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This juicer does juice things like carrots, greens, and celery. It seems the tougher the vegetable, the better it performs. With cucumbers it does just okay. You may need a carrot to help you with getting those cucumbers through.
I attempted to make almond butter with this, and the result looked like breadcrumbs no matter how many times I ran it through the machine.
Cleaning is a pain because certain parts are easy–clean with just a rinse, but others require a thorough scrubbing. The juicer does include a brush, but that is expensive if you need to replace it. By the way, the machine is heavy–it weighs about 30 pounds. Be aware.
I don't mean to be completely negative, but this is my first experience with a juicer.
I use my juicer about every 3 days, to keep me supplied with fresh juice. The Green Star runs quietly and it isn't that difficult to clean. I keep it by my sink the filter does need a good scrubbing with a brush. If you tilt it forward just a little, he can take care of a good portion of the cleaning process with a gentle spray. I use this machine primarily for carrots, celery, Swiss chard, kale, and a few apples.
This juicer is very efficient. I do occasionally have to clean the juicer out in mid-process, but it is fairly easy to clean.
A lot of reviewers complain that this machine is difficult to clean, but I've owned several juicers over the years, and this one is no more difficult than any of the others, and this one is actually a better quality juicer than any of the others I've owned. A healthy lifestyle takes effort.
Note: softer produce is easier to juice if you use the software to use attachment.
In deciding whether to purchase a Green Star juicer, consider whether you are going to be juicing a lot of greens and/or wheatgrass, and whether you're really going to take the time to disassemble, clean, and assemble about a dozen parts each time you use it. If you're not put off by that, then I highly recommend the Green Star. If you are mostly considering a juicer for carrot juice, fruit juices, banana ice cream, etc, then I would steer you towards the Champion. If you want to use a juicer for all of the above and can afford and have the space for both, then I enthusiastically recommend both.
Note that there are 3 models of Green Star juicers, of which the GS1000 is their most basic model. The GreenStar.com website explains the various accessories that come with or can be purchased with each.
It does all right with flaccid, stringy, leafy foods like parsley and cilantro. But if there's any firmness to them--anything from cucumbers to celery to lemons--the juicer needs those chopped up. So before using the juicer I do a lot of prep.
The clean-up is manageable. There are about seven parts that disassemble easily. You don't need to reach into the crevices in the main unit. All the parts clean easily except one small screen, which needs some serious scrubbing. The brush supplied with the juicer helps.
I'm sure there are faster models out there. But I'm health-conscious too, and the twin gear system seems to leave a small "oxygen footprint."