There are so many varieties of juicers. Cold press, upright vertical, slow, fast – ugh! How to the right pick one at the right price? Don’t worry it’s actually rather simple. So let’s start with the types of juicers available:
This is the most common juicer, maybe 90% of what’s out there. This is the type of juicer you want to buy if you have a limited budget, not looking to make green juices and/or want to use your juices for cooking.
How does it work?
These machines use a fast-spinning metal blade that grates and spins food against a mesh filter (like a strainer screen), separating juice from flesh via centrifugal force. Juice will filter out into a container while the pulp remains inside the screen or ejects in a separate canister depending on the model. The problem with centrifugal juicers is that they operate at a high RPM (rotations per minute) level generating heat, which destroys some of the enzymes in the fruits and vegetables. Heat also oxidizes the juice, rendering it less nutritious and shortening its shelf-life.
Types to consider: You can get one with an ejection bin or without. The problem with the latter is that if you are juicing a large quantity, you may have to stop, empty the bin because it gets stuck. So get the one with a visible canister for the pulp.
- Omega Mega Mouth 330 Juicer
- Breville Juice Fountain Plus
- Jack Lalanne’s Power Juicer
Masticating (Single Gear, Single Auger)
You’ll want to buy this if you don’t mind spending a few more bucks, care about how much vitamins, minerals and nutrients are going into your body and intend to juice more vegetables including leafy greens.
How does it work?
This machine uses a single gear or auger that literally chews fruit and vegetable fibers and breaks up the plant cells, resulting in more fiber, enzymes, vitamins and trace minerals. It does so without heating up your produce, at a slow speed thus preserving much of the nutritional content.
Types to consider (in my order of preference):
- Omega 8006 Nutrition Center Juicer
- Samson Advanced Juicer
*Upright masticating juicers: these new style juicers claim to have all the benefits of the regular juicers in a great space saving design. Basically vertical instead of horizontal. Don’t fall for it. I’m not a fan; somehow the pulp gets accidentally mixed in with the juice when it’s full or because it’s slow. This should never happen and unfortunately has been our experience with the Hurom Slow Juicer. I have not tested the others but the design appears to be the same; Breville Slow juicer, Omega, Kuvings…Plus these “revolutionary” juicers are also more expensive. If you insist on risking it, make sure this juicer is returnable. Juicers collecting dust make me sad.
Masticating (Twin Gear, Triturating, Cold Press)
These are loved by raw food enthusiasts for their high nutrient content. It is also wonderful for those in poor health looking for a serious boost in vitamins and nutrients. These juicers are often the ones recommended in Gerson Therapy – the alternative cancer therapy. This is where juicing will make a big difference over blending. The pulp from these machines, once they are done with them is…well…completely useless…bone dry pulp. Animals won’t want it.
How does it work?
There are a few of varieties here that work in different ways: 1) The typical twin gear machines operate by pressing your produce between two interlocking rolling gears. There is a lot of pressure squeezing here which is supposed to break through cell walls releasing enzyme, nutrients and the like with your juice. 2) Norwalk juices in 2 steps, first with a Triturating augers to grind the food and then a hydraulic press to squeeze the juice out of the resulting pulp from step one. 3) the Green Star Elite operates in 3 stages, first is crush, second is a mixing/rubbing stage and last is to squeeze or press out all the juice.
Honestly they are all pretty good in their methods, but a huge price difference as the Norwalk is by far the most expensive. The quality is the mostly because of the very heavy cold press at the end. Nothing gets through that sucker. The twin gear will require more manual effort as well, but maybe less of a mess!
Types to consider:
- Greenstar Elite
- Super Angel Juicer
Small businesses may love to have models such as the Norwalk, if they are not yet moving up to larger models such as the press right 25.
Summary of Juicer Types
||Masticating- Single Gear
||Masticating – Twin Gear, Triturating + Cold-Press
||Must drink Immediately
||Drink within a few hours – up to 24
||You have 48 hours
||Low to Medium
|Ability to Process Leafy Green
||Loud. Think Blender or Vacuum Cleaner
|Ability To Process Nuts & Other
||Makes nut butter, Pasta, Baby Food, sorbets…
||It will turn you into Martha Stewart
|| Even Slower
||Avoid 1 fancy dinner & you’ve got yourself a juicer
||Usually upward of 200$
||Between 400$ and 3000$
If you decide to buy a juice cleanse from your local store, ask them what type of juicer they use. They should all be using the third variety or your juices should not last more than a few hours. Find a great place that has the right equipment and juices organic produce. Also, certain brands use HPP, high pressure processing, which does not alter the taste of your juices or cook them. Rather they use pressure to inactivate microorganisms & greatly extend the shelf. While, they claim to keep nutrients, you should know it does affect enzymes and protein within the juice.
Other factors to consider:
Number of Parts: Let’s face it. You’re going to have to wash this thing. The easier it will be the more often you will juice. Check out the parts. I give mine a quick rinse and throw them in the dishwasher. Hallelujah.
Size of the feeding chute: Will it fit your veggies? Or will you have to cut them up before your machine cuts them up. It’s kind of nice when you don’t have to worry about the prep.
Warranty: Things break. Make sure you can replace them.
Motor power: You may want a slow juicer (low RPM – rotations per minute) that doesn’t heat up your veggies, but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t have high horsepower. Get something powerful that will last. Perhaps 1/3 to 1/2 HP or more. The Super Angel has 3 HP. Now that’s a machine!
Multi-purpose functions: Many higher end juicers have the ability to create nut butters, pasta, nut milk, baby food..etc. If these are a priority for you, look into it before buying.
Wheatgrass: A good quality masticating juicer should handle wheatgrass. If you plan to juice it a lot, make sure the manufacture claims it does so that it is covered by warranty.
Counter-space: Oh whatever, you know they are all going to take up room! Although the Norwalk is a beast; huge in dimensions and weighing in at 66 lbs. Just sayin’
Happy Juicing and bottoms up!