Does the ProVita Juicer Really Work?


Does the ProVita Juicer workThe ProVita Juicer is a cold press juicer that promises to provide healthier juice from fruits and vegetables because of its unique juicing capabilities. These types of juices come with a bigger price tag, so it’s important to see if the extra features justify the added expense, or if there are better juicing options available.

Overview
If you’re wanting to get in on the juicing craze, a proper juicer is essential of course. You can try to get by with a blender, but those are really not made to double as juicers. Some of them are pretty good at what they do, like the VitaMix. But if you want to get serious you’ll eventually find yourself checking out cold-pressed juicers so that you can lock in more of the nutrients and not lose them to an overheating blender.

The Claim
The makers of the ProVita juicer say that you’re getting 250 watts of power with it, and that it has a two stages when it juices. They also admit that there are only three settings, you can either turn it off or on, and there’s also a reverse switch. They say that the design of the product saves space on your countertop, and because of its larger-sized spout it’s easier to serve the juice that you make. They say that this doesn’t heat up like a normal blender or juicer does, due to its lower RPMs, which means it preserves more nutrients in the fruits and vegetables.

They also point out several of the accessories that it comes with that should make the juicing process go more smoothly. There is a tamper so that you can push the food down, there’s screens that you can place inside the juicer to trap more of the pulp if you want more pulp-free juice. They say it has an auto-cleaning mechanism so that the screens get wiped clear which yields more juice.

The Hype
The hype comes from the claim of cold-pressed juicers that they provide more nutritious juice because they stay cooler, and thus do not burn off any of the nutrients. The claim suggests that other blenders get so hot that they end up compromising some of the vitamins and minerals that are in the foods being juiced.

The Cost
They’re asking $400 for the ProVita juicer, which puts it on the higher end of today’s juicer options, but on par with other cold-pressed juicers. When you’re comparing prices you need to make sure it’s an apples to apples comparison, because cold-pressed juicers are generally more expensive than a blender or a regular juicer.

The Commitment
Compared to using a regular blender or juicer this is just about the same sort of commitment. You have to go out and buy the ingredients that you want to juice, like apples, oranges, kale, spinach and more, and then get them all prepared to be juiced, then do the actual juicing, and then clean up the resulting mess. There are a ton of juice delivery services available these days, so if you were doing a juice cleanse or were only going to juice for a short duration, like to kick off a diet plan, these might be less commitment and a cost savings in the end.

Evaluation
The ProVita juicer is a relative newcomer to the scene of cold pressed juicers. These are special types of juicers that are supposed to have a masticating effect, meaning they pretty much chew up the fruits and vegetables so that you don’t have to. It mimics the work our teeth do so you don’t have to feel like a cow munching on a stalk of celery just to get all of its good stuff out. When you compare this to a blender or a typical juicer you are basically just trying to cut the food up into really tiny bits, rather than mashing it to release all of the juice inside. It’s also blending up the fruit, but it’s doing both mashing and blending so you get the best of both worlds.

A different cold pressed juicer gets put to the test:

It’s great to go with a cold-pressed juicer if you are serious about juicing and want to get the most out of your efforts. But from what we can determine there may be better juicers to buy than this one.

Final ProVita Juicer Review

The ProVita Juicer is getting our Risky Try rating because there just isn’t much known about it other than what you’ve seen on TV or in its promo. In the meantime there are other cold press juicers that have hit the market and stood the test of being used in real situations and have passed with flying colors. Take for example the Breville Fountain Crush Masticating Slow Juicer. It is $100 less, ships free, and has stellar reviews from a considerable number of users. It also has all of the features claimed by the Pro Vita, including being very quiet, being able to change directions, and keeping your nutrients intact.

Our Recommendation
This may be a fine juicer, but why be one of the first people to try it out at $400 when there are suitable alternative for less money that have already achieved success in the marketplace? There’s no reason to be a guinea pig for a product with such a high price tag on it when there are others available that already show they can perform well.

What do you think? Does ProVita Juicer work or not?


