How To choose A Juicer That’s Right For You

How To decide on A Juicer That’s Right For You

Many people who are looking to buy their first juicer often ask what the best juicer is. But is this really the question that they should be asking? I don’t think so. Perhaps what they need to ask is what the best juicer for their needs is. What’s good for one person isn’t necessarily the best for the next person. Some people might think a Ferrari is the best car, but it would be no good to you if you had a family of 6. In that case the best car for you would probably be a people carrier. It’s the same with juicers. Different juicers are better at different things and different people have different needs. So, what’s the best juicer for your needs?

Many people who are new to juicing are surprised to find out that there is such a difference between juicers. Some juicers are good at juicing fruit, while others are not. Some excel at juicing leafy greens and wheatgrass, while others won’t juice them at all. Some are fast and some are slow. Some are cheap and some are expensive. Some are an absolute waste of money and others are the best investment you could make.

Read on and discover what you really need to know before making a decision about what juicer to purchase. You can find reviews of individual juicers at Juicer Revews.

Types of Juicers

In order to make an informed decision you first have to know the difference between the various types of juicer on the market. They are basically broken down into a few different categories and once you know the difference between each one, then choosing a juicer will be a much easier task.

Centrifugal Juicers

Centrifugal juicers are what most people see in the shops and in juice bars. They use a cutting blade at the bottom of a rapidly spinning basket. The fruit and vegetables are first cut up by the blade and then the centrifugal force gets the juice flowing through the basket, which is really a giant strainer. This happens at a very high speed, which generates heat and draws in air. Heat and air are known to destroy nutrients. So it is not a surprise that many people don’t like these juicers, as they prefer to drink a higher quality juice. Juice from a centrifugal juice needs to be drunk within minutes, as it deteriorates quite quickly.

Generally speaking, these juicers won’t juice leafy greens or wheatgrass, so if you want to juice any of these, you can forget about a centrifugal juicer. These juicers are also notoriously difficult to clean and many of the cheaper models burn out the motors within weeks or months.

But it’s not all bad news. These juicers are mostly at the cheaper end of the range, so are affordable for most people. They are great for making simple juices like carrot or apple. If you intend buying one of these we would suggest you opt for a quality machine, such as a Juiceman Juicer Jr, Breville Juice Fountain Elite, Waring Juicer or L’Equip Juicer.

Centrifugal Juicer – Good Points

  • · Quick and easy to use
  • · Compact
  • · Inexpensive

Centrifugal Juicer – Bad Points

  • · Less nutrients
  • · Not good for leafy greens
  • · Won’t juice wheatgrass
  • · Cleaning can be a pain
  • · Some can be a complete waste of money

Single-Auger Juicers

Sometime called single gear juicers, these operate at a low speed. This means more nutrients in the juice, which makes for a healthier drink. The juice can also be stored for up to 48 hours, so you can make in batches if you are short of time.

These are the juicers of choice for many people and there are lots of advantages over a centrifugal juicer. They are easy to put together and take apart, and cleaning is very straightforward. Most also have additional functions such as the ability to make nut butters, baby food, sorbets, pasta, noodles, soups, sauces, dips, etc.

Examples of single-auger juicers are the Oscar Juicer, Omega 8004 Juicer, Samson Juicer and Solo Star Juicer.

Single Auger Juicer – Good Points

  • · Easy to put together and take part
  • · Easy to clean
  • · Low speed, so more nutrients
  • · Juice can be stored for up to 48 hours
  • · Makes nut butters, baby food and more

Single Auger – Bas Points

  • · More expensive than centrifugal juicers

Twin-Gear Juicers

These are considered by many to be the top of the range juicers and have price tags to match. They are the best for juicing wheatgrass and leafy greens and are also great with hard fruit and vegetables. But with softer produce they aren’t so good. So if you are planning to juice lots of fruit we think you would be better off with a single augur juicer. The twin-gear juicers have the highest nutrient amounts in the juices, so are often recommended for people with health challenges.

There can be a bit fiddly o assemble and cleaning is also a bit of a pain.

The most popular twin-gear juicers on the market include the Kempo, Hippocrates, Angel and Green Star Juicers.

Twin-Gear Juicer – Good Points

  • · Low speed, more nutrients
  • · Great for leafy greens
  • · Excellent for wheatgrass
  • · Juice can be stored for up to 48 hours
  • · Makes baby food, dips and more

Twin-Gear Juicer – Bad Points

  • · Not so easy to take apart and put together
  • · Not good for juicing fruit
  • · Cleaning can be a pain
  • · Very expensive

Citrus Juicers

Citrus juicers deserve a special mention. While all the juicers mentioned above can make orange juice, it is much easier to make with a dedicated citrus juicer. For many a hand operated citrus press is ideal. For other an electric citrus juicer such as the CitriStar is the way to go.

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