What You Need To Know Before Buying a Masticating Juicer:
The biggest disadvantage of a centrifugal juicer is their inability to retain enzymes because of the heat produced by the centrifugal process. Masticating juicers on the other hand rotate at around 80 RPM and they slowly churn and chew through the fruits or veggies to deliver clean, pulp free juice that is cool to drink immediately afterwards. This makes masticating juicers a fabulous choice for health conscious folks.
Keep These Things in Mind:
Single Auger Vs Double Auger
Single gear or single auger is the least expensive type of masticating juicer but it doesn’t really hold up for long. Expect no more than two years service period. You can still juice everything from wheat grass, pineapples to leafy veggies but don’t overdo it. The gears won’t really hold up under heavy duress. On the other hand a double auger juicer will churn through anything with ease thanks to two simultaneously revolving gears that grind against each other. Because of the use of two gears, slower speeds and more power, you can expect these juicers to last really long and handle heavy loads.
Speed And Power
Thankfully, speed is not something you need to be bothered about in a masticating juicer. Be it single or double gear, expect no more than 100 RPM. Actually, the slower the speed better it is. Hence, get something with a dual speed mode. Low speed is great for leafy veggies while the high speed setting is good for fruits and juicy veggies. Quite naturally, power is never going to be a problem since all of the motor output goes into developing torque instead of speed.
Unlike a centrifugal juicer with parts that come off easily, a masticating juicer usually has interlocked parts that take time dismantling and assembling. Ideally you want a juicer that can come off easily to clean the insides. If not then at least get a juicer with reverse motion. This lets you unclog the gears and clean it out without having to dismantle the pieces.
Form And Size
Not all masticating juicers are easy to operate. Yes, they produce a lot of juice and take plenty of time but operating a masticating juicer isn’t simple. You have to slowly push the ingredients into the feed chute, wait for the process to finish and the juice to start slowly trickling out. What if it starts choking on the ingredients because something got inside the gear? Basically, having a small or compact masticating juicer will make it easy for you to handle it. You can dismantle it quickly, move it around, store it away inside a kitchen cabinet and do many more things.