The $120 Juiceman 3-in-1 Total Juicer is designed to handle the work of three separate kitchen appliances: an all-purpose produce juice extractor, a motorized citrus juicer and a travel-sized food blender. Delivering that much versatility is a tall order, and sadly the Total Juicer falls short.
It unlocks less juice from similar products which cost half the price. Its numerous parts are a hassle to deal with and the entire apparatus gets dirty too easily. Instead of the Total Juicer, consider the $300 Omega J8006. While the Omega is pricey and can't blend like the Juiceman, it processes produce like a champ. The elite machine is a snap to clean too and has few components to fuss over. If you're on a budget, the $40 Black & Decker JE2400BD makes more drinkable juice than the Juiceman at a third of the price.
Design and features
If you're familiar with basic centrifugal juice extractors, the Juiceman 3-in-1 Total Juicer, at least in its standard form, won't look out of the ordinary. The machine consists of a heavy cylindrical base that houses an 800-watt electric motor. This engine spins a metal filter basket equipped with sharp blades at its bottom.
Rotating at high speed, the basket essentially acts as a cheese grater on overdrive. Its blades both pulverize and liquify fruit and vegetables that land inside of it. Due to its weight, any liquid released in this process is sucked through the mesh strainer by centrifugal force. It then flows through the Juiceman's spout and into a waiting juice cup. Lighter bits, and hopefully pulp smashed free of moisture, are thrown clear of the filter to land inside a waste container.
A clear plastic lid sits over both the filter basket and pulp container. It channels fruit and veg into the juicer via a wide-mouth food chute and provides a path for pulp to enter the collection jar. On the Juiceman's base are a trio of suction cups that anchor the machine to smooth surfaces such as kitchen counters and table tops.
What really sets this appliance apart, in theory, is its flexibility. You can remove all of its juice extractor parts -- six in all -- from the Juiceman's base. If you then attach a separate set of four components to the base, the machine transforms into a stand-alone citrus juicer. One piece shifts the motor to a lower gear. Another part, a traditional citrus cone, spins slowly to ream pulp and juice from the halves of round citrus fruit. The other sections include a circular juice strainer, and a cylindrical pulp collector which also has a spout to feed liquid into the juice cup.
Lastly the Juiceman 3-in-1 morphs into a blender thanks to one additional part. This is a blending base complete with its own array of blades. You also use the juice cup as a travel-size blending cup. There's a lid for the cup too so you can grab your drink and take it with you.