Norwalk Juicer

The Norwalk juicer was invented by Dr Norman Walker who is famously known for studying how our eating habits and nutrition affect our health and longevity. He himself lived to a very high age and is probably as good an advert for juicing and raw food as any other.

Hydraulic juice press

The Norwalk juicer comes in either a stainless steel or a wood finishUnlike other juicers listed here in our juice extractors section the Norwalk juicer extracts juice by pressing and squeezing it out of the produce. Because of this the Norwalk is often referred to as a hydraulic juice press.

The Norwalk also has a triturating grinder / cutter which some types of produce should first be passed through before being put into the 'press' section. The triturating section of the juicer rips and cuts the flesh of the produce. The pulp from the triturating section is put into the press. In the 'press' section of the juicer the the produce is put in linen bags that are then squeezed between two stainless steel plates. The juice escapes through the bag but the pulp is left inside the bag.

Because of the method of juicing, the Norwalk juicer is well known for its great juice quality in both regards to

  • Lack of pulp in the juice
  • Lack of oxidation

Give the digestive system a break

Some juicers leave a lot of pulp in the juice and the Norwalk manufacturers argue that this is inferior to the juice produced by the Norwalk as the body will find it hard to digest the nutrients in the pulp when compared to nutrients in pulpless juice. This is because to break down solid foods (i.e. the pulp) the bodies digestive process normally has a kickstart when food is chewed. Chewing releases digestive enzymes that start the breakdown of food.

When drinking 'pulpy' juices without chewing the pulp passes into the digestive system without the enzymes that kickstart digestion. This makes it harder for the body to obtain the nutrients out of the pulp. Because of this it is better to extract as much of the nutrients out of the pulp and into the juice. With the nutrients readily available in the juice the digestive system has direct access to the nutrients and they can be made available to our bodies cells within 10 minutes. Our digestive system is then in effect 'taking a break' from normal solid food digestion.

The manufacturers claim that because of the gentle pressing action applied to the produce very little air is introduced into the juice and because of this the juice can be kept in sealed one portion sized containers in the refrigerator for 3 days with very little loss of nutrients, colour or taste. This obviously has great benefits to the convenience of your juicing routines as it means that you can make enough juice for 3 days all in one go. You then only have to clean the juicer once and are then free to drink the juice at your leisure.

Users report the pulp that is left is very dry ('as dry as sawdust' has been exclaimed on more than one occasion :-) ) indicating that the Norwalk is extremely efficient at extracting juice and will extract more juice than most juicers.

Cleaning the juicer parts is fairly straightforward although the linen bags will extend the overall cleaning time, especially when compared with centrifugal juicers such as the Magimix. The stainless steel juicer parts can be put through the dishwasher if required. The longer cleaning time of the Norwalk must be counterbalanced with the fact that you can make larger batches of juice and refrigerate the juice for a number of days with little loss of quality.

Although the Norwalk juicer is capable of juicing virtually all types of produce some users have reported that if juicing wheatgrass by itself then the juicing process releases a lot of heat. The manufacturers suggest juicing wheatgrass with other vegetables to prevent this problem but if you want a straight wheatgrass juicer then you may be better trying other models.

The Norwalk is also capable of grinding seeds, nuts etc.

If you are looking for a juicer to provide maximum nutritional benefits then you should definitely consider the Norwalk. At around $2000 it is one of the most expensive juicers on the market but it provides excellent results. The Norwalk is recommended by the Gerson Institute.

User reviews of Norwalk Juicer

Review by Dr. Dan from Lewiston, Maine

I have used several juicers over the years; the Norwalk is the best. I appreciate the all stainless steel construction vs plastic. I have never had an overheating problem (follow the directions) and juice a quart at the time.The juice taste so pure and clean and is pulp free. The cleanup is not difficult and takes maybe 3 or 4 minutes.If you can afford the price and are serious about juicing this is the juicer for you.

Score: 5 out of 5

Review by Athelas from California

I am giving the Norwalk juicer a low rating for two reasons: 1) the juicer overheats badly after a very short time in operation; and 2) the juicer requires carrots to be fed through it in order to keep fibers of other vegetables from jamming the grid. In short, I do not recommend the Norwalk juicers for people who need to make more than a glass of juice at a time or for people who do not want to include carrots in their juice blends.

Score: 1 out of 5