Juicer Buying Guide Practically every health & fitness authority recommends you consume at least five servings of both fruits and vegetables per day because they provide good sources of nutrients that are absolutely essential for good health. Yet, most people find it so difficult to satisfy this need by consuming sufficient quantities!
Now, there’s a really simple solution to this problem. It not only can help you get the nutrients in fruits and veggies you need, but it can also make life more enjoyable.
It’s called Juicing, a surefire way to help you get the needed amount of vegetable & fruit servings, and the nutrients they can provide on a daily basis.
Juicing is the process of extracting the juice from fresh fruits and veggies with a small kitchen appliance known as a juicer (a.k.a. juice extractor). Drinking the juice of fruits and vegetables means consuming their water as well as much of their nutrients — vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and live enzymes, etc.
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Since juicing removes the indigestible fibers in fruits and veggies, these nutrients are available to our body in much larger quantities than if the pieces of fruits or veggies are eaten whole. For example, when you eat raw carrots, you are most probably able to assimilate only 1 or 2% of the available beta carotene. Whereas, if these carrots are juiced, with the indigestible fibers removed, nearly 100% of the available beta carotene can be assimilated!
However, selecting the right juicer can be quite confusing if you’re unfamiliar with the world of juice extractors. Should you choose a citrus juices, a centrifugal juicer, or a masticating juicer? Which juicer has the ability to extract juice from wheatgrass, kale, cabbage, and spinach? Which juicer is versatile enough to make fresh frozen desserts, natural baby food, and nut butters in addition to extracting juices? The list goes on…
Which juicer is best for you?
In this buying guide, we strive to simplify the process to assist you in deciding which juicer is best for you. We’ve carefully researched more than 100 different juicer models by quality brand names, and we’ve spent the countless number of hours analyzing hundreds of real user reviews (‘cos we believe user reviews to be the best source for judging product reliability and ease of use) to put together this simple juicer buying guide that will provide you with the essential factors you need to consider when shopping for the right juicer.
Factors to consider when you go shopping for a juicer
1. Juicing Efficiency
Anyone who is about to buy a juicer would like to know about the juicing efficiency which can be determined by answering some simple questions: How fast is it? What is the RPM values if provided? How much time does it take to make a quart or a glass of juice? How many fruits and/or vegetables can be put into it at a time?
2. Feed chute size and food preparation
Some juicers’ feed chute size may go up to 3 inches wide which can let pass through a whole fruit. This is a significant convenience for users since slicing a fruit every time they want to make juice may seem too time consuming for some people.
3. Are the parts dishwasher-safe?
Are all the parts dishwasher safe? If not, are they easy to clean by hand? It will be very convenient if the parts are dishwasher-safe.
If the parts are not dishwasher-safe, is it very easy to wash/clean by hand?
4. Juicing range
Hard fruits and vegetables (like apple, carrots, etc.) require fast and powerful centrifugal juicing which is found in juice extractors. On the other hand, soft fruits and vegetables (melon, orange, etc.) require the slow and strong squeezing of masticating juicers; they may be juiced by extractor juicers as well but they leave too much pulp in the filter or in the basket.
5. Juice Yield:
What’s the amount of juice extracted from a specific amount of vegetables or fruits?
6. Nutrient Value of Processed Juice
Higher speed juicers tend to produce more heat, friction, oxidation that can lower the juice’s nutrient value or the amount of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and enzymes in the juice.
7. Pulp production and pulp condition
What’s the condition of the pulp when the juicing is over? Is it too wet? Or is it juiced to the last drop? The condition of the pulp will be a very good indication of the juicer’s performance. If the juicer you are looking at leaves too wet pulps, you may want to look at another model that offers better juice extraction.
8. Is there an auto pulp ejection feature?
Some advanced models (and more pricey) have an auto pulp ejection feature that allows the users to juice for much longer than with other models. This way, they don’t have to stop to take out the pulps before restarting to juice. This can be a very handy feature for big families and any commercial use.
Most juicers will not have this feature. Do you want to pay a lot more money for it?
9. The size
Can it fit everywhere? Most users will want to keep the juicer handy at all times (in order to use it frequently). So, how much counter space does it require? Is it easy to store away if the user wanted to?
10. How much are you willing to spend?
You get what you pay for. So, think about your budget. As a rough indication, high quality juicers can cost in the price range from $150 for Centrifugal, $300 for Masticating, and $500 for Triturating.
Comparison Chart Of Juicer Types
|JUICER TYPE||CENTRIFUGAL NON-EJECTION||CENTRIFUGAL AUTOMATIC EJECTION||HORIZONTAL MASTICATING||VERTICAL MASTICATING||TRITURATING (TWIN GEAR)|
|Juice Yield||Above average||Average||Low for fruits. High for leafy green, including wheatgrass||Low for fruits. High for leafy green, including wheatgrass||Very high|
|Versatility||Only juicing||Only juicing||Juice all fruits, veggies & wheatgrass. Make nut butters, frozen fruit desserts, and more.||Juice fruits veggies & wheatgrass. Press soybeans for soy milk.||Juice fruits, veggies & wheatgrass. Make nut butters and frozen fruit desserts, shape pasta and much more with included accessories.|
|Produce Types||Fruits & Veggies – Very good.|
Will not juice Wheatgrass.
|Fruits & veggies – Vary good.|
Leafy greens – Average. Will not juice wheatgrass
|Leafy greens & wheatgrass – Best.|
Other vegetables & fruits – Very good.
|Leafy greens & wheatgrass – Good|
Fruits – Very good.
|Fruits – Average. Leafy greens & wheatgrass – Very good|
|Juice Nutrient Value||Average||Average||Very High||Very High||Very High|
|Juicing Time||Fast (high rpm)||Fast (high rpm)||Slower (low rpm)||Slower (low rpm)||Slower (low rpm)|
|Cleaning||More time needed ‘cos straining bowl must be thoroughly cleaned.||Easy to Clean||Easy to Clean||Easy to Clean||Many parts – need longer time to clean.|
|Chute Size||Average size 1.5″ x 1.5″||1.5″ to 3.5″||1.5″ x 1.5″ on average||Slightly larger than Triturating||1.5″ x 1.5″ on average|
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