How to Choose the Right Juicer

How to Choose the Right Juicer – Best Of The Best Juicers

Choosing a juicer does not have to be complicated or intimidating.

how to choose the right juicer

We will take a look at the various methods of juicing and break it further down giving you the best-rated juicers within the masticating, centrifuging, and triturating extraction methods.

Methods of Juicing

There are a couple of methods used to extract the juices from both fruits and vegetables.

Juicers are manufactured to masticate or centrifuge.

You as the consumer would  purchase a juicer based on your personal preference in the features of a juicer as well as the price.


Methods of Juice Extraction

Masticating   (aka cold-pressed)

Mechanism

  • Single gear

Speed

  • Slow

Means of Juicing

  • Kneads and grinds

Centrifugal

Mechanism

  • Spinning blade

Speed

  • Fast

Means of Juicing

  • Grinds

Masticating Method

Method

Grinds fruits and veggies and then presses the pieces through a strainer to product extracted juice.

Mechanics

Utilizes a slow anauger that rotates to crush and press fruit and veggies to extract the juice.

Centrifugal Method

Method

Fruits and veggies are spun at a high rpm as a disc blade grinds and grates the produce into pieces that collect in a strainer basket where the juice is spun out of.

Mechanics

Utilizes an internal system similar to a washing machine where the produce is grounded, chopped, and juice spun out all in one step.

ADVANTAGES and DISADVANTAGES of Both Methods


Masticating


Advantages

  • Juicer has cleaner taste
  • Nutrients are not compromised and are preserved
  • Can use all types of fruits and veggies
  • Durable
  • Versatile in other uses
  • Quiet
  • Dry Pulp
  • Oxidation is prolonged
  • Parts can be disassembled for cleaning
  • Produces large amount of juice
  • Does not produce foam

Disadvantages

  • Feed chute is smaller
  • Slower
  • Expensive

Centrifugal


Advantages

  • Faster
  • Less Expensive
  • Feed Chute is larger

Disadvantages

  • Does not do well with leafy greens
  • Pulp clogs up
  • Produces foam
  • Oxidation sets in immediately
  • Produces less amount of juice

Best-Rated Juicers

We have taken the top three juicers from each category (masticating, centrifugal, triturating, and hydraulic press) and listed the rating, price, and features.

MASTICATING Juicers (Top-Three Best Rated)

Good

Omega Nutrition Center (J8004)

Omega J8004 Nutrition Center Quiet Dual-Stage Slow Speed Masticating Juicer Creates Continuous Fresh Healthy Fruit and Vegetable Juice at 80 Revolutions per Minute High Juice Yield, 150-Watt, White

Features

  • Heavy duty

  • Compact
  • Knife Assembly-Centered
  • 700 Watts
  • 14,000 RPM
  • Safety Locking Arm
  • Extra Large Tube
  • Dishwasher Safe
  • Dimensions 9 ½” x 8 ¾” x 16”
  • 1-year warranty
Better

Breville Compact Juice Fountain (BJE200XL)

Breville BJE200XL Compact Juice Fountain 700-Watt Juice Extractor

Features

  • Low-speed
  • High juice yield
  • Automatic pulp ejection
  • 150 watts
  • 15,000 RPM
  • Quiet
  • Dual-stage juicing
  • Dimensions 14 ½” x 6 ½” x 15 ½”
  • 15-year warranty

CENTRIFUGAL Juicers (Top-Three Best Rated)

Good
Hamilton Beach (67601A) Juicer, Electric, 800 Watt, Easy To Clean, BPA Free

Features

  • Stainless steel cutting disc
  • Dishwasher safe
  • 800 watts
  • Extra large pulp bin
  • Extra large chute
  • Dimensions 14 ½” x 6 ½” x 15 ½”
  • 1-year warranty
Better
Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus 850-Watt Juice Extractor

Features

  • Built-in froth separator

  • Safety locking arm

  • Dual-speed
  • Separate pulp bin
  • Stainless steel cutting disc
  • 800 watts
  • Dimensions 9” x 16” x 17”
  • 1-year warranty
TWIN-GEAR (TRITURATING) Juicers (Top-Three Best Rated)
Good

Tribest Green Star Deluxe (GS3000)

Omega J8004 Nutrition Center Quiet Dual-Stage Slow Speed Masticating Juicer Creates Continuous Fresh Healthy Fruit and Vegetable Juice at 80 Revolutions per Minute High Juice Yield, 150-Watt, White

Features

  • Automatic pulp ejection

  • 190 watts
  • Built-in cord storage
  • Dimensions 6.5” x 19” x 12.5 “
  • 5-year warranty
Better

Green Power (KPW304)

Breville BJE200XL Compact Juice Fountain 700-Watt Juice Extractor

Features

  • Stainless steel gears
  • Dimensions 16" x 8" x 12"
  • 5-yr warranty

Let’s Get Juicing!

