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Green Star Elite Twin Gear Masticating Juicer - GSE-5000
The newest Twin Gear Juicer from Tribest Corporation is the "Green Star Elite" Model GSE-5000. Dubbed as Tribest's "Next Generation" twin gear juicer the Green Star Elite features, new Jumbo twin gears, higher yields, new safety systems, a sleek design, a lighter weight, easier cleanup and increased versatility. The Elite can juice a broad array of foods such as fruits, vegetables, pine needles, wheatgrass and other leafy greens. It can also make nut butters, baby foods, purees, frozen fruit desserts, sorbets and much more. The Green Star Elite incorporates a new three-stage juicing process that surpasses other juicers in juice yield and versatility. The Jumbo gears are what make the unique three stage process possible. Hard root vegetables and soft fruits will tend to have higher yields with the new 3 stage process. Green Star Juicers have long been known for Bio-ceramic magnetic gears. The new Jumbo gears incorporate this same technology and allowing juice quality to be preserved for 72 hours in storage... Your GSE-5000 Includes: Main Body Juicing Knob Breadstick Knob Fine Screen Course Screen Breadstick Screen Homogenizing Screen Outlet Casing Pair of Jumbo Twin Gears Twin Gear Housing Safety Tray Lid Drip Tray Juice Container / Pitcher Plastic & Wooden Plungers / Pushers Strainer Flat Cleaning Brush Cleaning Brush Detachable Power Cord Safety Hood
Revolutionary Jumbo Twin Gears
New three-stage juicing process
Juice quality to be preserved for 72 hours in storage...
RPM: 110 , 120V/ 60Hz, 200 W,
Manufacturers Limited Full Coverage 5 Year Warranty
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239 of 241 found the following review helpful:
Glad I bought itDec 22, 2009
By Adam Singer
I am writing this because I had SO much difficulty finding more than a handful of customer reviews online when trying to find a juicer.
My family has been juicing for years now with a popular-brand centrifugal juicer. My stepdad was diagnosed with cancer and we started researching the Gerson Therapy. This juicer is NOT recommended for the Gerson Therapy, but their system is so complicated and expensive we decided to compromise. We went with a twin-gear because it's a much better juicer than a centrifugal but it's not nearly as much trouble as a 2-stage press system.
Anyway, we love it. We estimate we're getting twice as much juice per-veggie than we did with the centrifugal juicer. We juice at least 4 times per week (for 3 people) so we're thinking the price difference will easily be paid in a year just from the savings on produce.
It's also easier to clean than our old one. The hardest part to clean is the mesh screen... it has some tight corners that the pulp really gets jammed into, but after cleaning it a couple times it gets much faster. The rest of the parts are easy.
I haven't experienced any of the design flaws that the other reviewer mentioned. I mention that review specifically because it almost talked me out of getting this juicer, but I'm glad I decided to go ahead anyway. No juice has leaked out in any weird areas. The only part of the safety hood on mine that got dirty was the top tray around the feed chute, which is easily rinsed off. Some pulp gets into the area immediately around where the gears attach, but that can be cleaned with a squeeze of water from the sponge and a quick wipe-off. No juice got out any other areas.
60 of 61 found the following review helpful:
i like it....!Nov 30, 2009
i have had my gs-elite for almost 3 weeks and i really like it. it performs better for me than the gs-1000 which i have been using for several years.
i like using the wooden plunger because it is gives me a lot more sensitivity when feeding things into the feeding chute.
it seems that the gs-elite makes carrot juicing a bit easier than with the gs-1000.
the clean up is very easy for me and i like the "snap open and close" new style latching arms of the gs-elite.
most of the parts rinse off easily after a short period of soaking in the sink and i use my sink sprayer to 'squirt right on to' and clean the back part of the juicer body where everything attaches. also i can wash the cover easily in my dishwasher if needed and it comes out nice and clean.
one thing i personally enjoy about the gs-elite is that the feeding chute cover- assembly can be turned upside down and placed on a small towel after being washed so that it functions as a basket to hold the other juicer parts as they are drip drying after being washed in the sink. when i go to use my juicer again they are waiting for me nicely dried and ready to assemble.
also ...the stack of parts (drip drying in the cover basket) looks very neat as it sets on my kitchen counter.
204 of 232 found the following review helpful:
Shame on TribestNov 16, 2009
By Philip C. Todd
I purchased a Green Star Elite juicer sight unseen with great hopes and high expectations. This is the third twin gear juicer I have owned, the first being a Marathon and the second being a Green Star Gold, and my expectations were dashed when I used the Elite for the first time. I have to say that I am deeply disappointed in the Green Star Elite. In my opinion the design of the Elite is inferior to the Gold and the Marathon.
