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The Best Juicer To Buy

Are you new to juicing and wondering what is the best juicer to buy? Or maybe your current juicer simply isn’t working for you, in terms of results or practicality.

The right juicer for you, like many things in life, depends on various factors. It is like buying a car or a piece of clothing.

It’s important to find the right fit. Is there the perfect car for everyone and for every occasion?

Probably not, but there is the perfect car for you and your particular needs. Juicers are the same. There is the perfect juicer for you and your particular needs.

The Best Juicer to Buy: Things to Consider

Before you get started, there are a number of factors to consider when deciding the best juicer to buy. Some of the factors to consider are:

  • What types of produce will you be juicing?
  • How concerned are you about the nutritional content of the juice?
  • How easy is it to clean the juicer?
  • How loud is the juicer?
  • How quickly does the juicer juice?
  • Do you have any special health concerns?
  • How much do you want to spend?
  • How easy is it to use the juicer?

What types of produce will you be juicing?

the best juicer to buy - produceFruits, hard vegetables, and leafy vegetables have vastly different properties. The juicing method that works great for one does not necessarily work as well for another.

Hard vegetables such as carrots and broccoli have tough fibrous cells and require more aggressive juicing than soft fruits such as apples and pears with their soft cell walls.
Leafy vegetables such as kale or spinach have a lot of valuable nutrients that unfortunately are harder to extract and require particular juicers.

On a side note, as you juice, it is always better to purchase organically grown produce. If organic produce is not available or too expensive, removing the outer leaves of vegetables such as lettuce and cabbage and peeling the skin of vegetables such as zucchini and carrots should help in reducing the amount of pesticides.

How concerned are you about the nutritional content of the juice?

the best juicer to buy - nutritionThere are two main factors that affect juice quality: oxidation and heat. We all have experienced oxidation in our life, but probably didn’t know it by that name.

For example, when the surfaces of freshly cut apple slices turn brown, THAT is oxidation. Unfortunately oxidation is not just a visual effect. It destroys some of the nutrients that are in the juice.

Heat is another issue. Heat can also destroy some of the nutrients in the juice.

In a nutshell, heat and oxidation are 2 things that you want to avoid if the nutritional content of the juice is very important to you. Some juicers are better than others in minimizing heat and oxidation.

How easy is it to clean the juicer?

the best juicer to buy - cleaningThe ease of cleaning the juicer may not seem that important initially, but if it takes you half an hour every time you clean the juicer, chances are you won’t be using it much.

Most modern juicers are easy to clean, but it is an important and often overlooked factor to consider.

How loud is the juicer? How quickly does the juicer juice?

the best juicer to buy - noiseThese two characteristics are related. Typically the louder the juicer, the faster you will get your juice. These are factors to consider as the noise levels of juicers vary dramatically. Some juicers are so quiet that you can carry on a normal conversation while juicing, while other juicers are so loud that you almost can’t hear yourself think! Centrifugal juicers (explained below) are usually the loudest and the fastest.

Do you have any special health concerns?

the best juicer to buy - healthSome people use juicing to help them in their fight against cancer. In this particular case, the Gerson Institute (a non-profit organization dedicated to the holistic treatment of cancer and other degenerative diseases) recommends a particular and very expensive juicer that they claim is very effective in fighting cancer.

Their recommended juicer, a Norwalk juicer, costs around $2,400.

How much do you want to spend?

the best juicer to buy - costYou can purchase quality juicers from about $100 to about $2,500.

For most people the $100 to $300 juicer range will be more than sufficient!

So why do some people purchase the more expensive juicers? The more expensive juicers typically allow you to effectively juice leafy greens, squeeze out more juice from your produce and keep more of the nutritional value from the produce.

Every juicer essentially separates the juice from the pulp. The more juice a juicer gets out of a vegetable or fruit, the less produce you have to purchase. The most effective juicers squeeze out almost every last drop of juice from your vegetable or fruit.

An easy way to measure this is by the dryness of your pulp. The drier the pulp the more effective the juicer.

In a nutshell, as you think about how much money you want to spend, think about not only the purchase price of the juicer, but also the on-going costs of buying produce. The best juicer to buy may not necessarily be the juicer with the lower purchase price.

A more expensive juicer may be cheaper in the long run if you need to buy less produce, thanks to your juicer squeezing out so much more juice.

How easy is it to use the juicer?

The Best Juicer To Buy - useAnother important factor is how easy it is to use and clean the juicer. If it is too difficult, chances are you won’t use it very often.

As a general rule, always clean your juicer immediately after you are done. Fresh pulp and juice will easily wash away with warm water.

However, once the pulp and juice dry up, they become very difficult to remove.

Types of Juicers

There are multiple types of juicers in the market.

The most common types of juicers are the centrifugal juicer, the masticating single auger juicer and the twin gear press juicer.

A less common and very expensive juicer is the 2-step machine. This is the juicer that is recommended for healing serious health conditions, and one that is recommended by the Gerson Institute.

Each type of juicer is ideal for some of the factors above, while less ideal for other factors.

