I've been a juicing fool. And I've had about six weeks with my Jack LaLanne juicer. Originally, I went to Bed Bath and Beyond to buy a Breville. Unfortunately, they were out of stock. But I was impatient and bought the Lalanne instead. At first, the Lalanne was great. But after the first week of juicing once and sometimes twice a day it started to feel a little loose and some of the tougher veggies (like kale) were having a harder time getting through the blades.
Then, Jack and I went on a juice fast for three days. We juiced five times a day and the Lalanne started to show even more weakness. It was very difficult to clean because the design has lots of little crevasses and notches which collect juice residue. I needed a special brush for hard to reach places. Then the hardware that keeps the spout in place cracked a little and the spout, while still functional, was loose and rattled when the juicer was on. If you're looking for a juicer to pull out once every week or so for fresh orange or apple juice then you can feel confident buying a Jack Lalanne. If, however, you're looking to juice daily and use it for juice fasts, you might want to try something a bit more sturdy and more powerful.
Lucky for me, Bed Bath and Beyond has a fantastic return policy. I just packed up the Lalanne (in the original box) with my receipt and will take it back to the store today for a refund or exchange. They still do not have a Breville in stock so I ordered one from Amazon. I used it this morning and it was AWESOME. I'll report back about the Breville in a few weeks after lots of use and experience.