Back in my university days, there was a period of time when I was a vegetarian. I know that is hard to imagine, considering all the meat recipes on my site, but it is true. For around 18 months, I did not eat any meat and I was in a crazy health kick. I bought a juicer and juiced pretty much everything! Back then I even juiced kale – over 15 years before the crazy kale rage going on now. The thing is, my juicer was really not all that great. It was loud – screaming like a banshee loud – as the mesh spun around at warp speed. It shredded the vegetables as it juiced and the worst thing about the juicer was cleaning it. I so remember spending time with a toothbrush cleaning out that mesh. I gave up juicing eventually because I was so tired at how long it took to clean the juicer.
Juicers have come a long way since my old screaming unit and Salton has an outstanding low speed juicer called the VitaPro. This juicer uses a totally different technology than the old style units and the machine runs at a far lower speed. This low speed does not diminish the results. On the contrary, these low speed juicers are far more effective at producing a higher yield of juice than from older models. Salton sent me their VitaPro to test out and share my thoughts. Let me tell you, this juicer ROCKS! Everything about the VitaPro machine is impressive.
The VitaPro uses a large auger to both guide the food into the juicer and press it into the mesh strainer. This is a cold press technology that uses no hi-speed blades to perform the juicing. The auger is solid, surprisingly heavy and was quite effective in pushing the food through the juicer. It works at a low speed but must have a high torque and strength and the food is pulled in.
The juicer has one switch with three settings: on, off and reverse. The reverse is only needed really if some of the food gets jammed in the chute. Using the juicer is simple; turn it on and put the fruit or vegetables into the chute. It is necessary to make sure that the pieces are not that big, especially hard food like carrots. If they are too large, they can get jammed. If that happens, switching it into reverse mode allows the food to be released and then it is ready to go again. I never really had a problem with food getting stuck.
While testing the VitaPro, I made many different kinds of juice, using everything from carrots, celery, kale, tomatoes, peppers, spinach, apples, strawberries, kiwi, pineapple and more. I have always loved carrot juice, so I made it multiple times, sometimes adding a little celery, kale and even apple. The juice was amazing!
One of the most impressive features of the VitaPro is that while it is juicing it is also cleaning the mesh strainer. Where I had to spend a while cleaning my old juicer, this one cleans while it is on. If you look in the pic above, you can see the mesh strainer inside the juice bowl. Around it is an orange sweeper basket that cleans up all the mesh while the juicer is in operation. It worked quite well.
All of the pulp is pressed through a chute into a pulp container. The pulp that comes out of the VitaPro is very dry, which means that most of the juice is sent the right way and into the glass!
The VitaPro comes apart easily. Unlock the cover to gain access to the auger and mesh strainer.
They easily come apart and just need to be washed or rinsed.
This is what the mesh strainer looks like after making carrot juice. I rinsed it with running water and everything came right off. Yes, cleaning is THAT easy. The VitaPro sold me at this point.
The only tricky spot to clean was at the bottom of the juice bowl. There is a flap that keeps the juice from going into the pulp chute. Some pulp can get stuck in there and it requires a little extra work to clean up. The juicer comes with a cleaning brush that makes cleaning this spot a snap but many times it was not even needed.
On top of carrot juice, I made this strawberry and grape juice. YUM! Sweet and delicious. The juice that comes out of the VitaPro is really good and the great thing is that you can mix it up with your favorite fruits and vegetables. The possibilities are endless.
Freshly juiced apple juice is likely the best you will ever have! One of the features of low speed juicers is that it can produce a ‘meatier’ juice. Some old juicers produce a thin juice, but many nutritionists say that the juice made from units like the VitaPro are far better for you and yield more of the nutrients of the fruit or vegetables.
The biggest complaint I have with the VitaPro has nothing to do with the machine. The instructions that come with the juicer are not very detailed. For a product of this value, I would have hoped for more information. The recipe section is especially weak, being only half a page. I know that the internet has an endless supply of recipes but I, like many others, look at the manual first for recipes when trying a brand new product.
Manual aside, the VitaPro by Salton, is an excellent juicer and one that is definitely worth the price. It rivals any other juicer on the market, some that are even $100 more than this unit.
Pick up the VitaPro online at Costco.ca and these other retailers: Kitchen Stuff Plus, Sears, Personal Edge, Centre du Rasoir, Boutik Electric and Ares Equipment.
Disclaimer: Salton provided me with the VitaPro Low Speed Juicer. They did not pay me for this product review and the views expressed above are my honest reactions after trying the product.