Centrifugal Juicer

The Best Juicer To Buy - centrifugalA centrifugal juicer is the oldest and most common type of juicer. The centrifugal juicer essentially shreds the produce using a shredding disk and pushes the shredded produce mix through a fine strainer by centrifugal force (through spinning really fast, at a few thousand rpm).

This is a very fast and loud juicer. This type of juicer is not good at juicing leafy vegetables. Also among all the juicers, it has the greatest negative impact on nutritional value of the produce due to its higher heat and oxidation.

However this does not mean that the juices made with centrifugal juices are not nutritional. They are extremely nutritional and good for you! Comparatively though, you can get even more nutrition out of the other juicers. Centrifugal juicers are the fastest and easiest to use and clean, and are good for most fruits and non-leafy vegetables. Centrifugal juicers are recommended for beginners due to its price and ease of use.

Pros

  • Great with most kinds of fruits and non-leafy vegetables
  • With most produce, there is no need to cut them up into multiple pieces
  • Fast. You can probably prep, juice and clean in 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Easy to use and clean

Cons

  • Not good with leafy vegetables or wheatgrass
  • High speed and friction can diminish the nutritional value of produce
  • Wastes produce by not squeezing out all the juice (wet pulp)
  • It is loud. You won’t be able to have a conversation while this is running.

This is the type of juicer used in the film Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead.

Masticating Single Auger Juicer

The Best Juicer To Buy - masticatingThe masticating single auger juicer (commonly simply called the “masticating juicer”) is also called a chewing juicer (masticating is just another word for chewing). Chewing doesn’t sound as nice as masticating from a marketing perspective. That is probably why most manufacturers went with using the term “masticating” instead of “chewing.”

The masticating juicer produces juice by using a single auger (looks like a large screw) that crushes the produce against the screens or walls of the juicer. It is great from a nutritional perspective, as it runs at very low speed (around 100 rpm) so that there is little heat or oxidation.

The masticating juicer works well with leafy vegetables, and people report a lot more juice out of the masticating juicer than with the centrifugal juicer. However, produce needs to be cut into smaller pieces with this kind of juicer.

Pros

  • Great with most kinds of fruits and vegetables, and almost all masticating juicers can juice leafy vegetables and wheatgrass
  • Better use of produce, as it squeezes out more juice than centrifugal juicers
  • Operates at a slow speed and preserves more nutrients
  • It is quiet

Cons

  • Slower than the centrifugal juicer
  • The feeding chute is smaller and fruits and vegetables need to be cut into smaller pieces
  • Cleaning, while not complicated is not as fast or easy as the centrifugal juicer

Twin Gear Juicer

The Best Juicer To Buy - twin gearThe twin gear press is similar to the masticating juicer, except that it contains not one but TWO large interlocking screws in a tube that crush and squeeze vegetables and fruits.

The two screws turn at low speed (around 100 rpm) which is great from a nutritional perspective due to its lower heat and oxidation.

These machines can make juice out of basically everything including wheatgrass. But as with the masticating single auger juicer, they require the produce to be cut into smaller pieces. While the nutritional value in the juice will be similar to that made with the masticating juicer, you will get more juice out of the produce, since it has two interlocking screws squeezing out the juice.

Pros

  • Great with all kinds of fruits and vegetables, including leafy vegetables and wheat grass
  • Best use of produce, as it squeezes out almost all the juice (dry pulp)
  • Operates at a slow speed and preserves more nutrients
  • It is quiet

Cons

  • Slower than the centrifugal juicer
  • The feeding chute is smaller and fruits and vegetables need to be cut into smaller pieces
  • Cleaning while not complicated is not as fast or easy as the centrifugal juicer

Juicer Comparison Chart

The Best Juicer To Buy - comparison chartThe below juicer comparison excludes the Norwalk (2-step) juicer since that is more a specialty juicer recommended by the Gerson Institute for special health concerns.

 Centrifugal JuicerMasticating Single Auger JuicerTwin Gear Juicer
Purchase Price
GoodBetterBest
Juice YieldGoodBetterBetter
Nutritional ValueGoodBetterBetter
Time to Juice (from prep to cleaning)BestGoodGood
Ease of UseBestGoodGood
Noise LevelLoudBestBest
Ease of CleaningBestGoodGood

Summary of the Best Juicer to Buy

For weight loss purposes, centrifugal juicers are more than sufficient, as they still yield very tasty and nutritional juices. However, you will get more juice and nutrition out of masticating and twin gear juicers, if those are concerns for you.

Centrifugal juicers are recommended for beginners due to their price, speed and ease of use. It is a great juicer to use to fall in love with juicing. As you get used to juicing, see the amazing benefits and decide to juice for the long-term, you may decide to purchase either a masticating or twin gear juicer to get more nutritional value and save on produce in the long run. Or you may decide to stick with the centrifugal juicer!

If you already have a juicer at home and you’d like to use that juicer, that is perfectly fine as well, whatever type of juicer that may be. The most important thing is for you to have a juicer that you will use all the time. It is not about having the “best or nothing.” Buy the best juicer that you can afford that fits your goals. Juicing with ANY kind of juicer is still better than not juicing at all!