(video review below)
After 7 years of using my Breville Juice Fountain juicer every week I finally decided to invest a bit more and get myself the ultimate juicer, the Green Star Elite! I’m so happy to finally have it and I spent so many hours searching for good information online and watching videos that I decided to make my own review and do a full comparison with my Breville juicer and what I like with both.
First off, let me talk about what I read about juicers and why I hesitated so much about buying the Green Star Elite.
One of the main reasons / advantages of paying the $500+ price tag of the Green Star Elite or other high end juicers are:
- much higher yield from the vegetables & fruits you put in: you extract more juice from a set weight of food
- you can juice more kinds of fruits and vegetables, especially greens like leafy vegetables, herbs like mint or basil, wheatgrass, etc
- longer lasting juice. The Green Star Elite allows you to store your juice in Mason jars in the refrigerator longer than with conventional centrifugal juicers
- more nutrition. A twin gear juicer will squeeze way more nutrition out of the same quantity of food.
- less air / heat which damage the vitamins. Blenders or centrifugal juicers tend to heat and/or add a lot of air & oxidation to your juice, which reduce the quality and quantity of vitamins in your juice. And since you usually juice for health, this is a major drawback.
- longer lasting product. For example, the Green Star Elite comes with a 12 years warranty, which is one of the best on the market.
- less contact of your food with plastic parts, more metal. We don’t know yet the impact of plastic on our health so I’d rather never take chance and avoid plastic every time I can.
- MUCH lower noise levels
I spent at least 50-75 hours online over many months / years learning about high-end juicers & blenders and trying to find out which one would be the best for me. Enough hours to drive anyone crazy since I really like to buy something and never regret it. I mainly hesitated between the masticating single auger juicers and the Green Star Elite twin gear juicer because many reviews said that the later was way too slow and hard to juice anything with. And since I didn’t want to spend hours juicing and have a hard time I almost changed my mind and bought something like an Omega Vert juicer since it seemed faster and easier to use.
But the biggest problem with single auger masticating juicers were that they ALL had PLASTIC auger so the food was constantly grinded and squeezed on plastic parts which of course small tiny parts of it end up in your healthy juices. For me that was a big no no. Also, the yield is lower on those juicers.
Therefore, the only great choice that was left was a more expensive twin gear Green Star Elite juicer (at the time, there was no other brand offering such a product but it didn’t matter since the reviews about it were so great).
The Green Star Elite
When I finally received my Green Star Elite juicer a few weeks back I was ecstatic: I’ve been wanting to buy this juicer for 5 years now but just didn’t have the spare money to do so.
The first thing I noticed when I opened the package was that it was HEAVY. 28 pounds to be exact. They didn’t put in just any small motor in that thing: they REALLY used a huge & powerful motor so that your food would be grinded to a pulp without even slowing down. The parts also really look they were made to last forever! Everything is either made of metal or very thick, food-grade plastic (barely any smell detectable). Also the great thing about the Green Star Elite is that it comes with a 12 years warranty! So they really know their product is well made and that’s reassuring, especially since it cost $500+ and you don’t want to have trouble with it.
Now here’s the ultimate test and review of the Green Star Elite vs my old Breville Juice Fountain: which one gives the highest yield?
For each test, I weighted exactly 843 grams of vegetable in total (some beets, apple, kale, cranberries, carrots & celery) for EACH juicer and then noted the exact weight after the juicing to see how much of the produce was converted to juice.
The results? Nothing sort of amazing! I expected of course the Green Star Elite to be better but it was even better then I expected:
- The Green Star Elite gave me 612 grams of juice, which represent a yield of 73% of the original weight of the vegetables & fruits I put in (843 grams total)
- The Breville high speed centrifugal Juice Fountain juicer gave me 464 grams of juice, which represent a yield of 55% of the original weight of the vegetables & fruits I put in (843 grams total)
But I was also very surprised to see that the taste of the Green Star Elite juice was significantly better, although I’m not really sure as to why.
I also loved the fact that the Green Star was much, MUCH less noisy than the Breville. I mean, a world of difference. You barely hear the Green Star while the Breville makes the noise of an seaplane taking off (my neighbors hate it) and I usually wear earmuffs when juicing. The fact of juicing in near silence is by itself a major plus: I love it so much that I’ll probably juice more often, which means I’ll be healthier. A sure win-win.
Now I’d like to address the 2 points that almost made me buy another juicer so you don’t make the same mistake. I saw in many online videos that people said that “it took way more time to juice than other single auger juicers or centrifugal juicers”.
