May 30, 2015

Juicer Comparison Guide

How to Choose a Juicer

Many people want to know what the best juicer is. But I think they are getting the wrong answers because they are asking the wrong question. What they should really be asking is what the best juicer for their needs is. So what’s a good juicer for someone else may not be a good juicer for you. If you are someone that just what’s a tasty juice once or twice a week then you will need a completely different juicer from someone who is battling cancer and juicing 4-5 times a day. So first of all you need to decide what you need a juicer for and then choose from the range that is suitable for your purposes.

Another point to note is that all juicer don’t juice all produce. So whether you want to juice fruit, citrus, vegetables, leafy greens or grasses all makes a big difference. So read our juicer comparison information below and find out what type of juicer is best for your needs.

Types of Juicers

There are a few different types of juicers available, so your first step is to learn a little about each one. For juicing fruit and vegetable the choice is usually between centrifugal, single-auger (or single-gear) and twin-gear juicers. All of these will be electric juicers. Manual juicers are also available, but are not very popular because they are quite hard work. Some people think that the juice quality is better from a manual machine though, and they are handy if you want to juice while on vacation. If you only juice wheatgrass, they are a good option for some people. And for those who just want to make citrus juices, such as orange or lemon, then a dedicated citrus press is the obvious choice.

Centrifugal Juicers

Centrifugal juicers use a flat cutting blade at the bottom of a rapidly spinning basket. The produce is cut up by the blade and then the centrifugal force releases the juice and passes it through the holes in the basket. For this to happen the juicer has to be rotating at a very high speed. The speed generates heat and draws in air. Heat and air are capable of destroying the nutrients in a juice, so some people don’t like these machines, especially those who are juicing for health reasons. For this reason it is best to drink the juice within a few minutes of making it. For people that wish to make juice in bulk and store it in the refrigerator for a day or two, a centrifugal juicer isn’t a good choice.

Another negative of centrifugal juicers is that they aren’t too good at handling leafy greens and none of them will juice grasses, such as wheatgrass and barleygrass. One final point to note is that many centrifugal juicers are very badly designed and made. We have heard lots of stories from people who have bought one and had the motor burnt out after only a few weeks or months.

But don’t let all this put you off. If you just want to make a tasty carrot or apple juice once or twice a week, then this could be the juicer for you. It’s important that you choose a quality machine though; otherwise you are likely to be very disappointed. Excellent centrifugal juice machines include the Juiceman Juicer Jr, the Breville Juice Fountain Elite, the Waring Juicer and the L’Equip Juicer.

Centrifugal Juicer Pros

  • Quick and easy to use
  • Compact design

Centrifugal Juicer Cons

  • Heat and air reduces nutrient quantity
  • Not very good for leafy greens
  • Won’t juice grasses, such as wheatgrass
  • Cleaning can be a chore
  • Cheaper models can be a waste of money
   Centrifugal Juicer Reviews
  Braun Juicer  Breville Juice Fountain Elite  Jack Lalanne Power Juicer
 Juiceman Juicer Jr  L’Equip Juicer  Waring Juicer

Single-Auger Juicers (Sometimes called single-gear or masticating juicers)

Single-auger (single gear) juicers are generally slower speed juicers and work by cold pressing the produce between the auger and juice screen in order to extract the juice. This means there is minimal or no heat produced, thus ensuring that the juice retains more of its nutrients and enzymes. This is an important consideration for people who want more nutrients in their juice. This includes people trying to overcome health challenges or those aiming for peak health. Because the juice is cold-pressed it can also usually be kept for up to 48 hours in the refrigerator. However, it is still best to drink the juice when fresh, as some nutrients are inevitable destroyed even when the juice is kept in cold storage.

Another advantage of single auger juicers is that most come with many additional features. Depending on the exact juicer, you should be able to make pasta, noodles, baby food, dips, frozen desserts, nut butters, soups and much more. Single auger juices are also very easy to assemble, disassemble and clean. Most can be cleaned in 1-2 minutes. All single auger juicers have pulp ejection for continuous juicing. They will also juice most fruits and vegetables.

One exception to the single augur range is the Champion Juicer. Unlike other single auger machines, it works via the use of a cutter. The cutter shreds the produce and then the shredded produce is crushed against a screen in order to produce the juice. The main drawback though is the speed. It rotates at around 3,000 rpm, so can degrade the nutrient quality of the juice in a similar way to a centrifugal juice. It also can’t cope with leafy green or grasses. But on the plus side it has an optional mill attachment that can be used to make your own flour. It is also probably one of the sturdiest machines on the market and rarely breaks down.

Good quality single-auger juicers include the Omega 8004 Juicer, the Samson Juicer, the Solo Star Juicer, and the Oscar Juicer.

Single Auger Juicer Pros

  • Easy to assemble and disassemble
  • Easy to clean
  • Low speed, so juice has high level of nutrients
  • Juice can be stored for up to 48 hours
  • Has other functions

Single Auger Juicer Cons

  • More expensive than most centrifugal juicers
   Single Augur Juicer Reviews
 Champion Juicer  Omega 8004 Juicer  Oscar Juicer
 Samson Juicer  Solo Star II Juicer

Twin-Gear Juicers

Twin-gear juicers work in a similar way to single auger juicers, but instead of an auger they have a set of twin-gears. The gears are made of stainless steel and the produce is crushed between these gears before being crushed a second time against the juice screen. This double crushing process is thought to break open the cell walls of the fruit and vegetables more efficiently and therefore produce a high quality juice with a higher nutrient content. For people with more serious health challenges, these are the juicers that are usually recommended.

Unfortunately, the assembly, disassembly can cleaning process is a little slower than with single augur juicers, and this is one reason why many people don’t like them. The extra work involved is just too much for some people. But if you’re interested in getting a very high-quality juice, then you should seriously consider buying one of the twin-gear juicers. They are also fantastic at juicing leafy greens and grasses, such as wheatgrass. As these are some of the most nutritious juices you can get, this is reason enough for some to rave about these machines.

One of the disadvantages of a twin gear juicer is that they aren’t very good at juicing fruit. If you want to juice lots of fruit, as well as leafy greens and grasses, you would be well-advised to get a single gear juicer.

Examples of twin-gear juicers are the Kempo Juicer, Hippocrates Juicer, Angel Juicer and Green Star Juicer.

Twin-Gear Juicer Pros

  • Low speed, so juice has high level of nutrients
  • Excellent at juicing leafy green
  • Ideal for wheatgrass
  • Juice can be stored for up to 48 hours
  • Has other functions

Twin-Gear Juicer Cons

  • Not so easy to assemble and disassemble
  • Not very good for juicing fruit
  • Cleaning can be a chore
  • Very expensive
  Twin-Gear Juicer Reviews
 Angel Juicer  Green Star Juicer  Hippocrates Juicer
 Kempo Juicer

Citrus Juicers

For someone who only wants to make orange, grapefruit or lemon juice, a citrus juicer is the obvious solution. While you can juice citrus in other types of juicer, you would need to peel them first, so it can be quite a chore. I’m sure you have all seen a manual citrus squeezer. You just squeeze the orange against a plastic cone and the juice collects in a container below it. This is fine for many people, especially if they only juice occasionally. But for people who juice more regularly, an electric citrus juicer is a better option. There aren’t many on the market, but the CitriStar is a good, reliable and inexpensive model.

  Citrus Juicer Reviews
 CitriStar Citrus Juicer  Remida Juicer