Review: Tribest Z-Star Manual Juicer
FIRST AND FOREMOST, I WANT TO INSIST THAT THIS IS NOT AN ADVERTISEMENT. I ENCOURAGE ANY AND ALL TO DO RESEARCH TO COME TO A DECISION ON…WELL, ANYTHING YOU MIGHT BUY; JUICER OR OTHERWISE. IT IS SIMPLY A POSITIVE REVIEW FOR A PRODUCT BY TRIBEST. FOR THE RECORD, I THINK ELECTRIC TRIBEST (AND GREEN STAR – SAME COMPANY) JUICE EXTRACTORS ARE PRETTY MUCH CRAP AND RECOMMEND THAT YOU DON’T BUY THEM. THIS DISCLAIMER NOTED, BELOW IS YOUR TASTY REVIEW:
This isn’t really a “review” so much as a “result;” the result of lots of studying about juicers to find the best, most efficient, and cheapest one, that is. As I mentioned in my post about fruit juice and juicers, most of this “studying” was done by a good friend of mine; but I have been opened up to the relative greatness of this particular juicer.
First off, it’s a hand-cranked masticating juicer. This means no heat and no oxidation, so the vitamins/minerals don’t degrade as they would in a centrifugal juicer i.e. Juiceman. Clean-up is incredibly easy, as there’re only eight parts to clean in all. Of these, all but one (the metal juicing screen) can be cleaned basically just by putting it under running water. The juicing screen just needs a quick brush with a provided brush under water, so no biggy. Compare this to most electric juicers, which have a bunch of confined (inaccessible) parts that get juice within and are a huge hassle to clean.
All the parts of the Z-Star are sturdy. In the case of the metal juicing screen, the pressure of the pulp being masticated is not enough to harm it (from mine and friends’ experiences) which seems to be a big problem for electric higher-speed juicers. Tribest/Green Star and almost all other juicer companies (as far as I have read) are known to have unresponsive customer service departments and questionable warranty practices, so this takes some worry out of that; heh.
This juicer seems to be primarily marketed as a wheatgrass juicer, and this and its ability to juice leafy greens surprised me (not sure why; just couldn’t previously imagine a hand crank juicer like this doing so well with leafy stuff and grass). As leafy greens and wheatgrass juice are pretty much the healthiest things for you to juice, this juicer wins. It also, of course, does other fruits/vegetables. I haven’t yet run into anything it can’t juice, though more squishy juices like grapes/cranberries/pineapple sometimes get caught in the auger housing; easily remedied by putting a “harder” piece of produce behind. In my case, I like to use carrots.
There’s also a lot of belly-aching online about the amount of juice coming out of pulp of fruits/vegetables and the supposed inefficiency found in masticating vs. hydraulic press juicers, but I can tell you that the pulp that comes out is usually bone dry and I never feel like I’m getting a comparatively low amount of juice from whatever size of fruit/vegetable I’m juicing.
All-in-all, this is a great little guy and a great little buy at about $100 (Compare to $300 and up from most other, especially electric, juicers) Again, I can’t stress enough the ease-of-use and ease-of-cleaning this juicer touts. I guess the only cons are: As I mentioned and also mentioned how to solve, the “squishy” fruit problem, and other than that the fact that sometimes harder veggies like carrots and roots require a little bit of muscle, but as long as you feed them in and make sure they stay vertical, it’s fine.
This one’s a HIT! Now go buy it, see my related post on juicing, and start losing that weight/nuturing yourself/et cetera and “sew” forth. (Not sure what sewing has to do with anything; anyway, bye)