Making juice at home has many benefits. Not only are you increasing the amount of fruits and vegetables you consume, but you are also helping to boost your energy levels, support your immune system and maintain a healthy weight. Here’s more info on why juicing Is great for the whole family and 5 tips to make juicing simple, fast and fun.
With the variety of models on the market, you’ll want to match the best juicer to your needs. Need fast clean up? Juice a lot of leafy greens? Keep reading this juicer buying guide to find what features, price points and extras make the most sense for you.
Investing in your health
Buying a juicer is an investment in your long-term vitality, energy and health care. While you can find a juicer at any budget, remember that the less expensive models may not be the best fit, especially if you are juicing every day. Many times, a more expensive model will yield higher amounts of juice, so you want to consider long term value and money savings. For example: if you spend $100/month on produce and get 30% more juice, that’s a savings of $30/month = $360 annually. You’ve already paid for a premium juicer.
Be clear before you buy
What’s your budget
How much time for prep and clean up
How much space do you have in your kitchen
What kind of produce will you be juicing
Are you clear on how to assemble the juicer
Features to consider
Size of feeder tube
Pulp ejection /capacity
Noise when operating
Care and cleaning
Makes more than just juice
Centrifugal / Fast Juicer
How it works:
Feeds produce through a spinning blade
Less prep time with large feed tube
Fast but loud
Low base price
Centrifugal juicers work by chopping the fruit and/or vegetables with a flat cutting blade (much like a blender) and spinning the produce at a high speed to separate the juice from the pulp. The juice then passes through the tiny holes in a strainer basket and are collected in a container at the bottom. The pulp remains behind in the strainer basket to be removed afterward.
This type of juicer typically does a good job with common juicing ingredients like carrots, apples, celery, citrus, beets and cucumber.
Many brands are available. Joe Cross used a Breville juicer throughout Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead.
Expect to spend between $75 and $300.
Breville Juice Fountain Compact, $100
Masticating / Slow Juicer
How it works:
Mimics the motion of hand squeezing juice
Doesn’t heat the juice-preserving nutrients
A masticating juicer works at a low speed helping to keep oxidation at bay by pressing fruit and/or veggies to separate the liquid from the fiber. This type of juicer can squeeze 10% to 20% more juice out of produce than a centrifugal juicer, so despite an initial higher cost, it can save you money in the long term since you can buy less produce for the same amount of juice.
Many masticating juicers are multifunctional and prodcue nut milks, sorbet, baby food and nut butter.
Hurom and Omega are examples of brands that sell masticating juicers in North America. Expect to spend $200 to $750 for this type of juicer.
How it works:
Twin gears act as a food processor
Produces high quality yield
Provides a wide range of functions
More parts more clean up
Another type of masticating juicers is a two auger, also called a twin gear or triturating juicer. It essentially is a cold-press machine, grinding food to break down fiber and release the juice, but with two metal gears working close to one another. As the fruit and/or veggies move through the tube, these gears crush and squeeze at the same time to boost both yield and nutrient content of the juice.
Many masticating juicers, especially twin-gear versions, can handle wheatgrass, which centrifugal juicers don’t juice well or at all.
Tribest, Omega and Super Angel are all brands that sell twin gear juicers in North America. Expect to spend $300 to $2,000 for this type of juicer
Tribest® Greenstar™ Elite Cold Press, $629.00