What You Need To Know Before Buying a Centrifugal Juicer:
Juicing is an excellent way to get your daily dose of nutrition but packaged juice isn’t always the best source to get it from. Fresh juice, squeezed out of greens and fruits though contain the highest concentration of healthy enzymes, vitamins and minerals. A centrifugal juicer is one of the quickest methods to extract juice from just about anything. Yes, this isn’t particularly great with wheatgrass or really leafy veggies but it is versatile enough to juice over 95 percent of all ingredients.
The first thing to understand is how a centrifugal juicer works and hence which components matter the most. A typical centrifugal juicer uses a grater or shredder disc that rotates at over 3000 RPM. This disc contains tiny pores with sharp edges and a strainer basket right underneath it. As the disc rotates at high speeds it shreds anything it comes in contact with. At such high speeds liquid content is pushed to the outsides while the pulpy part is left at the centre, which collects in the strainer basket. The juice flows out from the sides of the strainer basket and comes out from the spout after filtering through a couple more filters.
Now that you have an idea of how a centrifugal juicer works, let’s get down to the things to consider before purchasing one.
Keep These Things in Mind:
Not all centrifugal juicers remove the pulp and store it in a different container. However, all centrifugal juicers deposit the juice in a separate container. An ejection system lets you collect pulp and waste in a separate container making it easy to keep pulp away from juice and cleaning the juicer afterwards. Without an ejection system, you have to clean up the pulp inside before juicing more.
Every brand uses a lot of plastics to keep costs down. Plastics on the outside isn’t a big issue but consider the construction of the shredding disc, the feed chute, the power knob and the base. Obviously the straining basket and shredding disc should not be made from plastic. However, the power knob, feed chute and base can all be made from plastic as long as they feel sturdy and durable.
Speed Vs Power
Centrifugal juicers naturally juice quickly but this isn’t always the best thing. Remember that the faster your juicer juices, the more heat it produces and heat destroys enzymes. Try and get a juicer with a low juicing speed and if this isn’t possible then get something with multiple speeds.
Power determines the speed but more important than speed is its ability to handle heavy load. Some fruits and veggies are hard to juice and having ample power ensures that the juicer isn’t going to break down under the pressure.
At first this may not seem important but it matters when you are in a hurry or are trying to juice a concoction of fruits together. A good sized feed chute helps in cutting down preparation time as well as mixing together different fruits and veggies. However, larger the feed chute, the harder it is to push ingredients down into the shredding discs. Make sure that you get a proper sized tamper along with the juicer. The tamper must fit comfortably into the feed chute but it should never be smaller than the chute width.
3000 RPM, 500 Watt is a lot of power and speed. When something is shred at such high speeds, it is sure to make a lot of noise. Just by hearing the noise produced by a centrifugal juicer you can figure out how well designed it is. High end centrifugal juicers mask a lot of the noise using innovative design. In fact, those with a pulp ejection system tend to produce more sound. If noise is an issue for you then choose juicers without an ejection system.
Centrifugal juicers usually come with a warranty of one year to three years. These juicers tend to have a shorter shelf life and hence anything with more than one year warranty is a great deal. If your juicer model lacks the requisite warranty cover then purchase an extended warranty along with the juicer.
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