Last Thursday evening I bought the Jack LaLanne stainless steel "pro" juicer from a display of various juicers. I already had a very good, expensive juicer which drove ne nuts because cleaning it is such a hassle. The JL juicer ejects the pulp into an open top plastic container which is very easy to knock into a bucket for my chickens. My original juicer spins the pulp into a basket in the machine so the juice drips out the perforations. The pulp gets stuck in all the perforations so that juicer is a real pain to clean, especially if I let the pulp dry on there like cement! The JL juicer gets more juice out and reduces the pulp to much finer particles. I have used the pulp from my original juicer to make carrot cake. JL suggests one can do that with his juicer but I wonder if his pulp would be like sawdust, it is so fine and dry?!
Cost was a big consideration for me and JL has a lower-priced white plastic juicer. The descriptions on the boxes are not very good but it appeared both models have the same 3,600 rpm motor. The stainless steel one isn't that much bigger. They both have lifetime warranties so will surely outlast me. All the other juicers seemed very inferior so I quickly discarded them from consideration.
I have been making a LOT of juice (hit the jackpot in a dumpster foray!) And after what I've been paying for raw carrot juice at the store, think I've quarterways recovered my investment already.
I don't think the recipe book and instructions are very good, though. And they neglect to mention, you should dismantle and clean the juicer immediately after use!!! That advice goes for any juicer, though!
I have a Lalanne too and my parents have several now. They are great for what I use them for. But it depends which veggies you are thinking of juicing. Carrots and celery and heavy items to through great. But because it's centrifugal it'll toss out light things like greens. You'd have to go with a masticating juicer then.
I have an Omega Juicer and have also used the other types. I prefer the centrifugal types, and if cleaning is a hassle, you can use filters. The pulp? The drier the better as I know I am getting the max juice out of the veggies. The pulp is great for adding to soups, breads, and other recipes.
I have both the Jack La Lane and the Vitamix. The La Lane makes better actual juice without having to add ice or water but it is not very efficient as the pulp should be drier and you have to use a lot of carrots to get a glass of juice. The Vita mix is good for smoothies, uses less veggies but you are supposed to add water or ice which dilutes it too much for my tastes.
Don't know about steam juicers, but my Omega does an excellent job of making juice with dry pulp & easy to clean. I used to own one that was an incredibly high end one, which worked no better than my Omega model. The price I paid was only $45 on CL (excellent condition and in tip top working shape).
We have a Champion also and love it. We've been using it for many years and it hasn't slowed down a bit. We have a blank for it (replaces the screen) so that we can make nut butters. We also have the grain mill attachment and think it does a great job.
I have a vita mix, that would be the thing to make frozen juice slushies or smoothies. My favorite thing to make with it is half banana, half fresh pinapple. But it doesn't make carrot juice. The juicer makes wonderful carrot juice but bananas don't work in it! I have a blender, too, and a mortar and pestle and a waffle iron and other nifty specialized things I got cheap at goodwill. Each has a specialized use. But they collect a lot of dust most of the time.