What is The Best Juicer?
Juicing is a fun and delicious way to get your recommended daily amount of fruits and vegetables by creating tasty juice that is chock full of vitamins and essential nutrients. They are particularly helpful if you, or those in your family, have a hard time stomaching vegetables. Learn more about the different types of juicers and their various applications in our helpful guide.
Types of Juicers
Centrifugal juicers are typically the least-expensive juicers on the market, making them a favorite for those who only juice occasionally or who are unsure of whether or not juicing is for them. They get their name from the method they use to extract the juice—first, a blade chops the fruit/vegetable, and then the contents are spun at high speeds to extract the juice from the chopped up pieces of food.
◦Easy to use
◦Easy to clean
◦Produces juice quickly
◦Portable, as centrifugal juicers are usually fairly compact and light.
◦Great for hard fruits and vegetables
◦Requires less prep time, as you do not need to chop up fruits and vegetables into small pieces before juicing them. Some centrifugal juicers can handle entire pieces of fruit.
◦Not as effective at extracting juice; leaves a lot of juice behind in the pulp.
◦Heat and friction produced by the motor can cause the juice to oxidize and lose nutrients
Masticating, or slow, juicers are more expensive than their centrifugal counterparts but they also extract a lot more juice from the same amount of fruits and veggies. They use a single auger that “chews” produces, pressing and squeezing its contents, breaking down cell walls, and, ultimately, wringing the juice from them.
◦Extremely efficient—pulp is drier and more juice is extracted
◦Run at a lower speed, thus producing little to no heat, which prevents oxidation
◦Versatile; while the centrifugal juicer is really only suited for hard produce, masticating juicers handle all types with ease
◦Many masticating juicers are multi-functional and allow users to create other delicious items, such as nut butters and sorbets
◦Juice-making takes longer. Masticating juicers operate at 80 RPM at most, a practically glacial speed compared to the 10,000 RPM capabilities of many centrifugal juicers.
◦Requires more prep work, as users must chop up their produce into smaller pieces before feeding them into the juicer.
◦If you want to travel with your juicer, a masticator is not for you as they are typically quite large and heavy.
◦More expensive than centrifugal juicers, but are a good compromise between the centrifugal and more expensive types.
Twin Gear (Triturating)
Twin gear juicers are for those who are ready to take their juicing to a new level and who are willing to pay for that privilege. Twin gear juicers are similar to masticating juicers, but instead of one gear or auger, the twin gear, as the name suggests, uses two. The two gears interlock and crush and grind everything that passes through them.
◦Most efficient type of juicer. The twin gear juicer extracts the most juice and outputs the driest pulp, allowing users to get the most out of the expensive produce that they must buy.
◦Twin gear juicers work well with almost any fruits and vegetables, including hard-to-juice items such as watermelon rinds and guava seeds.
◦Many triturating juicers are multi-functional and able to make items like pasta and bread sticks.
◦No heat, no oxidation. Like masticating juicers, the twin gear operates at a low speed that does not heat up the contents, resulting in little to no oxidation
◦Triturating juicer prices can start at around £200 or £300 and climb into the thousands
◦Like the masticating juicer, the twin gear is heavy and bulky and therefore not ideal for road trips.
◦The juicing process takes a while, as with the masticating juicer.
◦Food must be chopped and prepared before entry
If money is not an issue and you are ready to make a serious commitment to juicing and/or the raw food lifestyle, a hydraulic press juicer may be worth a look. This type is not very well-known, but those who have them swear by them. A hydraulic press juicer works in two stages. First, the juicer triturates the produce, chopping, shredding, and grinding it into juice and pulp. The pulp is then subjected to the hydraulic press, which consists of two steel plates that clamp down on the pulp, exerting a tremendous amount of pressure to squeeze even more juice out of the produce. The end result is extremely dry pulp and a lot of nutrient-rich juice.
◦Most efficient type of juicer. Because the hydraulic press juicer squeezes the triturated pulp, it is able to extract far more juice and nutrients than any other type.
◦Nutrient retention. The hydraulic press juicer does not expose its contents to heat or air, which prevents oxidation and promotes nutrient retention. This also means that juice made with a hydraulic press juicer lasts a little longer than juice made with other types.
◦Easy to clean
◦The price of a good hydraulic juicer usually starts in the thousands. One of the most popular models, the Norwalk, costs £1,600.
◦Limited selection. There are not that many different types of hydraulic press juicers on the market.
◦Hydraulic press juicers are the heaviest and largest type of at-home juicer.
