JUICER BUYING GUIDE - FOR NEW JUICERS - OR - JUICING FOR LIFE JUICERS
After you read through the information about the different types of juicers there are, just click on the page title of the one you would like to see that are listed on the left of the page and that will take you right where you want to go.
A citrus juicer, or a centrifugal juicer, or a masticating juicer, or maybe the top of the line, a triturating juicer? That is why we put this page here!
If you want your family to have the best and easiest way to get good nutrition and vitamins into your body, juicing is for you! Nature has put so many good things in fresh fruits and vegetables and mankind does so many bad things to reduce or eliminate them it is a shame.
As an example, we boil, blanch, fry, or cook the 'heck' out of the vegetables and then pat ourselves on the back for serving "good, nutritious" food to our family. But, if we would add juicing to our eating habits, we would reverse the wrong practice of just cooking out the good nutrients and start making sure the family is getting them instead!
Juicing is not meant to replace eating good, well balanced meals. But there is no better or easier way to get the best vitamins and over-all nutrients nature has to offer than to supplement our meal planning and include juicing as a regular part of your diet! To do that, you will need a juicer! And that is why we are here! We really hope you get into juicing for life!
READ THIS PAGE TO SEE WHAT KIND OF JUICER IS RIGHT FOR YOUR NEEDS!
The first type of juicer I would like to mention here is a Centrifugal Juicer.
It is also known as a fast juicer. It spins very fast and produces juice very fast. It is easier on the wallet than some other types and it cleans easier than some other types. However, it is noisy - and it does well with fruits and most vegetables, but is not real good for leafy greens and grains.
They have a large feeding tube that makes cutting your fruits into small pieces unnecessary. But, the speed and heat of the process will cause the nutrients in your juice to last a shorter period of time than the juice that is produced by the slower types of juicers. Overall, this is a good type of juicer for the newer juicer, as they are easy to operate and clean. Also, sorting out the good 'stuff' is done for you as the shredded pulp and the good juice are separated into two containers.
Here is what Good Housekeeping says about what a centrifugal juicer is - (from GH web-page of juicer reviews- 2019)
"Centrifugal juicers juice much faster than slow juicers. Whole ingredients are typically dropped into the wider feed tube and pulverized at a very high speed. For example, in our leafy greens test, 100 grams of kale juiced in as quickly as 7 seconds, while it took upwards of 1 minute in the slow juicers. The juice from centrifugal juicers tends to come out a little foamy but most come with lidded pitchers and built-in strainers so you’ll never taste the difference."
Next, is the Masticating Juicer.
This is also one of the slow juicers. They are equipped with an auger that crushes the produce through a mesh screen made of stainless steel and do it slowly! They have no blades in their construction and they produce quite a lot of juice. They are good at getting juices even from vegetables like spinach and other green produce like kale.
Their juice stays fresh for a much longer time since there is far less oxidation than centrifugal juicers. They also can make sorbets and nut butters. But, they have smaller feeding tubes and require more detailed preparation and they are more costly due to their superior construction.
Here is what Good Housekeeping says about Masticating or Triturating or Slow Juicers - (from GH web-page of juicer reviews- 2019)
"Slow juicers typically have a narrow vertical chute that lead ingredients into a chamber where they are pressed by a rotating auger. The fresh juice is squeezed out through a strainer and into a pitcher, while the pulp is dispensed from another spout. The process is a little slow — it’s called a slow juicer for a reason! — but this considered a good thing: The slow, gentle process is believed to preserve nutrients better than high speed juicers that generate heat.
Some slow juicers we tested come with different size strainers, which allow you to make thicker juices with a smoothie consistency. They even have additional accessories that allow for pureeing (think: fresh tomato sauce and jam) and “ice cream” using frozen ingredients.
What we don’t love about slow juicers is they often require a little more prep work due to their small feed tubes (which means you'll have to dice up fruits and veggies into smaller chunks) and cleanup is arduous due to many small parts and crevices. Some brands have found a work-around and recently introduced new, wide-mouth slow juicers, which allows fruits like large apples to simply be quartered instead of chunked into 1-inch pieces." (official brand names edited out) ---
Probably the ultimate in slow juicers is the Triturating Juicers - or Twin-Gear Juicers.
They are similar to the Masticating Juicers, except instead of one auger, they have two and excel at getting the most of the nutrients of any type of cold press juicer. They will get you the most juice from the produce you select to use in your juicer and it will stay fresh longer.
Also, they are very quiet in their operation. There are only two negatives for triturating juicers - one: they are costly - two: they take longer to clean.
The final type of Juicer I would like to mention here is the "Citrus Juicer".
They are designed for the one purpose of making fruit juice from citrus fruits. They provide an easy to use and clean and inexpensive juicer for those folks that only want to provide fresh citrus juice drinks to the family. It is the very best way to get very fresh and nutritious fruit juice and the mornings always seem brighter after a nice glass of orange juice. Definitely to be considered if your juicing plans are going to be limited to just this type of drinks.
Here is what Good Housekeeping says about Citrus Juicers - (from GH web-page of juicer reviews- 2019)
Citrus juicers are the easiest to use and most streamlined, but they can only be used for citrus. They can easily be stored or remain on your counter because they take up minimal space. Citrus juicers also great for getting the most out of your lemons (and other citrus) with minimal effort, and unlike with a slow juicer or centrifugal juicer, you don’t have to worry about peeling, segmenting or removing the seeds first.
If you’re juicing a lot consecutively, remember to empty the strainer periodically. The strainers are prone to build up, which could translate into a slower and messier juicing process for you.