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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, vegetables and micronutrients you consume, but juicing will also help to boost your energy levels, support your immune system and maintain a healthy weight.

With the variety of models on the market, you’ll want to match the best juicer to your needs. Do you juice frequently and/or are you looking to make a batch of green juices? Will you be juicing as a family and want to ensure your kids are safe using the juicer? See what type of juicer makes 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 to fit any budget, remember that the less expensive models may not be the best fit, especially if you are juicing frequently. Many times, a more expensive model will yield more 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.

About you

Why are you juicing?


How often will you juice?


Do you need a quiet machine?


Want to make more than juice?


Who will be juicing: adults, children?

Features to consider

Juice quality, nutrition and flavor


Output volume, juice yield


Operating noise volume


Multi function – smoothies, nut milk, sorbet


Maintenance, care and safety

Slow juicers use a cold press process that  minimizes heat and oxidation of nutrients and generally produces a high quality juice yield.
Consider safety features and quiet operation for families with young children.
Some models, produce nut milks, sorbet, smoothies as well as juicng fine produce like wheat grass.

 

Know the difference between juicing and blending

Both juicers and blenders make it possible to consume more fresh fruits and vegetables in a quick and simple way.

Juicer

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

Blender

A blender pulverizes all ingredients in one container.

There are 3 primary types of juicers

 


Juicer type

How it works

Processing speed

Types of produce

Juice yield

Functions

Ease of use and assembly

Safety

Noise

Overview

Brands and price range

Example

Warranty

Juicer type

Centrifugal / Fast

How it works


A high speed, cutting disc with sharp blades shreds produce and filters juice to separate the pulp.

Processing speed

10,000-16,000 RPM

Fast processing quickly breaks down produce, but also introduces higher levels of oxidation.

Types of produce

Works well for most hard produce. Not as effective for leafy greens.

Juice yield

Lower yield

Functions

Single function:
Juices only

Ease of use and assembly

Easy to use but requires replacement parts.

Safety

Safety arm prevents blades from spinning until properly assembled.

Noise

Very loud. Similar to power tools.

Overview

Centrifugal juicers work by slicing the fruit and/or vegetables with a flat cutting blade (much like a grater) 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 collected in a pitcher. The pulp is collected in a separate container to be removed afterward.

Centrifugal juicers work best with ingredients like carrots, apples but not leafy greens.

Brands and price range

Many brands are available: Joe Cross used a Breville juicer in Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead.

Expect to spend: $75 – $300, $50/annually

Example

Breville Juice Fountain Compact, $100
(shown above)
Expect to replace filter disc 1-2 times per year. (Estimated Cost per year $36-$72)

Warranty

1 Year (Limited Product) Warranty

Juicer type

Cold Press / Slow

How it works


An auger slowly rotates while pressing produce against a strainer to release juice and separate pulp.

 

Processing speed

43-80 RPM

Slow process, also referred to as cold press, preserves maximum flavor and nutrition.

Types of produce

Juices all types of fruits and vegetables well.

Juice yield

Excellent yield

Functions

Multi-function:
Juices, smoothies, nut milks, sorbets

Ease of use and assembly

Easy to use and maintain.

Safety

Designed for family use. No sharp parts.

Noise

Quiet. Juice anytime without disturbing others and easy to have conversation while juicing.

Overview

A cold press/slow  juicer works at a low speed minimizing oxidation, pressing fruit and/or veggies to separate the liquid from the fiber. This type of juicer can squeeze up to 30% more juice out of produce than a centrifugal juicer, so despite a higher purchase price, it can save you money in the long term since you will buy less produce.

Not all slow juicers are created equally. Some do not separate the pulp from juice as well as others and may require an additional sieve to filter pulp out of the juice. The quality of motor can also limit operation time due to overheating.

Many masticating juicers are multi functional & produce nut milk, and sorbet.

Brands and price range

Nama, Hurom and Omega are brands that sell masticating juicers in North America.

Expect to spend: $200 – $750

Example

Nama Vitality 5800,
$399.00
(shown above)

Warranty

10 Year Warranty

Juicer type

Horizontal Twin Gear

How it works


Two gears together, crush and press the produce against a strainer to release juice and remove pulp.

Processing speed

60-120 RPM

Slow process – also referred to as cold press preserves maximum flavor and nutrition.

Types of produce

Juices all types of fruits and vegetables well.

Juice yield

Excellent yield

Functions

Multi function:
Juices, nut milks, nut butters and purees.

Ease of use and assembly

More complex to use. Many working parts.

Safety

Includes a protective safety cover.

Noise

A little noisier than slow juicer, but still easy to have conversation while juicing.

Overview

Another type of masticating juicer is a horizontal, twin gear or triturating juicer. It is also a cold-press process but works by pressing and grinding food between two metal gears which crush and squeeze juice and then separates the pulp. This type of juicer has a very high yield and handles wheatgrass well. These juicers are expensive.

Twin Gear Juicers are multi functional & produce smoothies nut milk & purees.

Brands and price range

Tribest, Omega and Super Angel are brands that sell twin gear juicers in North America.

Expect to spend: $300 – $2,000

Example

Warranty

12 Year Warranty