What is the Best Juicer to Buy?
People are always trying to figure out what the best juicer is. In my eyes, there is no one perfect juicer out there. However, there is such a thing as the best juicer for you! The way I see it, the best juicer for you is the juicer that is going to make you want to juice every day. And of course, that's going to vary from person to person. But not to worry, I've outlined a few different aspects you should look for to when trying to find that perfect juicer for you!
If you are just getting into juicing and you don't want to dedicate very much time to it, you should probably look at a centrifugal juicer. They juice at very high speeds and their parts can be easily thrown into the dishwasher. Quick juice, quick clean up. These are great machines, but they do have some downfalls. They work very well with hard fruits and veggies but they don't work very well with leafy greens or wheatgrass. Additionally, the high speeds that they operate at can help encourage the loss of valuable enzymes and nutrients. However, these juicers still produce healthier juice than you can buy in a grocery store. Therefore, if you aren't interested in leafy greens and you don't need to have the healthiest juice possible, get a centrifugal juicer. You'll love it!
If you are a bit more serious about the nutritional value of your juice, or you want to be able to juice leafy greens, you should be looking at a mastication juicer. They're not all meant for wheatgrass so if you'd like to juice wheatgrass often, make sure you get a wheatgrass juicer. They come in every variety of mastication juicer. Mastication juicers require a bit more time than centrifugal juicers but they produce healthier juice and can be used as a food processor. They come in a few different variations:
Mastication juicers can either have one gear that chews at fruit or two. Single gear juicers tend to have a lower RPM, but the juicing process itself is faster. This is because there is only one gear to slow the produce from passing through the chamber so it gets sent through the machine more quickly. Downfall: a slightly lower extraction rate. However, the number of gears does not change the juice quality. Therefore, if you are looking for a healthy juicer but you'd like a relatively quick juicing process, this is a great type of juicer for you!
Twin gear simply means there will be two augers chewing at your produce to extract juice. These juicers produce a very high yield of juice from whatever is sent through them. The tradeoff is that the higher yield usually means a slightly slower process. However, if you are passionate about juicing and you don't mind spending that little bit of extra time juicing, this is the perfect option for you!
Cold-Press Masticating juicers have motors that run at a speed between 80 RPMs and 200 RPMs. This range of speed ensures that nutritional enzymes aren't lost to unnecessary oxidation, which is encouraged when juice heats up. In other words, it means the motor is spinning slow enough to make sure the juice doesn't get heated because when juice gets heated, enzymes escape. A definite must for all health nuts! Only downside: longer juicing process because of slow speeds.
Juicers come in all different shapes and sizes so you can probably find one to suit your price range. As a general rule of thumb though, the more expensive the juicer, the longer it will last and the more it can handle (and very often, the longer the warranty). If you would actually like to begin juicing, consider it an investment. If you buy yourself a cheap juicer that clogs all the time and falls apart, you'll feel as though you've wasted your money and you will find yourself feeling bitter towards juicing. However, if you really want to juice and you do your research and find yourself that perfect juicer to suit your juicing needs, you'll be so happy you spent the extra time and money that you'll never stop juicing!
Natalie Greggain is a blogger for Purely Juicers. My favorite juicers are the
Samson 9001 Juicer and the
Omega 8006 Juicer. What's yours? Check out our blog from the Purely Juicers homepage and let me know!
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