The twin gears on the Elite and the Gold are the same but the plastic augers on the Elite have been extended another inch or so and the screen has been lengthened a corresponding amount. The performance of the Elite is equivalent to the Gold and I can detect no difference in either the juice or the pulp. The two significant improvements between the Elite and the Gold are the latch mechanism that holds the unit together and the location of the feed chute, which is offset in the Gold and in-line in the Elite. However, the latch mechanism is also a major disadvantage to the machine.
The Elite suffers in comparison to the Gold in multiple ways. Here are the points I have found that I believe are poor design:
The auger part of the Elite begins immediately after the steel gears and there is effectively no gap. This means that about ¼ of the circumference of the grinders is not usable. In the Gold there is a gap that allows the pulp and juice to exit from the grinders before entering the augers.
The feed chute is now a part of the safety hood which covers the juicing chamber. This means that the hood must be cleaned every time the juicer is used and it is made out of thin, flimsy plastic with reinforcing ribs and is most surely not intended to be cleaned as it is very difficult to do so.
The feed chute on the Elite is smaller than the one on the Gold. The plunger, which is the same size as the one on the Gold is thus harder to fit into the chute. The corners on the chute are also much sharper than those on the Gold which again makes it harder to insert the plunger.
The plunger for the Elite is apparently made from the same molds used for the plunger on the Gold. However, the Elite plunger has a flat end where the Gold plunger is contoured to fit around the gears. The Elite plunger is not as effective as the Gold plunger and leaves food trapped in the chute.
The chute entry is part of the safety hood and the hood fits over the chute. Juice works its way into the gap and, because the hood fits over the chute, it leaks onto the gear housing.
The gear housing in the Elite contains the o-ring seal that was part of the main body in the Gold. As such, it is more subject to abrasion during cleaning.
The gear housing in the Elite seals against the main body to keep juice from leaking out but there is a boss that the safety hood must fasten to which is part of the main body but must pass through the gear housing. Thus, the sealed gear housing has a hole in it that allows juice to leak out.
It is very difficult to clean the face of the Elite main body where the gear housing attaches. Not only is the surface rougher than that of the Gold but the new latch mechanisms get in the way. This makes it difficult to reach in to clean the surfaces. Also, the Gold surface was almost flat where the Elite has a new ring of plastic that is needed for the new o-ring design. It would be an advantage if the latch mechanisms pivoted out of the way for cleaning in the same way that they do on the Gold.
The Elite main case is inferior to the Gold case in two ways. First, the Gold case handle is molded in as part of the case so it cleans easily. Not so the Elite case where the handle and the cover are different pieces. The handle has a square corner that is impossible to clean and traps juice and pulp that splashes on it. Second, the Elite has no storage for the cord, which can then get lost or must be wound up to keep out of the way.
The black stripe on the case and the safety hood is a separate piece of plastic that is screwed into the case and the hood. If juice gets between the stripe and the case it is impossible to clean out.
For these reasons I am deeply disappointed with the Elite. Based on my experience with the Gold I had hoped that the Elite would be an improvement. Sadly, this is not the case. The Elite is inferior to the Gold in many, many respects. I would have returned it in the first week but the store I purchased it from does not have a return policy. I would recommend that if you are interested in this machine that you buy it from a store that has a satisfaction guarantee. My guess is that you will need it.
Update 3/6/2010: In fairness to Tribest they have come through as a quality company should and were kind enough to replace my Elite with a Gold. I am a happy juicer once again.
46 of 49 found the following review helpful:
Great juicer but not without drawbacksApr 19, 2012
I did extensive research on juicers before deciding to try an Omega VRT 350. Even though a twin gear juicer was better at producing higher quality and more juice, the price of the Omega VRT and the MANY satisfied customer reviews led me to purchase it. Upon arrival, I carefully took all the pieces out of the box, only to find the plastic top was cracked. Well, that made me question the durability of a plastic juicer. I sent it back without any issues (thank you Amazon) and found that there are only two non-plastic juicers on the market: Super Angel and Norwalk. As it turns out, I was able to borrow a Super Angel juicer from my friend for a couple months. I loved it. I returned the juicer to my friend and was trying to figure out how to manage $1000 to buy my own. (I would love to get a Norwalk at some point, but at the moment $2500 is completely out of my price range.)
