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Mar 31, 2009 07:44 AM

Any Norwalk Juicer Owners on Chowhound?

I had a windfall and bought one over the weekend--the fulfillment of a 20+-year dream. I LOVE it, although there's a learning curve. I've juiced for years with a Champion and the difference in the quality of the juice is unbelievable.

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  1. Thank you for directing me to this thread.

    I am aware of the difference and some advantages of blending vs. juicing, and tend to blend drinks for myself. But for some of my patients I believe juicing is the way to go as they are so nutrient deprived. If you have thoughts about this I am most interested.

    Re: The Norwalk juicer, I've been reading all links I can find for the last few days. Many reviews for other juicers sounds excellent and then you see that person is a distributor or has a financial stake in the product. It seems the Norwalk is the way or go for my purposes, but I want to be sure it is really worth the investment . Thanks again for your response.

    1. To repeat my question from the other thread: I am looking for a juicer that produces the most nutritious juice, stainless steel and relatively ease to clean up. I am willing to make a substantial investment in this venture. I have read glowing reviews of the Super Angel and some people think the juice is even of better quality than the Norwalk. Also, some people recommend getting the Norwalk with the Wells presser. Why is that? Doesn't the Norwalk have press? Also I really would like to stick with one juicer - what do you recommend for my purposes?

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      1. re: Sigmundine

        First, I think what you might mean is that some folks recommend using a Champion juicer (and I'd suggest you go the extra few bucks for the commercial model, in black, if you go that route) with a press. This is kind of a "poor man's Norwalk," is recommended by the Gerson Institute (for what that's worth), and I'm told it does a great job but as a seasoned Champion owner, I'm pretty sure it won't do you much good with greens. The Norwalk's cutter, regardless of propaganda to the contrary, does a fabulous job on leafy greens and this is a good point to segue to your next point of interest, the Super Angel.

        There used to be two forums dedicated to the Norwalk--one hosted by Norwalk and one independent of it (or anyone, really). I mention this because I wish I could refer you to the latter because it's through it that I can tell you that there are a number of folks who own both the SA and the Norwalk and were very upfront about posting how they compared to each other, and whose experiences were more or less identical. First, the SA is a beautiful machine that handles leafy greens like a dream. Second, it takes forever to juice carrots, does a LOUSY job on grasses, and produces a juice that's gritty compared to that made by a Norwalk, which produces juice that can only be likened to a fine liqueur--it's that intense and smooth. Also, the SA is made in South Korea and I don't know how good they are about honoring warranty issues if they should arise (the Norwalk comes with a 12-year warranty but only to the original owner). As to juice quality, think about it: what are the chances a double-auger machine like the SU is going to compare with a hand-assembled piece of equipment that weighs in at 60+ lbs. and that subjects puréed produce to a half-ton or so of pressure? ;)

        Another bit of nonsense propaganda is that the Norwalk is difficult to clean; nothing could be farther from the truth. The pressing media, i.e. the bags and cloths, can be a bit of a pain because they have to be attended to rather quickly after you're done juicing but still, it's not a big deal. If you've ever had to deal with trying to unclog a juicing screen, you'll appreciate the Norwalk because it doesn't use them--various grids are used for its different functions and what's puréed is pressed through cloth--NO PULP! It's a lot easier than most other juicers, believe me.

        I'm guessing you can afford the price of a new Norwalk and if that' so, I STRONGLY recommend purchasing direct from the manufacturer rather than buying used, especially if "used" involves a seller on eBay or Craig's List that whose machines include "modifications" and their own warranty. There's a whole lot I could tell you and I'd be happy to do so offlist but in the meantime, I'm going to ask that you take my word for this. Norwalk just upgraded their juicer and the improved features look to make it an even better juicer. My suggestion is that you call Norwalk tomorrow and ask to speak to Carol. Tell her everything you've posted; I promise she'll listen give you very good advice as to whether a Norwalk will suit your needs. And should you order one, I strongly suggest extras (one each) of the J, #2, and #3 grids as well as bags and cloths as well. There IS a learning curve but if you follow the manufacturer's instructions, all will be well. Post what Carol says (tell her that Karen in NYC referred you) and I'll be happy to help in whatever way I can.

