Choosing A Juicer
Published on April 3rd, 2013 | by Juicefast.com6
When it comes to deciding which juicer to buy it can become a bit of a mine field. If you have already been browsing around then you’ve probably encountered terms like ‘masticating’, ‘centrifugal’ and more recently ‘slow’ or ‘upright’ juicers. Today we discuss the different kinds of juicers available, the prices and the pros and cons of using each type.
Centrifugal juicers are the most common type of juicer available. Costing anywhere between $40-$180, the most popular brands are Breville, Jack LaLanne, Hamilton Beach & (in the UK) Phillips.
Normally available with 2 speeds, a centrifugal juicer works by shredding the fruits and vegetables that are fed down through the feeder tube. The shredded bits are then spun at high speed to separate the juice through a mesh from the remaining pulp. Most centrifugal juicers have a separate external pulp collecting bin, whereas compact types hold the pulp inside the machine, requiring you to take the machine apart to empty.
Cleaning: If cleaned immediately after using then the clean-up process will take approx. 5-10 minutes.
The pros and cons:
Less Preparation Time
A majority of centrifugal juicers have a feeder tube large enough to accept whole apples. This means that much less time is spent on cutting up fruits and vegetables in preparation.
Because of the high speed process of creating the juice, the speed of your fruit and vegetables to drinkable juice is faster than any other type of juicer available.
Cost & Availability
Centrifugal juicers are the most affordable kind to buy with budget brands starting at just $40. They are also more widely available both online & in the high street.
The high speed process of centrifugal juicers increases oxidization which kills off some of the nutrients in your juice, making it less nutritious.
In general, centrifugal juicers don’t create as much juice as other masticating types. The pulp is left much wetter, so you will find that you need to use a little more produce to get the desired amount.
Not good for leafy greens
Although you can juice large leafy greens, the amount of juice gained compared to other juicers is quite low. Wheatgrass & small leafy herbs are not suitable for a centrifugal juicer.
Masticating Juicers (or single gear)
Masticating juicers typically cost between $250 -$400, with the more popular brands being Omega, Champion, Green Star & Samson.
Masticating juicers work by taking small pieces of fruit and vegetables through the feeding tube, this is then crushed and squeezed by the auger (gear). Juice is released through the bottom tube with the pulp being ejected from the end into a collection container.
Cleaning: They are easy to clean if done immediately, clean up time is approx. 4–8 mins
The pros and cons:
The crushing and squeezing process of a masticating juicer leaves the pulp drier and creates more juice from your fruits and vegetables.
Better for leafy greens
Masticating juicers get more juice out of greens compared to centrifugal juicers. You can also juice wheatgrass and small leafy herbs.
A masticating juicer processes the juice is a much slower manner compared to centrifugal juicers, the juice suffers far less oxidization keeping the nutrients intact and the juice fresher for longer.
The feeding tube on a masticating juicer is quite small at just 1.5” wide. This means that you need to spend some time preparing most fruit and vegetables by cutting them into smaller pieces to fit the tube.
A masticating juicer works much slower than a centrifugal juicer, so fruits and vegetables to drinkable juice is a longer process.
With prices starting at $250 they are quite an expensive purchase.
Upright or Slow Juicers
Upright juicers are relatively new to the market and currently cost $350 and upwards. The more popular brands are Omega & Hurom.
Upright juicers work exactly the same as masticating juicers, only they are in an upright position taking up less kitchen counter space. The mesh on an upright is larger than on a traditional masticating juicer, with some models coming with a mesh ‘self cleaning’ feature.
The pros and cons of an upright are the same as the masticating juicer. As I don’t personally own an upright myself I cannot compare the yield or quality of juice compared to a traditional masticating type.
Triturating Juicer (or Twin Gear)
Triturating juicers are the most expensive of all domestic juicers and start at the cost of approx $500. The most popular brands are Green Star, Super Angel & Green Power.
These juicers work on the same principle as masticating juicers, however instead of just one auger (gear) they have two gears which crush the fruits & vegetables.
In comparison to a masticating juicer, the triturating is said to make a higher yield and a more nutritious juice.
The type of juicer you ultimately choose to buy will depend on your budget, your reasons for juicing and the time you have available to make juices. Whilst a centrifugal juicer is not quite as good as a masticating type for overall yield and nutrients, it does however have its positives when it comes to cost and speed.
If you are completely new to the world of juicing and are juicing for health & weight loss, I would recommend a budget centrifugal juicer to start with. Try and choose one with a large feeder and an external pulp bin for ease of use. Should you really take to juicing and make it a regular part of your diet then you can always upgrade to a masticating type in the future should you wish to do so.
If you are using juicing for a serious health issue then I would recommend that you consider the best juicer available.
Whichever type you choose to go with, I would recommend that you read actual ‘buyer’ reviews prior to your purchase. Amazon.com is good for this.