Well I timed myself in the test above and for the whole juicing + cleaning, it may take you 3-5 more minutes total (a bit more time to prepare and cut the produces, a bit more time to juice and a bit more time to clean). And well for me, 3 to 5 minutes more is nothing, barely noticeable, especially with all the advantages of the Green Star Elite over the Beville Juice Fountain: near silent, 73% yield vs 55%, more nutrition, less waste, better taste.
Note about the taste & contact with plastic: come to think about it, something came to my mind. In the Breville, the produces are broken down at high speed and then aerated and splashed very thinly all over the round plastic retainer as the screen rotates very quickly. This means that almost all the juice comes in contact with the plastic before coming out of the spout. While on the Green Star Elite, the produce enter then small shoot and comes directly in contact with the slow rotating, metal twin gears and then get pushed through a metal filter and directly fall down below in the glass container, barely touching any plastic at all. That is a major draw for me. And that might be the reason that the taste varies so much between the two…
So here’s the 540$ question: should you spend that much money for a juicer and will you like it if you do?
Go for it!
It never occurred to me, but I was not using my Breville juicer as often as I should have been because it made so much noise and because it was wasting so much of my expensive organic produces that I subconsciously avoided using it!
Yes, you read that right: until I got my new Green Star Elite a few weeks back I didn’t realize that I was only juicing once per week or so because I just hated the noise and waste it created and all the cleaning it needed.
Then, when I got my Green Star, I restarted juicing almost on a DAILY basis. And it’s not because it’s all “new and shiny”, I’ve been using my juicer and other health products as a habit for so long that I know how much I use my things. I use it now much more and I can see myself using it 3 to 5 times a week forever just because it is so pleasant to use. You turn it on and it barely makes any noise. You put produces in and it just grind them quickly and easily with minimal waste. And the pulp is so much dryer than with the Breville. Also, it is easy and quick to clean as opposed to what I read on other blogs or saw in videos. I can also juice almost anything: any greens, salad, mint, ginger, apples, carrots, kale, cranberries, etc, and most of these you can’t juice at all with a centrifugal juicer.
“Yeah, but the Breville is $130 while the Green Star Elite is $540, I mean that’s a huge difference!”
Well, ok. Here’s the thing: if you’ve NEVER juiced at home (doing it once in a while at a friend’s place doesn’t count) then my advice is that you should buy the least expensive juicer you can find for about $100-150 and see how many times you juice in the FIRST YEAR. If you use it at LEAST 50 times (about once a week), then you should buy a more expensive, higher yield, higher nutrition and higher quality juicer.
So many people buy the most expensive product right away out of excitement and then use it a month and put it away after that. Prove to yourself that you WANT to use it for your health and once you do that, sell the cheap juicer (for example, buy the $130 Breville Juicer Fountain and sell it for $80 or $90 after 12 months) and get yourself the Green Star Elite.
If you already have experience juicing, then I would say, go for the Green Star right away. Don’t be afraid of other people saying “it’s harder and takes longer to clean” because this is not true. In my test, it took me about 1 minute 30 seconds more to clean the Green Star than the Breville, which is marginal.
Finally, if you live in the USA or Canada, then $540 for a product that will keep you healthy should be a no brainer, no matter what’s your yearly revenues. I mean, even if you earn $25 000 per year, you should still be able to put aside the money needed to get yourself a long lasting, high quality, high yield juicer. And the economy you’ll get from the higher, 73% yield will totally pay for the price of the device in under 2 years if you juice a lot.
Note: if you have questions or want me to do more comparison between those 2 juicers, please don’t hesitate to ask and I’ll do my best to post more videos / reviews.
…. if you read up to this point, then you deserve my SECRET TIP that no one ever talks about….
There are 2 types of vitamins that our body need: fat soluble and water soluble vitamins. Vitamins A, D, E and K are fat soluble vitamins while all the others are water soluble.
The fat soluble vitamins are soluble in lipids (fats). These vitamins are usually absorbed in fat globules that travel through the lymphatic system of the small intestines and into the general blood circulation within the body. These fat soluble vitamins, especially vitamins A and E, are then stored in body tissues.
So if you’re paying high amounts of money in a proper juicer and in organic produces, then it makes sense to try to maximize the ratio of vitamin that your body actually can use. You do that by this simple trick:
With each juice, mix in a table spoon of organic coconut oil (or any other oil). That’s it.
Your digestive system needs fat in order to extract those vitamins (A, D, E & K) from your intestines and if you do that you’ll help it a lot.
I wish you a long life, great health and happy juicing!
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