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Stephanie Hudson January 8, 2014 at 2:40 pm

I tried to purchase this juicer before the segment and they are not available any more! Will you issue rain checks? Thanks!

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Lanette Dykman January 8, 2014 at 6:31 pm

You have to keep refreshing the page until you get an add to cart button, then click it quickly – that’s what I did… :-)

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Al January 8, 2014 at 7:41 pm

Who makes this juicer? I can not find anything about this product, or company on the web.

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JILL HARRIS January 8, 2014 at 7:46 pm

Unable to order juicer at the price Can I get a raincheck

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Misty Dickey January 8, 2014 at 10:12 pm

Saw the juicer on the today show, i bought it today 1/8/14 with the promotional code todayjuicer, all caps, for $89. Not sure how well it works, but its much cheaper than any other cold press juicer. Once it gets here i will try to remember to post the results.

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John January 22, 2014 at 12:40 am

Misty, I just received mine today, but have done nothing more than take it out of the box. I will attempt to post as well. Good luck!

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Patty Smith January 9, 2014 at 1:11 am

any chance I can get this juicer as advertised on the
today show for the 89.00 price. excited to try and maybe
lose some weight…thx muchley

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Linda January 11, 2014 at 5:10 pm

I too ordered the juicer on the Today show for $89. Unfortunately, after ordering I noticed that I put MY zip code on the recipient’s address. Long story short, I’m still trying to straighten this out before it gets shipped. Their customer service phone number disconnects after a recorded greeting. I’d like to know more about this company too.
My advice – Always check your order for any mistakes before you hit that SEND button.

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Jen January 13, 2014 at 1:05 am

just received from today show deal. it does not turn on. so irritated.

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Gary January 14, 2014 at 1:24 am

Jen, sorry to hear about your juicer. I to have purchased one, it has not shipped yet. Do they have any type of manufacturers warranty? Hopefully you will have some recourse. Maybe your credit card company can dispute the charge.

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Sally January 15, 2014 at 2:46 am

I was so excited to see the Today show which featured Provita as a juicer that “Jill” highly recommended with a 70% off discount special which made it $89 plus tax.

This was the worst purchase I’ve ever made in my life.
First off, the “manual” is 6pgs of(12ps) photo copied user manual. It seems easy to read and use. As I read the simple directions, my first pet peeve was that you have to chop all the ingredients to fit into the tiny hopper.

Then, as I tried many times cleaning and starting the process over and over to “juice” none of the pulp was being extracted. The manual did not help explain any of these problems I was facing. I searched online for a video demo and tried to figure out why my machine was not pulping and just spitting things back up and overflowing the “strainer” which needed to be emptied over and over and making a mess in my sink.

After many failed attempts, I found a rubber stopper on the bottom of the “bowl” that is screwed on that you have to UNPLUG.

Finally, the machine does not juice unless you hit the “R”(reverse) button. BTW. it is not an easy machine to clean up either! HORRIBLE!!! I’m sad the TODAY show endorsed such a poorly made product!

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juset March 12, 2014 at 2:53 pm

THANK-YOU for posting this. This purchase was So disappointing. The “grate” or “strainer” did not work and the mush oozed up over the side and made a complete mess. I also had a bad feeling when I saw the manual that was included. It was surely a bad sign to get poorly copied pages stapled together and stuffed into the blank cardboard box. The sellers knew their products were a busted mess and unloaded them in a full-frontal fraud on consumers.

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Nora January 16, 2014 at 8:40 pm

We received our juicer today and used it! It worked like it was supposed to and was easy to clean. We juiced apple, carrot and kale and it was yummy! Looking forward to using it more! Our manual was not a photocopy as Sally (previous entry) stated hers was. There was one issue though and that was one of the containers had a chip on the bottom.

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julie January 17, 2014 at 4:56 am

I too received my juicer today and got the photo copy manual.
The instructions to use seem pretty simple. What is not simple is how to Disassemble in order to clean!!
it shows how to remove the “hopper” which is easy, but to remove the rest of the stuff, they do not explain how. I am still trying to unscrew the ” screw” and it won’t budge and I don’t know if there is a special way to turn it or something…..Please help if anyone knows!!!

