I don’t find a juicer to be the only thing that can save me a few pounds. At first, my reason for buying a juicer was just so that I could cut down on weight but with time I realized there is more to juicing than just weight loss. Nevertheless, what I also gathered is that a dependable juicer is essential to help me enjoy every kind of nutritious juice that nature has to offer. Naturally, a citric press isn’t the right choice because of the limited number of items you can process.
A masticating juicer uses gears or augers to chew down food and break up cells releasing enzymes, fiber, vitamins etc. These juicers are highly efficient and they can process a lot of food because the pulp always comes out drier. Moreover, a masticating juicer with a single gear can churn through anything you put in it. It works great with grass, leaves and juicy vegetables too.
One more benefit of a masticating juicer is the low RPM speeds. Because of the extremely low juicing speed, this kind of juicer maintains the nutritional value of the juice. In fact, you can store juice for longer as it produces less heat and foam. Masticating juicers are versatile too. They can be used to homogenize foods such as nut butter, pates, sauces, baby food, fruit sorbet, ice creams and more.
You have a choice between single gear and twin gear masticating juicers. While single auger designs are compact, upright and space saving, they aren’t the most efficient or economical machines around. On the other hand, a twin gear juicer also called as triturating juicer is expensive but it has dual gears rotating at even slower RPM thus extracting more juice and preserving even more nutritional value of the juice. Basically, the juice produced by twin gear augers has a longer shelf life. This juicer squeezes the last drop out of anything you put inside. You can read our in depth reviews on masticating juicers here.
Juicing in a hurry, preparing fresh juice for the breakfast table are the benefits of a centrifugal juicer. In fact, this is the popular kind of juicer seen in the market because they are inexpensive, effective and moderately efficient. Majority of centrifugal juicers come with one year warranty and are suitable for fruits and vegetables.
Centrifugal juicers are great at saving time and energy. They can process a large amount of juice from just about anything. Wheatgrass, lettuce, parsley, spinach, greens are easy to process but you won’t get the same amount of yield as with a masticating juicer. These juicers use centrifugal force by first grating the fruit or veggie into a soggy pulp and then forcing it against a strainer screen at high RPM to squeeze the juice out.
A few juicers come with large enough feed chutes that let you add in whole foods directly without the need to process or cut them up into tiny pieces. However, majority of centrifugal juicers use an oval feed chute that need some amount of preparation. You can read our in depth reviews on centrifugal juicers here.