How to Buy a Juicer

by Betty Goodberry

Tips on How to Choose a Juicer

 

If you are looking for tips on choosing a juicer then chances are that you all ready know all the benefits of drinking freshly made juice and are ready to enjoy those benefits for yourself. However, with so many types of juicers and so many different brands choosing a juicer may be a little overwhelming. So this guide is designed to help you find the right juicer to meet your juicing needs, your lifestyle, and your budget. Here are some of the things you need to consider when choosing a juicer.

The Type of Produce You Plan to Juice

The first question you need to ask yourself is exactly what types of produce you plan to juice. While fresh juice has many benefits you need to remember that you don’t want to simply make one kind of fruit or vegetable juice as you need to enjoy many different fruits and vegetables in order to get the full range of vitamins and minerals your body needs. An unbalanced diet that contains too much of one fruit or vegetable can cause it’s own special brand of health problems. Here the basic categories of juicers:

  • Fruit and Vegetable Juicers

    Fruit and vegetable juicers are probably the most popular of all juicers because they allow you to juice a variety of fruit and vegetables giving you more nutrients in your daily diet. These types of juicers also allow you to mix different fruits and vegetables together which is great both from the stand point of maintaining good health and offering you a variety of different tasting juices.

  • Vegetable Juicers

    The standard vegetable juicers are designed for green leafy vegetables. These juicers are designed for people who need or want to add more greens to their diet either to improve their overall diet, or for those who have specific health needs that calls for the consumption of more leafy greens. Examples of the produce that vegetable juicers are designed to juice include, Kale, Collard greens, Spinach, Turnip or Mustard greens, basil and other leafy vegetables.

  • Citrus Juicers

    Juice manufacturers make special juicers for citrus fruits because these fruits tend to have thick outer skins which can be bitter if added into the juice. Some outer skin of citrus fruits such as orange, grapefruit and tangerine are not digestible by our digestive system while lemon and lime skins are. While the outermost or colored part of the skin should not be included in the juice the white inner “pith” adds a lot of nutrition to your fruit juice. You should know that regular fruit juicers can also be used to juice citrus fruits if you peel off the outer rind or skin first.

  • Wheatgrass Juicers

    Wheatgrass is a highly nutritious vegetable that offers significant health benefits, however, it’s made up is such that the wheat grass itself is difficult to breakdown using most kinds of juicers due to it’s leafy structure so several juicer manufacturers make juicers designed to juice wheat grass, other leafy green vegetables and soft fruits such as grapes. Keep in mind, that there are also many brands of fruit and vegetable juicers such as the Omega masticating juicer, that are able to handle wheat grass as well. Choosing a juicer that juice wheat grass as well as a variety of fruits and vegetables will save you from having to buy several different juicers.

The Type of Technology Juicer Operates

Once you know what types of produce you want to juice, you then need to turn your attention to how the juicer extracts the juice from the fruits or the vegetables. The type of technology used will affect both the taste and nutritional value of the juice. Each of the different technologies used in juicers have some distinct benefits as well as a few trade offs. Let’s take a look at the different ways juicers extract their juice.

  • Centrifugal Juicers

    Centrifugal juicers are the most common and oldest design of juicers available today. They are also the lowest priced of all the different kinds of juicers. The technology behind these juicers is extremely simple. They simply grate the fruit or vegetables into small pieces while releasing the juice as it does so. The juice goes into a cup and the pulp is then kept separated so that it can be disposed of. This type of juicer uses a high rate of speed, or rotation per minute (RPM) which generates a great deal of heat which distracts from the taste and the nutritional value of the juice. However, this juicer is good to juice solid fruits as and stalky vegetables which are the types of produce most people who juice, begin with. However, these centrifugal juicers do not a good job juicing green leafy vegetables or wheat grass. The main advantage of Centrifugal juicers is that are relatively inexpensive which makes them a good choice for those who are just beginning to make their juice. However, their limited function and the lower quality of juice makes them a poor choice for anyone who wants to juice a wide variety of different produce. According to reviews and customers’ feedback, the best centrifugal juicers are made by Breville.