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Pete January 17, 2014 at 10:05 pm

The person who had trouble taking it apart! It’s very easy to take apart. Just pull the black juicer in the middle right out. Everything comes out easily. Hope that helps.

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Tracy January 19, 2014 at 9:25 pm

I’m posting the same review that I did on another page because I think it’s important that my information gets out there against those that are slamming this appliance for no reason in my opinion.

I’m not sure what the negative review from “Sally” is about because I absolutely love my ProVita. Ever since I got it, I’ve been juicing two times a day. I appreciate the photocopied manual. Perhaps demand for this product caused that. There’s nothing more that is needed including a thick booklet. It surely doesn’t diminish the quality of the appliance. When it came, it was pretty much set up, but I took it apart to make sure that I knew how to before I used it. The assembly is easy. I don’t mind chopping up the veggies a little bit to make sure that my machine (whether I paid $89 or $399) lasts longer. I’m not sure what juicer on the market doesn’t call for some chopping. I’ve ran carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, spinach, kale, beets, celery, apples, sweet potatoes, ginger, oranges, lemons, watermelon, cabbage (to name a few) through this machine and have been satisfied. The only veggie I had trouble with was the sweet potato. It got jammed up in the machine and I thought it was broken. But I followed the instructions, unplugged it, cleared the sweet potato, plugged it back in and I was back in business. I’ve learned to cut even smaller pieces of the sweet potato to keep this from happening again. I was a little worried about the clean up, but that’s what the little brush is for. I ran the drum and housing unit under running water while using the brush and everything came off of it. Yes, it looks like it’s a pain to clean, but it’s really not. It wasn’t until the second day that I realized that the plug where the “waste” comes out actually opens for you to thoroughly clean. You have to be careful that you don’t damage it when you remove it though. I can only hope that if you do damage it since it’s screwed in, that you can replace that part if necessary. The two containers for liquid and waste are a perfect fit up against the machine where NOTHING spills on the counter or floor unless you don’t have it aligned correctly. I’ve had no problem with this at all. When it gets full, I turn off the machine and dump it. But then again, I’ve only “over juiced” once. Most recipes you find or use don’t come close to this issue. This machine is quieter than I thought. I’m glad I bought it, but wish I had bought a second for my son. So “Sally”, I’d be glad to take yours off of your hand, but perhaps you’ve already listed it on Ebay for more than what you’ve paid for it. The bottom line is that I’m super glad the Today Show had this on their Steals and Deals. I’ve been wanting a juicer for years now and couldn’t get over the price of the good ones. This is definitely a good one!!! This is one of the best investments I’ve made recently. Now my husband and I are getting in a lot more veggies than we ever have. It’s weird to go to the grocery store now and have a cart full of veggies. So thanks!! A very good and reliable product!!!

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John January 22, 2014 at 12:46 am

Tracy, thanks for your input. I hope you will check back occasionally to help if any of us needs some more assistance here. It seems you have a good grip on this product. I look forward to using mine now after some negative reviews here. Like others, I took a chance.

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Rebecca January 22, 2014 at 3:35 pm

Hello, I also purchased this juicer because I seen it on The Today Show, I’ve had it for many weeks and just tried it out last night, it worked great I think.. considering I’ve never had a juicer and have never seen anyone use a juicer. I used oranges, apples, kiwi and bananas hahhaa I don’t think it’s made for kiwi and bananas but like I said I’ve never used a juicer before. I was amazed at how much juice came out of those few oranges and apples. Two huge glasses and it tasted so fresh so earthy, just what I wanted. Since this is my first experience with any juicers I must say I am very impressed. I waited months to buy one but since there is so many on the market I was just confused until I seen the great deal on Jill’s Steals and Deals. I made the right choice. It seems to be loud but I don’t care I live alone but, I don’t think i’d wake anyone up and it doesn’t vibrate the glass off the shelves. My juice was a little pulpy but I think it was the banana and kiwi (laughing here) I just started getting healthy and started vegetarian and I have no help with this new change since everyone I know is a beer drinking steak eating, veggies hell no they say. I love my new juicer and I would recommend this juicer to anyone who ask me or anyone looking to get healthy this new year. Saving a ton of money on juice, and I buy all organic fruit. Thank you for such a great product.

