Juicer Buyer’s Guide

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.

We have classified Juicers mainly into the following two categories:

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Here is a brief layout of the two types of juicer and who will benefit the most from them.

Masticating Juicers:

super-angel5500A 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.

Centrifugal Juicers:

Breville BJE820XL Juice Fountain Duo Dual Disc JuicerJuicing 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.

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Things To Consider When Buying a Juicer:

  • Always Juice Veggies And Fruits Together – Do you think that juicing involves only fruits? Here is a news flash for you – highly concentrated fruit juice contains a lot of fructose that can raise heart disease risks. Fructose gets converted into triglycerides and helps insulin production, both of which are bad for the heart. Hence, if you are planning on a juicer for fruits only then don’t buy one. Try and mix together veggies with fruits.
  • A Juicer Doesn’t Get You Daily Veggie Dose – Drinking juiced veggies isn’t the same as eating them. You still need to eat vegetables and get your daily dose of fibers with the enzymes that otherwise get destroyed during juicing.
  • You Will Have To Shop A Lot – A juicer isn’t going to be economical. You need a lot of fruits and veggies to produce a little juice. Moreover, you will still have to buy your regular supply of veggies and fruits. Basically, you have to shop a lot if you expect to use the juicer regularly.
  • Juicing Is Cash Specific – The more you juice the more you are going to spend. Living healthy isn’t cheap and neither is juicing. Unless you invest big into a masticating juicer, you are going to spend a lot of cash just procuring the ingredients.
  • Juicing Is A Time Commitment – Not only is there a lot of shopping but a lot of juicing and cleaning to take care of. Just making two glasses of juice takes 10 to 15 minutes with preparation time. Then there is the extra shopping involved plus the cleanup afterwards.

These are some of the things to consider before you decide on a juicer of your choice. Be it a masticating juicer or a centrifugal juicer, you have to prepare for the associated cost of juicing. Best way to tackle this is to prepare a budget and stay within it. Also try and juice at once and store for a couple of days to avoid losing an hour every day.

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