  • Masticating Juicers- (Single gear/single auger/Vertical Single Auger)

    Common masticating juicers use a more advanced technology than do Centrifugal juicers. These juicers break down juicing into three steps. In the first step, the fruit or vegetable is broken down into small pieces known as “grading.” the second step known as “chewing” uses a processes like the one that occurs when you chew your food. Jaws grind the fruit or vegetable down into a pulp releasing much of the juice. The third step then extracts more of the juice from the pulp of the produce. This results in saving money as you can extract more juice from a smaller quantity of produce and the juice is more nutritious and better tasting, however, the tradeoff is in the initial cost you pay for the juicer. According to reviews and customers feedback, best masticating juicers are made by Omega. Some of the very popular models are Omega 8004, Omega 8006, Omega VRT350

  • Triturating Juicers (Twin-gear)

    The Twin Gear Juicer is generally more expensive than other types of juicers, however the juice it produces is considered to be extremely high quality. This juicer has twin gears that work together to press the juice out of the produce effectively. This juicer shreds the fruit and then squeezes the remaining juice from the pulp. The juice produced by this type of juicer is equivalent to using a hydraulic press.

  • Press Juicers

    Press juicers also use a two step technology. The fruit must first be shredded and then the shredded fruit is then pressed to extract the juice. Press juicers come in two styles either manual where juice is extracted by you pressing on a lever to render the juice from the fruit, or by hydraulic pressure. The Norwalk juicer is an example of an electric juicer that combines grating and pressing the fruit by hydraulics. However, this type of juicer is highly expensive often running into the $2000.00 range and is time consuming to use and difficult to clean.

Your Personal Considerations

Now that you have a clearer idea on how to consider a juicer based on the produce you want to juice and the technology and function of the juicer itself. Here are a few other things that you will want to consider in finding the right juicer for your needs.

  • Budget

    As much as we all would like to choose a product based solely on need or functionality the reality is that everyone has to work within budgetary limits. So choosing a juicer based on budget is really one of the most important considerations you can make. Centrifugal juicers tend to be less costly, Masticating juicers are considered to be mid-range, and Tritulating juicers with their twin gears the most expensive of all the common juicers.

  • Ease of Cleaning

    Another important consideration when buying a juicer is how easy that juicer is going to be to clean. Some juicers have several working parts which can result in your spending a goodly amount of time, taking your juicer apart and cleaning it. However, many of the newer designs are very conscious about this factor, so they only have fewer parts to be taken apart and soak in the sink for cleaning (some models only have 4 pieces to take apart to clean). Since most people want to juice everyday to get the most nutritional value from fresh juice, cleaning that juicer can be time consuming.

  • Preparation Time

    Chopping up fruits or vegetables can take up quite some time. In order to minimize time in preparation, pick a juicer with larger chute (some known as Big Mouth Juicer) so it can take a larger chunks of produce. Also, auto pulp-ejection feature of a juicer allows you to juice continuously without having to pause to empty the pulp. If you are busy and always short on time, choosing these features of the juicers can help save some time.

  • Versatility

    Most people who purchase a juicer do so because they want to live a healthier lifestyle. Which means that they tend to want a juicer than can do other things such as process homemade baby food, and make nut butters as well as provide them with fresh juice. By purchasing a juicer that can perform several different tasks people can save money as they don’t have to purchase several different appliances and they also can save space when storing the appliance.

  • Noise Level

    For many people the noise level the juicer puts out can become an issue. While you may not mind getting up an extra hour early to make that fresh juice the rest of your family or the people in the apartment next door may not want to be awakened early by a loud motor running for several minutes. The truth is that the faster the RPMs of a juicer the louder it is going to be. Which means that Centrifugal juicers can be quite loud, some unacceptably loud, while masticating, and triturating juicers are much quieter.

  • Warranty

    Different juicers come with different warranties which can become important should you happen to buy a defective juicer or have a breakdown. Most top quality juicer warranties run anywhere from 10 to 15 years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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