Hey guys! Sorry I didn’t post yesterday. So, it seems like the million dollar question these days is “What kind of juicer do I get”. There is no right answer to this. Everyone has a different budget and/or lifestyle so all I can do is give you some tips and info about the differences!
Here is what to look for in a juicer:
The 8 most important features to look for in a juicer are:
- Easy to Use
Pick a juicer that is known for being easy to use and easy to clean. Truth is, no juicers are easy to clean, but some are definitely easier to clean than others. If the parts can go in a dishwasher, that’s a plus. If your juicer is easy to put back together after washing, that’s another plus.
You get what you pay for when it comes to juicers. Less expensive juicers tend to yield less juice which will actually cost you more in the long run since you’ll have to buy more produce to get enough juice into your glass. On the other hand, you don’t need to go out and spend an arm and a leg for a top-of-the-line juicer. For most of us, something in the middle around $100 to $150 is just about right.
- High Juice Yield, Dry Pulp
Efficiency is key. An efficient juicer produces drier pulp which means that most of the juice (and all its nutrients and enzymes) have been squeezed out for you to drink. If your pulp is wet and heavy then the juicer is not doing its job well. You can always re-juice your pulp by running it through the juicer again, but a good quality juicer will save you this added step.
- Pulp Ejection
Some juicers collect the pulp in an internal basket while others eject the pulp outside of the machine into a bowl or a pulp collector that is specifically sized for the juicer. We recommend purchasing a juicer that ejects the pulp externally– this allows you to make larger quantities of juice without having to take extra time to stop your juicer, open it up, and empty the basket.
- Multiple Speeds
Having multiple speeds allows you to extract the most juice out of your produce. Slow speeds are good for juicing soft fruits, like grapes, and the high speed is better for firmer vegetables, like carrots and cucumbers.
- Size of the Feeder Tube
Cut your juicing time down by selecting a juicer with a wide feeder tube so most whole fruits and vegetables easily fit.
- Storage and Cord Length
Look for a model with a long cord to give you greater flexibility in where it can be placed on your counters when juicing. If you plan to store your juicer in your cabinets, make sure you select one that fits as they tend to take up room. A compact model is good for cabinet storage.
- Juice Container
Look for a model that has a juice container specifically sized for the juicer and with a cover that fits over the spout. Juicing can be messy but this will help eliminate the splashes. ((Copied from Rebootwithjoe.com))
Here is a Centrifugal Juicer:
How they work
A spinning basket shreds the fruits and vegetables using a sharp disc, pushing the juice through a fine strainer by centrifugal force
- Anyone new to juicing
- Making juices quickly
- Budget shoppers
- Easy to use
- Juices quickly
- Depending on brand/model, juice may get foamy and thus oxidize more rapidly
- Some leafy greens can be a little harder to juice
- Cannot juice wheatgrass, sprouts, or nuts
Price Range: $45-$300+
Best Selling Centrifugal Juicer Examples
Here is a Masticating Jucier: (This is what I have)
(Also known as Slow Juicers, Cold Press, Single Gear, or Single Auger)
How they work
Masticating juicers “chew,” or masticate, your produce by grinding (like teeth) and then squeezing the juice out
- People with a moderate-high budget for a juicer
- Rebooters who juice frequently
- High juice yield and less pulp
- Generates less foam so juices oxidize slower
- Can juice most fruits and vegetables including wheatgrass, cranberries and even nuts
- Versatile; depending on model and brand, some can be used to make baby foods, pates, sauces, nut butters, banana ice creams and fruit sorbets
- Usually have many more parts to clean than a Centrifugal Juicer
- Longer prep time – shoots tend to be smaller requiring cutting fruit and vegetables into smaller pieces.
- More costly than Centrifugal Juicers
Price Range: About $200 – $400
Masticating Juicer Examples
- Breville Crush
The other one is a Twin Gear but they are VERY expensive.
I hope this helped everyone understand the differences!
Alright! Let’s start this beautiful day off with a glass of Meatless Monday Good Morning Juice! I modify mine but follow that link for the original recipe!
1 VERY large sweet potato
5 Large carrots
2 Large oranges
And that’s it! This is by far my favorite juice! Replace that pasteurized orange juice with REAL nutrition 🙂 Happy Juicing!