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How to Choose the Right Juicer

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Juicers range from small appliances that are inexpensive, to large countertop juicers costing hundreds of dollars. With so many options, it can be time consuming to decide which juicer you should buy. However, the right juicer for you is available. 

Answering a few key questions and thinking about the features you want in a juicer can help you choose the right juicer for your household.

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Feature

Centrifugal

Masticating

Twin Gear

Price

Least expensive

More expensive

Most expensive

Speed

Fast

Slow

Slow

Handles leafy greens well

No

Yes

Yes

Stays fresh

Best to drink right away

24-48 hrs

24-72 hrs

Food Waste

Most

Less food waste

Less food waste

Prep Time

Very little

More prep time

More prep time

Versatile 

Only used for juicing

Can be used to make foods such as sorbet, nut butters,  baby food, nut milk

Can be used to make foods such as sorbet, nut butters,  baby food, nut milk

What Will You Be Juicing? 

The types of fruits and vegetables you plan to juice is one factor in decided which type of juicer to purchase.

Centrifugal Juicers are good for firm-fleshed produce like apples or carrots.

Masticating Juicers are best if you want to juice leafy greens like spinach, kale, or wheatgrass. This type of juicer slowly crushes the plant leaves and extracts the liquids. Some masticating juicers make good citrus juice provided you peel the fruit first.

If you want to juice soft fruits like kiwi, peaches, or mangos, the soft flesh will often clog the filter on a centrifugal juicer and make them impossible to work with. A good masticating juicer, is the best option for soft fruits. Learn more about one such juicer, the Omega J8006HDS.

Centrifugal: If you are only going to juice apples, carrots etc.

Masticating: If you want to juice leafy greens and soft fruits

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Will You Be Drinking Your Juice Right Away?

For optimal nutrition, any juice you make should be consumed right away. However, if you have a slow juicer that requires a lot of prepping and chopping, you may want to save time by making juice ahead of time.

If you plan on drinking your juice right, any kind of juicer will work for you. However, if you plan on storing your juice to drink over the next day or two, it's important to use a twin gear or masticating juicer.

The crushing mechanism of these juicers extracts liquid without using heat or introducing oxygen, both of which will impact the nutrition and shelf life of your juice.

In general, if you are using a centrifugal juicer, it is best to drink the juice right away and definitely within 24 hours. The juice must be stored in an air tight container and refrigerated. Some people use mason jars; however, I use glass jucing containers.

If you use a masticating juicer, don't store the juice longer than 48 hours. I use lemons in my recipes and found that the flavors of the juice last longer.

Juices made with a twin gear unit, can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 72 hours.

Centrifugal: Will drink juice right away or in less than 24 hours

Masticating: Want to store for up to 2 days

Twin gear: Want to store for up to 3 days

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How Much Time Do You Have for Preparation and Juicing? 

All juicers require produce to be cleaned and chopped, and usually for seeds and rinds to be removed and discarded. However, some juicers have a larger feed tube that accommodates larger pieces of produce, while some have a small feed tube that require it to be chopped more finely.

Centrifugal juicers make juice very quickly, but can be inefficient in terms of extracting the most possible juice from every ingredient. Masticating and twin gear juicers operate more slowly, but produce higher quantities of juice. If you need fast juicing, you may want a centrifugal juicer.

Centrifugal: Want to prepare juice quickly

Masticating & Twin Gear: Willing to spend time juicing (preparing food for the juicer and waiting for the juice to be extracted)

Are You Concerned About Noise? 

In some households, it's important to have a quiet juicer. Centrifugal juicers can be quite noisy, producing sounds roughly approximate to a blender, while masticating and twin gear juicers operate more quietly.

For those who juice early in the morning, have sleeping children, or simply don't like noise, a quiet juicer may be a high priority.

Centrifugal: Noise is not an issue

Masticating & Twin Gear: Do not want a noisy juicer

How Much Money Are You Willing to Spend on a Juicer?

If you have decided to incorporate fresh or pre-bottled juice from the grocery in your health regimen, then you will be spending some extra money.

If you have definitely decided against buying pre-bottled juice or fresh juice from a juice bar, then you'll want to think about the cost of juicing at home.

If a very good masticating juicer is the right juicer for you, be prepared to make an investment. Most models start around $350-400. Twin gear juicers are even more expensive. 

Another consideration is the cost of the produce. This varies according to where you live, the store you frequent, whether you buy organic or non-organic, the recipe and how often you juice.

The following is a very rough calculation. Let's say you spend $16 a week on carrots, apples, celery, kale, cucumbers, lemons, and ginger and juice a 16 ounce portion four times a week (210 servings a year).

Initial cost of juicer $200

       Lifespan 5 years: $40/year

Ingredients: 16x52 = $832

Cost per 16 oz serving $4.00 ($832/210)

Juicing at home: $832+ $40 (juicer cost)=$872

Cost (estimate) of a high quality pre-bottled $1260 ($6 bottle x 210)

Buying pre-bottled juice $1260

Savings per year: $388

If the life of the juicer is 5 years, then you would save roughly $1940 over five years.

One option is to buy an inexpensive centrifugal juicer and see how often you use it.  

Centrifugal: Least expensive

Masticating: More expensive than centrifugal juicers

Twin Gear: Most expensive

Design and Features

Once you have an idea what type of juicer is right for you, there are still a lot of overall design considerations that can separate high-quality juicers from lower-quality machines. You may want special features that make your life easier or use kitchen space more efficiently.

Here are some of the key design aspects you may want to consider.

Do you need adjustable speeds? 

Some juicers have adjustable speeds that can make faster work out of juicing tough root vegetables.

Does it splash out your juice on the counter? 

Some juicers have spouts that are well-designed and produce juice in a gentle stream. Others tend to be a bit more erratic, and can spurt or splash juice.

How much room do you have in your kitchen?

Some juicers can be big, heavy appliances that take up a lot of room in your kitchen.  

Cord length? 

Depending on the layout of your kitchen, cord length can be an important consideration.

Do you need suction cups? 

Some juicers have suction cups on the base that provide extra stability and prevent accidental “walking.”

Filter clogging? 

Some juicers have filters that are more prone to clogging, which can reduce the efficiency of juice extraction, or even require you to pause the machine and clean the filter during your juicing.

Do you want other features and a more versatile appliance? 

Some juicers also have other food processing attachments and capabilities, so they can slice and chop produce, make nut butters, grind spices, and other kitchen prep functions. While it can be nice to have a more versatile device, especially if it takes up space in your kitchen, that can also mean a lot of attachments to store.

Centrifugal: Not versatile - only juices

Masticating & Twin Gear: can be used to process foods (nut milk, baby food, sorbet etc)

Final Thoughts

Hopefully, this buyer's guide has given you information on choosing the right juicer for your personal needs.

There are not only different types of juicers, but a wide diversity of options, features, and choices within each type. If you are interested in centrifugal juicers, you can browse these reviews.

You can choose a juicer that fits your cooking preferences, available space and layout, schedule,and preferred juice type. If you are going to juice several glasses of juice daily, then the Tribest GS-P502B Greenstar Pro Juicer is worth reading about. You might decide it is a cost effective investment.

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