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Ready to Juice? You'll Need a Juicer!

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

A large feeder tube requires less ingredient preparation.
Slow juicers use a cold process that retains nutrients and produces a high quality yield.
Some models, can juice wheat grass, produce nut milks, sorbet and smoothies.

Know the difference between juicing and blending

Juicer

A juicer extracts the juice and removes the pulp (insoluble fiber) from your produce.

Blender

A blender pulverizes all ingredients in one container.

There are 3 primary types of juicers

Centrifugal / Fast Juicer

How it works:
Feeds produce through a spinning blade


Overview:
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.

Example:
Breville Juice Fountain Compact, $100
(shown above)

Masticating / Slow Juicer

How it works:
Mimics the motion of hand squeezing juice


Overview:
Doesn’t heat the juice-preserving nutrients


Quiet


Heavy


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.

Example:
Hurom-HZ, $599.00
(shown above)

Twin Engine

How it works:
Twin gears act as a food processor


Overview:
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

Example:
Tribest® Greenstar™ Elite Cold Press, $629.00
(shown above)