Apart from proteins and carbohydrates that help you grow and stay energized, your body needs a lot of vitamins and minerals stay healthy and fit! This is why you should include fruits and vegetables in all your meals. However, when fruits and vegetables are processed and/or cooked most of the important vitamins, minerals, enzymes and antioxidants are lost. This means that you will only get a fraction of benefits that you would otherwise derive from raw vegetables and fruits. This forms the basic argument on why juicing is gaining popularity all over the world.
Juice from freshly ground or pressed fruits and/or vegetables represents the ultimate health components that are easily lost through processing and cooking. To help you easily tap the benefits, I will recommend some the best juicers in the market (there are numerous juicers in the market already so you will only need to pick the best), provide basic recipes and also add some dos and don’ts.
The first step to a successful juicing experience is investing in the right juicer. It is possible to detest juicing all your life if your first juicer is horrible! So, you should take your time; research widely before you settle on a particular brand. Note also that you juicing needs might require a different brand from the one I am using or one your friend recommended!
Below I have tabulated some of the best masticating and centrifugal juicers in the market today. I heavily relied on data retrieved from Amazon and manufacturers packaging information.
What to consider before buying a Juicer
Just like any other important investment, buying a juicer should be carefully considered. This is machine that should impact your life positively. To help you make a more informed decision, we have come up with the following guideline;
The first item on your priority list should be the need. You obviously want to invest in a juicer that will best serve the purpose. For instance if you want to only juice citrus fruits, there is no need for a powerful masticating juicer, you only need an effective citrus juicer. At the same time, if you want to buy a juicer for large scale juice production, you will not need a simple centrifugal juicer, but a Nutrifaster Juicer or another commercial juicer.
How much will you invest?
Cost effective products are essential, whether you are looking for a personal use juicer, family use juicer or a commercial use juicer. Cost does not necessarily mean cheap! In fact a cost effective juicer might be the most expensive brand in the market. Sometimes cost is equated to efficiency, durability, productivity, power consumption, et cetera. That means that you should consider your juicing requirements before settling on the cost of juicer to purchase.
How much it will cost to operate?
Juicers vary in size, efficiency, durability and even power consumption. Although it is better to buy a quality juicer, it is also important to understand how much power it will be consuming per session, per day or even per month. You should also consider the durability of the juicer because in case it breaks down you will need to pay for repairs or buy processed juices as you wait for it to be repaired.
How much Noise?
The amount of noise produced by a juicer is often overlooked by many buyers. However, I am convinced that this will be the biggest detracted everyday if not carefully considered before buying a juicer. As you may noticed from various reviews, there are many customers that stopped using their juicers or got rid of them after the first experience. Don’t go down that route!
How long is the Warranty?
Most, if not all juicers, come with warranties. However, the warranties vary widely. While some may have a warranty of one year, others might have longer warranties of up-to ten years. The length of warranties mostly depends on the quality and price of a juicer. Low-cost juicers often short warranties and some even come without warranties.
How easy is it to clean?
Juicers are mostly made of several parts that can easily be assembled and dismantled. Simpler juicers also have 5 to 7 parts, which makes them very easy to clean; however, larger juicers are more complex and consequently have many parts. This means they are hard to assemble and dismantle, and cleaning them is a bit hectic. While the ease of cleaning a juicer is important, it should never supersede the purpose of the juicer. That means you should buy a complex juicer if the purpose call for it even if it will be challenging to clean it.
Brief review of the main Types of Juicers
Although there are many types of juicers, the most common (based on market share) are masticating juicers and centrifugal juicers. Despite their wide differences, both types are highly regarded because varying reasons.
One of the most effective types of juicers is masticating juicers. Also known as cold-press juicers, because of the technique they use to extract juice, masticating juices are very popular because they produce the best quality of juice (they produce very little heat and foam during the juicing process). Masticating juicers are designed to resemble chewing mechanism. The juicers have augers that progressively ‘chew’ on vegetables and fruits before finally pressing to produce juice.
Strengths in comparison to centrifugal juicers
Yield – One of the most important parameters to consider before buying/using a juicer is the volume of juice it will produce. In comparison to centrifugal juicers, masticating juicers produce more juice from the same amount of fruit and/or vegetables. They are also very effective for juicing highly fibrous vegetables such as wheat-grass.
Noise – Because of the technique utilized in juice production and the speed of operation, masticating juicers produces virtually zero noise. So, if you are worrying about the level of noise a juicer will produce then a masticating juicer should be your choice.
Quality of juice – because the juicers produce very little heat and foam, the juice produced can be stored at ordinary conditions for longer. The juicers also retain most of the natural nutrients and enzymes because most of the nutrients are destroyed by higher temperatures.
Versatility – Masticating juicers are functionary more versatile. They are usually designed to mix, which is the basic concept required to prepare baby food. Thus, apart from making healthy juices, it can also be used for making baby food, ice-cream, butters, bread sticks, rice cakes, pates and sauces.
Drawbacks of masticating juicers
Cost – Masticating juicers are costly. In fact the cheapest is around $200. However, if you invest in a masticating juicer, you will be assured of high quality juices, versatility as well as long-term investment.
Cleaning – If you are looking an easy to clean juicer, then look elsewhere. Cleaning a masticating juicer is not easy and patience is required to ensure the juicer is completely cleaned up.
Based on recent data, centrifugal juicers are the most common today. These juicers use blades rotating at high speed to extract juice from fruits and vegetables. The juicer utilizes centrifugal force to separate pulp from the juice. The juice is then passed through a mess which sieves it.
Although centrifugal juicers are effective for juicing fruits, the same cannot be said when it comes to juicing of leafy substances such as wheat-grass. This means that if your juicing experience will not be complete without leafy greens, then centrifugal juicer should not be your choice.
Strengths of centrifugal juicers
Cost – if the price of a juicer is your number one consideration, then centrifugal juicer is what you should get.
Juicing speed – centrifugal juicer are rapid! In fact if you want to prepare fresh juice for your visitors, then a centrifugal juicer will do the magic within a few minutes.
Ease of use – For a new user, centrifugal juicers are ideal. No technical knowledge is required to operate the juicer and any newbie can easily juice using these juicers.
Cleaning – Centrifugal juicers comprises of only a few parts. This means that the juicers can easily be assembled, dismantled and cleaned. In fact, most recent model can actually be dish-washed. This means that managing a centrifugal juicer is by far much easier that a masticating juicer
Drawbacks of centrifugal juicers
Oxidation – centrifugal juicers are known to introduce oxygen into the juice through foaming. This considerably reduces the shelf-life of the juice. This a major disadvantage of centrifugal juicers because they can only be used for producing enough juice for immediate consumption.
Juice Yield – In comparison to masticating juicers, centrifugal juicers yield lesser juice from same amount of fruits and/or vegetables. The pulp produced from a centrifugal juicer is not as dry as the one produced from a masticating juicer. This means that centrifugal juicers are not as effective as masticating juicers.
Noise level – As opposed to masticating juicers which make very little noise, centrifugal juicers a relatively noisy. It is not possible to complete your juicing process without drawing the attention of others.
Juicing of leafy greens – a considerable proportion of all juicing enthusiasts, love juicing greens such as wheatgrass and kales. However, if you would like to juice vegetables more often, then you should not consider centrifugal juicers