I saw my first Champion juicer in the ’70s at a health food store. These durable juice extractors have long been the industry standard juicer by which most other juicers are compared. The machine hasn’t changed much over the years except for becoming more powerful and it features a 1/3 horsepower General Electric motor.
The Champion 2000+ juicer uses a juicing process that makes it unique from other juicers on the market. It has a cutting blade that grates the produce up first. The pulp is then masticated or chewed and finally squeezed to remove the juice. The cutting blade is what makes it unique to all other juicers on the market. Single auger juicers like the Omega 8005 juicer don’t have any blades and use a pressing and crushing process without cutting. Centrifugal juicers like the Jack Lalanne power juicer elite shred vegetables and fruit up and then use centrifugal force to spin the juice out of the shredded pulp. Twin blade juicers like the Green Star use another process altogether involving two interlocking gears.
I made these video reviews of the Champion 2000 juicer below so you can get an idea how the juicer works.
Part two below. These give you an idea of the Champion juicer’s limitations.
Note: I ticked a bunch of people off with the above videos. In retrospect I might have been too harsh in my review. I tend to be most interested in the mechanical process involved in juicing. I am most impressed on how well the machines function in their extraction of the juice. When a machine seems to not be as thorough in its juicing process, I get frustrated. I got frustrated in the videos above and “acted” it up a bit. Ended being more biased than maybe I should have. I still use my Champion and think it is a decent machine but I do not recommend them because I feel there are better juicers available at the same price.
There are several advantages to using Champion juicers. Here is a list:
The design of this machine is very simple and the manufacturer of Champion juicers, Plastaket, makes it a point to keep it that way. This makes any repair and finding replacement parts super easy.
The stainless steel imbedded cutting blades enable the Champion juicer to grind up carrots and similarly dense vegetables much quicker than a single auger juicer can.
Champion cutting blade
It is said this juicer delivers a more full bodied juice than most centrifugal juicers can because of its masticating process. It does a good job of breaking the vegetable cell walls down in order to remove the juice.
The motor is extremely powerful and the overall durability of the machine is legendary. Many people report still using their Champion juicers that date back to the 1950s.
Robust Champion juicer motor
The juicer is very quiet. Seems to run around 88 db and that is with a sound meter right next to it.
Champion juice is quiet.
Clean up and assembly is fairly easy.
Cleaning is pretty easy.
Champion juicers can be used for any number of food processing and homogenizing uses. This makes it one of the most versatile of the all the juicers on the market. Several attachments come with the machine or can be purchased later like the mill grinder. The Champion juicer can also make shave ice.
This juicer is priced competitively in the market of juice extractors.
Some disadvantages of this juice extractor are:
It is relatively heavy to lift and move around. Physically challenged folks will not want to move it but leave it in one place. Plus some vegetables have to be pushed into it with a bit of strength in order to get the cutting blades to do their job. It does not juice dense fruit and vegetables as fast as the centrifugal Omega 4000 juicer or any other centrifugal juicer can.
The Champion is not a wheat grass juicer. You can do leafy vegetables with it but it does not do this type of produce well. You would be better off with a Green Star twin blade juicer or an Omega 8003 extractor if you wish to juice a lot of wheat grass. (They now have an attachment for juicing greens that you can buy. I have not tried it. I think there is a still an issue of a fast spinning blade working on greens. That just does not work well. To do greens right you have to process them slowly or you just end up tearing them up.)
Some people feel this juicer produces too much foam which indicates the presence of oxidation. They also feel it might heat the juice too much and endanger the live enzymes. That might be true to some extent. (See juice quality issues article.)
Juice can be foamy and warm.
There are consumers who feel the Champion produces juice that contains too much pulp. This can easily be eliminated by using a screen to filter the juice so I’m not so sure this should be a concern.
Often people complain the cleanup is more involved but I disagree with that. I think it is less than any of the twin blade juicers and as easy as centrifugal juicers like the Breville Juice Fountain. Really none of these juicers are that hard to clean up. It’s all within a few seconds of each other in cleaning time.
One thing I’m not to hot on about this juicer is the way it attaches to the motor and the way the screen slides onto the body. The body is placed onto the motor and turned under a series of notches. In my mind I see the potential of a broken notch but until recently I’d never seen it happen. And for me I have a problem with sliding things on hard nylon grooves which is how the filtering screens are attached. I always worry about my fingers getting caught. Again I’ve never heard of anyone having this problem. It is just my concern but I’m weird about my fingers anyway.
3 notches attach juicer body
Screen is locked into place with a slide
This is not a safe machine for young children. It does not have safety features built into it. You can actually spin the cutting blade without having the housing on it. This is unacceptable as far as young children are concerned.
There are no safety features built into this juicer.
My last concern about this juicer is to me it doesn’t seem to effectively clear pulp out of it. Pulp plugs the juicer up and while you still get juice I feel this wasn’t a satisfying process. I constantly felt like I had to push the tamper harder and that the juice yield from the fruit and vegetables wasn’t very good. It is kind of hard to explain in print but if you watch the videos I think you’ll get the idea.
Pulp plugs up the Champion juicer
In conclusion if you are looking for a juicer and want the industry standard by which all juicers are measured by, you can get any of the Champion juicers . They have a 10 year warranty on parts and a 3 year warranty on the motor. The motors rarely break and can be rebuilt if they do break.
However, I didn’t feel this juicer was nearly as good as it has been made out to be. I was disappointed. I was not impressed with its food processing ability either which I didn’t even touch on in this review. I feel that my pick for best juicer is a vastly better designed juicer at the roughly the same price. The Champion feels antiquated and in serious need of a redesign. That is just my opinion.
NOTE: The Champion 2000+ juicer comes in two models available in the US. The Household 540 watt G5-NG-853-S is the most common. The Commercial 650 watt G5-PG710 model is used for restaurants and juice bars. The only differences are the commercial is more expensive, has a stainless steel motor shaft and more power. Some people believe it runs a little smoother due to that slightly larger motor but that’s debatable.
For more specifications and good prices check the Champion 2000+ juicer here.