I have the Big Boss Juicer. It is super affordable and works really well.
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    Janice- The Fitness Cheerleader
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    November 5, 2014 (6:24 am)

    Great informative post!! I honestly have never tried juicing, though it intrigues me very much. I like veggies and eat my fair share, but I definitely lack variety and I’m sure juicing would help with that. I have a Blendtec blender and it claims to be able to “juice” but I’ve never tried it, I should google that.
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    Debi
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    November 5, 2014 (9:58 am)

    My son’s friend was just looking for a juicer. I have to share this for her.
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      Diatta
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      November 5, 2014 (11:07 am)

      Please do Debi.

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    Amanda
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    November 5, 2014 (12:33 pm)

    These are great tips who knew there was so much thought to it.

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    Heather November 5, 2014 (2:10 pm)

    I’ve had my eye on the Breville for awhile now but it’s good to know about these other options as well! Easy to clean is definitely the priority on my own list! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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    Jennifer Corter
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    November 5, 2014 (8:36 pm)

    I remember first hearing about Breville juicers after watching the documentary, “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead.” My husband and I have been in the market for a juicer for awhile now, and this is a very helpful guide! Thank you for sharing!
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    Leanne O'Rourke
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    November 5, 2014 (11:14 pm)

    Great post! Thanks for the help! It is hard to know without trying the juicer to know if it is one you like!

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    jill conyers
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    November 6, 2014 (3:40 am)

    My husband and I go through mega juice days and then none. Right now it’s a mega juice time 🙂
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    Stacie
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    November 7, 2014 (9:34 am)

    I admit, I don’t juice, but I have thought about looking into it. These are pretty good tips for me to keep in mind if I decide to buy one. Thanks for sharing!
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      Diatta
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      November 7, 2014 (10:10 am)

      Thanks Stacie – fresh raw juice is so good foe you.

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    Louida
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    November 7, 2014 (10:15 am)

    I have the Breville juicer and that thing sure is loud! I got tired of cleaning it all the time so now it has been collecting dust. I’m in the market for a new one that is easier to clean. #ProductReviewParty
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      Diatta
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      November 7, 2014 (10:16 am)

      Louida isn’t it? I sold mine and bought the Omega VRT350.

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    Sam Sly
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    November 7, 2014 (7:10 pm)

    Thanks for sharing, I love fresh made vegetable and fruit juices almost as much as I love smoothies. #ProductReviewParty

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    Giveaways 4 Mom
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    November 7, 2014 (9:55 pm)

    I have heard of juicers but never really felt that I needed one. #ProductReview Party
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    Nicole
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    February 9, 2015 (11:03 am)

    I’ve been thinking about getting a juicer so this was super helpful! Thank you!
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    Elle
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    February 9, 2015 (11:46 am)

    It’s not something I have ever really considered to be honest. I wanna know what happens to all that nutritious and fibre filled pulp?
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      Diatta
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      February 9, 2015 (12:05 pm)

      Elle you can gather the pulp and use in soup, muffins, smoothies or any other recipe.

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    Deborah
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    February 9, 2015 (12:51 pm)

    I can’t believe that I don’t have a juicer! I do love reading all about your juicing each month. I am on the fence. They are $$
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      Diatta
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      February 9, 2015 (2:34 pm)

      Deborah there are some good ones at decent price points. I would recommend the Breville. You can get it at Bed, Bath and Beyond and use your 20% off coupon.

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    Erica G
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    February 9, 2015 (3:32 pm)

    Great post! I had a juicer years ago and never was 100% satisfied with it. I have seen some recently and have pondered getting one again. This will be a good reference if I ever take that plunge again!
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    Kathryn
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    February 9, 2015 (6:29 pm)

    It always amazes how diverse different brands of different appliances can be. Thanks for the great review!
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    MCM Mama
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    February 9, 2015 (10:33 pm)

    Great info! I’m not really into juicing (heck, I don’t even own a blender, much less a juicer), but it’s helpful to know more about them before you decide to buy.
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    Sandra Laflamme
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    February 9, 2015 (11:30 pm)

    This is a fantastic post! I have always been curious about juicing so this information is super helpful. I have to admit I had no clue there were two different kinds.
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    jill conyers
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    February 10, 2015 (5:06 am)

    Great info for anyone just starting out! And it reminds me I haven’t juiced in a while.
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    azeem uddin
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    February 10, 2015 (6:09 am)

    I suggest u to visit http://www.reliablejuicer.com a website which is all about reliable juicer machines with Amazon affiliation.
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    Rachel February 10, 2015 (7:29 am)

    Great post. Very informational! I have and LOVE my juicer. I need to dust it off and use it. Nothing like drinking/eating/chewing whole foods! 🙂
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    AJ
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    February 10, 2015 (1:09 pm)

    The being easy to clean is HUGE for me. If something isn’t easy to clean, I find that I never really want to use it 😉
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    Larisa Dixon (
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    February 10, 2015 (6:29 pm)

    I go back and forth about buying a juicer. Thanks for posting this review, im going to check them all out

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