Choosing your juicer

What is the Best Juicer to buy?

Many people have turned to juicing for weight loss or  part of their strive for a healthier lifestyle, but selecting the best juicer to buy can be confusing.

How do you choose the best juicer?  First thing to realise is that there is no such thing as a perfect juicer, and your choice will depend on several factors.  User manuals and product descriptions won’t tell you how long the juicer will take to produce a full pitcher of delicious and nutritious juice, how noisy it is, or whether it’s a total nightmare to clean after juicing.   Ultimately, you want to own a machine that is simple to operate, adds value to your everyday life and gives you quality service and the satisfaction that you have purchased the best juicer for you.efore you do decide which is the best juicer to buy for your needs it helps to narrow the field down a little.  To help you choose the best juicer we cover the three main types in this article.  We have broken through the juicer “speke” so you can make an informed decision without doing hours of research!

If however you are already sure which is the best type of juicer to buy then you can jump straight to our reviews of Masticating Centrifugal or Citrus models.

 

Juicers fall into three broad categories:


Citrus Fruit Juicers

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Designed purely for juicing citrus fruits such as orange, lemon, lime and grapefruits. They tend to be the least expensive, but our advice as with all juicers is not to buy the very cheapest model.  Any juicer works hard and quality machines last longer and cost less in the long run.  In use Citrus fruit is cut in half horizontally across its segments and each half in turn is pressed down onto a reamer, a special shaped inverted dome.  The reamer is motorized and spins around slowly to extract the juice from the fruit.


PROS:
  • Inexpensive
  • Easy to use
  • Cleanup is fast

CONS:
  • Not as versatile as other types
  • Limited to only citrus fruit


See our latest reviews of Citrus Juicers


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Centrifugal Juicers

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As the name implies centrifugal juicers are high speed and extract the juice in the fastest time. They will extract almost any kind of fruit and non leafy vegetables. If you have a need for speed then this type of juicer is a good choice, as it is also faster to clean than the slow juicing models. The downside is juice is subjected to some heat and oxidation in the process and does not keep as long as juice from the slow extracting juicers.  Having said that there are some modern designs such as the Tribest or SKG that create minimal heat and oxidation and are certainly worth consideration.

I guess the bottom line is if you are always in a rush and speed is the top priority then centrifugal juicers may be the best choice of juicer for you, otherwise you should consider the masticating juicers if time and cost are not an issue.


PROS:
  • Relatively inexpensive
  • Good juice quality & yield
  • Faster juicing than masticating types
  • Low footprint

CONS:
  • Juice quality not as good as masticating juicers
  • Not good at juicing leafy vegetables
  • Much noisier than masticating juicers


See our latest reviews of Centrifugal juicers


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Masticating or Slow Press Juicers

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As the name implies these slow turning juicers crush and break down the fruit and vegetables, including leafy greens. The crushing effect releases the vitamins, enzymes and fiber, and in doing so creates a very high quality juice with more yield than the centrifugal models.  As they turn slowly there is little heating of the juice, which retains the nutritional value of the juicer for a longer period than the centrifugal type. This results in a longer storage time for those that like to make a batch of juice to cover one or two days.

In recent times masticating or slow press juicers have evolved into three broad categories – vertical single auger models, horizontal single models and horizontal twin auger models. Vertical models are proving very popular where space in the kitchen is at a premium as they have a smaller footprint.


PROS:
  • Excellent juice quality & yield
  • Can juice fruit & vegetables efficiently
  • Slow and quiet
  • Vertical models have low footprint

CONS:
  • Longer cleanup time
  • Expensive but can save money in the long run
  • Requires more preparation



See our latest reviews of masticating juicers

 

Choosing a juicer is not easy but we hope you have found this article informative.  If you browse our juicer reviews or our Best Juicer 2016 article you will find more details on specific juicers and hopefully find the best all round juicer on the market for your needs.

Happy Juicing!

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