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Laura January 24, 2014 at 3:46 pm

I also purchased the juicer after seeing the deal on the Today Show. Thank God Mariska Hargitay was on that day or I would have missed it! I’ve been wanting a juicer for a while but felt that I would have to consume nothing but juice for at least a month to justify spending the typical $300-$400 dollars on one. Once I received the juicer which came pretty much put together, I took it apart to make sure I could do it before I started putting vegetables in it, that was pretty easy. While, the next morning I woke to the sound of the juicer, because my husband decided he wanted to juice ONE ORANGE, (Men!!) it isn’t very loud… I’m a pretty light sleeper. I have made 8juices within the last five days, each one better than the last, all recipes found on the food babe site, among a couple others. It’s so easy to use and I don’t find it hard to clean at all if I use the little brush they sent with. The hardest part is the spout where the remains of the fruit and veggies come out. I have a hard time getting the stuff out of there, but, if I use a pointy little knife I can eventually get it. All in all, I love it, and feel like I really got a deal!! I wish I would have bought another one for my dad!

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J February 4, 2014 at 6:32 pm

For the gal who had trouble getting the machine disassembled for cleaning:
The black thing just pulls straight up and out, as does the mesh strainer. They are only held in place by suction from the rubber gaskets. The bowl turns about half an inch clockwise to lock, .and then turn it back half an inch counterclockwise and with force, pull it straight up. Use the white tabs that interlock as guides.

I had trouble with the machine backing up with pulp too soon the first two times I used it. The third time was perfect. There is a white rubber piece on the bottom of the hopper that is shaped like a flag. Make sure that the “flagpole” is touching the edge of the hole in the bowl. I think that if it is pushed to far into the pulp chute it gets blocked.

Today, I got 32 ounces of juice from:
2 cups kale (center rib removed)
2 apples (took out the core, even though you have to)
1 pear (cored)
2 oranges, peeled
1 pomelo, peeled
2 carrots, unpeeled

I also got a lot more pulp into the pulp container. I am glad I took a chance on getting this slow juicer instead of the fast juicer, and so far so good. The toothbrush they give you makes cleaning the mesh strainer a breeze.

Btw, the juice was delicious. I hope my tips are helpful.

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SL March 5, 2014 at 5:25 pm

Yes, i too was frustrated by the clogging until i found that little ‘white rubber flag’!

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Sandra LaGrandeur February 28, 2014 at 2:05 pm

The Juicer sucks and not worth the money. My strainer cracked after 3 weeks of using it. Every time i make a juice i have to stop at least once sometimes twice and take it apart to clean it because it gets clogged. i do not recommend it unless you have 45 minutes to make a juice every morning which i don’t!
not happy

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SL March 5, 2014 at 5:26 pm

Call customer service! I got a new one in 48 hours!

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juset March 12, 2014 at 3:04 pm

what customer service? I got no number. It did say no refunds, no returns, no exchanges. Now I know why, it didn’t hold up AT All. What a terrible product. The sellers should be ashamed of themselves.

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SL March 5, 2014 at 5:24 pm

Bought this through the Today Show. I have been extremely happy with it and really feel like i did get a steal! Works as good as any other masticating juicer. But, more importantly, I’m very happy with customer service! I broke the strainer basket (my fault), called costumer service and was told they didn’t have any in stock and would get back to me in 48-72 hours. Was somewhat concerned, but was very surprised to find a brand new strainer at my front door with 2 days of making the phone call!!!

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Daintee Dietz June 14, 2014 at 3:38 pm

I bought mine. as well on the today show. I have used several others and absolutely love it. I actually have my family juicing now. If the auger and other parts on top not secure it wont turn on and that is for safety. If you have all of your ingredients bagged and pre packed in fridge, you just throw it in and you are ready to go. sorry many of you had issues. I myself love it and have had no issues at all.

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