My sweet boyfriend, who had heard me talk about how much I wanted a juicer, ended up buying this Green Star Elite juicer for me at Christmas. He knew how much I wanted a Super Angel, but said he couldn't afford it, and this was the next best thing. That is my history with juicers: getting a broken VRT 350 and returning it without ever using it; using a Super Angel for about two months; using the Green Star Elite for four months I use the juicer about every other day. With that in mind, here are my pro and con list:
1. It makes high quality juice.
2. You can make sorbets, nut butters, etc. (I've tried sorbets and they are DELICIOUS! Frozen banana and berries and voila, a healthy, delicious treat!)
1. Needs to clean the gears and screen often, particularly if juicing pineapple or orange. With the Super Angel, the gears and screen are twice as long, so I never had to clean it until I was finished juicing. I would much prefer to do all the cleaning afterwards, instead of up to three cleanings within one juicing session. (A normal juicing session for me is about a quart of juice... about 15 carrots and 6 oranges, for example.)
2. Little crevices that are hard to clean, most notably the front of the juicer (every time my boyfriend or I use it we say the same thing: "That's a poor design.") and the little space in one of the gears, which inevitably has bits of food from the last time I juice no matter how much time and effort I spend cleaning it. There are other areas that aren't very easy to clean, but at least there doesn't appear to be any food particles sticking to those parts.
3. It stains easily, particularly from carrots. The staining happened soon after the first use, so it's not like it's a build up. My issue with the staining isn't so much cosmetic, as the fact that it brings forth a question of the juice being in contact with plastic before consumption. This is one reason why if you're juicing for cancer that the Norwalk, or if the Norwalk is too expensive, the Super Angel, is recommended... those juicers are stainless steel. Some people don't care about juice touching plastic, but I do.
Note: This juicer requires effort to push the produce in the juicer. I don't mind this too much, but want to mention it for anyone who is weak or recovering from an upper body injury. Any twin gear is going to require some pushing to get the produce into the gears.
Summary: This is a good juicer with some drawbacks. Having juiced with a Super Angel and a Green Star Elite, I can say that the Super Angel is far superior and every time I juice I wish that's what I was using, especially due to the multiple cleanings and hard to clean areas of the Green Star Elite. The only con to a Super Angel is that the feet are underneath the body, so it's just a little wobbly. It's not a problem, more of a minor annoyance. With a Super Angel, there are less parts to clean, no crevices that are difficult to clean, less cleaning the gears/screen while juicing, and the option to put larger pieces of produce in the shoot. Plus, it's stainless steel. So, if you can afford a Super Angel, definitely go with it... and if you can't, this is a second best. You will get higher quality juice with a twin gear or a Norwalk than any other juicer, so these are the best juicers for the job. However, as it's been mentioned before, the best juicer for YOU is a juicer you use.
I wanted to rate this 3 1/2 stars, so struggled whether I should rate it 3 or 4 stars. Due to the high quality juice AND the versatility of it, I went with the four stars.
78 of 88 found the following review helpful:
If you already own a Green Star, don't upgrade to the Elite modelSep 07, 2011
By primal living
I am writing this review to share my story about my experience with Green Star juicers.
My wife and I have been routinely making about 2 gallons of vegetable juice per week for the last 6 years (we made other things such as almond butter, coconut cream etc etc). We have used the Le'Equip model for the first several months and then switching to Green Star Gold when learning of the nutrition benefits. We were happy with the Gold model until about a year ago, a friend of ours was inspired to start juicing, intrigued by the new Elite model claims we sold him our Gold model and forked out the cash for the new version.
After using the Elite model for the past 9 months, I have been disappointed enough to write my first negative review. The Elite routinely shuts down when running vegetables or coconuts through, we taped a wad of paper on the safety cut out so it would continue to work. The pulp is often much wetter than the Gold model, which is hard to understand because the Elite advertises how you get so much more juice. Thats not all, the juicing knob has been redesigned to be weeker, as they swapped out metal parts for plastic ones, and we have replaced that twice so far due to it cracking and leaving us stranded with piles of vegetables waiting to be juiced. And last but certainly not least, they claim it is so much easier to clean, and that is the biggest bunch of bulloney, I spent way to long cleaning up the juicer after making almond butter, normally a 10 minute job with the Gold model suddenly a 25 minute job with the annoying safety clamps dangling and getting in the way.
Please read this carefully, and I would advise everyone to save their precious pennies and buy the more durable long lasting Green Star Gold model, you will be so much happier, with peace of mind knowing that engineers weren't told to cut costs to save a buck!!
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