◦Takes longer. Because it is a two-stage process that uses a slow method of juicing, making juice with a hydraulic press juicer is more time-consuming than making juice with another type of juicer.
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While all juicers perform the same basic functions (juicing) many come with special features that can make the juicing experience much simpler and more convenient.
This mostly applies to centrifugal juicers, which rely on their high speeds to wring the juice from produce. They can run anywhere between 3000 RPM to over 12000 RPM. Multi-speed options allow the user to fine-tune their juicer in such a way that best suits the type and firmness of the produce that they are juicing, making them a great choice for those who want to juice a variety of fruit types.
Feeding tube size
The larger the feeding tube, the less chopping and prep work you must do before feeding your produce into the blender. Some centrifugal juicers have feeding tubes wide enough to accommodate entire pieces or halves of fruit. However, some models may specify that fruit be under a certain size, so make sure you read the instructions before testing out your juicer’s capabilities.
As its name suggests, a pusher is a tool used to push pieces of produce down into the juicer. This is a feature that you really want in a juicer because you do not want to stick your fingers or utensils down the chute.
Not a necessity, but for those of us who hate washing dishes, dishwasher-safe parts are a huge bonus and a time-saver, as it removes the need to hand-wash in the sink.
For juicers that do not have dishwasher-safe parts, an included cleaning brush can be a godsend. Juicers can have small, tight spaces that need to be cleaned but that are incredibly hard to reach. An included cleaning brush made for that particular juicer can make the entire process much easier
Best Juicers for Beginners
If you are new to the world of juicing, the best juicer for you is either a centrifugal juicer or a single-gear masticating juicer.
Centrifugal juicers are the cheapest type, requiring very little financial investment for the newbie unsure of whether or not they will like juicing. They do not handle greens very well and are mainly suited for hard fruits and vegetables, and they cannot be used for anything other than juicing. However, they still produce delicious, quality juice and will give the user a chance to see if they like juicing enough to upgrade to a better, more effective, and pricier juicer model. You can expect to pay anywhere between £50 and £250 for a centrifugal juicer, maybe as much as £300. However, if you are interested in a centrifugal juicer that costs more than that, we suggest that you take a look at masticating juicers.
Masticating juicers are not for every beginner. They tend to cost more, require more prep work, and are not as fast as their centrifugal counterparts; most experts would probably classify them as a “second-tier” juicer model, what a user upgrades to after testing out a centrifugal. However, if you have tried out a homemade juicer at a friend or relative’s house, or if you find yourself frequenting your local juice shop several times a day, then whether or not you like juicing is not really a question. We recommend masticating juicers for beginners who fit these criteria:
◦Beginners who are almost 100% sure that they will enjoy juicing and use their machine frequently.
◦Beginners who have the extra money to spend on a higher quality juicer
◦Beginners who are largely interested in juicing greens
We particularly advise beginners who want to juice greens to get a masticating juicer because a centrifugal juicer is just not suited for that task. We could go on and on about the technical aspects of it, but for the sake of interest, we’ll put it like this—it is a royal pain to try to juice greens in a centrifugal juicer. You’ll be saving a lot of time and headache by simply skipping straight to masticating model. Just keep in mind that masticating juicers are a little harder to clean and a little more complicated to use than centrifugal, so watch some YouTube videos and read the instructions until you get the hang of it.
Best Juicer for Greens
If you are mainly interested in juicing greens, your two best choices are the single-gear masticating juicer or the twin-gear triturating juicer. Yes, you could make the argument that the hydraulic press is better than both, but the £1,500+ price tag makes us hesitant to recommend it to the general public. (If you have the money and the inclination, go ahead.) Single and twin-gear juicers squeeze and press the delicate leaves of your greens to extract the juice, acting in much the same way as the human mouth. These types of juicers also produce a lot less waste (and a lot more juice), which means you will get the most out of your expensive produce.
Best Juicers for Weight Loss
Many people start juicing in an effort to lose weight, which is great. However, there is no “best” juicer for weight loss. Whether or not juicing helps you lose weight depends on your ingredients. If you use too much fruit and not enough vegetables, you are not likely to see any kind of weight loss. Why? Because fruit is full of sugar. Of course, it is also full of vitamins, but that does not negate the massive amount of sugar you are potentially putting into your body. Juicing for weight loss means creating “green” juices, i.e. juices that use mainly vegetable ingredients with a little fruit thrown in for flavor.
If you want to take advantage of nutrient-rich leafy greens (and you really should, if your goal is to lose weight), then the best juicer for you would be a single or twin-gear juicers, for all of the reasons described above.
Please see blog post on how to juice properly if you want to lose weight.