Value for Money
Amount of Juice Extracted
Good but not Great
Summary : Good juice extraction but pulp is still kinda damp. Not good for leafy greens and wheat grass. Clean up is easy with only a few pieces needing to be washed. Operates much louder than other masticating juicers and it spins at a fast 1725 RPMs which can cause some oxidation. Warranty could also be better.
Today I wanted to write a review of the Champion Juicer. The Champion has been a pretty popular juicer for quite some time now, and for good reason. It’s certainly a solid juicer. However, does it stand up to some of the other more popular juicers of today? Let’s take a look and see:
Features of the Champion Juicer
- Powerful 540 or 650 watt (depending on the model), 1/3 HP (horsepower) motor that operates at 1725 RPM.
- Feed chute that measures 1.75 inches in diameter.
- 5 year warranty on the parts, 3 years on the motor, and 1 year on the cutter blade and screens.
- Made of stainless steel with a nylon covering, so it’s very durable
- 2 color options: black or white
- Great for fruit and vegetable juices, frozen sorbets, nut butters, baby foods, ice creams, salsas, sauces, and more. However, you cannot juice wheat grass in the Champion and it also struggles with leafy greens.
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Let’s first start with the size of the unit. The Champion’s dimensions are 19 x 7.8 x 12 inches and it weighs 23 pounds, so this is certainly on the bigger end. You will need some counter space to use this machine and a little bit of strength to move it around. That’s not necessarily a bad thing though, since it does speak for the durability of the product. Ideally you will just want to find a space on your counter where you can keep it at all times, since constantly moving it around or finding cabinet space may be a hassle.
The Motor Shaft
The motor shaft is made of stainless steel which is of course what contributes to the heaviness but also the strong durability of this juicer. The motor itself is made by GE and boasts 540 watts in the household unit and 650 watts in the commercial unit. Both versions operate with 1/3 horsepower and 1725 RPMs. If you’re going to purchase a Champion, I would advise going with the commercial unit to get the added wattage and also the added winding capacity which increases starting torque and allows the motor to run cooler. This gives you increased durability and performance under heavy use conditions.
The feed chute on the Champion juicer is a decent size at 1.75 inches in diameter. It’s big enough that you can fit certain ingredients in whole (like carrots and celery for example), but some fruits and vegetables you will need to chop down a little.
Since the Champion does operate at 1725 RPMs, you can expect a bit more noise out of this machine than you would a lower RPM juicer like the Omega or Hurom Slow juicer. So if you plan on making late night juices and don’t want to wake up the rest of the house, this is something to keep in mind.
The Champion used to come in 4 different colors: Black, white, almond, and silver. But it seems now they only offer black and white (although I’m sure you can still find the other colors somewhere if you really wanted to). I personally would recommend the black since the white model is sure to stain from ingredients like beets and carrots.
The warranty on the Champion juicer is a bit misleading in my opinion. They advertise a 10-year limited warranty, but when you check out their warranty page here you will notice that they only offer a 1-year warranty on the blade and 3 years on the motor. Since the cutter and the motor are probably the two most important parts of the juicer, you would think those should be covered for longer. The Omega J8006 on the other hand offers a 15-year warranty which is what I think any appliance you’re spending close to $300 on should offer.
What Can the Champion Juicer be Used for?
The Champion is able to make a nice variety of recipes, including:
- Fruit and vegetable juices
- Nut butters
- Frozen fruit sorbets
- Baby foods
- Ice creams
- Fruit sauces
- And more
What Does the Champion Struggle With?
- You will not be able to juice wheat grass in this machine.
- This machine also struggles with juicing leafy greens.
Regarding the above two points, Champion does make a “greens attachment” now, but based on the reviews on Amazon, it’s not very good. So if you do want to juice wheat grass and other leafy greens a lot, you may want to look into getting a different juicer. I personally recommend either the Green Star Elite, Hurom Slow juicer, or the Omega J8006. All 3 are very good choices.
How This Juicer Works
The Champion Juicer is quite easy to use. There are about 7 parts total, but only 4-5 of them that need to be put together at a time and they all go together very quickly and easily (check out the image below to see what all the parts look like).
All you have to do is first attach the cutter onto the motor base (the juicer itself), then select the proper screen and slide that onto the body (use the fine screen for juicing fruits and vegetables and the blank screen if you want to make nut butters, fruit sorbets, or anything else with more thickness to it). Next, attach the screen holder to the body and slide the whole body over the cutter. If you need the funnel, you can put that in the feed chute too. Now you’re ready to juice. Place a bowl under the juicer where your juice will be coming out, and place another bowl or a cup under the pulp ejector section to catch all the pulp.
From here you just select your fruits and vegetables you want to juice and insert them into the feed chute. While the chute is a decent size, you will still need to chop down bigger pieces of produce so that they can fit. For example, you can’t fit a whole apple or orange into the chute, but if you cut it into about 6 pieces, it will fit perfectly fine. As you’re putting your fruits or veggies in, use the included tamper to help push them along.
Because the motor of the Champion Juicer is operated by such powerful RPMs, it can handle breaking down the coarse skins of any type of fruit or vegetable, so you don’t have to worry about peeling your ingredients before you juice. Please note, with oranges and other strong citrus fruits, the rind is very bitter, so you will definitely want to remove the skin on these or it will ruin the taste of your juice. All other fruits and vegetables are okay to leave the skin on though. You also don’t have to worry about the skin of the fruits or vegetables making their way into your juice, because the Champion Juicer separates the fibers from the juices, leaving you with a smooth and delicious final product.
When it comes time for clean up, all you have to do is take the machine apart, empty the fibers that remain in the juicer, and then hand-wash or rinse all of the parts off. Champion recommends NOT putting any of your parts in the dishwasher.
Here is a video demonstration of the Champion Juicer in action to give you a better idea of how it all works:
Advantages and Disadvantages
Here is a look at the pros and cons we found for the Champion juicer:
- Extremely powerful motor.
- Can be used for everything from fruit and vegetable juices to fruit sorbets, nut butters, baby foods, salsas, and more.
- Very durable.
- Easy to assemble and easy to operate.
- Makes juice quickly.
- Breaks down even the hardest of fibers so you can leave the skins on your fruits and vegetables.
- Very easy to clean.
- Operates pretty loudly since it spins at 1725 RPMs.
- Due to the high speeds, you will notice more oxidation and foam than a lower RPM juicer and this can possibly compromise the quality of the nutrients in the juice.
- While they say there’s a 10 year limited manufacturer’s warranty, it’s a little misleading. You only get 1 year on the cutter blade, 3 years on the motor, and 5 years on the other juicing parts. I wish the warranty was a little better.
- Does not juice wheat grass and isn’t very good for leafy greens
Where to Buy
If you are interested in purchasing the Champion Juicer, I would definitely recommend you purchase through Amazon.com. It’s one of the lowest prices you will find online and they also give you free shipping. The free shipping is nice because it’s a bulkier item and normal shipping costs would probably be through the roof.
The Champion juicer is definitely a quality machine and gives you the ability to make tons of different healthy recipes. It’s great for fruits and vegetables, but if you plan on juicing wheat grass or leafy greens like spinach, chard, kale, dandelion greens, etc., you will probably want to look at something else like the Omega juicer, Hurom Slow juicer, or the Green Star Elite.
Another thing we don’t like about the Champion is the misleading warranty information. If they advertise a 10-year warranty, then I believe everything should be covered for 10 years as opposed to only 1 year on the blades and 3 years on the motor like what they currently offer.
Overall, we give it a B -