There are varying viewpoints on juicing resulting in some agreeing to disagree on the benefits of juicing.

Juicing is a lifestyle based on a personal choice to acquire a means of nutrients and vitamins through extracted juices of veggies and fruits.

Go Grocery Shopping

This is the fun part of juicing because you get to plan out what you want to juice.

raspberry and blueberry juices

If you want to start out easy and work your way up to following recipes, that’s fine. But if you want to sink your teeth in the “meat” of juicing, go for it.

You can explore various juicing recipes online and make your list based on the ingredients each recipe calls for.

When buying produce, organic is recommended, but not required. After your trip to the grocery store, we will see you back here for the next step to juicing!

Prepping your Produce

All produce will need to be thoroughly washed before juicing. You can prep ahead and store the clean produce in bags or containers.

washing fruits in sink

Placing unwashed produce into your juicer will contaminate the juicer with bacteria, so it’s vital your wash before juicing.

Once you have your juicer in place and ready to go, it’s time to have some fun!

It’s Juice Time Baby!

Each time you juice, there are steps that will eventually become effortless for you.

  • 1
    For juicers that have a pulp bin, you can cut down cleanup time by placing either a coffee filter or plastic bag in it to line it. When you are done juicing, just grab the liner and throw into the trash can.
  • 2
    Don’t force produce into the juicer and if it’s too large to fit into the chute, cut it down before feeding into the juicer. This will save on wear and tear on your juicer.
  • 3
    When feeding produce into your juicer, remember: High speed - hard fruits and veggies (apples, carrots, beets, etc.) Low speed - soft fruits and veggies (cabbage, berries, leafy greens, etc.)
  • 4
    If your pulp is damp or wet, feed it through the juicer to extract the remaining juices from it. If the pulp is dry, do not do this.
  • 5
    Your juice will need to be refrigerated and consumed within 72 hours.
  • 6
    Clean your juicer thoroughly with warm soapy water. Some juicers are dishwasher safe. Be sure your juicer is safe to place into the dishwasher before doing so.

Tips and Tidbits: Health and Juicing

  • When using fruit to juice, keep in mind that it will raise blood sugars. Because juicing requires 2-3 times more fruit to produce enough liquid to drink, you are drinking that much more in carbs. Fruit juicing is not ideal for diabetics because of this. To balance out the carbs when juicing, use the 80/20 ratio (80% greens and 20% fruits.)
  • Utilize “Target Juicing” to juice for specific medical conditions that you have. Juicing will jumpstart your body to rid itself of toxins while producing healthier tissues.
  • When you start juicing, you may develop headaches and overall malaise (aching, tiredness) because of the lack of junk you are used to consuming. These symptoms are very common for new juicers as the body begins the cleansing process.
  • The liver and kidneys kick in to remove toxins present in the blood. Experiencing these symptoms for the first few weeks of juicing is completely normal and will pass. During this time, keep your focus on a healthier you!
  • The best time to drink juice is when your stomach is empty 30 minutes before a meal. When drinking juices daily, your regimen should look like: Mornings: ½ green and ½ fruit juice (include some citrus) Afternoons: ¾ green and ¼ fruit juice (include some citrus) Evenings: Full green juice
  • Green veggies are less palatable, so if you add some carrot or apples, it will offset the taste to be a bit more pleasant.

The Predicament with Pulp

The leftover fiber from juicing is called pulp. Fiber is either soluble or insoluble. Our bodies require both forms of fiber. Fiber is essential to a healthy digestive system and helps to prevent constipation.

eating healthy fruit

Blending (using a blender, not a juicer) fruits and veggies creates smoothies, whereas juicing produces liquid minus the pulp. The debate over whether it’s best to blend as opposed to juicing continues because of the fiber or lack of fiber in the resulting drink.

Blended drinks do contain pulp, and when consumed, the body does not digest the pulp but expels it through stool. The healing effects of consuming blended drinks is slow compared to juicing.

Juicing is a straightforward means of drinking the nutrients and vitamins which are quickly absorbed.

Moving On to More…

Juicing is a super vehicle to have your veggies and fruits all in one power-packed drink!

healthy vegetable juice

Join us as we continue on with our series on “Juicing” as we unpack and break down everything there is to know about it.

Check out the following articles.

Beginners Guide to Juicing.

What juicers are you considering or which have you used in the past?

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