      2. Thank you so very much. I will do as you suggest.

        BTW, off topic, but curious: does your moniker, MacGuffin have anything to do with Alfred Hitchcock?

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        1. re: Sigmundine

          Yes, I'm a big fan. :) Let us know what happens--I'd like to know how you make out and I'm guessing your experiences would be helpful for others who might find their way here, too. And it occurs to me that I should mention that new Norwalks are sold only by the manufacturer, IOW they don't have outside vendors (although they've had a sales office in California for many years) so you can pretty much take a positive user review to the bank. As to negative reviews, while it's true that some people just never click with them (and to be fair, it's much more juicer than most people need or can handle), I think some of the propaganda is put out by vendors who, of course, can't sell them and want to direct potential buyers to models they stock. I had to laugh at a YouTube video of a well-known vendor who compares a 40-something Norwalk with one of the juicers he stocks (it might've been an Omega Vert)--it didn't occur to him that a juicer that old that STILL juiced just might have something going for it, not to mention that its technology surely must've evolved in that time. And to add insult to injury, he screens comments and those that challenge his "findings"--even if politely/respectfully phrased--never appear. Very impartial! :O

        2. Hello McGuffin! I bought the Norwalk juicer per your recommendation, and I love it! It's so much easier to clean than the centrifugal ones. The last juicer I owned malfunctioned while juicing beets, and besides the parts that flew apart narrowly missing me, I spent hours cleaning beet juice from ceiling, floor, cabinets and walls! No danger of that with the Norwalk! I followed your advice to the letter and ordered the extra bags, cloths and grids. Thank you so very much! :)

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          1. re: Sigmundine

            I'm SO thrilled to be of help and am happy you appreciate that I was sharing proven advice rather than trying to be a control freak! And aren't they nice over there? I'm guessing that you can now appreciate why these machines come with such a high price tag. Please make sure to watch that video demo ( and commit that technique for carrots to memory. I promise you won't have to deal with throwback, ever.
            I very much like the J grid for greens and the #3 grid for just about everything else. You'll see that it (#3) gives you better yield and richer juice than the J grid. You can fiddle with #2 for all-purpose (san greens) but I like #3.

            1. re: Sigmundine

              I also need to add why I suggested those extra grids. Keep a bowl of cold water in the sink and as your grid gets clogged, swap it out (I turn off the machine to do this but you needn't), scrape it into the bowl with your pulp (I use the cloths), drop it into the cold water, and replace with one of your extra grids (you'll eventually need to empty and replace the water, too). You can keep doing this while you juice--it literally adds only a minute or two to your juicing time but it makes things easier and potentially less messy--no juice leaking from behind the housing, no heat from the juicer's having to deal with a clogged grid. I picked it up on the aforementioned independent forum from a very seasoned Norwalk owner and I've recommended it ever since. It's quite brilliant. :)

              1. re: MacGuffin

                Thanks ever so much. I will try all your suggestions. I so appreciate your generosity! Will report back again after I spend more time juicing :)

                1. re: Sigmundine

                  Looking forward to it. If there's a way to contact me offlist through Chowhound, please feel free to do so. :)

                  1. re: MacGuffin

                    I love the juicer and the juice is the best! People cannot believe its quality.

                    1. re: Sigmundine

                      I'm so happy you took the plunge! It's a whole higher order of juice, isn't it? I recently did a three-day juice fast. I was able to make all of my juice in one shot, including the green, and feel great. As long as the juice is stored properly, it keeps really well under refrigeration (of course, you can freeze it, too). Make sure to press your bag/cloths several times--the minerals are the last nutrients to be expressed (in that thin, almost colorless liquid).

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