There are many different juice machines on the market and when it becomes time to decide which one to go for, the whole thing can be quite difficult and overwhelming. I have tried out a variety of juicers over the past years and have made this simple guide to help make your decision easier. So let’s get started.
Juicers come in various price ranges, shapes and sizes and work very differently. There are two main types of Juicers: Centrifugal Juicers & Cold-press Juicers (also known as masticating and triturating Juicers).
Centrifugal juicers are generally the most affordable and the ones you’ll most commonly come across. They operate at very high speed and quickly juices fruits and vegetables making them a handy kitchen tool. They can also do leafy greens, but don’t extract as much juice as the Cold-press juice machines.
Some of the advantages of centrifugal juicers are the ease of which juicing can be done. Many of them have a wide mouth which combined with speed makes juicing incredibly fast and easy. However by doing so they don’t extract as much juice as the slow speed juicers, and leave the pulp relatively wet. By processing everything fast, a fair bit of oxygen goes into the juice leaving a larger amount of foam, which means that juice created in a centrifugal juicer needs to be consumed almost immediately after juicing, as it can’t easily be stored without loss of nutritional value. The way centrifugal juicers work is that they first grate the fruit or vegetable into pulp and then pushes the pulp against a strainer at very high RPM.
Easy to use
Less chopping of fruits and vegetables as most accept large chunks
Noisy due to fast processing speed
Leaves pulp relatively wet meaning less juice yield
Extracts very little juice from greens and herbs
More oxidation and reduced juice quality
Cold-press Juicers also known as Masticating (single gear/auger) andTriturating (twin gear) juicers are generally more efficient than centrifugal juicers as they operate at slower speeds via a masticating (chewing) method, which means that they can extract a greater amount of juice from foods. The slow operating speed means less oxidation and heating of the internal components, which makes the juice a higher quality with the enzymes left intact.
The majority of cold-press juicers use a single auger (gear) to grind and chew produce. They are versatile machines that not only handle fruits and vegetables well but are also capable of extracting juice from grasses and herbs. Some of them also have a food processing function making it possible to do baby foods, sauces, fruits sorbets and pasta. With a masticating juicer you will be able to easily extract juice from greens, herbs and grasses which is a big plus and the operation is almost silent and the pulp dry.
Triturating (twin gear) juice machines are the most efficient juicers available, but also the most expensive, the kind for the real serious juicer. They work similarly to masticating juicers but operate on a twin gear system. Their operating speed is even slower resulting in even less foam and a higher quality of juice. As well as the masticating juicers they are a versatile tool, capable of extracting large amounts of juice from fruits, vegetables, herbs and grasses and can also be used to make sauces, pasta, sorbets and baby foods. They come with different parts for when juicing fruits and when juicing vegetables and the pulp is left extremely dry.
Higher juice yield meaning lower running costs
Capable of extracting juice from leafy greens, grasses and herbs
Lower speed meaning more nutrients and enzymes are left intact
Less oxidation and foam
Ability to store juice
Some models offer food processing options
Slightly more pulp in juice
Some models may take longer to clean due to many attachments
Narrow chutes meaning longer food preparation
High-end initial purchase
Citrus Juicers are very common and come in manual and electric versions. They are the least expensive and are ideal for citrus fruits such as lemon, oranges, lime and grapefruit. Simply hand squeeze or let the citrus juicer do the job.
Wheat grass juicers are designed to extract juice for wheat grass and other grasses as well as leafy greens, and come in manual and electric versions too. They work great with soft fruits as well, but are not made to extract juice from fruits and vegetable, so if you are looking for those options the cold-press juicers are the way to go.
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